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AUDI ON TRACK

A 400m test track will form part of the Audi stand at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in Septem­ber as the Ger­man maker takes onBMWand MercedesBenz for lux­ury car lead­er­ship. BMW pi­o­neered the test track con­cept and was quickly fol­lowed by Benz. Audi is now join­ing the fray as part of its com­mit­ment to beat­BMWand be­come the big­gest lux­ury brand by 2015.

GET THIS DRIFT

A Mercedes-Benz C63AMGs­mashed the world drift­ing record by nearly 400m in Bri­tain this week. The car was driven by Benz pro­fes­sional driver Mauro Calo in a stan­dard pro­duc­tion car. He cov­ered 2308m or al­most eight laps of the han­dling track in Sur­rey. The record had been held by Vaughan Git­tin Jnr in a Ford Mus­tang. Calo’s record drift was part of the an­nual MercedesBenz World fes­ti­val.

BEEFIER BEEMER

A tur­bocharged en­gine will be the big­gest talk­ing point when the lat­est BMWM5 sedan is shown at Bri­tain’s Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed from July 1-3. The fifth-gen­er­a­tion car is the first M5 to have a turbo heart, in this case a 4.4-litre V8 with 420kW/680Nm. It is also the first time an ac­tive dif­fer­en­tial and elec­tronic damp­ing have been fit­ted to the pres­tige sedan.

AUTO EROT­ICA

Car sex is as ex­cit­ing as it gets for amorous couples in the United States. A na­tional ‘‘ sex cen­sus’’ of 3000 adults by con­dom maker Tro­jan showed 48 per cent of those sur­veyed found cars the most ex­cit­ing place to canoo­dle. That was ahead of 33 per cent who got off on do­ing the deed in some­one else’s bed and 27 per cent who rated out­door sex the most stim­u­lat­ing.

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