Car Blog- Car Blog covers the motoring industry featuring new car reviews, concept cars, exotic cars, F1 news, car videos and general motoring news. Mon, 04 May 2015 09:52:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ford Mustang EcoBoost vs Fiesta ST- Mon, 04 May 2015 09:52:36 +0000 Ford

Racing fans will perhaps love American automaker Ford for two things: the fact that they gave us the incomprehensible (and let’s not forget legendary) Mustang and, in more recent times, the wonderfully fast and potently powerful Fiesta ST.

It’s almost weird to think that one could actually compare the two. While the Mustang is a beautiful and powerful, albeit classic muscle car, the Fiesta ST is more modern, and, if you want, in a league of its own. But just what if these two were to face off against one another? Surely there would have to be a common denominator.

Well now there is.

For the first time in 30 years, Ford has offered a turbo-charged Mustang.

In order to truly test the power and ferocity of the new Ford Mustang EcoBoost, it will have to be pitted against one of Ford’s best; the 2014, turbo-charged Fiesta ST.

While the Fiesta on its one is a force fro be reckoned with, this particular Fiesta has also had some hands on it, with it being tuned by Cobb Tuning.

So, in order to find out if it may be worth it for race-loving petrol heads to switch from the world wide favourite the Fiesta ST to the newly super charged Mustang.

Matt Farah takes on the challenge for the Drive channel to determine if the newly tuned Mustang can give the trusted Fiesta a run for its money.

Check it out below:


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McLaren F1 vs McLaren P1- Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:31:29 +0000 mclaren-f1-vs-mclaren-p1

McLaren has long since been hailed as one of the finest supercar automakers to date. The clean lines, beautiful design and sheer power of McLaren vehicles are almost unmatched in the automotive world.

Two of the company’s most famous models is undoubtedly the evergreen F1 and it’s younger sibling, the P1.

Both these super cars have made waves around the world for the past 12 years. Their power and performance is almost out of this world and both cars have captured the hearts of many an automotive, super car fan – whether they are the “newer” or “older” generation.

So, while we know that both the F1 and the P1 are amazingly built and seriously ferocious cars, we have to wonder: what would happen if you were to pit the legendary F1 against the newer, more technologically advanced P1?

Would the classic F1 take the cake or would the P1, with all its new, high tech gadgets, take the crown? Naturally, someone decided to find out.

The guys over at Evo – one of the most popular auto channels on YouTube – decided to drive both the F1 and the P1 back-t-back through France.

But before we get to the video, here are some stats on the F1 and it’s younger sibling:

The McLaren F1 has a BMW-powered, naturally aspirated, 6.1 liter V12 engine and a 6-speed manual.

The McLaren P1 has a twin-turbo, 3.8 liter V8 engine which is combined with an electric motor.

Who will come out on top? Check out the video below to find out:


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Check it out: BMW M5 vs BMW M4- Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:56:37 +0000 2015-bmw-m4-and-m3_100462108_l

They say that sibling rivalry usually stems from a place of love – but is that the case when it comes to cars?  Well, we are about to find out.

Cars, especially performance cars, are pitted against each other almost everyday. People have their favourites and they always want to put their baby up against another car to prove that they are the best, fastest and most powerful. Thus, it’s nothing new to see two cars go head-to-head to claim victory over the other vehicle.

However, its not everyday that the two cars being put up against each other is, well, basically-sort-of the same car. Except not at all. Am I confusing you? Allow me to explain.

Recently, the people over at Evo decided to pit a BMW M5 against a BMW M4 – what some would call it’s modern sibling.

The experiment was part of their ‘deadly rivals’ segment, and considering that sometimes siblings turn out to be rivals, we were super excited to see who would come out on top. But first things first; here is run-down of the technical aspects of both M-brothers:

The M5 is notably much heavier and ‘old-schooly’ than the M4. It has a 4.4 liter twin scroll, V8 engine. It produces 592 horsepower and 516 kb-ft of torque. It reaches 100k/h in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h.

On the other hand, the M4 is much lighter and more ‘futuristic’ than the M5. It has a 3.0 liter, six-cyclinder, twin turbo engine. The M4 produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The M4 reaches 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and has also has a top speed of 250km/h.

Who do you you think will take the cake? Check out below:


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The all new Ferrari 488 GTB – a new era for Ferrari?- Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:19:25 +0000 Ferrari-488-GTB-5

When it comes to Ferrari’s, there is no denying that one of the most popular and loved Ferrari’s is the 458. With it’s classic lines and undeniable Ferrari feel, the 458 has become somewhat of a favourite amongst Ferrari fanatics worldwide.

However, the time has arrived for the 458 to take a step back so that it’s successor can take centre stage.  And this successor is called the Ferrari 488 GTB – and for all intensive purposes, this is one mean car.

