The funeral service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew will be held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC), National University of Singapore on Sunday (Mar 29) from 2pm to 5.15pm. It will be preceded by the State Funeral procession from Parliament House to UCC.
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.
The all-new Jaguar XF was revealed during a dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing in the heart of London’s business district. Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdall, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the all-new Jaguar XF 240 meters across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. The new XF is 80kgs lighter than its closest competitor, resulting in best-in-class efficiency and CO2.
The all-new XF brings an unrivalled blend of refinement, fuel economy, dynamics and design to the business car segment. It will make its global motor show debut in New York on 1 April.
McLaren announced that the first model to be launched in its Sports Series family will be called the 570S Coupé. This V8 powered, carbon fiber structured two-seater will show its beautiful yet aerodynamically optimized form for the first time in less than a week when it debuts at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.
With the launch of the first Sports Series derivative, the 570S Coupe, McLaren will be displaying its 3 tier model strategy together in New York for the first time globally. Every Sports Series model will share its DNA with the Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the McLaren hierarchy.
A bit of google-fu with the words “fun roads to drive in Singapore” recently turned up four road names from a forum thread long dead and buried, from a website for local drivers of a certain marque. This badge, incidentally, has the marketing slogan “sheer driving pleasure” – so there’s good reason to trust that their testimonials are accurate.
Nevertheless, as a budding motojournalist, objectivity is key. I needed to see for myself if their recommendations made sense or not. After all, eventually, I want to do road tests of cars – but for now, a test of roads has to suffice – to find roads that, as the title suggests, deliver maximum driving pleasure.
With these qualifications in mind, I grabbed my camera, gave the “let’s go gai-gai...
Average speeds on expressways in Singapore have gone up, and figures gathered last year show that they are at a 10-year high. The average speed in 2014 was 64.1 km/h, a 2.5km/h increase from 2013, which probably suggests an increase in traffic flow. Just for reference, from 2005 to 2013, the average peak hour speed can range from 61.2km/h to 63.6km/h.
The improved speeds can be attributed to altering several major roads to improve their flow. The works include the widen of a 5.8km stretch of the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) between Adam Road and Clementi Avenue 6, which has alleviated bottlenecking problems at several exits. The widening of the CTE helped as well.
With the effective use of the ERP and construction of new roads, the peak hour average speeds on arterial roads and the CBD has been kept at 29km/h for 2 straight years, which is the highest speed since 2005.