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TopGear Malaysia January 2020

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Editor editor@topgear-malaysia.com Happy New Year, folks! While most of you work on getting your 2020 resolutions off to the best possible start, we’d like to start the year by tipping our hats to the stars of 2019 in our annual Awards issue. In the automotive scene, this turn of a decade will be remembered for the massive strides made towards mass electrification by mainstream carmakers; an era that coincides with the preservation of petrol-powered entertainment through needlessly powerful engines, tyre-shredding engineering and motorsports by the specialists. And we believe we’ve covered the full spectrum in our report card for the past 12 months. From a humble Malaysian car – the local team really wanted to give a certain national nameplate its due credit – to the virtually untouchable likes of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport…

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making it happen

WHO: WILSON HENNESSY WHERE: LEIGHTON BUZZARD, UK “Wilson… love the ‘raw’ iPhone vibe, but can you take the cover shot on an actual camera as well, please? WHAT: CAR HEAVEN WHERE: SINGAPORE Wearnes Auto motive’s multi-brand, multi-storey showroom across the causeway takes window shopping to a whole new level WHO: VIJAY PATTNI WHERE: PPA AWARDS, LONDON, UK Meet topgear.com editor Vijay, breaking the internet every day. Here accepting an award for our brilliant website WHO: JAMES GOUGH WHERE: DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY These floor protectors failed when James tried to get his 12,000 steps in on the Mach-E shoot WHAT: SCORPION WHERE: HAKSKEEN PAN, SOUTH AFRICA Ollie Marriage’s new pet caused some consternation among the Bloodhound crew WHO: ROWAN HORNCASTLE WHERE: MALIBU BEACH, USA Rowan taking our Family Car of the Year shoot totally seriously. Um, is he waving or drowning? WHO: CHARLIE TURNER WHERE: LOS ANGELES, USA Yes, the moustache is…

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christmas in nepal

TopGear telly returns this festive season with a Christmas special that promises to be groundbreaking in at least two regards. First, because it might actually be screened some time around Christmas. Second, because it genuinely, properly tackles a major motoring issue of our time. The issue of urban transportation. See, scientist-types predict that, by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population – some seven billion people – will live in cities. Which means that, in the future, the world won’t need SUVs or supercars. What the world will need… is city cars. Specifically, city cars that are tough enough to withstand anything the mega-cities of the future can throw at them. So, as a service to humankind, Paddy, Freddie and Chris were ordered to go out and buy, for less than…

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coffee break

Putting on some pre-Christmas timber A secret feeder at TGHQ has appeared, determined to fatten us up. We hate this. We love this. We ate this. Cars: Accelerating the Modern World This exhibition at the V&A has ‘Team Day Out’ written all over it. Reckon we could learn a thing or 10 from this one. Starts 23 November. NB joke – we know it all. Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park It’s cold. Let’s go to the middle of a park and queue for hours! Bah humbug. Actually, it’s great fun, worth the cold:) California playlist In tribute to folks heading to the LA Autoshow, office listening included Bran Van 3000, Warren G and The Beach Boys. Ken Block’s Climbkhana TWO A nail-biting 7mins of epicness from our Ken, to reach the top of China’s most dangerous road. FULL CODE BROWN.…

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…stefan bellof perched awkwardly on a pit wall

Stefan Bellof was one of the fastest, most outrageously skilled racing drivers of all time. After winning the 1984 World Endurance Championship in a Porsche 956, he was widely tipped as a future F1 world champion, before a crash at Spa-Francorchamps ended his life at the age of just 27. For more than 30 years, Bellof’s 6m11 lap of the Nürburgring – set in a 956 at the frankly ridiculous average speed of 125mph – stood as the fastest-ever lap of the Green Hell. Stefan Bellof was, basically, a superhuman, capable of physical feats beyond the comprehension of us mere mortals. Stefan Bellof, as the photograph below proves, was a bit rubbish at perching insouciantly on a wall. This is a good thing. And not just because it’s nice to know that even…

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skinny mac

Meet Elva – the lightest McLaren road car ever and the newest member of the Ultimate Series, following in the footsteps of the P1 and Senna and sitting alongside the new Speedtail. No weight has been announced, expect something below the 1,198kg Senna obvs. After all, there’s no roof, windows or windscreen, while the doors are McLaren’s smallest ever and single-hinged. You can wear a helmet, or you can specify a windscreen, but McLaren suggests you’ll need neither. An Active Air Management System (AAMS) uses a movable carbon deflector to direct air from the Elva’s nose, projecting it over the passengers and creating “a relative bubble of calm” beneath. Note “relative” because there’s an 804bhp version of the 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo. So, 0-100kph in under three and 200kph in 6.7secs, about as quick…