While the 488 GTB is called the successor of the 458, there is one, crucial difference that makes the newer model that much different from the 458; the 488 GTB, is boosted. As any knowledgable Ferrari fan will tell you, the 458 is famed for it’s naturally aspirated V8 engine. The 488 GTB does not have the same engine – and it’s right here where critics are divided as to whether or not the new, boosted car is a good thing or a bad thing.

To settle the argument (or perhaps prolong it), the Drive channel got three Ferrari experts together to discuss this exact topic and whether or not this ‘new era’ for Ferrari is worth it or not.

Check it out below:


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60 Classic cars discovered in a deserted barn in France- Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:21:31 +0000 Classic Cars Uncovered

On a farm in France, in a deserted, run-down barn, an amazing discovery was recently made. And when we say amazing, we literally mean jaw-droopingly wonderful, as this discovery would make any automobile fan’s heart drop.

Inside of this barn on the farm, 60 classic cars dating back from the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s are all stacked together, standing motionless and waiting for someone to rediscover them and restore them to their original beauty.

And well, someone has!

These cars once belonged to Roger Baillon, a former transport entrepreneur. The collection actually consists of 100 cars, but unfortunately only 60 of them were able to be salvaged. The other 40 odd were too far gone to be restored. These beauties were left to stand (and well, rot) for more than 50 years – until this week, that is.

The collection was discovered by Baillon’s grandchildren, who upon finding the collection, contacted French auction house Artcurial, who came to do an inspection of the impressive collection.

Among these vintage beauties were a few stand-out cars that are worth a helluva lot. These include a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua and a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux believed to be form the late 1930’s.

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Apparently, Baillon had intended to iild a museum with his car collection, but his plans unfortunately fell through and well, these beauties were left stranded.

However, there is some good news that will ensure these cars get a new lease on life. The entire collection is going up for auction in Paris on the 6th of February next year. As for the price? It is believed that the entire collection is worth around 12 million pounds!

So, if you ever wanted to own a vintage car collection, now is your chance – provided that you’re a multi-milli0naire, of course!

Check out the video of the collection below:


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Porsche 911 GT3 RS vs Chevrolet Camaro Z/28- Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:56:01 +0000 Chris Harris

We’re willing to bet that more than half of you would probably say that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a way better car than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. And that is purely based in the general consensus that people believe European cars are better than American cars.

Well, perhaps this comparison video will change your mind – or at least open it…

Sure, from the bat, the comparison between these two cars may seem unusual, but in actual fact it’s not that unusual – and naturally there is only one man that can truly test and compare these two cars, Mr. Chris Harris.

Harris has done numerous car comparisons in his career, and this one is no different. Not even the fact that Chris is English (thus making him European) and may seem biased makes this video strange.

Check it out below – you may be surprised by Chris’ findings:


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First ever Batmobile for sale- Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:20:58 +0000 Bat 1

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of the Batmobile. The iconic superhero vehicle has become one of the most recognisable fantasy cars of all time and is loved by man Batman fans around the world.

There have also been various different Batmobiles over the years, the most famous of them probably being the legendary Tumbler and most recently, we have seen some exclusive sneak peeks at the newest, upcoming Batmobile that will see Ben Affleck as Batman behind the wheel.

And while we are so used to seeing these modern day Batmobiles, it came as a refreshing change when we got to lay our eyes on this gem in the history of Batmobiles – the very first, official Batmobile.

Sure, there may have been other Batmobiles before this one or Batmobile-inspired cars, this specific one is the earliest known officially licensed Batmobile. 

It doesn’t have a specific name a la the Tumbler, but is every bit as stunning as the cars that came after it.

It was built in 1963, which is also 3 years prior to the launch of the famed 1966 television series, ‘Batmobile’. This Batmobile is a customised ride, built on a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 frame. It is powered by a 234 Rocket engine.

This car is undeniable beautiful, even if it was intended to be for a superhero. The retro charm really brings a smile to my face.

It was built by a young, 23-tar old Batmobile enthusiast called Forrest Robinson back in 1963. Robinson had undertaken the tack of building this beautiful Batmobile with his friend, Len Perham. They basically changed the body of the car to make it resemble (what they thought) would be a suitable ride for Batman.

In all, it took the pair of them 3 years to complete their Batmobile project.

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While Robinson actually drove around in the Batmobile at first, heater leased it out for special events and promotional drives. In 1966 the car was returned to Robinsin after appearing on the promotional circuit. Robinson then sold the car for a mere $200.

For the next 50 years the beautiful, retro style Batmobile would stand, unused until 2008 when it was discovered and quickly restored to it’s original beauty.

Now the car is for sale again – for a lot more than $200. The Batmobile is now up for auction with the starting, minimum bid being a whopping $90 000.

