During a race event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, this Camaro drag car experienced what is reportedly a nitrous explosion. At first, there’s a fireball which shoots out via the hood scoop. A crew member checks on it (foolishly without any protective gear), and then BOOM. I’m sure the team are just thankful that every one is still alive after this incident. Watch the video after the jump. (more…)
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It has definitely been a slow week here on Brake Banzeen. Heck, it’s been a slow week pretty much everywhere in the auto news world! But I thought it would be good to show the other side to Yas Marina’s F1 2-seater experience in Abu Dhabi. If you remember a recent post of mine, I showcased a video of a woman being violently thrown around in the car because the pit crew didn’t properly secure her into the seat. Here is Harry Metcalfe’s (from evo Magazine) positive experience to counter that. Watch the video after the jump. (more…)
You’re in a race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi… You’re strapped into the seat of your Renault Clio race car… The race begins… You floor the throttle… You approach the first turn… You make it through… You continue to push the car… Then… Find out what happens in the video after the jump. (more…)
At the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, they have 2-seater F1 cars on hand for people to experience the sheer insanity of their V10-powered, 700bhp open-wheel race cars. The cars are capable of hitting 5G of G-force, so being tightly secured in the cockpit is a serious requirement.
Unfortunately for this passenger, the belts weren’t on tight enough. See what happens in the video after the jump. (more…)
F1 is back in the region and as always, Abu Dhabi is expected to host another great event! F1′s Middle Eastern coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be broadcast November 11th – 13th on Abu Dhabi Sport 2 for free (HD is a paid service; race w/ English commentary may be viewed on Abu Dhabi Sport 6 HD). Hit the jump for the list of Abu Dhabi Sport coverage timings (GMT+3). (more…)
Maserati has launched a single-make racing championship for the Middle East. The Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East will feature sixteen cars competing in a 12-race schedule across different venues in the Middle East, such as Qatar’s Losail Circuit, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, the Dubai Autodrome and more.
Based on the GranTurismo coupe, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo is powered by a 488bhp 4.7 liter V8 engine driving the (more…)
Fresh from a trip in Dubai, there was a bit of buzz making the rounds about a “superbus” which was currently in the works. How super exactly? This “superbus” will carry 23 passengers while traveling at a speed of 250km/h on a dedicated “speed track” (concrete track running parallel to the existing motorway). The “superbus” is made out of carbon fiber keeping the weight of this massive vehicle as low as possible, while it’s powered by (more…)
UPDATE AFTER THE JUMP.
With the unrest in Bahrain calming down, there are talks that the Formula One race at Sakhir could be back on. The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has given Bahrain till the 1st of May to communicate if it would be in a position to host the race towards the end of the season, probably before the (more…)
The Abu Dhabi authorities have come up with a very neat trick to alert motorists that they’re entering areas with a new speed limit: a coloured layer on the road (see pic above).
A new speed limit between 20 and 40 km/h is being applied in (more…)
Formula 1 returns to the Gulf this weekend as Abu Dhabi will host the final grand prix of the season, with Red Bull already claiming the Constructors Championship. As for the Drivers Championship, Alonso, Vettel, Webber and Hamilton all have a shot of snagging the title and it all comes down to this race. Exciting stuff!
F1 coverage will be broadcast this weekend (November 12th – 14th) on Abu Dhabi Sport 2 for free (HD is a paid service). Hit the jump for the list of Abu Dhabi Sport coverage timings (GMT+3). (more…)
Now that I just re-read the title I used, you would think that I encourage this sort of behavior. Note: Brake Banzeen does not condone such acts! There… the lawyers will be happy.
In a creative and bold move to increase awareness in the Emirates, Abu Dhabi police have aired traffic violations caught by camera on Abu Dhabi TV. Over the next 30 days, a short TV segment showcasing serious traffic violations, along with their respective fines and black points, will air after the evening news. The message is “You are responsible for your safety and for the safety of others”. Hit the jump to watch the video. (more…)
After creating the Yas Eagle Phantom range for Abu Dhabi Motors, Rolls Royce decided it wasn’t enough to satisfy the customization-centric UAE market. So here are two more freshly launched Rolls Royce Phantom special editions produced specifically for the UAE.
First up is the Baynunah Motif model. This 4-door Phantom is inspired by (more…)
The UAE has no shortage of custom rides. When it comes to individuality, the Emiratis definitely like to make their statement. Case in point is this custom Nissan Patrol, dubbed the “Black Spider”, which belongs to Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan (a.k.a. The Rainbow Sheikh) from Abu Dhabi. The Patrol has six wheels and a hydraulic system that should help the vehicle climb anything in its way. Watch the video after the jump. (more…)
Well, the Abu Dhabi police department better learn a good lesson from this PR move which turned ugly!
The Lamborghini Gallardo police car pictured here is one of two cars used by the Italian Polizia. Unfortunately for them, it was short lived and quite ironically, the car and its officer were returning from a safe-driving seminar.
If you weren’t impressed with the Abu Dhabi police department’s acquiring of a Nissan Skyline, be prepared to get blown away. The UAE has been known to be the master of PR in the region, meaning it knows how to put a spin on anything and you have to respect that!
To promote road safety in Abu Dhabi, the police force decided to showcase some of their cavalry. I had learned about the Skyline only recently, but I had no clue that they had a new Chevy Camaro, a custom Orange County Choppers (OCC) motorcycle dubbed “The Falcon”, and an open-wheel race car in full police gear (lights and sirens) called the F999 in their arsenal!
Thumbs up to the Abu Dhabi police for doing something different to raise awareness on the importance of road safety.
[Source: Abu Dhabi Police GHQ]