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Automania by Dr. Iain Corness
 

Update Saturday, Oct. 21 - Oct. 27, 2017

US GP this weekend

Circuit of the Americas.

The American F1 GP is being held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. Unfortunately, with the time differential between Texas and Thailand, the Grand Prix is telecast here at the uncivilized time of 2 a.m. Yes, two in the morning, so I, like you, will be consulting the internet after arising on the Monday.

The Americans have gone the way of Singapore, making the weekend an “event”. “See the world’s most sophisticated and glamorous motorsport, smell the tire smoke, taste the cuisine of Austin, TX, hear the roar of the crowd, and feel the exhilaration that can only be found at the U.S. home of Formula 1.” (I was expecting to read “the roar of the grease paint and the smell of the crowd” but no, but everything else, including Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder, who hasn’t seen a GP yet.)

The circuit is 5.5 km long and is made up of twenty turns with an elevation change of 41 m. According to COTA, the final plan of the circuit was released on September 1, 2010, showing a design inspired by the European tradition of sculpting the circuit to the contours of the land. The design draws from several European F1 circuits, including a recreation of Silverstone’s Maggotts-Becketts-Chapel sequence, Hockenheim’s arena bends, and a replica of Istanbul’s Turn Eight. Other corners were loosely inspired by the Senna ‘S’ at Interlagos and the Österreichring’s Sebring-Auspuffkurve. A feature of the circuit is a deliberate widening of corners, to encourage drivers to follow multiple racing lines, which did seem to work in last year’s GP.

The circuit runs counter-clockwise, the others being Marina Bay, the Korea International Circuit, Yas Marina, and Interlagos.

From the start line, the cars will climb to the first corner - the highest point of the circuit - with the apex of the corner positioned on the crest of the hill. They will descend back down the hill to navigate a series of fast sweepers and through a blind corner at Turn 10, taking them to the far end of the circuit and a hairpin at Turn 11. The cars will then follow a one km straight back towards the pit and paddock area before entering the final sector of the lap and weaving through a series of corners modeled on Hockenheim’s stadium section. This will be followed by a downhill, multi-apex corner with limited run-off before the final two corners of the circuit, a pair of left-hand bends that return the cars to the main straight.

Despite influences by Herr Tilke, the circuit did see passing last year, so this year with Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari) and the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Ricciardo could produce some excitement. Just such a pity the telecast isn’t till 2 a.m.


Renault wants half its cars to be electric or hybrid in 2022

Dacia Logan.

Jeffrey Schaeffer and Angela Charlton

Paris (AP) - French carmaker Renault has said that half of its models will be electric or hybrid by 2022 and it’s investing heavily in “robo-vehicles” with increasing degrees of autonomy.

A strategic plan released last week aims to boost Renault annual revenues to 70 billion euros ($82.2 billion) by 2022 from 51 billion euros last year, in part through an effort to double sales outside its traditional markets in Europe - especially Russia and China.

The plans reflect the vision laid out last month by the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance, the world’s No. 1 carmaker by sales Many of Renault’s new aims depend on saving money through sharing platforms and development with Nissan and Mitsubishi.

CEO Carlos Ghosn said Renault is aiming to sell more than 5 million vehicles annually by 2022 from 3.2 million last year. The plan relies in part on boosting low-cost car production in emerging markets, notably with the Dacia Logan and Kwid mini-SUV.

As regulators crack down on emissions from combustion engines and as drivers seek cars that can do more by themselves, Ghosn wants to position Renault as a major player in mass-market electric and driverless cars.

“We are confident we can turn upcoming ... challenges into significant business opportunities for Renault,” he said.

The company pledged to offer eight purely electric vehicle models and 12 hybrid models by 2022, compared with its 19 diesel or gasoline models sold worldwide, Ghosn said.

The world’s major carmakers are rethinking their strategies to profit from pivotal changes in the industry: autonomous cars, connected cars that share data, car-sharing where you don’t own a vehicle but order one by app, and low-emissions vehicles demanded by the European Union to fight climate change and by China, where many cities are fighting rampant pollution.

Investing in electric vehicles has hurt profitability in the past, but Ghosn says that should change as they grow in scale. He said electric cars “are turning into a significant contributor to our performance while other automakers are just starting the journey.”

Ghosn said Renault would retrain 13,000 people over the next five years to adapt to changing markets.

