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Pickup Rolls Over After Being Hit By Out-Of-Control Sedan 14
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Dashcam, Offbeat News, video on 01 14th, 2018


Imagine this: There you are minding your own business and all of a sudden a car comes barreling into you from the opposite side of the road, causing your vehicle to roll over.

It’s an unfortunate scenario that can have dire consequences, especially on the motorway. There’s no info available, but we sincerely hope that no one was seriously hurt in this incident.

As for why that Camry stepped out of line in the first place, your guess is as good as ours. As you can see, the saloon was merging onto the motorway when, suddenly, it catapulted to the opposite lane.

We have no way of knowing, but unless there was some type of mechanical failure at fault, the driver, for some reason, simply lost control of his vehicle and ended up hitting the pickup truck.

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Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ Safety Car Set To Patrol Mount Panorama 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in AMG, Australia, mercedes, Mercedes E-Class, Motorsport on 01 12th, 2018


The Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ is one of the most powerful sedans in the world and it has recently been recruited for safety car duties in Australia.

Set to make an appearance at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour Race next month, the high-performance safety car features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 603 hp (450 kW) and 626 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. It is connected to nine-speed automatic transmission which sends power to an all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the safety car to rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

Besides the almighty engine, the safety car has been equipped with a tri-color exterior and an LED lighting unit on the roof. Mercedes was coy on additional information but the car likely features an assortment of communications equipment so it’s always ready for action.

The E63 will be joined by a couple of other AMG models at Mount Panorama as the company says there will be sedan versions of the C43 4MATIC and C63 S which will be acting as Course Cars throughout the weekend.

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Illegal Overtake Ends With A Head-On Crash In Australia 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Dashcam, Offbeat News, video on 01 11th, 2018


As if ignoring the double white lines wasn’t bad enough, the driver of this white sedan inexplicably failed to return to their side of the road on time.

First, the good news. According to the description of the video, “everyone walked away” from this incident, which is the most you can hope for whenever a frontal collision occurs.

As for why this happened, aside from ignoring the double white lines, it’s possible that the driver of the sedan panicked when they saw the incoming car and tried to exit the road rather than fall back in line.

Another scenario would also include some panic, but with a dash of international tourism, where the person at fault might not have been accustomed to driving on the left side of the road, resulting in  hesitating at precisely the wrong time.

By that point, there wasn’t much the driver of the 4×4 could do, except for brake as hard as they could.

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This Toyota 86 Time Attack Car Has A BMW M5 V10 11
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, BMW, BMW M5, Film, Motorsport, racing, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota Videos, video on 01 11th, 2018


If you want to transform a Toyota 86 into a time attack machine, you could slap a turbo on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder or simply install an LS crate engine.

However, the Australian owner of this 86 decided against both of those options and has instead paired the Japanese sports car with BMW’s desirable S85 5.0-liter V10 found in the older M5 and M6 models.

Created by Zoom Garage, this 86 recently competed in Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge and turned on the heat, not only looking good but also performing extremely well at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Rather than use the SMG transmission traditionally mated to the E60 M5’s V10, Zoom Garage opted for the six-speed manual from the E92 M3. Interestingly, the massive V10 slotted into the engine bay with relative ease, it was only the gearbox that caused a few headaches, forcing the tuner to customize the transmission tunnel to make everything fit.

Surprisingly, the V10 isn’t all that much heavier than the car’s standard flat-four. As standard, it weighs roughly 35 kg (77 lbs) more. However, by modifying the engine and installing a lightweight air intake, Zoom has significantly lowered its weight, ensuring that it is now just 10 kg (22 lbs) heavier than the flat-four. The S85 has also been modified with a dry sump setup alongside fuel pump and injector upgrades to allow it to run on E85 fuel.

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HSV Builds Its Final Commodore-based Model 3
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV on 01 3rd, 2018


HSV has built its final Commodore-based model as the 275th Australian market GTSR W1 rolled off the assembly line earlier today.

The final model features a Light My Fire orange exterior and a number of carbon fiber components. The car is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine that produces 635 hp (474 kW) and 601 lb-ft (815 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential.

HSV intends to keep the GTSR W1 and HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson said “For all at HSV, this is a time for great reflection on what the company has been able to achieve to date. He added, “Any success we’ve enjoyed has been directly attributable to our passionate staff, our dedicated dealer-body and of course our loyal fans who have helped build this brand through its 30-year journey.”

