cars: October 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg Most people are happy playing racing games on a PS3 or Xbox 360. But others want something special… like a £120,000 simulator.

A professional racing simulator used by Formula One teams is now being made available in time for Christmas, for hard-core gamers with a big budget.

The Hexatech is an interactive motion-based racing simulator which makers Cruden say offers full motion and realistic g-Force simulation.

It includes three 42 inch screens and allows users to race Formula One, NASCAR and rally cars… which makes the £120k a positive bargain, right?

275x250.jpg An Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball has been sold at auction for £2.6 million.

The iconic silver car is the sole remaining '007' DB5 and came complete with front-mounted machine guns, a bullet-proof shield and revolving number plates.

All the gadgets are in working order… though the machine-guns were never able to fire bullets and the ejector seat was only ever a special effect.

But this didn't stop two bidders from gunning for it at an RM Auctions event in London… though with just two bids and over in less than 10 minutes it was less exciting than a Roger Moore chase scene.

275x250.jpg Sometimes it's reassuring to know we're not the only ones who get lost -- it looks like it can even happen to the Google team in charge of mapping.

This photo - which appears on Google Street View - seems to show the driver of a Google car pulling over in Amsterdam to check where he is on a map.

Taken in the south east of the city, it shows three Google cars, each with a roof-mounted 360-degree camera, pulling over at the side of the road.

One of the drivers is pointing at the map as he talks on his mobile phone trying to locate himself… you'd have thought they could've given him an Android phone with Google Maps on it wouldn't you?

A Peruvian police officer had an amazingly lucky escape after being knocked off her motorcycle by a huge truck.

The female cop is said to have only suffered a broken shoulder and bruises
in the horror smash where she was a split second from death.

Identified locally as special forces officer Sonia Nalvarte, the cop had been crossing a major roadway when she found herself in the path of an 18-wheel truck.

As she collided with the front-right side of the cab she was knocked off the bike and almost ended up under the wheels.

While it's not too often you can refer to someone with a broken shoulder as being lucky, we think it's fair in this case.

Drivers of BMWs have been named and shamed as the angriest motorists in Britain, it has been claimed.

A study asked 3,000 motorists to think about times they had suffered abuse by another driver and recall what sort of car the protagonist had been driving.

It was found motorists who own the flashy German built cars are more likely to tailgate, flick the finger and speed than anyone else on the road.

In fact, more than half of all UK drivers polled said they had suffered at the hands of a BMW driver, the second most angry drivers were said to be white van driver.

23% of drivers also said they have even been confronted by a motorist who got out of their car after an abusive exchange… that's those "How's my driving?" stickers for you.

Real-life cars being rigged to be remotely driven via the internet - it sounds like an idea which could only have been dreamt up for Top Gear.

But Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have got nothing to do with this. It's actually a marketing stunt by car manufacturer Mitsubishi.

The Japanese firm have used a combination of remote control software and hardware modifications to make some of their Outlander Sport vehicles into giant remote control toys.

Using technology similar to that featured in a Top Gear challenge they will soon let members of the public take control of the cars via their personal computers at home.

During the online test drive, users will log-in to control the £14,000 car by using their keyboards as though playing a computer game -- what could possibly go wrong?

Motorists are less likely to let white vans pull out at junctions than any other vehicle, a study has revealed.

While nine out of ten drivers regularly give the nod to cars waiting to join queueing traffic, one in three said they would ignore a white man van.

Nearly half the 3,000 drivers polled said they examined a car's make and model before deciding whether to give way.

Other vehicles which have less chance of being let out emerged as BMW 3 Series, X Series and Z Series.

Audi TTs, Ferraris and Lamborghini Diablos also have little or no chance of being waved through… not that drivers will complain about sitting in those cars for an extra few minutes.

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