Despite assurances from the Mauritanian government that the route would be guarded by thousands of troops, Paris-based Amaury Sport Organization, the sporting-even coordinator that owns and operates the Dakar Rally, cancelled the event just a day before more than 500 cars, trucks, quad bikes and motorcycles were to take off on their adventure on Jan. 5. A year after this interruption, the rally created to celebrate the dreamlike desert landscape of Sub-Saharan Africa moved to South America, far from the reach of religious terrorists and their IEDs. But in the southern tip of South America, Dakar Rally participants have found plenty of challenging landscape to speed over or get stuck in.
The Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular vehicles in the market today and not without reason. It boasts legendary reliability, is extremely capable and now with the new model, it has managed to ditch the old car’s somewhat rudimentary roots as well. It gets a new engine, a massively reworked chassis and a bucket load of electronic aids. So yes, it seems Toyota has made a good car better. In the real world, the Fortuner is the ultimate politician’s car, hauling VIP’s from one place to another, but out here it’s just raw nature v/s the car. Will it be able to handle the barrage of off-road tests that we have lined up for it? Time to get the Fortuner’s boots dirty and find out…
Simply the best racing game you’ll find on mobile, Real Racing is every bit as good as its console counterparts. Choose a hugely addictive in-depth career mode that sees you competing in events around the world. The graphics are jaw-droppingly good, and if you’re on iOS, you can even use Airplay to play on the big screen. There are in-app purchases for more cars and upgrades, and you can also race online against other users.
“We have some pretty old buildings here. One that will be razed is 72 years old, so it’s past its prime. It’s not very efficient or very beautiful. We want to create something that matches our new showroom we completed in 2003. We’ll erect new buildings designed to look just like the one across the street. It will definitely shape up the street, for sure.”
Of course, there are likely to be two points of concern here: privacy and battery life. Shazam says that the app “does not save or send audio samples” – instead a digital fingerprint of the song is matched against Shazam’s database.
If you know that Carter AFB is not an Air Force Base in Georgia and Holley is not a Christmas decoration, then listen up. Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, internal combustion engines relied on things called “carburetors” and “distributors” to maintain as close as possible to an ideal air/fuel ratio (stoichiometric). The ideal ratio was/is approximately 15 parts of air to 1 part fuel, anything less was “rich” anything more was “lean”. Both present problems. Rich fouls spark plugs decreases mpg and eventually dilutes the oil. Lean is even worse as it could eventually lead to detonation (pre-ignition) and catastrophic engine failure; therefore rich was considered the lesser of two evils. Frequent oil changes and tune-ups would help lessen accelerated engine wear to poor lubrication, hence the 3 months or 3,000 mile recommendation. Plugs, points and wires were good for about a year or 12k miles before transistorized ignitions.
Image is of the Abarth 1500 Biposto Bertone B.A.T 1 '52. You can get more information from the official Gran Turismo website .
With stunning acceleration, sweet handling, powerful braking, light weight and generous levels of grip and ground clearance, the S1000R is very nearly as quick as any super-sports bike, and arguably more fun. Although like other naked machines it’s not built for long distances or bad weather, its tiny fly-screen provides a modicum of wind protection, the riding position is well suited to lower speeds, and the Sport even comes with heated grips. Cruise control is available as an option, along with many other accessories to add performance or practicality.
Prior to the Toyota 86, the Zelas was Toyota’s sub AED 100k sports coupe. Whether it was due to its price tag, front wheel drive platform, or slightly strange design, the Zelas never quite caught on. However, it’s been brought back for 2014 and proudly flaunts some minor improvements. Only available in Sport trim , the 2014 model showcases revised headlights and taillights, a slim upper grille, a colossal hexagonal lower grille and artificial plastic inserts in its bumpers to add to its ‘sporty’ personality. The bodywork on the Zelas is composed of numerous sharp lines, curves, and bulges in all the right places; yet it isn’t something you’d glance twice at.
The K 1300 R is considered a ‘muscle’ bike, which is basically a large displacement naked. It is powered by a 1293cc inline-4 that churns out 173PS of power and 140Nm of peak torque. It claims a 0-100kmph of around 2.8 seconds. The S 1000 RR on the other hand is a sport bike. A litre-class, this bike gets its power from a 999cc inline-4 that makes 179PS of power and 106Nm of peak torque. It claims a 0-100kmph of around three seconds.