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PETROL PRICES REACH NEW RECORD
Average petrol and diesel prices have increased, on a daily basis over the last week, to new heights. Consumer groups, as well as those of us who use a car, have called on the Government to do something to help in this extraordinary situation. To read more, click the Autocar story here.
The UK is not alone in being hurt by fuel price rises, the French Government are aiding those who have to travel far due to work or to get to work. For more on this, click The Connexion article link here.
SCOTLAND TO ‘DISCOURAGE CAR USE’
Plans to be unveiled this week, from the governing SNP and Scottish Greens, on the transport side of their net-zero aims will be focused on discouraging car use. Being considered are such actions as charging drivers per mile, only allowing investment in road infrastructure if it meets very tight criteria and encouraging active travel. Click here for the MSM link explaining more.
VOLVO ELECTRIC TIPPERS NOW IN UK
The first electric tipper trucks, in the UK, are already working for Fox Group to work locally from their Leyland base. They each have a 93 mile range, are plated to 27 tonnes and use two electric motors with a two-speed gearbox. Click this Move Electric link to learn more.
FRANCE APPROVES ALLEGED SUPER-PRECISE SPEED CAMERAS
France has approved the use of supposedly super-accurate speed cameras that remove the need to allow a percentage of speed for error. After testing the company who make the cameras unsurprisingly hailed that they’re 100% perfect. Equally unsurprising, motoring groups in France have not reacted well to this. Click on The Connexion link here for more.
APPLE REVEALS NEW CAR PLAY
Apple, at their recent developer conference, revealed their new Apple CarPlay, to much oohing and aahhhing by many. In their presentation they showed what a car with it fitted could look like. They also announced several car companies could use the system, This version goes deeper and allows Apple more access to the car’s systems outside the infotainment screen. For more about this, click the Motoring Research article here.
JLR TO USE WHAT3WORDS NAVIGATION
Jaguar Land Rover will utilise what3words navigation which enables some very misleading and silly reporting. what3words is not as accurate as the developers like to make out, added on to of which JLR will be paying for the privilege of using their “proprietary” system. To learn more about JLR’s move, click ThisIsMoney article link here.
WESTFIELD IN RECEIVERSHIP
The UK kit car manufacturer, located in the West Midlands, has entered receivership after 39 years. Originally aping the Caterham Seven, so closely that it ended up losing a court case, they moved onto more outlandish versions. To read more, click here for the Hagerty article covering the history of this car maker. ——————————————————————————-
We are at the MOVE 2022 Conference at ExCel, London. Alan will be moderating a panel titled "All these EV targets, where's the charging infrastructure?" with Katie Black, head of the UK's Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles; Daniel Tibble, Director of Data Science and Analytics of the connected vehicle data company, Wejo; and Hui Zhang, the Vice President for Europe of EV company, NIO.
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NEW MOTORSPORT SERIES ANNOUNCED
Motorsport UK, the governing body for motorsport in the UK, has announced a new series which it hopes will attract more to the racing. The StreetCar series is all about letting you use your daily driver across 12 series organised by participating clubs. You can pick from Autotest, Trials and Rallying, selecting how much you wish to get involved. To learn more, including all the entry criteria, click the Hagerty article link here.
NEW NEW CAR NEWS:
Plasan WIlder -
Plasan has revealed their latest military vehicle, which has been designed by friend of the show Nir Kahn. This is a vehicle for up to four personnel, with a central driver seating position. The footprint is small, about the same as a Jeep Wrangler, yet offers a great deal of protection to occupants and flexibility to those using it. To read more, whilst Andrew waits for the civilian version to test on the family, click here for the Autocar article. TO watch it in action click the Plasan YouTube video link here.
Porsche 928 by Nardone Automotive -
Nardone Automotive has revealed a modern interpretation of the original Porsche 928 with their restored and it looks tremendous. The exterior has been tweaked, with the use of composite materials allowing for some interesting emphasis of certain aspects of the design. No confirmation of prices, expect it to be “if you have to ask you cannot afford it” as well as no stated production date. For more information, including stunning pictures, click the EVO link here.
LUNCHTIME READ: THE SURGE (I)
This week we take another article from Design Field Trip, this time about the Renault Mégane Mk2. The article explains the importance of it and how it fitted in with the overarching design work of Renault. To read this fascinating insight, click the link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: 10 STRANGE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
Major Gav has compiled a list of his Top 10 odd seating arrangements. Gone is the two up front with three in the back layout, these all play around with that format. Click the link to the Hagerty article and then let the chaps know if you agree with the selection.
AND FINALLY: SCULPTING CARS
Jonny Ambrose is an artist who sculpts cars in a wide variety of materials and styles. Except he always has some wood somewhere within his work. Click the Hagerty link here to read about and see his stunning work.