Ferrari North America issues stop-sale order over Ferrari 488 GTB fire risk

Ferrari North America issues stop-sale order over 488 GTB fire risk

Ferrari North America issues stop-sale order over Ferrari 488 GTB fire risk

Ferrari has ordered its North American dealerships to stop sales of its turbocharged 488 GTB after it discovered a faulty fuel line – which could result in the £184,000 supercar going up in flames.

It comes days after Ferrari North America recalled the California T over the same issue.

But, unlike the California T recall (which is said to affect around 185 vehicles in the States), the issue with the 488 GTB has been discovered before any have been delivered to owners. This means the 119 affected cars will be fixed before they leave dealerships.

In a statement, the company was keen to point out that the fault was discovered during routine testing. No cars have gone up in flames, and no one has been injured.

It’s not clear whether the issue affects any of the vehicles sold in Europe.

Bugatti Chiron specs leaked: 1,500hp, 0-62mph in 2.2 seconds, top speed 290mph

Bugatti Chiron specs leaked: 1,500hp, 0-62mph in 2.2 seconds, top speed 290mph

Bugatti Chiron specs leaked: 1,500hp, 0-62mph in 2.2 seconds, top speed 290mph

Bugatti is reportedly set to sell 500 models of its Veyron-successor Chiron when it goes on sale later in 2016 – with around 130 deposits already taken.

The company has so far been holding back on crucial details ahead of its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but a Czech magazine has spoken to one lucky future owner, who has revealed the important stats.

Let’s deal with the bragging rights: its 16-cylinder engine will produce 1,500hp and 1,106lb/ft of torque. That equates to a 0-62mph time of 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 290mph.

The original Bugatti Veyron boasted 1,001hp, a 0-62mph sprint of 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 252mph.

The Chiron is even faster than the 1,200hp Veyron Super Sport, which was good for 258mph and hits 62mph in 2.5 seconds.

These stats are all slightly more impressive than those previously mooted, meaning we doubt Bugatti will be seeing many cancelled orders or disappointed owners.

Of course, there has been some debate around whether the Chiron should actually go ahead. Bugatti’s owner Volkswagen Group has been in the spotlight recently over cheated emissions tests, with the company having to make dramatic changes to ensure its future.

But VW CEO Matthias Müller has recently said there is ‘high demand’ for the Chiron and, as such, it’ll go ahead – despite a predicted €2million asking price.

Fuel consumption figures are yet to be confirmed but, as Volkswagen attempts to turn over a new leaf, a more efficient hybrid version of the Chiron is expected to arrive later in its life.

John Surtees and Paddy Hopkirk

John Surtees, Paddy Hopkirk receive New Year's Honours

John Surtees and Paddy HopkirkMotorsport legends John Surtees and Paddy Hopkirk have both received New Year’s Honours in the Queen’s latest list of recipients.

John Surtees has been awarded a CBE for services to motorsport, on top of the OBE he already holds: this is for services to motorsport.

Paddy Hopkirk has been awarded an MBE, again for services to motorsport but also, for his role as a patron of charity SKIDZ, services to young people.

Surtees’ CBE follows a long-running campaign to see him awarded a knighthood: in the British five-class Order of the British Empire system, CBE is one step down from a knighthood.

CBE is Commander of the British Empire: the next step up is Knight Commander of the British Empire, which would allow the only man ever to be World Champion on two and four wheels to be called ‘Sir John Surtees’.

Surtees is a four-time motorcycle 500cc World Champion, winning the title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960. He then moved to Formula One and became World Champion there in 1964 while driving for Ferrari.

Paddy Hopkirk is one of the most famous winners of the Monte Carlo Rally, triumphing behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper S in 1964.

John Surtees and Paddy Hopkirk

John Surtees, Paddy Hopkirk receive New Year’s Honours

John Surtees and Paddy HopkirkMotorsport legends John Surtees and Paddy Hopkirk have both received New Year’s Honours in the Queen’s latest list of recipients.

John Surtees has been awarded a CBE for services to motorsport, on top of the OBE he already holds: this is for services to motorsport.

Paddy Hopkirk has been awarded an MBE, again for services to motorsport but also, for his role as a patron of charity SKIDZ, services to young people.

Surtees’ CBE follows a long-running campaign to see him awarded a knighthood: in the British five-class Order of the British Empire system, CBE is one step down from a knighthood.

CBE is Commander of the British Empire: the next step up is Knight Commander of the British Empire, which would allow the only man ever to be World Champion on two and four wheels to be called ‘Sir John Surtees’.

Surtees is a four-time motorcycle 500cc World Champion, winning the title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960. He then moved to Formula One and became World Champion there in 1964 while driving for Ferrari.

Paddy Hopkirk is one of the most famous winners of the Monte Carlo Rally, triumphing behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper S in 1964.