Renault is aiming to produce 2 million cars per year outside Europe compared with 750,000 cars in 2016, with a heavy push in Russia as its economy picks up.

Asked about challenges to Renault’s activity in Iran amid the possibility that the U.S. could reintroduce sanctions, Ghosn said: “Obviously if it becomes impossible to deal with Iran we will put a plan together for the suspension of our business there, but that’s not at all to say that we will leave Iran.”

Renault was active in Iran before the West imposed sanctions over its nuclear program and was among the first major companies to relaunch its Iranian business when the sanctions were lifted after the 2015 accord to curb Iran’s nuclear activities.

Ghosn insisted that Iran’s market has major potential. “If we can’t work there immediately, then we will work there in 1 year, 2 years, 3 years because I don’t think that this is a situation that can last forever.”


Rolls-Royce going off-road taking over, led by Tesla

RR Cullinan.

The British brand now owned by BMW, and famous for its large limousines, convertibles and coupes, will add its first SUV in 2018. Known as the Cullinan (after the diamond no doubt), the new SUV will be based on the same architecture as the recently unveiled Phantom four-door.

While Rolls-Royce hasn’t confirmed any details officially, besides being based on the same “Architecture of Luxury” as the Phantom, it is expected to be powered by the same 6.7-litre twin-turbo V12 engine and offer similar levels of space and luxury.

Speaking at the launch of the eighth generation Phantom this week Rolls-Royce Asia-Pacific regional director Paul Harris said the Cullinan is very important for the brand for a number of reasons.

Referring to Australian customers Harris said, “It is a go-everywhere vehicle, you’ve got a high ratio of made roads and unmade roads, so you need flexibility,” Harris said. “So Australians need flexibility and comfort and usability, when Cullinan comes onboard you will see a new level of go-everywhere, high-sided vehicle you’ve ever seen.” (Why do I disbelieve him?)

Asked if the Cullinan would have true off-road ability Harris said it was inevitable the car would be taken onto unsealed roads. (Would be, or could be, I wonder.)

“I think it will be very capable, as Rolls-Royce vehicles have traditionally been, it will have off-road capability but I would say it is designed for on-road. The focus of the vehicle is its ability to appeal to a different lifestyle for both existing Rolls-Royce owners and new buyers. Let me give you a quintessential English view. Our home is Goodwood, up the road we’ve got Goodwood racing circuit. I go up there I’ll see a variety of competitor SUVs all parked, in a circle actually, with the boots open and they’re all picnicking out of the back of their cars before they go in. All very nicely of course, and that’s the scene I envisage. It’s very much a lifestyle car. (No doubt Jeeves will have the picnic hamper out and everyone will be munching on egg and watercress sandwiches.)

And if you are wondering how the epitome of British engineering ended up in Germany, the company Rolls-Royce Motors was created in 1973 during the de-merger of the Rolls-Royce car business from the nationalized Rolls-Royce Limited. Vickers acquired the company in 1980 and sold it to Volkswagen in 1998. Volkswagen sold it to BMW in 2002.


Autotrivia Quiz

Last week I asked what was abnormal about the acceleration mechanism in the Morris Minors of the early 1930’s? Easy for anyone who has owned one – the accelerator pedal was in the middle, not in the right hand side. Could be quite exciting at times!

So to this week. Upmarket Ford models are often the Ghia badged ones. How did Ford get Ghia?

For the Automania free beer this week, be the first correct answer to email [email protected] or [email protected] Good luck!


Update Saturday October 14 - October 20, 2017

MG making world inroads

British Leyland’s ultimate MGB.

MG GS.

I have a soft spot for MG, having had many T-Types, started racing in an MGA, and finally built the fastest MGB in the world (well, that is what was claimed by British Leyland in 1981).

The MG company has been through the mill since those days and is now part of the SAIC Chinese conglomerate with a manufacturing presence in Thailand (in association with the CP group).

The world automotive industry has changed a lot since those early days. I doubt if my MGA would pass race scrutineering with its wooden floor boards, let alone the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) looking just how safe or otherwise new cars are.

MG has become the first Chinese brand to score a five-star safety rating from ANCAP (the top category). Newsworthy, as previously Chinese brands have previously not done well, unfortunately tarring all Chinese cars with the same brush.

