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  1. Oh finally some shots of the soon to be launched Rolls Royce Cullinan. I was expecting a nightmare after seeing how retarted the The Bentley Bentayga looked, specially the front end! But this I think looks snazzy, mostly because it looks like a Phantom Station Wagon more than a new SUV as if you ever seen a Phantom up close ( who hasn't it Dubai ) it is a pretty large a tall car in itself. And mostly because I am biased towards Rolls Royce and specially the Phantom. Although finding the dashboard a bit iffy and although I have no doubt it is like wafting on a cushion of air surrounded by the best materials money can buy, but I hate to admit it the Bentaygas interior looks a lot more plush than the rolls. A perfect combo would be the Rolls exterior with a Bentley interior. I do like how they have gone a step ahead of range rover by not just having the splt tailgate which is now iconic for its use as seating for two or even a table outdoors. Rolls have actually included two seats and a tiny table to make the tailgating experience even more fun! Would be great fun to go for a drive around the local sandbox for some dune bashing bufoonery in one of these
  2. Yeah its good all round fun and the best bit is the community is constantly developing new cars and maps so one doesn't bored. Although like I mentioned its got the mud, jungle and rock simulation down right, the desert and dunes maps are basically mud which looks like sand in the game. But all hope is not lost, I've been following the development of this and should be out soon. Dakar 18 and since majority of the rally is on sand they should get the desert driving simulation right, or atleast I hope they do. Check out the official trailer Also check out their facebook page for more videos https://www.facebook.com/dakarthegame/ Oh and @shadow79 I remember Driver and Driver 2 pretty cool with a hip 70s vibe, loved doing burnouts in that! And my all time favourite car sim is GT and if I ever buy a Playstation 3/4/5 or whatever is out at the time will be solely because of GranTurismo
  3. I'm surprised no one has mentioned this here till now, specially seeing there is a big number of offroaders here. I've been following this for a couple of years now ever since a few beta version was out and must say have quite enjoyed it and around 2 years I actually bought it, something I rarely do, I usually "borrow" it for a while and get rid of it once I'm done. Oh what am I talking about, if you haven't guessed from the title already Spintires of course on the best ( IMO ) off-roading game ever! Now I dunno how many are into gaming, and to be honest I'm not really into gaming either but if its car related and more a simulation than an actual game them I'm game ( pun intended! ) Anyways there really isn't much to do game wise other than to drive all sorts of awesome vehicles over all sorts of difficult offroad terrain and like I said its more of simulation than a game and real world off roading knowledge does come in use, you could find your self bogged down up to your diffs in mud, water or sand. Forget to engage 4x4 and you could find your struggling on gatch tracks, to cross that real wide gully, difflocks will come handy and if you had it, you can even winch yourself out or take control of another vehicle or if playing online ask your buddy to come over and give you a pull. Its now developed into a huge online community with tons of terrain maps and every possible vehicle you can think of available for download for free I use my PC to play it and it was developed for the PC but its available on Xbox and PS as well, so no excuse not to get it. Just a taste of what kind of vehicles that are available And just so no one feels left out even the cozzies Admittedly the sand terrain maps I've able to find and download have not be totally realistic or at all, but thats mostly because the game was developed with mudding, trails and rockcrawling in mind but I still find it awesomely fun. Like I said infinite number of cars and terrains and maps available, so give it shot and let us know what you think Download the demo and if you like it buy the full version, its pretty cheap for around $15, money well spent I say OH WORD OF WARNING THOUGH. Don't buy the sequel, Which is called SpinTires Mudrunner, its pretty limited in car and terrain choice
  4. Well we have all heard of hybrid engines but now engineers have developed a different type of hybrid engine, No its not electric combined with fossil fuels, but actually a engine that uses both diesel as well as petrol, and as one would assume as I did at first was like traditional hybrid engines the fuels are used separately, as in you pull a switch the engine switches over to diesel from petrol or vice versa, but this is totally different, it uses petrol and diesel both at the same time, as in petrol and diesel is injected into the cylinder at the same time and then just before TDC another injection of diesel. Here is a detailed explanation as to how exactly it works Hopefully you guys got at least a basic understanding of how it works, Well the skeptic in me always sees things in a different light, one question I think that was left unanswered was can it only run on petrol or diesel and if yes how would it perform then, and then in real life situation imagine your vehicle would have to have two separate totally independent fuels systems, which is not too big of a deal at the moment as many people run dual systems even today like CNG or LPG, but imagine having to stand in line to get your gas first then turn around and then wait in line for diesel again and with the prices of both different. But lets see how far this develops This is really a great time in automotive tech, Nissan has come up with what they claim is the game changer VC-T engine or Variable compression, Mazda with their skyactiv engine technology and after going through a huge PR disaster thanks to VW some new ultra efficient diesel efficient and emission which claim to even beat Teslas emissions in the pipeline and then of course for the tree huggers there is always alternate fuel which basically in todays worlds mean electric. I dunno if anybody here was old enough but this reminds me of the war between Beta and VHS, both striving for the number 1 position in the home entertainment segment. Even with a better format resolution wise Beta eventually lost out to VHS as basically the standard format in home entertainment for the next almost 4 decades, before being pushed out by DVDs
  5. Ok...... long time coming I think, so late last month it was announced that SandStorm motors has launched Al Reem UAEs first 4x4 vehicle. From the press release "Sandstorm has launched 'Al Reem' - the very first Emirati 4x4 sport utility vehicle (SUV). The car has been launched in the local market and will be available in the rest of the Arab region by 2019. The company will produce 1,000 cars in the first phase followed by 6,000 cars in the second phase. In addition, the company has a plan to launch its pickup" And literally no other details were given, what engine, transmission, options specs, nothing. And surprisingly the manufacturers website also has no mention of it although there are also a lots of pics of the Pick up mentioned in the press release but only pictures and once again nothing else And the pick up From the pics the Pickup looks to be a manual while the SUV an auto. Its a ladder frame chassis so thats a good thing for a tough off roader Once again no mention of pricing either so no idea what these are going to cost. The pick up for sure is the better looking one from the two in my opinion. Question is would you buy one, and if so what would you be willing to pay for it and what kind of engine do you think it has? I'm guessing the motor is derived from another manufacturer.
