So to start off Tech Tuesday on the right note, we need a car that will revolutionise the industry with certain features that it will have. We think the winner this week is the new upcoming BMW 7 series. If you are in the business of selling arms or legs, this is the car for you. Already the current 7 series is not for the shallow pocketed so you can imagine what the next one will cost, especially with some of the features that the car will have.
Remote Control Parking: Yes you read right, the new BMW 7 series will have a feature that will allow you to park the car using a your key.
LCD Key: The new BMW 7 series will have an LCD screen on the key. A BMW insider tells me that it’s very I8 like and that things like fuel range will be available to see on the key.
Structure: The new 7 series is a big car, so you can imagine that you would feel the weight whilst driving it, apparently not. The upcoming BMW 7 series will have components made of Carbon fibre, this will make the car better dynamically and economically too.
We look forward to spending some time in this car when it arrives in South Africa, until then, start saving or start selling.
If the words Ken Block mean nothing to you, you’re not a car enthusiast. Really, get up and and go feel sorry for yourself in a corner, now! Remember when you were a kid and you would play with toy cars and spin them around “obstacle courses” made up of cereal boxes and hairbrushes? Ken Block remembers, because he replicates what we would see in our minds eye as kids with wild imaginations. The only difference is that Ken Block does it in real life, with an 800+hp 1965 Ford Mustang. An all wheel drive Mustang at that, one built especially for Kens shenanigans. You know your whip is packing heat when it can spin all four wheels in a standstill.
Is Ken Block human though? How is he able to perform stunts that only Vin Diesel can do in the Fast & Furious movies? No man! It actually annoys me that someone can be that good. Now imagine how old Tiff Needell and Chris Harris must feel? They are brilliant drivers but even then Ken makes them look like bunnies, not even rabbits, bunnies! There actually is a clip on the net with Chris Harris in Ken’s Mustang in the passenger seat and he is wetting himself at the sheer power that this thing has. And then he goes and spanks it around Hollywood like a naughty three year old? My word, I’m in awe. Ladies and gentlemen let me bid you farewell and leave you with this masterpiece by Ken Block, called Gymkhana seven.
Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta driven hard, top down, in the rain!
So firstly we would like to make it clear that we do not condone driving fast in wet weather, or driving fast on public roads at all. There are moments though that call for a bit of hooning around, for instance when you have a closed road to yourself. Journalist Jethro Bovingdon from Evo magazine had just that when he test drove the new Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta, the convertible version of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Like any petrol-head who has the opportunity to, he drove this car very confidently in the pouring rain…with the roof down too! We at TheMotorist must say Mr.Bovingdon, a brave man you are! For that we salute you. Enjoy!
By now we all know the “king of drift” in the journalism world is Chris Harris from the Drive channel. Many people are enthralled by the art of drifting. It looks easy but there’s more to it than merely turning a rear wheel drive car into a bend, saying your favourite catch phrase and voila you’re the star of Jozi drift. So watch Chris show us how to do a BMW M235i drift in style.