Saturday, October 24, 2015

Forza Motorsport 6: The legendary Honda RA300


Now, here's a legendary grand prix machine I'm particularly keen about. The Honda RA300. Part of Forza Motorsport 6's Logitech G Car Pack, this legendary machine has a well-known legacy and commands your upmost respect.

Built in collaboration with Lola Cars, the RA300 is Honda's legendary Formula One racing machine that was introduced halfway through the 1967 season and served as the successor to the RA273.

Like the RA273, the RA300 is powered by a 3.0L V12 engine, but its chassis was designed by Lola, hence gaining the nickname "Hondola" by the motoring public. The Lola-derived chassis is lighter and better to handle than the previous one and such result recorded its first win at the Italian Grand Prix with John Surtees behind the wheel.

It is the only F1 car in Honda's history to win a Grand Prix in the first place and on the only lap it would ever lead.

I'm no fan of classic cars but this Japanese F1 machine from its glorious past feels very novel even though it was emerged at the time where all Formula One cars in the 20th century focused on speed beyond all else. When you hear the noise of its V12 engine, that sound really takes you back to the 60's and trying to master this legendary machine requires precise driving skills because since this is a 60's racing machine car, you have to focus on your senses on when to accelerate, when to brake, and when to corner. With practice, the RA300 isn't a bad classic machine to drive if you have great taste among historic racers and its heritage it carries.

I decided to give the RA300 one lap round Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which now comes with a 2014 track revision of the Grand Prix circuit which is shorter than the old 2008-2013 layout of the GP track but the final corners on this new revision requires precise driving skills if drivers want to make it out alive and race to the checkered flag. Without further ado, here goes my lap round Indianapolis in a legendary Honda F1 car.

After a lap round the 2014 revision of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix Circuit, I have established my personal lap time of 01:33.670. Not the quickest I have done but I had fun discovering the essence of the legendary Honda RA300, the only F1 car in Honda's history to win a Grand Prix in the only lap it would ever lead.

The world is all one in #AlDubEBTamangPanahon

Photo: Official Eat Bulaga Facebook

Truly, the world is all one when everyone at the Philippine Arena, at home, at a viewing party, or abroad witnessed the biggest AlDub event of a lifetime when Alden Richards and Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza finally made it "Sa Tamang Panahon".

It was a star-studded cast with all the Eat Bulaga presenters as well as the Kalyeserye characters present to unleash their own brand of joy to the mass audience and it all builds up to the arrival of AlDub. Too bad no kiss occurred but that's fine by them to see these two finally close to each other having managed to survive through tons of challenges in their never-ending quest for forever. Of course, no event is too colorful without Lola Nidora, Tidora, Tinidora, Duhrizz, Rihanna, Frankie, the Rogelios, the Bernardos, and the Quandos present.

It's a dream come true to witness AlDub matured through the weeks and thanks to the viewers like you, forever truly exists.

Of course, there's one major problem we've faced at the end of the AlDub event because Lola Nidora finally grabbed the diary of secrets from those riding in tandem and she was going to rush to the Dabarkads until the background noise goes a big truck-like honk honk honk. It was a close one but this is the ultimate AlDub experience every AlDub Nation will never forget.

As of right now, over 22.2 million tweets are recorded, less than the tweets regarding AlDub's date at Lola Nidora's mansion, but it's still growing, you can count on it.

If you miss this once-in-a-lifetime AlDub event or if you want to watch it again:

Anyway, with "Sa Tamang Panahon" finally in fruition, looks like the world of AlDub is about to change so keep watching Eat Bulaga for more kalyeserye antics!

Most powerful storm recorded hits Mexico

Image: NOAA via AP/Getty Images

A storm that is being described as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded, known as Hurricane Patricia, wreak havoc on the Pacific coast of Mexico as it moves north. The storm packs powerful winds and heavy rainfall, comparable to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the southern US ten years ago and killed over 1,800 people.

When it made landfall on Friday evening as a Category 5 storm, the fiercest, it had sustained winds of 165mph. Hours later, it weakened to a Category 4 storm packing winds of 130mph and as of right now, it became a Category 2 storm with 100mph of sustained winds.