MG introduced a running upgrade of safety items such as intelligent rear seatbelt reminders on its 2017 model-year GS medium SUV to seal a successful shot at a side pole impact test and subsequent lift it from four stars to five stars from ANCAP.

SAIC says it is committed to five-star safety for its export vehicles after witnessing numerous flops in Europe, Australia and elsewhere by rival Chinese brands such as Chery, Geely and Great Wall.

MG – the former British brand that was absorbed along with Rover and LDV by SAIC after the global financial crisis – has been a cut above most of its rivals to date, winning commendable four-star ratings for its mid-sized MG6 and MG6 Plus in both Australia and Europe.

ANCAP chief executive James Goodwin praised SAIC for going back to the drawing board to raise the bar on safety for GS.

“We initially assessed this model earlier this year and saw that while structurally it offered sound levels of occupant protection, its safety specification did not meet what is now expected as a minimum for a five-star car,” he said.

“MG must be commended for upgrading this model and this achievement raises the bar for other similar brands entering the very competitive Australian new-vehicle fleet.”

Under the ANCAP system, vehicles must pass in frontal, side and pedestrian crash testing and equipment standards before they can proceed to the side pole crash test that is essential for a top rating.

Originally, the MG GS arrived without items such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane support systems and intelligent seatbelt reminders, which were not available from the Chinese factory.

Once they became available in GS, the SUV was cleared to have the pole test, which it passed with flying colors – two points out of two.

The GS also gained three points for the inclusion of rear seatbelt reminders, lifting it to an overall score of 34.47 out of 37 – sufficient for five stars.

Korean manufacturers, which also were once derided for their safety performances, were also to the fore in the latest tests with Kia’s new Rio hatchback getting five stars as well.

“There is healthy competition within the light-car segment, and the five star rating for all variants of the Rio adds to this,” Mr Goodwin said.


In a two car team, why does one team car break down and the other not?

Can you remember the days before remote locking? You actually had to unlock the front doors individually, but these days you push the button, it responds with a beep-beep and unlocks everything!

Have you ever done this? It was 1987 and MG Rover in the UK loaned me a top of the line Rover 825i. It came with remote locking with the infra-red remote receiver behind the internal rear vision mirror.

I had gone for lunch and afterwards ventured outside into the crisp, cold British air and strolled down towards the Rover 825i in the car park. As I walked towards it, I pushed the unlock button, but nothing happened. No beep-beep and flashing lights. Obviously I was too far away, so I walked closer and pushed the magic button again. Still nothing!

By now I had arrived at the car and carefully inspected the remote locking device on the key ring, making sure I was really pushing the right magic button. Nothing!

It was then I remembered the IR receiver was behind the interior rear vision mirror. Looking through the windscreen I could even see it, a red bulb behind the mirror. I pointed the remote at the red bulb and expectantly pressed the button. Nothing!

I laid down on the bonnet of the car, so that I could get the remote on the windscreen, as close as possible to the red bulb receiver. With a determined thumb I pressed the button – and still nothing. I tried again, and again and yet this Rover refused to open its doors.

Suddenly I heard this very British voice saying, “I say old chap, just what do you think you are doing?” I turned round and there was the archetypal Briton, cap and tweed jacket, and bristling with anger. “I am trying to open my car, but the remote unlocking device does not work,” I replied. “That’s because this is not your car, this is my car,” said crusty and now angry Brit. “No it’s not,” said I. “I have this silver Rover 825i on loan from MG Rover!” “I beg your pardon,” said crusty, angry, “this is MY silver Rover 825i that I bought from the agents here!” We were now standing toe to toe and I could see I would need the registration papers to prove my point – but the registration papers, of course, were inside the locked car.

However, before I could think of my next move, to really rub my nose in it, and to verify his claim, he went on to say, “Your Rover is the one further down the car park, in the next line!” I looked at where he was pointing, and there it was. I pointed the remote, pushed and it beeped and flashed the lights. With burning shame, I could only apologize profusely and offer him a warm beer. He declined, muttering something about the fact that he was still sober and knew what he was doing. I could not miss the inference, but decided that I had had enough of this scenario and slunk off to my Rover and got in, trying to forget the case of mistaken identity.


What did we learn from the Japanese Grand Prix?

