“Some say that he’s recently been releasing pop records under the pseudonym of Lady Gaga, and that under his race suit he also wears a red G-string and suspenders. All we know is he’s called the Stig!”
The true identity of the mystery man in the white Simpson helmet and race suit has always puzzled the viewers of Top Gear throughout the seasons passed. And although Jeremy describes him in a lot of weird ways through his “Some say…” quotes, the Stig is nevertheless a skillful driver that could tame any machine that drops into his hands.
Way back in 2007, Ferrari secured themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records; not for any performance achievements of any sort, but for the largest parade of Ferrari cars. With 385 Prancing Horses made their way to the Silverstone Circuit and fulfilling the requirements of driving for at least two miles and no further than two car lengths apart, they had their brief moment in the spotlight which was then taken by the Japanese a year after with 490 Ferraris lapping the Suzuka Circuit.
Ever been next to a supercar at a traffic light while seated in your hot hatch? You know he’s going to smoke you if you try but sometimes, you do it just for fun, you know the rich man and his ego will almost never let you pass. However, the tables may just change in a twisty road where power doesn’t really matter, just keeping up with a million dollar supercar in a machine less than a third of that is a feat by itself. And very very satisfying. Autocar UK got down to the bottom of this and pitted a supercar in the form of a Audi R8 against a hot hatch represented here by a Euro Civic Type R Mugen. And the winner is, you guessed it.
That Proton has been talking to Volkwagen is one very big open secret, according to reports from the international automotive media, and to quote Autocar UK, “Proton could become the latest firm to join forces with the Volkswagen Group, according to Proton’s chairman.” Now that’s news.
It’s a global tradition for enthusiasts of different marques to sit down and argue over which is best, and it will go on for as long as there’s two of something to be enthusiastic about. When it comes to cars though it has always been German or Italian or French or British or Japanese or American. For the context of this short introduction, let’s just stick to the first two, specifically Porsche or Ferrari. This can go on forever.
To help with the conclusion, you can always trust the media, test drivers and race drivers to come up with what’s best and who better than those who have been doing it for years and years. Here’s Chris Harris of EVO UK with the answer to possibly two of the most argued over topics in the automotive world ever; Porsche or Ferrari and electronic aid vs self satisfaction. Well it’s not quite the straight forward answer you are looking for but it is whatever you want it to be, for me, well if I were pulling up to a club, it’ll be a Ferrari but it’s also almost always about the thrill of the chase, I love to work for my fun and to live a little bit at the edge – Porsche. Part 2 is posted after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Avon has confirmed reports it is a potential supplier of tyres in formula one next year. The name entered the frame as a potential replacement for F1′s departing sole supplier Bridgestone in China last weekend, amid suggestions the teams group FOTA had agreed an in-principle deal with Michelin.
But with the famous French marque wanting to be paid and pushing for regulations allowing much lower profile tyres, it was rumoured Avon was favoured by Bernie Ecclestone and the smaller teams as a non-branded and cheaper option. Read the rest of this entry »
According to a report by Autocar UK, Bugatti will start production of the 16 C Galibier Concept hyper sedan in 2013. The source behind the apparent confirmation was not revealed but because of the recession, Bugatti, being the smallest but most exclusive in the VW Group, had not taken priority at high-level discussions. Read the rest of this entry »
The Porsche RS models have taken generations of enthusiasts by storm. The perfect combination of horsepower and lightweight has proved to be the ideal recipe for plenty of heart stopping moments and for those who are looking for the ideal track car for the road, it doesn’t get better than the Porsche GT3RS. Porsche of UK recently filmed this video that highlights Porsche RS models of past and present. It see’s the congregation of the original 1973 911 RS, the 996 and 997 GT3RS models, it’s a very informative and entertaining seven and a half minutes for Porsche and race fans. Read the rest of this entry »
EVO UK recently put Porsche’s claim that the “new GT3RS is race-ready” to the test and to do that they sent Chris Harris to meet rally legend François Delecour and put the GT3RS through some WRC stages. His conclusion is what’s really interesting, you got to watch it and also check out the change in intensity in Delecour’s face after they turn off the electronics, nice. Read the rest of this entry »
The Civic Type-R has a very special place in the hearts of everyone here at ZTH. But the Type-R that we speak of is the FD2R as the lesser FN2R is not available in our country. But no matter, we still love high-revving naturally aspirated small displacement powerplants and Honda makes one of the best in the market. In this video, Autocar UK gets its hands on the FN2R Civic Type-R which is still under development and puts its through its phases. What do they have to say about it? You’re just going to have to watch. Read the rest of this entry »
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