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Lawsuit claims Ferrari odometers have been rolled back with factory knowledge

Florida dealership allegedly performed odometer rollback on LaFerrari A veteran Ferrari salesman is suing a Florida Ferrari dealership for age discrimination, but his suit against the exotic carmaker also contains a more severe allegation of odometer-rollback software, the Daily Mail reports.Longtime Ferrari salesman Robert “Bud” Root has filed a suit against Ferrari of Palm Beach […]

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Fifty years of the Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate, globally, in the history of the automobile, having moved well over 40 million cars into the hands of owners. This is, in part, because Corolla is one of the nameplates with the greatest longevity, having existed continuously since its introduction to the world market 50 years ago in […]

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VW ends contract of historian researching its WW2 past; questions remain

More than a year after it was revealed that Volkswagen used illegal “defeat device” software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, the company is still working to rebuild its reputation. Another crisis and ensuing public criticism is the last thing VW needs right now. But opaque statements and the effect of German labor […]

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WRC to change running order rule, Power Stage point system in 2017

The World Rally Championship is set to tweak the running order rule it introduced this year and which was highly criticised by Sebastien Ogier and his Volkswagen team.The new regulations forced the championship leader, which was Ogier throughout the entire season, to start first on the road on the first two days of each rally. […]

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Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah aims to extend lead

 Overdrive Racing has called in its heavyweight drivers in a bid to give Toyota a first ever victory in Baja Spain Aragon, round five of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah takes a break from his Olympic Games’ shooting preparations to drive the top-seeded Toyota Hilux alongside his regular […]

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Red Bull Wings prepare for sand dune landing on Silk Way Rally

The 2016 Silk Way Rally has entered its third and final country and the race pace shows no signs of slowing down. Having conquered testing terrain in both Russia and Kazakhstan the Silk Way convoy is currently locked in an intense battle over the sands of the Gobi Desert in China. In the car category […]

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Cause for celebration: 50 years of Volkswagen Motorsport

Exactly 50 years ago, on 11th July 1966, a group of Munich-based traders and importers who shared an interest in sport founded the “Verband Formel V Europa e. V.” – this was the birth of Volkswagen Motorsport. However, it all started in the USA back in 1963: it was here that the car maker from […]

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Great Wall of China beckons for Peking to Paris Motor Challenge

The sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge will begin on Sunday 12th June 2016 as 110 crews cross the start line at the Great Wall of China in Beijing with an 8,500mile rally ahead of them.Competitors will cross eleven countries including Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Russia and Belarus before entering Europe to reach the finish line […]

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RECORD SUPERCAR ENTRY FOR METTET RX

The official entry list for the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Mettet in Belgium (13-15 May) has been released by the FIA. The event also hosts the first round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, contributing to a record-breaking entry of 49 Supercars. In the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the permanent […]

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CS Santosh Wins Desert Storm for Suzuki in Moto Class

 Suzuki Motorcycle India teamed up with CS Santosh, to take top spot in the Moto Class at the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2016. Santosh, the only Indian to have participated twice at the Dakar Rally, defended the champion’s tag powering his Suzuki RMX450Z Rally to win by a handsome margin of over nine minutes ahead […]

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Renault Revives Iconic Alpine Brand With This Stunning Vision Concept

 You’re looking at the newly unveiled Alpine Vision. The classic A110-inspired concept is close to production ready, and it looks absolutely incredible   The Alpine A110 was one of the most stunningly beautiful and dynamically capable cars of the 1960s. Released in 1961, the car was competitive for over a decade, winning its first rally […]

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Passion for Speed Historic Festival opens season racing season on high note

  The 2016 South African Circuit racing season started on a high note at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday (January 30).The annual international historic Passion for Speed festival filled Zwartkops to the rafters, and provided the huge crowd with brilliant spectacle, close racing and fantastic nostalgia. The day’s highlights were the races for […]

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Champion of Champions Legends Pre-1970 – Zwartkops – Saturday 30 January

