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Bertie Fisher remembered in new book

by Neil Briscoe on 18 Dec 2015

changagoidem Features | Bertie Fisher remembered in new book

I can still remember it, with the clarity of yesterday even though 22 years have passed since then. It was the baking hot spring of 1994 and, when I should have been busy studying for my Leaving Cert, I was instead perched in a hedgerow somewhere near Killarney. In front of me was a painted white line across the road and in my hands was a timing box - an electronic stopwatch to be triggered as the automobiles competing in the Rally of the Lakes passed in front of me.

From out of the heat shimmer somewhere off to my…

The driving habits of Irish motorists

by Melanie May on 11 Dec 2015

changagoidem Features | The driving habits of Irish motorists

Chill.ie asked 425 Irish male and female motorists about their driving habits and what they get up to behind the wheel of their automobile. Here are just some of the findings.

It is no surprise that, as a nation of music lovers, nearly 85 per cent of respondents said they sing during journeys and that, when listening to the radio, Irish drivers prefer local and independent stations including Spin 103.8, Newstalk, FM 104 and Radio NOVA.

Of those surveyed, 67 per cent said they drive 'most safely' when listening to quiet music, while…

Volkswagen: Nothing new under the sun

by Neil Briscoe on 30 Nov 2015

changagoidem Features | Volkswagen: Nothing new under the sun

Why is it such a shock? I've seen so many emails, messages and tweets from people this past few weeks saying that they'll never trust a automobile maker again, or that they'll always be sceptical of what the industry tells them. Volkswagen's exam cheating seems to have raised a level of ire that I find a touch baffling. After all, when you take a group of highly educated, talented and clever engineers and marketing people and give them a set of rules to work to, why are we surprised and shocked that they start looking for loopholes and work-arounds? Volkswagen's…

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…