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Formula E Attracts Another F1 Driver In Kamui Kobayashi 16
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Formula E, Hong Kong, Motorsport, racing on 11 16th, 2017


Formula E has proven an alluring destination for former F1 drivers, and now one more has joined their ranks. That driver is Kamui Kobayashi – a former GP2 champ, outright winner of the 6 Hours of Fuji in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, and the last Japanese so far to compete in Formula 1.

Despite his accomplishments in other racing disciplines (including a second-place finish at Le Mans with Toyota in 2016), Kobayashi struggled in his four-plus years on the F1 grid, scoring a solitary podium finish for Sauber (in his country’s GP) in 2012.

His latest challenge will see him take the wheel for the MS&AD Andretti team in the forthcoming Hong Kong ePrix at the beginning of next month – but he’ll have to do so without the benefit of any testing beforehand. “[It won’t be] an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support,” said Kobayashi upon the announcement.

Michael Andretti provides a glimpse at one of the possible driving forces behind the decision to put Kobayashi in the cockpit. “To partner one of the largest companies in Japan, MS&AD Insurance, with one of the most popular Japanese racing drivers, will be exciting to see,” said Andretti. “He has shown what he can do in both Formula One and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step.”

He’ll be the third Japanese driver to compete in the series, following Takuma Sato and Sakon Yamamoto, and join a long list of former F1 drivers to try their hand at the electric racing series.

So far the Formula E championship has only been won, in fact, by past F1 drivers: Nelson Piquet in season 1, Sebastien Buemi in season 2, and Lucas di Grassi in season 3. If Kobayashi proves his worth, he could end up proving the next.

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Formula E Attracts Another F1 Driver In Kamui Kobayashi 16
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Formula E, Hong Kong, Motorsport, racing on 11 16th, 2017


Formula E has proven an alluring destination for former F1 drivers, and now one more has joined their ranks. That driver is Kamui Kobayashi – a former GP2 champ, outright winner of the 6 Hours of Fuji in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, and the last Japanese so far to compete in Formula 1.

Despite his accomplishments in other racing disciplines (including a second-place finish at Le Mans with Toyota in 2016), Kobayashi struggled in his four-plus years on the F1 grid, scoring a solitary podium finish for Sauber (in his country’s GP) in 2012.

His latest challenge will see him take the wheel for the MS&AD Andretti team in the forthcoming Hong Kong ePrix at the beginning of next month – but he’ll have to do so without the benefit of any testing beforehand. “[It won’t be] an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support,” said Kobayashi upon the announcement.

Michael Andretti provides a glimpse at one of the possible driving forces behind the decision to put Kobayashi in the cockpit. “To partner one of the largest companies in Japan, MS&AD Insurance, with one of the most popular Japanese racing drivers, will be exciting to see,” said Andretti. “He has shown what he can do in both Formula One and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step.”

He’ll be the third Japanese driver to compete in the series, following Takuma Sato and Sakon Yamamoto, and join a long list of former F1 drivers to try their hand at the electric racing series.

So far the Formula E championship has only been won, in fact, by past F1 drivers: Nelson Piquet in season 1, Sebastien Buemi in season 2, and Lucas di Grassi in season 3. If Kobayashi proves his worth, he could end up proving the next.

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Matt Verde Bronte Lamborghini Centenario Is Just Wow! 13
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hong Kong, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Centenario on 10 13th, 2017


This one-off bright green Italian exotic will be displayed at the grand opening of Lamborghini's Hong Kong showroom on October 18th.
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Speeding Ferrari 488 Spider Crashes In Hong Kong 15
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari-Videos, Hong Kong, Offbeat News, video on 09 15th, 2017


Crashing a supercar cannot be a good feeling but having footage of that crash uploaded to Facebook? Yeah, that’s got to suck.
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Tesla’s Hong Kong Sales Hit Zero After Tax Breaks Are Slashed 10
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, Hong Kong, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 07 10th, 2017


In a scenario eerily similar to what is happening in Denmark, sales of Tesla vehicles in Hong Kong have plummeted after the government slashed an electric vehicle tax break on April 1.
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Hong Kong Police Arrests 21 Uber Drivers For Illegal Car-Hiring 23
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, Hong Kong, Reports, Tech, Uber on 05 23rd, 2017


Hong Kong’s police force arrested 21 Uber drivers on Tuesday for illegal car-hiring as part of a general clamp-down again Uber operations in the Asian metropolis.
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Lamborghini Centenario Reveals Itself In Hong Kong 18
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hong Kong, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Centenario on 05 18th, 2017


Hong Kong has just welcomed its very first Lamborghini Centenario and while it may never be driven on public roads, it will inevitably be the envy of many local car collectors.
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Lamborghini Centenario Reveals Itself In Hong Kong 18
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hong Kong, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Centenario on 05 18th, 2017


Hong Kong has just welcomed its very first Lamborghini Centenario and while it may never be driven on public roads, it will inevitably be the envy of many local car collectors.
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Hong Kong’s Aspec Gives Smart Fortwo More Power And Enhanced Looks 25
Apr
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Hong Kong, smart, smart fortwo, tuning on 04 25th, 2017


While the power output on this Smart Fortwo isn't all that high, Hong Kong-based tuner Aspec says this car is fun to drive.
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Pininfarina & HKG Step It Up With Two Hybrid SUV Concepts In Shanghai 19
Apr
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Hong Kong, Hybrids, Pininfarina on 04 19th, 2017


Remember in Geneva last month when Pininfarina unveiled a hybrid sedan concept for a Chinese automaker?

Well that turns out to have been just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, as the two have teamed up again to reveal another couple of electrified concepts at the Shanghai Auto Show. Only this time they're SUVs.
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Pininfarina Shows More Of Its H600 Luxury Saloon Made For Hong Kong’s HKG 24
Feb
Posted by John Halas in concepts, Geneva Motor Show, HKG, Hong Kong, Pininfarina on 02 24th, 2017


With the clock ticking closer to the Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina has released two more images of its H600 luxury saloon for the Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG).
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Pininfarina To Reveal H600 Hybrid Kinetic Luxury Sedan Concept In Geneva 8
Feb
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, Geneva Motor Show, Hong Kong, Pininfarina on 02 8th, 2017


Pininfarina's stand at the Geneva Motor Show this year will have some enticing new machinery on display.
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Fully Original 1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo II RS Is In Search Of A New Owner 19
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hong Kong, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Lancer, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, used cars on 12 19th, 2016


Mitsubishi might have decided it no longer needs the Lancer Evolution in its range, but this doesn't change the fact that the performance saloon had a long and distinguished career.
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Verde Scandal Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage Arrives In Hong Kong 28
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Asia, Galleries, Hong Kong, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, new cars on 10 28th, 2016


The latest special edition of the Aventador Coupe was created as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Miura, with Lamborghini planning to build just 50 units worldwide and only one allocated to the Hong Kong market.
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Hong Kong Tuner Reveals Rally-Inspired Widebody VW Scirocco R 13
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hong Kong, tuning, VW, VW Scirocco on 10 13th, 2016


With its sleek profile, low-slung roof line and curvaceous hips, it's hard to believe that the design of the Volkswagen Scirocco is eight years old. While it may seem quite up-to-date, Hong Kong tuning company Aspec has decided to freshen up the three-door sports model a little bit.
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