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  • David Perel: interview with SA’s Blancpain GT racer

    When it comes to the SA racing scene, there are a few prominent drivers making a name for themselves overseas. One of the standout racers in this regard is David Perel, having finished second in the 2015 Italian GT series and competing in the Blancpain GT Series Am Division. We interviewed Perel via email, covering local obstacles to racing, Forza versus Gran Turismo and much more. Hadlee Simons (HS): What challenges are there for aspiring and budding racers from an SA perspective? David Perel (DP): Primarily it's a case of finding the necessary budget to go racing. When you are a rookie you...

  • Volkswagen Motorsport enjoy a victorious season

    The Sasol GTC Africa season ended with Volkswagen Motorsport taking three podium positions. David Rowe took the GTC Production season while Mandla Mdakane took third place in the VW Golf GTI. Mathew Hodges took third place overall for the year. "It is an excellent achievement after a tough year of competition. The team put in lots of effort behind the scenes to get the cars competitive for this new category, learning all about them -- and the optimal setup -- as they progressed," said the head of Volkswagen Motorsport, Mike Rowe, in a press release to Motorburn. "A championship title and two additional...

  • Nico Rosberg retires: but who to replace him?

    Late Friday saw the F1 world shattered when newly crowned world champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement, effective immediately. The German driver's exit means that three veterans of the motorsport have hung up their overalls, in the form of Rosberg, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa. However, the big question is who will replace Rosberg? This is especially notable, as most of the teams have already announced their 2017 driver pairings. That hasn't stopped drivers from enquiring about the vacant race seat anyway, with Toto Wolff telling F1 writer Tobi Grüner that the only drivers who haven't called are Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil...

  • F1: Nico Rosberg claims first world title

    Lewis Hamilton may have won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Nico Rosberg claimed the F1 world drivers championship by finishing second. The Brit maintained the lead for most of the race, save for a period where an out-of-sync Sebastian Vettel led the pack before peeling off into the pits. However, there was drama in the latter part of the race, as Hamilton slowed down in an attempt to push Rosberg into Vettel and Max Verstappen. If Rosberg was indeed overtaken by the two, he would've lost the championship. Fortunately, the German Mercedes driver managed to secure second place and the...

  • Volkswagen takes first place in SA’s GTC series

    Daniel Rowe and his Volkswagen team took first place at the Sasol GTC Series on 26 November 2016 at the Zwartkops Raceway. Rowe outdid himself by winning both GTC production races on the same day, claiming his first national title. "I'm very happy right now. My first national motorsport title and really grateful I could win this for Volkswagen. I think we've done it in style this year, winning just about every race and claiming most of the pole positions as well," said Rowe. "I put in a lot of effort, a lot of training, both physical and mental and watched the...

  • Missed the first episode of The Grand Tour?

    Amazon Prime's new motoring show, The Grand Tour, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, provided long-time Top Gear fans with their necessary dose of awesome cars and good humour. The first episode provided somewhat of a nostalgic feel to Top Gear, but you could tell that it was on a bigger scale. The cars were faster, the set designs were wilder and the antics were funnier. Their new show, The Grand Tour, is set to take place in a new location each week, exploring their new city or country's motoring culture. Their very first episode, titled The Holy Trinity,...

  • Review: Ford Ecosport Titanium has a kick – if you wait

    I drive a Ford Figo. I'm far from the target market for a city SUV. Why chug around in an oversized monstrosity when a cheap hatchback can fit in small places? Clearly I'm not quite the demographic Ford is hoping to attract with its Ecosport Titanium then. Still, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by the prospect of driving a 1L turbocharged car. So then, for starters, the Ecosport is a rather attractive package at first glance. Well, for an SUV. Coming in a "Mars Red" colour that sort of grew on me, the vehicle feels like a...

  • F1 title race: where Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton need to finish

    The last race of the Formula One season takes place this weekend, as the title fight goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi. Nico Rosberg is enjoying a 12 point lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, as opposed to previous seasons, where Hamilton enjoyed the healthy gap. The German driver won last year's race and finished ahead of Hamilton in 2013, while Hamilton has won in 2011 and in 2014. So where will Rosberg need to finish to clinch the title? Where will Hamilton need to finish to win a fourth title? The official F1 website has a brief but rather...

  • Engines: is bigger always better? [Sponsored]

    Which should you choose - petrol or diesel? Is bigger always better and how does it affect you? We can't ignore engine size and fuel type as an important part of deciding what type of car to buy. There's more to this decision than which is cheaper at the pump -- you’re not just considering the effects on your pocket, but also the environmental impact. Here's a quick look at engine size and diesel vs petrol to help you decide: Engine size The price you'll be paying for your car is largely affected by the size of what's beneath the bonnet -- so think carefully before...

  • Jaguar I-Pace electric car revealed: set for 2018 launch

    Jaguar has become the latest manufacturer to reveal an electric vehicle, in the form of the Jaguar I-Pace concept. The automaker is touting some impressive figures for the five-seater crossover car as well. For starters, there's a 90kWh battery pack driving two electric motors (giving 700Nm of torque) and a 0-60mph figure of around four seconds. However, the range and charging time is rather intriguing as well. "With over 500km range on the NEDC cycle, the average user could charge just once a week. Charging is easy and quick, with 80 percent charge achieved in 90 minutes and 100 percent in just...

  • Watch highlights from the first African Formula E race

    It's a travesty that there's no Formula One race on the African continent, despite the series previously coming to several countries in the past. Fortunately, the all-electric Formula E series has bucked the trend, holding the first African race this past weekend. The race, held in Marrakesh, Morocco, was dominated by Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist in the early running. However, Sebastien Buemi was able to overtake in the closing stages of the race to take a back-to-back win in the series, having won the opener in Hong Kong. Otherwise, the race saw quite a few overtakes, but it wasn't quite as dramatic as...

  • F1: Felipe Massa gets emotional send-off at Brazil

    The Brazilian Grand Prix is a strong contender for the craziest F1 race of the year, featuring several red flags, aquaplaning cars and jaw-dropping overtakes. Lewis Hamilton won the race with relative ease and Max Verstappen's storming drive from 14th to 3rd in the late stages put the world on notice. But the best moment may have taken place off track after Massa crashed into retirement. The Brazilian, making his last F1 appearance in front of his home crowd, dejectedly waved to the crowd after crashing out in treacherous conditions. But as he walked back to the paddock, carrying the Brazilian...

  • BMW unveils bike of the future

    As part of their centenary birthday celebrations, BMW has released a range of inventive vehicle concepts, titled the 'VISION Next 100' series. With this range, BMW tries to envision what the next one hundred years of transportation will look like. One of their latest reveals is the Motorrad Vision Next 100, a futuristic zero-emissions motorcycle that boasts an advanced self-balancing system, executed via a gyroscopic stabiliser, which will keep the bike balanced in motion and when stationary. The bike will still be fitted with a kickstand though, as the self-balancing function is only functional when the bike turned on. To avoid...

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