Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. Driven at last

It's hard to believe that the Maserati GranTurismo has been with us now for seven years which, in automotive terms, is a more than respectable innings. And yet, with the exception of a few lukewarm laps around Yas Marina Circuit in a GranTurismo Sport safety car during the final round of the Trofeo Maserati … » 7/15/14 10:15am 7/15/14 10:15am

Behind the lens with an MSA Young Photographer of the Year

Fresh from his first run at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, 2013 Renault MSA Young Photographer of the Year Tom Loomes walks us through his time at the circuit with British GTs and touring cars, why the Monaco Grand Prix is just one of several Formula 1 events he'd like to shoot, how some race events are more hostile… » 6/30/14 3:18pm 6/30/14 3:18pm

The Idler’s Club. Tsukuba Circuit

If there's one thing you can always rely on the Japanese for, it's their fearless, confident attitude towards style. The days of simply copying and improving are long gone, and whilst the fashion scene is heavily influenced by foreign brands, these styles – mainly American and European – are moulded into something… » 6/26/14 4:12pm 6/26/14 4:12pm

Porsche. The long road to Le Mans

Why come back? It's a question that, amidst the euphoria of Porsche's much-celebrated and historic return to the top class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, seems to have been swept under the rug. With 16 victories, using six different models and encompassing 28 years at La Sarthe, Porsche today boasts the most… » 6/25/14 5:25am 6/25/14 5:25am

R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Last of the Breed

For JDM Otaku there are few cars that get the pulse racing like a Nissan Skyline. The name may have continued in the V35 and V36 Skylines, rebadged for export markets as the Infiniti G Series, but the last of the true Skylines with straight-six power was the R34 Skyline which ended production over a decade ago. » 6/11/14 4:07am 6/11/14 4:07am

Nissan GT Academy Middle East. One on one with the Champ

Back in 2008, Nissan took a calculated risk: could a successful player on Gran Turismo, one of Sony's most popular and realistic driving games on the Playstation, race competitively for real? Probably not, most and sundry claimed. In the five years since then, Nissan GT Academy winners have claimed podium finishes… » 6/01/14 5:55am 6/01/14 5:55am

Behind the lens with Christopher List

Just a few years ago, the Middle East was hardly bursting at the seams with automotive shutter bugs, and rarer still was there a photographer keen to make a career in the motoring industry. One German photographer in particular though looked to buck the trend. Born in Namibia (known for its open areas of rugged… » 5/17/14 4:59pm 5/17/14 4:59pm

Porsche. Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. Driven

As an automotive journalist it is easy to get complacent in writing review after review of fancy new cars and follow 'The Template'. You know the score. Start with a brief introduction to the model, talk about exterior and interior aesthetics followed by the actual driving bit (where mentioning key words like… » 5/14/14 6:37am 5/14/14 6:37am

Porsche 911 Turbo S v McLaren 12C Spider. Twin turbos

Much has been made this year concerning the demise of the McLaren MP4-12C. Though adamant that its new 650S was not a replacement (given that the increased performance figures and engine output slot the newboy snuggly above McLaren's first-ever sports car), it wasn't long before the jig was up, and the 12C came to… » 5/11/14 1:49pm 5/11/14 1:49pm

Extreme Motors Garage. 1646hp Sand Drag Patrol

Media coverage of motorsport in the United Arab Emirates normally revolves around circuit racing held at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi or at the Autodrome in Dubai. With a round of Formula 1, 24 hour and 12 hour endurances races, Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup and assorted local racing series, high-end track action is in no… » 5/05/14 2:53pm 5/05/14 2:53pm

MINI ALL4 Racing. DRIVEN. MINI Adventure

I'm a little shell-shocked as I remove my helmet. Members of the MINI X-Raid PR team are actually concerned as I struggle to form coherent sentences. Though I knew that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, I never expected it would have this kind of impact on me. Standing to my right is the Monster… » 4/24/14 1:47pm 4/24/14 1:47pm

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage. Shaken and stirred

At first glance, this appears to be an Aston Martin DB5 as seen co-starring alongside a well-known Vodka-Martini drinking, Walther PPK toting British secret agent in Goldfinger, Thunderball and Goldeneye among countless other film cameo appearances. And, to a degree, you'd be right. Although the DB5 rocketed to… » 4/20/14 2:38am 4/20/14 2:38am

Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé. DRIVEN. The long awaited SPECIAL one

I'm standing on the side of the road in Barcelona, patiently waiting for my lift to the airport, and I'm pondering just how good the new F-TYPE Coupe is really going to be. Ever since Jaguar rolled out the exceptionally sexy C-X16 concept car in 2011, much has been said about this new machine. As much as I wanted… » 4/15/14 7:23am 4/15/14 7:23am

VIDEO. Ford GT. Ten years young

Hard as it is to believe, this year the Ford GT turns ten years old. Somehow an entire decade has rolled past since we were blown out of our respective chairs by the sound of a furious (and Ferrari-baiting) supercharged V8 packing 650bhp. Few denied the then-newboy was a hell of a way to celebrate the legendary,… » 4/09/14 3:12am 4/09/14 3:12am

Opel Astra OPC. Driven. Hot hatch meets mountain road

The Opel Astra OPC is a model we've been looking to get our hands on for a few months now. Fellow hacks across the region have waxed both lyrically and unceasingly about Opel's hot hatch in the Middle East, praising its chuckability, its grunt and its six-speed manual gearbox. It's unsurprising therefore that… » 4/06/14 5:06am 4/06/14 5:06am