Despite the downgrade, the National Weather Service warned that it's still a strong hurricane. Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto said that initial reports confirm that the damages have been minor to those corresponding to a hurricane of this magnitude.

The hurricane landed 55 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo, which is home to Mexico's largest container port on its Pacific seaboard.

Meteorologists shown that when Patricia is a Category 5 hurricane, its catastrophic sustained winds of 200mph and pressure of 879mb are beyond compare to 2005's Katrina and Wilma and 1992's Andrew. It's intensity is comparable to Superstorm Yolanda/Haiyan, which hit the Visayas part of the Philippines two years ago. Haiyan had 195mph sustained winds when it made landfall.

Right now, reports of casualties since Patricia's landfall are yet to be determined.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Leopaul's Heaven and Hell: Why I love AlDub

Come tomorrow, the world is all one because of the biggest AlDub event of a lifetime and everyone's fighting to get their seats taken for the biggest and grandest moment they will surely never forget. Although some people couldn't make it had a chance to see it live on television, which is very nice because that big Filipino network known as GMA are very nice to the AlDub Nation so much, they decided to show the big AlDub event to the world and smash records like how many AlDub-related tweets recorded enough to ruin the entire internet.

Before I'm taking part to this biggest celebration every AlDub Nation's dying to see it, let me take the time to ask one thing that...why I'm in love with the AlDub love story,

In the beginning, well, the 16th of July to be exact, when Lola Nidora is busy with the whole Problem Solving segment in Eat Bulaga, and when Alden Richards became one of the Eat Bulaga presenters for the whole "That's My BAE" contest, this is where the love story between Alden and Yaya Dub begins and as weeks have pass, nothing is more tastier and more sweeter than seeing these two DubSmash each other until Lola Nidora plots some conniving ways to separate them. That signalled the birth of the term "Kalyeserye", where Juan can witness every moment after moment regardless of which barangay the presenters are on and so is Yaya Dub.

Through the weeks, we've been introduced by some of the wackiest characters in the Kalyeserye gig. From Lola Nidora's henchmen mostly called Rogelio, Frankie Amoy Arinolli, Duhrizz, Tidora and her Bernardos, Tinidora and her zombie friends called Quando, the mayor doma named Rihanna, Isadora, and many many others, those hilarious characters are spicing up the AlDub love story and no matter what stuff Lola Nidora throws at these two, there's no stopping them, not even the plywood that can separate them.

At first, I thought it was a stupid idea, seeing these two untalkative lovers use some sound bites, mainly from other shows, movies, and songs, to communicate each other. I might think that Yaya Dub could be a robot because robots tend to have recorded messages on their hard drive and play it randomly and that's some conspiracy worthy of Ford Pines himself. Oh, and if you don't know who in the world is Ford Pines, you guys didn't watch Gravity Falls because he's the long lost twin of Grunkle Stan and the six-fingered man behind the mystery journals Dipper's desperate to find out. Anyway, no time to inject Gravity Falls stuff on this article, well in case Mabel's going to spill it anyway for fun, back to my newfound love for AlDub because like I said, I thought this is a very stupid idea for a TV network to pull such a gig but as weeks pass by, their kalyeserye idea DID WORK...BRILLIANTLY.

Because Kalyeserye became a very brilliant gig full stop, they decided to be part of the show before it ends and now, it became a Filipino tradition to have their TVs set to Eat Bulaga and then wait before the Kalyeserye portion airs. It starts with a honk honk, well, a normal car honk honk, and then the drama unfolds until the big truck horn honks, signalling the end of another Kalyeserye day and pick it up on the next day. Simple as that.

It's not just the love story I like the most about the AlDub shindig, it's the sound bites they pulled off. From the Chinese (vietnamese, I presume?) sound bite I don't really know what that is to the fabled Pabebe Girls (wonder how will the original Pabebe Girls react upon using their infamous dialog for AlDub antics) sound bite, nothing is more so than their favorite songs playing in on their mouths.

