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Sensory overload - Alfa 4C on the TT Course

by Dave Humphreys on 28 Mar 2014

changagoidem Features | Sensory overload - Alfa 4C on the TT Course

Some 130 kilometres off the Irish coastline is a small island called the Isle of Man. It gave us The Bee Gees, funny cats, professional cyclist Mark Cavendish and is of course home to what is simply the most famous motorcycle race in the world - the TT.

The first running of the TT (Tourist Trophy) was in 1907 and since then it has, rather controversially, become one of the most coveted titles in motorcycle racing. Run over a 60.7km lap of the island's roads, since its inception 240 riders have lost their lives competing there. In one…

My working week: Dave Humphreys

by Dave Humphreys on 18 Mar 2014

changagoidem Features | My working week: Dave Humphreys

Monday March 10

What better way to start off your week than by sampling an all-new small crossover from Mercedes-Benz? The GLA is the third addition to the compact A-Class family and possibly the one that will be the most popular - the initial impressions are good anyway. As for the rest of the usual Monday automobile-swapping logistics, I say hello to the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion and Mazda3, the latter of which I'd not driven since my trans-Siberian adventure in one of the very first examples made last year.

Tuesday March 11

My working week: Dave Humphreys

by Dave Humphreys on 07 Mar 2014

changagoidem Features | My working week: Dave Humphreys

Monday February 17

Starting my week off in southern France and by spending the day at BMW's Research and Development facility at Miramas. The reason? Mainly, I'm here to drive a plug-in hybrid prototype of the BMW X5, though we will also be experiencing the firm's new Predictive Drivetrain Technology, as well as getting the latest news on BMW's plans for much greater utilisation of automobilebon technology. It's a whirlwind day with lots to do and take in before making a dash back to the airport to fly home.

Geneva Motor Show 2014: the full preview

by Paul Healy on 01 Mar 2014

changagoidem Features | Geneva Motor Show 2014: the full preview


This year's Geneva Motor Show could be the greatest in some time. Though open to the public from March 6, we, the media, are lucky enough to gain access two days earlier, and indeed a huge amount will be revealed the day before that again. As this feature is published it's March 1 and though we expect a few more surprises, it's already going to be a bit special. Read on for the full A to Z (technically A to V - Ed).

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has just announced the updated Quadrifoglio Verde (or Cloverleaf as you…

Robot or No-Bot?

by Neil Briscoe on 27 Feb 2014

changagoidem Features | Robot or No-Bot?

Computers, we are usually told, will soon be doing everything for us. They already, after all, do so much. From controlling the temperature of our fridges to unscrambling the incoming signals of our TV subscriptions to making our phone calls, computers do more or less everything for us now. It may only be seven decades since Alan Turing and Tommy Flowers put their remarkable minds together to the task of creating an electro-mechanical machine that could crack Nazi Enigma and Laurentz ciphers, but that 70 years has seen an unmitigated explosion in the power and potential of electronics.


My working week: Neil Briscoe

by Neil Briscoe on 26 Feb 2014

changagoidem Features | My working week: Neil Briscoe

Monday February 17

Down to Lexus to collect the IS 300h hybrid saloon for a test drive. I've never been the world's biggest fan of hybrids - too much promise, not enough delivery is the usual problem. They give their utmost in lab testing, where the short runs done for the official economy tests show their consumption at its best, but it all falls apart out on real roads where you might actually need, you know, some acceleration or something. The new IS though is really rather impressing me.…