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08 April 2020

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08 April 2020

  • Porsche Cayman S | PH Fleet
    08 April 2020
    Mike reminds himself why he's not a mechanic
  • 'There's Only One Gerry' | Time For Tea?
    08 April 2020
    Vauxhall is celebrating the Droopsnoot Firenza today, and you can't talk Droopsnoots without mentioning one man in particular...
  • Why Alvis is happy building two cars a year
    08 April 2020
    PH finds the venerable marque in rude health - and content to move at its own pace
  • Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake | Spotted
    08 April 2020
    No, Maserati didn't make a Shooting Brake. But where there's a will - and a paying customer - there's a way
  • New Porsche Cayenne Coupe GTS spied
    08 April 2020
    Chassis tweaks and twin-turbo V8 on the menu for enthusiast-grade Cayenne
  • Isuzu D-Max 4x2 SX single cab review
    08 April 2020
    While we have recently spent time in the 4x4 SX dual-cab sibling, there’s another popular flavour that this pared-back D-Max specification comes in. Don’t worry about off-roading, but get ready to load up the tray because we’ve got the single-cab, 4x2 Isuzu D-Max cab-chassis. And while the new D-Max is coming soon, Isuzu is keen to offer some sharp deals on its current standing stock.
  • Mahindra XUV500 BS6 listed on official website: Launch soon
    08 April 2020

    Mahindra has discontinued the BS4 compliant XUV500 in the Indian market and will soon launch the new BS6 compliant version of the XUV500. Mahindra has already updated the official website with the technical details and specifications and we may get to see the launch of the car very soon in the Indian market. With the update, nothing much changes in the XUV500 BS6 except for the engine update and variants.

    The official website says that the new BS6 compliant XUV500 will not get the W3 variant, which was the entry-level trim of the car. The car will now be available from the W5 variant and there will be four trims. Apart from the W5 variant, the XUV500 will get W7, W9 and the W11(O) trim level. However, Mahindra will not offer the All Wheel Drive (AWD) system with the BS6 compliant car anymore.

    The existing 2.2-litre diesel engine has been updated to meet the new stricter BS6 emission compliance. It produces a similar 153 Bhp at 3,750 rpm and peak torque of 360 Nm between 1,750 and 2,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Mahindra offers the automatic transmission as an option with the W7, W9 and W11(O) variants. Only the base version of the car will not offer an automatic transmission.

    Mahindra has not altered the feature list of the car in any way. It remains the same as the previous BS4 version and offers features like diamond-stitched leather seats, electrically-controlled sunroof, soft-touch plastic plus leather dashboard, piano black central console, 6-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, twin-pod cluster, icy-blue ambient lighting, illuminated scuff plates, cooled glove box, smartwatch connectivity, connected apps and more. It also gets 6 airbags, monocoque construction, hill descent & hill hold, electronic stability program with a rollover mitigation system, ABS with EBD and more. The infotainment system now supports Apple CarPlay connectivity alongside Android Auto. The Mahindra XUV500 is available in seven colour options. There is Crimson Red, Mystic Copper, Opulent Purple, Volcano Black, Lake-side Brown, Pearl White and Moondust Silver.

    Mahindra is currently working on the next-generation XUV500 that is expected to be launched by the end of 2021 or early 2022. It will be developed by Ford and Mahindra and the SUV will be shared by both the brands when launched. The all-new Mahindra XUV500 will get a different look and will be sold through the Ford dealerships.

    Also Read: Mahindra XUV500 BS6 listed on official website: Launch soon

  • Fiat 500 Goes Electric, Spearheads FCA’s EV Charge
    08 April 2020

    The new Fiat 500 was due for a reveal at Geneva Motor Show. However, due to the global pandemic situation, Fiat decided to reveal it anyway. And for the first time ever, this cute Cinquecento is an EV.

    The third-generation Fiat 500 has a range of up to 320km and features 85kW fast charging. The company claims it takes only five minutes to build up enough juice to travel 48km. This makes the car hugely convenient for most urban customers’ average daily commute. Using a fast charger, the battery can store up to 80 percent energy in just 35 minutes.

