To say that Vauxhall is an exciting brand would be a barefaced lie. It's like saying that rice cakes are fun, or that a Bic biro is a well-crafted writing tool. I've never met anyone who, waking up one morning, has gone: "Oooooh, I really dream of owning a Vauxhall." It's nothing Vauxhall has done, either. It makes great cars, that do their jobs day in, day out. Sadly, their jobs are the same as the middle management reps that buy them. In all, Vauxhall gives off the image that only carpet salesmen are exciting … Read more
The family estate car (or station wagon) has to be a multi-faceted tool. It has to transport parents to work and social events; it needs to be good looking so its owners don't have a metal monolith on the drive reminding them that their choice of car is dull; its boot needs to swallow plenty of 'things' so children and dogs won't get bored; and it really should be a giggle to drive.
Most people will probably look at the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes for their estate kicks and, somewhat predictably (in Europe at least), end … Read more
Turbo engines take over in F1 next year thanks to a regulation change that takes the sport back to the future. It's exactly 30 years since the world championship was first claimed by a turbo-powered driver.
Turbos first appeared in F1 in 1977. It was Renault who first realised the potential of an exhaust-driven turbocharger to take on normally-aspirated engines. Renault won Le Mans in 1978 with a V6 turbo sports car, and powered Jean-Pierre Jabouille to the first turbo F1 win at Dijon in France in 1979. The Frenchman was chased home by an epic battle between Gilles … Read more
For the dedicated petrolhead, SEGA's OutRun has two major offerings: a red Ferrari, and one of the greatest crash animations of all time. Remember when Eddie Griffin's Enzo wreck went viral? Yeah, this is way better.
In OutRun, you play as a sleeveless badass racing through some sort of high-speed gumball driving a red Testarossa droptop. With a sultry 2D blonde riding shotgun, you charge through four stages collecting checkpoints for extended plays while avoiding traffic. Sure, OutRun lets you choose from three radio stations prior to takeoff, but they're mostly awful...what the hell genre is &… Read more
The iPad Air might be thinner, lighter and faster, but that doesn't mean you need to buy one. If you're still on the fence, this week's Top 5 is a must-see as Donald Bell offers up five reasons why he thinks you should save your money.
Google finally took the wraps off the Nexus 5 earlier this week. CNET's Lynn La takes you through a video tour of the new phone, which serves up Android KitKat, LTE, a 1080p screen and a great, low price to boot.
And if sexy, sleek sports cars are more your … Read more
When we heard about the VW Doubleback's apparent ability to do pretty much everything, we figured there's only one way to see whether it was as good as we're led to believe: take it on holiday.
Take a good, long, hard look at the SP/300.R. Drink in the Lola-developed aero package capable of producing 450 kg of downforce. Focus your attention onto the monstrous carbon adjustable rear wing. Notice the slick tyres wrapped around Formula Three wheels, the literal breath-taking six-point harness, the F1-style steering wheel that requires a masters in engineering to steer.
Before this day I'd never driven a purebred track car. And what a way to start -- completely and utterly petrified. I'd been repeatedly reassured that although the design gave the R the appearance of an £80,… Read more
Despite sounding like a thoroughly entertaining evening out, it is actually a description for one of the most important processes in the majority of engines.
Known as the four-cycle, it is the process where a piston in an internal combustion engine goes through four distinct strokes in one complete cycle of the engine.
As previously mentioned, internal combustion engines use expanding gas to drive their components around. The up and down motion of the pistons is converted into rotational motion by the engine's crankshaft, which can then be used to drive a vehicle forward.
Conventional four-cylinder petrol engine have … Read more
The Porsche Boxster has, unfairly, been referred to as the Porsche you buy if you can't afford a 911. It used to have doors and headlamps off of a 911, a paired-down interior, and it felt like it was made from offcuts. It was a bit of a Frankencar.
There were some pretty major differences, though: size, price, number of seats, engine size, and (most importantly) engine position. It's the midmounted engine that makes it so special.
Anyway, the 981 generation Boxster is the first to have doors all of its own, which means Porsche is taking the … Read more
In 1977, Magnus Walker was 10 years old. At that tender age he fell in love with the cars falling through Porsche's factory gates and a lifelong obsession began.
We've met Magnus before, he spoke to us about his beautiful Irish Green 911 and showed just what passion and hard work can do for someone. His collection was limited to pre-US bumper cars until recently, when he decided to try and pick up a 930 Turbo from 1975, 1976 and 1977. He's started pretty strong, if we're honest. He's found three cars from 1976 and … Read more