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Tackling the North East 250 in the five-star Porsche Taycan

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 12, 2021
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Rain has started to fall as we continue onwards, the Taycan’s all-wheel drive system unflustered by increasingly wet conditions. We don’t stop at Braemar because we’re planning a break here on the way back, so we follow the River Dee towards the vast royal estate at Balmoral before slotting off towards Tomintoul on the A939 and another long stretch of moors and peaks, passing the smaller ski centre at Lecht. The scenery is fractionally less Read More »

Used car hero: Revisiting the E39 BMW M5

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 12, 2021
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Unlike so many overblown modern equivalents, the M5’s chassis and steering work in most settings. It feels big but not huge; the suspension copes with narrower single carriageways with no little fluency, provided the surface doesn’t get too rough or the inputs too spiky. The steering, meanwhile, is pretty moderate and measured but wellweighted and consistent. There’s just a hint of squidginess to the take-up of the recirculating ball set-up that’s detectable as you load Read More »

Up and Atom: The Ariel innovators behind Britain's Best Driver's Car

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 12, 2021
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Matt Childs - parts manager, nine years at Ariel “I have a set pattern,” Matt Childs, the parts manager, tells me. “We go around four times a day making sure the technicians have what they want for the builds. In the morning, any spare time is spent making sure orders go out. The courier comes about 1.30pm. And in the afternoon, it’s a case of packing away the day’s deliveries and making sure we make Read More »

New 2021 Lexus NX: firm's first plug-in hybrid brings 302bhp

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 12, 2021
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Lexus has ushered in the second-generation version of its NX crossover, which has gained a 302bhp plug-in hybrid option along with a bold new cabin design and evolved exterior styling. The latest iteration of Lexus’s best-selling model in Europe arrives shortly after the brand’s announcement that it will ramp up its electrification efforts with 10 new hybrid, PHEV and pure-electric models by 2025. The new NX forms a key part of that assault, bringing with Read More »

New 2022 Maserati Granturismo: all-electric GT previewed

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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Maserati has released the first official images of its landmark first electric car: the second-generation Granturismo coupé. The purposely obstructive angles and heavy camouflage give little away, but we can see that it retains the sleek silhouette of its predecessor, and - notably - its name. It looks to bear a resemblance to the long-awaited Alfieri concept, which was previewed as long ago as 2016 but has yet to be seen in public.  The pictures Read More »

Scotland could host Extreme E round to replace South America

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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Scotland could host a round of the Extreme E championship, after the electric off-road racing series announced it would postpone visits to South America because of the ongoing coronavirus situation. The series was due to hold its Amazon X Prix in the Brazilian state of Pará in October before heading further south to the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia, Argentina, in December, but this has now been postponed until next season. The Western Isles of Scotland have been named Read More »

Buying a £1000 Saab from a hidden car collection

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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I bought a car the other day. Okay, I know that’s not exactly an earth-shattering revelation, particularly in a place like this, but the process reminded me of a used car adage about ‘buying the seller rather than buying the car’. You know the sort of thing: you turn up at an immaculately kept house with an impeccably manicured lawn to find a kindly and honest vendor who just wants the car to go to Read More »

McLaren Racing confirms Extreme E entry for 2022

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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Leading Formula 1 team McLaren Racing will enter a team in the electric Extreme E off-road championship from next year. The British firm is one of the most storied in F1 history, having scored 182 grand prix victories and 12 drivers’ championships since entering the sport in 1966. It also expanded into the Indycar Series last season with the US-based Arrow McLaren SP squad. Extreme E currently features nine teams, who must use identical 536bhp electric spaceframe SUVs. Read More »

Opinion: Why the Volkswagen Multivan means so much to so many

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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The Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, new Land Rover Defender and Aston Martin DBX are among the cars that we've been most excited about over the past couple of years. The launch of each was hyped up for months in advance, read by thousands of readers on the Autocar website and - without exaggerating - had a real cross-industry effect. But yesterday came an unveiling with a slightly more personal touch – one that may Read More »

Apple hires BMW i3 developer for revived electric car project

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, former BMW vice-president and co-founder of EV start-up Canoo, to work on its revived project to develop an electric car. First reported by Bloomberg and since confirmed to several publications by Apple, Kranz's appointment follows a flurry of activity from the company's recently reinvigorated Project Titan programme. Most recently, it was reported that Apple was close to signing a joint-venture agreement that would result in EV powertrain giant LG Electronics building the first Read More »

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