Inside the industry: Porsche turned electric dreams into reality

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 26, 2021
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In hindsight, the clues were there two years ago, when talk among friends invetably turned to EVs. I was mounting a defense of the usual complaints (short range, too complex, frail charging infrastructure, not even that green anyway) when someone shuffled forward: “Actually, I’ve just put down a deposit on the Porsche Taycan.” It was a startling moment, because the Taycan, brimful of pioneering tech and due to launch costing more than £100k, was still Read More »

Under the skin: the supercharged air pump tech set to clean up diesel's act

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 25, 2021
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Supercharging is the age-old method for boosting power by forcing air into an engine under pressure, feeding it with more oxygen to burn more fuel and generate more power. It has another use too: that of providing an excess air supply to promote cleaner combustion (rather than boost power), and in that role, as an air pump, one of the latest examples of its use is by Mazda on its Skyactiv petrol engines. The latest Read More »

Industry analysis: can the UK pick-up truck market recover?

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 25, 2021
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“If anyone wants to order substantial quantities, you’re looking at delivery times into next year already, and I think this will continue for the next few years,” said Gordon Bester, head of vehicle procurement at rental giant Northgate. “The demise of the L200 and the stopping of production of the other models has certainly forced our hand and caused us to get on the front foot to get our orders in. This time of year Read More »

Better than the real thing? Bell Sport & Classic Ferrari 330 LMB driven

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 25, 2021
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You have to be very rich to own one of the more desirable 1960s Ferraris, but you have to be very brave to actually drive it. The rising valuations for the sort of premier cru classics that get the best spots on the lawns of upmarket Concours events has turned them into hugely valuable assets – hard to insure and, if the very worst was to happen, almost impossible to replace.  Yet take the need Read More »

Elon Musk is going to host Saturday Night Live on May 8th

Posted in REVIEWS on April 25, 2021

NEW YORK — Technology mogul Elon Musk has a lined up a new gig in addition to his jobs as CEO of electric car maker Tesla and spaceship maker SpaceX. He is going to host the iconic TV show “Saturday Night Live" on May 8th. Musk's scheduled May 8 appearance builds upon his recent run of success. Tesla's stock is worth nearly six times more than it was before the pandemic started, leaving Musk with Read More »

Female car repair shop owner blazes a trail in UAE

Posted in REVIEWS on April 25, 2021
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SHARJAH — Huda al-Matroushi is one of few Emirati women to venture into the car repair business, an industry that has long been dominated by men in the Arab world. "I enjoy it a lot," says Matroushi, holding up her oil-stained work glove. "Because I'm on top of my job, and it's my business, I belong to it: I feel proud of myself." Cars have been a hobby for Matroushi, 36, since childhood. "I like Read More »

Two U.S. senators make new push to advance self-driving cars

Posted in REVIEWS on April 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. senators are working to attach legislation to allow automakers to deploy tens of thousands of self-driving vehicles on U.S. roads to a bipartisan China bill, a significant reform that could help speed the commercial use of automated vehicles. Senators Gary Peters, a Democrat, and John Thune, a Republican, have circulated a draft amendment seen by Reuters that would grant the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the power to initially Read More »

Winning the lottery prank on my husband!**went too far**

Posted in Featured on April 25, 2021

Tesla's bad week in China was months in the making

Posted in REVIEWS on April 25, 2021

BEIJING — Tesla had a terrible week in China, but sentiment against the U.S. electric car company in its second-biggest market had been building as it struggled to keep pace with rapid growth. The pile-on by media and scolding by regulators show how precarious China can be for big foreign brands, and how a company's handling of an incident can turn into a crisis if the country's tightly-controlled news outlets turn against it. Tesla's defiance Read More »

Bubba Wallace's new NASCAR team gets Netflix documentary series

Posted in REVIEWS on April 25, 2021
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Bubba Wallace and the crew of Michael Jordan's 23XI Racing will be the subject of a Netflix series that will document the team's efforts throughout the 2021 NASCAR season.  "The series will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2021 NASCAR season through the eyes of the only Black driver at the top level of the sport and will explore Wallace, 23XI Racing, and NASCAR’s efforts to advocate for inclusion and equality in racing and Read More »