Because of that, most songs like Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud (Lola Nidora calls it Darling I), Twerk It, Bryan White's God Gave Me You, BIGBANG's Fantastic Baby, and many others including the ladder-laden Mambo No. 5, are now stuck in every AlDub Nation's heads right now, even me. They even manage to create fanmade AlDub playlists just for the heck of it. But hey, not only most foreign songs made the cut to the AlDub gig, there are some almost-forgotten OPM hits came alive because of AlDub. 

One thing I'm particularly keen about is the song that goes "Naniniwala na ako sa forever, pag mula nang makilala kita" and that song is question is sung by none other than the love team known as JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre). Odd because why would AlDub DubSmashed a song done by the Kapamilya love team famous for their on-screen antics at their TV drama On The Wings Of Love?

Maybe AlDub wanted a piece of it until JaDine gets furious enough to meet them face to face in the same way why Bryan White's going to the Philippines and wants a piece of it to AlDub. Looks like I am as suspicious as that guy from Ancient Aliens.

Another thing why there are some wanted a piece of it is the blind date segment from It's Showtime called "Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas?" where a handful of males trying their shot to date the internet sensation they called her Pastillas Girl. We thought it was a clever way to win back fans succumbed from the AlDub menace but guess what? You lose, boy. Your Twitterserye plans don't work because more and more will always plugged their heads to AlDub as long as they like. Too bad I find the whole Pastillas stuff boring and it was only outclassed by the TV show starring Nadine and James.

A rivalry between JaDine and AlDub is choice between IDOLM@STER and Love Live. If you pick something that has more appealing, more fan base, and more firepower than any other, you are going to be on that side but your allegiances might change like a drop of a hat. Does that make you feel like you're a double crosser or being double crossed for all the wrong barrels? Hard to believe I am one of the few idiots who can double cross a certain fan base but hey, that's life. You can't fast-talk your way out until someone knows your dirty secret much like my younger sister who found out that an IM@S fan like me had a piece of Love Live in my room. Yep, I'm a double crosser bu that's all in the name of intelligence and reconnaissance. Something what a 00 Agent from MI6 would do going undercover as a talent producer for a certain talent agency.

In the end, I have a choice. Should I go for the burger steak or a chicken fillet ala king? JaDine or AlDub? I'm pretty sure, I already know my choice is so don't etching me because if you're going to ask which side I am on, it would be nobody because there are some who turned out to be double crossers but since I'm not a big JaDine fan because I got bored with OTWOL, I'd better stick with the AlDub because all of their shenanigans are well and truly payed off to become the national couple of the Philippines and soon the world.

Anyway, that's enough for it. I need to go now. I have to be fully prepared for the big AlDub day tomorrow. Yo, Buddy? You still awake? Thanks for reading and see you soon.

Let's Do The News! (October 23, 2015)

- The Supreme Court asked the Iglesia Ni Cristo leaders to present personally the church's expelled minister Lowell R. Menorca II before the Court of Appeals on the 3rd of November at 1000 hours Philippine time. In a resolution that contained the Writs of Habeas Corpus and Amparo, the SC ordered the INC to answer or make a verified return of the writs within five days from receipt of the order.

- The Office of the Ombudsman fired 19 Philippine National Police officials for the anomalous procurement of police coastal crafts worth 4.5 million pesos six years ago.

- During the Benghazi hearing, Hillary Clinton, the highly-potential candidate for the US Democratic presidency, deflected Republican criticism in Congress over how she worked as the Secretary of State. This was her first face-off against the Republicans since she announced her candidacy. Republican lawmakers questioned her for 11 hours about the deadly Benghazi attacks three years ago, where four Americans are killed including the ambassador.

- After his Mongolian tour, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has arrived in Turkmenistan as part of his Central Asian trip. Turkmenistan has the world's 4th largest natural gas reserves and gas exports to China and other nations boosted the nation's growth by around 10%, but thanks to falling prices, the growth began to simmer down. Abe will pledge to support Japanese firms' investment with Turkmenistan and help built its infrastructure.

- The Dutch team has defended its titled in the biennial World Solar Challenge in Australia. Australia held their biennial World Solar Challenge where the the best teams in the world came up with their own solar cars and take on an endurance race stretching 3,000km from Darwin to Adelaide. The Dutch has done a 1-2 finish in the Challenger Class with Japan placed 3rd.

