Whatever your views on electric motorcycles, it’s clear they’re going to play a bigger part in our future on two wheels. Yet more proof of that arrives as Ducati become FIM Enel MotoE World Cup suppliers for 2023. The agreement with Dona Sports will see them become the sole manufacturer of all bikes in the championship for four seasons, until 2026.
MotoE began in 2019 with Energico Ego Corsa bikes supplied to all teams, offering 270km/h and 157.5 lb ft of torque, from a 120kW engine. It’ll be interesting to see what the famous Italian manufacturer create for the series, and whether they’ll offer more power or a longer running time by the first race of the 2023 season.
Bought for around $775 USD in 2014, Audi 80 combines quattro with turbocharged S2 lightning to light up England’s motorways like no other.
The second-gen Audi 80, built between 1978 and 1986, received the quattro system in 1983. Though it didn’t have the ur-Quattro’s power or the 100’s lower price, it did hold the road as well as its Group B siblings. It also helped cement Audi’s place in the public eye through the parts bin, and its quattro-enhanced abilities.
“Early 80 Audi Quattro. Built 1983, brought to U.K. ’84, registered ’84,” said Paul. “I bought it in 2014 completely rotten. Engine wouldn’t turn over. First idea, we had the original engine rebuilt. Drove that for a bit and got bored.”
The $775 USD (in 2014 dollars) Audi 80 soon woke up, though, thanks to Paul’s friend, Brian Thomsey, turning him on to S2 engines. Upon purchasing one from said friend, the old Audi slowly turned into the 610-horsepower beast it is now. Linking the S2 to the corners is a five-speed gearbox from a U.S. Audi 200, one left completely stock.
“You gotta understand the power-to-weight,” said Ricky. “I mean, 610 horsepower is ridiculous. But, it’s [2,200 pounds], you understand this?”
With the light body and the S2’s big power, Paul says his Audi 80 has the same power-to-weight ratio as a Pagani Zonda. In a 37-year-old car! As Paul demonstrates on the motorways and roads around Mansfield, this boxy boy don’t mess around, sliding across lanes with all wheels engaged, its turbo popping with every gear shift.
“This is what the new cars are trying to emulate,” said Ricky. “These newer cars – I’m not anti-new car. I love new cars, by the way, for anything thinking that I’m some hater. But when you jump into some of these new, all-wheel drive cars, it’s like completing a game overnight. It’s so easy to extract its performance.”
Meanwhile, the Audi 80 build isn’t wanting for anything. All anyone needs is a strong grip on the wheel, and bravery to ride the lightning to Valhalla.
Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.
Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.
From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.
Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.
Keyless theft, also known as Relay Theft, is when a thief hacks the keys to a ‘keyless entry’ car through a device from outside the victim’s house.
In this kind of theft, all that a thief needs is to be close to the sensor key and he can easily hack its signal to unlock your car and drive away.
That said, it is important to know that there are two kinds of keys – one that has a button to unlock and the second, keys with sensors that unlock your car as soon as you reach near the doors.
Typically, in a relay theft, it is the key with sensors that is a risk; so much so that a thief only needs to be a few meters away from the key to hack the key using ‘relay’ equipment.
It hardly takes them 20-30 seconds to do this, thus, you need to undertake certain measures on your end to prevent the possibilities of keyless car theft.
So without further ado, let’s look at some of these measures!
1. Use Faraday Pouches
Ideally, if you have a keyless car entry, you should make sure that you keep those keys away from the doors and windows to not give away any opportunities to the thief to steal.
Alternatively, you can store your keys in a box, bag or pouch to keep the sensors intact and avoid keyless thefts. Remember to do this with all spare keys too.
This is where Faraday pouches come in – they are specially designed to block access to these signals from transmitting the embedded system to your car unless you remove the keys from it.
The secret is in its making; it’s lined with metallic material which protects the keys.
All in all, a simple investment in Signal blocking pouches or faraday pouches will help you to avoid your car getting stolen.
2. Use a Steering Wheel Lock or Car Alarms
With the advances in the best automotive security service providers, we are lucky to have ample alternatives when one system doesn’t work for your car.
