Best of Academic Driving 2018
I woke up with this idea today. To look at the 2018 history of the Academic Driving tribe and bring to a surface some of the most popular publications again. And to make a TOP-10 list of the most bumped and commented publications (bumps are decisive).
So, here you have my TOP-10 of everything worth reading in the first days of 2019. Fetch your new laptops and smartphones out from under the Christmas tree and give them a go. A creative diversity of genres and formats lies ahead of you.
Needless to remind you that new bumps and comments are welcome!
Matt Parsons opens the list! A super-talented Acadrive illustrator from South Africa made a début as a blogger this year. And that was a staggering success! “Academic motorworld: driving in South Africa” collected 109 bumps, 36 comments, and 53,5K reads. A marvellous text about the unique driving experience in a land far-far away!
Two articles here, both scoring 112 bumps.
The first is about a unique, retro-styled, and super-affordable roadster Burton from Belgium. The price starts from €4,299 for a new car! It comes so cheap and looks so cool because it was designed around Citroen 2CV’s chassis. Check out and become a unique driver! “Burton: retro roadster for €4,299 new” (39 comments, 19,1K reads).
Second article moves you from Belgium to China and tries explaining why the Chinese automotive industry is so unlike the Western. Why so odd (47 comments, 27,6K reads). To do a proper explanation, the article looks at how the Chinese people lived and thought throughout centuries. And how this impacts their cars today.
The position is taken by Matt’s diffuser quiz which scored 116 bumps, 79 comments, and 28,9 reads. Are you good at knowing which back end belongs to which car? Click and try!
118 bumps went to an article about affordable mid-engined sports car. I bet, very few of you have heard about the K1 Attack (B-racing) company from Czech Republic. And these are cool chaps! They hand-craft roadsters with super-solid frame and pop-up doors. Their roadsters can harness from 130 to 800 bhp and weight below 900 kg. The price for a new vehicle starts from $9,000! Check out: “K1 Attack roadster: mid-engine affordable sportscar” (34 comments, 8,4K reads). Bonus: the interview with the company’s CEO!
119 bumps. The autonomous vehicles. The triumph of the AI. The dangers which your self-driving car brings with itself. The article looks at the ongoing researches on the AI and checks out what Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and other smart guys think about it. And why they think that “This may kill you” (20 comments, 9,3K reads).
Two articles here, both scoring 120 bumps.
The first is about a diesel Volvo 244 from 1989 which has already covered above 1,600,000 kilometres (!) and brought some unforgettable adventures to its driver. “The indestructible. The irreplaceable” (20 comments, 6,9K reads). Btw, the article was noticed by the Volvo Company and they shared it on their official twitter.
Another article is about the amount of horsepowers which are reasonable to have in front-wheel-drive cars. Because if you have them too many, you will never use them. The laws of physics will make it impossible. “Limits of horsepower: front-wheel-drive cars” (71 comments, 20,9 reads).
Two publications here, both scoring 125 bumps.
The first is a photo-reportage from the Warsaw Motor Show 2018. “Killing me softly” (23 comments, 21,4K reads). Light text. Some cool cars, some cool stories.
The second is “The fall & rise of BMW M3” (40 comments, 13,4K reads). Hard text. Econometric analysis of the BMW M3 market prices. The article aims to find out what time / mileage is the cheapest to buy a well-maintained sportscar (which will soon become a youngtimer). To do this analysis well, the article looked at ~700 M3 cars registered between 1986 and 2016.
“Car Journalism. Some nerdy tips” scored 127 bumps, 36 comments, 5K reads. The article (longread?) is about how to become a successful car-journalist and what are the biggest challenges to do the job well. In a nutshell, journalists are not only cool chaps who have something to say, but also professionals whose words will shape worlds for millions. Journalism is a huge responsibility!
Two publications here, both scoring 147 bumps.
“Wrackrace: the most democratic motorsport” (15 comments, 3,2K views) is a video reportage from a unique type of races in Poland. The idea is clear. You take a car from a scrapyard, give it a final “survival” go on an off-road track, and bring back to the scrapyard. Everyone can participate for around €200.
The second article, “A bunch of reasons you should buy solar Sion. Try to disagree” (19 comments, 5,1K reads) is a recommendation for James May to buy a solar-powered Sono Sion car instead of Fiat Panda. Because it goes no less fast and saves flowers!
The biggest blast! 256 bumps, 132 comments, 41,3K reads. Matt Parsons’ article “Bringing back the Mk2 Ford Escort”. The article is a short story of Matt’s final Honours project which started from car sketches and ended with a clay model (in the times when he was the Industrial Design student). The article was such a success that even the Drivetribe team recognized it as one of the best 2018 publications on a platform.