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Drive Life : April 30th 2010
1HERSA1 0006 6 Drive Life April 30, 2010 drive.com.au FAST LANE STEPHEN OTTLEY BLOCK'S TRICKS FOR KICKS This mean-looking Ford Fiesta is about to become an internet star. It's American rally driver Ken Block's latest weapon for his popular series of YouTube videos, dubbed Gymkhana. In Gymkhana clips, Block uses specially built cars to perform smoking drifts, spins and other stunts for fun. His first two videos starred Subaru Impreza STIs but Block switched to Ford this year for his assault on the World Rally Championship and that means anewGymkhana car. Underneath its bulging bodywork this pint-sized Fiesta packs a big punch. The 2.0-litre engine pumps out 634 kilowatts and can launch the car from 0-60mp/h in two seconds. ''The great thing about Gymkhana for me is that it is amazingly fun to do,'' Block says. ''It's taking some of the best parts of rally racing and removing the stress that is involved with competing.'' BEAMER ME UP, SCOTTY BMW's latest model is set to take off -- literally. The German car maker teamed up with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer, to design the interior of two new executive planes. DesignworksUSA, BMW's LA- based studio, crafted the cabins and cockpits of the new-generation executive jets -- Embraer Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300. The collaboration began in 2004. Embraer wanted to tap into BMW's expertise in designing cars for executive clients. ''The task . . . was to provide the best in pilot comfort, fulfil the requirements of a modern business passenger and combine premium aesthetics with superior design quality,'' the vice president of Embraer marketing and sales, Colin Steven, says. Embraer has already taken 700 orders for the jets. SOCCER STAR RED-CARDED Photo: Getty Images If you are going to try and cheat when getting your licence, don't be a celebrity. An English Premier League footballer, Charles N'Zogbia, found out the hard way that being a famous athlete can have its downside. The 23-year-old was arrested last week when he turned up to take his practical test. The cops were waiting because N'Zogbia had sent someone else to do the theory part of the test a few weeks earlier. He was later released on bail. He might have gotten awaywithitifhewasa regular driver but the recognisable French-born footballer has played more than 100 games in the EPL for Wigan and Newcastle. Britain's road authority estimates about 500 people try a similar trick each year. The Honda Sale Move up now HONDA NSW METRO DEALERS ARTARMON Scotts Honda 9431 2333 BLACKTOWN Trivett Honda Blacktown 8822 1173 BROOKVALE Col Crawford P/L 9941 1390 CAMPBELLTOWN/NARELLAN Macarthur Honda 4636 8000 HOMEBUSH Larke Hoskins 9746 1444 HORNSBY Hornsby Honda 9472 2100 LEICHHARDT Rick Damelian Honda 9560 1000 PARRAMATTA Trivett Classic Honda 9841 8859 PENRITH/KINGSWOOD Great Western Honda 4736 5555 ROCKDALE Collins Honda 9599 4888 ROSEBERY Larke Hoskins 9313 8833 SUTHERLAND Tynan Motors P/L 8545 8888 WARWICK FARM Peter Warren Honda 9828 8111 HONDA REGIONAL DEALERS ACT BELCONNEN Rolfe Honda 6253 3899 ACT PHILLIP Capital Honda 6221 5200 ALBION PARK Shellharbour Honda 4257 2800 ARMIDALE Hardman Honda 6772 8411 BATEMANS BAY Alan May Honda 4472 1100 BATHURST Bathurst Honda 6332 9440 BEGA Bega Valley Motors COFFS HARBOUR Fitzroy Motors DUBBO Sainsbury Automotive GATESHEAD Macquarie Honda GOSFORD Central Coast Honda GOULBURN Geissler Motors Accord Limited Edition $34,490 drive away Limited Edition Features: Bluetooth® phone system Rear park assist Fog lights Chrome grille Door protectors Front/rear chrome garnishes Deluxe tailored floor mats Recommended drive away prices available at participating Honda Dealers on current new stock, while stocks last, on vehicles purchased and delivered between 1/4/10 and 30/6/10.
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