Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants & Reviews

Car of the Year

02/12/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

The Car of the Year (COTY) choices made by the different magazines and organizations are always interesting. This year, 2016, the results were as surprising as the outcome of United States presidential elections if only that the odds on the predictions were long.

There are many different classes for which awards were made, included Small Cars, Electric Cars, Executive Cars, Sports cars, MPVs and SUVs. But here we’ll look at Car of the Year, usually chosen on top of the classes. Read more…

Toyota Hilux moose test

31/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

This is fantastic material for conspiracist.

After losing WWII, the Japanese devised a cunning long-term plan to destroy their old enemy, the Allies. Over decades they crafted cute little cars and pickups that crept into the hearts of the Americans and Europeans. The Toyota Camry and Corolla, Hondas and Nissans have consistently featured well in the rankings of top car sales charts.

With the unsuspecting Americans and Europeans tightly enclosed behind the locked doors of their cute little imports the Empire struck back. Read more…

Getting rich kids to school quickly

01/03/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

You’re a good parent. You also are stinking rich and spoil your kids rotten. It’s only obvious that you want your seedlings to get to school comfortably, stylishly and quickly.

Fortunately, you have many options. But you also have to compete with the Joneses who refuse to be outdone when it comes to chauffeured four-door transport. Among them, they already use a Porsche Canamera, Maserati Qutroporte, Ferrari FF, E63 AMG S, BMW M5, Audi RS7, Cadillac CTS-V and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

How can you take the cake? Read more…

Dakar 2016 – the 4 superheroes

21/01/2016. Category: People. Topic: , .

If you don’t like sleeping, try to do a Dakar race next January. Many participants would get to the end of a stage late at night, then repair the vehicle, sleep perhaps for 2 hours, get up and go to the start point of the next stage. Every day for two weeks.

The Dakar is acknowledged as the world’s toughest race. It’s tough on the competitors and the support staff. Every participant is a hero even if a team did not finish the race. Read more…

New generation Unimog

18/05/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Unimog stands for UNIversal-MOtor-Gerat – Universal Motor Machine. Universal it is indeed; this dinkey-toy lookalike four wheel drive Mercedes has been crossing rivers and mountains and all kinds of obstacles since 1947.

It was developed to be used as agricultural vehicle but has found favour with many armies in the world. With a strong chassis and huge amount of torque, there is little that can stop the versatile Unimog. It can carry and pull big loads.  Read more…

Ferrari F12belinetta and LaFerrari

15/04/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Quicker than the Ferrari Enzo around Fiorano, Ferrari’s test track, the 730-bhp F12berlinetta is furiously fast, capable of 340km/h (211mph). It accelerates from 0–100km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds.

But faster still is the LaFerrari, the 963bhp petrol-electric supercar that reaches the 100km/h mark in less than 3 seconds and runs past the F12berlinetta’s top speed, reaching 349km/h (217mph).  Read more…

Extreme Lada Niva hill climb

13/03/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

What do you call a Lada Niva on top of the hill? A miracle.

You probably know a few Lada Niva jokes yourself but actually Lada is having the last laugh. It was the first mass-produced 4×4, launched in 1977, and still being manufactured in numbers. Sure, they might break easy but they are easy and cheap to fix. And for that reason you’ll find them all over the world, tackling the roughest terrain and usually beating it.  Read more…

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7

17/01/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7

The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the C7, is one of the most modern-looking American cars and one of the best looking cars in the world. “An instant classic,” comes to mind.

The small block LT1 6.2L direct injection V-8 pushes 335kW (450 bhp) through a 7-speed manual or 6-speed paddle shift auto gearbox – with an 8-speed auto shifter said to be in the planning – to the 19-inch  rear wheels. The 285/35 wide tyres are needed to handle the 610Nm (450 lb/ft) torque which will pull 1g in cornering.  Read more…

Chevy 789 by N2A

14/06/2012. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Chevy 789 style

When the Chevy 789 rumbled into life in 2007 it immediately received cult car status. It simply is one of the most beautiful Chevrolets ever made.

The Chevy 789 is crafted by modification company N2A, based in Orange County, California. The “789” designation arrived from the design of the car: the front is styled after a 57 Chevy, the mid section is based on the 58 Impala and the rear inherits the tail fins of a 59 Chevy. The total package sits on the Le Mans-winning Corvette C6 chassis.  Read more…

And this runs on batteries?!

15/11/2011. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Tesla Model S

0 – 60mph in 4.5 seconds. 285 horsepower rear-wheel drive. A drag coefficient of only 0.27. Top speed 130mph. And it runs on batteries?!

Yes, sir! This is the Tesla Model S, a gasoline-free automobile with so many features and gadgets the manual reads like a best-seller. But throw the book aside. That is what Tesla has done every since they designed their first roadster. This beauty is not your normal run of the mill. Read more…

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