31 Mar 2015
The DMSB, otherwise known as the German Motorsports Federation, has temporarily banned all GT3 cars from the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track following a fatal accident on Saturday. A spectator unfortunately lost his life due to injuries sustained after a Nissan driven by Jann Mardenborough got airborne and landed into where spectators were watching. The car flipped in the air and hit the barriers causing it to vault over the fences landing upside down on the other side. Two other spectators were also injured in the accident. The DMSB had no other choice but to suspend racing of the vehicles in the SP7, SP8, SP9, SP10 and SP-X classes at the Nürburgring until further notice. DMSB Chief Christian Schacth said: “We are all still deeply shocked and our thoughts are with the family of the victim. The security of the participants and especially the spectators must be a top priority. Therefore, we need to analyse the details of what happened, discuss and then implement the necessary measures.” The decision to suspend racing puts the Nürburgring 24 hour race in question, since the temporary ban means neither GT3 or GT4 cars would be allowed to race at the event in May. Nissan said in a statement that the two injured fans have been released from hospital, as has Mardenborough after completing a series of medical tests. “Naturally he is very distressed about the outcome of yesterday’s accident.” Nismo said in the statement. Everyone at Nissan would like to again extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and to the spectators who were hurt. Nissan would also like to thank everyone for the support they have shown for the fans involved, the team and for Jann Mardenborough.” The German police have since seized the Nissan GT-R as part of their investigation, and Nissan are co-operating fully. Out of respect TopMotors will not display the video of the accident.
30 Mar 2015
The franchise is well known for fast cars, mind bending stunts and an abundance of explosions, not forgetting those distant and deep hard stares. The post-apocalyptic Mad Max world was always a petrolheads dream. The new updated franchise and will be premiered at the Cannes film festival and is due for release nationally on the 15th of May. George Miller’s new Mad Max films feature a stellar cast of stars including Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Want to see more Mad Max explosions? Check out this other teaser from Warner Brother’s released earlier this week:
30 Mar 2015
Just imagine, it’s your first day as a driving instructor, and in comes your first student. She is a nerdy girl with thick glasses who looks like this is the first time she has ever been behind the wheel of a car. What these driving instructors don’t realise is that this girl is actually Leona Chin, a professional racing driver from Malaysia. And this girl knows how to drive fast, VERY fast. The expression of their faces is absolutely priceless!
30 Mar 2015
The BBC are in a bit of a pickle at the moment due to the recent sacking of Jeremy Clarkson. As you know Top Gear is hugely successful on-screen, but its also very popular off-screen too with their live shows. Clarkson’s contract with the BBC will not be renewed, but he does have a separate contract with BBC Worldwide which means he will have to make an appearance at the live shows in Sydney in April 2015. However, if Clarkson refuses to play ball, there will be over 40,000 angry Aussies who could quite easily demand all their money back from the BBC, which is a lot of money indeed. “Talks are going on to try and ensure this event goes ahead. The main priority is the thousands of people who have bought tickets. The feeling in Sydney is that the three presenters want to do it, thousands of fans want to see it, so just get it on.” BBC source It appears fans of Clarkson overseas are really not happy about the sacking, as BBC director-general Tony Hall has apparently received death threats whilst Oisin Tymon, the producer Clarkson ‘punched’, has been under a barrage of social media abuse. I just hope that Clarkson gets his act together, the live shows go ahead as scheduled, and Top Gear gets aired by a new broadcaster who aren’t as strict as the BBC. Maybe Netflix? Who knows.
27 Mar 2015
At Goodwood last weekend this guy certainly gave the driver in white a brown trouser moment. But could he pull that mid air leap off again? We doubt it!
26 Mar 2015
Here are some of the driving sims or racing games you should try in 2015. The latest motorsport and driving simulators are cranking up the levels of realism every year, and it looks to me like 2015 has got a lot in store. Project Cars – Expected release date (May 2015) – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Microsoft Windows Project Cars developed by UK company Slightly Mad Studios is an ultra realistic driving sim, currently available as a beta release on Steam (Windows) you can take to the track and really test the capabilities of your gaming rig. Calibre 10 Racing – Already Released – Microsoft Windows, Xbox One This multiplayer game combines action-packed racing with fast-paced first person shooting. C10 Racing Series includes unique, never before seen racing vehicles created by top concept car designers from around the world. Distance – Already Released – Microsoft Windows (Steam) Distance is a fast-paced arcade racer. Even in early access it is packed with features including : A track editor,workshop support,online multiplayer, splitscreen, and solo play. This game is a blast to play with friends. I’ve already had tons of fun times with friends and randoms online. Distance is hands down one of the best early access games I’ve played. Even if you don’t like racers, give this amazing game a try. Road Redemption (Microsoft Windows (Steam) Road Redemption fits squarely in the Road Rash successor category, if you were growing up early 90’s you will remember this one well. It also reminds me of the craziness of the Burnout series and Radikal Bikers. Earn money, gain powerups, improve your character and bike whilst leading a motorbike gang, what could sound better? All in all there isn’t that much out there for 2015 so far, but these are some very good quality titles and can provide hours of fun ;). I am mainly hoping to see Need for Speed Underground 3, but there is nothing on that one yet.
