Yellow Colour Concept Golf GTi- The car that launched a website

Yellowwheels.com automotive webzine and how it came about We’ve been asked many times why we started a website called Yellowwheels.com. The answer lies parked on our office drive. Resplendent in a shade of yellow easy to spot in large car parks, our Colour Concept Golf GTi inspired the USP of the site. But before you […]

Yellowwheels Colour Concept Golf GTi MK3

Yellowwheels.com automotive webzine and how it came about

We’ve been asked many times why we started a website called Yellowwheels.com. The answer lies parked on our office drive. Resplendent in a shade of yellow easy to spot in large car parks, our Colour Concept Golf GTi inspired the USP of the site. But before you point out the wheels are not yellow, a domain name search revealed that our first choice Yellowcar had been bagged by a spanish hire car company. No matter, Yellowwheels allows us to aim wider than the narrow confines of automotive yellowdom! Last autumn we featured a JCB loader, and we are not averse to dipping into cycling, trucking or motoring accessories: it’s whatever is special or appeals and if it’s yellow that’s a bonus ;-). Just like our favourite, ultra-popular biking site www.pinkbike.com which is hardly littered with pink bikes, we named it yellowwheels to make it distinct and memorable rather than crazily specialised. Having said that, a yellow Lambo Gallardo is all that’s needed to make us salivate uncontrollably !


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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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Yellowwheels is one year old!

¡¡¡ HaPpY Birthday to Yellowwheels.com ¡¡¡ Break out the champagne – Yellowwheels is one year old! Yes, unbelievably we’ve hit our first birthday. Seems only yesterday that we took our first tentative steps into the webzine world. We’ve now covered a broad spectrum of subjects and thoroughly explored the automotive world. 120 posts and 1500 […]


¡¡¡ HaPpY Birthday to Yellowwheels.com ¡¡¡

Break out the champagne – Yellowwheels is one year old! Yes, unbelievably we’ve hit our first birthday. Seems only yesterday that we took our first tentative steps into the webzine world. We’ve now covered a broad spectrum of subjects and thoroughly explored the automotive world. 120 posts and 1500 photos later, we’re more than up and running! Keep returning here regularly for your habitual automotive feast!


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Mercedes reveal AMG E-Cell electric wundercar

Electric Mercedes SLS scheduled for limited production run AMG E-Cell badged but originating at Mercedes’ Norwegian establishment, this wunder-electro-monster is set to stun with it’s performance and driveability. Claimed to perform close to the petrol engined version, this day-glow yellow giant has maximum torque on hand from virtually zero revs, guaranteeing a mighty thrust in […]

Mercedes SLS E-Cell

Electric Mercedes SLS scheduled for limited production run

AMG E-Cell badged but originating at Mercedes’ Norwegian establishment, this wunder-electro-monster is set to stun with it’s performance and driveability. Claimed to perform close to the petrol engined version, this day-glow yellow giant has maximum torque on hand from virtually zero revs, guaranteeing a mighty thrust in the back under acceleration. AMG’s engineers have steered closer to Audi’s E-Tron all electric car than BMW’s Vision hybrid concept. Carrying just one power source appeals from a purist’s perspective, but you can hardly avoid noticing that there’s no quoted range in the specs…Just how far can you go drawing 535bhp out of a bunch of Li-Po cells?!

We love the central dash display, losing a ton of knobs and allowing all sorts of context sensitive info to be shown large and legible. You’ll see this trickling down to many cars in the near future. Tesla’s S saloon being the most ambitiously knob-free to come. Horny too is the more aggressive detailing of grille, vents and active front spoiler.


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Istanbul, Turkey and yellow cars

Yellow Taksi in Istanbul There are very few private yellow cars in Turkey. A recent trip to Istanbul verified this. Plenty of yellow trucks, we even spotted a yellow helicopter, but no cars…That’s because Istanbul’s taxis, or “taksi” are yellow, so who in their right mind would want to be flagged down and directed to […]

FIAT taksi waits for passengers near mosque


Yellow Taksi in Istanbul

There are very few private yellow cars in Turkey. A recent trip to Istanbul verified this. Plenty of yellow trucks, we even spotted a yellow helicopter, but no cars…That’s because Istanbul’s taxis, or “taksi” are yellow, so who in their right mind would want to be flagged down and directed to the Blue Mosque when dropping off the kids at school? Unable to spare the time to drive to Turkey in the YW yellow Golf (!), we were obliged to jump aboard the odd taksi for our long weekend in the capital. Obliged, sounds forceful, but we had been warned of the super-hero standard of the cabbie’s driving there. Super-heroes, can skip traffic lights, dodge potholes, slip through traffic at the speed of light without ever endangering life or limb. And these super-schumachers don’t even need to stop at a phone booth to stick their underpants on the outside. Good thing that YouTube is banned in Turkey so they can’t watch the video of the ride, although word has it a few seconds organizing a proxy server circumnavigates this embarrassing censorship.


