Monday, November 10, 2014

Mazda CEO says no new RX!!!

Mazda Motor Corporation CEO Masamichi Kogai says that there are no plans to revive the Rotary Experimental (RX) series for the time being. This is not good news for fans of the Wankel engine of which Mazda obtained a license to manufacture and pretty much perfected it. Now he could be hiding his cards, but in the day and age of costly R&D and low sales volume, as well as ever increasing emission standards world wide, we may be left to build up our own Mazda Rotary vehicles to keep the brap going. The published report is here.

                                Mazda RX3 coupe

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

F1 drivers championship 2014

With Mercedes AMG F1 winning the 2014 constructors championship at the last race in Russia, we are left with the exciting racing between the two Mercedes AMG F1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton as to who will be the champion this year. If both Nico and Lewis fail to get over 300 points and Daniel Ricciardo of Infiniti Red Bull racing wins the last 3 races, then he will be champion.

Lewis Hamilton is currently leading the championship with 291 points

Nico Rosberg is in second with 274 points

Daniel Ricciardo is third with 199 points.

Points awarded per race are:

1st : 25 points
2nd : 18 points
3rd : 15 points
4th : 12 points
5th : 10 points
6th : 8 points
7th : 6 points
8th : 4 points
9th : 2 points
10th : 1 point

The last race of the year which is in Abu Dhabi on November 21-23rd 2014 will award double points for the season finale.

If Lewis Hamilton comes 2nd in the last 3 races and Nico wins the last 3 races, Nico will be champion.

If Nico wins the next 2 races and Lewis Hamilton comes second in the next two races and wins the final race with Nico coming second, then Lewis Wins.

If Nico comes in second to Lewis Hamilton in the next 2 races and wins the finale, then Lewis wins.

If either retire a race or two then anything is possible.

Who ever wins the championship this year will have well and truly earned it. #ForzaJules

Friday, September 05, 2014

Tesla to build battery factory in Nevada

Tesla Motors who's stock TSLA is at $277.39 will be building the much acclaimed Giga factory in the state of Nevada. 6500 people are expected to be employed with support of Panasonic. More info here.

Tesla185 TSLA Picks Nevada as the Home of the New Tesla Gigafactory
 Thanks for employing Americans.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

BMW Z1 for sale with very low miles

This red example has only 197 kilometers on the clock and is as new. I have driven one of these cool BMW's a long time ago and it is a fun car to drive. The doors move up and down with the push of a button and it is based on the E30 chassis. For the BMW collector, this would be one for the stable.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel CNG

It is good that North American auto makers are embracing locally sourced fuels to power their cars. CNG and LPG are good alternatives to oil and cost a lot less. Mileage is not quite as good, and the engines need correct and proper maintenance to run efficiently, but when driving these cars, dependence on foreign oil is reduced. Good work GM on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala.