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Bentley Women in Engineering Day

Bentley Motors celebrated International Women in Engineering Day by shining a light on its successful female engineers and encouraging young women to consider engineering as a future career.

Bentley recently held an open day for young girls from the company’s partner schools. Female manufacturing apprentices ran ‘Girls into Manufacturing’ and ‘Girls into Engineering’ sessions at the factory, giving pupils hands-on experience of what it’s like to be an engineer at Bentley.

Jemma Palmer, Talent and Recruitment Officer at Bentley, said: ‘We try to bring the factory to life, and the girls have the chance to ask the team about what they studied at school and how they got into the area of engineering they work in.”


From Aerodynamics to 3D Printing

Megan Aucott completed the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at Bentley and now works as an engineer, producing life-size models of cars to ensure that new designs fit together before going into production. She explains: “The 3D printing area is really interesting and there is lots to learn.  I work on the development of the full range of Bentley models so every day is different.  At Bentley, there are always opportunities to learn more and in the future I plan to get more experience in other technical departments.”

Working alongside Megan is Gemma Rigby, who is on her gap year from Loughborough University where she studies design engineering. “When I came from university I didn’t expect the amount of responsibility and different projects that I’ve been given. I’ve really loved it. If someone had told me when I was doing my A Levels that I’d soon be looking after 3D printers at Bentley, I don’t think I’d have believed them,” commented Gemma.

Joanna Duraj, who is in her first year of an Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at Bentley, is currently enjoying her placement in the engineering workshop. “The best thing about my apprenticeship is that every day is totally different and I get to meet people from right across the business.  Bentley puts trust in me and it’s great to work alongside experienced colleagues who are always willing to help,” explained Joanna.

To help celebrate the day, Gemma, Megan and Joanna have used their newly acquired skills to reproduce a 3D-printed model of the International Women in Engineering Day logo which will be used at future open day events.

Engineering Excellence

Bentley trainees benefit from having a number of female engineers as role models. Jeni Wren started at Bentley in 2006 as a trim engineer following a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool University. Today, Jeni works as Interior Module Leader for the Bentley Bentayga and is responsible for problem solving in production areas and developing new models. She is keen to encourage the next generation of female engineers. “It’s great to be involved in these types of initiatives and to speak to young people about what opportunities a career in engineering can offer. It’s a rewarding job and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in pursuing a future in engineering.”

International Women in Engineering Day

Observed annually on June 23, International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world.


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XENA STANGINI – The Name says it all


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The sight of a lady driving a Supercar is not unique anymore as we see several women driving those fast cars on the streets of our nation, however seeing a woman driving a pink Supercar and a customized Muscle Car and does drifting for the fun of it that is something worth talking about.

And if you think this is it for Heba, this is where you are wrong, I mean this woman even surprised Arab Motor World Staff, who thought they saw everything, until hearing how much Heba is knowledgeable about aftermarket and tuning even more than most of the guys we’ve met.

Here’s XENA STANGINI up close and personal.

Who is Xena Stangini ?

Xena_stangini is my Instagram name. It is a combo name representing my both cars; the Mustang and the Lamborghini.

I have set up this Instagram account for my cars builds and have photos of my cars and the aftermarket parts more than I have of myself. My family knows by now that all gifts are accepted in car parts only; no cash, gold, diamonds or roses.

My real name is Heba from Cairo-Egypt Residing in Dubai, I am a Senior Business Consultant working in a large international company. Outside my corporate life, I am a certified scuba diver, I play tennis, love to spend my weekends drifting and driving, and everything related to the automotive world.

I have just been awarded the Best Car for 2018 & Readers’ Choice Award from Wheels magazine, in a ceremony attended by top automakers. I am proud to be the first female to win this award.

How did your passion for automotive started and when?

It started at an early age when I was 14 years old, my father started teaching me how to drive his manual gearbox car. I was influenced by his deep passion for cars, I have seen him treat cars as if they were human. He tackles speed bumps with care, drives an extra mile to ensure he’s parked in the shade, gives them regular check-ups — and now this is all in my blood.

