ALFA ROMEO GTV

1. When tuner Callaway created the twin 2 turbo Alfa GTV-6 (above), their handy work got the attention of Chevrolet, and so the legendary Callaway Sledgehammer was born. 2. The Alfa Romeo Arna was a collaboration with Nissan. It had a good (Alfa) engine, but otherwise was really rather shit. 3. The ridiculous looking Alfa BAT 7 concept had an incredible drag coefficient of 0.19. And that was way back in 1954! 4. In real life, the Alfa Giulia Supers, as used by the cops in The Italian Job, would have wiped the floor performance wise with the Mini Cooper … Continue reading ALFA ROMEO GTV

HOW TO DRIFT

There are many different methods of inducing a drift, and your choice depends on the natural properties of your car. Once oversteer has been invoked, you’ll need to control the drift using the throttle and counter steering. To maintain an accurate line while going sideways is tricky, and will take lots of practice. What kind of car do I need to drift? Rear or four wheel drive with a rear bias Lots of power is useful A limited slip differential to keep both rear wheels spinning, rather than just one The ability to turn off any electronic stability control systems … Continue reading HOW TO DRIFT

HOW TO HANDBRAKE TURN

You’ll probably know what a handbrake turn is, but you mightn’t necessarily know how it works, what it’s used for, or how exactly to pull one off smoothly and consistently. Handbrake turns originated in rally driving and are commonly used to quickly manoeuvre around the tightest, low speed corners. Generally speaking, it’s one of the bluntest tools in a driver’s arsenal and is usually only utilised on corners which are too tight to negotiate at speed via other methods. The handbrake turn works by pulling hard on the handbrake in order to lock the rear wheels, which in conjunction with … Continue reading HOW TO HANDBRAKE TURN

TVR TUSCAN

The default dream car for many is a lipstick-red Ferrari or a lurid Lamborghini. But we reckon there’s not much that can beat a Tuscan S… \n\n The TVR story is a long and serpentine affair which can be roughly subdivided into five distinct eras: 1947-65 was the Trevor Wilkinson era (the letters ‘TVR’ being a contraction of his first name), who originally founded the firm in Blackpool as Trevcar Motors. After a variety of open sports cars and fastbacks, and a number of unfortunate struggles, the company collapsed in 1965, only to be reborn in the Martin Lilley years … Continue reading TVR TUSCAN

THE MK1 GOLF

Despite popular belief, the Golf isn’t named after the game, an understandable mistake to make when you think of the Polo, but is in fact named after a wind, the word being German for the Gulf stream, the rest of the VW range at the time followed suit with Scirocco, Jetta and Passat all sharing the same naming convention. Another common misconception is that the Beetle is VW’s best selling model, again this is incorrect, with the Golf having achieved sales of over 25 million, by 2007, being the 3rd best selling car in the world. Officially introduced in May … Continue reading THE MK1 GOLF

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ

Things to consider up front about the 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce Jota LP770-4, known colloquially as the SVJ: The 6.5-liter V-12 makes 760 naturally aspirated horsepower and 531 lb of torque. This frenzied, astonishingly angry bull has all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, active aero, active aero vectoring, gooey Pirelli Trofeo R tires, and several square meters of carbon-fiber parts. Also, it was painted a stunning shade of matte green. Not sure that makes the SVJ quicker, but who knows? All the gory details of the SVJ are in our First Drive, but just know that the SVJ is the Nürburgring Nordschleife production car lap … Continue reading LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