As we get the champagne on ice in preparation for New Year’s Eve, we’re taking a look back at the frankly historic last 12 months. 2017 was a great year to be a sim racer, and we’ve got a ton of supporting evidence.We started the year by suggesting this would happen. In terms of odds, it wasn’t the riskiest thing to say; there were a lot of titles on the horizon, and the landmark change in Porsche’s approach to gaming meant no matter which game you played, you’d likely spot the familiar crest.This was a year of diversity. Sim racers are all quite similar by nature, but looking closer, it was fascinating to see how they varied. The big three console launches this fall took markedly different approaches to the formula.We had a love letter to motorsports, which prioritized the living, breathing nature of a race track. We saw the automotive sandbox approach (or, as we like to call it, the Jay Leno simulator) embrace car collecting. And we witnessed a … [Read more...] about GTPlanet’s Gaming Year in Review: 2017
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All good things must come to an end. Tesla has announced an update to its Supercharging programme, and the new plan will no longer offer free unlimited charging to new customers. Here’s the deal. For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, owners will no longer enjoy unlimited free charging on the Supercharging network, but will instead be given 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (which translates to around 1,000 miles or 1,600 km) per year. Once the free credits run out, there will be a small fee that will be charged incrementally. Tesla says that charging will cost less than the price of filling up a comparable petrol car. All Teslas will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging. The EV maker says that while prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity, “our Supercharger network will never be a profit centre.” These changes will not apply to current owners or any new Teslas ordered … [Read more...] about No more free unlimited charging for new Tesla buyers
Racers in general have had a very tough time getting comfortable withusing computers in their everyday racing lives. The ones that haveembraced the use of helpful software programs have definitely been moresuccessful for the effort. I speak with racers every day who tellstories about how the “lights came on” and their success improvedthrough the use of computer programs. Let’s take a look at where we are from an industry perspective. Wedecided to ask some professionals that are associated with majorsoftware companies that service the racing industry their opinions onsome topics related to computers in racing. More racers are getting used to using computers through everydayinteraction with them. It is a natural progression, at some point intime, to move into using computers for racing. The fact that thecomputer is merely a tool helps. Just like a timing light won’t decideyour engine’s timing, the computer won’t set up your race car. The computer gives … [Read more...] about Computers In Racing for the Year 2006
Chinese New Year celebrations are fast approaching, and if you’re seeking a new ride to travel in style, visit F.A. Wagen anytime from now until February 28. The authorised Volkswagen dealer is starting its CNY promotions across all of its showrooms nationwide with special deals. Rebates of up RM38,000 are available on selected 2012/2013 models, which range from the Volkswagen Golf, Cross Touran, Scirocco, Tiguan and Sharan. All you have to do is walk into any F.A. Wagen showroom to take your pick of the lot. But you have to be fast as the promotion is only available while stocks last. As you browse for your favourite model, you are also encouraged to take part in F.A. Wagen’s Volkswagen Referral Program. Just introduce a family member or a friend to buy a Volkswagen from F.A. Wagen and you’ll stand to receive a complimentary RM1,000 voucher, which you can redeem as an additional rebate on your Volkswagen’s purchase price. But that’s not all, once your … [Read more...] about AD: F.A. Wagen welcomes CNY with auspicious deals for Volkswagen cars – rebates of up to RM38,000!
Autoblog occasionally offers readers a look at the eBay find of the day, we found one that might qualify as someone's find of the year – or an indulgent Christmas present. May we present the Hybrid Electric High Mobility Scout Mongrel Vehicle w/ Active Suspension. As of press time, the highest bid was $2,000 for a vehicle that supposedly has more than $750,000 in it, money that was spent on the engineering, design, parts and construction of this prototype four-wheel drive series hybrid.Visiting a federal government website indicates that the amount spent was actually$747,913 for a 1998 federal grant awarded by the US Department of Defense to Davis Technologies International, Inc., based in Addison, TX. The goal of the project was to develop a significantly improved ground vehicle for military reconnaissance that can move fast over rough terrain, with high mobility being a primary factor.The "Mongrel" has independent swing arm suspension at all four corners of the vehicle, … [Read more...] about eBay Find: deal of the year on Hybrid High Mobility Scout Mongrel?
