Irritating web contributor of the week; jl4069Jl4069 clearly thinks there’s a conspiracy at work to prevent him from finding out what we “really think” about the handling of various cars. When we write things like “the Audi TT RS suffers from understeer but is still extremely quick from A to B” jl4069 has a tendency to ask questions such as “yes, but what do you REALLY mean by that, why aren’t you telling us the TRUTH Autocar, are you being paid to pull the wool over our eyes by AUDI, and why can’t you be HONEST in your opinion concerning these cars?” About which we tend to think; what on earth is this MENTALIST on about, did someone forget to feed him his pills AGAIN?Read jl4069's latest quest to uncover a conspiracy theory here
Is that strictly necessary – of the week; Ford Focus RS500Not only does the Focus RS500 demean and devalue a once knee-tremblingly iconic name, it also proves that Ford’s RS department has no idea whatsoever what torque steer means – or how much front tyres actually cost. Our own long term RS went through a set of tyres, on average, about three times a day. With 345bhp and 339lb ft of torque, the RS500 will be utterly silly in this respect. And in matt black it looks ridiculous.Perhaps it would be better if Ford concentrated on delivering regular RS’ to its customer before embarking on an upgrade campaign…Read the full Ford Focus RS500 revealed story
Whoopsie of the week; Virgin’s fool tankIt seems that Virgin is effectively going to make its own chief designer, Nick Wirth, cough up out of his own savings to redesign the F1 team’s not-quite-big-enough fuel tank. Rumour has it that Richard Branson will also be personally administering six of the best to his team boss in the paddock at midday on Saturday in Malaysia. All gate moneys received to view this event will, of course, go straight into Richard’s back pocket.
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