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  • BMW to launch electric Mini in 2019

    The new BMW electric Mini series is set to roll out sometime in 2019 with a battery-powered version of the BMW X3 to hit the streets a year later, the automaker announced. The announcement comes as BMW's competitors such as General Motors' Opel and Renault launch their own eco-friendly vehicles at the Paris Motor Show. “Competitors are now in phase one on their electric strategy, while we're entering phase two. We’re already well on our way to electrifying the core portfolio, using powertrain technology from BMW i," said the CEO of BMW, Harald Kreuger, in an interview with Bloomberg. BMW's electric Mini and other vehicles...

  • Sasol Solar Challenge records tumble as SA teams impress

    The Sasol Solar Challenge, an event that could be likened to the Dakar Rally of the solar powered-car world, has already seen records tumble on its first day. Dutch team Nuon broke the competition's record for the "furthest distance travelled by a solar-powered car in a single day", which amounted to an impressive 707km. This record was previously held by competitors (and current joint leaders) Tokai at 658km. Additionally, North West University's Siriusx25 also broke the distance covered by a South African team in a single day. The team's journey lasted 611km, in a car that was custom-built in South Africa. Sasol...

  • SA to get FIA World Rallycross round at Killarney

    South Africa will play host to the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championships next year. Cape Town's Killarney racing circuit will serve as the venue for the event, the FIA World Rallycross website reported. "The construction of a brand new rallycross track will commence in the next six weeks and will be a permanent circuit," read an excerpt of the post. "Killarney is delighted to be hosting this first of its kind event in Africa.  Our thousands of loyal fans and spectators, Cape Town and its New Seven Wonders of Nature Table Mountain deserve no less," Des Easom, Executive Manager...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins Moto3 Championship

    South Africa's Brad Binder on Sunday won the world Moto3 Championship in Aragon, Spain, after he finished second in the race. The 21-year-old Red Bull KTM Ajo rider becomes the first South African since 1980 to win a Motorcycle Championship, and is now only one of three to do so. The 2016 #Moto3 World Champion is @BradBinder_41! 🇿🇦🏁🏆#BinderChamp#AragonGP pic.twitter.com/60MIPePXqh— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) September 25, 2016 In Brad Binder's brief career, he has recorded 83 starts, five wins (all coming this season), 16 podiums and five pole positions. This is Binder's sixth season in the light-motorcycle class. Brad Binder wrapped up the Championship with four...

  • Sasol Solar Challenge kicks off in Pretoria on Heritage Day

    The 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge will kick off in Pretoria on 24 September, pitting eight university teams against one another in an lengthy solar-powered journey. The bi-annual race, which was first held in 2008, aims to push engineering, endurance and renewable energy resources to their breaking points. University and private teams compete to craft the most efficient solar-powered vehicle, in a race from Pretoria to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront. The start of the race follows three days of scrutineering, which ensured that the cars were suitable and eligible to complete based on "electrical and mechanical engineering, structural stability, and safety aspects". The...

  • Formula E electric racing is coming to Brooklyn, NYC

    Organisers of Formula E have revealed the location and track layout for next season's double header event in New York City. The New York City ePrix will take place in Brooklyn, being a 1.9km track that runs past the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Pier 11, the all-electric series announced on its website. "New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce collide. We are thrilled to be the new home of the ePrix," said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press statement. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added that it was a "historic moment" for motorsport. "When we originally started the project we could only dream of...

  • Singapore F1 broadcast in 4K ahead of 2017 switch

    Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix saw live 4K broadcasting being tested for the motorsport, as Tata Communications, Sky and Formula One Management (FOM) teamed up for the endeavour. The move comes ahead of Sky's plan to broadcast all races in 4K next season. "UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before. We're on track to show every race live in UHD next season using our next-generation Sky Q home entertainment service, and to continue to give our customers the action-packed F1 experiences that they crave," said Keith Lane, director of operations at...

  • This team managed to hack a moving Tesla from 19km away

    The idea of a connected car sounds like a great idea, but like all newly connected things, they're vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Now, Chinese security researchers have upped the ante, by remotely hacking a Tesla while it was moving. Researchers from Keen Security Lab were able to identify several vulnerabilities, using these security gaps to remotely control the Tesla Model S in parking and driving modes. The team used unmodified cars with the latest firmware to show off the attack. The company also published a video, showing the researchers being able to remotely pop open the boot/doors, adjust seats, turn on indicators and...

  • Chevrolet Bolt gets price tag in USA

    The Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle has been bandied about for a good few months now, but the price tag wasn't quite set in stone. Now, GM and Chevrolet have announced that the new car will set US motorists back US$37 495, but buyers could earn tax credit of up to US$7500. "Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we're serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet, in a press release. "We have kept our promise yet...

  • Tesla pushed envelope in terms of safety – Mobileye

    A tech firm that creates driver assistance systems claims that it ended its relationship with Tesla because the electric carmaker "pushed the envelope in terms of safety". Mobileye, which makes high-tech cameras and other assistance systems, told Reuters that Tesla's Autopilot system was not meant to deliver a driverless experience. "No matter how you spin it, (the Autopilot system) is not designed for that. It is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system," Mobileye's Amnon Joshua told the newswire. The comments came a few months after the two companies halted their relationship in July, and in the wake of at...

  • Chevrolet Bolt: is it actually a Tesla Model 3 killer?

    Tesla's Model 3 gets all the headlines, being marketed as the first affordable electric car from the US manufacturer. But General Motors and the Chevrolet Bolt have beaten Tesla to the punch though. The auto giant revealed the production version of the Bolt earlier this year, claiming it will be delivered later this year at an expected price just below US$37 500. By comparison, the Model 3 has a US$35 000 price tag and is only available in "late 2017". Chevrolet and GM claim 238 miles according to EPA estimates, while Tesla is touting a 215 mile maximum range. Should you go for the...

  • Tesla delivers big Autopilot upgrade with new firmware

    Tesla saw plenty of bad press thanks to a fatal crash in Autopilot mode earlier this year. However, the latest firmware update is heavily focused on improving this department. In a blog post detailing version 8.0 of the Model S firmware, Tesla explained that radar is now becoming the primary control sensor for Autopilot mode. Previously, it was used to feed supplementary data to the camera and image processing system. The company outlined some challenges in using radar as the main sensor. Radar isn't perfect "The radar can see people, but they appear partially translucent. Something made of wood or painted plastic, though opaque to...

  • US-based Liberty Media to buy F1 in huge shakeup

    There have been murmurings for a while now, but it's now official. Liberty Media has agreed to acquire Formula One in a deal valuing the motorsport at US$8-billion. The corporation agreed to buy an initial 18.7% stake in the sport, with a 100% sale "subject to satisfaction of conditions". Liberty Media shed more light on the sale in a press statement. "After completion of the acquisition, Liberty Media will own Formula One and it will be attributed to the Liberty Media Group which will be renamed the Formula One Group. The consortium of sellers led by CVC will own approximately 65% of the...

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