The perfect crash landing

If there were ever such a thing as the perfect crash landing, this would be it.

Last weekend in one of the Carrera Cup France races, on the very first lap, the Carrera of Jules Gounon managed to leapfrog right on to the roof of the identical car of Joffrey De Narda after he was turned around at a 90-degree right-hander.

The result is a testament to the lightness of the Cup cars, the strength of the rollcage, and even the strength of the spoiler, as the car landed on the still-moving compatriot, and balanced there until both came to a stop.

Imagine De Narda’s surprise as he stepped out of his Porsche to find it had become a double-decker.

Check out the VIDEO for a slow-mo vision of exactly how it happened - though the more interesting footage would arguably be how they managed to get the cars separated afterwards…

Volkswagen in red-hot water over green claims

So, it turns out VW has cheated US diesel emissions tests for seven years - since the stricter emissions testing came in circa 2008.

How? Through a clever piece of software that could identify when it was being tested and reduce harmful exhaust so it looked like the cars met requirements.

The trick has been employed because the company does not use Adblue, a chemical mixture which obliterates leftover particles in the exhaust system, for its particulate filters. In fact, it brags that it does not need the additive to meet the standards. In fact, it kinda did…

The sneaky trick was discovered by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which independantly tested the cars and found the anomaly.

The 2013 study tested three cars — a 2012 VW Jetta, a 2013 VW Passat, and a BMW X5 SUV — in real-world conditions as well as in the laboratory. and the results were confusing to say the least. While the BMW met all the standards, the VWs exceeded the cap by as much as 35 times the limit.

The two groups alert the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014, which in turn put the findings to VW. The carmaker claimed the findings were false or incorrect, but both CARB and the EPA keep pushing and testing - and find the cheat.

It turns out that there are a set of steering, throttle, timing and bar pressure triggers that are only eer displayed during an emmissions test - the patch kicks in to gear when all four boxes are ticked, allowing the car to fudge emissions test results. But not real world results.

While VW stocks continue to plummet, the company is also facing a possible $18 billion fine for the cheat - or $37,500 per car.

Wow. Just wow…

Jaguar launch F-Pace SUV in spectacular style

A British traditionalist marque breaking out from saloons to SUVs should have been enough to get noticed. But it would seem Jaguar isn’t satisfied to simply launch its much-anticipated first SUV onto the market via the Frankfurt motor show with a simple reveal.

Instead, the carmaker decided to break a Guinness World Record for loop-de-looping a car, rocketing an F-Pace around a 63-foot-tall loop, in the dark, complete with fireworks and airfield-style lighting.

British stunt driver Terry Grant put the specially-prepared F-Pace through its, errr, paces, clocking 6.5 Gs as he successfully completed the loop, which incidentally spelt out the number 0 in “80″, for the eightieth birthday of the Brit brand.

The F-Pace is set for release in 2017 with a 340hp or 380hp V petrol engine, with a diesel to follow, and kicks off at $41,985.

Check out the full video HERE.

Bentley Bentayga nabs most powerful SUV gong

The British brand of Bentley has finally buckled to the demand for SUVs, and come full circle with its first production flying brick, the Bentayga. And in true Bentley fashion, it’s the fastest and most powerful production SUV so far.

Debuting at Frankfurt next week, the stately SUV is thankfully a far cry from the ugly EXP 9F SUV concept from Geneva three years ago. Instead of branching out too far from its roots (though a SUV is far enough), the company scaled back on the wacky big wheels, squared-off face and Rolls-Royce cues to offer a production car that looks more, well, Bentley.

It wouldn’t wear the wings without the W12 engine, and Bentayga has 600 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque matched to an eight-speed auto and put through all four wheels. Bentley claim 0-62mph in four seconds, which is phenomenal given its 2422kg kerb weight. The speed tops out at 187mph, nabbing it the fastest SUV crown from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which clocks 4.1 seconds and 176mph.

More info will come after its release next week, including an anticipated $247,000 price tag. However, Bentley claim 4000 orders are already signed off, with buyers around the world unconcerned at the end price tag.

Subaru goes Hyper Blue

It’s the classic blue of the French and the Swedes, from Gordini Blue if the Renaults to the Polestar Volvos. More recently, it’s been splashed on the new Ford Focus RS, and now, Subaru has set aside its traditional rally blue for the Smurf-blood colour - in a limited edition run, that is.

Subaru will sell 500 manual-only Hyper Blue BRZs at a $655 premium over the standard car and colour palette ($28,845), and that includes both the paint job, a set of black wheels, and blue interior trimmings such as stitching and on the shift boot.

There will also be 700 special-edition STIs, again with the paint, some black wheels, plus blacked-out badges and side mirrors. It’s a bit loftier at 39,790, or $4,300 more than the base STI.

