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Sunday, 29 March 2015


Let's talk about the the British marquee brands. 
Sure Britain is well known for the English premier league, Saville row, London but for the Auto-philes... Britain is home to some of the most gorgeous wonder on wheels. From time immemorial the Brits have been in the fore front of providing aesthetically pleasing automobiles which have transcended decades and generations to become the marquee brands of today. This kicks a series of posts that takes a look at 3 of my favorite. Indulge me 😀

    'Spirit of Ecstasy' the Rolls Royce emblem 

Rolls Royce ltd. Is  a renowned English car-manufacturing company and later, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904. In 1973, the car division was separated from the parent company as Rolls-Royce Motors. Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited continued as a nationalised company until it was privatised in 1987 as Rolls-Royce plc
The early rolls Royce produced brands like the silver ghost (1920) , silver wraith (1947), the phantom model( 1920)

 these brands quickly became synonymous with affluence and prestige and the appeal of the brand was further boosted by positive reception across the pond in the USA.  Series financial troubles saw the company nationalized in 1978 and the reformed rolls Royce wasn't to be until 1998 when BMW AG licensed the rights to the name and logo from rolls Royce Plc and acquired the rights to the spirit of ecstasy logo and the rolls Royce grille shaped trademark from Volkswagen. Rolls Royce motor cars ltd have been manufacturing rolls Royce branded cars since 2003.
However the cars from the rolls Royce motor Cars ltd are in no way related to the ones from the rolls Royce Plc cars. The only direct descendants from that generation are the Bentley cars which was a subsidiary of the early rolls Royce Plc. 

The new rolls Royce  Launched in 2003 with the 4 door sedan Phantom. The brand has gone on to expand the lineup to include the ghost (baby phantom), the wraith (paying tribute to the silver wraith) and plans are In the works for a SUV (the first in its history)  similarly the units of vehicles sold has seen tremendous rise from 796 in 2005 to 4095 units in 2014, with China being a predominant market for the luxury brand. 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Latest from The Malaysian GP

The Malaysian GP holding in Kuala Lumpur is still running and here are the current standings:

2015 Driver Standings

1) HAM, MERCEDES 25 points
2) ROS, MERCEDES 18 points
3) VET, FERRARI 15 points
4) MAS, WILLIAMS 12 points
5) NAS, SAUBER 10 points
6) RIC, RED BULL RACING 8 points
7) HUL, FORCE INDIA 6 points
8) ERI, SAUBER 4 points
9) SAI, TORO ROSSO 2 points
10) PER, FORCE INDIA 1 point
11) BUT, MCLAREN 0 point

Below are the fixtures:

The Malaysian GP started on Fri 27 and will run till Sun 29 Mar 2015.

* Practice 1 Fri 10:00 – 11:30
* Practice 2, Fri 14:00 – 15:30
* Practice 3, Sat 14:00 – 15:00
* Qualifying, Sat 17:00 – 18:00
* Race, Sun 15:00 – 17:00

* Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments.

The third practice shall hold today and we shall bring you more updates as we get them.
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Motorsport: Updates from the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

The Malaysian Grand Prix 2015 is up and running hot. I mean it is so hot that Nico Rosberg, who finished as runner-up in last year’s championship wears a sanitary towel on his forehead during

The overwhelming heat and humidity are physically wearing for the drivers in a way experienced at no other venue on the calendar. It is a very tough affair for both drivers and cars.  March is  one of the cruellest months in Malaysia, with the highest rainfall of the year and average temperatures of 30 degrees centigrade. Be prepared for some changing weather conditions!

Lewis Hamilton was forced out of practice 1 of the Malaysian GP completing just four laps before engine problem strikes. Mercedes had sent the Briton’s car out for its early laps without the use of telemetry after problems in the garage and duly asked Hamilton to stop as a precaution. After subsequently conducting an investigation when the W06 was returned to the garage, the world champions confirmed that an engine problem had struck. Mercedes confirmed after the session that the power unit's inlet system had failed, but that the problem wouldn't result in the loss of the engine and leave Hamilton with just three penalty-free units to complete the season.
Hamilton was therefore sidelined for the remainder of an opening session which ended with Ferrari coming on strong in the closing stage.