- The FIA Formula E 2015-2016 season is almost starting with the first round set in Beijing this weekend. For its second season of the first-ever FIA Formula E, the drivetrains of their electric machines have improved with new motors, inventions, and gearboxes, resulting to a new noise coming out from the Formula E racers. Check it out.

- The new Mini Cabrio has been unveiled, offering the same stuff from the hardtop model with the open top goodness.

- Actress Bianca Gonzales gives birth to a baby girl.

- DON'T FORGET! Tomorrow is the biggest AlDub event of a lifetime and it's happening at the Philippine Arena. For those who didn't bought the tickets (because it's sold out), couldn't make it at the Philippine Arena, or stuck at home, don't worry because it will be simulcasted live on Eat Bulaga only on GMA and GMA Pinoy TV (for overseas Filipinos who are fans of AlDub!)


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Let's Do The News! (October 22, 2015)

- According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Typhoon Lando has damaged over seven billion pesos worth of agriculture and infrastructure in regions I, II, III. IV-A, IV-B, V, and Cordillera Administrative Region. As of now, death toll is now 41, 78 are injured, and five people remained unaccounted for.

- The Bureau of Immigration has been taken a stab by protesters over the deportation order against US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who is on trial for the murder of a Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude last year.

- Japanese PM Shinzo Abe began his tour to Mongolia and five Central Asian nations for talks with the nations' leaders to boost economic ties. Abe flew from Tokyo's Haneda Airport to Mongolia for his first leg of his trip, the first since cabinet reshuffling earlier this month.

- US Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will not run for presidency in next year's elections, boosting the standing of front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race for naming their Democratic presidential nomination.

- Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn criticism both home and abroad over his comment that the Palestinians persuaded the Nazis to rid the world of Jewish people during the Second World War. At a conference in Jerusalem, Netanyahu referred to a meeting in 1941 between Adolf Hitler and a Palestinian Muslim leader. The opposition accused Netanyahu for distorting history by minimizing the infamous Nazi dictator's responsibility. Historians claimed that the killing of Jewish people begun before Hitler's meeting with the Muslim leader.

- Toyota USA celebrates Back To The Future day by featuring a special clip for the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle with two BTTF lead actors who played Doc Brown and Mary McFly in the trilogy. Great Scott!

- Aston Martin unveiled their Rapide-based electric premium sedan concept called the RapidE outside Lancaster House in London - the venue for a meeting between Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and President of The People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping. It could preview Aston's EV drivetrain that is expected to hit the market by the next two years.

- News reporter Korina Sanchez was criticized over her airport photo. Her caption from her photo says “On my way to Cebu for a speech. Aba, opo, pumipila po ako haha!” until she edited her caption or removed for numerous reasons. Korina travelled to Cebu to address her speech for the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, Inc.

- Today is the 14th weeksary of the AlDub love time and preparations for the big event at Philippine Arena is underway. Speaking of which, will there be a possible real kiss between Alden Richards and Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza?! The answer will be revealed this Saturday so watch for it.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gran Turismo 6: Round the World in a Delorean


It's Back To The Future day so let's celebrate by getting to know more about the legendary DeLorean, the unsung American-made sportscar that became a pop culture icon thanks to the time-travelling adventures of Doc Brown and Marty in the Back To The Future trilogy. Man, it's been an honor to take this time-travelling hero for a spin even though it doesn't have the same gadgetry as Doc Brown's.

City of Arts and Sciences - Night

It all began when John Z. DeLorean, who the vice president of General Motors in the 60's and the man behind the Pontiac brand, left the company at the late 70's to start his own car company. His car company, the DeLorean Motor Company, put up its own base in Ireland and their first mass-production model was the DMC-12.

DeLorean wanted to create a sportscar which is reasonably priced and stylish to please the crowd but due to lack of originality, they have to outsource the DMC-12 from elsewhere. With handling by Lotus, styled by Giugiaro, and a wheezy 130bhp Renault engine mounted at the back, the DeLorean should have been the best of both worlds but the DeLorean gained a bad reputation for being one of the worst cars ever made, even worse is some numerous owners got trapped inside by the failing electrics.

