JCB launch digger with coffee built in

How about a digger that makes the tea? JCB do one! When we featured a JCB loader to ferry a crazy guy around Trafalgar Square last year, we thought to ourselves “what’s really missing is some in flight coffee.” Well, not really…But, lo and behold, JCB must have been listening and have spawned the world’s […]

coffee on the go in yer JCB

How about a digger that makes the tea? JCB do one!

When we featured a JCB loader to ferry a crazy guy around Trafalgar Square last year, we thought to ourselves “what’s really missing is some in flight coffee.” Well, not really…But, lo and behold, JCB must have been listening and have spawned the world’s first digger with an on board coffee maker. Spooky timing, as we’ve just kitted out the YW office with a Nespresso machine. We’re not up to speed with how JCB’s machine works, but it produces hot water and presumably sports some kind of filter arrangement for the coffee brewing. If your tipple is tea then just use the hot water and a good old bag of burnt leaves.
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Cosworth F1 engine to power Bloodhound SSC

Cosworth team up with Bloodhound SSC to provide pumping power and electronics to the supersonic record car You’d wonder what on earth use a formula 1 engine would be in a jet propelled car? Cosworth’s 750 bhp engine can power a lightweight F1 car to 200mph, but 1000mph? OK, well the answer is that Bloodhound […]

Cosworth F1 engine for Bloodhound SSC

Cosworth team up with Bloodhound SSC to provide pumping power and electronics to the supersonic record car

You’d wonder what on earth use a formula 1 engine would be in a jet propelled car? Cosworth’s 750 bhp engine can power a lightweight F1 car to 200mph, but 1000mph? OK, well the answer is that Bloodhound needs hydraulic power and a massive amount of fuel pumped into its rocket motors and that pump needs to handle a whopping 40 seconds of 3-4g acceleration. That’s what F1 cars experience regularly, but for only a few seconds….Cosworth are confident it can handle it and will supply data electronics to match. Here’s the official line:
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The Racing Bug real minature racing

YW gets the Racing Bug at MPH Show Heading out to the MPH show in Birmingham this month ? YW says search out the Racing Bug stand for a little bit of racing fun ( Stand MP46A ). Remember your Scalextric set ? Fun, but with only two lanes and a fixed track, there’s only […]

The Racing Bug circuit ready for the race start

YW gets the Racing Bug at MPH Show

Heading out to the MPH show in Birmingham this month ? YW says search out the Racing Bug stand for a little bit of racing fun ( Stand MP46A ). Remember your Scalextric set ? Fun, but with only two lanes and a fixed track, there’s only so much skill involved: sort your throttle action and the rest is easy. Remember your first radio controlled car ? You could go in any direction, only you never had the discipline to stick to a predefined course. The Racing Bug has the best features of both combined with straight-forward controls. A fixed, very clear track, steering wheel and pedals to control your car, and the excitement of racing eleven other hopefuls leads to a sensational experience. With a little practice you can transport your mind to the miniature Ferrari that bears your number and experience the adrenaline of racing with zero risk to life and limb.



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Mini vs Lambo twin test on our desktop

We pit Lambo’s Murcielago against Mini Cooper in this USB giant test! After reading our Motormouse review back last autumn, motor gizmo specialist Auto Regalia were keen for us to try other products. “How about a review of a USB stick” they asked? Seriously underwhelmed by the prospect – I mean, a stick is a […]

Auto Regalia USB Mini & Lamborghini Murcielago

We pit Lambo’s Murcielago against Mini Cooper in this USB giant test!

After reading our Motormouse review back last autumn, motor gizmo specialist Auto Regalia were keen for us to try other products. “How about a review of a USB stick” they asked? Seriously underwhelmed by the prospect – I mean, a stick is a stick, it’s just that some are made larger than others, right? “Hey, these ones are die-cast metal, beautifully detailed miniatures” they retorted. “We can even supply them in yellow!” Well that clinched it, and behold, we have a brace of “HotWheels” with capacities only juggernauts could muster to play with (4 GB in this case ).

Auto Regalia USB Mini Cooper - wheels turn

Whipped out of their packaging, the weight and solidity of the castings were immediately apparent. No flimsy, snap-fit-plastic, 5-second wonder, but finely detailed models of the real thing. Even the Mini’s taillight cluster surrounds are chrome painted. Put the two models together and the major difference is the huge rear protuberance on the 1:72 scale Lambo; like someone bolted a fridge on the back. Unlike the Mini, the USB connector is not retractable and ruins the lines of the car’s backend. Underneath the Mini a press-and-slide catch neatly stows the USB connector when not in use.


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DrivenData for iPhone Fantastic new car data app

iPhone app keeps all UK car data at your fingertips Want up to date data for all new cars currently on sale in the UK? This new app from DrivenData Ltd might be just up your street. A great resource for us at YW, it is bound to satisfy the geek in you! Press the […]

DrivenData iPhone App v1.0


iPhone app keeps all UK car data at your fingertips

Want up to date data for all new cars currently on sale in the UK? This new app from DrivenData Ltd might be just up your street. A great resource for us at YW, it is bound to satisfy the geek in you! Press the big red START button, which gives you a cute blip of supercar engine (we’re guessing it’s a Ferrari of some sort, certainly a V8 – can you correct us here?!) and cruise to the car of your choice. You are greeted with easy intuitive navigation and a few photos of each car, clearly plundered from each manufacturer’s press service, along with current price and spec. Actually DrivenData has 300,000 up-to-date facts across 80 technical and specification categories, including: price, engine size, fuel consumption, maximum speed and CO2 emissions, which makes for great browsing. The best part is that the data is updated every month, and all part of the initial 2.39 UKPounds download price.