At the start of the session all eyes had been on Fernando Alonso as the Spaniard returned to the track in the McLaren-Honda for the first time since his Barcelona testing crash on the final day of the second winter test.

New signings Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi were over six-and-a-half seconds off the pace but the 16 laps they completed between them in P1 will give the team valuable data as they continue their recovery after coming out of administration last month.

2015 Malaysia GP Practice One Timesheet:

1) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:40.124
2) Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:40.497
3) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:40.985
4) Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:41.543
5) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1:41.596
6) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:41.787
7) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1:41.803
8) Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:41.882
9) Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 1:42.055
10) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:42.064
11) Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:42.103
12) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1:42.567
13) Raffaele Marciello, Sauber, 1:42.621
14) Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:42.885
15) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:42.893
16) Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:43.054
17) Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:43.100
18) Will Stevens, Manor, 1:46.686
19) Roberto Merhi, Manor, 1:47.683
20) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, No time

After loosing out of practice 1, Lewis Hamilton came back ferociously for practice 2.
Lewis Hamilton overcame a delayed start and telemetry issues to top the timesheets inthe second practice session in Kuala Lumpur on Friday afternoon.

The reigning world champion had to wait until the 38th minute of the session before taking to the track, as Mercedes dealt with the engine issue that curtailed his running in FP1. However once he did get going, Hamilton worked his way down to 1m 39.790s on the medium tyre to eclipse Kimi Raikkonen’s best effort for Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg was third quickest in the second Mercedes, but it was a session in which the true pecking order was somewhat disguised as many drivers found themselves struggling for grip and balance on Pirelli's medium tyre.

Others, however, made gains, notably the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who had reverted their cars to a more standard set-up after trying something that didn’t work this morning.

Due to the changing track conditions the session was once again somewhat inconclusive, so we may have to wait until FP3 tomorrow - possibly even qualifying - to ascertain the true pecking order and speed differentials.

Practice 2 Timesheet:

1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1:39.79016
2) Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1:40.1630.37329
3) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1:40.2180.42826
4) Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull 1:40.3460.55617
5) Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1:40.4500.66031
6) Felipe Massa, Williams 1:40.5600.7702
7) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 1:40.6520.86229
8) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso 1:41.2201.43030
9) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 1:41.2611.47130
10) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing 1:41.7992.0098
11) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus 1:41.8772.08715
12) Felipe Nasr, Sauber 1:41.9882.19830
13) Sergio Perez, Force India 1:42.2422.45224
14) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 1:42.2912.50131
15) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 1:42.3302.54028
16) Fernando Alonso, McLaren 1:42.5062.71625
17) Jenson Button, McLaren 1:42.6372.84724
18) Romain Grosjean, Lotus 1:42.9483.1587
19) Will Stevens, Marussia 1:45.7045.91412
20) Roberto Merhi, Marussia1:47.2297.4396

The third pratice will hold tomorrow, Saturday, 28 March and the race will hold on Sunday, 29 March. Stay tuned for more updates.


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Hot Spy Shots of The Top Secret 2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class

New details are starting to emerge about the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Code named W213) scheduled to be released in 2016.

Mercedes is busy putting the finishing touches to its new 2016 E-class, which ushers in a new era of straight six engines, self-driving tech and hybrids galore. According to CAR MAG, the upcoming E-Class will lose between 70 - 150 kg (154 - 330 lbs) as a result of making the switch to the modular rear wheel drive architecture (MRA) which makes extensive use of aluminum and is sourced from the smaller C-Class.

There’ll be significant changes under the hood. Mercedes will start phasing out the V6 engines in favour of brand-new, cheaper-to-build modular in-line six-cylinder motors in petrol and diesel form which are closely related to the corresponding fours. Out first is the 2.9-litre diesel six, which develops 313bhp in twin-turbo guise and over 400bhp when motivated by four chargers, two of them battery-driven. At the bottom end of the E-class range, we find a new 122bhp 1.6-litre four-pot, which is said to average 99g of CO2 per kilometre. You should also know that it's been 10 years since an inline six-cylinder engine sat up front in a Mercedes-Benz road car, but the straight-six shooter returns with the 2016 E-Class. 

