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Musings on the Motoring World

Second-generation Subaru BRZ maintains ethos, embraces big displacement, shuns turbos

The Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ was probably the most exciting car that nobody could agree on. Those who worship at the altar of driving purity saw it as the Second Coming. Those who chant horsepower and performance numbers shunned it as a charlatan for its “gutless” engine. It wasn’t just the enthusiasts that couldn’t agree on […]

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Musings on the Past

Toyota Sera – Why is this 30-year-old curiosity Toyota’s only “bubble-era car”?

Every car exists for a reason. Whether created for market demands, niche-making or to sprinkle magic branding pixie dust, no car pops out of a vacuum. Which makes one wonder if Toyota’s all-knowing product gurus were on holiday when approving the production of the Toyota Sera. A concept made manifest Introduced in 1990, the Toyota […]

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The fascinating Porsche 919 Street concept and the futile dream of road racers

A few months ago, Toyota created a stir at the 24 Hours of Le Mans start by “returning” the trophy in a development prototype of its GR Super Sport LM-Hypercar class contender. Toyota’s publicity stunt was proof that the dream of track-related road cars was a step closer to reality. Though as it turns out, […]

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Thanks to trucks, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will overtake Tesla

The turn of the millennium was a time of wide-eyed optimism. Not only did we survived the great “extinction event” that was Y2K, but the future was unfurling before our eyes. Wireless global communication was connecting the world, a new human space habitat lifted our eyes to the heavens, and you could carry 1000 songs […]

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Musings on the Motoring World

These defunct car brands are better off dead and gone

Happy Halloween! Today’s the day for children to add themselves to the obesity epidemic and for grown-ups to get into costume and add to the debauchery. If you are too old for candy and too busy fixing your car for sex, then it is time for some campfire stories. And in the spirit of today’s […]

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Musings on the Motoring World

Tipping point approaches as Continental AG mulls turbo division sale

2020 is the year the world got turned upside down, particularly for the automotive business. If General Motors reviving the Hummer name as a flagship all-electric sub-brand was not odd enough. News of Europe’s second-largest car parts supplier, Continental AG, contemplating the sale of its turbocharger division will make you do a double-take. According to […]

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Bugatti Bolide concept brings the brand back to its lightweight roots

Restrained elegance that belies a beefy beast. That has generally been the best way to describe the appearance of Volkswagen-era Bugatti’s products. The Bugatti Bolide concept, on the other hand, is different. Almost otherworldly in its execution and ethos with its collection of detached panels. Though if you are familiar with Bugatti’s history, this is […]

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The original Hummer wasn’t as big as many have been led to believe

Though enthusiasts decry the death of enthusiast sedans and sports cars, times have never been better for off-road fans. Every year since the debut of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, we have welcomed an all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, and the return of the Land Rover Defender and Ford Bronco. But that’s not all. This week itself will […]

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Musings on the Motoring World

Will racing spec cars reveal who the best Formula One driver is? Yes, and No

“Who is the best Formula One driver?” is one of those questions where everyone has their answer. But not everyone can come to an agreement. Formula One pundits, historians, and statisticians will usually name one of a few handfuls of drivers. Fans, on the other hand, would prefer the good old gladiator treatment. Get all […]

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Formula One is losing its relevancy with Honda’s withdrawal

Though slapped together at the last minute, Formula One’s 2020 season isn’t short on drama. And if you are here for the drama, the biggest newsmaker isn’t to be seen on the track. Instead, it is happening behind the scenes following the announcement of Honda withdrawing from Formula One at the end of the 2021 […]