 Well, we learned that Lewis Hamilton did not win the World Driver’s Championship - Ferrari gave it to Mercedes. For two Grands Prix in a row, Ferrari had mechanical problems with the cars on the grid with mechanics working feverishly, but they were unable to get Vettel’s car to run properly.

Here we have the most expensive race cars in the world and Ferrari had Vettel’s car just sitting in the pits for hours, to go out and discover a problem. The official reply from the Italians was that it was a spark plug problem. And if you believe that, remember to leave a glass of milk and some cookies out for Santa on Xmas Eve.

So the race that was expected to be a virtual shoot-out for the WDC with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) on pole and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) alongside did not eventuate. The eagerly awaited wheel to wheel “mano e mano” gladiatorial contest did not eventuate with Vettel’s Ferrari withdrawing on lap 4, but the race ended up being between Hamilton and everyone’s favorite cloggy Max Verstappen (Red Bull), not that Max was ever close enough to indulge in some youthful wheel banging. Second was as good as he was going to get.

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), who is turning into a ‘safe hands’ driver while the world wants him to show the aggression that he is capable of, joined his 20 year old team mate on the podium.

The (very much) second string Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, started fifth and finished fourth (Vettel DNF elevating him on the track). I hope Bottas has signed the new contract for 2018 because he is only showing second driver results. Do not look for Valtteri in 2019.

The other Finn, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), a driver who can turn it on, but falls asleep too often, came fifth, but ruing the fact that Ferrari has once again settled into the doldrums. “We have made a lot of improvements over the last few years as a team, but now, for whatever reason, we suddenly seem to have technical issues coming out from nothing. It’s kind of weird, our cars are running perfectly and suddenly on Sunday there is a problem that nobody expects.” Don’t worry Kimi, it’s only a spark plug. My B-Quik garage can fix it, no waiting.

The FIndia twins Ocon and Perez behaved themselves to come in sixth and seventh ahead of the Haas drivers Magnussen and then Grosjean, top man in the complaints department.

Massa (Williams) continued to confound, so small he needs a booster seat from the restaurant and in the points (just) again in 10th.

Jolyon Palmer (Renault second string) bade the team goodbye. You will never hear or see of him again.

Looking at the retirements, Hulkenberg (Renno –said while holding nose to get the correct French accent) had the DRS wing stuck open. The mechanics were ready with a bigger hammer but it was too little, too late.

And Sainz, going to Renault, left a bag of carbon fiber as a farewell present for his engineers at Toro Rosso.

The next GP is the American on October 22. Telecast at 2 a.m. in Thailand.

Results

1 L Hamilton Mercedes

2 M Verstappen Red Bull

3 D Ricciardo Red Bull

4 V Bottas Mercedes

5 K Raikkonen Ferrari

6 E Ocon Force India

7 S Perez Force India

8 K Magnussen Haas

9 R Grosjean Haas

10 F Massa Williams

11 F Alonso McLaren

12 J Palmer Renault

13 P Gasly Toro Rosso

14 S Vandoorne McLaren

15 P Wehrlein Sauber

Retirements

L Stroll Williams

N Hulkenberg Renault

M Ericsson Sauber

S Vettel Ferrari

C Sainz Toro Rosso


Autotrivia Quiz

 

Porsche 917.

Last week I asked what car was this? Crankcase was aluminium-magnesium alloy and the cam carriers and cam covers were magnesium. Cylinder barrels were aluminium with Nikasil liners. The connecting rods, rod bolts, fan drive shaft, auxiliary and output shafts and other miscellaneous hardware were made of titanium. The fan shrouding, cooling fan and intake stacks were fibreglass. The cooling fan displaced up to 148 cubic meters of air per minute. That is plenty of clues!

The answer was the Porsche 917. A phenomenal race car which ended up being outlawed as nothing else could get near it. The 917 employed a dry sump oiling system. This one utilized no less than seven pumps. A triple unit in the sump provided pressure and scavenging of the front and rear of the crankcase, and four small pumps located at each end of the exhaust camshafts allowed for scavenging oil from the cylinder heads. The system held 30 liters of oil. Each cylinder had dual spark plugs, ignited by two separate distributors. Fuel was supplied by Bosch mechanical injection. The initial batch of 4.5 liter versions produced 520-580 bhp at 8500 rpm, the turbocharged versions generated up to 1580 bhp on full boost.

