Motoring by Press Association 25/10/2018, 5:02 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter For most drivers, which set of their car’s wheels puts power to the road is something they rarely consider. That’s because, in normal driving, it really doesn’t matter very much at all. It’s only when you dig deeper into how a car drives and handles that the driven wheels begin to make a difference – and they can really alter a car’s character, dynamic feel and even its packaging. We’ve rounded up the three main choices of drivetrain here to help you decide which you should be looking out for on your next car. Front-wheel-drive The overwhelming majority of new cars sold today are front-wheel-drive (FWD). Made popular by Citroen, it’s the default template for most vehicles which aren’t sports cars or off-roaders – and it’s exclusively paired with a front-mounted engine. … [Read more...] about Front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive: explained
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SOME things look on paper to be a downright stupid idea but turn out to be brilliant. Take the slinky, for example. That was invented by some bloke called Richard James in 1945. If I knew Rich, and he came to me one night in the pub and said: “I’m gonna market a toy which is essentially a coiled spring which will roll down the stairs,” I would have told him to put down his pint and order a cab. Today more than 300 million slinkys have been sold, netting James and his family over £200million. Yep, seriously. When Audi decided to abandon its impeccable four-wheel drive Quattro system for a special edition of the firebreathing R8 — called the R8 RWS — which sends all 533 of the horses to just the rear wheels, I thought, “That’s going to end badly”. Once again I was wrong. Putting that much power on the back sounds like a recipe for fiery catastrophe. You might expect a sudden spike in fatal crash statistics, as … [Read more...] about Audi’s first rear-wheel-drive motor is a blisteringly quick triumph
5 What is the best handling front-wheel-drive car ever produced? The Peugeot 205 GTi, possibly? The Renaultsport Clio 182 Trophy? Or perhaps it is this: the Honda Integra Type R. There are plenty of people who’d vote for it, not least the team behind Evo magazine circa 2006, which after pitching the Honda against 14 other front-wheel-drive greats concluded there was simply nothing better. So what’s all the fuss about? Not the styling, certainly, which aside from the picnic bench-sized rear wing and small front splitter is entirely forgettable. Same goes for the interior which with its black plastic facia and basic controls is pure 1990s Honda. But then you climb in and start to appreciate the details, such as the close embrace of the Recaro seats, the stubby titanium gear lever, and a rev counter that reads up to 10,000rpm. The car we are driving today now serves in Honda UK’s heritage collection. Its condition is thus as immaculate as you’d expect, … [Read more...] about Honda Integra Type R: the greatest front-wheel-drive car ever?
cities. As growing populations place pressure on urban housing, infrastructure and transport systems, residents, planners and politicians are having to come up with clever solutions to make their cities decent places to live. Yet the quality of a city is not simply defined by the grandeur of its buildings, or the efficiency of its transport system. Here, four urban planners name their favourite cities, and explain what makes them special. Maputo, Mozambique Vanesa Castán Broto, University of Sheffield We do not see cities: we experience them through a multitude of encounters. Trying to explain why I like Maputo is like putting together all those encounters in a unique, yet partial, vision of the city. Not only have I had great times there, but Maputo has taught me most of what I know about the contemporary city. Read more How Texas is ‘building back better’ from Hurricane Harvey As my research became entangled with the future of this city, my own success … [Read more...] about Four urban planners explain the city of their dreams
Sam Sherwood 16:53, April 22 2018 ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFF Mark Nicholl's Toyota Hilux came off second best with the Ashley River on Saturday night. Mark Nicholl thought he was "buggered". His four-wheel-drive was rapidly sinking in Canterbury's Ashley River, his daughter was in tears suffering a panic attack, and his son's 4WD was also submerged in water. Nicholl had been four-wheel-driving with six others during most of Saturday when he decided to cross the river again about 5pm, followed by his son who was also driving a 4WD. "It was starting to get a wee bit dark so I thought we could cross there, I couldn't really tell where I was going and we crossed the river in the wrong spot. READ MORE: Car submerged in Ashley River in CanterburySearch and rescue training kicks up a gear in wake of cyclones and flooding "We were floating, it got a bit deep and we couldn't get out the other side." Advertisement His vehicle was submerged within … [Read more...] about Firefighters, Coastguard rescue four-wheel-driving group from middle of Canterbury river