Leafy Landmark for Nissan Renault

Nissan Leaf has indeed initiated a new chapter in hybrid motoring. Last month, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold its 100,000th zero-emission car. They have covered approximately 841 million zero-emission kilometers – enough to circle the earth more than 20,000 times! Renault and Nissan have together contributed to saving 53 million liters of oil and 124 million kg of CO2 from hitting the atmosphere.

Nissan-Renault alliance marks a milestone in earth's cause.

Porsche unveils new ‘50 Years of 911’ collection in latest Driver’s Selection

Legends are forever and the Porsche 911 is celebrating its 50 years as one. The latest collection of the Porsche Driver’s Selection is named ‘50 Years of 911’ and includes a full range of 911 inspired items, including a limited edition model of the 1963 Porsche 911 – of which only 1,963 units have been produced to commemorate the year.

Caps, jackets and more are available in the 50 years commemorative collection

Other items include sunglasses, polo shirts, wallets, and limited edition leather jackets for men and women. The ’50 Years of 911’ collection is currently available at the Porsche Centre Dubai showroom, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, or at www.porsche.com/shop.

Porsche 911 anniversary edition

Yas to host selection event for Young Driver Excellence Academy

Young motorsport talent from across the Middle East and Mediterranean regions can now apply to take part in the selection event for the 2013/14 FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy. Taking place from 22-25 September at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, the four-day event will be hosted by the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE). It is one of five regional qualifying events that will select eight best young drivers across the world into the revamped FIA Academy.

Applications open for 2013/14 FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, taking place from 22-25 September at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

Up to 26 National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) across MENA are eligible to nominate a driver that meets the minimum criteria set out by the FIA, motor sport’s world governing body. who have demonstrated excellence in competition so far. Drivers aged 17-23 who have demonstrated excellence may apply for the MENA selection event in the UAE by contacting their local ASN.

UAE gets new national Rally Championship

New UAE Desert Championship will give a fresh boost later to the national rally calendar and will further capitalise on the country’s spectacular natural assets for the staging of cross country events. It meets a growing demand from the country’s motor sport fraternity for a new series of highly competitive events run in a natural environment, with an emphasis on safety.

The new UAE Desert Championship is open to cars, bikes, quads and buggies

UAE motor sport scene began with first rallies of the 1970s, leading to the launch of the Dubai International Rally. While the 35th edition of the event in November will still be the climax of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, the former national rally championship lapsed several years ago. Filling the void, the UAE Desert Championship will also form a natural link into the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which marks its 24th edition next April as a round of both the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars and buggies, and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship for motor bikes and quads.

The inaugural 2013-14 series will consist of four Baja-style events taking place in October, November, January and February, with categories for cross country cars, cross country buggies, motorcycles and quads. The new championship is being organised by the Emirates Motor Sport Federation with the full support of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the national motor sport authority.

The organizers expect around 25 cars, 80 bikes and quads and at least 50 buggies in the first edition.

2013-14 UAE Desert Championship calendar:

Round 1: October 11 / Round 2: November 15 / Round 3: January 31 / Round 4: February 14-15.

Car baked cookie: Caution campaign on leaving kids in cars

Several kids have lost their lives to the unbearable heat and suffocation that builds up in a car cabin, yet again in the summer months. AW Rostamani Group is leading a campaign called ‘Car Baked Cookies’, that highlights the temperatures vehicles’ interiors can reach when parked in direct sunlight. The message brings to light the mounting heat that is good enough for cooking biscuits on the dashboard and therefore to cause death to children in as few as 15 minutes – the temperature can reach an astounding 80° Celsius in this confined, glass-sided and unventilated environment.

The campaign drives the point with the message: ‘If it’s hot enough to bake, it’s hot enough to kill’.

• An unventilated vehicle interior can be 30° Celsius above the outside temperature
• When it is 50° Celsius outside, a car’s interior could hit 80° Celsius
• A child’s major organs can be damaged if their temperature exceeds 40° Celsius
• Damaging effects from excessive heat can occur in just 10 minutes – 15 minutes is enough to cause death
• Over 30 children died in the USA during 2011 and 2012 from heat buildup in cars
• If you see an unattended child in a car, call Dubai Police on 901. If you are concerned an unattended child in a car is in grave danger, call Dubai Police on 999.

Learn how to cook some delicious cookies naturally and spread the message of safety for children by visiting www.carbaked.com

DriveME NewsTrack early August was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by Sudeep Koshy

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