• NASCAR Sprint Cup VS Formula One

    Here’s a question for your reader – what’s the best. NASCAR Sprint Cup VS Formula One? It may be something that you’ve debated with your mates down the pub; but have you ever really looked closely at the two to compare them properly? In this article we debate this very question.

    The interesting thing about both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Formula One is that despite their popularity; they both take a fair bit of criticism from people who are not interested. For many people, Formula One is dull, involves little to no overtaking and involves too much money and the same guy wins all the time. On the other hand, NASCAR sucks involves overweight drivers turning left round circular and oval racetracks and features bulky cars made from scrap.

    However, none of the above stops millions of people across America tuning in to NASCAR every year and turning up at the racetracks; and it doesn’t stop the millions of fans around the world enjoying Formula One every year. The more you compare them, the more you find compelling reasons for either to be considered interesting.
    The car involved in Formula One are works of genius concocted in high tech labs, but that doesn’t mean that the cars used NASCAR are any less brilliant. It is just a different type of brilliant. No-one would be able to deny that NASCAR and Formula One cars are as fast as each other, comparatively. The drivers for both sports are very skilled but Formula One drivers have a much higher profile and gambling on Formula One is of course much more popular in the UK with sites such as William Hill Formula One betting

    It really depends on what you want from your racing. If you want blood,guts and everything left on the racetrack; NASCAR would be the best race to follow. Whereas, if you like the larger amount of money that is pumped into the F1 business every year, the bigger budget the teams have to play with and the more intricately difficult circuits, then Formula One is the race for you.

    If you’re a bit of a petrol head then it is less expensive to be a fan of NASCAR as the cars used are easier to replicate with road versions. However, one of the biggest drawbacks of NASCAR is that despite it being as popular in the US as F1, it is only raced in three locations, unlike the 19 countries and four continents of F1.
    Whatever area of either racing style you look at, they both have positives and negatives. Although F1 is meticulous and quick, if a driver does not secure a decent position in the qualifying round it and get away fast enough at the start; they may remain at the back for the whole race. And while no race can really be called from the start in NASCAR, it comes back to the more simplistic tracks. It could also be argued that F1 is more elitist, while NASCAR is not. Though the opposite argument could be given that F1 only features the best of the best.

    What can be learned from looking at these two similarly popular but very different types of racing? Which is better? As boring an answer as this sounds; it really depends on what you like. There is no wrong answer, but if you’re not in the US, it’s much trickier to actually visit a NASCAR racetrack.

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  • Looking For A Cool Fuel Efficient City Car? Fiat 500 Ticks All The Boxes

    One of the things that is most important to car buyers nowadays, especially as many of us are still suffering from the damages the recession did to the economy, is the fuel efficiency. Although the style, design and interior are all factored into your decision, it is likely if you’re looking for a new car that you are concerned with how many miles you will get to the gallon with each time you fill it up. If that is the case, then the Fiat 500 could be the car you are looking for.

    Available at dealerships across the UK such as Richard Hardie, the Fiat 500 has been getting a lot of attention and rightly so. Let’s take a closer look at one of the safest cars on the market, and one that’s also a lot of fun to drive too! Some pictures of the Fiat 500 to start us off as as you can see, it’s such a cool looking small city car.

    Incredible Fuel Efficiency

    As it is a car designed to be driven around the city and towns, you would expect the Fiat 500 to be fuel efficient. However, we were surprised at just how efficient it actually is. Take the revolutionary TwinAir engine model that gives you a staggering 69 miles to the gallon. Even if you opt for one of the smaller, 1.2 or 1.4 litre models you still can benefit from either 59 or 49 miles to the gallon.

    Five Star NCAP Rated Car

    As the saying goes, safety comes first and the Fiat 500 will not let you down in this regard. The car was awarded a full five stars from the European NCAP ratings and looking at the array of safety features built-in to the car, it is not hard to see why. Along with a total of six airbags, the car also comes with ESC or Electronic Stability Control. This means that regardless of the conditions of the road are, the car will give you as good a grip as any city car.

    It also uses ABS along with EBD and AS/MSR anti slip systems for that extra level of control, support and safety. The car even comes with the practical Tyre Pressure Monitoring System on the dash that will alert you if the pressure is getting too low. No wonder the Fiat 500 is often referred to as one of the safest cars on the road.

    Customisable And Cool

    Fiat have never been known as a car manufacturer that shies away from creating cars that are not only fun to drive, but fun to look at as well. The Fiat 500 has always had a very iconic look; one that has been improved on over the years. You can choose from a total of 11 different colours for the interior, allowing you to customise it to your preferences and tastes.

    Along with the many other bits of technology utilised in the car, such as the Blue&Me navigation system, it is easy to see the attraction with the Fiat 500. Not only will it save you money driving it around for those day to day city commutes, you will look good and feel safe doing it. What’s not to like?

    Finally, this infographic showcases the Fiat 500 family

    The Fiat 500 Family – An infographic by the team at The Fiat 500 Family

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  • Nissan Pulsar: Showcasing Nissan’s Latest Hatchback

    If you’ve been looking for a hatchback that has a little more to offer than the average small car then you should consider the brand-new Nissan Pulsar. Although a lot smaller than both, it borrows design and technological aspects from the X-Trail and Qashqai. Here’s a video and some pictures of the Nissan Pulsar and as you can see, it’s a pretty cool looking hatchback!

    In the following article we lift the lid and give you the low down on all you need to know and why you should consider the the Pulsar if you are in the market for a hatchback.