The move was inventible as Holden built the final rear-wheel drive Commodore in October and that marked the end of mainstream automotive production in Australia following the exit of Ford and Toyota.

While HSV will stop building Commodore-based vehicles, the company has big plans for the future as it recently introduced the Colorado SportsCat. It will be joined by the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado HD later this year.

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MINI Makes Clubman Cooper S A ‘Masterpiece’ Down Under 23
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Australia, Galleries, MINI, MINI Clubman, new cars, prices on 12 23rd, 2017


Special editions are two-a-penny these days, with practically every automaker offering at least one and, oftentimes, more in an effort to make their products more attractive – and, of course, charge their customers a little extra for the ‘privilege’.

MINI, for example, just launched a limited edition of the Clubman Cooper S that’s aimed exclusively at the Australian market and is named, quite boldly, the Masterpiece (yes, really…). Said version comes in just 30 examples, and can be found in certain dealerships across the country with a price tag of AUD $55,210 (USD $42,315).

The Clubman Cooper S Masterpiece Edition features a bunch of equipment from the MINI Yours catalog, including the exclusive White Silver exterior color, contrasting black accents, hood stripes, 18-inch alloy wheels finished in Dark Spectre Grey and ‘Masterpiece Edition’ badges.

MINI claims that the interior “captures your attention with its mix of premium materials and key technologies”, highlighting the individually numbered plaque, leather upholstery and anthracite headliner. It also gets a sports steering wheel, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display and an 8.8-inch infotainment system as standard.

Like the plain vanilla Clubman Cooper S, this limited edition is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 189PS (186hp) and 280Nm (207lb-ft) of torque that allow it to sprint from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.1sec. According to the automaker, average fuel consumption is just 5.9 l/100 km (39.9 US mpg / 48 UK mpg) and CO2 emissions stand at 138 g/km.

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Biker Almost Pulls Mission Impossible-Like Drift, Still Crashes 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Dashcam, motorcycles, Offbeat News, video on 12 19th, 2017


We don’t need to tell you that running though a red light is one of the most dangerous things you could ever do on a motorcycle. That said, this rider should consider himself very, very lucky.

As you can see, the crash itself wasn’t too violent. The bike managed to slow down considerably during the drift part, not to mention the wobbly, out-of-control part, right before the rider was thrown off.

The accident took place in Sydney, Australia, and thanks to the dashcam car capturing not just the crash itself, but also the moments before, we can piece together the fact that the rider had plenty of time to slow down and stop at the light.

Unfortunately, he chose to ignore both the yellow, and apparently, the red light as well, and couldn’t stay in control under braking – although that short inadvertent drift he pulled off looked like something Tom Cruise would do in a Mission Impossible movie.

Oh, as for his attire of choice, we can’t say we approve of the shorts. Horrible idea.

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Holden’s Sold Its Elizabeth Plant, But It’s Building A Museum On Site 17
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Australia, Holden on 12 17th, 2017


After nearly 60 years, Holden stopped producing cars at its plant in Elizabeth, Australia, at the end of this past October. So what’s to become of the sprawling site?

Well, it’s going to use part of the site to store spare parts. And it’s going to open a museum and restaurant on site as well. But the rest of it is being turned into a business park.

The automaker announced it has sold the plant to Melbourne-based developer Pelligra Group, which plans to turn it into the Lionsgate Business Park.

Drawing its name from Holden’s logo, Lionsgate will hopefully create enough jobs to offset the shuttering of the auto plant. But that likely depends more on the tenants than on either the developer or the automaker.

Holden will retain ownership of the site through mid-2019 so it can take down all its equipment and complete the contamination assessment that started back in 2012. After that, Pelligra will take over, leasing the parts warehouse back to Holden.

Plans are still apparently being drawn up for what will be called the Redline Café & Museum, where visitors will be able to relive the glory days of automobile manufacturing in Australia that have now drawn to an end.

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Aussie Startup Wants To Create A Flying Car Racing Series By 2020 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Flying Cars, racing, Reports, Tech on 12 16th, 2017


An Australian startup has taken to Kickstarter to reveal its plans for a flying car demonstration race and, eventually, a world championship.

