Geneva Show 2011 – Porsche 918 RSR

Up close with Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid A year ago Porsche’s 918 surprise at the Geneva Motor Show blew us away. Looking small and dainty but extraordinarily desirable it was pitched as a Carrera GT replacement. Yet it didn’t quite have the commanding presence of the GT, even if it’s spec and integration of hybrid [...]

2011 Geneva Motor Show - Porsche 918 RSR

Up close with Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid

A year ago Porsche’s 918 surprise at the Geneva Motor Show blew us away. Looking small and dainty but extraordinarily desirable it was pitched as a Carrera GT replacement. Yet it didn’t quite have the commanding presence of the GT, even if it’s spec and integration of hybrid technology made it worthy. If it’s 7:30min Nürburgring lap time is anything to go on, then it certainly qualified on speed and agility. Something about the folded paper look, lack of roof and delicate detailing of the show car made us want to put some horny rims on, install a loud exhaust and wake up the neighbours.

Geneva Motor Show 2011 - Porsche 918 RSR - embroidered seat and electro fill cap

Now exhibited in racing trim at the 2011 Geneva Show, that desire is mostly answered. the fixed roof, arch-filling racing slicks, additional carbon aerodynamic aids and orange “racing” decals vaguely recalling Gulf Oil sponsorship of the past, give it a butchness it was otherwise lacking. If Batman turned up in this beast, Gotham City would stand back and know what was coming. If Batman had turned up in the 918 “prototype”, he’d have Robin mince out slyly, while he conducted proceedings from his iPad3.


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BMW and MINI electric kids car race

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we [...]

YW electric Grand Prix gets underway

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we took the electric BMW and MINI cars we had on loan out for a thrashing, to see which came out on top. We had to enlist our youngest ever road testers due to the diminutive interiors. So which car was fastest, which one handled better, which one triumphed in the desirability stakes? There was only one way to find out: standby for the first ever YW Electric Grand Prix !



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Popemobile cranked up to speed

YW kits out the Pope with some speedy transport Trundling around at walking pace in an 8 year old 4×4 – that’s no way for a modern Pope to show his credentials, spread the word and cover some ground. We thought we’d equip him with some serious wheels for his UK visit. I mean, Edinburgh [...]

Radical Popemobile hits the streets

YW kits out the Pope with some speedy transport

Trundling around at walking pace in an 8 year old 4×4 – that’s no way for a modern Pope to show his credentials, spread the word and cover some ground. We thought we’d equip him with some serious wheels for his UK visit. I mean, Edinburgh to London at 4mph? Nah, we can get him down from the dizzy heights of Scotland to the low life of London in a gnat’s whisker with our seat-of-your-pope-mobile. Think supercar meets garden shed and you have some idea of the direction we’re taking. Construction was well underway last year, but some awkward homologation issues delayed deployment. The Vatican has very precise requirements for their numero uno. The result is concocted from existing machinery to minimise scrutineering hiccups, and combines the sci-fi dynamics of 200mph+ projectiles with the class of retro supercars. Batman: eat your heart out, Robin donate your cape.

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Freddie Flintoff flies the flag for Shell FuelSave

What do you get if you mix a cricketer, a kart track, and a litre of petrol? We thought we’d send our learned correspondent to find out. Timtim knows enough about cricket to fill a postage stamp – ideal we think so he’ll pay attention to the technicalities of brewing jungle juice and not sink [...]

What do you get if you mix a cricketer, a kart track, and a litre of petrol?

We thought we’d send our learned correspondent to find out. Timtim knows enough about cricket to fill a postage stamp – ideal we think so he’ll pay attention to the technicalities of brewing jungle juice and not sink to his knees in front of sporting gods!




