The Hot Lap – Monday August 28
New Commodore Almost Ready
With the impending closure of the Holden plant, the final touches are being put on the new Eurodore… I mean Commodore…
Teams in Elizabeth have been putting the NG through it’s paces, making sure it can live up to the iconic Australian nameplate.
With over 100,000km of cumulative local testing completed, the local arm of General Motors have given it the thumbs up.
Whilst it won’t go on sale for a while yet, the Holden engineers haven’t been shy talking about the NG’s abilities.
The 2.0L turbo-petrol is a surprise package, says Rob Trubiani, Lead Dynamic’s Engineer.
He alleges the the 191kW 9-speed auto 2 litre is faster from 0-100km/h than the current VF series 2 V6, whilst still being more economical.
But the headlining act is still the 3.6 litre V6 as well as a full swag of electronic aids and features we have come to expect from European vehicles.
Audi Name Plates
German giant Audi have decided to confuse the hell out of everyone by issuing a new naming system for their vehicles – even though they make no sense to anyone outside the Ingolstadt factory.
Whilst the age old A4, A5 and Q7 plaques will remain, they are adding some more digits to signify power. To try and wrap your head around it, we have made up this handy diagram for you.
Now, to clarify before we start, whilst these numbers signify the power output of the particular vehicle – they is no way, or at least what from what we can tell, correlate to the actual horsepower or kilowatts of the vehicle.
25 = up to 70kW
30 = 81 – 96kW
35 = 110 – 120kW
40 = 125 – 150kW
45 = 169 – 185kW
50 = 210 – 230kW
55 = 245 – 275kW
60 = 320 – 340kW
70 = 400kW+
Se what we mean?
The first model to carry these new badges will be the upcoming A8 range. The 210kW 3.0L TDi V6 will now be the Audi A8 50 TDi. And the 250kW 3.0l TFSI will now become the Audi A8 55 TFSI.
The remaining models in the Audi lineup will be rolled out in the German summer of 2018.
Dr Dietmar Voggenreiter, Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing at Audi says the reason for this is “As alternative drive technologies become increasingly relevant, engine displacement as a performance attribute is becoming less important to our customers”
Whilst this change will affect the majority of models, the high performance S and RS models will remain untouched, as will the R8 – thankfully.
Audi aren’t the first to do this. Back in the day, Mercedes used to designate engine size with their numbers. The old E, C and S63 were a mark of the 6.2L V8. The model numbers still remain but sadly, the mighty 6.2 Litre has gone the way of the dodo.
After 4 long weeks, Formula 1 finally returned from their summer break and the actions aplenty.
A major talking point of the weekend was McLaren/Honda’s Stoffel VanDoorne’s 65 place grid penalty after an engine change, followed by a gearbox change, followed by another engine change. That put him starting at about… here. #show poster of Baku#
But all eyes quickly moved to the front of the grid, as Mercedes Lewis Hamilton put his silver arrow on pole for his 200th race start. As the lights went out it was a classic F1 start, with Hamilton streaking away to the lead, very closely followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – who ran 5th from the start – lost power, again, forcing an early retirement and bringing his tally up to 6 from 12 races.
During the recovery of the stranded Red Bull from Kemmel Straight, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen flew through the double yellow flags and was given a 10 second stop/go penalty – which gave us another classic Kimi comment.
After this, the remaining Red Bull driver, Daniel Riccardo slipped into 4th behind Valteri Bottas, but running on Ultra Soft rubber as opposed to the Merc’s soft, Riccardo had the upper hand and pulled off a brilliant overtake of Bottas at Les Combes. Raikkonen slipped through too, putting them 3rd and 4th respectively.
Up front, Hamilton ran hard on his soft tyres whilst Vettel was pushing on ultra softs. Vettel definitely gained an advantage but it wasn’t enough, with Lewis Hamilton sealing the deal on his 200th race start.
Vettel crossed the line second with Riccardo 3rd to round out the podium.
Only 7 points seperate Vettel and Hamilton in the championship standings with 8 races to go.