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How Myenergi became key player in EV charging game

Posted in CAR NEWS on August 1, 2021
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How do you keep up with that kind of growth? “Back then, we were soldering by hand. Today, we have a new production line making 1500 Zappis per week. The rough maths is that we have 10-15% of the market at the moment, which is a pretty good place to be a few years later and an even better place to be when you consider the rate at which the market is growing. “It has Read More »

Doctor's orders: what makes you fit to drive?

Posted in CAR NEWS on August 1, 2021
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No alcohol or drugs: “No one wants to share the road with a driver over the drink-drive limit, spaced out on cannabis or spice or manic and invincible after a line of Colombian marching powder. But what about someone who has had a pint of beer or a ‘harmless’ glass of rosé? “Alcohol has a profound effect on driving ability as blood levels rise, particularly on reaction time, and this slowing of responses is even more Read More »

How a sat-nav can make you faster around a track

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 31, 2021
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After three laps, the Catalyst has logged my lines and where I’ve been braking and getting back on the throttle. Now that it has this information, it can show me on subsequent laps where I could be turning in earlier or later or going faster. Which it starts doing. The fastest corner at Thruxton is called Church. It’s probably the most exciting corner of any track in this country, with the possible exception of Fordwater Read More »

Former Toyota Europe boss Johan van Zyl dies

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 31, 2021
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Johan van Zyl, a long-time senior Toyota executive who stood down as the head of the firm's European division earlier this year, has died at the age of 63. The South African had worked for Toyota since 1993, and was appointed president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe in 2015. He retired from that role earlier this year and moved back to South African, where he had recently taken on the role of chairman of Toyota Read More »

If you can think it, they can make it: meeting Envisage Group

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 31, 2021
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The complexity of the engineering job will depend on both a client’s ideas and whether the outcome is a rolling chassis, one-off or road-legal low-volume production run. Exactly how much engineering will be involved also has an impact on what the project will be based on, particularly in the case of design-led coachbuild jobs. “We need to understand what the base vehicle might be,” says Bradley. “Sometimes clients will want a specific donor car to Read More »

Lion's pride: Peugeot 508 PSE vs BMW and Volvo rivals

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 31, 2021
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This is less of a problem for the Volvo, which keeps the extra weight of the battery between the axles, the cells running up the spine of the car in the transmission tunnel. Even so, the ever so slightly stolid Volvo proves to be the least dynamic here. Those keep-fit dampers do a great job of controlling vertical movements when hustling hard, but the light steering is aloof and slow, the V60 proving lazier and Read More »

Team spirit: BTCC stars Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 31, 2021
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CT: It adds expectation. You think of the great teams and drivers that have gone before you in the BTCC, particularly in the early 1990s. I grew up watching Steve Soper and Jo Winkelhock, so you are honoured to take the baton. Ask any driver on the grid and they’d want to be in our seats. But that makes you hungry to give your best performance. What’s the dynamic between you both? You are rivals, Read More »

Glickenhaus previews new FCEV pick-up with 600-mile range

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 30, 2021
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American firm Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has previewed a hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) pick-up concept, which, the manufacturer says, will target 600 miles of range. The Glickenhaus Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boot Pickup concept is based on the Baja Boot, presented by the firm in February this year.  Glickenhaus described the car as having a “quick, low-cost, easily available refuelling solution,” and that it “can be used as a generator.” The firm is aiming to build a Read More »

Lamborghini Huracan STO 2021 review

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 30, 2021
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Oversteer is readily engendered: Trofeo mode allows substantial slip before the stability control intervenes (although the lost time reported by the telemetry’s Delta function proves that the Potenza Race tyres prefer to deliver their grip cleanly). Based on my experience at Nardò, the less aggressive Sport tyres will be slower but happier to turn playful. Rising levels of aerodynamic downforce also make an increasingly obvious contribution as speeds rise. This happens pretty much invisibly: the Read More »

New Highway Code gives priority to cyclists and pedestrians

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 30, 2021
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Pedestrians and cyclists will be prioritised at road crossings and junctions in a revised version of the Highway Code as part of the government's £338 million funding effort to improve 'active travel' conditions.  The funding, which is 30% higher than in 2020, will contribute to the construction of hundreds of miles of cycle lanes and the delivery of new schemes to encourage walking, the government has said.  New rules are said to “enhance safety of pedestrians and cyclists”. The changes Read More »

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