26 Mar 2015
It still amazes me how many barn finds are out there, hidden treasures left to discover. After contacting a local auctioneer, the grandchildren of entrepreneur Roger Baillon discovered a collection of 60 vintage cars dating right back from the 1930’s to the 1950’s were left to rot in sheds on the family’s farm in Western France. And this collection could be worth more than £12 million at auction. Now these aren’t your typical vintage automobiles. One of the cars in the collection, a Talbot-Lago, had previously been owned by Egyptian King Farouk and a Ferrari had been used in a movie featuring Jane Fonda. The collection was put up for auction in Paris on February 6th 2015. Let’s take a look at this fascinating collection of vintage automobiles. “This sort of thing doesn’t happen often enough! I think, above all, you go into this profession for discoveries like this. Yes, this really is a treasure. said Artcurial Motorcars manager Matthieu Lamoure “I have to say that when we arrived here, we found ourselves overcome with emotion. Probably much like Lord Carrington and Howard Carter, on being the first person for centuries to enter Tutankhamun’s tomb. It really was a case of waking up sleeping beauty” The Talbot-Lago which was previously owned by the Egyptian King is the car on the right. Pierre Novikoff, a senior specialist at Artcurial, said: “This was somewhere between a metallic graveyard and a museum. Nature had taken a hold, over the years. Ivy had invaded a car and entirely covered its wheel, while weeds had taken root in a passenger compartment as easily as in a greenhouse” “We were standing in front of the Baillon collection. It was thought that everything had been sold, and its existence had been forgotten about. And here, we had just found the lost collection!” “Certain cars, much like paintings or sculptures, are works of art, created by artists! Not only the engineering, but their styling reflects the history of design” The vintage Ferrari (left), once sat in by Jane Fonda, and a super-rare Maserati A6G 200 Berlinetta Grand Sport Frua (right), is one of only three in the world. “Ferrari is a legendary name in the automobile world. And this car is unique. Only 37 examples of this model were built making it extremely rare. Every example has been carefully documented by historians and this one was thought to be lost. We have found it!” explained Lamoure. Matthieu Lamoure (left) and Pierre Novikoff (right), the founders of this amazing collection. Stories of spectacular barn finds like this are very rare, but its fascinating how classic cars of this magnitude can be neglected and hidden away only to rust. More info: Artcurial.com
26 Mar 2015
Jaguar has today announced that its long-term commitment to the UK is in full swing with confirmation of a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advance vehicle manufacturing. The largest single investment by the company has been made at their Castle Bromwich plant, where over £400m has been spent to improve facilities to support the introduction of the all-new Jaguar XF. The CEO of Jaguar Land Rover Dr. Ralf Speth said: “Jaguar Land Rover continues to demonstrate its unwavering support to the British automotive industry through sustained investments in advanced research, technology and innovation. This investment, made here in the heartland of our UK business operations, signals the confidence we have in this region to support the creation, engineering and manufacturing of ultra-low emission, premium British products, today and in the future.” Amongst the most notable of investments at the Castle Bromwich site is a £320m state of the art aluminium body shop which completes the site’s transformation into a global centre of excellence for lightweight vehicle manufacturing. Today, sales of cars built by Jaguary at the Castle Bromwich plant are almost double that from five years ago thanks to the new model ranges which include XJ and the F-type. The investment at the Midlands plant includes a £16m blanker line which will allow the them to turn coils of aluminium into ‘blank sheets’ that will be pressed into body panels. This line will feed to the new £320m body shop, capable of switching between Jaguar’s entire range of models mid-production. A further £30m has also been invested in signifanctly upgrading the trim and final assembly hall. The application of this modern aluminium technology results in the all-new XF being 80kg lighter than its nearest competitor and 190kgs lighter than the predecessor. Jaguar Land Rover affirms its commitment to the UK In addition to the Castle Bromwich investment, Jaguary Land Rover also confirmed this week that it will double the work force of its Advanced Design and Engineering Centre in Whitley, Coventry. This means many new jobs for highly-skilled engineers for the creation of high technology, ultra-low emission vehicles. We’re glad to see that Jaguar are investing heavily in the UK!
25 Mar 2015
In Southeast China there is a father-and-son team who have started creating these enormous Transformer robot sculptures from nothing more than scrap metal car parts, and they’ve been selling for more than 1 million yuan, that’s roughly $160,000. In China the Transformers franchise is hugely popular and successful, so Yu Zhilin, who is also a farmer but with a background in fine arts, decided to start sculpting these robot statues from car parts during his spare time. It took him three years to create his first recycled Transformer sculpture with his son Lu Yingyun. But now his enormous Optimus Prime and Bumblebee sculptures, assembled in his own workshop, have gone viral. Check out Yu’s incredible Transformer sculptures below! This father-and-son team have already sold these Transformer sculptures which are proudly displayed in various malls throughout China. Source: Shanghaiist