  6. And I'm entitled to mine Like mentioned earlier they won't stop in Europe as its thier bread and butter there but for other big markets they are crappy, just like until last or is it this year, the Mustang was never officially offered in the UK, because its not for that market and didn't make sense to invest in doing a RHD conversions for it. Just like most muscle cars arn't. They probably are all that you say. but for the people who like big roomy trucks with hollering V8s under the hood, and like to haul a lot of stuff or family in relative comfort or just enjoy the roominess, these dinkys could be the best thing on the planet but they will still never buy one, Just like here in the UAE, the only people who have these are because its a company car, rental or something to get to work and back until they can save up for something better and the odd actual hot hatch fan. I've been through times when I had a mid 90s Golf GT, A Mondeo and a Fiesta ( a really old boxy looking one, think it was early 90s ) as my daily rides, cute and efficient as they were I would never get one again if I can help it, that is. Maybe the mid 90s Golf as it really wasn't as ugly as the rest and drove pretty well and wasn't poverty spec even in its lowly base model form
  7. Just like oil is cheaper than engines and transmissions.
  8. Leather seats a few pieces of fake wooden trim, doesn't make one comparable to Lexus luxury. Sorry mate, if your arguments held any water a multi billion dollar company would not be ending production of as you say such awesome cars.
  9. Translation : Only in Europe and maybe a few other places where gas is expensive and they have tiny, narrow and cobbled streets Also Up until VERY recently also only available in Europe
  10. As suggested, duct tape, there is nothing duct tape can't fix!
  11. LOL seriously man! After four pages of debate on this topic you ask this question! Start reading from page 1
  12. A lot of newer cars ( not the ones bottom rungs one like corollas and sunnys ) are coming out with braking assist features that if they detect an imminent imapact or an emergency situation they electronically apply full force brake, so it pays to have a car with a few bells and whistles.
  13. About time I say they stopped making crappy like matchboxes like the fiesta and focus
  14. These are known as Trophy trucks created originally for the Baja 1000 ( pronounced Baha ) race in Baha Callifonia which is purely a 100 percent off road race And Robby Gordon is a big name in this and he uses same trophy truck abiet slightly modified, mostly a station wagon shell to carry a spare tyre and recovery eq rather than a pick up shell for the Dakar Rally which I'm sure you are aware of is considered the worlds toughest off road rally And I use to own a early Range Rover Classic which didn't come with a factory sway bar for good wheel articulation and rolled around the corners similar to these trucks and even had a warning on the sunshade not to take corners at speed because of risk of roll over! LOL But I had no issues with it on road or off. Infact the extended wheel; articulation of the classic was an asset in the sand
  15. Well generally I'm not a big fan of sports including motorsports. I will occasionally watch some off roading action from something like the Dakar Rally, 8x8 truck trials or Scandinavian forumula offroad. But this relatively new, and something I think i can get into, started somewhere in 2013 and combines some really good ingredients from many other motorsports, It has some awesome Baja Trophy Trucks, love the suspension on those! They soak up jumps and bumps like no tomorrow, some spectacular jumps, some real skilled circuit racing driving skills and tension which are 100 time more difficult with such wobbly and high trucks, some dirt sections in some tracks and my favourite, some real spectacular jumps and nascar style crashes and even md air collisions! Have a peak And some crashes just for fun Once again love the suspension set up on these things, anything similar we can get locally, which wouldn't cost an arm and a leg? I would at least once want to set up a 4x4 with such suspension, I'm no great expert on suspensions but I'm thinking long travel shocks with fast compression and very slow rebound rates. Anyways what do you all think about stadium trophy trucks, cool or meh, just another useless thing.
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