• 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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  • Lamborghini Sesto Elemento – Super Cool Concept Car!

    Showcasing pictures and videos of the super cool concept car, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, this Lambo is known as the Sixth Element Concept in English, the concept will boast advanced carbon-fibre construction technology which allows for a total curb weight of 999kg. Estimated cost is a cool $3.44 million

    This concept signals Lambo’s intention to withdraw from the Top Speed War which the world’s supercar makers have been embroiled in for some time, and instead focus on something much more doable – power-to-weight.

    As such, this Sesto Elemento gets the Gallardo’s 5.2-litre V10 wrung out to 562bhp, but sits on a carbon-fibre body weighing a paltry 999kgs, meaning rocket-powered performance in a go-kart shell. 0-62mph is sliced in just 2.5 seconds, which, as you’ve guessed, is the same as a friggin’ Veyron. Top speed is ‘over 186mph’.

    But, says Lambo, “what the figures cannot convey is the Sesto Elemento’s razor-sharp handling, voracious turn-in and huge braking power”. An understanding of basic physics will tell you this is right. So, so Right.

    Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Videos
    Here’s some cool videos of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento at the Paris 2010 Motor Show

    Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Engine
    5.2-litre V10 engine from the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera which sports 419kW with permanent all-wheel-drive. Because of the overall weight of under one tonne, the 0-100km/h time amounts to 2.5 seconds where the top speed is 300km/h.

    The Sesto element Concept from Lamborghini is meant to represent the sixth element in the periodic table and that is occupied by the element carbon. The total weight of the concept is 999 kg which translates into a healthy 2,202 lb. This weight is inclusive of the engine unit which is a V10 and also the all wheel drive transmission. The V10 delivers 570 hp and accelerates the car from 0 to 100 kmph in just 2.5 seconds which is the same for the Gallardo Superleggera. The top speed of the concept is well over 300 kmph or 200 mph.

    The car is supposed to have perfect aerodynamics as per the cars maker. The ribs up front, two of them which helps to improve the stiffness of the component as well as in guiding the cool air directly to the radiator which is located behind them and to the brakes as well. Right beneath the front windscreen there are two red color triangular shaped openings. It is through these openings that the cool air is flowing.

    For the rims it is made up of complete carbon fiber and incorporates a five spoke design. The interior of the car is also done up to a very minimal standard. Ergonomics has been attended to in the design of the steering wheel which can be adjusted both for height and reach. The pedals also can be adjusted longitudinally. There are just three switches embedded in the central console. These are piezoelectric ones and are to start the engine, throw the car into reveres gear and the third to switch on the lights.

    The president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann had this to say of the Sesto Elemento: “The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look – extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun. We put all of our technological competence into one stunning form to create the Sesto Elemento.

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  • Legendary Africa Twin From Honda Is Back!

    Along with cool cars, we also love cool motorbikes – in fact, we love most things with an engine. When it comes to motorbikes, I’d say there are only a handful out there which have legendary status and one of those in my eyes is the Africa Twin. If you’re a little too young to know about the Africa Twin, this bike basically launched the off-roading biking movement across the World in the late 80’s (launched by Honday between 1988 and 1989) and it was a bike that was loved by some many motorbike fans.

    So it’s very exciting news that Honda are tantalisingly close to releasing the super cool Africa Twin towards the end of this year. The Africa Twin bike is a production version of the prototype shown in Milan recently that caused a stir.

    There are some seriously lucky ladies and gents out there whose job it is to test these new bikes out before the general public get their hands on them. In the following video, you’ll see those lucky few whose job it is to test the all new Africa Twin bike.

    This select bunch of motor heads are a unique band of Genteki riders who put Honda’s development machines through their paces and make sure that every bike released is worthy of the name. They remain in the shadows, out of sight away from prying eyes.

    Honda say the new 2015 Africa twin will be true to the original bike – so I can imagine this is going to be a special bike. Honda also say that the bike performs outstandingly on-road and off road.

    Honda’s revolutionary new Dual Clutch Transmission powers the Africa Twin bike which has been developed to give the off-road experience even more grip and control.

    From the pictures we’ve seen, the Africa Twin is all set to be a roaring success.

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