If I had a spare $90 000 lying around, I would definitely give this beaut of a car it’s forever home!


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When wake boarding and a Ferrari F50 combine- Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:28:11 +0000 Wakeboard Ferrari

So, we all know that wake boarding is pretty fun (considering you don’t have a fear of water) on it’s own. We also know that driving in a Ferrari – make that a Ferrari F50 – is fun, too (considering you don’t have a fear of speed). So then why not combine these two fun activities into one?!

Well, mostly because it sounds dangerous and would require that you have all the participating equipment – namely a wakeboard and a Ferrari F50, which is obviously much harder to come by than a wakeboard.

Nevertheless, fear and equipment aside, a couple of guys actually managed to pull of a stunt that involves a wakeboard and a Ferrari F50.

The stunt was done by the guys over at Tax the Rich, a YouTube channel that portrays various stunts involving super expensive super cars – much like this one.

The stunt itself is really, really awesome, albeit dangerous. A professional wakeboarder (emphasis on professional) is dragged, not by a boat as in the traditional sense of wake boarding, but by a Ferrari F50 at a reasonable (read: fast) speed.

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The result is a stunt that many of us would kill to perform or at least witness in real life.

Check it out below:


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They’re making knock-off Range Rovers in China- Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:11 +0000 Evoque, X7

It’s common knowledge that in China you can get designer handbags, watches and smartphones for less than half the price – and we all k now why that is; because they are fake.

And while we have all become accustomed to this, a certain Chinese company may have taken it a step too far this time when they produced a ‘knock-off’ version of one of the most recognisable and award-winning cars in recent history.

Say hello to the all-new (all ‘different’) LandWind X7 – or is that the Range Rover Evoque?


This car is called the ‘LandWind X7′, but it’s not just the name that sounds the same as the jaguar Land Rover manufactured Range Rover Evoque. In fact, the entire car looks exactly, almost down to the very last detail, as the celebrated Range Rover Evoque.

At first glance, you can see the obvious similarities; it has exactly the same body shape as the Evoque, it has the same light design, and very notably, the very same radiator grille design.

It was also debuted in white, which is the flagship colour of the Evoque, and the same colour the Range Rover made its debut in.

The LandWind X7 made it’s official debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China last week, and it wasn’t long before the media exploded with the copy-cat tagline attached to the X7.

Naturally, Jaguar Land Rover is not very impressed.


CEO of Land Rover, Dr. Ralph Speth, said that they will most definitely lay a com plait in China:

“The fact that this kind of copying is ongoing in China is very disappointing. As a company we have invested heavily in China with our joint venture partner Chery…[sic] That commitment is based on a clear business plan, that allows us to hit our sales targets at clear prices. Anything that damages the potential profitability of our plant damages the integrity of those plans.”

The only noticeable difference between the Range Rover Evoque and the LandWind X7 is the price (obviously).

The Evoque sells for over 40 000 pounds and the X7 sells for less than half of that at 14 000 pounds.

Is this a case of imitation is the biggest form of flattery or is it just downright rude?


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Lewis Hamilton wins World Championship- Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:58:21 +0000 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is definitely one very happy man this Monday, as he managed to clinched the title in the final World drivers Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday.

Even though Hamilton was considered by some ass the favourite for the title from the start, he had seemingly tough competition from his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg.

Unfortunately for Rosberg (and fortunately for Hamilton) he experienced some car issues that meant that Hamilton had the lead from the beginning, right until the end when he crossed the finish line as the new World Champion. 

It wasn’t smooth sailing all the way for Hamilton, though.

He came second in the qualifying round – however, this didn’t seem to deter him much as he was in control and more importantly, in the lead, for the actual race. The prospect of a strenuous title race between him and Rosberg also did not seem to affect the talented 29-year old that much.

In the end, the race was all Hamilton and his poor teammate Rosberg finished in 14th place.

This is Hamilton’s second title, with his first being awarded to him back in 2008. Hamilton said that while winning the title in 2008 was amazon gin itself, this time round it feels much, much better:

“This is the greatest day of my life…[sic] 2008 was a great year in my life. The feeling I have now is way, way past that. The greatest feeling ever.”

Hamilton now joins other famous drivers who have managed to clinch more than one World Championship title.

Fernando Alonso also holds two titles, while Sebastien Vettel has four. However, the all time record holder and 7 time champion still belongs to the legendary Michael Schumacher.

With Lewis Hamilton being British – and no doubt making his country extremely proud – Prince Harry also attended the event, and, just as Hamilton crossed the finish line as the ultimate champion, quickly grabbed radio and said:

“Lewis, well done for not making the British public sweat. You are an absolute legend”

And right Prince Harry is, he is indeed a legend.


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