ADM Drivers Torque Issue 17 - Australian Driver Magazine

ADM Drivers Torque Issue 17 - Australian Driver Magazine

ADM Drivers Torque

3 September 2012 For the Driver in You Issue 17

Australian rally driver Molly Taylor

has set her sights on a solid result

when she returns to World Rally

Championship competition in

England later this month.

The young Sydneysider is tackling

the famous Wales Rally GB with

British co-driver Sib Marshall in their

United Business/BP Racing Citroën

DS3 R3T.

The duo put in an excellent

performance in Neste Rally Finland,

leading their class with two stages to

run until they were forced to

abandon the fight for a podium

finish due to an electrical fault.

Now Molly and Sib are looking

forward to another run over the

roads of Wales Rally GB. It was here

last year that they took their first

stage win while competing in the

one-make WRC Academy series.

The team has scheduled a test day

before the event to allow Molly to

fine-tune the set-up of the Citroen

DS3 R3T before embarking on the

dirt roads through the Welsh forests.

"I’m very excited to have the

opportunity to compete at Wales

Rally GB,” said Taylor.

“From all the WRC Academy events

we did last year, I have the best

memories of this event and it is

where we got our first WRC

Academy stage win.

“I have also done a few smaller

rallies around the same area, so

while the stages will be different, I

have a good idea of the nature of

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Audi Clinches World Endurance


Audi has maintained its perfect

record at half-way stage of the 2012

FIA World Endurance Championship.

In an exciting battle of the hybrid

technology concepts, the Audi R18

e-tron quattro proved victorious in

the fourth race of the series, held at


At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi

wrote history after taking victory

with a hybrid car for the first time,

now a second win has followed. At

both events Marcel Fässler/André

Lotterer/Benoît were at the wheel of

the victorious car with race number


Audi has proved again that it builds

the most efficient sportscars. During

the six hours of the race, Marcel

Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît

Tréluyer required only six pits stops

with their hybrid car, two less than

the second-placed Nicolas

Lapierre/Kazuki Nakajima/Alexander

Wurz who use another hybrid

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Editor: Lee McKenzie McKinnon

Sub-Editor: Jason Sharman

Chief Photographer: Phil Melvin



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The result is even more remarkable

because the triumphant Audi was

awarded a stop-and-go penalty by

the race director. The reason was

Benoît Tréluyer was involved in an

unfortunate accident with a GT car

just before the end of the first third

of the race. The car of the three Le

Mans winners lost 32 seconds as a

result, at the finish the winning

margin was still 55 seconds.

In addition to the fourth race victory,

Audi also has another reason to

celebrate as the brand from

Ingolstadt holds an unassailable lead

in the WEC Manufacturers’


After four titles in the Rally World

Championship between 1982 and

1984, as well as victory in the FIA

Touring Car World Cup in 1995, Audi

has once again won another World


In contrast, the excitement in the

drivers’ championship ramps up,

following a change of leaders. After

their second win,

Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer lead the

standings for the first time this

season. At the half-way stage they

hold a small 4.5 point lead over

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Almera Begins Renewal of Nissan’s


Nissan’s newest edition to the

Australian line-up, the Almera, is

changing the way Nissan is looked at

in the market.

The Almera is a light car that is big

on space, comfort and priced from

$16,990 MSRP (manufacturer

suggested retail price).

Almera comes with a well –

appointed interior, an interesting

exterior design and plenty of room

for five adults – including more rear

legroom and boot space than many

mid-size sedans.

Almera complements the popular

Micra hatch in the light car segment,

with both models sharing Nissan’s

global V-platform.

Following Almera will be the return

of Pulsar, led by Pulsar sedan in early 3 September 2012 Page 3

2013 and followed by Pulsar hatch

mid-year. Nissan’s all-new Altima

medium sized sedan then goes on

sale in Australia in the second half of


“The Almera provides sensational

value with its spacious, comfortable

interior and impressive equipment

levels,” said Nissan Australia CEO

William F Peffer Jr.

“Almera represents a new segment

opportunity for Nissan in the

Australian market, sitting alongside

Micra in the light car segment.

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Fast Orange in Oz

Kia’s Global Circuit

Kia has released a new limited edition Sorento for the start of

Spring. The award-winning SUV will be known as the Global

Circuit Limited Edition.

The original Global Circuit model from 2008 - named for the

achievements of acclaimed Swedish adventurer Christer Gerlach

who circumnavigated the world in his 2005 Sorento - the latest

limited edition model adds more than $3700 in value for an

additional sticker price of $1000. Full Story: Click Here

MG Car Clubs Ironman 3 September 2012 Page 4

With the Sydney Scooter Expo just around the corner, Vespa’s 'Fast Orange' Super

Sport Special Edition has arrived in Australia.

