Ferrari 458 Speciale. DRIVEN. Precious memories

It's been quite a while since I've sworn this much during a test drive. Almost a year in fact. But this is not swearing with vitriolic rage at an incomprehensible SatNav, Bluetooth connection or adaptive cruise control. It's swearing aimed internally. I'm not driving this Ferrari 458 Speciale as I should be. » 11/08/14 1:36pm 11/08/14 1:36pm

Mercedes S-Class and S 63 AMG Coupe. DRIVEN

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been the technological wunderkind. I've had the good fortune of steering a few elder generations of the Sonderklasse long after their release, and have always been amazed that the technology equipped within these 10-15 year old luxury barges hasn't felt out-dated, or in any way… » 9/03/14 12:25am 9/03/14 12:25am

MINI Cooper S vs Sodi go-kart. That ‘go-kart feeling’

It's not often, as some of my wordier pieces on crankandpiston.com will attest, that I'm left speechless. But as I stand here, the stopwatch on my iPhone paused and bearing a lap time I can barely comprehend, it's about the closest I've ever come. » 8/19/14 4:35am 8/19/14 4:35am

TEASER. MINI Cooper S vs Sodi go-kart on-track

When the new MINI was announced, we knew it was only a matter of time before the brand drew attention towards the updated 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, retro-look cabin, and a whole new brand of MINI 'hallmark' exterior design. And, of course, that typical 'go-kart feeling'. » 8/12/14 12:35am 8/12/14 12:35am

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,… » 4/09/14 3:12am 4/09/14 3:12am

Culture Hunting. Cars and Coffee Tables

Tables made out of engines are a welcome addition to the aesthetic of any petrol-head's living room. I am sure if you consulted any guru of feng shui they would back up that statement… probably. » 3/26/14 4:32am 3/26/14 4:32am

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,… » 3/02/14 11:31am 3/02/14 11:31am

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.… » 2/10/14 2:52am 2/10/14 2:52am

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… » 10/14/13 10:42am 10/14/13 10:42am

Are garden sheds the answer to UAE motorsport?

You would be forgiven for thinking that garden sheds have no place in contemporary motor racing, but I disagree. I would go as far as to suggest that a nation without garden sheds would find it difficult to compete in the high tech world of motorsport engineering and racing. » 10/15/13 2:23am 10/15/13 2:23am

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… » 9/23/13 5:56am 9/23/13 5:56am

10 things you may not know about Range Rover

We’ve got our hands on the L405 Range Rover, and we’ll be bringing you a full in-depth feature about it, and its L322 predecessor very soon. But before then, here’s a selection of interesting facts about Range Rover. Impress your friends! » 9/07/13 7:46am 9/07/13 7:46am

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,… » 8/09/13 4:17am 8/09/13 4:17am

Dubai Woman Gets $35,000 In Traffic Tickets In Six Months

Long stretches of desert highway seem perfect for speedy driving. Or they must have for one Emirati woman, who racked up 80 speeding tickets totaling 127,000 dirhams ($35,000) commuting back and forth between the United Arab Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. » 5/08/12 3:00pm 5/08/12 3:00pm

World's Greatest Driving Road Located In Abu Dhabi?

Armed with only a BMW M3 and a camera, 5th Gear's Tiff Needell examines what they claim is the world's greatest driving road, located in the U.A.E. capital of Abu Dhabi. Where else? » 2/25/09 9:00am 2/25/09 9:00am

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

Hoon of the Day: Land Cruiser Abuse, UAE Style


Brought to you by the same gentleman in the United Arab Emirates who gave us Enzo Donuts, here's a film of dissolute Arab youths beating the everlovin' shit out of a Land Cruiser in a parking lot. The ululating Middle Eastern music makes an appropriate background for the agonized blatting of the straight-piped Land… » 4/04/07 5:51pm 4/04/07 5:51pm

Enzo Donuts!

Ah, the ennui of the young and wealthy in the United Arab Emirates. The seconds drag by, the very color is drained from the sky, and even your countless fawning servants cannot make you feel really alive. Sometimes the only thing to do is to get behind the wheel of your million-dollar Italian work of art... and… » 3/29/07 9:45am 3/29/07 9:45am

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… » 9/06/06 2:30pm 9/06/06 2:30pm