Timtim: I’m off to Sandown Park in the outer reaches of the Greater London metropolis. My mission to bring you the secrets of saving fuel with Shell’s new 95 octane miser “FuelSave”. The answer my friends is not letting your car be blown by the wind but to fuel up and drive. Simplistic? Yes! Disappointing answer? It’s just that there’s not much to swallow. Your car will experience reduced piston friction, cleaner valves and detonate it’s fuel-air mixture a nanosecond earlier. Shell say you’ll save a litre per tankful which sounds more impressive than  ”save 1/60th of your consumption” or “1.66666666667% more fuel efficient” (if your typical car holds 60 litres). But before you all nod off, Shell have wheeled in cricket superstar Freddie Flintoff to bat for them. Come on Freddie your challenge starts now. Watch the video for the answer to life, the universe and saving the princely price of a couple of pints of milk…Oh, and there’s an official site where you can take the Flintoff challenge

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Mega Rally big air moments

How high can you go? Rally stars take 85 metres jump in their stride! Gratuitously presented here, for no other reason than they are amazing rally moments, are 10 of the most spectacular jumps from Citroen’s last 10, highly successful, rally seasons. Sebastien Loeb, commenting on his incredible Turkish jump, said: “It was an incredible [...]

Mega air for Sebastien Ogier at Turkish Rally


How high can you go? Rally stars take 85 metres jump in their stride!

Gratuitously presented here, for no other reason than they are amazing rally moments, are 10 of the most spectacular jumps from Citroen’s last 10, highly successful, rally seasons. Sebastien Loeb, commenting on his incredible Turkish jump, said: “It was an incredible sensation as we were up in the air for several seconds. Not for a moment did we imagine that we would jump so far.” Championship leaders Citroen and Sebastien will tackle the WRC Finnish Rally (29-31st July) from a commanding lead, and no doubt leap for joy as only they know how!


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Meet super talented automotive artist Tim Layzell

YW interviews artist Tim Layzell at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Meet top notch artist Tim Layzell, a star in the automotive art world. He has been featured extensively in the magazines and papers, and so we, here at YW thought he could do with a bit of web exposure for good measure. It was [...]

Artist Tim Layzell with his highly stylised car scenes


YW interviews artist Tim Layzell at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Meet top notch artist Tim Layzell, a star in the automotive art world. He has been featured extensively in the magazines and papers, and so we, here at YW thought he could do with a bit of web exposure for good measure.

The Mountaineers ©Tim Layzell

It was while wandering through the numerous trade stands at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed that we stopped dead in our tracks, in awe of the gripping images hung on Tim’s stand. A fleeting memory of having seen Tim’s work on an Octane Mag cover and maybe also a poster or two, had garnered a Pavlovian reaction in the mind. So this is the guy responsible for the striking pop-artesque 60′s racing designs that are so distinctive and recognisable. Think, detail and accuracy of a Tintin illustration meets punch of a Hockney pop-art painting and you understand the depth of talent and mastery of style and perspective that this artist wields, making his images utterly compelling. Swivel round and you are presented with Tim’s, photorealistic, fantastically detailed second style; an enduring mix of flair, accuracy and emotion – this guy’s got talent!

Tell us about yourself Tim:
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Cummins 3,500 bhp powered Mini sports 12 turbos

Most powerful Mini yet with 3,500 bhp on tap You can hear it now: you work for a company making slightly invisible products usually topped out with another manufacturer’s glossy body and want to shout about it. The boss says “make something wild and attention grabbing”. The result is baffling and downright stupid, but put [...]

Cummins 3,500bhp Mini

Most powerful Mini yet with 3,500 bhp on tap

You can hear it now: you work for a company making slightly invisible products usually topped out with another manufacturer’s glossy body and want to shout about it. The boss says “make something wild and attention grabbing”. The result is baffling and downright stupid, but put it on display and….the public will love it, won’t they?


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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 – Supercar gallery

Yellowwheels presents a supercar gallery from the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed Goodwood FoS is a fabulous feast of motoring extravaganza, with vehicles of all ages, sizes and types wanging it up the Earl of March’s garden path. Modern F1 cars mix with historic Le Mans cars, motocycles, legendary Grand Prix cars and beautiful, sometimes [...]

