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'My, what big teeth you have, Granny Evo'

Published by on Jul 20th, 2006, No Comments

By Denis Droppa

I’ve always thought Little Red Riding Hood was a bit dim to be fooled by a wolf dressed in grandma’s clothing. She’d probably cotton on a lot quicker if confronted with Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evo IX – essentially granny dressed up as a wolf.

The conversation would go something like this:

“My, what a big spoiler you have, grandma; and a big turbo; and mean-looking bumpers too.”

“Yup,” the Evo would growl, “all the better to thrill you with, my dear.”

And thrill it does. The mad Mitsubishi, like its arch-rival the Subaru Impreza STi, is based on a humble family sedan (hence the granny comment) but given teeth, claws and the whole big, bad wolf …. carry on reading

Honda Break Formula 1 Land Speed Record

Published by on Jul 20th, 2006, No Comments

Honda have set a new land speed record for a Formula One car.

Honda F1

Driver Alan van der Merwe clocked an aggregate best of 355 kph (just over 250 mph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats on Monday. Now the team are hoping to go further and achieve their declared target of 400 kph by the end of the week.

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FIA Enforcing Engine-Freeze In 2007

Published by on Jul 20th, 2006, No Comments

The FIA have been in a battle to enforce an engine-development freeze from 2008 to constrain the costs of being in Formula 1. This freeze would have ensured that all engine development that occurred after July this year would be scrapped in 2008 and teams would be unable to develop their engines for a further 3 years.

Personally, this never made any sense to me. Basically it would ensure that the best teams remain the best teams while removing any possibility of the lower teams ever catching up. It also ensures that the current standings would remain constant for 3 years, with each team finishing in pretty much the same position that they finished the year before.

However, as was expected, the FIA picked up a lot of flack for this decision, saying that they are essentially removing the main reason why most people watch the sport in the first place.
In response to this, the FIA have now decided to move the engine-freeze up to 2007, citing ‘safety’ as the primary reason behind the decision.

To be honest, if this all comes together and they manage to successfully pull off what is probably the biggest Formula 1 scandal in the history of the sport, I’m not going to continue watching……………….

Raikkonen's Career Wide Open

Published by on Jul 19th, 2006, No Comments

Kimi Raikkonen’s 2007+ Formula One career is still wide open at the moment.

Kimi Raikkonen

After signing a pre-agreement with Ferrari to the value of $4.4 million, Raikkonen still has until the end of July to withdraw his application to drive for the red team next year. All he has to do is repay the $4.4m, after which he will be free to drive for any team he chooses.

Renault F1’s president, Alain Dassas, told the French press at Magny Cours that Kimi would be an ideal replacement for departing World Champion Fernando Alonso.
Dassa was reported as saying: “It is no secret that we are in discussions with Kimi Raikkonen – indeed, it is one of our priorities.”

Flavio Braitore is also making enquiries as to whether Alonso’s contract with McLaren could also be undone. If Renault succeed in their plans, they could have an all-star lineup next season with Raikkonen and Alonso as team mates. (Personally, I’d love to see this take place, but then …. I’m prejudice. :P)

McLaren would also love to resecure the Finn’s services for next year, which would also make for an interesting season.

Kimi is expected to announce his decision by the end of the summer break in a little over a month.

Clarkson and the Veyron: A timeless (yet unmissable!) match

Published by on Jul 19th, 2006, No Comments

As you would have noticed by now, we here at Carblog are absolutely mad about the Bugatti Veyron, and we hope you are too. It’s time, however, that we take our appreciation for this amazing vehicle to the next level: It’s time we saw it in action!

If you want to see this incredible feat of automotive engineering being put through its paces by everyone’s favourite car reviewer – the charismatic Jeremy Clarkson, of course – then be sure to cancel all your plans for this coming Tuesday night! Clarkson will be reviewing the Bugatti Veyron on Tuesday 25th of July during that night’s episode of Top Gear Xtra. It looks set to be an incredible review, so be sure to catch it.

Top Gear Xtra can be found on DSTV channel 40. Remember, Tuesday 25th of July at 8pm! Don’t miss it!

Richard Hagan

‘Random Richard’

RandomRich@carblog.co.za

Is it a Cayman? Is it a 911? No!! It's the 997 911 R, G, something, something…

Published by on Jul 19th, 2006, No Comments

The motoring industry has done it again. Ok, not the motoring industry in general, but the performance and street-racing car manufacturing industry: They’ve launched yet another car with so many letters and numbers in its name that by the time you’re done trying to remember how to say all the letters and numbers in the correct order, you’ve forgotten what car you’re even talking about!

This time the car in question is the brand new, fabulously fast Porsche ‘997’ 911 GT3 RSR. Phew, quite a mouthful. Now catch your breath and read on:

Developed by Porsche in response to increasingly stiff competition from such illustrious marques as Ferrari and Panoz, the GT3’s 3.8 litre 6-cylinder Boxer engine delivers 485hp at 8 400rpm, while its maximum torque is 435 Nm at 7 250rpm.

I wonder if it comes with heated seats?

With the release of the GT3, Porsche is hoping to kick some major ‘Le Mans’ 24 hour racing butt in America next year. According to them, the GT3 is the ‘best race car (Porsche) can build’ in terms of ‘the existing sports car GT class rules’.

The car is due to be available around the world in time for the 2007 racing season.

Richard Hagan

‘Random Richard’

RandomRich@carblog.co.za

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Furious Jeep hits SA

Published by on Jul 18th, 2006, No Comments

DaimlerChrysler’s red-hot Grand Cherokee SRT8, the most powerful Jeep yet, has landed in South Africa.

This super Jeep is powered by a 6.1-litre HEMI V-8 producing 313 kW and 569 Nm of torque, which is 25% more power than the 5.7 -litre HEMI engine.

This means the Grand Cherokee STR8 rockets from 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds, 0-160-0 km/h in the low 19-second range, and 100-0 km/h braking distance of less than 42 m……. carry on reading

Bugatti Veyron – Larger than life!

Published by on Jul 17th, 2006, No Comments

Although we’re all set to pick up a new car next week, we’re pretty sure that if you ever see us driving a Bugatti Veyron ($1.2 million) we either stole it or just won the lottery. The car, while sporting its heart-breaking price tag, also packs an astonishing 1001 horsepower under the hood, gets from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds, and has an absolutely astonishing top speed of 253 mph. Also, be sure to check out the slick Bugatti Veyron Configurator, which lets you choose between a rainbow of two-tone paint combos and matching interior.

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