Once I have become of age, I owned an Opel Astra as my first car.

We’ve read on your profile that one time you were bored so you hit the track, what can you tell us about this out of this world time-killing mechanism?

I always say driving is therapy, and when I am bored or stressed out, I love to drive sideways i.e drift. I have been for years seriously thinking about getting certified as a professional drifter but this endeavor requires a lot of dedication, practice in the field, and commitment, which I cannot afford due to my personal and professional obligations. So, I am keeping it as a hobby for now, however building my own drift car will remain a dream I will pursue sooner or later. I may turn my Mustang into a drift car, or I will buy a tuner car and work on my project from there.

You own several vehicles yourself, which one is the dearest to your heart?

I own a Lamborghini Gallardo V10 5.2L Lp550-2 2013, Mustang 3.7L V6, 2015, and I have just sold my BMW 3 series. All my cars are drop-top (convertibles).

The Mustang and Gallardo are both equally dear to me. However, the Gallardo has been my daily drive since I am actually still overwhelmed with the power and beauty of this machine.

Your Mustang is upgraded and has a pinkish color, what’s up with that?

Well, the very first modification that I had done even before I  took delivery of the car — was a Roush exhaust. I wanted a deep roaring sound so i had the system installed at the dealer. Afterward, I had the car lowered by 1.5 in, added 25mm wheel spacers and upgraded the suspension which significantly improved the car’s cornering and handling. I have also installed an Anderson Composites carbon fiber bonnet, APR wing and performance splitter to help shed some weight and I must say the CDC Outlaw body kit — which includes a front spoiler, side skirts and a rear spoiler — looks great on the car, to top it up I have installed vertical doors too. It also had a full custom exterior and interior light upgrade; DRLs, Demon and Angel Eyes, fogs, and sequential indicators and I had them programmed to sync together to my liking.

As for the color, it was originally Competition Orange but I wanted the car to stand out more and with an unusual, daring color combination. So I did my research and shortlisted the colors I wanted and had samples sent to me. Then, finally, I chose the customized ZTS hyper-shift dip and got the necessary paperwork done for approvals and had the car registration changed too.

In addition, I’ve already added a JLT cold air intake with SCTx4 custom tuning which increased significantly my horsepower which is now 325bhp on dyno, and most importantly I can feel the difference whenever I floor the throttle. In fact, I have started thinking about a major engine boost such as installing a Procharger to give the 3.7-litre V6 that extra push and also long tube headers and an off-road H-pipe which will create more power and torque, however, it will take some time to get the necessary approvals as I like to keep it all legal.

I am also going widebody, I bought the fender flares, and now making my choice about my new tires and wheels.

What about that pink Lamborghini, why pink is it a statement to say this a lady’s supercar?

I like fiery controversial colors, they do reflect my personality. My Lamborghini was originally finished in a dark blue (Blu Fontus) paint with a beige interior but I do not leave my cars in stock condition and since I do not like dark colors either I was always going to spruce it up. After I got all the relevant approvals from the traffic authorities, I had it wrapped in Super Chrome Hot Pink and brushed Fuchsia.

The interior has also been trimmed with pure Chrome Fuchsia. I then had the wheels painted black (with the brake calipers painted gold to match the Lambo logo) and then had the taillights tinted and got myself a customized key too! The transformation took about two weeks.

I plan to boost the output and change the exhaust but these modifications are pricey and I need time to save up. In the immediate future, I’ll be getting a rear spoiler to give it an even sportier and aggressive look.

You ride with so many car clubs, how do guys perceive the idea of a woman riding alongside and sometimes racing in the arena against them?

I do hope the day would come where we do not hear clichés like “Oh! a girl driving a modified muscle car!”, and gets worse at the track where guys gasp when they find it out there is a girl drifter.

What message are you sending to our community by being a woman in a man’s world? 