The Vespa Sport special edition is recognisable at first glance by a few distinctive

and common characteristics such as the Vespa badge and the "S" on the front

shield. The burnished "Super Sport" on the leg shield back plate, makes this

special edition stand out even more.

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A long time tradition of the MG Car Club of Qld is to test the

endurance of competitors and officials by holding an annual

Ironman weekend.

The Ironman name could be mixed up with the super fit guys and

girls that do all the hard yards on the beaches of the world but

this event is all to do with driving. The weekend, September 7-9, is

composed of four events starting on the Friday night.

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ANCAP Rates the Volt and More

Before heading to the dealership the

chances are you have looked online

to see what sort of car you are after.

Once you like the look you see the

price and then the features and


Lexus to Show World First At AIMS

A world first hybrid coupe concept

will be on display by Lexus at this

year’s Australian International Motor

Show in Sydney.

The show is set to open in late

October with the 370+ kilowatt, allwheel

drive coupe to provide a

glimpse into the future of supercars

and their use of advanced materials.

Lexus' stand will centre exclusively

on the debut of the concept which

also showcases Lexus design and

engineering credentials.

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The Australasian New Car

Assessment Program (ANCAP)

recently announced a number of

ANCAP safety ratings for a range of

small to medium vehicles including

Australasia’s next electric-powered

car - the Holden Volt.

The latest five models to undergo

testing by ANCAP are the Volt,

Megane, Q3, Juke and the Splash.

Not all of these vehicles received five

but the Suzuki Splash was the lowest

with a rating of four.

The Holden Volt, officially launched

in Australia last week, performed

well across all tests and includes

eight airbags (dual front, front side

and curtain airbags as well as knee

airbags for the driver and front

passenger), intelligent seat belt

reminders in all seating positions,

lane departure warning and forward

collision alert.

The Volt is the second electric

vehicle to be awarded ANCAP’s 5

star safety rating following the

Nissan Leaf in 2011.

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Mazda’s New look MX-5

The rear wheel drive sports car

world has recently been turned

upside down when Toyota and

Subaru brought out their 86 and

BRZ. Now Mazda has released their

new weaponry in the fight. A newlyupgraded

version of the world's

most popular open-top sports car,

the Mazda MX-5 is coming to the


Rolling off the Hiroshima assembly

line last week, the new and

improved MX-5 will be available in

Australia-wide in late Spring.

The face lift and the interior upgrade

are not the only additions to the

new look Mazda MX-5, but the

model will also feature enhanced

driving attributes to make it even

more appealing. 3 September 2012 Page 6

Upcoming Race Dates

The new MX-5 has a new front

bumper design that makes the

roadster more aggressive looking

and contributes to optimal

aerodynamic performance. A larger

front grille opening offers a sense of

depth and a newly designed front

Pittsworth Sprints – September 7 – 9

MGCCQ Ironman – September 7 – 9

WRC Rally GB – September 13 – 16

V8 Supercars – Sandown 500 – September 14 – 16

Australian Superbikes – Queensland – September 14 – 16

Mower Racing, Beenleigh Show – September 14 – 15

IPRAQ Round 6, Lakeside – September 22 – 23

HRCC Sprints, Norwell – September 23

Queensland Rally State Series, Jimna – September 29

Mt Stuart Hillclimb Round 4 – Townsville – September 30

Event Details

fog lamp bezel and new front chin

spoiler help to complete the new


Inside, the decoration panel,

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Corse Confirms Multi-Car V8 Radical


The Radical Australia Cup will have a

new class for 2013 and Corse

Motorsport will help make the

numbers when they field up to three

drivers in the new V8 class.

The Wetherill Park, NSW, team has

confirmed it will prepare the latest

and most potent version of the British

open-cockpit sports car for current

Radical Australia Cup point score

leader Neale Muston and GT racer

Ash Samadi. A third car is likely for

Nick Kelly.

Corse Motorsport owner Mick

Mitchell, who currently looks after

Muston’s and Kelly’s SR3 Radicals 3 September 2012 Page 7

and Samadi’s Mosler MT900S, expects

the 2.7-litre SR8 to be significantly

quicker than the 1.5-litre model.

“With 320kW and weighing only 680kg,

the SR8 has a maximum speed of

285km/h – 35km/h faster than the

SR3,” he said.

“The SR8 accelerates from 0-100km/h

in 2.7 seconds – 0.4 seconds quicker

than the four-cylinder car.

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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander VRX Test

& Review

By Jason Sharman

I think the stereotype “doof doof”

will have to be thrown out the

window, and in future I will have to

think twice about which car I will see

coming down the street when I hear

some bass off in the distance. Will it

be the local P plater with a 12 inch

sub hooked up in his 10 year old

lancer playing the latest Ministry of

Sound? Or is it the soccer mum from

up the street driving her 2012

Mitsubishi Outlander VRX cranking

the wiggles for the kids in the back?

