Archive for May, 2009

Citröen DS Inside lives up to its name

// Posted in Citroen

In February this year Citröen revealed images of its new DS Inside Concept. Only, back then, they didn’t show us the inside at all, just the outside. Citröen have now rectified that problem by sending interior images to AUSmotive HQ. The car is due for launch in early 2010 they say. So, a public showing […]

Buy your own F1 car

Well, sort of. The Toyota F1 team is adding an exclusive line to its merchandise catalogue this year. “While stocks last” you can get your hands on front wings, rear wings, and even a rear wing, engine cover and undertray as one item. There seems to be enough on offer, including wheels and suspension parts, […]

Last man standing

Australia’s first ever Winter Olympic Gold Medallist Steven Bradbury is the latest recruit to the MINI CHALLENGE Uber-Star ranks. The cult hero who proved the old adage ‘to finish first, first you have to finish’ will be racing in Round 2 of the Australian MINI CHALLENGE to be held at Symmons Plains in Tasmania this […]

Arise Sir Sebastien

Five-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb has been awarded his country’s highest public honor, the ‘Légion d’honneur’. Presented by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, the title is the French equivalent to a knighthood. Speaking at the awards ceremony Loeb said, “This award is given to an individual, but I would like to share it with each […]

Jos Vercrashhen!

Former F1 driver Jos Verstappen has crashed his Aston Martin LMP1 in testing at Monza in Italy. The Dutchman lost control of the car in unexplained circumstances in the high speed parabolica corner. Verstappen’s test car, one of only three LMP1 chassis, has been written off. The force of the impact was believed to be […]

Join the club

Here is a brief “lifestyle” story on car clubs, featuring clubMINI‘s Queensland chapter, among others. Car clubs can be a lot of fun. You can learn a lot more about your car, and about yourself. You can become exposed to a whole new level of motoring enjoyment. You can improve your driving skills through better […]

Audi R8 LMS at the Nürburgring 24 hour race

Audi Motorsport went to the Nürburgring 24 hour race this year with high hopes. Four new R8 LMS GT3 category racers were entered with some of the sport’s biggest names at the wheel. To subject the new racecars to such a tough test was a big commitment. This commitment almost paid the most handsome dividends […]

Race Sciroccos show class at Nürburgring 24 hour

The Volkswagen Motorsport program enjoyed more success at the Nürburgring 24 hour over the weekend with class wins for the Scirocco in the SP3T and AT categories. The #118 petrol powered Scirocco R came home in 15th outright presenting drivers Jimmy Johansson, Florian Gruber, Nicki Thiim and Martin Karlhofer a third consecutive SP3T class win […]

Top Gear Australia – Series 2, Episode 3

After tonight’s episode I think we can say Top Gear Australia has found second gear. This was easily one of their best episodes and probably the best episode to date. The chemistry with the hosts was smooth, natural and the forced behaviour of earlier episodes was pleasantly absent. I have to again compliment the production […]

Estate of mind

Volkswagen Germany have released pics of the new Golf Estate, or Variant, depending on what you want to call it. This is a facelift of the existing model and the externally the front end has been given a makeover to fit the Golf VI look. Equipment and specifications have also been given the once over […]

Nissan GT-R sets new Nürburgring record

// Posted in Nissan

Back in April a factory assault on the Nürburgring Nordschleife saw the Nissan GT-R set a new fastest lap. The new time, set late in the month, was an impressive 7 minutes 26.70 seconds. This marked a slight improvement over their earlier effort in mid-April. However, the press statement announcing this grand news was only […]

Audi S4 charges down under

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The facelifted Audi S4 has just been launched in Australia. The good news for Audi fans is you can now have 245kW and, if you’re prepared to drive like a nanna, you can use as little as 9.4 litres of fuel for every 100 kilometres travelled. If you do choose to push on you can […]

2009 Nürburgring 24 hour race

The Nürburgring 24 hour race takes place this weekend and AUSringers will be doing its best to give you a trackside view. Well, as best as can be done from the other side of the planet here in Australia! For a list of Australians taking part in the race, click here. The times listed below […]

Audi launches S3 Sportback S tronic

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Last year Audi broadened the appeal of its pocket rocket S3 by adding a five door Sportback model. This appeal has been widened further with the addition of the Sportback S tronic. This is a 6 speed double clutch transmission, as first introduced to Australia in the Mk5 Golf GTI. Gear changes are lightning quick […]