The motorsport conundrum

Text: Franco Theron and Junaid Samodien

Since the dawn of the 19th century, motorsport has always existed due to two key factors. Through the decades, these factors have either worked together very closely and successfully or either against one another, proving unsustainable for the sport. These two factors speak to the needs of the spectators as well as the big manufacturers (brands). The following article will analyse the movement of the motorsport world into different directions, perhaps towards an imbalance between the two factors.

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The emperor’s cogs   

Dual-clutch gearboxes are rubbish

There, I said it. Somebody had to, eventually, although I’ve been preaching this for what seems like a decade. DSG, DCT, S-tronic, MCT, it doesn’t matter what you call an automatic shifter with more than one clutch – they’re fairly terrible most of the time. 

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Discontinued Cars

The quiet exits

So you’re on your way to buy a new Chevy Sonic or finally order that big Honda Accord. Bad news – you’ll only find those on crunchy gravel forecourts laced with colourful bunting and misspelled slogans. For your entertainment (or misery) we’ve made a small list of cars that are no more.

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The annoying assistants

Why do we have all these electronic nannies in modern cars?

Believe it or not, as a motoring journalist I have an inexplicable attraction to basic and classic vehicles. This love is due to the uncomplicated nature of cars like the Renault Sandero, Suzuki Jimny, Land-Rover Defender, Volkswagen Polo Vivo, etc.

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