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New SEMA Garage Planned in Michigan

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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) purchased a 45,000-square-foot building in the Detroit, Mich., area to be used as a second SEMA Garage where manufacturers will have access to advanced product-development tools and equipment, a state-of-the-art emissions testing lab, an ADAS research and development center, and expert technicians who will help bring products to market.

Like the high-tech SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, Calif., the Detroit facility will give aftermarket parts manufacturers access to sophisticated resources that are typically accessible only to large-scale manufacturers. In addition to exclusive OEM measuring sessions, scanning services, advanced tools and equipment, a CARB-recognized emissions lab, and a modern training center, the Detroit facility will include expanded services and offer new SEMA benefits through the ADAS Research and Development Center. The ADAS Center represents a new venture for SEMA, where manufacturers will be able to obtain static calibration of on-board vehicle ADAS systems (radars and cameras). With access to OEM-quality equipment and procedures, manufacturers will be able to easily troubleshoot software/hardware obstacles, as well as work on dynamic testing in conjunction with local facilities... more

Aftermarket Buzz

The Imperative Role that Technology Plays in Workforce Management

Workforce Management has always required a highly specialised balancing act to ensure efficacy. Within the current socio-economic climate, this knife’s edge has become much more complicated than ever before. To manage this and ensure success,… more

Does the colour of your car affect your insurance premium?

‘Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants, so long as it is black.’ Times have certainly changed since Henry Ford made his famous statement back in 1909. Today, the most popular car colour on South Africa’s roads is white:… more

Bakwena’s food security project bears fruit

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted once again the desperate need to address food security issues in rural communities across South Africa. As hard lockdown took its toll, the need for food security became all the more important. Bakwena Platinum… more

Mobility Beat

The ‘Software République’: a new open ecosystem for intelligent and sustainable mobility

Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales join forces to create the ‘Software République’: a new open ecosystem for intelligent and sustainable mobility. Five leaders in their domains have laid the foundations for this… more

Shortage of Containers from the Far East

Please note that China & the Far East will be facing major container shortages in the next few days and coming weeks. A shortage of containers in key locations, especially across Asia has been a major challenge during the latter part of 2020 and has… more

TruckStore making bold moves in South Africa to accommodate current and future growth

TruckStore South Africa celebrates the official opening of its larger and more prominently located new facility The used trucks & buses retail outlet further expands its footprint across South Africa to create easy access for customers and support… more

Motoring

World premiere of the Toyota BZ4X Concept

Toyota concept previews a new family of battery electric vehicles Toyota bZ – “beyond Zero” – highlights Toyota’s commitment to carbon neutrality, and beyond Constructed on an all-new e-TNGA platform, optimised for electric vehicles Developed in… more

New Peugeot 3008

Since launching in 2016, the PEUGEOT 3008 has taken the lead in the compact SUV market, achieved outstanding commercial performance in Europe and internationally, and scooped the Car of The Year award in 2017. Fast forward to 2021 now and get ready… more

Buy your new Hyundai online all the way without leaving the comfort of your home

Hyundai has entered the realm of complete online shopping with Click to Buy in South Africa – giving you the comfort of selecting and buying your car online from the comfort of your couch, up to the point of having your new vehicle delivered in… more

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Railing against the rules

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux

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It seems F1’s new regulations, mandating a quartet of aerodynamic changes, have hurt the so-called “low-rake” cars with Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer suggesting his cars are losing a second per lap to the higher-rake cars such as the Red Bulls.

In this light. Szafnauer is calling for the sport’s governing body, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), to step in and make an unprecedented mid-season rule change to restore the status-quo.

According to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, “it would seem a little naive to think that the rules are suddenly just going to get changed”.

Perhaps Aston Martin should revisit the history books. Back in the day, when new regulations cut F1 cars’ engine capacity from 2.5 to 1.5 litres for the 1961 season, the (then) owner of the Aston Martin company, David Brown, railed against the rule change.

“In view of the extraordinary decision…. the whole question of Aston Martin's participation in F1 racing now and in the future must come up for reconsideration,” he said.

The result? The rule change was adopted and Aston Martin existed the F1 stage.

Photocredit: Autosport

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Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Van Rooyen victorious at Zwartkops

It was a solid weekend of racing for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA’s Global Touring Car (GTC) team at Zwartkops, with Michael van Rooyen recording his second victory of the year during Round 2; and Mandla Mdakane finishing in second place during the second… more

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) to provide batteries for all new eSkootr championship

Williams Advanced Engineering has been announced as sole provider of batteries for the all new eSkootr race series The championship will be contested on street circuits across the world, supported by a maximum of 10 teams, racing 30 eSkootrs… more

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