Honestly, the automotive industry is male-dominated, but I am not in it to prove anything to anyone. I am just being me, I do what I love doing and in competition with my own self only. I have been witnessing a considerable amount of resistance and doubt but equally gained respect by others. I let my actions speak for me.

On another note, I am glad that I am receiving good response from the car community, and my efforts are recognized, I have been interviewed and featured in a couple of respectable well-established automotive publications, and my cars have been reposted on social media on popular pages. My family and close friends support me all the way. I will continue with the thrill of customizing my cars. I have loved researching all of the aftermarket parts, contacting the dealers, tracking the shipment of each part and nagging the courier 100 times about the delivery date and time. I have dedicated a huge space in my house for all the car parts and took photos of all the boxes and unwrap them one by one and read all the enclosed pamphlets and installation instructions to gain more knowledge about each part. My next project is building my own drift car.

Anything you would like to add

At the end I would like to add one more thing, I am really proud of being part of the She Challenges Section at Arab Motor World Platform and appreciate all the support and attention the guys at Arab Motor World provided me with to help spread the change that the Automotive World should not be gender oriented.

“I am walking my own path and will continue to march on.” – said Heba



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Chevrolet Pays Tribute to Saudi Women in #UpToMe Short Film


In the build-up to International Women’s Day, Chevrolet pays tribute to the Women of Saudi Arabia following the historic driving ban lift decree by His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Revealing its #UpToMe campaign for KSA through an emotional short video involving Saudi Women; Chevrolet recognizes that the real milestone is that women can now decide to either get behind the wheel or not.

Molly Peck, Chief Marketing Officer at General Motors Middle East, said: “Engrained in the Saudi community for over 90 years now, Chevrolet has been a constant companion providing dependable means of transport to both men and women in the Saudi Kingdom. We are extremely proud of that heritage and greeted His Majesty’s announcement last year with optimism.”


Speaking about the initiative, she continued: “With #UpToMe, Chevrolet recognizes Saudi women’s new-found possibility to decide, and it emphasizes that from this June onwards, it’s up to them.”

The #UpToMe short video features real Saudi women answering one question: “Will you drive come June 2018?” Their answers underline a powerful choice of words that express their own decision.



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Nissan puts Saudi women behind the wheel with surprise instructors

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#SheDrives campaign offers an unforgettable driving experience

Celebrating Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to grant women driver’s licenses, Nissan recently offered a group of young women the chance to get behind the wheel for the first time – with a surprise group of driving instructors.

The company today released an inspirational video about the initiative, part of its #SheDrives campaign, which encourages women to embrace the exciting prospect of becoming fully licensed drivers in 2018.


The women in the video say that while they’re delighted by the prospect, they face reluctance from some of their family members. To help them overcome this, Nissan invited aspiring female motorists to hone their driving skills and build confidence on a closed driving course, with a plot twist: Instead of professional instructors, the women were met by their respective husbands, fathers and brothers, who were their teachers for the day.

“2018 is earmarked to be a pivotal moment in history for women in the kingdom,” said Bader Al Houssami, Chief Operating Officer at Nissan Saudi Arabia. “We wanted to launch a campaign that’s just as emotional as it’s innovative, which ultimately is at the heart of what we at Nissan strive to achieve. The #SheDrives campaign aims to motivate women all over Saudi Arabia with a clear message: When the time comes, the decision to drive will be entirely yours.”



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Julia Kiseleva, A Petrolhead by Definition



Who is Julia Kiseleva ?

I would say Julia is an engineer by education and petrolhead by blood. Yes, I consider myself as a real car enthusiast, why? Well…. I love cars! I love driving them, learning about them and modifying them. What defines a true car enthusiast? in my opinion being a “car enthusiast” has nothing to do with how much expensive car you can afford.  It has to do with whether you treat a car as an appliance, or a source of enjoyment. Although, admittedly, a car enthusiast is probably willing to spend more on their cars then someone who just views them as an appliance for getting from point A to point B.

