Wednesday, August 29, 2012

South Africa takes hatrick in cricket rankings

After an emphatic 80 run win against England in the second of the One Day International series in England (first was abandoned after a washout), South Africa becomes the first nation ever to hold the top ICC ranking in all three forms of the sport: One Day, Test and T20. Hashim Amla eased his way to 150 before getting out, continuing his amazing performance with the bat since the Test series which ended just over a week ago.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Toyota Philippines' GT86 launch video

Toyota Philippines has released this awesome gem of a video for their launch of the Toyota GT86 (known as the "86" in that part of the world). It was filmed on the runway of Subic International Airport and directed by Sid Maderazo. The clip is only around 4 minutes long but it features some really amazing synchronised driving with the new sports car. Watch after the break.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

RIP Neil Armstrong

The first human ever to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away today owing to heart complications at age 82. One of his astronaut colleagues once famously said: "We went to the moon but we discovered the Earth." That really sums up the space missions throughout the 1960s.

May he rest in peace...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Number 1, end of story!

South Africa is the new number one Test Cricket team in the world after their wonderful victory over England to end the series 2-0. Well done boys! It has been a thrilling series after all the crazy ups and downs - what with Mark Boucher suffering a horrible career ending injury and Kevin Pietersen's weird texts leaving him dropped from the English team. No one can say Test Cricket is boring... You just can't.

Friday, August 17, 2012

It's a sad day... [graphic content]

This is the news plastered on major news outlets today: "S African mining clash killed 30". It's a real shame and a damn sad day for the Rainbow Nation. We have yet to see any meaningful comments from the Presidency and I hope that comes quickly... This is not 1960 and we really don't need another Sharpeville. Don't the police have other ways to handle situations like this? Water cannons come to mind... Apart from some bruising and slipping, it doesn't seem all that harmful compared to rifles and hand-held automatic weapons.

Update (17/08/2012 13:00): The Presidency just announced South African President Zuma will depart the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting early to visit Rustenburg, site of the deadly police shootings.

"Zuma is to cut short his attendance of the 32nd SADC Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, in order to visit Rustenburg this afternoon," reads the statement.

Update (17/08/2012 15:40): President Jacob Zuma said he is "shocked and dismayed at this senseless violence."

Image source: BBC News, Wikipedia, News24

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Two new on-board videos from Toyota

Toyota Europe uploaded two new on-board videos today. The first features Toyota Hybrid Racing's Alex Wurz taking the firm's latest EV record breaker, the TMG EV P002, out for a spin before the car's date with the Colorado Rockys for Pikes Peak. The next video is an on-board shot of Toyota's latest motorsport project - a return to rallying with the Yaris R1A also announced recently. Watch after the break.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jaguar F-Type [Spy Shots]

Received these from a friend in the UK this morning. Camouflaged Jaguar F-Type doing road tests in rush hour. My buddy actually FaceTimed with me (iPhone in a hands-free bracket) to give me a live video feed. Pretty cool!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Toyota goes back to rally with Yaris

Toyota Motorsport in Germany today announced their return to the world of rallying! The new Yaris R1A will now be available as customer entires for 22,500 euros. The first race the new hot Yaris will be the Rally of Germany later in August 2012. By the way, the 1.3-litre engine is not modified at all to make sure the rally version is fun and affordable. Can't wait!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Instagram time! [GALLERY]

Here's a gallery of my recent Instagram pics.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Toyota looks back at 2012 Le Mans [VID]

This year, Toyota brought green technology to Le Mans. The team went through both absolute highs - leading the race from Audi - and horrible lows - Anthony Davidson's massive crash. But, it's just the beginning. The Toyota Racing team will be at the 6 Hours of Silverstone at the end of August and continue for the rest of the FIA World Endurance Championship season this year. Good luck to everyone at Cologne!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Curiosity landing, better than any rollercoaster

NASA put up this awesome video of their Mars Curiosity landing on Mars. It hurtles through space, then the thin Martian atmosphere at supersonic speeds to be stopped by a parachute and rocket engines. No sound here, because it’s made up of 200+ images stitched together. But, it’s amazing! Just imagine.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Phelps cements record at Olympics

Well, it has happened. Phelps cemented his title as greatest ever Olympian at the final swimming even at the 2012 London Olympics - the 4x100 meter medley relay finals. He has won 18 gold medals, 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals at the Olympics bringing up a total of 22 medals. That is by far the most of anyone who ever competed in the games. Not to mention his other medals from international swimming meets and the massive 39 world records he holds in the pool. It's been really awesome following this great sportsman!