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Going the extra mile with the Ford GT

by Dave Humphreys on 08 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Going the extra mile with the Ford GT

This June will see the 84th running of the Le Mans 24-hour race. It will also mark 50 years since Ford took first, second and third places with its 7.0-litre V8-powered GT40 MkII sports automobiles. Fitting then that half a century on, Ford will once again head to the Circuit de la Sarthe with a full factory effort that will see four automobiles attempt to relive past glories.

The build-up includes the 6 Hours of Spa, which would be the final race before Le Mans. Ford has enjoyed a respectable opening season so far in its partnership with Chip Ganassi…

BMW X5, Lexus RX, Volvo XC90 hybrid SUV comparison

by Neil Briscoe on 30 May 2016

changagoidem Features | BMW X5, Lexus RX, Volvo XC90 hybrid SUV comparison

Do big SUVs make sense as plugin hybrids? And if they do, which one is best? And is an old-school hybrid actually better? We bring together the BMW X5 xDrive40e, Lexus RX 450h and Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine for the large luxury hybrid SUV group test of 2016.

Film critic Mark Kermode rails against the 'first-but-wrong' culture in modern media in his fantastic book Hatchet Job. He is talking about films, of course, not automobiles, but the action of rushing to both a conclusion and a review in an effort to get a piece out online or in print…

Passing the driving theory test; part 2

by Melanie May on 23 May 2016

changagoidem Features | Passing the driving theory test; part 2

As mentioned in the last edition of the iPad Mag, I am currently trying to get my motorcycle licence and for the next few months I will be writing about how I am getting on and how you too can also apply for your licence. The tips and advice in this column and my previous one can apply to both motorcycle, moped and automobile licences. So let's get cracking.

I had managed to book my theory test, but the hard bit was passing it. I get terrible exam anxiety so I…

How to book the driving theory test

by Melanie May on 29 Apr 2016

changagoidem Features | How to book the driving theory test

In 2014, on a flight from Mexico City to San Antonio, the guy sitting next to me told me all about his son who was in prison. He then proceeded to ask me out to dinner. I smiled politely and opened my mouth to scream for help, but then he said those words I've longed to hear all my life “I'll pick you up on my motorbike". My intended scream for help turned into a giggle and a ‘what time will I expect you?'

You see, up until that point, I had never been on a motorcycle and ever since…

Fascination with Luca di Montezemolo

by Neil Briscoe on 22 Apr 2016

changagoidem Features | Fascination with Luca di Montezemolo

Luca di Montezemolo is a man who knows his onions, assuming that by onions you mean the delicate, preautomobileious business of selling super-fast superautomobiles to the super-rich. For decades, di Montezemolo's name was spell-checkingly-synonymous with that of Ferrari. Back in the early seventies, Enzo himself gave young Luca, barely out of business college, the keys to the kingdom, granting him the manager's gig at a perennially troubled, perennially losing Ferrari Formula One team. Within a season, di Montezemolo had turned things around, brought in Niki Lauda and started racking up wins and titles again.

After a brief absence from the…

Why do Irish motorists automobilee so little about living?

by Dave Humphreys on 15 Apr 2016

changagoidem Features | Why do Irish motorists automobilee so little about living?

The first time you do something new it takes longer than it does subsequently; your brain registers what's going on, commits it to memory and usually it sticks with you. You don't remember the first time you walked, and you're unlikely to recall the first time you cycled a bike without stabilisers. But you probably do have the memory of your first time behind the wheel of a automobile, or indeed of your driving test - be it a good or bad memory. It's probable that the first time you drove a automobile it you were slower, it took your…


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