In 1981, when production has reached 6,500 units, John Z. DeLorean was arrested for suspicion of drug possession. When pleaded not guilty, his company went bust two years later and by the time production ended, the total production of the DMC-12 was only 8,500. It was a disaster until in 1985 when Steven Spielberg made it a time-travelling hero car in the Back To The Future trilogy. Thanks to the Back To The Future trilogy's success, the DeLorean became a pop icon and you can see one of these at major car museums or at Universal Studios.

In the mid-2000's a new DeLorean car company in the USA is in charged with the remaining inventory and updated it with this, the S2. It may look like the classic DeLorean but its 3.0L engine has been uprooted to 197HP of power and 211.9ft-lb of torque. It may not sound much by modern standards but Great Scott! It feels good.

In honor of the DeLorean's pop culture stardom thanks to the Back To The Future trilogy, I guess it's time to send this time machine star a world tour it will never forget. That's right. I'm going round the world in a DeLorean that became famous for having Doc Brown and Marty travel through time and get things right. Besides, it's already October 21, 2015 afterall so let's get cracking!

Tokyo R246 Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit Côte d'Azur Circuito di Roma Circuito de Madrid - Mini Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Eiger Nordwand - Short Track London Nürburgring GP_F Willow Springs International Raceway - Big Willow Red Bull Ring Short Track

After all of time and space later, its world tour has finally finished...

Syracuse - Night

So, the DeLorean. How was it? At start, it felt like a marketing disaster because of all the things that went wrong at the hands of consumers but when it became Doc Brown's time machine (with a hint of Mr. Fusion on it that turns garbage into power), it was immortalized to the hall of fame for star cars. Although I haven't seen the BTTF trilogy in ages, I was enamored by the DeLorean's star power that woos car enthusiasts for generations after generations and making the year 2015 felt like it was the actual 2015 as seen in the Back To The Future films. With some of the 2015 stuff from the Back To The Future films becoming real, there's one thing I wish it was real at this moment in time...a DeLorean that can travel through time and space.

Happy BTTF day!

Let's Do The News! (October 21, 2015)

- The death toll from Typhoon Lando is now up to 26 according to the NDRRMC. So far, Lando has weakened from typhoon into tropical depression as it slowly moves northeast. At least 246 villages in four Central Luzon provinces and in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, remain flooded.

- According to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Senator Grace Poe will eclipse her legal battle against her enemies who want her disqualified from the May 2016 elections.

- According to a human rights group affiliated with the Syrian rebels, about 127 civilians are killed from the Russian-led airstrikes.

- Empress Michiko is now 81 years old and to commemorate her birthday, she has reflected on events of the past year from natural calamities, the end of the Second World War, and many others happened on Japan.

- North Korea and South Korea held a week-long reunions of families separated by the Korean War for the first time in 20 months at Mount Kumgang resort. Senior officials from the two Koreas reached an agreement on the matter in August.

- When American electric car giant Tesla unveiled the Autopilot update on their Tesla Model S saloon and the upcoming Tesla Model X crossover, they have promised that the future of mobility is now thanks to science of autonomous driving...until there's a problem. Reports told that the Model S set in Autopilot got ticketed for speeding in a 60mph zone.

- As the VW diesel scandal still escalating, reports told that French authorities have raided VW's French offices in the ongoing probe on emission-cheating diesel problems.

- Miss Austria 2013 Ena Kadic died after she fell down the mountain while jogging since the 19th of October. Megan Young, who won the Miss Universe pageant two years ago, mourns the death of the Austrian beauty queen.

- Actress Gwen Zamora and Jeremy Marquez will marry in next year.

- Actress Amanda Abbington, who appeared in an episode of BBC's Sherlock as Marty Morstan, will reappear on the upcoming TV special set for Christmas Day airing.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Let's Do The News! (October 20, 2015)

- Typhoon Lando (Koppu) has weakened into a tropical storm and is expected to become a Low Pressure Area before it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility. As of 1000 hours, Philippine Time, Lando was located 125km west of Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 85kph and gusts up to 100kph.

- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council confirmed that the death toll from Typhoon Lando has reached 12 and 60,170 families affected.

- Japan's labor ministry has confirmed the first cancer case related to the cleanup work on the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The worker in question has been diagnosed with leukemia and the ministry approved the workers' compensation. Radiation exposure has been linked to the onset of leukemia.

- The Canadian Liberal Party has scored a win in Monday's general election, ousting the Conservatives for the first time in a decade. As of now, the center-left Liberals headed by Justin Trudeau have won over 170 of the 338 parliamentary seats, resulting to the end of Conservative Stephen Harper's tenure as prime minister.

- One of the suicide bombers behind the deadly Ankara bombings are identified. One of the bombers are named Yunus Emre Alagoz, who is likely to have entered Turkey from Syria to carry out the attack. Authorities are trying to determine if he has links to the Islamic State.

- Shooting for the movie adaptation of the classic BBC comedy show, Absolutely Fabulous, is underway.

- JR Tokai collaborated with the legendary Evangelion anime franchise to showcase this awesome 500 TYPE EVA bullet train. Fancy your next train ride will be much like the legendary anime series you've watched when you were little.

- The NMKV joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi continue to expand by providing more kei cars for the Japanese public and, if maybe, join forces on creating a small electric vehicle.

- If you're thinking of buying tickets for the big AlDub event this Saturday, you're out of luck because just three days after its announcement on Eat Bulaga, all tickets for the AlDub event titled "Sa Tamang Panahon" are sold out. Don't worry though, this event's televised on Eat Bulaga.


Forza Motorsport 6: The Caparo T1

Now, let's check out one of the cars offered on Forza Motorsport 6's Logitech G Car Pack and this one is way beyond extreme when it comes to performance and thrills.


This is the Caparo T1 and this extreme track-day machine is the byproduct of the two engineers who used to work for the development of the McLaren F1 hypercar. Its chassis is comprised with carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque while its suspension is a double wishbone with tunable anti-roll bars and five-way adjustable race dampers.

Powering the T1 is a 3.5L, 32-valve, aluminum V8 engine mounted at 90-degrees and lubricated by a dry sump oil system. It produces 575HP of power and 420Nm of torque and because of its 470kg kerb weight, it has a stronger power-to-weight ratio than the Bugatti Veyron. It's mated with a 6-speed sequential gearbox made of magnesium and carbon materials.

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So, upon driving the T1, I never realized how intimidating this open-wheeler is ever since the Ariel Atom. I also found out that this is not an easy car to master because even when you get it right, its intimidating dynamics can hurl you down like a wolf chewing on your arms. When on a wet lap, just a single slip can really cause a major pileup so watch out for it.

With enough practice, you can see how much fun this extreme track toy really is and when compared against its small but terrible oppositions, the Caparo T1 deserves its foes to have a really good kicking.

It maybe inspired from a Formula One car but its performance poses a huge threat to the driver who is not paying attention to its strengths and weaknesses.

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To find out just how intimidating the T1 is, I sent this car round the Top Gear Track and go on a power lap. I know that the Caparo T1 lapped round the track in 1:10.6 (until it was removed from the board for regulations) but because of the wet weather we're facing now, it's going to be different than what The Stig attempted. In theory, very wet laps costs six seconds of lap time so it might be best to find out how fast I can get this T1 round the Top Gear Track when wet.

Without further ado, the wet lap attempt for the T1...

In a case of "what ifs", the T1 lapped round the Top Gear track in 1:16.489 when wet so if this track dried up, I have beaten the lap time set by The Stig, which is fairly close but remarkable if you understand how to take good care of the deadly Caparo T1.

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The Caparo T1 is part of Forza Motorsport 6's Logitech G Car Pack. If you have the Car Pass, be sure to pick up the DLC pack and drive the Caparo T1 in-game today!

Hyundai New Avante/Elantra (AD)

2016 Hyundai Avante

Hyundai's Avante (known as the Elantra in the world market) has been regenerated and for this regeneration, it becomes more of a questionable compact midsize saloon rather than a stylish one, probably thanks to Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design first seen on the Genesis premium saloon. While this may have some eccentric looks that some say they stole it from the Mazda Axela's, what's it like to be in the new model?