  From 1966 to 1974 the USA had one of the greatest Production Car Racing Formulas. The Great Trans-Am Series. Trans-Am was the product of the great “Pony” car boom which emerged in the late fifties and early sixties when a new generation of young and “thirty somethings” demanded performance. It started with the Corvettes, […]

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The 9th South African TT Revival Series

Nine years ago Zwartkops added motorcycling to the annual “Passion for Speed” weekend that has become so popular at Zwartkops Raceway. Since classic and historic motorcycles were added to the program the event has evolved from featuring a series of high speed parades to one which includes the first two rounds of the “South Africa […]

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Rock ‘n Roll to the beat and the sound of the 60’s – Zwartkops – Saturday, 30th January

Rock ‘n Roll to the beat and the sound of the 60’s – The Golden Age of Motor racing. When the 2nd World War babies grew up their music was rock ‘n roll and the beat was “Go Go Go” which gave birth to the Golden Age of Motor racing. On Saturday and Sunday Zwartkops […]

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15th Historic Passion for Speed Festival to be the biggest yet

This year’s South African circuit racing season will, as has become tradition, start off with the annual Historic Passion For Speed Festival at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on the weekend of January 29, 30. The event, to be held for the 15th consecutive year, will be the biggest of its kind yet, with more […]

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All-new KIA Optima and Sorento win ‘International Car of the Year’ Awards

 In conjunction with the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Road & Travel Magazine (RTM) has named the 2016 KIA Optima as its International Car of the Year. RTM jurors praised the all-new edition of KIA’s perennial best-seller for its aggressive design, long list of available features, impressive powertrain options and great value. RTM also named […]

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The Datsun 240Z: One of the Greatest Sports Cars Ever Made

We can’t talk about Nissan’s greatest sports car and not start with the brand’s biggest rival. In 1967, Toyota released the 2000GT, a world-class grand tourer that served as a halo car for the entire Japanese auto industry. With its gorgeous supercar looks, free-revving double overhead cam straight six, and an unforgettable appearance in the […]

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VW offices in Germany raided by police in diesel probe

German prosecutors and police raided VW offices in the automaker’s Wolfsburg heaquarters on Thursday, Oct. 8, Reuters and Automotive News Europe report. Three prosecutors and approximately 50 police officers from the city of Brunswick, which neighbors Wolfsburg, carried out a massive seach that included private residences as well as the automaker’s own buildings. The prosecutors […]

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Audi: 2.1 million cars have emissions-cheating software

Today Audi announced that 2.1 million of its diesel cars worldwide feature the software implicated by the EPA in cheating emissions tests, Reuters reports. That number breaks down to approximately 1.42 million vehicles that have Euro 5-compliant diesel engines that were sold in Western Europe, with approximately 577,000 in Germany alone. In the U.S., some 13,000 Audi vehicles are now […]

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BMW’s 2002: How This Car Made the Company What It Is Today

“As I sit here, fresh from the elegant embrace of BMW’s new 2002, it occurs to me that something between nine and ten million Americans are going to make a terrible mistake this year. Like dutiful little robots they will march out of their identical split-level boxes and buy the wrong kind of car. Fools, […]

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How Volkswagen’s love affair with diesel led to scandal

In internal combustion engines, there are two kinds of prominent fuels: gasoline and diesel. There are benefits and detractions to both fuels. Diesel engines are less refined in the way they burn fuel, often more susceptible to extra vibration and noise than gasoline engines. This lack of refinement requires a robust, heavy, and more expensive […]

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New look for New Africa Developments Rally

Something old, something new…that’s what Western Cape motorsport fans can expect from NAD Rally on the weekend as South Africa’s top privateer team sets out to tackle this weekend’s Toyota Cape Dealer Rally. The old comes in the shape of double national rally champion Enzo Kuun, who will be deputising for regular pilot Japie van […]

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How the Ford Mustang became a legend