How did your passion for automotive started and when?

If you ask any car enthusiast how their automotive passion began, you’ll find that at some point in their life they were exposed to car culture in some way, which inspired them to take an interest in it.

But I think that opportunities like these aren’t as common for women, simply because people just don’t assume they’re going to like cars. People will argue that the main reason is because we are taught from birth that girls should like pink things and dolls and flowers.

I played with Barbie dolls as a young girl and was never surrounded by cars or motorsports as a kid. My dad would have never thought to teach me about them either.

After school I have started my studies at mechanical faculty and then I met someone – who opened up a window for me into the automotive world. I jumped through that window and never looked back, and all I’ve wanted to do ever since is explain to more women why they should do the same. I know they won’t regret making the same jump I did…


We see you around so many Super Cars, what can you tell us about this?

What is a Super Car? It’s a term these days that’s so casually used it seems that nobody really knows what the true meaning is anymore. For me Super Cars are masterpieces of design and engineering performance.

If money was no object, we’d probably all like a high performance Super Car sitting on the drive. For serious petrol heads how about a spin around the track in a single seater race car so you can live out those F1 fantasies? Driving a supercar is like TYPING IN ALL CAPS WHEREVER YOU GO.

Your Camaro just turned Purple and received a makeover, what’s up with that?

For most people modifying a car is a hobby, which turns into a passion, which turns into an obsession. They start with small little things to improve the looks. Some people see it as a waste but enthusiasts will argue that its better than spending it on clubs and parties and it keeps us out of trouble (mainly) as we are always working on the next thing. This brings me to my next point, no one’s project is ever “finished” not matter how complete it looks, this is due to our obsession with having to change everything and keep it all fresh.

Many people are asking why I choose purple color: Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. Purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, power, luxury, and ambition. I always try to bring meaning even to small things I do.

You own several vehicles yourself, which one is the dearest to your heart?

I owned only German cars before I moved to Dubai. Likely you’ve heard the phrase “German engineering” more than a few times in your life and that it equals to good reliability.

Audi S8 – that was my first experience in Dubai, same as Jason Statham was using in “Transporter Refueled” movie, a brutal German super-sedan. Then Audi RS6 V10 5.0 Twin-turbo 580hp. Designed for das autobahn, but works brilliantly just about everywhere. So next my purchase was a Camaro.. Why? I have always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be and to choose. The “Transformers” movie has become just as much about the cars as they are about the shape-shifting robots. I decided to change something in my life and to try a car I would never think about before. 6.2L V8 engine with loud exhaust and massive aggressive look, that is exactly what I needed. Big changes came to my life with this car, I met a lot of amazing people and true friends, I’m sure nothing could be more valuable. There will always be a small quiet place in my heart that belongs only to my Camaro. It definitely not the most powerful and luxury car I have ever tried but it has something special that took my soul.


You ride with so many car clubs, how do guys perceive the idea of a woman riding along side and sometimes racing in the arena against them?

Most of the guys just assume that you need to be physically strong, masculine and have a competitive nature to enjoy cars as a hobby. It’s more about the fact that women are the minority in this male-dominated industry.

Before 2 years when I just joined the UAE Camaro club most of the guys looked at me with a big question because my look doesn’t match my personality but I was the best example of the quote “Don’t judge the book by its cover”. So now we are all like big a family and they treat me like an equal.

What message you are sending to our community by being a woman in a men’s world.

I think we can all agree that the majority of men come pre-programmed with some kind of instinctual attraction to things that go fast and make loud noises. The choice of cars as a hobby comes naturally. But generally, women aren’t like this. Women, at some point, are going to need convincing that cars are fun, and not just some silly toys that men play around with.

I hope that one day there will be no such thing as a “girl car enthusiast”. It’s probably unrealistic to believe in men no longer dominate the automotive industry, but I still think the world would be a much cooler place if more girls liked cars


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Lea Khalifeh, Ultimate Passion for Motorsport Photography



Who is Lea Khalife?