You may wonder how I could

mistake the difference? The reason

is because the Outlander VRX is

fitted with a superb Rockford

Fostgate stereo system which

includes a nine speaker 710 Watt

system which could fool anyone into 3 September 2012 Page 8

thinking they should see the former.

The Mitsubishi Outlander VRX is a

pleasantly surprising car with many

options and gadgets to be found on

the inside. Outside you have a

design which looks like a Lancer with

a hunchback on steroids. This may

not sound appealing but it is actually

an aggressive and stylish design for

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New Flagship Brings an Added


Mazda will be showing off for the

first time their completely

redesigned Mazda6 at this year’s

Moscow Motor Show.

Following on from the new Mazda

CX-5, the all-new Mazda6 is the

second of a new generation of

Mazda vehicles which adopt the full

Opel Australia Open for Business

Opel Australia is open for business

and over the weekend, September 1,

Opel opened their doors for the start

of sales and announced two

customer care programs for new 3 September 2012 Page 9


and the "KODO - Soul of Motion"

design language.

Mazda's environmental technology

development is directed by its

Building Block Strategy which first

calls for thorough improvements in

the base automotive technologies.

The next step builds on these

improvements with the sequential

introduction of electric devices

vehicle owners.

In a first for German brands in its

segment, Opel Australia introduce

Opel Service Plus, a capped price

servicing program standard across all

new Opel vehicles.

designed to improve fuel economy.

The first such device was the i-stop

idling stop system introduced in

2009 with the Mazda3.

The second device, which makes its

debut with the new Mazda6 is i-

ELOOP, Mazda's unique brake

energy regeneration system which

begins charging a capacitor the

moment you take your foot off the


Electricity stored in the capacitor can

then be used to power electric

components throughout the car. In

freeing the engine from much of the

duty of providing electricity to these

components, more fuel energy goes

directly to powering the car resulting

in further improvements in fuel


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Opel Service Plus covers the

scheduled servicing of the vehicle for

the first three years or 45,000km of

travel, whichever occurs first.

Opel Service Plus is available across

the entire Opel Australia range

starting with the Corsa at $249, the

Astra line-up including diesel and the

GTC models priced at $299 and the

Insignia models incorporating the

diesel powertrain at $349. All prices

quoted are inclusive of GST and are

the maximum retail price customers

will pay for standard scheduled

services in the first three years of

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Volvos Record-Breaking Safety


As ratings go we are always looking

for the best. Five stars are the

highest in most applications and for

a vehicle to obtain the top rating

they need to be strong.

The all-new Volvo V40 has proved its

worth as it has received the top

rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP

collision test. The overall result is the

best ever recorded by the institute.

"A fantastic result,” says Thomas

Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor

Safety at Volvo Car Corporation.

“We are very proud to have one of

the world's safest cars and we're

taking yet another important step

toward our 2020 target that nobody

Toyota Scores In Second Outing

The World Endurance Championship

is one Toyota are working hard to be

victorious in and with the six hour

race of Silverstone in Great Britain

the team were able to score a

podium in only their second outing. 3 September 2012 Page 10

die or be seriously injured in a


As of 2009, European safety institute

Euro NCAP presents an overall rating

for each car model whose safety it

tests. Separate tests are carried out

in four different subcategories,

Driving the TS030 Hybrid, which

made its debut at the legendary 24

Hours of Le Mans race in June, ran

reliably and displayed strong pace to

finish in second position.

The experienced line-up of Alex

Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki

Nakajima shared the driving duties

which are then ranked to produce an

overall grade. The four categories

are adult occupant protection, child

protection, pedestrian protection

and safety assist.

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as they took the fight to their rivals

in an exciting race that went down

to the wire with the Audi R18 e-tron

quattro taking victory by less than a


Highlights included Wurz taking the

race lead after just 21 minutes and

Lapierre setting the fastest lap of the

race on lap 139. As well as the

fastest lap, the Toyota drove away

with the fastest outright speed of

203.8 mph (326.08 kph).

Former Formula One driver Wurz

said the result confirmed Toyota's

rapid progress with its TS030 Hybrid

since the last outing at Le Mans.

"This is only our second race, eight

months after our first roll-out, and

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Panda 4x4 to Debut in Paris

Fiat have released a new vehicle to

the A segment and with this release

it makes the Fiat Panda the only 4x4

in this class. The Panda 4x4 will be

making its debut at the forthcoming

international Paris Motor Show.

The successor to a bestseller which

first appeared almost 30 years ago,

today’s third-generation four-wheel

drive Panda is a perfect

interpretation of the spirit of the

times, proving itself able to unite

consolidated off-road capabilities

with a refined design and compact,

efficient architecture.