So to this week. Another easy one. What was abnormal about the acceleration mechanism in the Morris Minors of the early 1930’s?

For the Automania free beer this week, be the first correct answer to email [email protected] or [email protected] . Good luck!


Update Saturday October 7 - October 13, 2017

Japanese GP this weekend

Suzuka circuit.

One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One today, Japan’s Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability. Built by Honda as a test facility in 1962, the track was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the Hermann Tilke of his day (but don’t let that put you off). A huge theme park was also constructed at the track, including the famous Ferris wheel which dominates the Suzuka skyline.

At Suzuka the race has provided the scene for many nail-biting end-of-season deciders, including the infamous collisions involving Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. This week, will it be Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel or Felipe Massa in the colliding business?

Suzuka includes some of the Grand Prix calendar’s most challenging corners. Among the drivers’ favorites are the high-speed 130R taken at over 300 km/h and the famous Spoon Curve taken at 140 km/h on the way in and coming out at 180 km/h.

With the results from Malaysia still in everybody’s minds, will Suzuka be a firecracker or a fizzer? With a circuit that encourages passing, it would have to be a better race than Singapore, and I don’t care how many “celebrities” received invites.

I will be watching from my usual perch at Jameson’s Irish Pub, Soi AR, next to Nova Park for the 53 lap GP of the 5.8 km circuit. We have the big screen and no cigarettes. That’s a bonus by itself! Now, important – with the time differential between here and Japan, the race on Sunday starts at 2 p.m. Thai time. Qualifying on the Saturday is 4 p.m. (I think). Join us for lunch and a couple of jars before the red lights go out.


BMW releases third-gen X3

2018 BMW X 3.

The new BMW X3 is set for export in 2018, and while BMW hasn’t yet indicated which those new models it will be, it is likely to include the entry level 20i petrol version, which served as the range-opening model for the outgoing X3.

As reported last week, BMW is also close to a decision on whether or not to produce a top spec X3 M version, which would likely share the twin-turbo inline six from the M3 and M4.

Kicking off the range is the four cylinder xDrive20d, which makes 140 kW/400 Nm from its 2.0 liter diesel engine.

Next up is the xDrive30i, for now the sole petrol offering, which makes 185 kW/350 Nm from its 2.0 liter turbo-petrol four cylinder unit.

Topping the range for now is the xDrive30d, which uses a 3.0 liter turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder engine, making 190 kW/62 0Nm, a 60 Nm increase over the outgoing model.

All variants use the xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment on the xDrive20d includes 19 inch alloy wheels, folding door mirrors, roof rails, sports steering wheel, electric sports front seats with cloth/leather upholstery, LED headlights, head-up display, a 6.5 inch info screen, front and rear parking sensors with rearview camera, driving assistant with lane departure warning, wireless phone charging and Navigation system Business.

The xDrive30i and 30d share the same level of specification, which includes 20 inch wheels, Vernasca leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assist, comfort access system, driving assistant plus package (optional on the 20d), parking assistant plus with surround view camera, multi-function instrument display with 12.0 inch screen and Navigation system Professional with 10.0-inch touchscreen.

BMW has borrowed technology from the latest 5 Series for the new X3, including iDrive6 interface and the Personal CoPilot system, which allows for up to 30 seconds of hands-free driving, as well as active cruise control with stop and go function cross-traffic warning and lane keeping assistant.

Styling has been updated for the third-generation X3, which now sits on the same rear-drive-based platform as the new 5 Series and next-gen 3 Series.

Changes include a fresh headlight design with the hexagonal LED headlights that are becoming more common on new BMW models, a more aggressive lower air intake, softer tail-light design and new rear and side bumpers.

Dimensions have increased in length/width/height by 51 mm/10 mm/15mm, while wheelbase length has also grown by 54 mm. Weight savings of up to 55 kg have also resulted from the new platform.

Rear cargo storage remains the same at 550 liters with the 40:20:40 split-fold seats up, increasing to 1,600 liters folded down.

A number of optional packages will be offered on the X3, including the M Sport package, Innovations package, Exclusive package and Rear Comfort package, Through the first eight month of 2017, BMW has sold 2334 examples of the X3. down 13.1 per cent year-on-year.


What did we learn from Malaysia?