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New UK car scrapage quantitative easing scheme

End of car scrapage scheme alleviated by new government incentive drive A new government measure to ease the transition from the end of the UK car scrapage scheme has been announced. Secretary of Transport Lord Edonis: “Starting from today all cars delivered with yellow paint schemes will benefit from a 8.75% reduction in car tax. […]

Aston Martin Cygnet qualifies for new safety incentives - yellow high-viz clothing not mandatory


End of car scrapage scheme alleviated by new government incentive drive

A new government measure to ease the transition from the end of the UK car scrapage scheme has been announced. Secretary of Transport Lord Edonis: “Starting from today all cars delivered with yellow paint schemes will benefit from a 8.75% reduction in car tax. This YCSS initiative should go some way to easing the pain of scrapage incentive termination.” Bright paintwork saves lives is the message the minister wants to convey. In fact, supported by euro NCAP safety statistics, you are 32.7% less likely to be involved in a traffic incident if driving a yellow car. Visibility is the key here, and just like the massive reduction in cycling incidents since the widespread wearing of yellow high-viz jackets, we are expecting a significant shift in vehicle mishaps.

Ferrari F430 16M - qualifies for 8.75% relief - Swiss would add side reflective stripes

We asked Professor Short of the Zurich institute of passive technology for his views: “it’s an elf and safety issue. As you know here in Switzerland we banned all motorsport because of its danger and we plan to introduce a similar scheme to your innovative YCSS, but with the addition of reflective side stripes. Many junction incidents could be avoided. It could be as big a safety improvement as the adoption of daylight running lights or high-viz jackets on building sites.”

Ferrari anticipated the move back last year with the launch of the striped yellow Ferrari F430 16M, but need to add side reflective stripes to meet forthcoming Swiss legislation. Lamborghini reacted with the Gallardo Balboni with white stripes, but didn’t foresee the reflective requirement. What do you visitors make of this legislation? Leave your comments


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Lexus launch new Nürburgring special LFA supercar

Lexus LFA Nürburgring special edition Lexus just announced a souped-up version of their, already super-quick, supercar, the LFA. Not content with launching their wildest ever car back in September, they’ve laced the mix with some extra spice. Extra hot ingredient is a 10bhp uprating of the 4.8 Litre V10 to 562 bhp. The special LFA […]

Lexus LFA Nürburgring special edition


Lexus LFA Nürburgring special edition

Lexus just announced a souped-up version of their, already super-quick, supercar, the LFA. Not content with launching their wildest ever car back in September, they’ve laced the mix with some extra spice. Extra hot ingredient is a 10bhp uprating of the 4.8 Litre V10 to 562 bhp. The special LFA needs this extra sauce to maintain performance despite the addition of downforce-generating mods to front spoiler, side fins and fixed rear wing. Lexus have entered the Nürburgring 24hours race, where aerodynamics are king, but are offering 50 examples for buyers, so you could order this version as your trackday special. Lexus have had the good taste to paint these specials in yellow ;-)…now is that carrot and corriander, or thai curry yellow!


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Geneva Motor Show Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley unleash a whole range of FlexFuel Continentals What’s FlexFuel? It’s the ability to run multiple fuels without complication: just fill up with petrol or bio-ethanol or a mix of the two and the engine will automatically adjust to suit. Bentley have converted the whole Continental range to suit the harsher qualities of bio-ethanol. To […]

Geneva Motor Show - Bentley Continental Supersports with FlexFuel

Bentley unleash a whole range of FlexFuel Continentals

What’s FlexFuel? It’s the ability to run multiple fuels without complication: just fill up with petrol or bio-ethanol or a mix of the two and the engine will automatically adjust to suit. Bentley have converted the whole Continental range to suit the harsher qualities of bio-ethanol. To announce this they fielded a pale primrosy yellow convertible called the Supersports. Slightly more tasteful than the purple Bentley further down the stand, we do prefer our yellow cars to be boldy yellow rather than wishy-washy….Judge for yourself !


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Lotus Elise gets a fresh face this spring

Spring is (nearly) in the air, so it must be time for some fresh new faces in the automotive world. This being 2010, Lotus bring you the 2011 Elise, with refreshed nose and rump. Neatly evolving from the previous iteration, you’ll spot the re-profiled mouth and repositioned gills, but maybe not notice the other subtle […]

Lotus Elise gets a fresh face for 2010


Spring is (nearly) in the air, so it must be time for some fresh new faces in the automotive world. This being 2010, Lotus bring you the 2011 Elise, with refreshed nose and rump. Neatly evolving from the previous iteration, you’ll spot the re-profiled mouth and repositioned gills, but maybe not notice the other subtle detail changes.

New look Lotus Elise

Most of the air in-and-outlets have lost their black slats, and the engine cover humped up to accommodate the taller new engine. Front LED indicators move into the main light clusters. Overall a less fussy, smoother, rounder design. Under the skin a ton of minor changes, but a new 1.6 litre engine mated to an equally new close ratio gearbox, stands in for the previous entry level 1.8 litre lump. Losing 200 cc hasn’t affected performance but significantly improves fuel economy and emissions.


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Autosport / PistonHeads show: photo gallery

Here’s a photo gallery of yellow cars at the Autosport Racing Car & PistonHeads Show. Hey, we need to keep the yellow car content going . Although the Mini pictured above, of Mr Bean fame, is hardly a racing car, (and only just qualifies as yellow), it was driven round the track at the Goodwood […]


Here’s a photo gallery of yellow cars at the Autosport Racing Car & PistonHeads Show. Hey, we need to keep the yellow car content going ;-) . Although the Mini pictured above, of Mr Bean fame, is hardly a racing car, (and only just qualifies as yellow), it was driven round the track at the Goodwood Revival race meeting to honour the 50th birthday of the Mini. Come back over the next few days for some more great news and features from the show!


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