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  • Listen: this is the sound of new Formula E cars

    The third season of Formula E is set to take place later this year and sees a prominent new entrant in the form of the Jaguar team. The new season will see a few rule changes taking place, such as a slightly lower weight (from 888 kilograms to 880) and a higher level of regeneration (from 100KW to 150). These factors will in turn make for faster cars and longer runs compared to current rules. With this in mind, Jaguar and the rest of the field went testing at Donington Park recently, allowing people to hear the sound of season three's cars for...

  • Confirmed: Felipe Massa to retire at end of 2016

    Williams driver Felipe Massa will be retiring from Formula One at the end of 2016, the Brazilian has announced. Massa, who is ranked ninth for all-time starts (at 242), is set to have 250 starts under his belt when the chequered flag drops in Abu Dhabi. "I must start by especially thanking my wife and my father, my whole family, my manager Nicolas and all the people who have supported me throughout my career. Thank you to God for giving me the opportunities I have had in life and, above all, for protecting me," Massa said in an official statement. Felipe Massa is...

  • Amazon Vehicles could be every gear head’s new happy place

    Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, recently launched the latest addition to their website, namely Amazon Vehicles. This new page is aimed at providing the “automotive community” with a one-stop platform to browse and compare reviews on a plethora of vehicles. From old school 90s station wagons to the latest electric-powered beasts, the sheer magnitude of motor reviews on Vehicles is absolutely staggering. There is even a decent range of motorcycles thrown in for good measure. "Our goal is to support customers during one of the most important, research-intensive purchases in their lives by helping them make informed decisions every step of the way," said Adam Goetsch, director...

  • How many BMW i3 and i8 electric cars have been sold in SA?

    BMW and Nissan have announced the launch of the first joint charging stations for electric cars in South Africa - but buried in the press release was a rather interesting bit of news... The German automaker revealed that it sold 300 electric vehicles in the country since their introduction. But which model was more popular though? "In South Africa, BMW has sold a total of 141 BMW i3s and 159 BMW i8s units since its local introduction, making BMW i3 the most successful EV in the market," the automaker noted. We're not sure what BMW means about the i3 being the most...

  • BMW, Nissan launch first joint charging stations in Cape Town

    Following their memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year, BMW and Nissan have launched their first joint charging stations for electric vehicles in South Africa. The two manufacturers launched three charging stations (for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, BMW South Africa said in a statement. "The charging stations will supplement the stations already installed by BMW across 27 BMW dealerships, at the Melrose Arch Precinct and at BMW’s Head office in Midrand to support the adoption of EVs in South Africa’s urban areas," the German manufacturer added. The charging stations use Type 2 connections, which...

  • 1960 Belgian Grand Prix: F1’s other dark weekend

    The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of F1's darkest weekends -- with just cause. Aside from Ayrton Senna's death during the race, the weekend also saw rookie Roland Ratzenberger die in qualifying and Rubens Barrichello almost dying on Friday. But before that horrible weekend in Imola, the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix was one of the most infamous weekends. A far cry from today's era of safety The 1960 season took place at a dangerous time, when drivers didn't wear full-face helmets, fireproof overalls weren't mandatory and roll hoops weren't used. Hell, many drivers didn't care for seat belts,...

  • Nvidia’s neural network taught itself to drive cars

    Self-driving cars are quickly becoming one of the hottest things in the automotive industry. But is driving easy enough for a neural network to learn with little human input? Well, Nvidia has done just this. The tech company fed data from the steering wheel and a front-facing camera in the car to "convolutional neural networks" (CNNs). The neural networks then conducted steering commands in reaction to said data. "This powerful end-to-end approach means that with minimum training data from humans, the system learns to steer, with or without lane markings, on both local roads and highways. The system can also operate in areas with unclear visual guidance...

  • These might be the road signs of the future…

    From bus lanes and yield notifications to stop signs and speed limits, road signs haven't changed much over the years, it would seem. But automotive innovation is moving at a rapid pace, so UK-based website Car Keys came up with several road signs we might see in the future... Autonomous cars only Between Google, Tesla and other firms dabbling in this field, it seems like a matter of time until we get lanes for autonomous cars only. Expect these lanes to be the safest - unless a human driver decides to get in on the action. Charging lanes to be a thing? Much like autonomous technology, several firms are experimenting with...

  • How will 2017’s F1 cars look compared to 2016’s racers?

    The F1 season has passed the halfway mark, and several teams are already looking to the 2017 season. Next year brings a raft of rule changes that will change the way cars look in a rather dramatic way. Technical illustrator Giorgio Piola teamed up with Motorsport.com to show off the 2017 cars and how they stacked up to your average 2016 model. So then, how do they compare? Watch the video and read all about the changes below... Wings? Perhaps the biggest visual change is a longer nose with a wider, swept front-wing. This was done in a bid to boost overtaking. The rear wing also...

  • Michael Schumacher: The real King of Spa?

    The Formula One summer break is in full swing, featuring a three week break from the German Grand Prix to the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian circuit is widely considered to be one of the greatest racetracks in the world, offering drastic elevation changes, iconic corners (Eau Rouge/Radillon), high-speed sections and notoriously tricky weather. Winning here is thus considered a badge of honour compared to almost all the other races on the calendar - only Monaco can possibly compare. In terms of race victories, Michael Schumacher can stake a claim to being the King of Spa, at six victories. But wins...

  • Hisense, TGN Racing co-develop ‘first 4K racing simulator in Africa’

    Hisense and TGN Racing Simulators are joining forces to build the "first 4K racing simulator in Africa". The rig will be used by professional drivers during practice and training sessions while at Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria. "The simulators have been engineered to provide a precise racing environment, each complete with advanced force feedback steering wheels, racing pedals and bucket seats, with some specially imported to South Africa," the press release explains. The rig will also boast three 55-inch 4K screens, to simulate the view from the racing cockpit. "At Hisense we are committed to products that can keep up with the high demands...

  • What innovation really means for business [SPONSORED]

    Innovation, like any good words appropriated too many times for too many purposes, has become something of a cliché, says Adam Oxford of htxt.africa, a company looking to claim back the word by inspiring action. We might understand innovation better “if we could define it a little more clearly”, says Oxford, htxt.africa’s editor in chief. That’s easier said than done, but one simple definition comes from WeThinkCode’s Camille Agon, who believes "innovation is finding solutions to problems". WeThinkCode is a new peer-to- peer tech institution that opened in South Africa in 2016. It aims to identify and train people between the ages of 17 and 35...

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

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