Fraudulent metal strength data threatens automakers

Automakers have been put into the spotlight and are undergoing scrutiny for its vehicle production that makes use of supplies from Kobe Steel. Kobe Steel is Japan’s third-largest steelmaker and are suppliers to Ford, GM (General Motors), Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Toyota. The Kobe Steel scandal A scandal around falsified data has raised its head. Apparently Kobe Steel employees have falsified data on the strength and durability of materials. These include copper and aluminium products that are used in cars, airplanes, trains, and even possibly a space rocket. Subaru has issued a statement saying it had done an internal investigation. [...]

By | 2017-11-14T16:47:01+00:00 October 30th, 2017|News|

Ferrari’s CEO still skeptical of electric cars

“The full environmental impact of electric cars needs to be analyzed more thoroughly before we can determine them to be more innocuous than internal combustion engines. I think that if you don't do the full analysis of what the origin of the electrical power is, where it comes from, how you get batteries into these cars, what the cost is in terms of CO2 and the environment, I think the analysis that we are going to save the planet with electric cars is nonsense." This came from chairman and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and chairman of Maserati, Sergio [...]

By | 2017-11-14T16:32:49+00:00 October 13th, 2017|News, Sports Cars|

Will Tesla Model 3 delay impact South Africa?

260 Produced 1500 Target Tesla Model 3 misses its production targets for the Q ended September 2017 Tesla Model 3 production has been missed as the company produced just 17% of its target. Elon Musk announced the production targets in July at the official Tesla Model 3 launch. He also announced a little later that the Model 3 electric car would be headed for South Africa. Tesla produced 260 Model 3 electric cars and delivered 220 of them in the Q ended September 2017. This off the target set by the [...]

By | 2017-10-04T11:54:10+00:00 October 4th, 2017|EV's, News|

0-400-0 km/h in under 42s for Bugatti Chiron

Making the record books for the “fastest in the world” is not anything new to Bugatti. In the last week Bugatti Chiron made news for going from 0 km/h to 400 km/h and then back to 0 km/h in record time. Before I get into the record made by the Chiron, let’s just take a minute to process some numbers. Believe me, you’re going to need it. So here’s what $2.7 million (R35,7 mil) can get you: a W16 6-cylinder engine with four turbochargers spurting out +1000 hp and 1600 Nm of torque, all cocooned into a hand-built ultra-luxurious shell. [...]

By | 2017-09-27T14:03:15+00:00 September 25th, 2017|News, Sports Cars|

Cars in the spotlight this week

I’m not one to take a high interest in concepts and “vision” cars as I feel they don’t transcend into anything solid. Well, not all of the time, but most of the time. However, this week in motoring there have been several cars to have hit motoring headlines around the world, some of these cars include the McLaren 720S revealed at Pebble Beach, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, the BMW Z4 Concept and BMW’s new M5. Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet 2017 Mercedes Maybach 6 Cabriolet Mercedes promised a big surprise at this year’s Monterey Car Week and certainly [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:47:35+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Fossil Cars, News|

Tesla Model 3 full electric car is finally here and headed for South Africa

The long anticipated electric car for the masses is here, Tesla Model 3, and Elon Musk confirms it's headed for South Africa! He wanted to create a futuristic electric car that everyone can afford and that relegates petrol engines to the history books forever, and he's done it, the Tesla Model 3 is here. Elon Musk, a South African born entrepreneur is said to have started in cars what the iPhone started in phones. This isn't just an evolution. It's a revolution of the worldwide car industry. It will change the way in which we will see cars forever. In [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:46:46+00:00 July 24th, 2017|EV's, News|

Jaguar E-PACE does a 15m 270d ‘barrel roll’ to take the Guinness World Record

In pure Jaguar Land Rover style, the new E-PACE made its world debut in a way that was mind-blowing! In an extravaganza set up in London, Jaguar added another Guinness World Record to its name. This was done with the release and world debut of its new compact performance E-PACE SUV. Before I get to that, internally the E-PACE is labelled as "the cub" and to reflect this there are even icons of a mother and baby Jaguar cub on the windscreen edge. The baby luxury SUV is a transverse-engined, steel-structured vehicle that is somewhat based on Range Rover Evoque architecture. The [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:45:50+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Fossil Cars, News|

Huge Mazda3 and Mazda6 recall 2017

Mazda has issued a huge Mazda3 and Mazda6 recall in America Over 220 thousand Mazda3 and Mazda6 models have had a recall in America  (there are no details for South Africa yet) due to a potential fault with the parking brake, or hand brake as it's fondly known as in South Africa. The brake apparently malfunctions by either not disengaging when released, or not engaging when used.  This could cause the brake to "drag" while driving if it does not disengage. Or the parking brake may not be strong enough to hold the car when parked causing it to potential [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:44:09+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Fossil Cars, News|

Ferrari wins International Engine of the Year – Again!

The Ferrari engine scoops the International Engine of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The winning engine was the Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that powers the 488 Spider, and 488 GTB. This engine is also used in the California T and GTC4Lusso T, but with a slightly smaller displacement. Ferrari also took awards for the Performance Engine class and the 3- to 4-litre displacement category. Ferrari's 3.9-litre fought against Porsche’s 3.0-litre flat-six from the 911 range. Audi’s 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder, found in the RS3 and TT RS, was also in the category. Other competitors included the Porsche 2.0-litre [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:43:18+00:00 June 28th, 2017|News, Sports Cars|

Aston Martin Vantage recalled

A announcement has been made for the Aston Martin Vantage to be recalled globally due to a fault resulting from a transmission software update. Aston Martin Vantage models recalled were produced between June 2010 and September 2013. These are models with the Sportshift I or Sportshift II automated manual transmissions. Apparently, Chinese owners were the first to complain about their cars losing power in 2014. Complaints also surrounded power loss in the steering and braking systems. Aston Martin later sent engineers to investigate. It turned out that dealers did not reset the clutch position after a gearbox software update. When [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:42:40+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Fossil Cars, News|