Born amid exceptional hype, after 50 years the Mustang is still ‘American as hell.’  On the morning of Wednesday, April 15, 1964, a 22-year-old schoolteacher named Gail Wise walked into a Ford dealership on Cicero Avenue in Chicago,unaware that she was about to make history. She wanted a convertible. The dealership was out, except for […]

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Heated day of action for the South African Single-Seaters at Zwartkops Raceway

PHAKISA Freeway in the Free State is the venue for the next round of the South African Single Seaters (SASS) championship. The venue will host the series on Saturday, August 22. Round four, which took place in East London, proved another successful weekend for Robert Wolk (41 – Chemical Logistics Mygale) with two race victories. […]

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Ettore Bugatti – Automobile Pioneer and Legend

Ettore Bugatti was the legendary engineer and designer of the most famous Bugatti sports cars, the founder of the Bugatti car manufacturing plant, and one of the forefathers of modern automobile engineering. Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti was born in Milan on 15 September 1881 and at the age of 17 he joined as an apprentice […]

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Isotta Fraschini wins Pebble Beach Concours, world returns to normal

After the tumult of last year’s Ferrari win, worldwide collapse has been averted, for now Well-known car collector Jim Patterson’s 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 won Best of Show at Pebble this year, and things seem to be back to normal in the collector-car world. At least for another 12 months. Last year, as you’ll […]

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WILD HORSEPOWER AT THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW ON SUNDAY, JULY 5 AT NASREC

Up to 1 000 classic cars expected at Gauteng’s biggest car show The iconic Ford Mustang, named after a wild horse,  is set to be one of the featured muscle-car marques at THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW, which runs from 8 am to 5 pm at the Nasrec Expo Centre, South West of Johannesburg, on Sunday, July […]

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The Great American Supercar: Why the Ford GT Soars in Value

Bill Nelson wasn’t looking for an investment, just a thrill. So nine years ago the then 64-year-old retired engineer from Asbury, N.J. went to his local Ford dealer and put down $160,000 to buy the fastest and most expensive production car the company had ever built, the Ford GT. “I’m a lifelong Ford guy,” he […]

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Vintage racing returns to Indianapolis

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year, with more than 500 of the world’s finest and most historic racecars competing on the recently reconfigured road course and running exhibition events on the famed 2.5-mile oval from June 11-14, 2015. The […]

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Neuville rolls in shakedown

Thierry Neuville rolled his Hyundai i20 heavily in shakedown aty ADAC Rally Germany this morning.The Belgian was making his third pass through the 4.60km Konz stage when he crashed at a double left corner about 1.7km after the start. A spokesperson for Hyundai Motorsport said Neuville rolled up to six times in a vineyard section […]

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Porsche wants to return Kyalami to its glory days

After paying a record R205m at auction last month for the iconic circuit that has hosted local motorsport, Formula One, MotoGP and World Superbikes, Porsche SA CEO Toby Venter says he intends to bring the track back to its former glory. Porsche South Africa CEO, Toby Venter wants to return Kyalami racetrack to its glory […]

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Two-part thriller — Latvala holds the lead in Finland

 Dominance followed by drama: Latvala/Anttila still up front in their home event  Victory within reach for Ogier/Ingrassia, Mikkelsen/Fløene comfortably in fourth place  Volkswagen Polo R WRC celebrates 600th top-three time since January 2013      . With a combination of driving expertise and nerves of steel, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) held on to their […]

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Porsche swoop in to save Kyalami

Porsche South Africa’s Toby Venter has swooped like a modern super hero to save the Kyalami racetrack and set the minds of motorsport fans at rest after many years of uncertainty about the venue’s future.Speculation has been rife over what might become of the circuit, especially given the multitude of purposes the huge property could […]

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Team Peugeot-Hansen claim first World Rallycross podium

Swedish driver Timmy Hansen finished second in the sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Mettet in Belgium, scoring the first podium for Team Peugeot-Hansen 208WRX Supercar. Developed by the experienced Hansen squad, the 208 has consistently proven front running pace over the first five events of the season but bad luck had […]