In other words, if you want a hyper blue Subaru, the bet deal is part-Toyota…


Production limited to 700 WRX STI & 500 BRZ
BRZ receives upgraded SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia
Rear Vision Camera now standard on BRZ
Exclusive Hyper Blue exterior paint and interior trims
Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. has announced pricing on 2016 Series.HyperBlue limited edition BRZ and WRX STI models. Production is limited to 700 WRX STI and 500 BRZ cars for the United States. Vehicles arrive in retail locations this fall. Read the rest of this entry »

Veyron successor to cost $1 million more

Car says Bugatti intends to build 500 Chirons, 50 more examples than the Veyron got. We could see it as soon as next year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Raunchy 2016 Ford GT spotted nude in Detroit

No snow and ice here, folks. No zebra camo, either.

An avid Ford fan just happened to see the highly-anticipated 2016 Ford GT cruising along a highway in the home of the big three, Detroit.

The exposed carbon-fibre Le Mans trainspotter has only been selectively shown off, so to see it in the raw flesg just cruising about town is akin to filming a panther strolling about a suburban street.

Well played, Ford, you have our eyes and ears…


Ring to be made safer; speed limits lifted

A raft of long-overdue changes will be made to the Nurburgring to make the track safer for users while allowing for speed limits to be lifted once more.

The changes should take speed limits from the track at some stage in 2016.

One key area of concern is the 1,640-foot area around Flugplatz which has seen several bumps evolve into dangerous unsettling obstacles over the years of heavy traffic; it will be resurfaced. This is following a huge accident earlier this year in a GT3 race, where a spectator was killed prompting the speed limit enforcement.

Higher grade safety fencing for both cars and spectators will also be installed around the track, and additional guard rails on areas deemed unsafe by the FIA.


The Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife is to be made even safer, and speed limits are to become a thing of the past as of 2016. At a round table on “safety on the Nordschleife”, capricorn Nürburgring GmbH (CNG) presented a comprehensive set of measures to representatives of the German motor sport association DMSB, the ADAC, the automotive industry, the organisers, teams, drivers and the region, finding wide approval. In the next step, an official application for renewal of the circuit approval, which is set to expire according to schedule at the end of the year, will be submitted to the International Automobile Federation FIA via the DMSB. Read the rest of this entry »

BMW throws stones at Pebble Beach

There is something better in Beemer’s stable than an M4, it would seem - the M4 GTS. The hyper version of the already energetic M4 was previewed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at Monterey Car Week, and the frosted GTS drawing more attention than some of the more traditional eye-candy on display for its subtlety as well as its performance cred.

The low-skirted coupe features adjustable aero, a huge carbon-fiber splitter and drift-style rear spoiler, and a lovely anodised orange lick of paint to compliment the frosted matte finish to the body. The rims wont be to everyone’s tastes but they do hide some lovely carbon-ceramic brakes (oddly painted yellow) and are staggered with 19-inches at the front and 20 in the rear.

The rear taillights are OLED (organic light-emitting diodes), which claim a more “precise” light emission, and “full-surface and homogenous illumination”. So, they are flashier than normal ones….

Okay, so far we have a glitter pack with glittery taillights… But then it gets interesting. BMW has installed a new water-injection system, which featured originally on the M4 Safety Car used in this year’s Moto GP championship.

It pumps water from a 1.3-gallon tank straight into the intake manifold to keep the combustion chamber cooler, thus reducing wasted energy from heat and lowering fuel consumption. Unfortunately, we don’t actually know those figures yet, and will have to wait ‘until a later date’ for that info. However, BMW does confirm it will be on sale in the States at some point…

OFFICIAL RELEASE: BMW Concept M4 GTS Premiered at Monterey Car Week.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – EMBARGO: August 13, 2015 – 9:00pm EDT/6:00pm PDT…A year on from the launch of the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M GmbH is presenting an initial preview of a high-performance model for use on the road and on the race track: the BMW Concept M4 GTS – the first M3/M4 special production vehicle to be sold in the US.

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Jenson Button knocked out and robbed in France

F1 driver Jenson Button and wife Jessica Michibata have been the unfortunate victims of a heist.

The couple were robbed in a vacation home in Saint-Tropez, France, which must have been cased beforehand as it is alleged the thieves pumped knock-out gas through the vents to ensure the couple and their three friends would not interrupt their plans.

The cost to Button is alleged to be over US$465,000 worth of items, including Michibata’s three-stone diamond and platinum wedding ring (reportedly worth $387,000). After marrying only recently, in December 2014, the loss will be very keenly felt.

“The first they were aware was when they woke up groggy the next morning and realized the house had been turned upside down,” said the unnamed source (probably Button’s publicist) told The Sun, which broke the story.

“It was a terrifying experience for them to know these criminals were actually in the room with them.”

Button doesn’t seem to have much luck in this department: he was mugged at gunpoint in Brasil in 2010 after leaving the track on a race weekend.