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  1. Nic_low

    MCF Hangout to Makan. 06 March 2015

    Was nice meeting you guys over dinner! Check out the blog post: http://www.mycarforum.com/blog/12/entry-3917-mcf-hangout-makan-session-marina-country-club/ and the pictures here: http://www.mycarforum.com/index.php?app=pinboard Till the next one boys!
  2. When it comes to racing, weight and power play a great deal in determining how well the car will perform. As such, it is unnatural for anyone to want to pit a truck against a car, especially when the car in question is one of the fastest in the world - the Koenigsegg One:1. But it seems like Volvo Trucks has decided to take the path untraveled, in an unprecedented race between its flagship FH series and the super sports car. Few sports car can stand in the way of the One:1. With no less than 1,360bhp and weighing at 1,360kg, the Koenigsegg One:1 is the world's first series-manufactured car with one horsepower per kilo. This earns the car the nickname 'mega car'. This means the Volvo FH, virtually, stands no chance going up against the mega car. http://dai.ly/x29w8gy Watch till the end of the video to find out the score.
  3. Volvo is renowned for making cars which are some of the safest in the industry, and the marque isn't just going to rest on its laurels. As soon as it has shown us the all new XC90 - its best-selling seven-seater SUV, it released a crash test video that demonstrates just how strong (or how safe) the new car is. The XC90's safety cage is reportedly constructed out of hot-formed boron steel - the strongest type of steel currently used in the industry. And the result is nothing short of impressive. As shown in the clip, the new XC90 passes three unique tests with flying colours - a frontal offset crash test at 64km/h, a side impact crash test at 55km/h and a rollover crash test at 48km/h. Expectedly, the new car also features an array of safety features, including two world firsts - run-off road protection and auto brake at road intersections. http://vimeo.com/105218176
  4. Nic_low

    Not all Volkswagen Golfs are sensible (VIDEO)

    It's cool to see how a more humble-badged Golf can outrun a Gallardo....though ironically, both cars come from the same company
  5. Nic_low

    New era of self-driving cars will transform cities

    With self-driving cars, what's there left to be enjoyed at the wheel? sometimes we really need to take a step back and look at the things around us, instead of just rushing from point to point surely bots can do the tasks in a more efficient manner - but just like we could have pop a pill containing all the vitamins and energy we need for the day, it defeats the whole purpose of it all
  6. Nic_low

    A Tale of Two Cities

    There's only so much authorities can do (build more infrastructure, widen roads etc.) to improve our road conditions more importantly, I reckon, local drivers need to practise better road etiquette, such as giving way to each other - like what the writer said
  7. This is the first ever M4 in history, and even more important as it bears the iconic 'M' emblem that signifies the highly renowned performance division of the Bavarian carmaker. Hence, one would expect an equally unique way to welcome this new member to the family. No shortcut was undertaken. A total of 52 M cars and two race cars, including the rare 1M Coupe, were sourced from fans all around the world for this special occasion. If you do the math correctly, the crowd produces a total of 11,566bhp. Not all were used in the video, though, as inevitably, most of the limelight falls on the star of the show. Jump to the video below to see what this gathering's all about. http://dai.ly/x24g2tp
  8. Nic_low

    Toyota unveils Supra replacement

    It seems that Toyota is keen to inject more athleticism in its model lineup, after the recipe worked well for the GT86, as well as for its sister company Lexus with the new RC Coupe. It has been more than a decade since its last halo sports car, the Supra, saw daylight. Better late than never, there is now a beam of light at the end of the tunnel. The FT-1, no doubt, will be the spiritual successor to the Supra, and may even bear the same moniker when it goes for production. The futuristic-looking aspect of the concept is further enhanced with the new graphite paintwork, compared to vibrant red on the first concept shown at this year's Detroit Auto Show, The Japanese automaker is offering a first-hand experience of the concept too - albeit in the virtual world. This latest version of the FT-1 is available for download on Gran Turismo 6 - a driving game on Playstation. For now, let's keep our fingers crossed that much of the cool-looking stuffs on the FT-1 will head on to production.
  9. Order books for the new Daihatsu Copen has been brim-filled with 4,000 orders - equivalent to just the sales target of six months. Two variants are on offer - a CVT automatic and a five-speed manual. 70 percent of buyers took up the former, with only 30 percent opting for the conventional stick shift. Under the hood of the new K-roadster is a 660cc turbocharged engine which produces 64bhp and 92Nm of torque. The new car keeps to its cutesy proportions and size, measuring 3,395mm in length, 1,475mm in width and standing at just 1,280mm. The best highlight of the new car has to be the customisable body panels, which allows owners to personalise a total of 11 parts on their own Copen, including the front hood, boot, front and rear bumpers, front and rear fenders, locker and fuel lid. It also comes with an electronically-operated two-piece folding hard top.
  10. From the looks of it, it does seem to be heading that way
  11. Hyundai has shown us the latest Sonata a while back. While the changes on the skin aren't revolutionary by any standard, the new car's safety rating has been upped a notch. Just recently, the 2015 Sonata has been awarded the Top Safety Pick+ award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The fact that Hyundai cars weren't best known for their safety and the previous Sonata only managed a 'marginal' rating makes the award even more notable. Jump to the video below to catch the action. http://dai.ly/x21uc5c
  12. Mercedes-Benz has been teasing about its new GT sports car for a while now. While it hasn't let the cat out of the bag yet, the marque continues to taunt with a video showing off the soundtrack from the next-gen 4.0-litre V8 engine. Conceived to replace the SLS, the new GT will be smaller in dimensions and more 'affordable' than the outgoing model. Likewise, the engine will also be shrunk - from a 6.2-litre V8 to a 4.0-litre V8 unit. The people at Mercedes-AMG, has however, assured us that the new block will be as great-sounding as the previous - if not more. The new engine will also feature a total of four driving modes, each with its own distinctive sound signature. http://dai.ly/x21u61t
  13. Our day at the scenic and peaceful hill resort of Cameron Highlands soon came to an end. But the mood wasn't at all dreary, because we left the best for the last - a one-night stopover in the town of Melaka. First, some group shots to capture the memories. Soon, the convoy was good to go. Traffic was relatively light, and we were lucky to make it to our night's stayover before dusk. That gave us some time to explore the town. Of course, we had to pay a visit to the famous food streets. The hotel had a rustic feel to it, similar to the shophouses we have in Chinatown. The day ended with a night trail, where we took a short river boat tour around the small town. Next morning, it was time to head back home. The guys from Idemitisu made sure the cars were ready for the final leg of the road trip. While all good things come to an end, the trip was definitely a fruitful one. The cars ran smoothly and faultlessly throughout the entire journey without any hiccups. The primary data from the trip is also very positive. From the data collected from the road trip, Idemitsu's Extreme Eco 0W20 and 5W30 grade engine oil achieved the most significant fuel savings of 9.1 percent and 6.2 percent respectively. Road trips can't get any better than this.
  14. Nic_low

    A drive up North with MCF & Idemitsu (Day 2)

    Hi Heartbreakid, you can check this thread for these trips: http://www.mycarforum.com/forum/81-road-trips/
  15. Guys, the photo gallery is now up...try spotting yourself here and to those who missed it this time round, check out the event cover