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Fascination: Honda NSX

by Matt Robinson on 27 Nov 2015

changagoidem Features | Fascination: Honda NSX

With the all-new model finally on the way, we look back at Japan's original and only true superautomobile, the Honda NSX.

That's a bold claim we've made above, isn't it? That Honda's NSX is Japan's only true superautomobile. We can almost hear fans of the Nissan GT-R (R35) and Lexus LFA firing up their email and penning strongly-worded missives, accusing us of having lost the plot.

But allow us to explain. There remains a mystique around Honda's NSX that no amount of turbochargers, cylinders or brazen horsepower can match; a mystique, as we'll come to elaborate on, that largely revolves…

Flat out in Skoda's Fabia R5

by Dave Humphreys on 19 Nov 2015

changagoidem Features | Flat out in Skoda's Fabia R5

Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche: all names steeped in motorsport history. However, none of those can, in years at least, match Skoda's motorsport heritage. Stretching back some 114 years, it is safe to say that the Czech automobile maker definitely has motorsport in its genes. Much like the sensible approach taken to its road automobiles, the majority of Skoda's motorsport history is in down to earth rallying.

Rally is arguably the closest form of motorsport to driving on the road. However, what you see here is so much more than merely a Fabia that has…

What a drag: automobile aerodynamics explained at last

by Melanie May on 13 Nov 2015

changagoidem Features | What a drag: automobile aerodynamics explained at last

This topic has been dragging on this month, as every story I read on changagoidem.ie seems to mention aerodynamics and drag and quotes a Cd figure. Now, of course I know what aerodynamics is - aero: relating to the air and dynamics: power. Therefore, aerodynamics is airpower. No, wait, that can't be right, can it?

Time to delve a little deeper.

A quick search to get the proper meaning of the word leads me to believe that aerodynamics is the way air moves around things. As we are talking about automobiles in particular, it relates to the properties of a…

Tesla Autopilot: the future of motoring comes early

by on 05 Nov 2015

changagoidem Features | Tesla Autopilot: the future of motoring comes early

I suspect that one day we shall discover that Tesla boss Elon Musk is actually a benevolent (hopefully) android sent from the future to try to help us along the path to a better motoring future.

 

How else do you explain how his tiny start-up automobile maker has become such a smash hit, albeit as yet an unprofitable one? How Tesla, still an utter minnow in automobile making terms, is being spoken of by the big automobile companies as a rival and one to be watched, matched and hopefully beaten? It really is quite remarkable.

And now, Musk has…

What's the best automobile you've ever driven?

by Neil Briscoe on 02 Nov 2015

changagoidem Features | What's the best automobile you've ever driven?

"What's the best automobile you've ever driven?" It's a loaded question and usually the second one I get asked once people find out what I do for a living. Usually it comes right after "I've got about €5,000 to spend and I really fancy a new Mercedes S-Class..." or some other impossible conundrum.

Let me say it now, folks - no, I can't get you a discount. No, I'm not a mechanic so I can't diagnose that rattling noise. No, Jeremy Clarkson isn't a close, personal friend. Thankfully.

But the best automobile I've ever driven? Ah now that I…

Made in Ireland

by Paul Healy on 31 Oct 2015

changagoidem Features | Made in Ireland

The notion of an Irish motor industry is one that is lost on most people. We do not have the vast automobile factories like our UK neighbours that churn out millions of vehicles each year.

We do not have the engineering firms that are called upon by major manufacturers to hone the suspension of their automobiles or build a bespoke gearbox, but the Irish contribution to the motor industry should not be overlooked.

Ask anybody to name an Irish automobile and they will undoubtedly come up with the DeLorean and while some will argue that the automobile from…






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