The Future Of Sports Cars In The UK Secured

Wednesday, 5. February 2014

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For years manufacturers have shared ‘bits; in order to keep costs down. Many vans have the same platform and various parts and until fairly recently you would see several makes of van coming off the same production lines in Southampton. Well now you are going to see the same sharing thing happening with sports cars.

Z4 Sdrive35i

Z4 Sdrive35i (Photo credit: kenjonbro)

Our dodgy weather in the UK means that sports cars will never sell in big numbers but as a nation of motor sports lovers we don’t like giving up sports cars altogether so we are seeing a few manufacturers joining forces to make sure the tradition continues. The first twins were the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ. Subaru supplied Toyota with its 2.0L Boxer engine as well as a modified version of its WRX platform.

When the new Mazda MX5 and Alfa Romeo Spider are launched later this year, whilst they will look wildly different they will share several common bits. Even further down the line Renault will be re-inventing its famous Alpine whilst Caterham will be producing its own version based on the same platform.

Both are likely to have the same powertrain and even be made at Renaultsport’s facility in France. But the really big news is that the new BMW Z4 is being developed with Toyota. And that Toyota will be bringing out its own version based on the same platform, powertrain and materials. I’m all for it if it keeps the sports car tradition going in this country.

It wouldn’t be Britain if you weren’t cruising around the M25 in the middle of January with the sun shining but minus 10 degrees centigrade and a little old couple in an MGB, muffled up to the nostrils comes racing past you with the hood down doing 95mph. Long may it continue for the nutters out there! By Graham Hill

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Silly Surveys, Fuel Price Increase, Swinton Miss-selling & Congestion Charges

Monday, 19. August 2013

Bits&Pieces: I think most of my readers know my feelings about statistics, most of them leave me scratching my head thinking – so what? Someone, whoever decided to carry out the survey, needs to get a life.

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For example did you know that Seat drivers are most likely to make an ‘at fault’ insurance claim? Really??? Oh there’s more, Kia and Mini owners were next most likely to claim with Subaru, Smart and Fiat owners putting in the least claims.

Astonishing or what? So who carried out this totally pointless survey? Money Supermarket that’s who. Totally bloody pointless – Money Supermarket – get a life!

The AA has warned that fuel prices are set to rise by 5p per litre over the summer months. Apparently petrol stations have already started to pass on higher wholesale prices to customers at the pumps.

They said that costs had already increased by 1p per litre in July – not at my bloody Tesco, more like 3p!

Who do you use to insure your car? Think twice about Swinton as they were fined £7.4 million for miss-selling policies between April 2010 and April 2012. They were found guilty of using an ‘aggressive sales strategy’  over the phone and failed to tell customers that some of the add-ons were optional extras.

I can see that it won’t be long before we start to see congestion charges in all towns and cities. Cambridge, who dropped the proposal for a congestion charge 3 years ago, are now considering this as an option to reduce traffic gridlock. Before going ahead they will need to convince local businesses.

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New Bentley Super Sport

Sunday, 23. October 2011

Maybe it’s a sign that I’m getting old, but when I was young you established male dominance by beating up other boys until you got to puberty then you started to beat up girls. It was all very normal but of course frowned upon these days. You then proved you were a man by smoking which led into drinking 27 pints of Courage ale and still remaining Read more

Great Wall of China Comes To The UK

Friday, 21. May 2010

The Great Wall is coming to the UK. The first Chinese manufacturer has signed up a distribution deal to distribute their cars through the Daihatsu network of 90 dealers and some Subaru showrooms when their first cars arrive early next year. For those that thought the Great Wall was just a reference to China, it’s not, they are actually called Great Wall. The models get better, who remembers Datsun’s Cherry or Read more

BMW Drivers Are The Worst – Confirmed

Tuesday, 16. February 2010

Auto Trader Compare, the insurance comparison site set up by Autotrader, the UK’s largest motoring website, carried out a survey to find out which drivers are considered to be the worst amongst motorists. The worst drivers, as voted by a massive 59% of respondents, are BMW drivers. They are accused of  various bad driving habits including – driving too fast (68%), overtaking in dangerous situations (66%), Read more