Melbourne Drift 2018 When 'mad' Kiwi drift champ Mike Whiddett gave Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo a.k.a 'honey badger' a ride in his fire-breathing (literally!) 1200hp quad-rotor twin-turbo Mazda MX-5 around the Melbourne grand prix circuit. Watch till the end for reactions, it's fun. #RedBullRacing #MelbourneDrift ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you always wondered what goes into a Formula 1 safety car? Maybe not as much as you may think, as revealed when Mercedes-AMG showed off the 2018 F1 safety car that's based on the 585hp/700Nm Mercedes-AMG GT R -- the most powerful of its kind ever in the annals of Formula 1.
The 2018 safety car starts life as a 'standard' GT R (the GT S held the honour previously) fitted with the AMG Track Package since roll cage and ceramic brakes are must-haves for track work. Decals incorporating the new F1 logo are easy enough to spot, as is the light bar mounted on a carbon-fibre roof 'air scoop', which itself is shaped in the wind tunnel to channel air flow to the rear wing.
Two tablets (iPads apparently) keep the omnipresent Bernd Maylander and co-driver Richard Darker suitably informed as to the going-ons during the race; one shows the live broadcast, and the other lap times and vehicle track positions, backed up by industrial-strength electronics and radio equipment stashed in the GT R's trunk. Catch the new AMG GT R F1 safety car in action this weekend at Melbourne, to find out how the beast of green hell strikes fear into the hearts of mere mortals, click here: goo.gl/7hPWZC. #F1SafetyCar #MercedesAMG #GTR ... See MoreSee Less
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So, what do we learn from watching this video?
1. Gigi Hadid and fast cars...it works 2. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has a cool new sponsor 3. The Mercedes-AMG GT looks spiffy with stripes by Hilfiger 4. Red leather accents can never go wrong 5. Between Gigi and Lewis, we'll let Gigi drive 6. She calls him 'Lew'
Check out what happened when we sent four-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton back to driving school with supermodel Gigi Hadid. Oh, and we put her ...
As long as your name is Sébastien... Not Thierry, not Dani, most certainly not Jari-Matti. Since 2004, there has only been two persons who can call themselves world rally champion - Sébastien Loeb (2004 to 2012) and Sébastien Ogier (2013 to 2017). To add salt to the wound, the elder Sébastien at 44, showed up at last weekend's Rally Mexico piloting a Citroen C3 WRC, he led the rally at mid-point until a puncture put him back to a still-impressive fifth place overall. Of course, the other Sébastien (Ogier) duly took the win in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC and returned to the top of the drivers' standings after three rounds.#WRC #Loeb #Ogier ... See MoreSee Less
Petronas boleh, really.
If you had doubted the contribution of Petronas in the four consecutive Formula One championships Mercedes-AMG ran away with, wonder no more. Mercedes-AMG team boss Toto Wolff recently revealed that all Mercedes-powered teams use fluids supplied by Petronas as the engine is developed and calibrated based on one specification of fuel and lubricant. Wolff made the comment in reference to rival Red Bull Racing's decision not to use the same lube supplier as the Renault works team (Castrol/BP) to facilitate a commercial arrangement with ExxonMobil, thus requiring Red Bull to spare more resources to calibrate its power units separately, which may be strategically detrimental even if it is financially rewarding. Red Bull has since defended its decision for doing so. (goo.gl/SksszC, goo.gl/DpBnz5) #Petronas ... See MoreSee Less
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BMW and Mercedes-AMG showed two very tasty four-door coupes at Geneva. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe (left) is a 'concept' for now while the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe (right) will go on sale in a few months time. Which one would you rather have? ... See MoreSee Less
BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe We aren't sure if it's a good idea to put a green car against a blue background, maybe it's part of the extended titillation exercise BMW is putting everyone through before the actual climax of the production car. To be fair, the Concept M8 Gran Coupe does take the audience one step closer to the real thing as just about every element shown on this four-door coupe is production probable, save for the wing mirrors. The inverted kidney grille is now of a believable size while the bumpers bear resemblance to current M cars, even the rear diffuser and exhaust outlets look like finished items. When the 8-Series finally goes into production, expect the variants to be powered by the powertrains currently offered on the 7-Series, and that could include a 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid, 3.0-litre turbo inline-six, 4.4-litre turbo V8 and even a 6.6-litre turbo V12. #BMWM8 #8Series #GranCoupe ... See MoreSee Less
Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Let's set the record straight: this new Mercedes-AMG GT 4 isn't the CLS, but both models and the E-Class share a common platform. Unlike the CLS, the GT 4 is a fastback (like an Audi RS7) with a rear glass hatch and bespoke engineering unique to the AMG GT family; cue active aerodynamics, all-wheel steering, etc. Three variants have been announced; the 585hp/800Nm GT63, the 639hp/900Nm GT63S (both powered by the M177 bi-turbo V8 in different states of tune) and finally the 435hp/520Nm GT53 which is propelled by a twin-scroll turbo inline six with an EQ Boost mild hybrid system. All models come with 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive and 9-speed transmissions. How fast? Zero to 100km/h takes 3.2 seconds in the GT63S. #MercedesAMG #GT4 ... See MoreSee Less
Not many are aware that the first-generation Nissan Leaf has a near 50:50 weight distribution, not unlike the 'pursuing' Mazda RX-8, but unlike the latter, the Nissan also has a low centre of gravity thanks to its floor mounted battery packs. That, coupled with a compact electric motor up front and the absence of a transmission (it only has reduction gears) means the Leaf is unusually agile in corners despite having a soft suspension and a far taller profile, something which the RX-8 driver found out the hard way. Oh, we think the toppling of the lamp post at the very end deserves an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. #NissanLeaf #MazdaRX8 (Dashcam footage courtesy of Patrick Tan) ... See MoreSee Less