Jamie joins spin’n’win club
A moment occurred during last Sunday’s V8 Supercar race at Tasmania’s tight Symmons Plains circuit that demonstrated the gulf between us ordinary punters and Australia’s finest racing drivers.
Trying to overtake Will Davison for third place, defending V8 champion Jamie Whincup felt his Holden Commodore slide away from him. Rather than fighting this loss of control, Whincup went with it, opting to loop his machine through 360 degrees before rejoining the race. Which he won, of course. The entire incident cost Whincup only five seconds, but more remarkable was the incar footage that showed just how completely calm Whincup was throughout the tyre-smoking revolution.
No wild eyes, no flying hands, no panic at all.
Whincup now joins motor racing’s spin and win club, which includes such notables as Danny Sullivan (Indianapolis 500, 1985) and Allan Moffat (Bathurst 1000, 1973).
ASS MODE ACTIVATED
FROM India’s excellent On cars website, this April Fool’s Day news item:
‘‘ The Swedish automaker Volvo . . . is now developing an India-spec safety technology called the ASS, or the Automated Swear System. The ASS will be activated and subjected on to other vehicles or pedestrians who come within proximity of 50 metres of the car. The ASS system will be available only in English and Hindi language in the initial stage. However, in the second phase more languages will be made available.’’
In the third phase, for the Australian market, the system will work in reverse.
NANO GO GO
STILL in India. While a touch over 40,000 Mazda 3s were sold in Australia last year, more than 10,000 tiny Tata Nanos left showrooms in India last month alone, a record for the miniature people-liberator. Including other models, Tata sold more than 100,000 vehicles last month.
TOP OF THE RANGE
RANGE Rover was the first luxury SUV, but finds itself swamped by super-luxo competitors.
No choice, then, but to compete. The brand’s peak Autobiography model already pushes past $200,000 in Australia, while a coming upgrade, just announced in Britain, will soar way beyond the quarter-million mark.
SIT LIKE A CHAMPION
FRENCH design firm Racing & Emotion has a globe-shaped $3800 chair in the colours of Ayrton Senna’s F1 helmet, among other equally bold styles. Just the thing for— well, we really have no idea.
No panic: Jamie Whincup edges his Commodore to the lead at Symmons Plains