BMW i3 – Munich gives us the future – now.

Electric cars are nothing new, in fact they’ve been around as an idea since the middle of the 19th century. We’ve also had cars like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet/Vauxhall Volt/Ampera and Tesla Roadster available for some time. So why does today’s unveiling of the BMW i3 knock all of them into the gutter?  No, it…

Why the Volkswagen XL1 is better than a Le Mans racer

Volkswagen is currently making a lot of noise about this: If you didn’t already know, that’s the Volkswagen XL1, currently the world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid car in regular production. EngageSportMode isn’t usually a fan of eco-cars, but the design details of the XL1 mean that it feels less hair shirt and more Nomex overalls than…

Top Gear Review – Series 20, Episode 2

So after the initial hurrah of a new series, we’re now at that awkward second episode stage for this season of Top Gear. Check out what EngageSportMode made of it below. Warning, contains spoilers, but is gluten-free. Top Gear Series 20, Episode 2 – UK Air Date 7th July 2013 EngageSportMode wasn’t hugely complimentary of…

The Nissan ZEOD RC – Is it all new?

As a break from discussing Formula 1 tyres, instead EngageSportMode examines Nissan’s new electric Le Mans challenger, and the craziest car you’ve never heard of. Is the Nissan ZEOD RC really from the 1970s? A couple of weeks ago, Nissan unveiled its new electric racing car – the ZEOD RC. Following on from 2012’s DeltaWing…

End Of The Road: The VW Polo 1.4 SE (9N3)

I intended to write and publish this item many, many, weeks ago. However, certain events transpired to prevent me from doing so. So here it is, now, slightly later than planned.   In short, the 9N3 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 SE pictured above is no longer with me, having been traded in for something else, which…