The Genesis car brand continues to grow, with the addition of new Test Drive Centres and Studios throughout Australia and the addition of new models. The current Genesis model line-up includes the G70, G80, Electrified G80, GV60, GV70, Electrified GV70 and GV80.
Nissan produced a mid-engined concept car many don’t know about called the MID4 (abbreviation for Mid-Engine Four-Wheel Drive), designed to compete against the Honda NSX and the best from Porsche and Ferrari.
Hyundai’s N division is certainly flourishing in 2022, with the new i20 N joining the i30 N, i30 Fastback N, i30 Sedan N and KONA N. The i20 N is the first light hot hatch from the acclaimed N Division and is offered in a single feature-packed grade. The car is on sale now from $32,490 before on-road costs.
When thinking of lightweight sports cars with high power to weight ratios, manufacturers like Lotus, Caterham and Ariel spring to mind. Here in Australia, race driver Ray Vandersee designed and built the Skelta G-Force S/C, a car with an incredible power to weight ratio. Continue reading “2009 Skelta G-Force S/C”
The Hyundai i30 N Line Sedan replaces the Hyundai Elantra that had been on sale in Australia since 2016. There are six different variants of the i30 sedan. The base spec i30 Active manual costs $24,790 before on road costs. This top of the range N Line Premium model on test costs $37,290 before on road costs and is only available with a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
Prior to the Yaris, Toyota had entered a number of other models into the World Rally Championship, including the Celica GT-FOUR and Corolla WRC. Celica GT-FOUR models including the ST165, ST185 and ST205 were incredibly successful in the WRC, collecting 30 rally victories, four drivers’ and two manufacturers’ championship titles.
The recently released Genesis GV80 is Genesis’ first attempt at an SUV and joins the G70 and G80 sedans. There are four different GV80 models with three different engine choices.
The year 2001 was a long time ago now, but I still remember how good the Australian GT Production Car Championship was back then. The racing was great because of the number of different classes and manufacturers included.
Kia’s Stinger GT has been in the Australian market since 2017 and is the performance flagship of the South Korean manufacturer. With the close of local manufacturing of rear wheel drive sedans from Ford and Holden in Australia, viable alternatives are now few and far between. The Stinger GT aims to fill this void, being a four door sedan with a high powered twin-turbocharged 3.3 Litre V6 sending power to the rear wheels.
Carbon Revolution is based in Geelong, Victoria and the company is involved in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre wheels. Back in 2008, Carbon Revolution built an extremely lightweight and durable one-piece carbon fibre wheel, known as the Carbon Revolution CR-9. Carbon fibre wheels are 13 times stronger and 40% lighter than aluminium wheels. This results in faster acceleration and enables the car to change direction more precisely.
It’s always a highlight going to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix to watch the historic demonstration. Watching some of the great ex-Formula One cars, sportscars and Le Mans racers make their way around the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit is always memorable for me. In my opinion, the sights and sounds of these cars far exceed what we have currently competing in Formula One. Continue reading “Stirling Moss”
The Hyundai Veloster Turbo was released way back in 2012, and before the i30N’s release, was Hyundai’s best performance model. It replaced the Tiburon, and featured an asymmetrical door configuration, with one large door on the driver’s side and two smaller doors on the passenger side. The second generation of the car was recently released and maintains the same door configuration.
The British Touring Car Championship in the mid-1990’s provided some of the best motor racing ever seen. I have great memories of watching the championship in my early teenage years. There were a large number of drivers and manufacturers entered. Some of these manufactures included Renault, Alfa-Romeo, BMW, Vauxhall, Ford, Peugeot, Audi, Honda and Nissan.
It’s been 17 long years since the Supra featured in the Toyota range, when production of the fourth generation A80 Supra ceased in 2002. The Supra, especially the A80 model, built an impressive reputation as one of the finest performing sports-cars for the road and an all-conquering machine on the racetrack. The next Supra has finally arrived and is the fifth generation A90 model of this car and the first to be sold under the Toyota GAZOO Racing branding.