Best Drivers and Manufacturers

The cars of Japanese and German brands are the ones that pass the least through the workshop, and this is how the trend has been repeated for a few years. They are the most reliable. Those who fail the least, those who, as a result, demand the least maintenance costs.

It is not just anyone who says so: it is told by the consumer and user organization (OCU) following a survey involving 76,881 drivers from Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, and Portugal. In short, it is assured by the owners of the vehicles, who also recognize that this issue is the one that most conditions the purchase, even more than the price.

Two key questions: how many breakdowns has your car suffered since you bought it? And of these, how many were serious? From the answers one can determine the probability of needing a repair, that is, a useful way of knowing the reliability of a car, and the results indicate that among the best-performing brands two premium manufacturers like Lexus and Porsche stand out.

But responsible tourism doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive: more affordable brands (Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi) also get excellent results. On the other hand, the worst valued manufacturers are Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, and Dodge. And entering the detail, model by model, four Toyota cars lead four of the five categories of the survey. A fact that should not be overlooked: the OCU asks for vehicles in circulation, not necessarily new, so the list includes models (or versions) that are no longer for sale*.

Although diesel-powered vehicles are still the best-selling, the OCU survey reveals that, in general, models with gasoline or hybrid engines are often more reliable.

Honda presents its young pilot’s project for 2019

Honda has made public its selection of pilots for the’ Honda Formula Dream Project,’ or what is the same, the young pilot’s program of the Japanese manufacturers. Honda itself recognized that it could not put any Japanese pilots in Formula 1, because there were no eligible pilots, which is why these programs become more relevant if possible.

Nobuharu Matsushita will occupy one of the program’s positions and will return to Formula 2 after spending a season competing in Japanese lands in the SuperFormula. The Japanese rider has signed with Carlin, who has been a team champion thanks to the excellent work of Lando Norris and Sergio Sette Camara.

The second place in the program will be for budding talent, Yuki Tsunoda, a brand-new champion of Japanese Formula 4 and who now ventures into the new Formula 3, which replaces the GP3 Series. Tsunoda will do it at The Hand of Team Jenzer.

Honda has also reported that the two drivers will be present at the tests to be held at Yas Marina next Thursday to Saturday, both for Formula 2 and Formula 3, or rather a GP3 Series, as they will be with these vehicles.

In the history of the highest category, some pilots are already a legend. However, there is a debate about what has been the best of all time. Here you have a list of the ones considered as the best racing drivers in the history:

  • Michael Schumacher
  • Ayrton Senna
  • Juan Manuel Fangio
  • Alain Prost
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Niki Lauda
  • Pedro Rodríguez
  • Jack Brabham
  • Emerson Fittipaldi
  • Jochen Rindt