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The Lotus Elise and my Road to Racing: The first chapter

There is a small violin playing for me somewhere amongst an ocean of epic first-world problems. My first-world problem? That being the unfulfilled desire to be a competitive racing driver. Any car or driving enthusiast would feel that relentless craving somewhere deep inside – the thought of ‘what if?’...

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Suzuki Jimny: You don’t mess with imperfection

Suzuki Jimny: You don’t mess with imperfection

The CarAdvice Melbourne office has just had not one, but two 2019 Suzuki Jimnys pass through its garage – one auto, one manual. As unlikely as it seems, this tiny little shipping crate on wheels is shaping up to be one of 2019s hottest new releases. Every time we mention it on the site or on social media it attracts a swarm of comments and reactions...

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$23,990

The surprising inspiration for the iconic McLaren F1

The surprising inspiration for the iconic McLaren F1

Remember the funky Toyota Sera? No? Unsurprising, really, as the sporty little coupe was built exclusively for the Japanese market, with a total of 15,941 cars produced from 1990-96. Of those, 15,852 cars were registered in Japan, emphasising its local market credentials. The 2+2 seater was powered by Toyota’s 1...


2018 Lexus ES300h... not just a tarted-up Camry

2018 Lexus ES300h... not just a tarted-up Camry

When you think Lexus, you think old man’s car. Well, that’s all changing… and in a big way. Lexus has gone to town on dropping that image with sharp styling, stacks of luxury and the option to ‘sportify’ your car with an F-Sport package. Enter stage left the Lexus ES300h. I hopped into the car thinking it was a Toyota Camry with some fancy leather and a stack of features...

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Classic Marques: The Story of Jaguar – Part 2

Classic Marques: The Story of Jaguar – Part 2

Part 2: The Return of the Wild Cat (1980–2010) By 1980, Jaguar was a well-known British luxury carmaker with an illustrious past, yet at the same time the company was struggling financially while quality issues – due to the troubled British Leyland ownership of the past decade and the subsequent nationalisation – deprived the company of funds...


4x4 tips: Sand driving

4x4 tips: Sand driving

It would be fair to say that the media do not portray driving on the sand very well at all. In the quest for that perfect image, tyres spinning and sand flicking up in a cool-looking wave, we are probably more often than not responsible for many of the bad habits first-timers driving on the sand fall prey to. An exciting shot does not equal good driving in a lot of cases...


Classic Marques: The Story of Jaguar – Part 1

Classic Marques: The Story of Jaguar – Part 1

Legendary British marque, Jaguar, is known around the world for blending sportiness with luxury and style in a unique manner. From the motorsport triumphs and the iconic E-Type of the past, to the technological advancement of the all-electric I-Pace today, the “leaping cat” continues to offer driving pleasure in a compelling package...


Design Review: Citroën C-Airlounge

Design Review: Citroën C-Airlounge

In this week’s design review we look back on a premium MPV concept from Citroën. Unveiled at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, the C-Airlounge Concept was not just another design study, but a different take on the executive car segment. The concept was designed under the guidance of Jean-Pierre Ploué, who led Citroën’s design studio from 1999-2009 before assuming his current role as Groupe PSA Head of Design...


Classic Marques: The Story of Lamborghini – Part 2

Classic Marques: The Story of Lamborghini – Part 2

Part 2: The Return of the Raging Bull (1981 – present) At the dawn of the 1980s, Lamborghini was an established supercar manufacturer thanks to iconic models like the Miura and the Countach, however financial difficulties had dragged the Italian company into receivership status...


From typewriters to BMWs: The Story of Alpina

From typewriters to BMWs: The Story of Alpina

Like most young German engineering students, Burkard Bovensiepen was into cars and while he was working for his family’s typewriter business, Alpina, all he could think about was making his car go faster. The Munich-based student noticed the amount of empty space in the engine bay of his BMW 1500 at the same time as he realised it needed more power...


