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Robert Pepper

Automotive journalist specialising in 4X4s, sportscars, camping and future tech.

How to set up a GoPro action camera to record track car laps

If you drive on a racetrack for racing, hotlapping, HPDE, track days, sprints or whatever then it’s a good idea to record your laps. There’s many reasons; it’s fun, and if you analyse the footage or get experts to have their say then you can learn a lot, particularly if you make a major mistake. […]

Does FWD, RWD or AWD make a difference when towing?

Question from a reader – given identical towcars, would a front-drive car (FWD) be different to a rear-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD)? The short answer is “yes, but not by much from an overall perspective”. The longer answer; let’s look at each phase of towing, starting with manoeuvring such as reversing the trailer. AWD can […]

What are the driving technique differences between RWD and FWD?

Every car is different, be that say a Hyundai i20N vs an i30N, let alone that i20N vs a Lotus Elise. And so you need to adapt your driving style to suit, but how? If you’re on your first few track days, and you’re not at the stage where you’re happy with a 1/10th second […]

Electric vehicle realities & myths

Many people are have a negative view of EVs based on incorrect, or outdated information. Conversely, some pro-EV people will take any fact or viewpoint that isn’t absolutely pro-EV and try and argue it away whilst claiming if only we all drove EVs the world’s problems would be solved, and any problems with a move […]

Chinese carmarker Dongfeng launches the Mengshi electric vehicle 4×4

Another day, another EV but this time it looks like a serious offroader, or at least an attempt at one. Dongfeng is China’s third-largest of four state-owned carmakers, and it’s launched a new sub-brand called Mengshi which is all about offroading, or at least Military, Man, Marvelous and Mission. Yes, that’s typical Chinese-to-English translation going […]

Why Starlink isn’t an emergency response system for vehicle-based overlanders, offroaders and outdoors people

If you’re travelling far from civilization in a vehicle, you may get into trouble and require assistance. Maybe you’re bogged, maybe you’re injured or maybe you’re fine and found someone else that needs help. Could be you’ve crashed your car, or lost it to fire. There’s any number of reasons why you might need help […]

The heavy-duty ute Australia really needs but nobody seems to offer

RAM, GM Special Vehicles, Ford with the F-150, and now Toyota with the Tundra. All offer, or will offer big utes which are marketed to tow in the order of 4500kg, as compared to utes like the Ranger and Hilux which max out at 3500kg, along with big wagons like the LC300, Patrol, and Defender. […]

Where do you put your hands on the steering wheel when towing?

Reader question: Hello Robert, first off, many thanks for your very informative video’s . ( the best on Youtube, by far) please keep them coming. I tell others to watch them.After watching your videos ( on sway, in particular) it highlighted to me, my, long held belief that drivers, when towing, ‘generally’ should NOT have […]

Why South Australia’s “supercar licence” is probably a bad idea

In 2019, the driver of a Lamborghini Huracan mounted a kerb, killed a young girl, and injured her friend. In the wake of such a terrible, tragic loss of life, it is right that the community looks at what may be done to prevent future accidents, and the South Australian government is doing just that. […]

A 2000km, 3 day roadtrip in an electric vehicle

Electric vehicles are the way of the future, like it or not – the European Union has just mandated zero-emission vehicles from 2035 onwards, other countries are doing the same, and all the carmakers are phasing out petrol/diesel propulsion. So as an automotive journalist I need to understand and report on what’s going on to […]