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The New Ford Focus RS  I know how to drift – show me!

The New Ford Focus RS I know how to drift – show me!

The new Ford Focus RS is here in South Africa; to the fortunate journalists who drove it on launch….well let us just say that, I am not at all one bit jealous! Considering the anticipation, let us run through some of the specs. It has a 2.3L EcoBoost, I-4 cylinder, turbocharged engine. Pushing out 232kw of power, (@6000rpm), and 475nm of torque, (@2500-4000rpm), via a 6-speed manual transmission. Zero – 100km/h in 4.5’s and a top speed of 266km/h. Ultimately, it is the driving experience of the Ford RS many are anticipating: handling or cornering scenarios with enough agility to dodge bullets. Its sheer aggression on the road has many Audi RS owners, sending their cars in for ECU and exhaust upgrades – ASAP! The Focus RS has four different drive modes, Normal, Sport, Track and Drift: think gymkhana Ken Block. However, some countries, (not South Africa) like Australia are prohibiting entry of the Ford RS because of the danger this feature presents. It does not take a whole lot of grey matter to realize there are idiots that will put themselves and others in danger and activate Drift mode on public roads. Case in point, in Germany, where a brainless driver was showing off to spectators, almost T-boned an old Mercedes Benz and killed two spectators. This engineering marvel was invented by accident, Tyrone Johnson, Ford’s performance and engineering manager explains, “It wasn’t like the team was working on a mode for drifting. It was more like one of my guys sitting in the car – the lead dynamics guys sitting in the car – and next to... read more
Going Where No Suzuki Has Gone Before – to the moon

Going Where No Suzuki Has Gone Before – to the moon

Suzuki Motor Corp has partnered with the Hakuto lunar exploration team representing Japan, who are competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). In 2011 twenty-nine teams representing different countries, entered the competition. In 2016, only sixteen remain. The prize – $30 million. This is a race for space people! Rules stipulate that only private funded spaceflight teams can enter. Each team must successfully land their lunar craft on the moon, then direct the vehicle for at least 500 metres, while transmitting high resolution video-images/data back to earth. There is also 5 Million dollars in bonus prizes for further technological and scientific achievements conducted during the mission. That Hakuto – Suzuki have their sights set on. Like locating the Apollo 17 landing sight and the Apollo 17 moon buggy. So a Dual Rover system was developed: Moonraker,(four-wheels) and Tetris,(two wheels). Moonraker will satisfy the challenges of the Google Lunar XPRIZE and Tetris for skylight and lava duct exploration. And no! Suzuki do not want to be the first car manufacturer to build a dealership on the moon, for inter-galactic space travellers, looking to test drive their latest model line-up. But more-likely-than-not, Suzuki will be the first manufacturer to have one of its products roam the powdery and rocky surface of the moon. A mission so inspiring – a vision so bold. Toshihiro Suzuki, Suzuki’s President, CEO/COO, said in a press release. “Our sympathy with Hakuto challenging the dream with a small rover made us decide to support the project, as we ourselves have been contributing to creating affluent societies through manufacturing small cars”  Also, Hakuto team leader Takeshi Hakamada said... read more

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The New Ford Focus RS I know how to drift – show me!

The new Ford Focus RS is here in South Africa; to the fortunate journalists who drove it on launch….well let us just say that, I am not at all one bit jealous! Considering the anticipation, let us run through some of the specs. It has a 2.3L EcoBoost, I-4 cylinder, turbocharged engine. Pushing out 232kw of power, (@6000rpm), and 475nm of torque, (@2500-4000rpm), via a 6-speed manual transmission. Zero – 100km/h in 4.5’s and a top speed of 266km/h. Ultimately, it is the driving experience of the Ford RS many are anticipating: handling or cornering scenarios with enough agility to dodge bullets. Its sheer aggression on the road has many Audi RS owners, sending their cars in for ECU and exhaust upgrades – ASAP! The Focus RS has four different drive modes, Normal, Sport, Track and Drift: think gymkhana Ken Block. However, some countries, (not South Africa) like Australia are prohibiting entry of the Ford RS because of the danger this feature presents. It does not take a whole lot of grey matter to realize there are idiots that will put themselves and others in danger and activate Drift mode on public roads. Case in point, in Germany, where a brainless driver was showing off to spectators, almost T-boned an old Mercedes Benz and killed two spectators. This engineering marvel was invented by accident, Tyrone Johnson, Ford’s performance and engineering manager explains, “It wasn’t like the team was working on a mode for drifting. It was more like one of my guys sitting in the car – the lead dynamics guys sitting in the car – and next to... read more

Going Where No Suzuki Has Gone Before – to the moon

Suzuki Motor Corp has partnered with the Hakuto lunar exploration team representing Japan, who are competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). In 2011 twenty-nine teams representing different countries, entered the competition. In 2016, only sixteen remain. The prize – $30 million. This is a race for space people! Rules stipulate that only private funded spaceflight teams can enter. Each team must successfully land their lunar craft on the moon, then direct the vehicle for at least 500 metres, while transmitting high resolution video-images/data back to earth. There is also 5 Million dollars in bonus prizes for further technological and scientific achievements conducted during the mission. That Hakuto – Suzuki have their sights set on. Like locating the Apollo 17 landing sight and the Apollo 17 moon buggy. So a Dual Rover system was developed: Moonraker,(four-wheels) and Tetris,(two wheels). Moonraker will satisfy the challenges of the Google Lunar XPRIZE and Tetris for skylight and lava duct exploration. And no! Suzuki do not want to be the first car manufacturer to build a dealership on the moon, for inter-galactic space travellers, looking to test drive their latest model line-up. But more-likely-than-not, Suzuki will be the first manufacturer to have one of its products roam the powdery and rocky surface of the moon. A mission so inspiring – a vision so bold. Toshihiro Suzuki, Suzuki’s President, CEO/COO, said in a press release. “Our sympathy with Hakuto challenging the dream with a small rover made us decide to support the project, as we ourselves have been contributing to creating affluent societies through manufacturing small cars”  Also, Hakuto team leader Takeshi Hakamada said... read more