    Various Power And Performance Options

    The Nissan Pulsar is available from all of the fifteen West Way Nissan dealerships across the country. The Pulsar comes in a range of three different power set-ups, allowing you to choose from the 1.6 litre, 1.5 litre and 1.2 litre engine models. Regardless of whichever engine you opt for, the great thing is that they all offer similar fuel efficiency with CO2 emissions of under 95 grams per km.

    Reliable And Safe

    Nissan are renowned for manufacturing reliable and high quality cars and the new Pulsar is no different. It is also considered to be one of the safest cars on the road, thanks largely to the innovative Safety Shield technology(also used by Qashqai, Juke and X-Trail models) that the car utilises. Safety Shield gives you moving object detection, blind spot warnings and helps you to anticipate obstacles, as well as braking for you if it detects immediate danger that may require quicker reflexes than your own.

    Comfort And Luxury Above The Price Tag

    The Nissan Pulsar leads its’ class when it comes to the level of comfort and space it offers you. There is comfortable and roomy leg space in the front and the back of the car, so even passengers can enjoy a relaxing car journey. There is a number of added extras that Nissan have thought about that other car manufacturers haven’t including resistant and soft fabrics for more comfortable seats and wider arm rests. Everything on the interior is designed to give the car a more luxurious and expensive feel than you’d expect for the car’s reasonable price tag.

    Highly Practical

    Along with the Nissan Pulsar leading its class in terms of space in the front and back seats, it also beats the competition in terms of shoulder space. As a result of the longer wheel base the Nissan has been built on, leading its class again, the car offers a greater amount of space than it looks like it might. The boot is also bigger than many hatchbacks and will be more than enough for the weekly shop.

    There are many other reasons why you should love the Nissan Pulsar, though if we were to list everything this page would be about 3 times the size. Taking into account Nissan’s many decades of experience and innovation and all of the above, if you are looking for a hatchback that will offer you a comfortable drive, save money on the cost of fuel and last for many years to come; the Nissan Pulsar is a car you need to consider.

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  • Every Little Counts For SEAT Leon Cupra 290

    Remember the SEAT Leon Cupra 280? Launched at the start of 2014 to a flood of praise and accolades (including from myself), it was seen as one of the best hot hatches on the market. Well, that’s so last year, because the Cupra 280 is gone.

    SEAT Leon Cupra 290 01

    SEAT Leon Cupra 290

    Instead we’ve got a Leon Cupra 290 and, as you might have guessed, it’s got a power increase of 10PS courtesy of a mild ECU remap. Which might not seem like much but, as a certain supermarket giant likes to remind us, every little counts. It takes the Leon’s output even closer to the Golf R, beats the Focus ST with ease and matches the Megane 275’s recent power hike.

    Not that you’ll notice much difference. The official acceleration times for the Cupra 290 are exactly the same at 5.7 seconds for the DSG and 5.8 for the manual transmission and top speed is still limited to 155mph. Economy and CO2 emissions are identical but the peak torque of 350Nm is at least available across more of the rev range than before, from 1,700rpm all the way to 5,800 rpm.

    Of course, you could go to an aftermarket tuner and get 4 or even 5 times the power increase along with some extra torques for a few hundred quid. The trouble is that might upset SEAT’s warranty department so if you want a little more power this is one way of getting it without affecting your Leon’s warranty.

    No official word on prices yet but expect to see a slight increase from the 280’s £28,485 OTR.

    SEAT Leon Cupra 290 02

    SEAT Leon Cupra 290

    Model 2015 Leon SC Cupra 290 2015 Leon SC Cupra 290 DSG 2014 Leon SC Cupra 280 2014 Leon SC Cupra 280 DSG
    Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed dual-clutch automatic 6-speed manual 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
    Engine 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol
    Power (PS / bhp) 290/287 290/287 280/276 280/276
    Torque (Nm /lb.ft) 350/258 350/258 350/258 350/258
    Kerb Weight (kg) 1,395 1,421 1,395 1,421
    MPG 42.2 42.8 42.2 42.8
    Top Speed 155 155 155 155
    0-62 mph (s) 5.8 5.7 5.8 5.7
    CO2 156 149 156 149
    VED G F G F
    Price £TBA £TBA £28,485 £29,840

    Every Little Counts For SEAT Leon Cupra 290 is a post by Chris Auty and was published on Driving Spirit.

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  • Forza 6 Launch Trailer

    Gran Turismo versus Forza? Playstation versus Xbox? Which camp are you in?

    For years I’ve been in the legion of Gran Turismo fans but with every release of Forza I find my devotion starting to waver. The Xbox contender seems to grow from strength to strength while the Playstation stalwart seems to be treading water. Maybe I’m being unfair to the Gran Turismo team, but this launch trailer for Forza 6 has renewed my longing to buy an Xbox.

    This is the biggest Forza yet, with over 450 cars to choose from and 26 destinations to race in, 10 of which are new to the series. Each destination has several layout options too, so there’s plenty of asphalt to keep you occupied, whether that be on new tracks such as Lime Park, Watkins Glen and the Circuit of the Americas or old favourites such as Spa Francorchamps and the legendary Nürburgring.

    Ford GT in Forza 6

    Ford GT in Forza 6

    There’s a demo to whet your appetite too, which throws you behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford GT and pitches you against 23 opponents on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, a new fictional track added to this release.

    On top of the extra content comes a new weather modelling system that does more than reduce grip and make pretty patterns on your monitor. Forza goes as far as modelling puddles on the track, which can lead to aquaplaning if you’re not careful. There’s damage modelling too, which can leave your pristine supercar looking very second-hand after a hard race. Gran Turismo, please take note!

    Pagani In The Rain

    Pagani In The Rain

    The demo then takes you through the early stages of the career mode and introduces you to the new pre-race modding system, which allows bonuses to be added to the end-of-race results or to give your car a little extra performance.


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