VIDEO. Ford GT. Ten years young

Hard as it is to believe, this year the Ford GT turns ten years old. Somehow an entire decade has rolled past since we were blown out of our respective chairs by the sound of a furious (and Ferrari-baiting) supercharged V8 packing 650bhp. Few denied the then-newboy was a hell of a way to celebrate the legendary, Le… » 4/09/14 7:48am 4/09/14 7:48am

Cadillac ATS vs Lexus IS350 F-Sport. Fighting back

So you're after a new premium mid-size saloon. You want a bit of poke, a good amount of style without being too flashy, and it has to be comfortable as well as feature a performance element. Basically, you want everything. Where do you go? Traditionally, you'd head straight to Germany and check out a BMW 3 Series, an… » 3/10/14 1:53pm 3/10/14 1:53pm

BMW 435i M-Sport. Crash and burn?

The holiday romance. It's a situation we've all experienced. You've met someone abroad. Someone fun. Someone clever, adventurous, gorgeous. Romance starts to blossom and the time you spend together stays with you for weeks, perhaps months afterwards. Of course you get back home and those same feelings take a dive. Was… » 2/13/14 3:30pm 2/13/14 3:30pm

Honda Integra Type-R. Andy Blackmore. A new lease of life

The Honda Integra Type-R you see here is now 12 years old. It has raced its way around Asia and competed in the stifling humidity of Malaysia before embarking on a new life in the NGK Racing Series, nee UAE Touring Car Championship. As you can imagine, years of such competitive abuse will take its toll: from 16 races… » 10/23/13 8:43am 10/23/13 8:43am

Renault Clio Cup. Back to school

I’ll be perfectly honest, an invitation to drive a Renault Clio at the Dubai Autodrome at first didn’t fill me with excitement: it’s a Renault hatchback; how good could it be? Words are swiftly eaten though when I find out the hot hatch I will be driving is the lightweight Cup car, a racing derivation that has been run … » 9/23/13 11:41am 9/23/13 11:41am

Porsche 908/80. Dubai, UAE. In name only

Amidst 24 Hours of Le Mans ‘most successful’ stories you’ll find your Porsches (courtesy of 16 victories at La Sarthe between 1970 and 1998), your Audis (thanks to 12 wins in 14 years), your Tom Kristensens (record holder for most wins with nine, 1997-2013) and your Jacky Ickxs (former record holder with six,… » 8/12/13 9:47am 8/12/13 9:47am

Thanks, Sheik: Legal Drag Racing at Umm al Qaywayn!

Heads up, ennui-hammered oil-rich UAE youth! No longer will you need to risk life and limb on city streets as you attempt to ward off the demons of boredom by street-racing your Enzos and Veyrons. Now you can just head on down to Emirates Motorplex and race on an actual quarter-mile dragstrip- you know, the kind with… » 5/14/07 11:15am 5/14/07 11:15am

We're Gonna Go Be a Sheik Now: Inside Hamad bin Hamdan's Garage

Dude, being a sheik kinda seems as if it's the business. Harems, all the oil one can slather upon oneself, warm weather, clothes that never go out of style, hanging with T.E. Lawrence, and oh, most importantly, a whole shiek-sized garageload of exotic iron. Or, in Sheik Hamad bin Hamdan of Abu Dhabi's case, aluminum… » 9/06/06 11:30pm 9/06/06 11:30pm

Run Light, Get Impounded: UAE Camera-Seizure Law

Dubai cops have a new weapon against scofflaws: If you're busted for red-light running by a camera, you not only pay a fine, but lose your car for a week (the Arabian tow yards must be pooping themselves with glee). Do it again? Lose it for two weeks. And on the third offense? You guessed it, three weeks in the pokey.… » 9/06/06 2:30pm 9/06/06 2:30pm

On the Greatest Driving Road in the World: Test Drive of the Mini…

Now here's a junket we'd be happy to take. Writing for Edmunds Inside Line, Alistair Weaver traveled all 7.3 miles (and 4,000 feet upward) of the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates in a Mini Cooper S convertible. He describes the smooth-as-glass trail as "the greatest driving road in the world," with… » 2/14/06 8:10am 2/14/06 8:10am

Rolls-Royce Makes Deal With Middle-Eastern Bigwig, Florid Prose Follows

"Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and the support of His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, and under the patronage of His…
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