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Having a fast and reliable car in the world of F1 isn’t enough. Teams also have to make sure they pop the correct talent behind the wheel of their machines. Once a team properly sorts out both the cars and the drivers, the result should be total dominance. That said, it is incredibly rare that teams get the combination right though. Having said that, the list below contains 5 examples of the times teams got the combination just right, resulting in some of the most dominant F1 cars of all time. The list is sorted chronologically, and the cars are ranked by the number of victories they have chalked up in a season.

 

1. Mercedes W05

Mercedes poured all of their resources and effort into developing their 2014 challenger since the 2012 s...

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Posted 8 Apr 2015
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2014 has been an epic year for the automobile enthusiast. Not only have we seen innovative race car technology trickle down into road cars (KERS from Formula 1 installed in the LaFerrari, P1, etc), we have also seen a host of new models from manufacturers from all over the world, all with styling unique and distinct to their country of origin. It has been an equally impressive year for the aftermarket too; new tuners have sprung up globally, providing stunning albeit slightly overstyled kits for otherwise humdrum road cars. Amongst the thousands of tuned vehicles available for purchase, these are the 8 we would gladly park on our driveways!

1. Vaydor G35

The Vaydor G35 was created with the aim of producing an exotic-looking but afforda...

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Posted 2 Apr 2015
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6 Ways to get around that 40% down

Like me, you probably bought your car when COEs and car loans were a cheap.

 If that is the case, you’d be like me; a middle aged man/woman who owns a car that’s past the midway mark of its allotted lifespan. Some of you may even have less than 4 years to go before you make your final drive to the scrapya 

If you are like me, you are probably wondering how you can afford to make a 40% cash down payment when the time comes to buy a new car. It may seem like your driving days are numbered and you may begin preparing yourself for the inevitable return to public transport.

But hey, wait a minute. Say you have 3 years left to go before your COE expires – that’s 36 months – or $36,000, if you manage to save a thousand dollars per month.

Th...

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Posted 1 Apr 2015
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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...

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Posted 26 Mar 2015
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Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T

To the uninitiated, no one would guess that this Nissan crossover sports possesses anything less than a 1.6 or 1.8-litre powerplant under the hood. However, the fact is that the Qashqai was recently launched with a tiny 1.2-litre engine that surprisingly packs enough 'oomph' for day-to-day urban driving.

The 4-cylinder turbocharged motor pushes out 114bhp and 165Nm of torque, figures that are not dissimilar to the naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre engines from most Japanese manufacturers. Not only does this small engine give the car fairly good fuel economy for its size at about 12km/L, but it also puts the car into Category A COE, making it rather competitively-priced next to its competitors.

Coupled with a ref...

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Posted 5 Mar 2015
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It is common knowledge that the climate is changing and not for the better. As a growing and developing nation, we are consuming and emitting more carbon than ever.  To address the issue, the government came up with the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) in 2008. The NCCS was a result of the cooperation between the various governing bodies; namely the National Environmental Authority (NEA) and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).  The purpose of the NCCS was and still is to tackle the threat of climate change, which also includes efforts at mitigation. Effective mitigation means cutting emissions, and an assessment that states that global emissions need to be cut by fifty percent from 1990 levels by 2050, with ...

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Posted 4 Mar 2015
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As the Chinese New Year approaches, we list down a few common superstitions related to cars that some Singaporeans believe in, and we find out the reason behind these beliefs too.

Many superstitions for cars for Chinese New Year are actually applied from existing superstitions and beliefs people have from their home.

 

1. A pair of oranges on the dashboard

The oranges show that the owner of the car is looking forward and ready to welcome the New Year. Also, many believe the pair of oranges brings good luck, and of course, makes a rather good looking decoration too.

 

2. Cleaning the car – inside and out – before the New Year

Just like how spring cleaning is done to a house before the New Year, spring cleaning has to be done to...

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Posted 21 Feb 2015
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The most recent round of COE bidding is out and brings with it great news for prospective car buyers. As expected, COE prices have dipped further, with Category A COE prices seeing a new low in a very long time.

Category A COE price has fallen yet again, down to $57,199. It has dipped by $4,803 from $62,002 of the previous bidding exercise.

Category B COE has also seen a drop of $4,139 to $66,751, from $70,890.

Category E COE, usually used for cars belonging to Category B, has also seen a fall in prices, shedding $4,020 and settling at $67,901, down from the previous $71,921.

COE demand was expected to taper off for this bidding, leading to lower prices. The decreased demand could likely be due to the crowd rushing to buy new cars ...

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Posted 17 Feb 2015
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Road Trips

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