Ferrari 599 GTO at 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Yellowwheels presents a supercar gallery from the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood FoS is a fabulous feast of motoring extravaganza, with vehicles of all ages, sizes and types wanging it up the Earl of March’s garden path. Modern F1 cars mix with historic Le Mans cars, motocycles, legendary Grand Prix cars and beautiful, sometimes bizarre classics. But we were drawn to the fleet of immaculate and outrageous supercars assembled for the Sunday Times Supercar run up the hill. Many of these have not been seen in action before; just glimpsed in motorshow reports and the spreads of the glossies.


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YikeBike electric bike – is this the future of personal mobility?

YW test drives the latest electric bike invented by YikeBike Top gadget or serious last mile commuter electro-cycle? The bulky Segway really put a firecraker in the staid environs of the PMD or Personal Mobile Device. Their electric twin wheeled lean-mobiles are a triumph of lateral thinking made possible by the availability of new battery [...]

YikeBike - folded and ready to go


YW test drives the latest electric bike invented by YikeBike

Top gadget or serious last mile commuter electro-cycle? The bulky Segway really put a firecraker in the staid environs of the PMD or Personal Mobile Device. Their electric twin wheeled lean-mobiles are a triumph of lateral thinking made possible by the availability of new battery technology and gyroscopes. Their success spurned inventors to create other revolutionary devices and for the results to be taken seriously by investor and public alike. Electric longboards, trikes and trad-bikes in all shapes have appeared. Most striking one of these was on display and available for test drives at the recent Gadget Show Live exhibition: the YikeBike. Kiwi inventor and entrepreneur Grant Ryan and YikeBike co-founder Peter Higgins flew in with their team all the way from Canterbury New Zealand to show their carbon fibre YikeBike to press and public.

Unable to resist making a fool of himself our valiant scribbler Timtim queued up for a few tentative laps of the test area. Over to you Timtim.

Safety gear donned and disclaimer signed I approached the YikeBike a trifle nervously. I’d just watched a demo of how the “bike” folded from adult sized electro-penny-farthing-for-the-23rd-century to briefcase-sized-carbon-centrifuge with the flick of a few catches and levers. I’d also sampled the minuscule weight. Would 10kgs of carbon and li-po battery form a stable platform from which to navigate the urban roads it’s designed to handle? That’s the weight of a normal bicycle without battery, electric motor, control box, front and backlights, indicators!


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Renault World Series Megane Trophy Racer Hirschi

Nurburgring hosts Renault’s Megane Trophy race The scene is the Nurburgring, weather splendidly sunny, crowds basking in the aura generated by the weekend’s racing. There’s a mini funfair, bars aplenty, Renaults everywhere in all shapes and styles. Classic Renaults bid for attention next to slick single seaters, all powered by the french marque. But we [...]

HiFi-Filter Megane Trophy racecar - Driver: Pierre Hirschi


Nurburgring hosts Renault’s Megane Trophy race

The scene is the Nurburgring, weather splendidly sunny, crowds basking in the aura generated by the weekend’s racing. There’s a mini funfair, bars aplenty, Renaults everywhere in all shapes and styles. Classic Renaults bid for attention next to slick single seaters, all powered by the french marque. But we are strangely drawn to the menacing shape of the Megane Coupe racers nosing out of pit the garages.

Pierre Hirschi - cheerful banter with the team

These silhouette, mid-engined monsters race in a one make/model series that’s part of Renault’s World Series. These events are free to the public and consequently well attended. We pick, slightly at random (and guess what, it’s yellow), a Hifi Filters sponsored Megane amongst a trio of Oregon Team prepared cars. Driver Pierre Hirschi speaks broken English which is a start, and perfect Swiss-French which suits us fine. We decide to follow him for the day rather than write a race report about a formula we’ve never witnessed. This genial 50 year old is clearly not out to be the next Schumacher, but enjoy a weekend’s racing. He qualifies as a “Gentleman Racer”, an amateur sub-class of the large field contesting the Megane Trophy Series.


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