Here is the part you don't want to miss, the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-class is set to become a true tech showcase. The onwards march towards autonomous driving will be furthered by the E-class’s stepping-stone technology. The car will park itself - by your phone in confined spaces and it also comes with gesture control, auto-pilot style cruise control that steers on the autobahn and augmented reality in the head-up display. 

Mercedes will launch 10 new plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) by 2017. Among them are three E-class derivatives: a mix of 2.0-litre four and 82bhp e-motor, a US-only blend of 3.0-litre V6 and 109bhp e-machine, and a still-to-be defined Europe-only PHEV diesel which will be added later in the lifecycle. Yea that's right, the art of driving is racing into a new era and Mercedes is sure doing a whole lot to champion the race.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Maybach Pullman is The Epitome of Luxury

The Mercedes-Benz Maybach Pullman was
launched at the Geneva motor show and all I
can think is how Rolls Royce’s monopoly on
ultra-luxury has just been ended, this is simply
the epitome of luxury.
This is the top of the range car in the books of
luxury automaker with all the extravagance,
exclusivity, pomp and pageantry to go with.
Measuring 6.5-meter (21.3-ft), this limousine is
powered by the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 with
530PS (523hp) and 830Nm (612 lb-ft) of peak
torque available at 1,900 rpm
On the inside, it has the classic Pullman face-
to-face seat configuration, separated by the
driver’s cabin by an electrically-operated
partition window featuring an 18.5-inch (47 cm)
monitor located in front that can also be
extended electrically. The interior is completely
lined with leather and an exclusive Burmester
High-End 3D Surround-Sound system, which is
the most expensive surround-sound system
found in any car.
It goes on sale early next year with prices
starting from around €500,000.


Who really invented the Automobile? A simple question with no easy answers.

History buffs love to debate, especially when it
comes to “who came first.” Which explorer
discovered the New World? Did Newton or Leibniz
develop calculus? Was Edison the lightbulb’s true
inventor? Topics like this stir the passions and
keep some arguments going for years. One issue
that comes up occasionally is the matter of who
built the first automobile. Like many other
questions, this one defies an easy answer.
Part of the problem is defining the term. By
today’s standards, an automobile is a mobile
machine driven by an internal combustion engine
and capable of transporting human beings. By this
definition, 19th century German engineer Karl
Benz deserves credit, thanks to the vehicle he
patented in 1886.
Prior to Benz’s creation, however, several other
inventors developed steam-powered autos. The
first of these was built in 1672 by Ferdinand
Verbiest, a Jesuit priest who fashioned a wheeled
machine as a gift for China’s Emperor. Though it
was too small for human transport, it’s the
earliest known example of a self-powered vehicle.
RELATED: See Photos of the 1886 Mercedes-Benz
Daimler Motorkutsche
Steam remained the fuel of choice for inventors
over the next 200 years. Frenchman Nicholas-
Joseph Cugnot built a steam-propelled tractor in
1771. British engineer William Murdoch developed
a steam carriage in 1784. Richard Trevithick is
credited with building the first practical steam-
powered car in 1801, using it to drive six friends
around the streets of Camboerne Hill on Christmas
For a time, it appeared that Great Britain would be
the epicenter of automotive technology. This
changed, however, with passage of the 1865
Locomotive Act. It banned the use of public
automobiles unless a man walked ahead of the
machine waving a red flag( sometimes I wonder what these peoples' brains were made of). English authorities did
not repeal this law until 1896.
The end of America’s Civil War hastened the
development of practical automobiles, as
technology took giant strides forward for the rest
of the 19th century. Canadian Henry Seth Taylor
built a steam-driven buggy in 1867, which he
demonstrated at a town fair in Stanstead, Québec.
Clergyman JW Carhart built a vehicle large
enough for human transport in 1871. American
George B Selden filed a patent for his own four
wheeled car in 1879.
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The first auto race was held in July 1878. The
route covered the 201-mile distance from Green
Bay to Madison, Wisconsin. Two entrants
competed. The winner completed the route in 33
hours and 27 minutes with an average speed of 6
mph. He won $5,000 from the state legislature for
his efforts.
By the end of the 19th century, steam engines
were losing ground to petroleum-powered
vehicles. Battery-driven cars enjoyed a brief
period of popularity in the late 1800s and early
1900s. But gasoline’s advantages gave it the
decisive edge. To this day it remains the fuel of
choice for most automakers.
At the dawn of the 21st century, a bevy of new
technologies promises a golden age of safe, eco-
friendly driving. Electric cars in particular are
seeing a resurgence, as evidenced by the Chevy
Volt, Toyota Prius, and Tesla roadster. Hydrogen
fuel cells show potential as well, however, and
may eventually prove more practical. As for what
will power the automobiles of tomorrow, we will
just have to wait and see.