One of them being Steering wheel locks – they are common but effective, in a way that even if the thief manages to break into this lock, it still buys you time to take necessary actions.
Similarly, with car alarms, once your security system realises the presence of an outside intruder, the alarms take over and inform all your neighbourhood about the possible burglary.
Moreover, modern-day thieves are more technologically affluent, so who knows? Having installed visual securities, i.e. steering wheel locks can completely work in your favour.
3. Reprogramme Timely
Forgetfulness is a common human trait, so time and again you need to be on your feet with everything that happens around you.
Simply put, especially in cases where you have bought a second-hand keyless car, you need to reprogram its encryption to avoid car thefts.
It is also possible that you have not been provided with all the sets of keys, so make sure you ask the seller to provide you with all of them at the time of purchase.
Lastly, make sure that you get your keys reprogrammed from an expert and experienced service provider for safe results.
4. Park Defensively
Parking defensively is the minimum that you should do for securing your car from your end. If you’re parking your car in the garage for the entire night, you’re acing it!
However, in all honesty, people do tend to park their cars in driveways more often than you can think of. In this case, make sure you are parking your car close to your property, to have quick accessibility if required and for difficult access for the thief.
To Sum Up…
Car thefts in general are not in human control. All you can do is try to take as many proactive steps as possible to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Along with the points being mentioned above, make sure you do the bare minimum. This includes locking the car properly when you leave the car, not keeping any gadgets inside the parked car, having necessary security cameras installed near your house and timely maintenance of all the mandatory security systems.
TikTok is best known for its viral dances and challenges, but did you know that there are also thousands of car videos on the app too?
These videos have racked up billions of views, but which makes and models are the most popular on TikTok?
Researchers at comparison and switching service Uswitch.com have been analysing the number of views on TikTok videos using hashtags mentioned to reveal the most popular cars and brands.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, more commonly known as BMW, is the most popular car brand on TikTok, seeing over 17.6 billion views across the app.
The BMW brand has been quick to embrace the social media platform, creating its own hashtag challenges to promote its vehicles.
Top 10 most popular vehicle brands on TikTok
Looking at the specific models which have received the most views on TikTok, there was a clear winner – the iconic Ford Mustang.
Tied for second place, the Nissan GT-R and the Toyota Supra both received 2.8 billion views.
Top 10 most popular vehicle models on TikTok
Tesla Model 3
“TikTok is no longer just a space for Gen-Z to share viral dances and challenges,” said Joel Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch.com. “The app is now home to many viral car videos, racking up billions of views from car lovers all over the world.”
Even hardened bikers accustomed to riding through cold weather tend to avoid it where possible. But if you’re planning on heading out all year round, or need something for essential short trips when it’s chilly, then you might want to check our the new Weise Nomad winter motorcycle gloves.
They’re a cost-effective way to keep your hands warm and dry, with a Hipora membrane to combat wind-chill and rain, but without making your palms and digits clammy. And you also get a two-layer storm cuff with an elasticated inner, and a hook-and-eye-secured outer layer to stop water trickling down your arm and wrists.
Typical winter motorcycle kit isn’t always the most dynamically designed, but the Weise Nomad winter motorcycle gloves do have 3M Scotchlite piping on the outside to help your visibility in dark conditions. And while they may not look particularly exciting, you do get full grain leather and textile consruction with TPU knuckle armour for protection.
Even nipping out for a quick trip can be painful in cold weather if you’re not kitted out properly. And if you’re distracted by being uncomfortable or chilly, it’s much harder to pay attention and spot hazards. In our limited experience of Weise kit, it tends to last a while, so it’s perfect for those practical, no-nonsense investments in riding gear. If you want to opt for more features, then alternatives in the Weise range include the Montana 150 gloves for £99.99.
So it’s good that the Nomad gloves are pretty affordable at £59.99 in sizes S-3XL for men, or XS-XL for women. Online shops selling Weise products include Halfords, or you can find your local retailer on this map. And you can check out all of our coverage of motorcycle gloves here, or everything we’ve written about the whole Weise collection, here.