Design Review: 2003 Honda HSC

Design Review: 2003 Honda HSC

At the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda premiered the HSC (Honda Sports Concept), a prototype that looked like a suitable replacement for the ageing NSX which was in its last years of production. Thanks to its carbon-fibre body built on an aluminium chassis, the HSC weighed in at a svelte 1150kg. Power came from a 3...


Classic Marques: The Story of Lamborghini – Part 1

Classic Marques: The Story of Lamborghini – Part 1

For more than 50 years, Lamborghini has been designing and building exciting vehicles that trigger all of our senses. Outrageous looks, spectacular sound, and astonishing performance have come to define the raging bull from Sant'Agata. The company that invented the modern supercar, has one of the most recognisable names in the automotive industry, yet only a few people know its exciting and often chequered history...


Singer 911 review: The Porsche money can't buy in a hurry

Singer 911 review: The Porsche money can't buy in a hurry

Florence, Alabama is probably the last place on Earth I expected to see, let alone drive, a bespoke Porsche 911 built by Singer Vehicle Design out of Sun Valley in Southern California. That’s no slight on Alabama, by the way, as there’s plenty of serious car money in the deep south – but trucks (F-150 Raptors and the like) are more sought after in these parts...


The Winners Circle 2018, Rob Margeit: Alpine A110

The Winners Circle 2018, Rob Margeit: Alpine A110

This is an unashamed love letter. From the moment I first laid eyes on the Alpine A110, I was smitten. It was December 2017 and I was in France for the international launch of the reborn Alpine brand. My first glimpse of it in the metal evinced all kinds of physiological reactions. Weak-kneed, sweaty-palmed and heart racing, it was like the moment you know you fell in love for the first time...


Past Blast: Ford Mustang, old and new

Past Blast: Ford Mustang, old and new

Classic. Ageless. Iconic. Legend. All words thrown about these days when referring to everything from the latest iPad to overpriced celebrity inspired sneakers. But in the automotive world, certain models of car are truly worthy of such illustrious titles. The Porsche 911, the Toyota LandCruiser, Volkswagen Beetle and of course, the Ford Mustang...


Design Review: Italdesign Nazca C2

Design Review: Italdesign Nazca C2

In this week’s Design Review we are going to talk about a supercar from the 1990s that never reached production but managed to generate a lot of publicity and won its place in the hearts of motoring enthusiasts – the Italdesign Nazca C2. But first, let's learn more about its background...


To Mod or Not To Mod? That is the question

To Mod or Not To Mod? That is the question

There isn’t another country on the planet as obsessed with 4WDing as Australia. We’re buying more 4WDs, in the shape of both utes and SUVs, than small cars these days and that trend doesn’t look like slowing down. Sure, a good chunk of those SUVs (and even some of those 'lifestyle' utes, even the ones with all-wheel drive capability, are unlikely to ever see a patch of dirt let alone hardcore off-road tracks...


Aston Martin Valkyrie: What goes into a 1000bhp Cosworth engine?

Aston Martin Valkyrie: What goes into a 1000bhp Cosworth engine?

The internal-combustion engine might be entering its third age and getting sized up for a place in Sunshine Acres, but it's not going out with a whimper. Indeed, in the spectacular form of the 6.5-litre V12 set to power the forthcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie we might have the ultimate expression of a road-legal, suck-squeeze-bang-blow powerplant...


Queensland Police SERT Lenco Bearcat G3 review

Queensland Police SERT Lenco Bearcat G3 review

It’s fair to say that as regular law-abiding citizens, our contact with the police is usually limited to when we’ve been caught going (a little) over the speed limit either by a mobile speed camera, a police motorbike or patrol car. So, it’s somewhat surprising to realise what automotive resources the police actually have at their disposal for when it comes to dealing with serious threats...


Are track days a thing of the past? Doing a tarmac rally in the Hyundai i30 N

Are track days a thing of the past? Doing a tarmac rally in the Hyundai i30 N

I remember watching Targa Tasmania one year and thinking how cool it would be to get a race car and have a crack. It wasn’t long before I realised it’s much harder than it looks, it’s much more expensive than it looks, and I’d likely run out of skill shortly before spearing off the road into a tree...