Whether you’re looking for a hotel to stay at or a place to rent a boat, you’ll find what you need at one of the many marinas in Australia. These marinas are designed to cater to a range of needs, from those who are looking to cruise through the water to those who are looking to rent a boat for a weekend.
0-60 mph in under nine seconds
0-60 mph in under nine seconds isn’t impossible to do, but it’s certainly possible. As part of the ongoing electrification trend, it’s possible to drive an electric supercar to the aforementioned speed with a short-ratio transmission. The video below explains what’s required to hit that mark, and how. If you’re interested in breaking that record, you might be interested in a car that’s more indigenous than the Ferrari F430, which has been credited with a 0-60 mph speed of 7.5 seconds.
The record may have been broken by the Austin Allegro, but it’s also possible to drive a rallycross car to the same mark. Rallycross cars benefit from unlimited traction and limitless acceleration, which means they can beat the 0-60 mph mark with ease. If you’re interested in taking that step, you’ll want to consider a car that’s licensed to do so on public roads.
Handling tended towards understeer
Originally, the Marina was a good car. It had a light steering and a chuckable feel. However, understeer was a problem. In addition, the engine had some noise and vibrations. It also had a tendency to scrub speed at the entry to a corner.
After some adjustments, the Marina became an Australian success. Leyland Australia’s engineers made a number of changes to the Marina. One of these was to eliminate the two-piece propshaft. Another was to add a full nappy rear end. This was needed to even out the front and rear body lines.
However, understeer was still an issue on the more powerful variants. This was due to the way the car was set up on pre-production cars. This caused understeer to become more severe on the 1.8 litre engine variant. The suspension was changed on all models of the Marina.
Several years ago, a Rover V8-engined Marina was tested for the London-Sahara-Munich rally. The result was an impressive vehicle, but it also exhibited a few flaws. One of the problems was a rear axle failure. While the vehicle was a hoot to drive, it did not do well in the desert.
An Australian marina‘s most impressive feature was its aerodynamic design. Compared to other models in its class, the Marina was able to suck in more air at the same time, thanks to its low center of gravity and aerodynamic front end. Unfortunately, it also had one of the worst rear ends in its class.
Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard
Located on the Gold Coast, GCCM is the largest facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Its most pronounced features are a 50,000 m2 hardstand, a 30,000 m2 dedicated superyacht work bay and a phalanx of five gold-anchor marina accreditations. Aside from its impressive size, GCCM also boasts the largest marine solar power facility in the world.
The site is also home to eight superyacht refit sheds, a marine fork lift and an Italian-built ASCOM mobile boat hoist. The Italian boat lift has recently been boosted to accommodate vessels up to 300 tonnes. It is no surprise then that GCCM is the recipient of the Australian Boating Industry Academy’s (ABIA) award for Best Boating Facility.