With the slogan "Super Normal" comes into the new Avante's mind, Hyundai says that this all-new Avante has been through lot of tests to ensure that this C-segment saloon is on par against the Japanese biggies. Although the design is not what you called stylish, it has a drag coefficient of 0.27 Cd, making it the lowest of its class courtesy of its Wheel Air Curtains alongside its bumper ribs and the under cover. It's now longer and wider than the previous model and 53% of the new Avante's bodywork comprises of Advanced High Strength Steel, making it more stiffer and more durable.

2016 Hyundai Avante interior

2016 Hyundai Avante interior

Although the exterior design will leave car enthusiasts some mixed reactions, expect the same thing on the interior as well because while the previous MD model looks somewhat rakish and radical, the new AD model's interior is becoming more uniform as what present-day Hyundais had. Once you get in, you can't really tell the difference between this and any other Hyundais offered. While the interior is becoming a Hyundai uniformity for bigger things to come, there are some concessions of conveniences offered such as rear air-con vents, Integrated Memory Seat, Smart Trunk, optional Harman audio system, and Smart Navigation + 7 inches Rear View Camera. Yes. It's becoming more tech-savvy for the millennials right now.

2016 Hyundai Avante

Like the previous Avante MD model, the new Avante AD model is offered with two engine choices; a 1.6L GDi engine producing 132PS of power and 164Nm of torque or a 1.6L e-VGT engine with 136PS and 183Nm of torque. Most variants can be offered with either a 6-speed AT or a 6-speed MT but on the diesel variant, a 7-speed double clutch gearbox is an exclusivity.

As for dynamics, the new Avante comes with an updated Motor Driven Power Steering that provides better handling response at different speeds, resulting to even better stability on corners but I'm not sure if these drivers react to this upgraded electric power steering, presumably. As for silence, the new model has better NVH thanks to new windscreen wipers, thickened glass windows, and a rear-wheel guard made from new materials.

Safety-wise the new Avante is loaded with tech such as automatic braking system, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Detector with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It even comes with SPAS for parking purposes and a Lamp Disconnection Diagnostic System which warns the drivers that one of its headlamps are out, meaning they'd better service it at their nearest Hyundai dealer for a new set of lights.

The Avante is now available with an introductory price of 13,840,000 to 21,250,000 Won for the petrol model and 16,000,000 to 23,710,000 Won for the diesel model. It doesn't sound cheap but it's a smart buy full stop. So, what's to like about the Avante? Affordability? Perhaps. Drivability? Think so. Tech. Presumably. And what's not to like? Perhaps it's the styling that doesn't really woo the crowd.

Available colors: Polar White, Platinum Silver, Sparkling Metal, Iron Grey, Ice White, Marina Blue, Moonlight Blue, Phoenix Orange, Fiery Red, and Phantom Black.

Photo: Hyundai Motor Company

Monday, October 19, 2015

Let's Do The News! (October 19, 2015)

- According to PAGASA, Typhoon Lando (Koppu) will stay longer in northern and central Luzon of the Philippines for three more days or until Wednesday because it's moving slowly. As of right now, it continues to head towards the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Abra, and Apayao. The storm warning for Metro Manila has been lifted.

- The international deal to limit the nuclear development of Iran has taken place after the UNSC adopted a resolution on the issue. Three months ago, Iran and six world powers reached a final agreement aimed at limiting the nation's nuclear development in exchange for easing international sanctions.

- Henriette Reker, the female politician who was attacked during her campaign for mayor of Cologne, Germany, has won by a landslide. She was attacked by someone who was angry about Germany's tolerant policy on refugees and she was hospitalized. Her condition is serious but stable.

- The leader of the ethnic Uygurs living outside China has opposed the fatal Bangkok bombing last August. Rebiya Kadeer, the head of the World Uyghur Congress, blamed the Thai government for possibly provoking the attack by forcibly deporting Uygurs to China.

- Two cabinet members separately offered prayers in the main building of the Yasukuni Shrine on Sunday for the autumn festival.

- The first trailer for the upcoming 3DCG movie adaptation of the Ratchet & Clank video game franchise is here.

