FLY DRONES FLY! This is a 'dronekhana' - an awesome clip combining drones and a variety of Ford cars. Image: Wheels24
Cape Town - The middle week of August 2016 is drawing to a close, perhaps the most polarising of articles came from the pens (read: computer ninjas) of the Wheels24 writers.
A wide variety of stories were covered that stretched from Wayde van Niekerk being all giddy to drive his brand new, 270kW car when he returns from the Olympics, to the driver demerit system that now requires the public’s input on the way forward.
Other stories that made our pick of this week’s litter include a Ford Focus RS drifting in a warehouse with drones chasing it, to us getting our sweaty palms on the Alcantra leather steering wheel of the McLaren 570S.
1 Hot hatch showdown: GTI Clubsport vs. Civic Type R vs. Focus RS
Three of 2016's hottest hatchbacks lines up for this very delicious showdown. The Clubsport and Type R are front-wheel drive, whereas the Focus RS is driven by all four wheels.
Each car packs a different punch and the driving characteristics of each car come under the spotlight in this comparative test. All we can say is that these cars are all proper driver's machines! Click here to read the full story.
2 Personalised number plates - How it works in SA
In 2017 the department of Transport will introduce new number plates in SA. This will also affect motorists with personal number plates. We share with readers how to go about applying for personalised numbers. Click here to read the full story.
3 'Beware: Robots at work' - 5 future road signs
The world is a fast and ever-changing place and the changes are affecting the auto industry, as well.
With autonomous driving and floating buses set to become reality in the not too distant future, we look at five road signs that could possibly be implemented when these technologies become reality. Click here to read the full story.
4 Which car tops the list for SA's motoring women?
South Africa's top female journalists, including Wheels24's Janine van der Post, came together and voted on their choices for the SA's Women's Car of the Year. The selections were varied, but one vehicle stood out and garnered the favour of the judging panel. Also included is the readers' choice for car of the year. Click here to read the full story.
5. AARTO bill amendment for SA: Tell Govt what YOU think!
It might not be the most exciting bit of news to come from Wheels24 this week, but it is the most influential, most important news that will have a direct impact on the lives of South Africa’s motorists. The driver demerit system has been in the pipeline for 18 years and now Aarto gave the public until August 31 to share their opinions on the matter. Click here to read the full story.
6. The 270kW hatchback Wayde van Niekerk 'can't wait to drive'
He’s been on the cusp of a wave that is going to take him very far in his young career, but Wayde van Niekerk is excited to be returning home after the 2016 Olympics. And why wouldn’t he be? The sprinting sensation became Audi South Africa’s newest ambassador and will have one of the hottest RS products for his daily commute. Click here to read the full story.
7. Is that a Focus RS drifting around drones? Watch 'Dronekhana'
Similar to a gymkhana, the ‘dronekhana’ is Ford’s way of combining flying drones with some of the cars in its model line-up. With the two pilots behind the navigation controls, the drones fly through a B-Max, underneath a Ranger, chases a drifting RS and flies behind a tyre-smoking V8 Mustang. Click here to read the full story.
8. We spent a day driving the McLaren 570S
It’s not everyday that one of the fastest cars in SA comes to the Wheels24 office. So, when the McLaren 570S came along, we duly grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made the best of this very rare opportunity! Click here to read the full story.
9. How to be a great petrolhead parent: Little girl reacts to seeing her favourite car
This heartwarming video shows a little girl bursting with excitement when seeing her favourite car: a DMC DeLorean. The now-famous car that starred in Back to the future. Now imagine her shock when she finds out that her parents actually bought the car! Click here to read the full story.