    Fiat is offering an Easy Wallbox charging unit with the launch edition examples. This plug-and-charge” system hooks up to a normal home power outlet and can be managed via Bluetooth. Th eFiat 500 is good for 87kW or 117hp. It cracks the ton in 9 seconds, while zero to 50kph takes just 3.1 seconds.

    It features three driving modes: Normal, Range, and Sherpa. Normal mode attempts to mimic the experience of driving an internal-combustion automobile. Range mode activates the “one-pedal drive” function, letting you drive the 500 using just the accelerator pedal. Since the drivetrain is electric, motor braking is much higher than what you would get from an equivalent IC engine.

    Does anybody else here also think the 500’s taillights look like the 2020 Suzuki Swift’s?

    Sherpa mode is the one to go for to conserve and maximise available charge for optimum range. Fiat has cleverly redesigned the ‘500’ logo to link it to its past. However, the final zero doubles up as the letter “E” to signify the car’s electric drivetrain. The cabin is all-new but harks back to the first generation city car. It offers more shoulder and legroom for occupants than before. The lithium-ion batteries are placed under the flat floor to provide generous cargo-carrying capacity.

    Some trim levels of the electric Fiat 500 will receive seat upholstery made from “Seaqual” yarn – plastic recovered from the sea. Other trims will use eco-leather. Notably, Fiat has shifted the 500’s production back to where its origins lie – Turin, Italy. The first 500 rolled off the assembly line in Turin 63 years ago.

    The Fiat 500 Convertible ‘La Prima’ will make its way to the UAE later this year. Expect a price tag around the AED 140,000 mark.

    The post Fiat 500 Goes Electric, Spearheads FCA’s EV Charge appeared first on

  • 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Be New for the First Time in a Decade
    08 April 2020

    The next-gen model will ride on an Alfa Romeo platform and offer four-cylinder, V-6, V-8, and hybrid powertrains.

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Motorsport Blogs

08 April 2020

Motorsport Blogs
  • KERCHNER: What To Expect When Racing Returns
    08 April 2020
    Mike Kerchner.

    CONCORD, N.C. — Most of us have never lived through anything like the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Some of you likely have memories of World War II and its impact on your lives, but for most of us, we have little with which to compare these strange days.

    By now, we are all familiar with the restrictions that have been placed on our lives in an effort to combat the disease. And, as race fans and in many cases motorsports professionals, we know all too well about the number of events that have been canceled or postponed and the sense of uncertainty all of this gives us in regard to the future.

    Many in the industry are taking drastic measures to protect businesses in an effort to ensure all aspects of racing are ready to roll and prosper when the green light blinks on again.

    Historically speaking, there are very few times in history when motorsports has been interrupted.

    Racing was stopped during World War I and was impacted by the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. But there was little racing compared to today.

    World War II brought a halt to all normalcy and racing was banned from 1942 until Aug. 16, 1945.

    The fuel crisis slowed the motorsports industry in 1973, with some races canceled and many shortened in an effort to conserve oil and gasoline.

    Finally, motorsports was greatly impacted by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but not all racing was canceled and things were mostly back at full strength within a two-week period.

    During the dark days of World War II, SPEED SPORT’s predecessor, National Speed Sport News, continued to publish on a monthly basis, providing motorsports news and a look back at racing in better times.

    We’ve done the same with, keeping readers up to date on all racing news, including that related to the coronavirus.

    While the types of motorsports content we provide may vary during this time, our commitment to being your source for motorsports news has not swayed.

    Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, we’re on the back end of the coronavirus outbreak, the restrictions placed upon society have eased and racing is again firing up.

    When racing returns, there will be a lot of interesting things to see.

    – Rescheduling will be fascinating, particularly when it comes to the NASCAR Cup Series.

