Formula One team guide 2021

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 25, 2021
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Alpine Toleman, Benetton, Renault, Lotus, Renault again – and now Alpine. The name above the door changes and so do the colours, but in every other sense the deal remains the same: Team Enstone must accelerate the pace of its revival this season to at least bid for more podium finishes. The returning Fernando Alonso, and more vitally the Renault board, will demand nothing less from a manufacturer-backed team that has underachieved since it resumed Read More »

Ford Mondeo to be discontinued in March 2022 after 29 years

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Ford has confirmed that it will end production of the Mondeo in March 2022 and that the model will not be replaced in Europe. Launched as Ford’s first “world car”, the Mondeo has been on sale since 1993 and is currently in its fifth generation. It has historically been one of the brand’s core global models - selling more than 86,500 units in 2001 - but its market share has dwindled in the face of the Read More »

2026 Volkswagen Trinity: concept for future flagship previewed

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Volkswagen's new Project Trinity will arrive in 2026 as a cutting-edge EV saloon, offering autonomous driving and introducing a ‘radical’ new business model, with most functions offered as downloadable services. The forthcoming flagship model has been described previously as a “highly efficient flat-seat concept with an iconic design,” and a new image shared by VW Group chairman Herbert Diess suggests the production car's headline features will be previewed by a radically styled concept in the nearer future.  Read More »

Labour outlines plan for ‘electric vehicle revolution’

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The Labour party has put forward a plan to accelerate electric car (EV) uptake across the UK, including providing interest-free government loans for buyers. Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband has outlined three ways that a Labour government would usher in an “electric vehicle revolution”. First, the ex-Labour leader promised to provide interest-free loans to help working-class and middle-class households afford EVs, and called for Boris Johnson’s Conservative government to introduce these loans within two years. Read More »

Car industry calls on government to aid private buyers in EV switch

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the UK government to offer greater incentives to encourage private buyers to swap to electric cars as part of a new ‘blueprint’ to guide the switch to EVs. The call for greater incentives, which comes shortly after the UK government cut the plug-in car grant for EV buyers, is based on new SMMT research showing that business and fleet buyers are twice as likely Read More »

New hybrid-only Honda HR-V brings complete restyle

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Honda has revealed the hybrid-only third-generation HR-V crossover ahead of its European launch in late 2021, claiming that the new model offers improved interior space on its predecessor. As part of the company's aim to electrify all of its mainstream European models by 2022, the HR-V ditches the previous car's pure-petrol and diesel powerplants for a new e:HEV petrol-electric hybrid system promising "exceptional" efficiency. Technical details remain unconfirmed, but the combustion element of the powertrain Read More »

Formula One driver guide 2021

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Last year: 10th | Our rating: 9/10 Yuki Tsunoda - AlphaTauri-Honda You might dismiss young Tsunoda as a marketing exercise: a Japanese driver who has been fast-tracked through the junior formulae by a Japanese manufacturer. But so far he looks to be more of a Kamui Kobayashi than a Kazuki Nakajima. He put in a number of sparkling performances, including three wins, and was consistent enough to finish third in Formula 2 last year, plus he Read More »

Advertising Feature | The BMW M3 and M4: designed to thrill

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The result: 510hp of signature high-revving BMW power (more than any M3 or M4 to date), plus a monumental 479 lb-ft of torque delivered from just 2750rpm. Off-the-line sprints from 0-62mph are despatched in as little 3.9 seconds, while ferocious mid-range punch gets you from 50-75mph in just 2.6 seconds in fourth gear. BMW’s M Steptronic Sport eight-speed transmission with DriveLogic is the perfect fit for this fast-paced delivery, offering manual sequential shifts or a Read More »

Nearly-new buying guide: Audi Q8

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If you are attracted to the idea of an Audi Q7 but in your head are a little too dashing for all that sensible-knickers, seven-seat stuff, you could always splash your cash on the catwalk-friendly Q8 instead. The Q8 is a Q7 clothed in a coupé-inspired body, and there’s room in its opulent interior for only five. Squint and it could even be the Lamborghini Urus, of which it is indeed a cousin. Initially, you Read More »

Racing lines: What it was like to be in the booth with Murray

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The race passed all too rapidly and once Walker signed off, we erupted in a round of applause. The great man turned with a sweet smile, acknowledged my presence with surprise (he’d been too focused to notice I was there) and immediately started to debrief. Bloody tennis. The man was back in his element and it had been a privilege to witness. A force beyond F1 Walker’s unlikely, and at first tense, partnership with chalk-and-cheese Read More »