Doctor's orders: what makes you fit to drive?

Posted in CAR NEWS on August 1, 2021
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No alcohol or drugs: “No one wants to share the road with a driver over the drink-drive limit, spaced out on cannabis or spice or manic and invincible after a line of Colombian marching powder. But what about someone who has had a pint of beer or a ‘harmless’ glass of rosé? “Alcohol has a profound effect on driving ability as blood levels rise, particularly on reaction time, and this slowing of responses is even more Read More »

How a sat-nav can make you faster around a track

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 31, 2021
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After three laps, the Catalyst has logged my lines and where I’ve been braking and getting back on the throttle. Now that it has this information, it can show me on subsequent laps where I could be turning in earlier or later or going faster. Which it starts doing. The fastest corner at Thruxton is called Church. It’s probably the most exciting corner of any track in this country, with the possible exception of Fordwater Read More »

Lewis Hamilton fueled by boos from crowd after Hungary pole

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021
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BUDAPEST — Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said booing from the crowd only fueled his determination after he took pole position in qualifying for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver is locked in a fierce battle with Red Bull's world championship leader Max Verstappen, with passions running high after their collision at the previous race. Plenty of Verstappen fans have made their way to Hungary for Sunday's showdown, the last before the August Read More »

Microsoft shows off upcoming 'Forza Horizon 5' biomes | Gaming roundup

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021

Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. This week in racing game news: "Forza Horizon 5" will have (at least) 11 unique biomes on its map Earlier this week we got a closer look at the world of "Forza Horizon 5," due to be released later this year. The upcoming Horizon entry takes place in a digital interpretation of Mexico and will Read More »

Former Toyota Europe boss Johan van Zyl dies

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 31, 2021
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Johan van Zyl, a long-time senior Toyota executive who stood down as the head of the firm's European division earlier this year, has died at the age of 63. The South African had worked for Toyota since 1993, and was appointed president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe in 2015. He retired from that role earlier this year and moved back to South African, where he had recently taken on the role of chairman of Toyota Read More »

Mercedes-Benz's armored S-Class can withstand AK-47 bullets

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021

Mercedes-Benz has developed an armored version of the latest S-Class capable of protecting its occupants against a wide selection of attacks. It's heavy and it's expensive, but it's a safe (literally) bet for those who hang out in war zones. Designed and built in-house, the S-Class Guard looks almost like a regular-production S-Class when it's viewed from the outside. That's intentional; it can't resemble a tank for style and tactical reasons. Well-trained car spotters will Read More »

VW CEO says it would 'have to consider' tapping markets for Porsche IPO

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess dodged questions about a potential initial public offering of Porsche AG, saying only that any steps to tap capital markets would have to be carefully considered. "As I said, we continue to review our set up. First priority is now to finance the battery ramp-up where we try to partly externally finance and we are working out the models," Diess told analysts after presenting first-half results. "And all the Read More »

Verstappen determined to deny Hamilton a 100th win in Hungary

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021

Lewis Hamilton can become the first Formula One driver to win 100 races but Red Bull's world championship leader Max Verstappen intends to be the one celebrating in Hungary on Sunday. Hamiiton has won eight times at the Hungaroring, a record he shares with fellow seven times world champion Michael Schumacher for most wins at the same grand prix. The Mercedes driver's 99th victory, at his home British Grand Prix 10 days ago after a Read More »

Rivian negotiating with British government for UK factory

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021

Amazon-backed electric vehicle start-up Rivian Automotive is in talks with ministers about building a factory in the UK that could include a big state support package, Sky News reported on Saturday. The company, which is also backed by Ford, has been in negotiations with the British government for weeks about the construction of a plant near Bristol, the report added. The talks are not yet at an advanced stage but any investment decision would likely Read More »

Junkyard Gem: 1992 Alfa Romeo 164S

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021
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Even after Citroën, Fiat, Renault and Peugeot departed the United States (in 1975, 1983, 1988 and 1991, respectively, though Malcolm Bricklin continued to sell Fiat 124 Sport Spiders and X1/9s with Pininfarina and Bertone badges for a few more years), Alfa Romeo managed to hang on all the way through 1995. The final Alfa Romeo models available here (prior to the brand's return to our shores in 2009) were the old-school Spider Veloce sports car Read More »