    Sanctioning body president Steve Phelps has maintained that all 36 races scheduled will be run. As of this writing, seven NASCAR Cup Series weekends had been postponed, with the series planning to return to action May 9 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

    With a desire not to impact the 10-race playoffs, which run Sept. 6 to Nov. 8 and only two off weekends available, the sanctioning body will have to be creative in making up the postponed events. Doubleheaders and midweek races are possibilities.

    For years, midweek races have been talked about as being important to NASCAR’s future. This is the perfect opportunity to test the waters.

    – Further complicating matters for NASCAR, Supercross, IndyCar, NHRA, IMSA and others will be the crowded sports scene that will follow this crisis.

    With Major League Baseball, the NHL and the NBA, among other sports leagues, all altering their schedules, television windows on the networks will be few and far between.

    – With Monster Energy AMA Supercross officials hoping to complete a 17-race schedule, it is quite possible the Supercross and motocross seasons will overlap with Supercross competing on off weekends for motocross.

    – Next to racing, football is my favorite sport, but I was appalled by the NFL proceeding with its feeding frenzy known as free agency.

    Learning about a 40-year-old quarterback getting a $25 million per year contract during a time when most folks were dipping into their reserves in order to survive, left a sour taste in my mouth.

    – When racing does get back into action, it’s going to be busier than ever and the season looks to last deep into the fall, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans reset for September, the 12 Hours of Sebring moving to November, and many other events still to be rescheduled.

    – While at this writing the COVID-19 battle remained a fluid situation, the traditional Memorial Day weekend races, including the 61st Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, were shaping up to be even more important to the racing world than in a normal year.

    Now, the Indianapolis 500 has been officially postponed to late August.

    – We thank everyone for supporting SPEED SPORT in print, online and through our newest venture, We wish good health to all, and remind you to support your local businesses, including race tracks and racers.

    See you next month.

    The post KERCHNER: What To Expect When Racing Returns appeared first on SPEED SPORT.

  • STSS Reschedules Port Royal Modified Date
    08 April 2020

    PORT ROYAL, Pa. – The COVID-19 crisis claimed the original ‘Speed Showcase’ date at Port Royal Speedway on March 22, but the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco will visit the track this year.

    Port Royal promoter Steve O’Neal, STSS organizer Brett Deyo and Chris Zuver from the Zimmer Service Center United Late Model Series have mutually agreed to reschedule the modified and late model doubleheader for Oct. 18 at the Juniata County facility.

    “Our annual stop at Port Royal has become a destination event for Modified fans in three short years,” Deyo said. “We are fortunate to have secured a new date this year so the event can go on, and we can bring two headline divisions together with the ULMS late models on the card.”

    The event will offer points toward the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central.

    A complete time schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

    The post STSS Reschedules Port Royal Modified Date appeared first on SPEED SPORT.

  • Binotto urges against "emotional" decisions on F1 future
    08 April 2020
    Teams have provisionally agreed to reduce the cap, outlined in the new FIA financial regulations, from $175m to $150m.
    However, McLaren and others are now pushing for $125m, and a sliding scale downwards has been discussed for future years.
    Ferrari, who along with Mercedes and Red Bull are most affected by the cap, have reservations about dropping any further without the consequences being...Keep reading
  • Red Bull reserve happy with new F1 role
    08 April 2020

    Apr.8 (GMM) Red Bull’s new reserve driver is more than happy with his current role in Formula 1 – even if the coronavirus crisis means he is stuck for now in Japan.

    Although his new role has so far been limited to travelling to Australia for the cancelled season opener, Sergio Sette Camara is hopeful his F1 adventure is just starting.

    “Red Bull has several options on me, if it wants to take me forward on either of the two teams,” said the 21-year-old Brazilian, fourth in F2 last year.

    “It is an open contract. If you have a contract that stipulates the number of practice sessions, that means the driver or his sponsor has taken money to the team. That is not the situation for me,” he told Brazil’s Globo.

    “The team is interested in me as a driver, and if it is more interested, it will give me more opportunities. That was exactly the agreement I was looking for.

