The LTA has rolled out their new Silver Zone programme. This programme, which was announced earlier this year, will see a slew of senior-friendly road safety features be instated in 5 locations with high population of the elderly. The first estate to receive the Silver Zone make over is the Bukit Merah Estate, and it is hoped that the new alterations will enhance road safety for vulnerable road users such as senior pedestrians.
The Silver Zone has been fitted with road safety features that remind motorists to slow down and keep a careful lookout for pedestrians, as well as urge senior pedestrians to be vigilant when crossing the road. The features are based on best practices overseas, such as in South Korea and New York City, where similar zones have been established. Their entrances are treated with a series of special features, also known as the Silver Zone Gateway, to alert motorists to slow down and look out for pedestrians, along with signs and rumble strips to remind motorists to slow down and keep to 40 km/h. That, along with road alterations, should mean pedestrians are kept safe.
SEMA is just round the corner! With many wild cars expected, the chaps at Mopar, refusing to get outdone, have released sketches of its modified Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Fiat vehicles which are bound for the show.
The event, which will be held from the 4th until the 6th of November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will showcase tuned cars and parts from aftermarket tuners. Being the in-house customer care arm of Chrysler, Mopar parts have been built alongside the main design and manufacturing teams which produce standard Fiat-Chrysler Group vehicles. As such, they are not only made to fit, they are factory-authorised as well.
The list of tuned cars Mopar will unveil includes the Poison Dart R/T Concept, Viper ACR Concept, Challenger T/A Concept, Fiat Abarth Scorpion, Chrysler 200S Mopar Concept, Dodge Charger Mopar Concept, Fiat 500L Custom, Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Frostbite, Renegade Limited Rip Tide, Ram ProMaster, and Ram 2500 Outdoorsman.
Jaguar has announced the launch of the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience! The programme will give participants the chance to jump behind the wheel of legendary Jaguar models from yesteryears.
This comes after Jaguar’s recent acquisition of some 500 classic cars from a private collection. The bulk of the cars will experience a race track for the first time in decades. The list of classics include fast cars from pre and post-war road racers, Le Mans champions, and a variety of more recent road going Jags. Participants can also pilot the latest F Type on the circuit as well.
A variety of drive packages will be available, which allows visitors to pilot cars from any era. The Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience is set to open at a 200-acre testing facility in Warwickshire.
Could Porsche be adding more turbocharged 911s to its lineup? Currently, the German marque produces two turbocharged 911s, namely the Turbo and the Turbo S, with the majority of the variants being driven by either a 3.4- or 3.8-litre flat-sixes.
The distinct model line is set to be shaken up though, as there are hoards of rumours believe Porsche will ditch natural aspiration for forced induction for future 911s. The rumoursstate that the base model Carrera's 3.4-litre will be downsized to 2.9 litres, with a turbo bolted on, that should be good for up to 400 horsepower. The rumour also states that the Carrera S will receive a turbo as well, but retain its 3.8-litre flat 6. The forced induction means the S will now make 530 horsepower.
This means that future 911s may produce huge power figures of up to at least 600bhp, with the higher spec cars producing even more.
Audi will be offering a new opportunity to enter the company’s successful motorsport world with a dedicated racing series for the Audi TT. The Audi Sport TT Cup will be held as part of the DTM starting in the 2015 season. This means that, following the successful introduction of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in Asia, Audi is launching another one-make cup in Germany next year. The racing version of the new Audi TT with a weight of only 1,125 kilograms delivers 228 kW (310 hp). By means of a push-to-pass function, the output of the two-litre TFSI engine can be briefly boosted by 22 kW (30 hp).
“The Audi TT is an icon and continues to epitomise powerful sportiness and emotional design in what is now its third generation,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of Audi’s Board of Management for Technical Development. “For me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well. With the Audi Sport TT Cup we have found an exciting approach. The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers.”
With excitement building following the debut of the performance-oriented 308 GT at the Paris Motor Show, PEUGEOT has announced full details of two new models that will further enhance the range’s appeal.
The 308 GT Line capitalises on the sporting character of the GT and is available on a wide range of PureTech, HDi and BlueHDi powertrains. Meanwhile, the 308 Sportium is a new special edition model for retail customers and features PEUGEOT’s ultra-efficient three-cylinder petrol engine. Both models will bring new buyers to the versatile and practical 308, the reigning European Car of the Year 2014.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had made it to another 1-2 victory, the ninth win in 2014.
Hamilton’s win now dominates the driver standings, holding a 17 point margin over Rosberg, 291 points to 274 points. Their ninth 1-2 victory and 13th win of the season also means that Mercedes has clinched their very first Constructors’ Championship with 565 points in total.