The Panda 4x4 is the superlative

expression of the model’s great

versatility, a genuine “Super Panda”,

ready to tackle mountain mule

tracks and the urban jungle with the

same cool. 3 September 2012 Page 11

In addition to standard equipment

able to satisfy the most demanding

of customers, from a technical point

of view, the new Panda 4x4

improves itself once again and

reasserts its admirable capacity to

compete with off-road cars of much

greater dimensions (as well as much

higher prices).

With five doors, the car is 368

centimetres long, 167 centimetres

wide and 160 centimetres high. The

wheelbase is 230 centimetres long.

It has a front track of 141

centimetres and a rear track of 140.

For the look of the new Panda 4x4,

Fiat Centro Stile designers started

from the idea of consolidating its

purely functional design features,

adding small details that convey the

image of an extremely sophisticated

multifunctional mini SUV. Looks are

strongly characterised by the

marked geometric lines of the front

and rear bumpers with aluminium

colour cosmetic inserts to underline

the presence of metallic protection

under the body.

Unlike the previous generation, the

tailpipes of the new Panda 4x4

seamlessly follow the lines of the

body and ensure complete

protection for the lower part of the

car. Two body colours now

complement the existing colour

palette to enhance its 4x4 looks:

Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana

green (metallic).

The interiors pick up the solutions

adopted on 4x2 versions with some

important innovations: a new green

fascia variant framing the

instruments and the large storage

pocket, fabric seats with a special

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VW Touareg More Desirable

2013 models will be hitting the

streets in the coming months if not

already out and one vehicle to get a

plethora of new standard features is

the Volkswagen Touareg.

The upgrades affect the entire range

with the entry point into the

Touareg line-up, the Touareg 150TDI

treated to a range of exterior and

interior upgrades as well as new

technological features.

Rear view safety is improved with

the inclusion of a standard Rear

View Camera (RVC Plus) which adds

confidence for drivers by displaying

static and dynamic guidance lines on

the 6 ½ inch display of the radio unit.

This feature significantly assists in

Ford Assumes Sole Responsibility

for FPV

Prodrive Automotive Technology

Asia Pacific Holdings, commonly

known as just Prodrive, and Ford

Australia have signed an MOU,

Memorandum of Understanding, for

Ford to acquire full ownership of all

assets of FPV, Ford Performance


The negotiations between the two

entities are expected to be

completed shortly, with Ford to take

responsibility for future activities of

FPV from the end of 2012. Ford will

become responsible for all future

development programs, the

manufacture of FPV engines and

vehicles, and marketing the FPV

brand. 3 September 2012 Page 12

manoeuvring the vehicle while

offering improved rear visibility to

identify potential obstacles.

On the exterior, Bi-xenon headlights

with LED daytime driving lights as

well as the bigger “Karakum” 18”

alloy wheels with 255/55 R18 tyres

Until now, FPV has operated under a

Joint Venture agreement between

Prodrive (51per cent) and Ford

Australia (49 per cent). The change

follows a review by the partners of

the FPV business and both partners

concluding the current business

situation was unsustainable in the

will respectively increase driver

safety as well as the visual impact.

On the interior, the upgraded Vienna

leather appointed seat upholstery

adds a sense of luxury for all


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“We recognise the passion and

dedication of FPV enthusiasts and

their desire to see Ford highperformance

vehicles available in

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Introducing Hyundai’s All-New

Santa Fe

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe is now

arriving in Australia and it introduces

the next evolution of the company’s

signature ‘Fluidic Design’ – ‘Storm

Edge’. The new Santa Fe exemplifies

Hyundai’s modern premium brand

philosophy bringing outstanding

levels of style, capability and luxury

to the large SUV segment.

The styling of the new Santa Fe was

led by Hyundai's North American

Design Centre in Irvine, California.

This distinctive interpretation evokes

the impression of irrepressible

motion through a unique design

concept called ‘Storm Edge’,

capturing the strong and dynamic

Special LandCruiser Altitude

The launch of a special edition

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series

means added extras. These include

extra colours, different wheels and 3 September 2012 Page 13

images created by nature during the

formation of a storm.

The new Santa Fe strikes a dynamic

and tough stance with its bold

hexagonal front grille, low profile

the most important extra, special


The new LandCruiser 200 Series

'Altitude' has over $4,000 worth of

features over and above the GXL

rails, signature eagle-eye projector

beam front headlamps and sweeping

character lines.

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model grade on which it is based.

Heading the added features are 18inch

alloy wheels (from the

VX/Sahara model) in which five are

included and have 285/60R18 tyres,

black leather-accented interior, a

cooler box, and power-operated

driver and front-passenger seats.

The special edition also includes roof

rails and an Altitude badge.

LandCruiser 200 Altitude is offered

with a twin-turbo V8 diesel engine,

matched to an electronically

controlled automatic transmission

and has an RRP of $90,490 which is

$2000 more than the basic GXL.

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