    “I don’t want to be in the car just because I paid. I will try to perform well, either in the simulator or here in Super Formula, to open doors. The team is the one who chooses who they want to put in the car,” Camara added.

    Indeed, the Brazilian is currently in Japan, as he didn’t want to be stuck in Europe or Brazil in case the Super Formula season kicks off without him.

    “After Australia, I thought about going back to Europe but the situation was getting worse there, the airport was closed,” he said.

    “I’m racing in Japan this year so if I’m going to be stuck, I want to be stuck where the championship I am in is going to take place.”

    And if he does well, a door at Alpha Tauri may open up for 2021 or beyond.

    “For me, this is what makes Red Bull one of the most interesting teams to be associated with in Formula 1,” said Camara.

    “They have two teams, or four cars, and they have control over who will be in those cars, unlike some other smaller teams.”

    The post Red Bull reserve happy with new F1 role appeared first on The Grand Prix Club.

  • No 'ghost races' in DTM – Berger
    08 April 2020

    Apr.8 (GMM) Gerhard Berger has ruled out hosting DTM races without spectators.

    It has been suggested that top motorsport categories might be able to get racing again in the coming months if ‘ghost races’ without an audience are held.

    “Racing could be one of the first sports (to reopen) because we can do ghost races without spectators,” Grand Prix Drivers’ Association president Alex Wurz told ORF.

    “Everyone wears gloves, helmets – even the mechanics. You are not really close together.” He also said personnel could report their movements “like doping control” and prove their negative tests for the virus.

    But Berger, who is now in charge of the German touring car series DTM, told Servus TV: “Our customers are called fans.

    “If the fans are not there, there will be no races.”

    The former Ferrari and McLaren driver said the world of sport needs to “get going” as soon as possible, “to make our economic contribution and to keep all of our jobs.

    “We have to make sure that we don’t slide into the next crisis at the end of the day after this coronavirus crisis is over,” Berger added.

    The post No 'ghost races' in DTM – Berger appeared first on The Grand Prix Club.

  • Dale Jr. to join IndyCar Esports field at Michigan
    08 April 2020
    Earnhardt floated the idea days ago, expressing his interest but said he had not yet received an invite.
    On Wednesday, he tweeted 'invite received,' confirming he would indeed join the field for the IndyCar esports race at the two-mile Michigan oval.
    The series, known as the IndyCar Challenge, has run two events so far at Watkins Glen International and Barber Motorsports Park, won by...Keep reading
  • NASCAR's rapidly changing Esports landscape
    08 April 2020
    Tim Clark, senior vice president and chief digital officer for NASCAR, was well aware of skeptical fans and stakeholders when NASCAR began putting resources into the development of virtual racing leagues like the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series and NASCAR Heat Pro League.
    “No one could predict the future,” Clark told, “but look what we have now.”
    Since NASCAR...Keep reading
  • Audi DTM squad facing "worst crisis" amid coronavirus
    08 April 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the financial health of teams across various motorsport categories, and the DTM has proven no exception to this.
    Phoenix has contested every season of the DTM since the category's rebirth in 2000 and powered Martin Tomczyk and Mike Rockenfeller to drivers’ titles in 2007 and ‘13.
    But team boss Ernst Moser believes Phoenix's existence could be threatened...Keep reading
  • Petronas wants to keep Quartararo if '20 season abandoned
    08 April 2020
    The opening eight rounds of the 2020 MotoGP season have been either postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and it is still uncertain when racing will resume.
    Quartararo is due to step up to the works Yamaha squad next year alongside Maverick Vinales, after signing a two-year deal with the Iwata marque at the start of the year.
    However, Razali told Indonesian...Keep reading
  • A brief history of Formula 1 gaming
    08 April 2020
    From early days on arcade consoles to the high-flying Esports ventures we know today, F1 has come on leaps and bounds in the virtual world through the years - so much so that a number of the grid are becoming embedded in the world of streaming on the side of their real-world commitments.
    Here's a brief history of Formula 1 in the video games world.
    The first roots of F1 arcade games date...Keep reading
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