Uber ride-sharing service is expecting a huge night this New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The company estimated that last year's total of about 5 million riders will triple this year to 15 million worldwide. With so many people expected to use the service, the company rolled out a few tips to help make the night go more smoothly.Possibly the most important tip Uber provided was when pricing will be at its highest. That time happens to be between midnight and 3 am. So if you can, it might not hurt to spend just a little more time after the ball drops at your celebration destination to score a better deal. In addition, Uber highlighted the fact that, before you request a car, you'll be able to see your exact cost with the "upfront fare" system it introduced this year to prevent surprises in cost. The company also had a few common-sense suggestions such as making sure you have the right car and driver by checking the license plate number and making sure your friends and family know … [Read more...] about Uber’s New Year’s surge pricing will peak between midnight and 3 am
A major component of feeling comfortable on a motorcycle is confidence in traction—or lack thereof. With a delicate throttle hand and an understanding of how a clutch works, even the bone-n00biest spud can get on a Hayabusa and motor off down the street without crashing the thing. But the bigger the bike, the more dire the consequences of physics. Moto Guzzi’s V7 is, by today’s standards, seen as an entry-level bike, but it’s worth noting that its heron-head, 744-cc pushrod twin makes the kind of horsepower that would’ve won the Isle of Man TT in the 1950s.Dirt flat-track racing is an exercise in traction management, one so powerful that in an era when engine tech outstripped chasssis and tire development, American flat trackers practically owned Grand Prix motorcycling. Kenny Roberts was the first through the breach, followed by Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, and Wayne Rainey. Today, both Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi both espouse the benefits of … [Read more...] about Year of the Goose, Part 4: Dirty Shenanigans at American Supercamp
(If you have some time this weekend, this contribution, from our reader Robert, will be worth that time — JB)“I will NEVER drive a minivan.” Thus ended the first hostile negotiation serious discussion with my wife about our next vehicle purchase.The story so far: It was the summer of 2005. Our family truckster (a 1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5) was doing a fine job hauling mom and the first born around town during the week, plus me, the dog, and the cubic yard of gear required to travel with a one year old child on our frequent weekend trips to the Texas hill country. Anything I wanted to bring had to survive on the roof.The 4Runner had been a masterpiece of engineering, form, and function to us. But even with Toyota’s legendary reliability, after 10 years and 135k on the clock, her many trouble-free miles were running out. A starter here, a radiator there, and stranding my wife and infant son on the side of the road with electrical gremlins made its replacement … [Read more...] about A Nine Year Quest, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Looking Cool and Love the Van
The facility was mostly deserted by the time I got there deliberately late to avoid politicians’ speechifying. Between the very realistic — but empty — roadways with functional traffic lights, railway crossings, and even parking meters, on one hand, and the two city blocks of obviously faux buildings, theatrical scrims really, on the other, I felt that at any second, things might switch to black and white and Rod Serling would step out from behind one of the backdrops.I wasn’t in the Twilight Zone, though. I was on a gentle hillside on the north side of Ann Arbor.While Serling’s landmark science fiction and fantasy show sometimes gave us a peek at what the future might look like, the 32 acre Mcity autonomous and connected vehicle research facility that opened yesterday on the University of Michigan’s north campus is definitely one of the places where the future of personal transportation will be made.At first … [Read more...] about Michigan to Stay Ahead of Silicon Valley with “Mcity” for Autonomous & Connected Car R&D
Many people rely on title loans when money is tight, regardless of their infamous predatory nature and high interest rates. However, getting that loan is much like playing Russian Roulette — and with similar odds. According to a recent PEW study, one out of every nine title loans results in a repossession, with the titled vehicle eventually heading to auction. Recently, I received a notice that a large title loan vendor was to auction off over 500 vehicles. My curiosity got the better of me. Armed with the auction run list and a VIN history tool, I decided to take a look at what ends up at these auctions and how they get there.Pulling up the auction run list showed a total of 549 vehicles available for sale. Most of the vehicles were older, had higher mileage or a combination of both. There were only nine vehicles wearing less than 100,000 miles, making up two percent of the total vehicles available on the run list. The 150,000+ mile group was … [Read more...] about These Are the Long, Rough Roads Traveled by Title Loan Cars