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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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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Official Ferrari iPhone App: Genuine Ferrari engine sounds

When we spotted a new iPhone app on Ferrari’s Facebook pages, we instantly had to investigate. It turned out to be a genuine Ferrari factory approved app that brought you real recordings of the current car range. App downloaded and installed we took a 458 for a test drive. Tap on the photo and you […]

When we spotted a new iPhone app on Ferrari’s Facebook pages, we instantly had to investigate. It turned out to be a genuine Ferrari factory approved app that brought you real recordings of the current car range. App downloaded and installed we took a 458 for a test drive. Tap on the photo and you get a dashboard replica and the engine starts automatically. Shame there’s no actual engine start button. You’re in neutral so tap the UP shift button to go through the gears. Tilting your iPhone increases the throttle. You get the full rev range recorded for real at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, allegedly. Just where did they find the room to hit the 320km/h speed we saw in 7th gear ?!

Sounds are rich and raucous, and we found the experience quite evocative. Main instruments are reproduced faithfully and simply, but we yearned for a visual feast. Maybe the experience of too many racing games left us wanting to see a representation of the Maranello test track, as a challenge to match revs and gears to. You could of course, plug your iPhone into your car’s radio system and try to match the driver’s gear and throttle inputs, and thus change your Fiesta into a Ferrari! Avoid the Automatic Speedometer option as you’ll want to change ratios manually for a fulfilling fling. The 430 Scuderia, presented in Race mode suffers slightly from a sort of synthetic stepping in lower rev range on accelerator lift-off, but we can live with that. We also found it difficult to replicate the throttle blipping that you might use in the real world. Put your phone flat on a table to momentarily attend to some other pressing, more meaningful purpose, and you’ll find a full 9,000rpm screaming at you! Quit the app though, and the sound fades graciously. Overall the deeper growling sounds of the 599 GTB or California are more relaxing. To compliment the aural attacks you’ll find some technical spec pages and image galleries, but that’s your lot.

In the UK you have to shell out UKP 1.19 (US$ ) for the privilege of generating a Ferrari fanfare. Whilst cheap, you can’t help wondering when you will ever use it once you’ve proved your geekiness down the local pub. In sum, not an app you’ll keep using for long. If it was free it would be a good PR exercise for the manufacturer, but as a paid app it leaves us with a slightly vacant, is-that-it feeling.


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Motormouse: drive a Porsche on your desktop

Treat your PC to a Porsche this Christmas ! The weather’s foul, the roads icy; what better time to stay indoors and surf the internet. To keep you company on the journey through the web, why not splash out on your very own PC Porsche? Not only will it remain under your control, but steer […]

Motormouse Porsche shaped wireless computer mouse

Motormouse Porsche shaped wireless computer mouse


Treat your PC to a Porsche this Christmas ! The weather’s foul, the roads icy; what better time to stay indoors and surf the internet. To keep you company on the journey through the web, why not splash out on your very own PC Porsche? Not only will it remain under your control, but steer you through cyberspace with style and aplomb. This season’s must-have gadget comes to you from Motormouse, a startup company that sealed it’s success by wooing investor James Caan on BBC’s Dragon’s Den TV programme.

Our silver sample came complete with a signed card by James Caan, but this is not standard, available or included in the price, but a special surprise as we picked up our motormouse from the sellers’ stand at the Earls Court MPH Show.

The packaging quality and style convinced us immediately that this was a pukka product. opening the box confirmed this was more than skin deep. Reaching in and grabbing the car, you instinctively want to push it along your desk to see how well it glides, and turn it over to inspect the pull-back motor. Hang on, this is a mouse, not scale model ! Inserting the 2 AAA alkalines provided, adds to the expectancy of self-propulsion, but a USB wireless dongle, which you store in a recess in the boot breaks the spell, and brings you back to reality…or virtual reality?!

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