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Top Gear South Africa

April 2019

Top Gear South Africa: the world’s most entertaining motoring magazine provides entertainment, excitement and information for anyone with a passion for cars and motoring. It appeals to motoring enthusiasts and fans of Top Gear TV alike.

South Africa
DHS Media Group
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12 Issues


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The procedure for testing cars hasn’t changed a lot in the last ten years. Typically a man arrives at your office with the car, he hands over the keys once you’ve dated and signed the loan agreement and off he disappears, to return some few days later to collect the car. Then the EV came along, presenting a new problem to this well-oiled handover.To thoroughly test an EV, you need a wallbox. These need to be installed at your house and can cost around R25 000. Immediately this makes it an expensive road test. The obvious option is to slow charge via the unsexy cable that comes standard with the EV. This is a laborious and inconvenient process that could reflect inaccurately on the product, hence manufacturers are reluctant…

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making it happen

Who: Stephen Dobie Where: Wantage, UKProof that the internet never sleeps. Dep ed Stephen hard at work in the middle of nowhere Who: Chris Rowles Where: TG car park, UKDivine justice for the man who laughed at the Peugeot 1007 for having sliding doors... Who: John Wycherley Where: Stuttgart, GermanyA sneaky peek behind the scenes of the unglamorous world of car photoshoots What: Jaguar I-Pace Where: JLR Experience Centre, JhbWater and electricity do mix. Good to know for your next car wash Who: Jason Barlow Where: Sveta Nedelja, CroatiaJason waiting to see how the automonous driving mode works on the Rimac Greyp... What: JLR charging card Where: On a table, JhbYou’ve heard of pay as you go electricity, right. This is the literal version…

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Andrew LeopoldPublisher & CEO Dirk Steenekamp dirk@dhsmedia.co.zaDigital&ClientManager Louise van der Nat louise@dhsmedia.co.zaManaging EditorJason Fleetwood jason@dhsmedia.co.zaTechEditor Peter Wolff peter@dhsmedia.co.zaIllustrationsEditor Toon53 Prod. toon53@dhsmedia.co.zaGaming EditorAndre Coetzer andre@dhsmedia.co.zaFashion&GroomingEditorGreg Forbes greg@dhsmedia.co.za CREATIVETEAM CreativeDirector Gareth Bouwmeester gareth@dhsmedia.co.zaSeniorPhotographer Tim Hulme tim@dhsmedia.co.zaSenior Photo EditorLuba V Nel luba@dhsmedia.co.za CONTRIBUTINGEDITORSLance Branquinho, Avon Middleton, Francisco Nwamba ADVERTISING & SALESPieter Lourens pieter@dhsmedia.co.za BBCSTUDIOS,UKPUBLISHINGPublishingDirectorUK - Chris KerwinDirector of Editorial Governance- Nicholas BrettUK Publishing Coordinator– Eva Abramik IMMEDIATEMEDIACEO– Tom BureauDirectorofInternationalLicensingandSyndication– Tim HudsonInternationalPartnersManager– Anna Genevier TOPGEARUKManaging Director, TopGear UK– Adam WaddellPublishingDirector– Simon CarringtonEditor-in-Chief– Charlie TurnerAssociate Editor– Tom Ford…

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1 tesla is bringing sexy back

“This will probably sell more than the Model S and Model 3 combined.” Not our words, the words of his holiness Elon Musk, high priest of the EV evangelists, speaking at the reveal of the Model Y SUV at Tesla’s LA design studio. I’m in the bear pit, surrounded by doting customers who can’t stop screaming. “We love you Elon!”, “I’ll take two!”, “Thank you for bringing sexy back, Elon!”. The latter referring to his naming structure (Models S, 3, X and Y), not his smasual attire.It would be easy to sneer at the superfans, but listening to Musk recap the journey from exactly 10 years ago, when there was only the Roadster in existence (Musk owns this black Roadster, and points this out as it drives on stage…

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tesla in sa?

If anyone proved that you can’t trust what you read on Twitter, it’s Elon himself. But with Audi e-tron, jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQ C all due this year, the thought has to have crossed his mind. Would he mind fixing Eskom’s loadshedding while he’s at it? …

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2 f1’s future is bright... and orange

If you think these pyjamas look hi-tech, wait until you see the race suits The crystal balls have been out in Woking, and McLaren’s Applied Technologies division has presented its vision of what Formula One will look like in when we’re all a generation older – a full 30 years from now.When 2050 finally rolls around, it will have been 100 years since the first ever F1 world championship race at Silverstone, but the sport could be barely recognisable if McLaren gets its way. Let’s start with the cars. Elegantly named the MCLExtreme, McLaren predicts that they will remain open-wheeled and with a human driver in the centre. So far, so conventional.However, the 2050 F1 car will (surprise!) be powered by electric motors that could provide a mind-bending…