LA Design Challenge 2017: Byton Design

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: Byton Design

Byton Design's effort for the World Games 2060 in LA is the Microflyer, a tiny automobile (presumably electric, although the company comprised of Michael Wilden and Felipe Roo-Clefas neglects to say precisely what the automobile is powered by) that features a thoroughly futuristic take on James Bond's old ejector seats: the Microflyer is populated by flying drone seats.

In a quite badly proof-read video explaining the Microflyer's functionality, it appears buyers of premium tickets to the 2060 games will get a microautomobile package that features two of the drone seats, allowing the fans to fly up to their chosen venue.…

Neil Briscoe's motoring moment of the year

by Neil Briscoe on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | Neil Briscoe's motoring moment of the year

Pick just one? I mean, just one motoring moment, one that was more sublime than the rest, out of the whole of 2017? C'mon, that's not going to be easy. There have been so many highlights this year...

How about trying a launch control start in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, only to realise that, foot flat in first, we weren't going anywhere, merely sitting there vapourising the rear Pirellis? Or later realising that this monstrously fast, powerful, loud automobile was also a total pussycat, equally at home on a streaming wet Irish…

Matt Robinson's motoring moment of the year

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | Matt Robinson's motoring moment of the year

Well, 2017 seems to have been a year of plenty, because there are lot of high points to remember. Most of them, perhaps naturally in a speed-camera festooned age where the future of traditional performance automobiles is under threat from the growing EV push, came in situations where I could drive in the spirited fashion that simply isn't possible (or particularly admired) on congested public roads.

There was the regular Honda Civic MkX, which was a revelation - a C-segment hatchback at the top of its game, thanks to serious investment from its parent company.…

Maurice Malone's moment of the year

by Maurice Malone on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | Maurice Malone's moment of the year

El Montmell, Catalonia. Saturday 7th October. Just after dawn.

Thump. I've never felt a passing rally automobile hit the road, but every sump guard that whacks against the inside edge of the dry tarmac sends a shockwave into the ground and up through the ditch where I'm standing, the reverberation clearly transmitted into my legs by the soles of my boots. Heaven knows what it's like for the crews' lower backs. This is the first stage of Rally Catalunya's second day, and is the first glimpse I've had of the new-generation WRC automobiles in tarmac specification. Mechanics have converted the…

What's the difference between PCP and HP automobile finance?

by Neil Briscoe on 18 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | What's the difference between PCP and HP automobile finance?

PCP, or Personal Contract Plan, has become a serious driving force of automobile sales in Ireland in the past five years. It's a form of finance that uses the expected second hand value of the automobile you're buying to offset the cost of borrowing. Essentially, you're taking the residual value of the automobile, removing it from the cost of buying new, and deciding to deal with it later.

So, how does it all work? Right, first off, the deposit. Now, you can get PCP deals with a deposit as low as ten per cent of the value of the automobile…

Video break: Mercedes’ disastrous Le Mans 1999

by Maurice Malone on 08 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | Video break: Mercedes’ disastrous Le Mans 1999

Despite a couple of terrifying warnings, Mercedes decided to go ahead and start the 1999 Le Mans race with its somersaulting CLRs. No-one was surprised when it happened again.

Oh no. Here we go. Peter Dumbreck's Mercedes CLR was embarking on a series of terrifying flips, his launch speed well over 300km/h. As the silver Merc hit a crest on the approach to Indianapolis while slipstreaming one of the Toyotas, air got under the nose, and off it went. This was roughly six hours into the race. The automobile landed among tree stumps; one of which ruptured the chassis between…






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