When you think of economy hatches, performance and handling is hardly a primary concern for the family grocery getter. Renault however has decided to combine these polar attributes into one car that is the GT-line. Besides a more aggressive styling on the outside, the car actually combines bits that are inspired or derived from the range topping Megane RS.
Considering the Megane RS defines the hot hatch segment, Renault is making big promises on their diesel hatch. The French manufacturer’s R&D department has done some fiddling on the otherwise normal Megane chassis to improve its handling. The car is fitted with new springs and firmer damper rates plus a lower ride height to improve its cornering performance.
Nissan broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting by using the Glow-in-the-Dark Nissan LEAF to paint a 207.68m2 self-portrait of the 100% electric car.
The painting, depicting the front of a Nissan LEAF, was created by maverick motoring artist, Ian Cook of Popbangcolour. Usually seen working with radio-controlled cars, Ian was quick to accept Nissan’s challenge to work on this super-sized project, using the full-size Nissan LEAF to spread strategically placed pools of glow-in-the-dark paint across the canvas with its tyres to create the image.
Mercedes-Benz will expand its product range into a promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer. Thanks to their versatility, all-round utility, and payload of around one metric ton, pickups are popular across the world and thus have good sales potential.
The midsize pickup segment is currently undergoing a transformation worldwide. More and more pickups are being used for private purposes, and commercial as well as private users are increasingly asking for vehicles that have car-like specifications.
Ford’s all-new high-performance hatchback, the Focus RS, will make its first appearance in America this week, revealing exclusive new signature colour Nitrous Blue at the New York International Auto Show. This is the first ever Ford RS vehicle to be sold in the U.S. and will be offered in markets all over the world. Ford confirmed deliveries to customers will start early 2016.
One of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to customers globally by 2020 in a new era of Ford performance, the all-new Focus RS features the innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system and a specially engineered 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine.
Lamborghini and Ducati, the two Audi subsidiaries, have celebrated a milestone with their joint social project "Dual Education System Italy” (DESI), which has been created in cooperation with the Volkswagen Workforce Foundation, the Italian Ministry for Teaching, Universities and Research, and the Emilia Romagna Region.
Following the first component of education in a college, the young participants, largely from socially disadvantaged families, are now starting their practical training. For this purpose, Lamborghini and Ducati have set up modern training centers in their plants.
Mercedes got the new F1 V6 formula sorted right out of the box. However, from time to time, they did falter, and in 2014, Red Bull and Williams took full advantage of that, snagging victories and poles from the Brackley-based team. However, at least based on the performance in Malaysia, Ferrari seem to be that team this year.
Both Hamilton and Rosberg got brilliant starts, but Rosberg couldn’t go anywhere as Vettel squeezed him right towards the pitwall. The trio pulled away from the rest of the pack, whilst there was a whole slew of contact, damaged front wings and punctured tyres. Raikkonen, for the second race in a row, has had to make an early pitstop to repair contact damage. At the end of lap 1, the Sauber of Nasr hit the rear of Raikkonen’s SF15-T, causing a puncture which dropped him to last place. The carcass also ended up tearing huge chunks out of the rear floor of his Ferrari. Raikkonen did end up finishing fourth, a brilliant recovery drive indeed.
Marcus Ericsson spun and got beached in the gravel at turn 1, causing the safety car to be deployed. This gave the cars with lap 1 problems, Raikkonen included, a chance to catch up to the rest of the pack. Mercedes took a gamble, and boxed both cars for a switch to the primes. However, because their pitbox is at the start of the pitlane, both cars were held up, with Rosberg losing up to 8 seconds in the pits. Mercedes’ strategy was to use the primes till lap 30+, before both cars would stop again for fresh primes. Track position wasn’t on hand though, as the Mercs were stuck in P5 and P8. It took them awhile to climb back up to a podium position due to traffic.
Supercars and performance cars are going the way of dinosaurs it seems. In a brave new world where big engines are being viewed as an evil excess, the supercar seems like an extravagance. The industry is rapidly responding to this paradigm shift for the greater consumer majority. V12s are being reduced to V8s and V8s to V6s. Forced induction is turning into electrical conduction.
Even Porsche has taken to equipping its new flagship supercar, the 918 Spyder with a hybrid drive. But does going green really have to mean giving up our love for the seductive side of motoring? BMW believes that performance and green motoring can co-exist in the 21st century and the BMW i8 is the product of that belief.