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  • Just how did Opel shave up to 200kgs off the new Astra? [Sponsored]

    The latest Astra has quite a few interesting features, but Opel has also touted its much-reduced weight, claiming to cut up between 120 and 200 kilograms from the new car (depending on the model). The result is improved fuel economy and comfort as well as a better driving experience, the company said. How exactly did the German automaker manage to shave this much weight from the vehicle though? Fortunately, Opel shed some light on this for us... Where did all the savings come from? For starters, a new manufacturing process and the use of "high and ultra-high strength steel" resulted in 77 kilograms being shed. This accounted for the...

  • Watch: All the spins, crashes from 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours

    It's no understatement to say that the 2016 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours produced one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen in motorsport. The race weekend played host to more than just a heartbreaking finish though, as fans saw a few spins, hard shunts and general offs as well. Fortunately, YouTuber 'crambno29 R' did the legwork and produced a compilation of some of the best crashes, spins and hair-raising moments. Highlights include a prototype on fire (2:10), some wet weather anarchy that includes the safety car drifting (3:40), a nasty sideways impact with the tyre barrier (4:30) and a GT...

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • Here’s how to follow 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 online

    It's one of the most gruelling and prestigious races of the year with spades of history behind its name and years of technology development bolting around its tarmac. It's the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and this year, Porsche, Toyota and Audi will once again battle it out for top honours. If you can't catch the race on television, don't worry, there are other ways to keep abreast of the action. Note: the race starts at 3pm SAST on Saturday 18 June 2016, and ends at 3pm SAST on 19 June 2016. Twitter Your best bet is following the official Le Mans 24...

  • A look back at other European GP venues

    This weekend's European Grand Prix marks the sixth location for the European Grand Prix, as the circus heads to Baku in Azerbaijan. Could it hold a candle to other European GP venues though? We'll have to wait and see, but for now, we take a look back at some of the earlier venues. Brands Hatch One of the most beloved circuits in motorsport, the Kent-based track played host to both British and European Grands Prix. The venue only played host to two European GPs, in 1983 and 1985, being won by Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell respectively. The latter running saw Mansell winning in the face of adversity,...

  • BP introduces ‘Ultimate with ACTIVE technology’ fuel to South Africa

    We don't often write about fuels here at Motorburn, but until the various alternatives become more readily available to the mass market any advancements made in the space are going to be important. And there is, no doubt, plenty of work being done to make fuels as economical and clean-burning as possible. That much was clear at the South African launch of BP's 'Ultimate with ACTIVE technology' fuels in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. According to the petroleum giant, these fuels are designed to keep your engine clean, aiding both performance and economy. In fact, BP claims that the new...

  • How many BMW i3s have been sold in South Africa?

    BMW South Africa has revealed just how many i3 electric vehicles have been sold in the country. In a press release to announce the UberGreen promotion in Cape Town, BMW and Uber noted that 124 cars have been sold in South Africa since its March 2015 launch. The UberGreen promotion will see BMW i3 cars available as an option for Uber users in the Mother City, albeit for a limited time only. BMW and Uber also revealed that "close to 50 000" BMW i3s have been sold since its international launch in 2013. The German automaker's cheaper i-series vehicle goes from 0-100 in 7.2...

  • There’s a reason why they call it the Wall of Champions…

    The Formula 1 calendar shifts into eighth gear as the championship holds four races in just six weeks, starting with this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve combines numerous chicanes, two hairpins and a lengthy straight, making for one of the more challenging tracks on the calendar. Unarguably the most infamous feature is the final chicane, featuring a wall that has been dubbed the Wall of the Champions, no doubt due to the fact that numerous champions, would-be champions and rookies have clouted it over the years. The wall received its name after a rather eventful 1999 race, which saw Michael...

  • What should we make of the Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid hack?

    Over the past few days, the motoring community has been abuzz with news that a team of hackers managed to wirelessly hack a Mitsubishi Outlander, taking control of its electric charging and alarm systems. While this is far from the first time a car has been remotely hacked, it has raised fresh fears about just how easy it is to break into contemporary vehicles. But just how worried should we be? How it's done Before delving deeper into that question, it's worth taking a look at where the security flaw lies. As demonstrated by security researcher Ken Munro, the major issue is...

  • Meet Merc’s tasty new E Class Estate [Gallery]

    While they've played a much smaller role in the market over the past few years, estate cars remain a favourite of motoring journalists. And it seems the manufacturers are pretty big fans too. Proof of that lies in the slew of quality estates coming onto the market, including the latest effort from Mercedes Benz. The new E Class Estate, set to make its debut at the MercedesCup tennis tournament, currently underway in Stuttgart, Germany. According to Merc, the new E Class Estate is sportier, roomier, and more practical than its predecessor. "The new Estate is as dynamic as...

  • Watch the weekend’s major motorsport crashes here

    It was a big weekend for motorsport, as Formula 1 hosted the Monaco Grand Prix and the IndyCar Series held the 100th running of the Indy 500. Only care for the crashes and mishaps? Well, we've got you covered you filthy casual, so check out some of the bigger shunts below. Sage Karam's bad luck at Indy continues. The pitlane at Indy is always a chaotic part of the track, oddly enough... Verstappen's Monaco weekend began with a qualifying crash... And ended with a lock-up and crash in the race. Jolyon Palmer was another victim at Monaco. SA's own Sisa Ngebulana caused this massive Formula 3 crash. The...

  • This is the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

    If you're not a fan of the direction BMW is taking with its GT cars, avert your eyes now. The German auto giant has just announced the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, set to launch in July. According to BMW, the new 3 Series Gran Turismo is sportier and more fuel-efficient than its predecessors and will come with three petrol and five diesel engines, all offering higher outputs than the ones they replace. At 4 824 millimetres in length, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is around 200 millimetres longer than the other members of the BMW...

  • Mutants with wheels: what (production) cars would the X-Men drive?

    Given that the protagonists have superpowers (some of which allow them to fly), it's not all that surprising that cars don't play too big a role in the X-Men universe. In fact, the only mutants to consistently have their own vehicle is Cyclops, who has a motorbike and various types of car, and Wolverine, who has a Harley Davidson. But the other grown-up mutants must have their own cars too. After all, Storm's hardly going to summon the weather to pick up a few things at the grocery store (there's also the fact that at least one movie shows...

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