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BMW puts the M into Mondello Park

by Dave Humphreys on 20 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | BMW puts the M into Mondello Park

BMW has long referred to its automobiles as ‘The Ultimate Driving Machines’, and while the company has diversified into numerous genres one wouldn’t typically consider drivers’ automobiles, it has never let up in the development of its M models. BMW M remains one of the most highly regarded performance sub-brands in the world, and now anyone can sample some of the very latest BMW M models right here in Ireland, at Mondello Park in Co. Kildare.

The new ‘BMW Driving Experience Powered by M’ gives enthusiasts the chance to exploit the power and performance of both the BMW M2 and…

Formula One Heroes - Gilles Villeneuve

by Maurice Malone on 09 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | Formula One Heroes - Gilles Villeneuve

I'd heard of Jacques Villeneuve. Of course I had. Watching RTE's Formula 1 coverage in the 1990s, you were never more than a few seconds away from one of Peter Collins' excited utterings proclaiming the young Canadian as the best thing since sliced bread, his enthusiasm tempered somewhat by David Kennedy's calming and knowledgeable intonations. I was six years old when Jacques first burst onto the TV screen in our front room. I distinctly remember the Rothmans Williams Renault zooming around the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne in the lead, all the while showering Damon Hill's automobile in oil. Jacques…

Five of the best estate automobiles in Ireland

by on 09 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | Five of the best estate automobiles in Ireland

I'm not sure why, but motoring journalists, in general, love estate automobiles, yet the Irish buying public does not, preferring SUVs. For a given price point, however, we'd argue that you get a lot more for your money in an estate than in an SUV, and most of them look really good too. Here are our favourites, automobiles we'd happily live with day-in, day-out, whether we had families or not.

1 - Skoda Superb Combi

It could have gone so horribly wrong for Skoda, calling its big automobile the Superb, but it has undoubtedly lived up to the tag and…

Five best coupes in Ireland

by on 09 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | Five best coupes in Ireland

There is a real resurgence in the variety of two-door coupes on sale, ranging in size, style and most importantly, price. Whether you fancy a subtle executive coupe to make you the envy of the office automobile park or you want a flamboyant look-at-me two-door, you won't be stuck for choice. In addition to comfort most of these best examples offer impressive levels of performance and many come dripping in the latest technology. Its won't be an easy task to choose the best one from your shopping list, so we've helped by compiling our favourite coupes in Ireland.

Bad weather is good for driving

by Maurice Malone on 04 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | Bad weather is good for driving

Weather. The number one topic of conversation for most in Ireland. It's scorching, it's freezing, it's sunny, it's raining, often during the same day, sometimes during the same hour. On and on it goes, our tiny green island constantly suffering from the Atlantic Ocean's influence. The prolonged dry and warm stretches enjoyed by our continental neighbours are the exception, not the rule. That awful period between the end of autumn and the end of winter tends to be particularly horrid, as the nights draw in and much of the land is covered in a miserable soup of mist and fog.

Toyota flies prototype electric plane/automobile

by Neil Briscoe on 04 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | Toyota flies prototype electric plane/automobile

With Airbus showing off concept video of its personalised flying automobile concept, the Vahana, it's tempting to think that the world has suddenly gone flying automobile mad. Could it be the proximity of a new Blade Runner film, the original of which did so much to popularise the idea of a flying and hovering automobile thanks to the future-gazing work of production designer Syd Mead?

That's unlikely to be Toyota's inspiration, but the Japanese giant is known to be at least partially keen on the flying automobile idea, having filed a US patent last year not for a fully-fledged flying…