I’m 28 years old from Beirut. I graduated in marketing & advertising.  Owner and manager at ROOTS SARL which is my family business where I’ve been working for more than eight years now. I also have an addiction for photography and writing.

How your passion for photography did first start and was it directed to Motorsport Photography from the beginning?

My passion wasn’t directed to motorsport photography at the beginning. It all started because of sunsets. I couldn’t handle watching a sunset without keeping a memory of it, every sunset represents a new hope and a new story. And that was the reason why I first bought a camera.

Why did you choose Motorsport photography?

Everyone asks me that question. Why motorsport photography? While I can be anywhere else related to photography. It happened by accident, I was nearby a drifting event and had my camera so I took some shots and I liked the combination of cars and photography knowing that I have a passion for cars too. And that’s where the addiction began. Since then I didn’t miss any event.

Motorsport and Car photography is a dangerous hobby even for men, how do you do it?

Well yes, it is dangerous for everyone men or women it doesn’t really matter. Both have the same percentage of risks because they stand almost at the same places. I try to stay in a safe place as much as I can and not take any risks. Always considering where the cars might lose control or where an accident might happen, that is the case of hill climbs and rally. As for drifts and others I’m most of the time out of circuit far from the cones and clipping point.


We don’t see many women following up on motorsport news, and yet you know almost all drivers in Lebanon how do they react when they see you taking photos?

In a short period of time, I had the chance to know most of the drivers in Lebanon and I’m in a continuous contact with 50% of them.  The thing that encourages me is seeing how friendly they are, always pleased and thankful. They show appreciation to what I do and that is to attend most of the motorsport events.

We see you running around in Hill Climb, Rally, Drift, 4×4 and many more motorsport activities which one is your favorite?

I can never tell which one is my favorite.  Each one has its own taste as we say.  But, it’s mainly the rush of the Rally and running from one stage to another behind the participating cars.

Tell us about your favorite Photo and the story behind it?

It is a photo of Garo Haroutiounian BMW in Falougha hill climb testing. Where for the first time I was close to the car and he had an accident. I was confused between what happened and the adrenaline. But, eventually I was happy knowing that I got a great shot with the lip flying.


What message would like to say to motorsport photographers in general and to women with photography skills?

Keep the great work guys and the awesome spirit. I just wish for everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves in all the events. As for the women with photography skills I say, never give up for your passion. If there is a will, there is a way. Keep practicing, do what you love and always enjoy it to the max!

Any future plan to move in front of the lens and see you driving soon?

Well, not any soon although I’d love that. But, it needs preparations, budget and many other things. And mainly I won’t be driving without the blessing of my parents.

Anything else you would like to share

I’d like to thank every single person who’s supporting me, believing in me and always encouraging me to improve. A BIG thank You!


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Renault Middle East celebrates Saudi women in the driver’s seat with model giveaway


To celebrate the Saudi Royal Decree allowing women to drive, Renault Middle East, together with its distributor, Gulf Advantage Automobiles, is giving away seven brand-new cars to the first seven Saudi females to visit one of Renault’s showrooms in the Kingdom. The seven-lucky new female drivers must present their driving license at one of the seven Renault showrooms in the country for their chance to be handed the keys to a brand-new Renault Captur. This initiative is the first of many expected from Renault as they look to establish a long-term relationship with Saudi female drivers.

The Captur, which currently ranks the highest amongst European female drivers in the B-SUV segment , is Renault’s first urban crossover. The agile, dynamic and elegant model comes equipped with a two-tone colour scheme and offers a number of impressive features including a sliding rear bench, removable seat covers and many clever storage options such as a ‘magic drawer’, which aim to ease the lives of customers.

Commenting on the initiative, Marwan Haidamous, Managing Director Renault Middle East said: “The Renault Captur was the first Renault model to be designed by a gender balanced team, with almost half of the designers being women. Indeed, our entire line-up is well suited to the female audience and will appeal to Saudi Arabia’s new customer base as they get behind the wheel.


