Let’s get right into it. This is the new BMW 1 Series, it will go on sale next October, and it is now a front-wheel drive car. The 1 Series was introduced in 2004 and petrolheads all over the world (well, more or less) were very happy because it was the first hatchback* ever to … More The all-new FWD BMW 1er – Will it make a difference?
*Ok, it’s not actually called the Lizard. Well, it is. Just not the English word for it. Bear with me. Introduced in Los Angeles in 84, this odd-looking thing is called the Bertone Ramarro which is the second weird thing about it after its looks because Ramarro is Italian for “Green Lizard”. We’ve been hearing … More Meet the 1984 Chevy Corvette Bertone “Lizard”*
Driving, or riding, this thing is a bit like arm-wrestling a medium size dog. It hasn’t got wheels, obviously, it has a singular girdle, or chain, for motion and two side blades (or whatever they’re called) at the front for steering. This thing is built for use in extreme conditions like hard snow or ice, … More Riding Across Lapland at -30°
The name is Salone Auto Torino del Parco Valentino, which is Italian for “Turin Car Show at the Parco Valentino”, but everybody calls it “Valentino”. It is named after the public park in central Turin in which it is held, it’s open to the public, it’s completely free and, this is what you want to … More Parco Valentino: on the Verge of Becoming the World’s Biggest Car Show
When I was a kid, which wasn’t that long ago, the top speed of cars was important. That’s how we ranked them and that’s how we established whether they were quick or not. A 200 kph car was quick, a 250 kph car was an event, a 300 kph car was incredible. The way engines … More The perfect urban car: McLaren 570 spider review
I was fortunate enough to visit Lapland twice and I’ve learnt a few things. In Mediterranean Europe, which is where I live, we have countryside and promenades, we have sinuous coastal roads and paths through the woods. We have city centres, congested and complex, and we have the open road. Think of empty country roads … More Learning How to Drift: 4th gen Golf on Nokian Tyres
Finnish is impossible. In theory it has two distant relatives, Estonian and Hungarian, but in reality these three languages are different and complicated. Finnish is an agglutinated language (meaning that words are modified with suffixes depending on the role of the word in the sentence) and it has an unusual sing-song rhythm when spoken, which … More Reviewed: Audi RS5 on Nokian Tyres in Lapland, Finland