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CAR November 2020

CAR is Southern Africa’s leading automotive-interest magazine – and has been since 1957. It’s aimed at petrol-heads of all ages looking for, expert reviews, road tests, driving impressions of the latest models available and great motoring content from the country’s leading motoring journalists.

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South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Greetings CAR readers. First off, allow me to thank everyone who took the time to write in wishing me well in my new role. Wow, it means the world to me. Owing to the long lead time required to produce a high-quality magazine such as CAR, I had no hand in the October issue in which my first editor’s letter appeared. No, this one in your hands is my first CAR and it has been an absolute thrill putting it together for you. You’ll notice we’ve introduced a new section called Epic Drive and I’m sure you’ll agree our trip to Italy on page 46 to drive the Bugatti Divo around the infamous Targa Florio road racing course was more than fitting for the title “epic”. Equally exhilarating was our first…

4 min
splendorous s-perience

EASY INGRESS Flush-fitted handles electrically extend when approaching the door or upon stroking the outer surface of the handle. In addition, these optional items extend during situations that necessitate opening the doors, such as after accidents and during remotely operated parking procedures. STRETCHED S As standard, the W223-generation S’ wheelbase measures 3 035 mm (71 mm up from the previous model), while the long-wheelbase (V223) variant now measures 3 165 mm between the axles. Meanwhile, overall length is rated at 5 179 mm and 5 289 mm for the W223 and V223 respectively. PREVENTATIVE MEASURES Known for its innovative safety systems, the latest S-Class features the Stuttgart-based firm’s new Pre-Safe Impulse Side safety technology. Detecting an impending side impact, the (optional) E-Active Body Control suspension raises the saloon’s body by 80 mm, thus reducing the…

2 min
affluent apparition

GLOWING GHOST Echoing the subtle sparkle of the Starlight headliner, the glowing nameplate is surrounded by an 850-star constellation. The illuminated (by 152 LEDs) facia has been meticulously designed over two years. “The only components carried over from the first Ghost were the Spirit of Ecstasy and umbrellas. Everything else was designed and engineered from the ground up.”TORSTEN MÜLLER-ÖTVÖS, CEO, ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS THE FORMULA FOR SERENITY Ensuring the cabin is, ahem, ghostly quiet, Rolls-Royce’s engineers have fitted the Ghost with more than 100 kg of acoustic damping materials. According to the company, interior refinement is enhanced thanks to the spaceframe architecture and larger porting of the air intake system. Besides all this, a micro-environment purification system keeps the cabin fresh. STARLIT SOUND The most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet, the new Ghost features myriad convenience items;…

3 min
40 years of quattro

1980 (UR)IGINAL QUATTRO The original Quattro is revealed. The Ur-Quattro features a manually operated centre diff and 147 kW/ 285 N.m 2,1-litre inline-five. 1981 ALL-CONQUERING QUATTRO The first all-wheel-drive car to enter the WRC; the Quattro dominates the rally stages from ’81 to ’87, claiming myriad victories and driver’s and manufacturer’s titles for Audi. 1981 FEMALE FIRST At the helm of an Audi Quattro, Michèle Mouton becomes the first female to win a WRC round at the San Remo rally. 1982 CAR TESTS THE QUATTRO With only four reportedly in South Africa at the time, CAR puts a privately owned Audi Quattro through its paces in a road test in the February issue of 1982. 1984 DOMINATION DOWN SOUTH Behind the wheel of Audi Quattros, SA drivers Sarel van der Merwe and Geoff Mortimer dominate the SA Rally Championship and would continue to do…

1 min
space-age supercar

Co-developed with ex-NASA engineers, Hyperion says the XP-1 represents the best of hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The zero-emission supercar is equipped with two rear hydrogen tanks. Said the US firm, the latter means the XP-1 (at less than 1 248 kg) weighs much less than its battery-powered counterparts. A total of 746 kW is relayed to all corners via a three-speed transmission. Vortex-forced intakes and solar panel-equipped active air blades – which articulate towards the sun (see TechTalk on page 82 for an in-depth look) – are among the advanced aerodynamic systems. Adding drama to the sharply styled exterior, the XP-1 sports V-wing doors inspired by the sculpture “Winged Victory of Samothrace” of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.…

1 min
a cool thing

QRB Rucksack by Ginetta Price: £195 + £35 shipping (±R5 150) Need something to show your mates you are a track-focused hero behind the wheel? This rucksack from veteran racecar manufacturer Ginetta – with its three-point harness buckle and lightweight nylon fabric – will erase any doubt about your abilities through a twisty chicane.…