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The Subaru Impreza GDA/GDB Scoop - The universal bonnet scoop

By Rigval on 13 Jan 2010

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It seems the Subaru Impreza WRX or the WRX STI Top Mount Intercooler scoop from the version 8 (applied model C to E in Subaru talk) is making headways in every vehicle out there. Check out the Toyota pickup above and you'd see the famous scoop looking its best. Modders are willing to put this scoop on any car they see fit. In Malaysia, I've seen the scoop on a Proton Wira, Proton Waja, the new Proton Saga, a couple of Perodua Kancils, a Perodua Myvi, Hyundai Accents and aside from the two pictures that I have posted here, on a Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo. While it may serve a purpose for directing air into the Airtrek's intercooler better than the smallish NACA type duct on the stock bonnet, I think its blasphemy. Doing a Mitsubishi/Subaru hybrid somehow doesn't gel in my mind.
Subaru Impreza, car mods, scoop and 1 more...


The sport of drifting. Is it any good?

By Rigval on 12 Jan 2010

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I recently met up with a few friends right after the Goodyear Formula Drift Malaysia. Some Malaysian bloke named Tengku Djan won the event in an 180sx with a S15 front end. It was during this conversation that one of us actually asked Ďwhat goes on during a drift competitioní. Answers were given and I later went home and did some googling. I found out that some of our ideas on what a drift competition were correct and we did agree on one thing. A drift competition consists of 2 blokes in rear wheel drive cars trying to go round at least two corners, one left and one right, the fastest and in the most stylish way. It also came to our conclusion that it is the shortest form of car racing there is and it isnít a real race anyway as you donít even need to overtake your opponent. One has to lead in the first heat and the other in the second.

In Formula Drift, the drivers are judged on speed (the faster the better), line (the car must come as close as possible to the designated front and rear clip points; the car must change direction at pre-determined transition point), the angle of rear slip (bigger is better) and overall impression (or showboating) , which is a subjective criteria that includes drama and excitement. The competitors are then judged by some judges and a winner is the one that wins the round and then the event.
Now after reading the above, I surmised that drifting is like ballet or gymnastics, or even diving. Other people judge your performance instead of an actual victory by coming number one or something like that. Car control would be paramount as youíve only two corners to prove your worth although some would then say ďOnly two corners? So few? How hard could it be?Ē. And thatís the million dollar question.
Drifting, Goodyear Formula Drift and 2 more...


Why Volkswagens do not impress me

By Rigval on 12 Jan 2010

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I was sitting in a chair at the reception area of a dance academy waiting for my daughter to finish her dance lesson when I realized why Volkswagen never rocked my boat, the GTI included. As I wrote elsewhere a few years ago, the reason I thought the GTI was not a fulfilling car to own was that the Mark5 Volkswagen looked too much like a mini MPV instead of a stonking hot hatch. When you parked it beside to its cousins the Audi A3 or the Skoda Octavia or even the larger sized A4, youíd notice that the Golf is at least 2-3 inches taller and looks bigger. I noted that the A3 is also a hatchback with the same chassis underpinnings and it is still so much lower and looks so much daintier. Maybe Audi A3 owners donít go to IKEA as much as their younger Golf owners do. Those with the money to afford an A3 would pay IKEA to deliver the cupboard they bought right to their doorsteps. Of course the Mark 6 Volkswagen GTI is better in that it is lower in profile compared to the Mark 5. Volkswagen had learned its lesson I presume.

Of course there are some thatíll state that the GTI made by Volkswagen handles better than any Audi A3, but if any Audi buyer wanted a sportier car from Audi, theyíd buy the TT or the S3, which are both nice cars to drive. Iíve driven a TT and yes Iíd get one over a GTI. Irregardless of the fact that itís much more expensive. It looks a whole lot better too.
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Chevrolet Aveo RS concept

By SYF77 on 11 Jan 2010

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Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, Honda Jazz - Take a close look at the Chevrolet Aveo RS concept. It has caught my attention and you had better pay attention too!
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Garmin lets your voice guide you home

By Ragingbull on 11 Jan 2010

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Are you the kind who pokes fun at the male/female voice that comes with a GPS system, spewing mechanically accented directions at you on the way to a destination?

Well complain no more!! Garmin has now introduced a record-your-own-voice feature for their navigational instructions on their latest GPS systems!
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My top 5 peeves as a Singapore motorist

By Blogger on 11 Jan 2010

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I am sure that there are many things that irritate, frustrate and tick us off when we drive on Singapore roads. Here is the top 5 list of motoring related things that get me just that little bit hot under the collar.
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Rolls-Royce brings Halloween early this year...

By CheeJun on 10 Jan 2010

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The new Ghost is finally in town. Rolls Royce has unveiled the new "Baby Roller" as its affectionately known to the Singaporean public. It may be smaller than the Phantoms in Roll Royce's line, but the figures are not something to be laughed at. This is a Rolls Royce that you would actually want to drive rather than to be chauffeured in.
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Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the greenest of them all?