“Renault ranks within the top ten consumer brands in Saudi Arabia and holds the number one spot amongst all European automotive brands in the Kingdom. As Saudi Arabia continues its forward strides, we are confident that Renault will continue to grow in the country.”


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Mona Khatib, A Woman with No Boundaries


Name : Moni Khatib
Profession : Biker
Country : Lebanon

Who is Mona Khatib?

I am a 33 years old Lebanese woman majored in engineering, lives in Beirut and likes adventure and fun.

Super Bikes lady rider, what can you tell us about your experience?

I have been riding a superbike for more than 6 years. I joined several groups in Lebanon and finally created my own group 4 years ago.

What first got you to ride a motorcycle?

I love the rush of adrenaline and the feeling you get when you ride a machine that offers you so much power.

You are now riding in Lebanon and you used to ride in UAE, any difference in people’s reaction when they see a woman on a super bike?

People find it strange when they see a female biker, they used to point at me or wave and smile.

You are now part of a motorcycle group that rides for fun, do you get any special treatment from the guys in the group, is there any other woman rider in the same group?

On the roads, I drive like any other male biker so no special treatment there however those bikers treat me like a sister and respect my space. We are all as family, we do care about each other and stand for each other no matter what.

Do you encourage other women to drive motorcycles

I do encourage anyone male or female that loves riding for the sake of riding to enjoy the beauty and freedom of driving a motorcycle but do it carefully and not for showoff.

This sport is thrilling and dangerous at same time.

As a rebel and extreme biker, what is the message you are sending to our community, to the bikers in general and to the women bikers in particular?

To my fellow bikers, please be careful on the roads and take this hobby seriously and always wear your safety protections.

Anything else you would like to share.

I would like to request from our government to consider bikers as a group of our community and as not as criminals and to take the necessary steps to preserve our lives and ensure our safety on the roads.


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The Kitty of Camaros ZL1


Name : Yolanda Mörsner
Profession : Queen of Tuning
Country : United Arab Emirates

Arab Motor World team circulates the Arab World to highlight the most distinctive women that bring a new flavor to the world of Automotive; I don’t know if we can call it pure luck or meant to be the way we’ve met with the queen of tuning in the Arab World “Yolanda” or as everybody knows her Camaro Kitty ZL1. What’s important is that we flew across countries and got the chance to meet one distinctive person with one distinctive vehicle.

Ladies and Gents, here it is the Kitty ZL1

Who is Yolanda Mörsner?

I’m a South African citizen residing in UAE, I’m also a mother of 6 amazing kids and a wife of a loving and supporting husband. And for sure I’m a real petrol head

What pushed you to own a sports car?

Sports cars are exciting and different especially the Camaro. Ever since I saw the movie Transformers I just knew I had to have to give me one of those one day

Your Camaro is extremely tuned and we don’t see many women tuning their cars, what was the trigger that got you into tuning?

The trigger was my husband, he used to modify cars when I met him, I used to help him and I loved every minute of it. So when I finally got my dream car I decided to personalize and modify it.

So the obvious next question why Kitty?

I was inspired by my daughters and I have always been a Hello Kitty fan. The nicest part about the Hello kitty theme is the expressions on kids’ faces when they see my car. THAT’S PRICELESS.

Your Camaro is really tuned with items even the most creative design companies won’t think of it like the eyebrows…, who come up with these ideas and who does the design?

The ideas and designs are all mine J

We see you going on rides with the Camaro Club of UAE, how do the guys treat you as we don’t see many woman driving an extremely tuned Camaro and ride with the group?

They treat me with respect and we share the same passion for cars and same mutual respect, we are one family

We see that you have many fans and followers on Social Media, is there a message you are trying to send out?

Yes for sure, life is short make the best of it, be unique, dare to be different, MODIFY OR DIE

Anything else you would like to share?

Yes, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for featuring my pride and joy