- Swedish carmaker Volvo announced that their first all-electric vehicle will arrive in the next four years, targeting against the likes of Tesla.

- TV presenter Willie Revillame was ordered by the Court of Appeals to be arrested over child abuse case.

- Pinay beauty queen Hillarie Danielle Parungao will be representing the Philippines for the upcoming Miss World 2015 as she was named Miss World Philippines 2015.

- In case you missed the Philippines vs. The World boxing event held at Stubhub Center, California, our four Filipino boxers triumphed against the world's finest. Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo maintained his unbeaten record against Yardly Suarez after a first round KO. Albert Pagara, meanwhile, pinned down against William Gonzales on his first US fight after the sixth round. Jason Pagara destroyed Santos Benavides on the second round. And on the main event, Donnie "Ahas" Nietes won the match against Juan Alejo by unanimous decision. Philippines wins.

- Meanwhile, Filipino boxer Brian Viloria was defeated by the undefeated rival Roman Gonzales after a ninth-round KO.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Forza Motorsport 6: Tale of two Jags

A few moments ago, I went to the Top Gear Test Track to compare between the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R and the BMW M4 just to find out which of the car is best and to my amazement, the F-Type Coupe R, with its supercharged V8 engine, outsmart the turbocharged BMW M4 like how Britain won the Battle of Britain.

Now, I'm in one part of Great Britain. Specifically, Silverstone, and I'm still in the F-Type Coupe R to see how much fun this V8-powered sportscar is on its home turf. However, I'm not sending this F-Type back home just for fun, I sent it home because I want to compare this to another Jaguar offered in-game and that particular Jag in question is a hardcore version of the XKR-S, undoubtedly one of the best Jags I have ever driven in my Forza life.

The GT version of Jaguar's high-performance XKR-S coupe represents the pinnacle of Jaguar's ultimate grand tourer and it has became a hardcore, track-focused version of the said model.

In the North American market, only 30 units are made. The GT features enhanced aerodynamic components and suspension development for better downforce and handling. It is the first Jaguar to use carbon ceramic brakes.

Like the base XKR-S, it comes with the 5.0L V8 petrol Supercharged AJ-V8 GEN III R engine producing 550PS of power and 680Nm of torque. It will do 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and top speed electronically limited to 186mph.

Upon driving the XKR-S GT, it takes an expert-level driver to master the harsh dynamics due to the sheer power and torque its V8 delivers and when it rains down on the track, you need to be pretty certain because one slip and you're gone. It takes determination and guts to tame this British bulldog right up to its noses.

Both the F-Type Coupe R and the XKR-S GT really are the cream of the crop from Jaguar but what differs these two really is hard to explain why because while the F-Type Coupe is more of a grand tourer fit for leisurely purposes only rich gentlemen would do, the XKR-S GT nullifies its gentlemanly manner in the pursuit of being a track-ready screamer. Sure, the F-Type R is lighter than the XKR-S GT but because the XKR-S GT features track-focused essentials, seems that it can munch through every corner it sees but either way, they can be tricky to get to their best behavior even when wet.

To find out, I compare these two Jags on a head to head comparo round Silverstone for some wet laps. Fastest time wins so here goes...

After spending the day with a wet lap round Silverstone, I have the results. The XKRS-GT did it in 2:45.597 while the F-Type Coupe R did it in 2:44.804, which means the F-Type Coupe R has been proven to be the ultimate Jaguar at this moment in time.

Oh yes, it's good to be bad.

Doctor Who S09E05

Doctor Who S09E05

Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams guest starred as Ashildr in the episode titled "The Girl Who Died" and on this episode, The Doctor and Clara Oswald went to the age of the Vikings to protect the village from a menacing alien warriors known as the Mire and a war criminal named Odin.

On that episode, we witnessed how did The Doctor got his face and as explained with a flashback from "The Fires of Pompeii" episode aired seven years ago. We got our minds blown by the shocking revelations.

With a piece of alien tech revived Ashildr after the Vikings successful victory against the Mire, looks like her mystery about her newly found immortality will have to wait. Looks like we can expect more of Ashildr for next week's episode.


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