April 2, 2016

Swissauto REX Polo

Full electric powered VW Polo with range extender. Quite the sleeper.


August 23, 2015


October 19, 2011

[Photo: Andrew Huddart]

[Photo: Andrew Huddart]

[Photo: Andrew Huddart]

The enemy.

[Photo: Andrew Huddart]

Photos courtesy of Andrew Huddart

July 13, 2011

Endurance Testing at Llandow Kart track.

The street circuit of the Bergamo Historic Gran Prix has no real safety precautions and during the heats the track will be full of spectators. The participants are therefore not allowed to drive at full pace, they have to be guided by pace cars. My dad was at the front in a Ferrari 458 Italia, while I was closing the pack in the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. To say I was excited about driving a lightened super car on a closed street circuit would be an understatement.

The MC Stradale is a lightened version of the GT, inspired by the Maserati Trofeo GranTurismo MC.

When you first step into the car you are bathed in black suede and carbon fiber. You sink into the adjustable racing seat, the high transmission tunnel and low roof line make it a really cosy place to sit. The 4 point racing harness retains some ease of use by clipping together with a simple buckle.

Photos: Alexp84 Flickr

The steering is on the light side but still has good feel. Compared to anything I’ve driven the handling is superb, excellent grip and composure. What impressed me the most though is the ride, it’s stiff and controlled but it still managed to easily soak up all the bumps of some old city road sections. Following classic cars didn’t require hard braking so I didn’t get a feel for the carbon ceramic brakes.

The icing on the cake has to be the sound. The 450hp 4.2 litre V8 is outstanding, in Race setting all the exhausts open up and what comes out the other side is heavenly.
I managed to clip a camera on me for a portion of a lap but unfortunately it’s fairly rubbish and even the sound is problematic, but hopefully you can get an idea.

Thanks to Alexp84 Flickr for the extra photos.

End of CR06

March 25, 2011

Good day in the sun at Llandow putting CR06 through its last runs. Most of the team gave it a good thrashing, forgot how fun it was.

That’s it, it’ll now be stripped for the last time. Time for CR07…

March 5, 2011

I’m still here. Just a lot busier due to a project I’ve been working on, but I’m very happy to be home for a long weekend to get some rest.
I was especially pleased to be picked up from the airport in this:
A brand new Porsche Cayenne Turbo which my dad has for the weekend. Obviously I couldn’t miss the chance of driving it, so I went for a little evening blast.

This is by far the most powerful car I’ve driven with a 4.8 litre V8 Turbo making 500hp. The torque is phenomenal, hardly any lag and it is simply explosive. I can vouch for the 4.4 second 0-60.

It’s such a nice place to be inside. I seem to always forget how nice new cars are, so comfortable and smooth. The DSG 8 speed gearbox is pretty good. It’s great for crusing but the gears are pretty short, so you seem to spend a lot of time shifting.

Good’ol Porsche.