I watched the first round of Formula E wondering what it would be like. Looking at the field and owing to the cars being extremely similar I was sure the racing would be close and exciting, the driver line up us superb.
I like the idea of doing all the races on street courses, firstly it brings it closer to the people who benefit from and buy electric cars, secondly it makes the concept of an electric race series part of the city and the people who it is essential to gain their buy in order to make it a success, thirdly and perhaps most importantly it increases the feeling of speed for the spectators, both on TV and in the stands.
Good to see
I will reserve judgement until later in the season regarding the concept or Formula E, however my main concerns surrounding the noise were justified, thinking that they would be silent I was surprised to hear a noise that was like ….. er…… squirrels and mice arguing? I feel bad criticising such an innovative new series but maybe it is something I will to get used to, one thing is for sure though, I definitely prefer petrol to electric for the moment.
Action wise the race was good, the final lap in particular!! I’m looking forward to the next round, maybe I’ll listen to music whilst watching it…
Malaysia E-Prix next in November.
Marco Seefried doing a 7:22 on the Nordschleife, he was at 280kph under the bridge which is a bit naughty for a BTG, but it takes nothing away from the lap (pity about the sound quality of the video).
Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 on the Nordschleife, perfection.
30mins of pure brilliance, Koenigsegg are simply the next level of motoring.
The Phenomenal Koenigsegg Agera R, all 1100bhp of it.
Congratulations to EVO Magazine on their 200th issue. I can still remember issue no1 and thinking how good it was that there is now a magazine dedicated to driving and fast cars, I was happy with the existing choice of Autocar, Car, Auto Express etc. but is was a fresh look and approach.
I have been a subscriber since about issue 45 and loved every one, there are of course too many articles to list all my favourites but a few that standout in my memory are :
Ferrari 288GTO v F40 v F50 v Enzo
Brilliant Ferrari Issue
Ferrari Enzo v Porsche Carrera GT v Pagani Zonda C12S v Bugatti Veyron
As good as it gets?
Porsche 996 GT3 RS v Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale v Lotus Exige v Noble M400
Cover says it all…
The Greatest Front Wheel Drive Of All Time (of which I have driven 3 of the top 5 to sub 9min BTG Nordschleife times, proud of that!)
The Greatest Hot Hatch
There are countless BMW M specials, Porsche specials, Nurburgring articles and of course the legendary ECOTY (EVO Car or the Year) amongst others that were fantastic too.
Brilliant ECOTY 2010
I think what stands out to me is the quality of writing, photography and choice of features. I must confess that I do not have the time anymore (thanks kids!) to read every issue from cover to cover but the quality has always been of a constant high quality and I have enjoyed reading all of the writers, I do have my favourites but they are all very good.
I even trusted EVOs recommendation on the Megane R26 so much that I bought one with no test drive and was left unsurprised as the car was as good as they had said. It has been quite a subject of banter between my friends as to how many of us have owned EVO 5 star cars, I have been lucky that I have owned and experienced quite a few. In fact it was reading EVO that pretty much inspired me to write this blog in the first place.
Anyway, issue 201 has now arrived so its time to crack on…
Bugatti releasing another special edition of the Veyron should by now be sending me to sleep but the fact is I love the Veyron so much nothing short of replacing the quad turbo 8.0 W16 with the 2.0 petrol found in the Mk4 Golf GTi would put me off. The latest edition is very similar to previous ones but I am still happy to see them.
New Bugatti Veyron
Under wing decal is cool as…
The Lamborghini Huracan is a car that I have much respect for however I am not sure that I have really fallen for the looks, it certainly ticks all the boxes and I understand anyone who thinks it is a stunner but for me I still require convincing, granted I have not seen one in the flesh yet so maybe that will sway me.
The GT3 race car however I love, it seems to have gone on a steroid diet and come out looking buff. I look for was to watching it duel in the brilliant GT3 category.
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
The Renault Sport RS 01 is a car great concept car, the Renault Sport team produce a fine quality of drivers cars and exciting innovative cars. Endless top level hot hatches (of which I have owned 3), the Clio V6 etc, now the RS 01, which on the face of it is a race car in its own series with the performance of a GT3 car, sounds good. It’s encouraging to see Renault cashing in on their partnership with Nissan and ‘borrowing’ the engine out of the Nissan GTR, this means 500bhp (and 1100kg) and loads of tuning potential. I just hope Renault build the beast!
Renault Sport RS 01
There has been recent news of manufacturers pushing forward to continue the assault on the title of ‘fastest production car’. Both Hennessey and Bugatti appear to have plans to approach 300mph (even though that sounds crazy).
Hennessey Venom GT
Chris Harris recently wrote on his Pistonheads blog that he wasn’t that excited about this news, although I understand his reasons I am excited by the prospect of these cars. I enjoy the effort and commitment that records produce even if it is for a record that is a bit (a lot!) detached from reality, granted Nordschleife times do excite me more but still, it’s cool.
In the same article he criticises the news that there will be an updated Caparo T1 on the grounds that it has never really shown what it was capable of or even that it was finished! I agree wholely with this, the Caparo was a really promising car that looked certain to redefine extreme track cars but in the end it never really achieved what it should. To now be working on a some type of successor for the T1 seems a tad pointless as the original was never able to show itself as a finished car to the world and was dogged by rumours of failure. Disappointing in every sense.
Whatever Bugatti and Hennessey produce and however fast they are able to go I hope they are a more finished and polished product than the original Caparo T1!
Bugatti Veyron Super Sports
The Drive channel on YouTube has just been split, the YouTube channel show shortened version of the films and the subscription site Drive+ will contain the full films. £2.49 a month is still nothing short of a bargain for what is the best motoring video site on the internet.
I have watched car videos on the net and on YouTube for years, from FastDrive (old school), Autocar, Evo, Drivers Republic amongst others. Despite frustrations that many of the videos were appetisers for the magazine article the quality was good although there was room for improvement. Drive changed this, a channel dedicated to extended videos featuring the best and most extreme car available.
Chris Harris’s (and Neil Carey) videos appeal to my taste in automotive documentaries the most but all the hosts have produced videos that I have enjoyed, as long as Drive+ continues to produce videos of the caliber then a subscription is worth it and may with any luck allow Drive+ to create more in depth films.
Long may it all continue…
The recent new F30 M3/M4 video is a belter, here is the Drive short film