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Richard Hammond roasts YouTubers and the cars they drive

Published: 25/May/2020 11:11

by Joe Craven

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The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to all things cars and, after being exposed to some of the cars that top YouTubers are driving around, he had some choice comments for the stars in question. 

Hammond, who originally made his name as a host on the BBC’s immensely popular Top Gear, has since moved over to Amazon Prime alongside long-time colleagues Jeremy Clarkson and James May. The trio also appears regularly on YouTube channel DRIVETRIBE, discussing all things motor vehicles.

Now, during a video uploaded to the DRIVETRIBE channel on May 24, the immensely popular presenter went through different YouTube stars one by one and looked at the cars they had bought. As fans of The Grand Tour will expect, he had some strong comments for some of them.

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Hammond, Clarkson, and May are long time friends and co-hosts.

Despite the opportunity to poke fun at a host of internet celebrities, Hammond is actually pretty complimentary about quite a few, including Ken Block and Jay Leno. Leno’s car, for example, a 1954 Jaguar XK120, is described by Hammond as one of the finest cars ever made.

“Moving onto Jay Leno and his 1954 Jaguar XK120,” Hammond said. “Quite simply one of the most beautiful cars ever made and one of the best sports cars ever built. And that is a particularly fine one. I’ve watched I believe a video of Jay driving that thing and it is a special car.”

Thankfully, for viewers looking for a more cutting edge commentary, Hammond did poke fun at quite a few YouTubers for their wheels. These included Shmee150, whose McLaren Senna was described by Hammond – with a sharp intake of breath – as “a lot of money”.

On Rob Dahm’s Mazda RX-7 4 Rotor, Hammond had the following to say: “Wow! Yes! Because a rotor engine is such a solid, robust thing to start with, why not make it more complicated and more highly-stretched? I suspect that represents a good 15 to 30 seconds of unrivaled joy followed by a bang and lots of bits coming through the bonnet.”

Other cars discussed included Gigi Papasavvas’ Porsche 911 GT3 and Cleetus McFarland’s Leroy the Corvette. The former was praised by Hammond as a car, but criticized for its awful paint job, while McFarland’s motor was something of a guilty pleasure for the British TV presenter.

The YouTubers should probably listen to the comments made by Hammond as, if there’s one thing he’s proven with nearly 20 years of motoring journalism under his belt, it’s that he knows what he’s talking about.

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Nico Rosberg reveals insane way they test electric hypercar batteries

Published: 18/Nov/2020 13:19

by Kieran Bicknell

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While traditional gasoline or diesel-powered cars are simply crash-tested for safety, the electric motors in EVs are a lot more complex. While visiting Rimac to see his all-new hypercar, F1 ace Nico Rosberg discovered the dramatic way that manufacturers safety-check EV batteries.

If we said to you that testing EV batteries involved a lot of fire, many people wouldn’t believe us. Well, it’s true, as F1 star Nico Rosberg discovered while visiting the Rimac factory in Croatia, Europe.

Gasoline-powered cars are crash tested in a very conventional way. Cars are mocked-up, and put through a series of scenarios to test their structural integrity, including the safety of the gas tank.

With electric vehicles (EVs) having complex battery packs in place of gas tanks, the testing process is a lot more involving, and certainly just as dramatic to watch.

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Nico will be one of the first to receive the new Rimac C_TWO hypercar.

Nico Rosberg visits Rimac factory

While visiting the Rimac factory to see the progress of his all-new 1900hp C_TWO electric hypercar, Nico was treated to a tour by owner Mate Rimac. They discovered a number of fascinating insights into how the C_TWO is being built and tested, but the safety checks for the batteries seem like something out of this world.

To ensure the batteries are safe (homologated) for use in EVs, they are literally set on fire. Since the lithium-ion inside the batteries is so flammable, they have the potential to burn for days on end. Therefore, they need to be tested substantially before they are approved for use.

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The test process itself is wild. A fully-charged battery is placed above a vat of burning fuel, and passed through the flames a number of times on a mechanical rack. After 30-seconds in the flames, the battery is removed, and the flames must extinguish themselves within five seconds to pass the test.

As Mate Rimac says in the video, the extensive testing is partly due to people being “very cautious” of such new technology.

Thankfully, the batteries used inside the Rimac C_TWO passed the test with flying colors, but not every test goes so smoothly. With the recent legislation brought out in both the state of California and England to move forward the deadline of all new cars on sale being electric, we will likely see more and more EV hypercars in the years to come.