Sweet en­gine sounds

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - GADGETS & GIZMOS -

PINK Floyd drum­mer Nick Ma­son has re­leased a book and CD about his col­lec­tion of 24 clas­sic sports and rac­ing cars. It’s ti­tled Pas­sion for Speed: Twenty-four clas­sic cars that shaped a cen­tury of mo­tor sport and fea­tures a CD of en­gine noises. The two dozen sem­i­nal mod­els fea­tured in­clude a Le Mans Porsche, 1920s Bu­gatti, 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ1 plus 250 GTO and Enzo Fer­raris given thor­ough work­outs at Sil­ver­stone, Don­ing­ton and An­gle­sey cir­cuits.

Fuel to flow

CAL­TEX will in­crease its out­lets for E85 fuel from four to six in Bris­bane by the end of Oc­to­ber. This comes as Holden has re­leased its new Com­modore Se­ries II range with E85 com­pat­i­bil­ity. Cal­tex Bio E-Flex will be avail­able at Macken­zie and Brook­wa­ter, join­ing sites at Alexan­dra Hills, Churchill, Mars­den and Woron­gary. THE world’s most fuel ef­fi­cient cou­ple – Helen and John Tay­lor – are re­tir­ing af­ter break­ing records and ed­u­cat­ing driv­ers around the world on how to save fuel and drive smarter. The Tay­lors set, and then bet­tered, many fuel records, in­clud­ing smash­ing their world record with fru­gal fuel in a trek that cov­ered 29,717km in 78 days.

Zoom zoom sales

THE Mazda6 hit the 2 mil­lion global sales mark in Au­gust, ce­ment­ing it as one of the brand’s star per­form­ers. Two mil­lion Maz­da3s have sold since 2002.

For­mula 1 blend

FOR­MULA 1 technology is com­ing to V8 Su­per­cars with TeamVoda­fone ap­point­ing Wil­liams For­mula 1 en­gi­neer John Rus­sell as di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing and pro­duc­tion for next year. His role will be to im­prove car re­li­a­bil­ity and make the Com­modores of Jamie Whin­cup and Craig Lown­des eas­ier and quicker to ser­vice and set up be­tween race events. Team prin­ci­pal Roland Dane said the ap­point­ment would also al­low Rus­sell and chief en­gi­neer Ludo Lacroix to pur­sue other rev­enue op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bris­banebased Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing, the com­pany be­hind TeamVoda­fone.

Ranger sneak peek

A BRU­TAL, truck-style nose is the first hint to the up­com­ing Ford Ranger. The all-new pickup will not break cover un­til the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Syd­ney in Oc­to­ber, but the blue oval brand has started a teaser cam­paign with this im­age. The Ranger photo (above) hints at the gi­ant devel­op­ment pro­gram com­pleted at Ford Aus­tralia on the T6 pro­gram to cre­ate a global com­mer­cial hero for the com­pany. The Ford Ranger will be sold in about 180 coun­tries. Pro­to­types have al­ready cov­ered more than a mil­lion kilo­me­tres dur­ing test­ing, head­ing from Mel­bourne to the Alps and the Mid­dle East. It will be built in Thai­land and be more pow­er­ful with bet­ter fuel econ­omy thanks to a new en­gine fam­ily, as well as promis­ing out­stand­ing tow­ing. The cabin of the Ranger is tipped to have the equip­ment and re­fine­ment ex­pected in a car.

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