Well, we learned that Lewis Hamilton may think that he sits at the right hand of God, but he doesn’t, after a snotty nosed kid beat him convincingly. We also learned that Ferrari, despite several billion lira, has inherent mechanical/electrical problems that can’t be fixed overnight. And Ricciardo is not on Vettel’s Xmas card list, Magnusson is on nobody’s list, and Palmer doesn’t even make the list.

The final Malaysian F1 race began in a novel way, with Vettel (Ferrari) suffering engine failure in Qualifying and because he had to change engines then receiving grid penalties and having to accept grid slot 20. Ferrari had no sooner got over that major disaster than the sister car of Raikkonen expired on the way to his second slot on the grid. Pushed back to the pits it was another impossible to fix and Ferrari had red faces to go with their red overalls. Heads will roll. Ferrari team manager Arrivabene will be lucky if he has time for his lunchtime sandwiches.

At the start, Hamilton (Mercedes) bolted from pole position but was caught by Verstappen (Red Bull) and then passed by him on lap 4.

Behind, Bottas (Mercedes) was squabbling with Ricciardo (Red Bull), with the Red Bull driver coming out on top by lap 9. Bottas is not showing the speed he was capable of earlier this year. “Today was difficult,” he admitted. “I was trying everything I could, I was giving it all I had, but I was lacking pace and I was sliding around. The story of the race was managing the tyre temperatures. If I tried harder, then I started to overheat the tyre and slide even more, so I had to manage everything and that’s why I was so slow.” And when Lewis Hamilton is the yardstick in the team, Bottas should be wary of being obviously slow.

Interest was kept up watching Vettel coming from grid slot 20 up to 4th and within DRS of Ricciardo by lap 48. Everyone expected the Australian to let Vettel through, but the Aussie had not forgotten previous incidents when both he and Vettel were on the same team (note, not ‘team mates’) and firmly slammed the door shut on the German. After that, Vettel gave up and finished well behind Ricciardo, but still in front of Bottas.

All the way through the pack there was close racing and an excellent first F1 outing for the young Frenchman Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) finishing 14th.

Fastest race laps is interesting, with Vettel way out in front.

1 S Vettel Ferrari 1:34.080

2 N Hulkenberg Renault 1:34.266

3 L Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.452

4 M Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.467

5 D Ricciardo Red Bull 1:34.770

6 V Bottas Mercedes 1:35.284

Bottas is almost 1 second off Hamilton, which will not go unnoticed by Mercedes management, and being on a one year contract, Mercedes can look around for a replacement.

Final Results:

1 M Verstappen Red Bull

2 L Hamilton Mercedes

3 D Ricciardo Red Bull

4 S Vettel Ferrari 1

5 V Bottas Mercedes

6 S Perez Force India

7 S Vandoorne

8 L Stroll Williams

9 F Massa Williams

10 E Ocon Force India

11 F Alonso McLaren

12 K Magnussen Haas

13 R Grosjean Haas

14 P Gasly Toro Rosso

15 J Palmer Renault

16 N Hulkenberg Renault

17 P Wehrlein Sauber

18 M Ericsson Sauber

Retired

C Sainz Toro Rosso Engine

K Raikkonen Ferrari Engine


Autotrivia Quiz

Last week I asked which XPAG and XPEG engines had MOWOG con-rods? XPAG engines were 1250 cc and XPEG engines were 1500 cc and were from the MGTF and earlier MG Models. They all had MOWOG conrods which stood for MOrris WOlseley mG.

So to this week. What car was this? Crankcase was aluminium-magnesium alloy and the cam carriers and cam covers were magnesium. Cylinder barrels were aluminium with Nikasil liners. The connecting rods, rod bolts, fan drive shaft, auxiliary and output shafts and other miscellaneous hardware were made of titanium. The fan shrouding, cooling fan and intake stacks were fibreglass. The cooling fan displaced up to 148 cubic meters of air per minute. That is plenty of clues!

For the Automania free beer this week, be the first correct answer to email [email protected]  or [email protected] . Good luck!


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

US GP this weekend

Renault wants half its cars to be electric or hybrid in 2022

Rolls-Royce going off-road

Autotrivia Quiz


MG making world inroads

Mistaken identity

What did we learn from the Japanese Grand Prix?

Autotrivia Quiz


Japanese GP this weekend

BMW releases third-gen X3

What did we learn from Malaysia?

Autotrivia Quiz

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