Before you can finish reading this sentence, the speedy Red Bull Racing pit crew would've finished changing all four tyres of a Formula 1 car. In last weekend's exhilarating British grand prix, they did it in 1.91 seconds, shaving 0.01s off the previous record jointly held by them and the Williams team. F1 is a team sport? You better believe it. #RedBullRacing
F1 We have a NEW WORLD RECORD! 😱
Red Bull Racing completed the fastest DHL Motorsports Pit Stop EVER at Silverstone! 🇬🇧👏 ... See MoreSee Less
The folks at Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia along with hundreds of Volkswagen Beetle owners will be attempting to set a new record today -- for the largest congregation of the iconic Beetle at one location.
If you own a Beetle and the news of the gathering had somehow eluded you, you may register here: bit.ly/2X2poH7, it's free.
The place to head to is the open-air carpark at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya: bit.ly/2XIJ5Up
Counting begins at 3pm, so you might want to arrive before that. Good luck! ... See MoreSee Less
The MINI Cooper SE or MINI Electric (for the UK market) is the first fully-electric offering from MINI and also the first among premium compacts. If you were hoping for Tesla-equaling performance and range, then you could be slightly underwhelmed as the 3-door SE is primarily targeted at urban use with a maximum range of up to 270km (based on the WLTP cycle) per full charge from its 32.6kWh battery pack (gross capacity).
The Cooper SE's BMW i3-derived powertrain is capable of 184hp and 270Nm but retains front-wheel drive configuration unlike the i3; 0-100km/h is done in 7.3 seconds with top speed limited to 150km/h, all rather sensible. In fact, MINI claims its boot space is uncompromised as the lithium-ion pack is floor-mounted, so the only tell-tale sign being a slightly raised stance by 18mm.#MINI #Electric #CooperSE ... See MoreSee Less
Aside from having the world’s most powerful production four-cylinder engine with an output of 421hp and 500Nm (for the S model) and an updated 8-speed dual clutch transmission channelling power to all four wheels, the new Mercedes-AMG A45 also boasts a drift mode made possible by the new AMG Torque Control of the rear differential.
How? Two electronically controlled multidisc clutches – each connected to a rear drive shaft – manipulate the torque split between the two rear wheels. In fact, the 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system can distribute 100% of the torque to the rear axle, and if need be to just one of the rear wheels. All you need to do is turn off stability control, engage ‘Race’ drive setting, put the transmission in ‘manual’ mode and call it up using the shift paddles. By the way, the A45 S also does 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds. The world has gone bonkers. #MercedesAMG #A45 ... See MoreSee Less
The enormous challenge of transitioning to electrification and the adoption of next generation technologies has claimed a victim in the shape of BMW's CEO (or chairman of the board of management) Harald Kruger. After more than four years managing the second largest luxury car brand in the world, Kruger has announced that he won't be seeking a second term of office, citing the pursuit of 'new professional endeavours'.
While BMW plug-in hybrids have chalked up respectable numbers around the world, there has been no new fully-electric model since 2013 when Kruger's predecessor Dr. Norbert Reithofer launched the i3. Rumours were already rife in recent weeks of Kruger's possible exit, his replacement is expected to be announced soon by the supervisory board chaired by Reithofer. #BMW ... See MoreSee Less
Following Red Bull Racing's thrilling win at the Austrian GP, a familiar face was spotted among the Honda senior personnel in attendance. To those old enough to remember, Seiji Kuraishi (left and clutching the constructors trophy) was the CEO and MD of Honda Malaysia from 2002 to 2005 - a pivotal period after the formation of Honda Malaysia in late 2000.
Among the most memorable achievements under Kuraishi's watch were the opening of Honda Malaysia's very own production plant at Pegoh, Malacca and also the launch of the GD8-generation Honda City which heralded a new level of affordability for Japanese cars. Kuraishi-san is currently serving as Honda Motor Co.'s Chief Operating Officer and the director in charge of research and development, he also holds the position of executive vice president and representative director on the board of directors.
Ganbatte in the next race in Silverstone! #RedBullRacing #Honda
Throughout the course of Formula 1 history, there have always been long periods of domination by teams that somehow managed to extract the maximum out of machines and human talent, it is part of motor racing, not just F1. Occasional and transient observers are fast to deem the sport boring when certain teams are successful but don't offer solutions. Well, the Austrian GP should shut you up this week, at least. ... See MoreSee Less