Michael Schumacher had been in a coma since his December 2013 skiing accident. We are pleased to hear he is no longer in a coma and has been moved from the French hospital he was in to the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.
The Formula One world champion had been in an induced coma after having blood clots removed from his brain since December 29. He ended his motor racing career last year, but he has a record 91 Grand Prix victories to his name.
We wish Michael Schumacher well in his rehabilitation and recovery.
Every year we get the inevitable call from Subaru asking if we’d like to borrow the latest iteration of the WRX for awhile, and every year, we of course say “yes please”. After all, something would have to go drastically, monumentally wrong for a week of hammering a new WRX to be unenjoyable. Right from the V1, these cars have become better and better performers each and every year, and the new MY15 is yet another step up.
When it comes to cars, Joel Robinson was always one of the more sensible out of all his mates. In his younger years, while his friends were pouring their cash into various skidders and quick cars, Joel held off. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, at a time when most of his mates had moved on from modifying cars, or their machines had been relegated to sitting in their driveways, not going, that he decided to go hard on his own machine. The machine in question was a stock-standard Nissan Silvia that Joel had owned for a long time, a facelift 1996 S14, to be exact.
When pushing the limits of any sport, there is always a risk that things could go wrong, and while it’s often joked about, insert that overused phrase — A time when sex was safe and drag racing was dangerous! But the fact is, the sport still comes with plenty of risk. Australian Ben Bray found this out all to well during the Winter Nationals at Willowbank Raceway over the weekend.
Kiwi Emma Gilmour has become the first female driver to compete in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross at the X Games, held in Austin, Texas over the weekend. With the star-studded field of drivers including the likes of teammate Rhys Millen, Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, and Tanner Foust, Emma made it through to the semi finals, finishing ahead of team mate Rhys Millen who suffered mechanical issue. “It was such an unbelievable experience to make the semis at the X Games. There was a lot of carnage going on around me but basically I just kept it clean and made it through,” Emma says. Gilmour was able to keep the Rhys Millen Racing-prepared Hyundai Veloster in one piece throughout the ferociously competitive heats: “The drivers were just desperately trying to be the first into the first corner and there was no room for more than two cars, which caused the bottleneck crashes,” Emma explains.
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With the dust now settled from the epic final showdown at Mt Smart for the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship, where Gaz Whiter walked away with his fourth championship and Daynom Templeman the round win, the video edits are now rolling out thick and fast. For those who missed the event, you can read the full run down inside NZPC 211 or here and we have also compiled all the best video edits for your viewing pleasure. With concrete barriers lining the circuit, the use of on-car cameras really give you a sense of just how good the car control of the top drivers are -enjoy!
We’re all about big companies that give back to the scene, and SuperCharge Batteries is a great example of this. An importer and distributor of quality automotive, marine, commercial, deep cycle, and hybrid technology batteries, SuperCharge has been in New Zealand for nearly 10 years and has been a long-time supporter of top motor sport figures like Angus Fogg and Emma Gilmour, whose Suzuki rally car we featured in NZPC 211. The team has also recently got fully behind Steve Zahorodny’s brand-new jet dragster, which, as you can imagine, takes some serious grunt to get started.
Ever since its entry into New Zealand, SuperCharge — which is owned by 90-year-old parent company Ramcar Batteries of the Philippines — has lead the way in both battery technology and huge warranty periods, with 24 months for the silver, 30 months for the classic, and a massive 40 months for the SuperCharge Gold batteries, which recently jumped up from 36 months.