By SYF77 on 10 Jan 2010

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The Volkswagen Passat EcoFuel has recently edged out the Toyota Prius for the title of "greenest car in Europe." The International Automobile Federation (FIA) sanctioned the Eco Test that evaluated a number of cars. The winning Passat is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI inline-four fueled by natural gas. VW's TSI engines are turbocharged and direct injected.
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Cycling at hell's gate

By SYF77 on 10 Jan 2010

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It was a Thursday evening and I was on my way home, sitting on a bus along Eunos Link. I was looking out at the traffic with a tired mind after a long day at work and suddenly, this uncle cyclist caught my attention.
Cycling, traffic law, cyclist


Men better at parking than women

By CheeJun on 10 Jan 2010

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The fairer sex won't be too happy about this, but a German study has shown that men are better at parking than women. The results of this study may potentially cause some outrage, but its really not as bad as it seems for women.

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F1 to the rescue of Saab!

By SYF77 on 10 Jan 2010

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The "F" in F1 could stand for "First Aid" now. [laugh]

In a surprise turn of events, Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone and partner Genii Capital emerged as a rival to Dutch super-car maker Spyker Cars NV in making last-ditch efforts to buy General Motors Co.ís Saab unit.
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Should cyclists have their own lane on Singapore roads?

By CheeJun on 09 Jan 2010

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Its like a grandma walking up a flight of stairs in a 'liftless and escalatorless' office building during rush hour. She doesn't take up the entire space, but her walking stick does and no one can get past from the side. People are held up, late for work and no one's happy. This is the same for the motoring community when it comes to cyclists here. The roads are far too narrow to accommodate cyclists especially at peak hours and if there is a bunch of them, chances are the whole left lane will be clogged up with traffic. And if you want them to go on the footpath, that's illegal. Its the Singaporean law against us all over again...
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Are you ready for an Indian sedan ?

By SYF77 on 09 Jan 2010

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Following its world premiere at last year's Geneva Salon, Tata brought its oddly named Pr1ma concept car back home for the New Delhi motor show. Designed and built by famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, the Pr1ma is suppose to offer an indication of how the next generation of Tata saloons could be stylistically interpreted.
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Finally! LTA announces a date for the new OPC scheme!

By 911fan on 08 Jan 2010

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I don't mean to sound pompous but perhaps someone at LTA actually read my entry 3 weeks ago and decided to get their act together. They've finally announced a date for when the new OPC scheme will be implemented.
OPC, off-peak car, new OPC scheme


Alfa Romeo: Of model numbers, model names, the new Giulietta and the 147

By Rigval on 08 Jan 2010

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Ah, the 166, 164, 155, 75, 159, 147, 33..... All of these are numbers that actually relate to models of Alfa Romeo. I love Alfas, in one form or the other they stir something deep down in me. No, not my loins but a certain flutter in the heart, my knees go weak and my head goes light. The feeling is somewhat similar to being in love I suppose, or the feeling you would have if either Eva Longoria or Mila Jovovich just passed you by and flirted at you. But somehow these were cars that were designated mere numerals and this fact somehow does not dilute the Alfa Romeo passion in most of us. Even if we cannot bring ourselves to rush out and buy one.

But things are getting better, Alfa Romeo is going back to the good ol' days of the 1960s and 1970s where they named most of their cars. Its not like it has been an Alfa habit to either name or number their cars. While we are aware that some of the classics like the 8c 2600 models from the 1930s or the Tipo 33 models were basically model numbers. But somehow cars with names seem more magnificent. Imagine the words 'Alfa Romeo Brera' rolling off the tip of your tongue or 'Alfa Romeo Giulietta'. Say it with an Italian accent and it sounds spectacular. Another non-Alfa example that makes the most sense in proving this argument is that other Italian car company called Maserati. The word 'Quattroporte' sounds exotic but all it means is 'four doors' yet it sounds like something epic. Yet if it were an American or an English manufacture, I strongly state that if Alfa named their cars 'Rufus', 'Chuck', 'Blair' or 'Mortimer' things would be so different, and really horrific.
Alfa Romeo, Alfa Giulietta and 2 more...


Alfa 159 1750 TBi

By SYF77 on 08 Jan 2010

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On 3 Jan 2010, there was a special section on The Straits Times featuring cars that will arrive in Singapore during 2010. I was abit disappointed not to see the Alfa Romeo 159 1750 TBi.
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First official photos of new Opel Meriva

By SYF77 on 07 Jan 2010

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General Motors' UK arm, Vauxhall and consequently Opel, has just pulled the covers off the all-new Meriva. The new mini-MPV is the first Opel to feature GM's FlexDoor technology, showcased on the 2008 Meriva concept model.
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ERP = Every Road Pay, soon to be EveRywhere Pay

By 911fan on 07 Jan 2010

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LTA first implemented the Electronic Road Pricing system back in September of 1998 as a means of curbing increasing traffic in the city area. Ok, if I pretended to be a little naive, I could almost believe that they were genuinely implementing the system to aid in traffic flow. The revenue generating aspect of the system was just a fringe benefit.

That was 12 years ago. Some how I get the feeling that the ERP has slowly shifted into its primary purpose over the years. These days, it's more of a revenue generating instrument for the government than a traffic regulating system.
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Off-roading enthusiast? You might wanna see this!

By Ragingbull on 07 Jan 2010

What in the world?! Stumbled upon it while surfing a popular car site recently...
4x4, off-road, off-roading and 3 more...


Aston Martin for 'Hornswoggle'

By SYF77 on 06 Jan 2010

For the sake of those who doesn't watch professional wrestling, Hornswoggle is a dwarf currently working for the World Wrestling Entertainment. When I saw this video on the Aston Martin Cygnet, it reminds me of Hornswoggle - a midget among the giants.
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