We all know AMG as Mercedes-Benz’s in house performance tuner. What many of us don’t know, however, is how AMG got started.
Finally AMG (along with Mercedes) has released a short, 10-minute documentary on the upbringing of AMG and how the German company got absorbed into Mercedes-Benz.
The documentary reveals many interesting facts, for instance; what AMG actually stands for. (more…)
This isn’t something you get to see everyday.
Ferrari’s test driver, Raffaele De Simone, recently did a video for Ferrari where he takes the viewers into his signature 458 Speciale for a ride around the track at Fiorano.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the track version of the 458 Italia and hence, is faster and produces more power. As De Simone takes the viewer for a virtual ride in the Speciale, he discusses some of the more important components of this very special car. (more…)
Nissan recently released a documentary on the development of the 2015 GT-R Nismo.
This is the fastest car that the company has ever built, and thus, we can understand why they are so excited to showcase the whole development process with Nissan fans and automobile enthusiasts world wide.
The documentary features interviews with key people involved in the development as well as a rundown of some of the tests and simulations executed.
The 2015 GT-R Nismo goes on sale early next year. You can start saving and check out the documentary below in the meanwhile:
Source: Motor Authority
I’m at the World Karting Championships and I’ve just qualified 33rd out of 70 competitors at the Al Ain International Kart Circuit. It’s not going well.
Overnight we make a key change to our setup and the next day I finish on the podium in all three of my knockout heats. I start the pre-final 3rd and eventually land up 6th in the world and 2nd in the Nations Cup – a podium and a trophy.
What was the key change? Tyre pressures. We went from the lowest pressure we had ever tested to a tyre pressure so high that we never even considered it.
The reason we could make such a radical adjustment without batting an eyelid was because when I raced for Kartsport SA I was their official tyre tester. It’s one of my favourite jobs as a racing driver. If you can master tyres then you hold a distinct advantage in motor racing. Just ask Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel.
And so we fast forward to 2013 and I am in my Audi S5 rolling off the brakes and tipping it into a sharp left-right switchback. I anticipate the rear to step out a bit followed by some uncomfortable trademark Audi-understeer.
Instead what happens is I nail the lefthand apex and swiftly twitch the steering right to hit another lovely apex.
Three corners later and braking harder for a hairpin I experience the same thing. I’m blown away, my car has transformed from an understeer machine to something liken to being on rails.
I’m experiencing this magic because my car has just been fitted with a brand new set of Vredestein tyres, their top of the range 225/35 19’s.
Once I’d ‘run in’ the tyres during a gentle 25km drive it was time to let them settle overnight and see how they felt the next day.
The first thing that struck me was how much smoother the ride was compared to my previous tyres. The sidewalls are definitely more compliant compared to what I had before.
Another attribute which I think is worth mentioning is that there is very minimal road noise when cruising at highway speeds. Sometimes with a wide set of tyres you will experience a considerable amount of road noise but it seems that the Vredesteins do a decent job of scrubbing that out.
I have owned many cars during my short life span and in that time I have tried tyres from the best manufactures – Bridgestone, Pirelli, Michelin, Dunlop etc. – but none of them have come close to what I have experienced with this set of Vredesteins.
They are just so grippy at high speed and yet so compliant when cruising around town. Audis are notorious for understeer and yet with the Vredesteins fitted to my car I feel like I cannot own another type of tyre again. They are that good.
The only concern that I had with my set, was that when they were brand new there was a bit of movement under heavy acceleration. The movement was a result of the brand new tread flexing. Though it caught me off guard initially I realised that this was a result of them being literally brand new and after the 25km run-in, that movement was gone.
Two days after fitting the tyres there was some torrential rain in Cape Town which gave me the opportunity to test their wet weather ability.
There is a neat little section near my house which includes a long right followed by a sharp left that leads into a traffic circle. I’ve done this section 1000 times in wet and dry. I decided to give it a go with the new tyres and the result was difficult to describe.
Instead of the front washing away as I switched from right to left, I could feel the rear of my car grip and squat, leaning on the right rear heavily, the weight transfer gave me a great sensation through the steering wheel which instilled confidence and confirmed just how good these tyres are.
A great set of tyres that are going to do very well in the South African market.
Read the other Vredenstein review by Minnaar Pieters.
Get ready for the all-new, all powerful, 2015 Ford Mustang. Today, Ford announced that they will be revealing the new Mustang on December 5th.
The launch will also be broadcasted globally, with synchronized live showings in Los Angeles, Michigan, Dearborn, Barcelona, Shanghai and Sydney. (more…)
If a solid drag race is what you’re after, then this next video will totally be worth the watch.
This video shows a Tesla Model S go up against a BMW M5. The Tesla has been getting a lot of attention lately, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up against a M5.
The video was filmed during Automobile Magazine’s 2013 Automobile of the Year testing.
So, without further a due, check out the drag race below:
Not too long ago we posted some spy shots of the all new 2014, Mini Cooper. Well, the time for spying is over as the third generation Mini was officially launched today.
BMW revealed the all new Mini, and while it still looks the same and features everything you’d expect from the car, it has been upgraded some what on the inside – including some brand spanking new technology to go along with it. (more…)