Latest On Jeremy Clarkson!

“Following last week’s suspension of Jeremy Clarkson due to racism accusations , Ken MacQuarrie is now considering the evidence and will report to the Director-General on his findings next week. Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps. The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then.” It has been confirmed that the TGTV episode scheduled for broadcast on Sunday 22 March will not be shown, and that Episode 10 of Series 22, originally scheduled to air on BBC Two on Sunday March 29, has also been postponed.

Motoring Nigeria Blog will bring you more news as soon as we have it.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Toyota winds down production of the Venza.

Its time to say goodbye to the Toyota
Venza as the automaker winds down
production of this pseudo-Camry
Station wagon. Toyota confirmed their
intention through their spokesman Sam
Butto in an email to Carscoops saying
“After careful consideration, Toyota has
decided to wind down production of
the Venza at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK).”
This announcement surely didn't come as a shock to the car community because just like the Matrix, the Camry is based on one of Toyota's sedans; the Camry while the Matrix is based on the corolla. For a SUV/ station wagon looking car with neither four wheel drive capability nor third row seats, customers were bound to become bored after the initial enthusiasm generated through the first and second years of production not forgetting the price, which starts from almost $30,000, there are a bunch of other better options one could get both within the Toyota family and beyond. My sympathy goes out to the Venza fans out there in Nigeria and beyond, may you have the fortitude to bear the loss.

Adieu Toyota Venza!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Car Culture: 21 year old performs stunts from a moving truck.

These are photos from stunts by a daredevil …
Performing stunts from a
Toyota Land Cruiser LC70 moving only on only two wheels. Abdullah Omar AlAli, who is 21 years old, got into
the street gymnastics craze just a year
ago in his home city of Dubai, United
Arab Emirates
Sidewalk skiing’ is another dangerous
craze altogether, and was popularised
in 2013 by a team of daredevils in
neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Reckless or not, you have to admit he's brave.
See pictures below.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Chrysler Recalls 338,216 Dodge Durango SUV For Stalling.

Chrysler is recalling 338,216 Dodge
Durango SUVs to expand upon an earlier
recall of fuel-pump failures, the company
said today.
In total, 467,480 vehicles worldwide—the
2012–2013 Durango and exported diesel
versions of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
—are included in this latest recall, which
adds to the 230,760 SUVs recalled in
September for the same problem. At that
time, Chrysler only specified 2011 models,
including gasoline versions of the U.S.-
spec Grand Cherokee, for faulty power-
module relays that could cause the car to
stall, not start, or choke the engine of
fuel. The contact switches can deform
over time due to excess heat in or around
the power module. Now, Chrysler says
this problem has cropped up on newer
vehicles. A copy of the recall filing was
not available from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration.
Chrysler said it was not aware of any
related injuries or accidents. In the event
of a stall, the airbags and other safety
features will continue to work, the
company said. Dealers will replace the
power module, which manages several
functions besides the fuel pump, at a later date.
The current-generation Durango and
Grand Cherokee have seen a hefty share
of electrical problems. In October, the
2011–2014 Durango and 2012–2014 Grand
Cherokee were recalled with other
Chrysler models for alternators that could
suddenly fail . Later that month, more
than 126,000 of these same 2014 models
were recalled twice for problematic
circuit boards that could disable the
stability control system, the airbags, and
the seatbelt pretensioners. The 2011–2014
model-year SUVs were again recalled in
July (895,000 for vanity-mirror lights that
could catch fire ) and in April (867,000 for
bad brake boosters ). In March, about
25,000 of the 2012–2013 models were
recalled for anti-lock-brake software that
was restricting the flow of brake fluid .
Source: caranddriver