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.
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.
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.