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Porsche release details of 911 Aerokit Cup package

Look hunky with Porsche’s Official Aerokit Cup bodykit You know when you were young and got your first car? Your immediate hankering was for something faster and hornier than your insurance bill would permit. So instead you fitted your puny-mobile with wide arches, hunky tyres and spoilers. This turned your bland-mobile into a shed, that […]

Porsche 911 with Aerokit Cup package fitted


Look hunky with Porsche’s Official Aerokit Cup bodykit

You know when you were young and got your first car? Your immediate hankering was for something faster and hornier than your insurance bill would permit. So instead you fitted your puny-mobile with wide arches, hunky tyres and spoilers. This turned your bland-mobile into a shed, that you’d look back at with nostalgia but acute embarrassment later in life. Now, you’re a mature 30 or 40 something adult, you own a tasty sportscar but remember the fun of modding your motor. Now is the time to take your Porsche 911 back to the dealer to have Porsche’s new Aerokit Cup package retrofitted so that you’ll look the part turning up in the race paddock.

Porsche have released a body kit to make your 911 look like the racers that compete in the Mobil 1 Supercup. This translates to new front chin spoiler and rear fixed wing. You also have the option of fitting paddle shifts a-la-911-Turbo. But to take you back to the 60’s – 70’s …. you can also get a five-spoke retro alloy. All this is ludicrously expensive of course, but hey, you knew that already when the words Official Porsche were uttered. You could “save” money by ordering your 911 with these mods factory fitted too.


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Volkswagen launch Spaceleader watch by Fortis

Volkswagen launch a watch with a bit of help from Fortis It’s called Spaceleader, and follows in a line of Fortis watches using spacey names since the ’70s. Why Volkswagen should step in at this point and lend its name and design team is anyone’s guess. But the result is a rather slick shape with […]

2012 Spaceleader Limited Edition by Fortis - Designed by Volkswagen


Volkswagen launch a watch with a bit of help from Fortis

It’s called Spaceleader, and follows in a line of Fortis watches using spacey names since the ’70s. Why Volkswagen should step in at this point and lend its name and design team is anyone’s guess. But the result is a rather slick shape with some of the purity of line and functional clarity of the car group and the technical know-how of a Swiss watch maker.

Porsche have been making watches bearing their own moniker for some time, and so indeed have many other manufacturers. Maybe the successful marketing synergy of the Bentley + Breitling brands has encouraged Volkswagen Group to expand the idea down the range. Clearly, it’s not sufficient to simply make cars without a long list of secondary accoutrements branded, but manufactured elsewhere, to fill the showroom display cabinets and add some well needed glitz to the marketing of motors.

We actually quite like the styling, although the instrument face is a little cluttered. What we don’t particularly like is the thickness of the watch. If size in a timepiece is a positive, weight and thickness surely aren’t. 2012 of these watches will make it to the marketplace: a limited edition designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fortis watches, guess what, in 2012. Seems to us, a strange but privileged decision, to award the design of a hundredth anniversary design to a car company, bravo VW !


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YW launches Amazon Shop

Buy from Yellowwheels Wanting a splendid new satnav, a riveting new racing game, an amazing car accessory ? Then why not visit our very own new Yellowwheels Amazon Shop ; a place of outstanding usefulness, where you will find all your usual Amazon Stuff. The best bit: it’s just like shopping for car related and […]

Yellowwheels Amazon Shop - click pic to go there !


Buy from Yellowwheels

Wanting a splendid new satnav, a riveting new racing game, an amazing car accessory ? Then why not visit our very own new Yellowwheels Amazon Shop ; a place of outstanding usefulness, where you will find all your usual Amazon Stuff. The best bit: it’s just like shopping for car related and other gizmos on the usual Amazon site; you will get the SAME price, except that Yellowwheels will get a small percentage – hey, you’ll be helping to pay for our compelling content and will feel good in the process :-)

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For the moment this is available to UK visitors only, but we are looking into expanding to other countries. Thanks


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Fancy a Head Up Display, HUD, in your car ? Try this iPhone app iHUDisplay

Fascinated by the possibility of having a head up display, that can be used in any car, we downloaded iHUDisplay lite. This is a simple iPhone app that will work with any GPS equipped iPhone. It displays your speed , course in degrees, altitude and time. Not only that but it has a speed camera […]

iHUDisplay Lite on Golf GTi dashFascinated by the possibility of having a head up display, that can be used in any car, we downloaded iHUDisplay lite. This is a simple iPhone app that will work with any GPS equipped iPhone. It displays your speed , course in degrees, altitude and time. Not only that but it has a speed camera warning system built in, and all for free ! Read on for more info and review: click “continue reading” below movie



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Cruden Hexatech simulator: we drive their new 3 seater 6 axis machine

Think six axis simulator, and your brain automatically imagines a budget only NASA would contemplate. Think racing car sim, and you’d guess this is the domain of upper echelon Formula 1 teams. But here we are strapped into a full motion rig with three giant screens and a spec to match; yours for 150,000 Euros. […]

Cruden Hexatech Simulator at Autosport Racing Car Show



Think six axis simulator, and your brain automatically imagines a budget only NASA would contemplate. Think racing car sim, and you’d guess this is the domain of upper echelon Formula 1 teams. But here we are strapped into a full motion rig with three giant screens and a spec to match; yours for 150,000 Euros. This the price of a supercar rather than space rocket, and well within the range of rich car nuts with suitably large garages! So what do you get for your money? Cruden, the manufacturers of this fourth generation Hexatech 3CTR, their first three seater jiggler in Europe, give you a full hydraulic virtual vehicle, kitted out with all the latest force-feedback sensors and actuators. Not only does the steering wheel transmit turning torque back to your hands, but pedals are equipped too, not to mention the racing harness which tightens under load. All is calculated to give you the nearest, most realistic driving or racing experience.


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