Sweet engine sounds
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.