A True Podium Finish For Gugu Zulu

Gugu Zulu 1978 – 2016 In honour of his legacy, the fastest brother in Africa, the late Gugu Zulu, received a military funeral on Thursday. (July 28th, 2016). Just two days ago, I attended his memorial, where I sat right at the back of the capacity-filled auditorium. That if it not for the TV screens. I would have been unable to see who was on stage. But having arrived forty-five minutes early for the funeral scheduled to start at 9am. I found myself in pole-position standing directly behind one of the police officers; watching them lower the coffin from the hearse onto the catafalque, surrounded by mourners, it was the grief and pain on the faces of Letshego, (her hand resting on Gugu’s coffin) the widow and Mr and Mrs Zulu, the bereaved parents – their expressions really told the story. And for a moment; I felt like time stood still, and everything, everyone else faded out of the picture, leaving only Letshego in the scene. At that point, reality set in – which was like a kick to the stomach – and I realized Gugu is gone forever. Even when sitting inside the church, observing the hundreds of people in attendance, especially my fellow motor journalists – it looked like they were all silently asking themselves the same question. “Surely, this cannot be happening, surely this must be a bad dream and at any moment someone is going to tell us there’s been some confusion, and there was a mix-up at the hospital in Tanzania – and Gugu is still alive.” Gugu was a torch-bearer in this life... read more

Searching For The Spirit of The Great Heart | Latest news

GUGU ZULU Born May 13th 1978 – Died July 18th 2016 South Africans mourn the passing of Gugu Zulu: A son, a husband, a father and a true gentle-man. Who also happened to be a racing car driver, (a great one at that), sportsman and TV presenter. He was 38 years old. Gugu was a shining light, showing us the way; using his influence to reach-out to the underprivileged, being a wellspring of joy and encouragement to everyone he met. Although he is no longer with us, his light is not extinguished and in honour of Gugu Zulu, many will continue to carry that light, emulating his example of being a servant-leader. From humble beginnings to being called The Fastest Brother In Africa. We know how his story ended, but how or when did it all begin? Excerpts from an interview, courtesy of Street Motion, may provide some insight. Street Motion: Growing up, did you ever think you’d become the star that you are today? How did everything start off when you were a kid? (GZ): I was about four years old when I told my mother that I wanted to be a driver when I grow up. She asked me if I wanted to be a bus driver, taxi driver or truck driver. I didn’t know – I just wanted to be a driver. As I got older I started to read car magazines and follow motorsport. I remember watching “Drive Times” with my dad and I told him “One day I’m gonna be on that show” Of course I got that opportunity, albeit the name of the... read more

The New 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line | Latest News

When the French design cars. They make every effort to make both a fashion statement and a lasting impression. And above all else – to be different. The new Peugeot 208 GT-Line five door looks unlike any other hatchback of its class. Its French design flair, an aerodynamic and classy, that doesn’t look like it is trying to hard too look pretty. All encompassing quality that includes a most congenial interior.    The fabric upholstered seats feel both durable and firm while very clean in its presentation –  interior architecture is premium. A seven-inch touch screen that provides access to the vehicles settings, audio/visual functions,(AUX/USB) and Bluetooth connectivity. Convenience at your fingertips with the multifunction steering wheel. (Sporty pedals and the small,flat-bottomed wheel – like it was taken off a PS4 game consol). In front of you, under the bonnet. Peugeot’s award-winning 1.2L, 3-cylinder Puretech turbocharged engine is excellent in any car: a small engine that produces 81kW of power and very satisfying performance, an acclaimed top speed of 190km/h, the 208 GT-Line has both acceleration and cruising speed. Despite wind noise the ride is very comfortable. A well-balanced chassis and pliant suspension – better suited for normal driving conditions. There is however some room to explore its limits and tap into its sporty DNA. And who says every autobox should have a dual-clutch? The 6-speed box feels almost seemless as it shifts cogs. There is a small button for Sport-Mode; so the car holds onto gears a bit longer, rev’s with a little more pep and under braking – downshifts with the rasp of a small motorbike. The... read more

Opel Adam S Experience

Having just completed an advanced driving course a few days prior. My new skills were put to the test a lot sooner than what I could ever imagine. On my way to the pharmacy, in the new Opel Adam Sport, I took the left-hand slip way, about to exit onto the M5.When suddenly and without warning. A taxi, that had jumped the redlight, swerved and stopped right in front of me. With catlike reflexes, I initiated an emergency lane-change maneuver. Jumping on the brakes, just like Marius showed me, hands at 9 and 3 on the steering, there’s sand on the road and the car’s in a slide. I swerve right, ABS/BAS T/c/ESP activated, but the car is still skidding, I swerve left; and in what feels like slow-motion and an eternity to end. I am back on the throttle and on my way. Five minutes later I arrive at my destination. Before I exit the car. I take a moment to thank GOD and reflect on: what was a narrow escape from a, (potentially) very lethal situation. There are many dangerous situations motorists will face on a day-to-day basis and a single advanced driving course cannot prepare you for each and every one of them. Sure, when I was on the skidpan, I was determined to master an emergency lane-change; but I had to do more than learn to control a car in an understeer – I had to change my entire driving philosophy. Which I did, thanks to the brilliant team at Driving Dynamics. I now know why they call it the Opel Driving Experience. In the... read more