Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix last Sunday! He was joined by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton on the podium. The race started with Hamilton starting from the pitlane, and his teammate, Nico Rosberg on pole. All hopes for a decent finish for Hamilton seemed to have gone up in smoke when his Mercedes veered off track in turn 2 on the first lap. However, Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson crashed after he touched the astro turf on the apex of turn 3. It was a massive shunt, which brought out the safety car. Rosberg, Vettel, Massa and Bottas were caught out, for they have crossed the pit entry line and were unable to pit. The rest of the field behind did. The extra lap demoted the 4 drivers right back in the pack. What’s more, Rosberg suffered from brake overheating issues throughout the safety car period, and after the safety car pulled in (it was extended after Romain Grosjean crashed at the same corner) his smoldering brakes proved ineffective at passing the Toro Rosso of Jean Eric Vergne. Desperation drove Rosberg to make wild moves into the first few corners, and he managed to pull through. On different strategies and thanks to the safety car, Hamilton and Rosberg were now separated by the Red Bull of Vettel and the Toro Rosso of Vergne. On fresher rubbers and in faster cars, Hamilton and Vettel make short work of the Toro Rosso. Despite the superiority of the Mercedes, Vettel defended beautifully to hold off Hamilton, until a spin at the last corner allowed Hamilton to breeze past. Hamilton then overtook Rosberg, but was told to let Rosberg past because they were on different strategies. Rosberg, with the fast fading option rubber, was falling back at an alarming pace, and he eventually boxed for a fresh set of boots.
Meanwhile out in front, Alonso took the lead from Ricciardo as he pitted. When the Aussie came out, he was 3rd. On fresher rubber, he passed Hamilton, and a wild and early move dispatched the Ferrari. Rosberg was now 20 odd seconds behind the trio, but on fresh rubber, he was lapping 2-3 seconds a lap faster with 10 laps to go. Purple sector after purple sector he set, and eventually, 2 laps to the end, he caught them. As Hamilton focused on attacking Alonso, Rosberg was trying to seize the opportunity to pass Hamilton. The duo in 2nd and 3rd has close to no grip left on their tyres, but Rosberg had to settle for 4th eventually due to the nature of the circuit. Rosberg is still in the lead in the standings, but only by 11 points. Once again, the Caterhams had a double DNF, as Kobayashi had to stop due to a loss of fuel pressute. We also lost the 2 Force Indias to crashes(Perez had a massive shunt in the final corner), and Estaban Gutierrez to an engine failure.
Lexus, like many Japanese companies, has approached the automotive business in a very cautious and carefully considered way. It is the reason why its best-sellers are a staple of saloons and SUVs, and why it has stuck by and large to naturally aspirated petrol engines. It has worked wonderfully for the brand, especially in the United States, as these tried-and-tested formulas have been perfected to allow near peerless reliability.
But as it faces more dynamic and aggressive competitors, it cannot rest in its comfort zone anymore. It made the LFA, which has one of the most magnificent V10 engines of the automotive world, and now we see Lexus creating its first-ever turbocharged petrol engine in the new boldly-styled NX SUV. Things are c...
Porsche announced the new generation of the Cayenne with the key characteristics of which include sharper design, boosted efficiency and an extensive breadth of standard features. As a sports car among sport utility vehicles (SUVs), besides offering five seats and extensive features, the Cayenne offers a lot of room for a lot of driving fun; combining high performance and typical Porsche design DNA.
The new generation of the Cayenne will be launched in five versions: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Diesel and Cayenne Turbo. The highlight is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which makes its world premiere as the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. This model, together with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder super sportscar, makes Porsche the world's only car manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid models.
Aston Martin has confirmed that a bespoke product programme for a new super saloon that will see the revival of the historic Lagonda nameplate in a strictly limited series. The Lagonda badge will once again sit proudly on a luxurious and exclusive super saloon.
The stunning luxury super saloon revives the Lagonda philosophy of ‘the finest of fast cars’ and will be offered exclusively in the Middle East, as a result of specific market demand.
Singapore-bound vehicles will have to pay toll from the 1st of August. Vehicles that utilise the Johor Causeway will have to pay almost 3 times the current toll rate as well. Motorists will now have to pay the charges using the Touch 'n' Go card, for cash payment is no longer accepted.
The current rate for cars entering Malaysia is RM2.90, and will increase to RM9.70 come the 1st of August. Outbound vehicles will have to pay RM6.80. Class Two vehicles, which have 2 axles and more than 4 wheels(with the exception of buses), will have to pay RM14.70, up from RM4.50. Commuters leaving Malaysia for Singapore will have pay RM10.20
Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) director-general Datuk Ismail Mohd Salleh said the revised rates were reasonable, for the bulk of the motorists have enjoyed the facilities of the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), which was built to help disperse traffic heading into the Johor Bahru city area.
A Mazda 6 collided with a large car carrier transporting 11 luxury cars in China. The impact caused the hauler to topple and spill its expensive cargo, which consisted of a range of Porsche Macans, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and BMWs as well as a Range Rover, all over the road. The damage as a result of the crash has amounted to about US$1.58 million. The driver of the truck was not hurt, but 3 occupants in the Mazda 6 were. Investigations are ongoing.
Mercedes-Benz revealed the new C-Class on Tuesday evening marking a new chapter in the brand's history. The C-Class offers safety and comfort through new assistance systems, and provides an exemplary ride with its nimble and agile handling. The striking, dynamic design of the new C-Class is matched with a host of technical innovations and a high-class interior, which includes a new center console with finely crafted details.
“The new C-Class is a bold departure from its predecessor and continues to deliver unparalleled excellence and superior performance for generations to come," said Mr. Wolfgang Huppenbauer, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Singapore. "Embodying the perfect balance of agility, efficiency, luxury and comfort, the C-Class is an upgrade to a higher class.”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Singapore presented the Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection to a select audience, the first time the car is shown after its debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.
A new Bespoke Collection motor car, the Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection has been conceived both to celebrate the love of travel and the success of the Bespoke programme. The car serves as a showcase for the imaginative heights of craftsmanship, design and excellence that emanate from the Bespoke design studios at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, seen through the prism of modern luxury travel. To underline its rarity, it is 1 of only 15 such motor cars produced worldwide.