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WRC 2017: a new dawn?

by Maurice Malone on 27 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | WRC 2017: a new dawn?

Now that the dust (and snow) has settled, Maurice Malone analyses what effect the new World Rally Automobiles have had on the spectacle, and how the viewing public have reacted.

The real thing

An aggressive soundtrack of rising and falling revs, interspersed with the faint popping and banging of anti-lag can be heard further down the valley. Super-intense spotlights do their best to illuminate the icy blackness of the road ahead, the trajectory of their beams switching back and forth like crazy as the automobile negotiates a series of switchback hairpins, highlighting the smoke from campfires lit below. The sound…

Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

Shakin’ Stevens must have been psychic or something because snow really is falling and it is indeed all around. Whether the cold snap is just going to be a light dusting of the white stuff or whether this really is the beginning of the final Snowpocalypse, it seems like a good time to brush up on those winter driving techniques…

Preparation, preparation, preparation…

The first thing to do is make sure your automobile is ready for any serious weather. Tyres are critical here, so make sure you’ve got plenty of tread depth and that your pressures are correct all round.…

Get ready for less choice in new automobiles

by Neil Briscoe on 08 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Get ready for less choice in new automobiles

Is Brexit going to put the squeeze on right-hand drive production?

I got a lift to the airport the other day. Nothing exciting about that, I suppose, but the automobile in which I was being lifted was kind of interesting. It was a Renault Talisman, a big, roomy Volkswagen Passat rival that verges on being the same size as a BMW 5 Series. As we wafted through the streets of Paris on the way to make a connection at Charles De Gaulle airport, it…

Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

by Shane O' Donoghue on 06 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

How soon do you reckon driverless automobiles will dominate the road? It's further away...

In 2015, we experienced Audi's 'Piloted Driving' at its most exciting in the form of 'Bobby', an RS 7 Sportback modified to learn a race track and then lap it at unnervingly fast pace. On its own. The Volkswagen Group has been researching and developing autonomous drive technology for well over a decade, but never before had it grabbed headlines like that.

A lot has happened since then, and today we are in Neuburg, the home of Audi Sport,…

Is this what the automobile makers think of our youth?

by Maurice Malone on 05 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Is this what the automobile makers think of our youth?

Millennials get a lot of stick. Anyone born between 1982 and 2001 is seemingly doomed to be labelled as a Snapchatting, Instagramming, Starbucks-scoffing poser by older generations, but this group is fast becoming the largest demographic. What do automobile manufacturers do when tasked with providing transport solutions for people who have known nothing but advanced technology all their lives?

They get millennials to design their own automobiles of course. Chrysler’s Portal concept is one such example, and it’s just debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger automobile brands at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles…

Irish Icons: Lancia Delta Integrale

by Maurice Malone on 03 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Irish Icons: Lancia Delta Integrale

Group B rallying's demise left a vacuum that Lancia duly filled with the Group A Deltas, trouncing all comers for years. We drive the ultimate road-going version of the iconic Integrale.


There's a faint whirring noise emanating from in front of you, a beautifully mechanical tone. From the rear, a slightly offbeat thrum, not as gruff as a Subaru's flat-four growl, but characterful nonetheless. Compared to the industrial drone of most turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines, this is very different.

The vents at the rear of the bonnet emit a shimmering heat haze, as the hot air in the engine…



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