All posts by Brett Davis

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

Video: Anthony Davidson breaks back in spectacular crash at 2012 Le Mans

Jun 17, 2012

A scuffle between Toyota driver Anthony Davidson and Ferrari 458 driver Piergiuseppe Perrazini has resulted in a spectacular crash at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours in France. Davidson has since been diagnosed with a...

Mercedes-Benz ‘AMG Performance 50’ strategy previews 8 new models

Jun 16, 2012

As part of AMG’s 45th anniversary celebrations, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the ‘AMG Performance 50’ growth strategy for the brand’s 50th anniversary. This will see the introduction of eight new models in the near future, and...

Video: 991 Porsche 911 GT3 prototype spotted on the Nurburgring

Jun 16, 2012

Porsche has been spotted test driving a prototype version of the upcoming 991 Porsche 911 GT3 on the Nurburgring. The new model sounds like it will come with a PDK auto transmission. Like the previous...

New Ford Focus RS to get 2.3L EcoBoost, if given green light

Jun 16, 2012

Earlier this month it was reported that Ford is considering producing a Ford Fiesta RS instead of a new Ford Focus RS. Some more details have emerged on the potential Focus route. At the recent...

Audi Q5 twin-turbo 3.0 diesel with 230kW – UPDATE: SQ5 revealed

Jun 15, 2012

Audi is expected to reveal a high-performance diesel SUV at this weekend’s Le Mans 24 hour event, based on the Audi Q5. The new model would become the most powerful Q5 in the range. (UPDATE:...

Nissan LEAF now on sale in Australia priced from $51,500

Jun 15, 2012

Even though it’s clearly not a performance car, the new Nissan LEAF launching in Australia is quite a big deal. It’s the first mass-produced fully electric vehicle (EV) to hit the market. Even though Australia...

Video: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport going for Nurburgring record?

Jun 15, 2012

Is Bugatti looking to set the fastest production car lap record at the Nurburgring? Judging by this latest video showing a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport taking on the track, it might be. The Bugatti Veyron...

Video: Lexus IS F CCS-R does test run up Pikes Peak

Jun 15, 2012

A video has surfaced online showing the lightweight, stripped back Lexus IS F CCS-R Pikes Peak special doing a test run up the famous 19.99km hill climb. The Lexus IS F CSS-R was specially designed...

Maserati mid-engined ‘Alfa 4C’ sports car on the way – report

Jun 15, 2012

Maserati could introduce its own version of the Alfa Romeo 4C – a compact mid-engined sports car – according to CEO Harald Wester. The boss has revealed other interesting plans for the new sports car....

2012 International Engine of the Year Awards winners announced

Jun 14, 2012

The winners of the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards have been announced, with Ford, Ferrari, and BMW collecting multiple achievements in various categories. Taking home the overall 2012 International Engine of the Year...

Nismo Nissan Juke previewed ahead of Le Mans debut

Jun 14, 2012

Nissan has revealed the new Nismo Nissan Juke ahead of its debut at this year’s Le Mans 24 endurance event in France. The limited edition features various performance-oriented visual and handling enhancements. The Nismo Nissan...

Ferrari 458 Spider arrives in Australia, just 10 delivered this year

Jun 13, 2012

The new Ferrari 458 Spider has arrived Down Under. Prices start at $590,000 (excluding on-road costs). The stunning drop-top joins the current 458 Italia coupe. Demand for the Spider version has been so overwhelming for...