The company, Alauda Racing, has created a prototype of its ‘flying car’, which in reality is just a large quadcopter designed to fit a person. Dubbed the Alauda Mark 1 Airspeeder, the startup says it will begin testing in the next few months ahead of a proposed demonstration race in an unnamed desert in the middle of 2018.

The two Airspeeders that will take part in this demonstration race will be unmanned, but by 2020, the firm hopes to kick off the ‘Airspeeder World Championship’ with human pilots.

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign had raised $4259 AUD ($3222) of a $100,000 ($75,653) goal, with the campaign running through until January 11, 2018.

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Aussie Startup Wants To Create A Flying Car Racing Series By 2020 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Flying Cars, racing, Reports, Tech on 12 16th, 2017


An Australian startup has taken to Kickstarter to reveal its plans for a flying car demonstration race and, eventually, a world championship.

The company, Alauda Racing, has created a prototype of its ‘flying car’, which in reality is just a large quadcopter designed to fit a person. Dubbed the Alauda Mark 1 Airspeeder, the startup says it will begin testing in the next few months ahead of a proposed demonstration race in an unnamed desert in the middle of 2018.

The two Airspeeders that will take part in this demonstration race will be unmanned, but by 2020, the firm hopes to kick off the ‘Airspeeder World Championship’ with human pilots.

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign had raised $4259 AUD ($3222) of a $100,000 ($75,653) goal, with the campaign running through until January 11, 2018.

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1000HP Nissan GT-R R34 Tries To Outsprint Arrows F1 Car 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Drag-Racing, F1, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Skyline, Nissan Videos, video on 12 13th, 2017


Formula One cars have long been the benchmark of both cornering and straight-line performance and for good reason; there’s simply nothing faster around a racetrack.

Not dissuaded by this fact, Australia’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival decided to see how a 1,000 hp Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 would go against a 1994 Arrows Formula One car in a series of three rolling drag races.

On paper, the two are quite evenly matched. As you’d imagine, the F1 car has a superior power-to-weight ratio as it delivers 620 hp from its V8 engine and weighs just 515 kg. By comparison, the R34 used in the test has 1000 hp on tap but weighs a rather hefty 1300 kg. However, unlike the F1 car, the GT-R is all-wheel drive, giving it far superior traction.

Which are you tipping to take the victory?

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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Audi Launches Limited-Run R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition In Australia 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi R8, Australia, new cars, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Australians love Audi Sport models and the German company has decided to reward local enthusiasts with 10 limited-edition R8 V10 Plus vehicles, dubbed the Neuberg Edition.

Named after Audi Sport’s home municipality in Germany, the Audi R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition is said to feature a number of distinctive elements to differentiate it from a ‘regular’ R8 V10 Plus. In reality, all of the ‘custom’ touches can be specced on any V10 Plus.

Nevertheless, the car comes equipped with gloss black 20-inch wheels, a gloss black engine cover and wing mirror caps, and the usually-optional high-gloss titanium exterior package. Locals will be able to select between a Tango Red, Mythos Black, Suzuka Grey or Daytona Grey exterior paint scheme.

Inside, Audi has equipped the model with black Alcantara, red accent stitching on the black nappa leather seats, aluminum door sills, and gloss carbon fiber inlays.

Customers of the R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition will also receive a gift box complete with a Samsung Galaxy S2 tab and Bang & OIufsen H6 headphones.

Local pricing starts at $402,500 ($303,444).

Note: Regular Audi R8 V10 Plus pictured.

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Road Rage Incident Turns Violent When Guy Gets Sucker Punched 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, Dashcam, Offbeat News, Road Rage, video on 12 12th, 2017


There’s nothing more despicable during a confrontation than hitting somebody when they’re not looking, though as you’re about to see, this confrontation got pretty low anyway.

We’re not exactly sure what started the incident.  What we see in the video is the dashcam car driving up to this intersection in Adelaide, Australia, with the two men are already out of their cars arguing about something.

As soon as the passenger of the white Subaru Impreza gets involved, a sucker punch is thrown by the guy in the black t-shirt and then it all goes South.

Of course, we wouldn’t exactly call this a fight, not with a straight face anyway. It’s more of an arm flailing competition where some hits appear to land, though probably not with a lot of momentum.

Unfortunately, the dashcam car drove off before we could see how it all ended. We hope the passenger of the Impreza went on to break up the fight without getting in on the action, because two against one is just as unsportsmanlike as throwing a sucker punch.

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