mardi 8 mars 2016

This Week in Motoring

The best of the Geneva International Motor Show, Formula 1 tests closed cockpits (kinda), a motorcycle powered by a Maserati V8 and more.

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The Best of Geneva 2016

The Geneva International Motor Show was a frenzy of brand-new hypercars, sports cars, luxury cars and thankfully only one economy crossover. New flagships fromBugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Pagani dropped to fuel our octane-addled fantasies, while Aston Martin’s new DB11 reminded us why Bond has great taste in cars. Even Alfa Romeo’s pedestrian Giulia, Maserati’s new SUV and Ford’s upgraded Fiesta (yes, a Fiesta) are something to behold. And that’s just scratching the surface. The point? It was a really, really good week to be a car guy.

Kimi, I Can See Your Halo

Racing has been getting considerably safer over the last couple decades, but recent events have brought to light one big vulnerability in driver safety: open cockpits. It’s a simple fix, but one that F1’s governing body has been slow to to adopt. This week major progress has been made, with Ferrari testing a proposed “halo” protection system. According to Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, “First impression on the visibility test is positive…the structure does not hamper [visibility].”

Like a Robot Wearing a Monocle

Morgan is perhaps the most anachronistic automaker out there, which is why it raised a few eyebrows when word got out it would make electric cars. However, their new launch video should put minds at ease — the new EV3 is still full of old-school cool andBritish bravado.

Two-Wheel Terror

The French lunatics at Lazareth probably took a look at the 210 horsepower Kawasaki Ninja H2 and decided they wanted more, opting instead to build a bike around a 470 horsepower Maserati V8.

Sebastien Loeb to Do Rallycross

WRC master Sebastien Loeb has tried his hand at Le Mans, Dakar, Pikes Peak and WTCC, and has even done a little Formula 1 testing. Now he’s turning his attention towards Rallycross, announcing his intention to compete in the 2016 season.

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