Top Gear’s Vauxhall Astra sells for a reasonably high price

Top Gear's Vauxhall Astra

The Top Gear Vauxhall Astra has sold on eBay for what is a reasonably high price – but the good news is it’s all for charity.

The POWERRRRR Red Vauxhall Astra – which featured as Top Gear’s reasonably-priced car – was driven by the likes of singer Olly Murs, actor Aaron Paul and funnyman Jimmy Carr.

After a bidding frenzy involving 27 different eBayers, the virtual hammer came down at a price of £17,800, far more than you’d expect to pay for a 1.6-litre Vauxhall Astra of 2013 vintage. But then this is no ordinary Astra.

[bctt tweet=”The Top Gear Vauxhall Astra has sold on eBay for what is a reasonably high price.”]

The Vauxhall Astra was the final car to be used for the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car feature and it followed the likes of the Suzuki Liana, Chevrolet Lacetti and Kia Cee-apostrophe-dee. It’s unclear whether or not the feature will return for the new series of Top Gear, set to be hosted by Chris Evans.

The Astra Tech Line – which has covered 2,908 tough miles – has been sold to raise money for automotive industry charity BEN. The airbags have been disabled to make room for the roll cage, with the eBay ad stating it is not type-approved for use on public roads.

Given the ‘significant cost’ of converting it back to road use, we suspect the Astra will be used for promotional or display purposes. Top Gear challenge cars have been on display at the Beaulieu Motor Museum.

The number of bids – 67 in total – highlights the ongoing appeal of Top Gear, as to the untrained eye this is little more than a regular Vauxhall Astra. In fact, between £8,000 and £10,000 should secure you a very similar Astra that you can actually drive on public roads. You’ll just have to pretend Will Smith and Rachel Riley perched their bottoms on the driver’s seat.

[bctt tweet=”You’ll just have to pretend Will Smith and Rachel Riley perched their bottoms on the driver’s seat.”]

But don’t worry if you missed out, you can buy the new seventh generation Vauxhall Astra from £15,295. It’s a far better car than the old model and you’ll even get to play with the really-rather-good OnStar personal onboard assistant.

Just don’t ask the operator for the quickest line through Gambon or whether you should lift off through the Follow Through.

Top Gear's Vauxhall Astra sells for a reasonably high price

Top Gear's Vauxhall Astra

The Top Gear Vauxhall Astra has sold on eBay for what is a reasonably high price – but the good news is it’s all for charity.

The POWERRRRR Red Vauxhall Astra – which featured as Top Gear’s reasonably-priced car – was driven by the likes of singer Olly Murs, actor Aaron Paul and funnyman Jimmy Carr.

After a bidding frenzy involving 27 different eBayers, the virtual hammer came down at a price of £17,800, far more than you’d expect to pay for a 1.6-litre Vauxhall Astra of 2013 vintage. But then this is no ordinary Astra.

[bctt tweet=”The Top Gear Vauxhall Astra has sold on eBay for what is a reasonably high price.”]

The Vauxhall Astra was the final car to be used for the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car feature and it followed the likes of the Suzuki Liana, Chevrolet Lacetti and Kia Cee-apostrophe-dee. It’s unclear whether or not the feature will return for the new series of Top Gear, set to be hosted by Chris Evans.

The Astra Tech Line – which has covered 2,908 tough miles – has been sold to raise money for automotive industry charity BEN. The airbags have been disabled to make room for the roll cage, with the eBay ad stating it is not type-approved for use on public roads.

Given the ‘significant cost’ of converting it back to road use, we suspect the Astra will be used for promotional or display purposes. Top Gear challenge cars have been on display at the Beaulieu Motor Museum.

The number of bids – 67 in total – highlights the ongoing appeal of Top Gear, as to the untrained eye this is little more than a regular Vauxhall Astra. In fact, between £8,000 and £10,000 should secure you a very similar Astra that you can actually drive on public roads. You’ll just have to pretend Will Smith and Rachel Riley perched their bottoms on the driver’s seat.

[bctt tweet=”You’ll just have to pretend Will Smith and Rachel Riley perched their bottoms on the driver’s seat.”]

But don’t worry if you missed out, you can buy the new seventh generation Vauxhall Astra from £15,295. It’s a far better car than the old model and you’ll even get to play with the really-rather-good OnStar personal onboard assistant.

Just don’t ask the operator for the quickest line through Gambon or whether you should lift off through the Follow Through.

Delhi to launch odd-even scheme to cut polution

 

Exhaust

Residents of Delhi are gearing up for drastic measures aimed at cleaning up the world’s most polluted city. For a two-week period starting January 1, those driving cars with license plates ending with an even number will only be allowed to drive on even-numbered dates.

Similarly, those who own cars with license plates ending with an odd number will only be allowed on the roads on odd-numbered dates. It’s one part of a series of initiatives which the state government hopes will clean up its act. It follows a court order focused on tackling pollution levels which are 10 times the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) safe limits.

The restrictions will be in place from 8am to 8pm everyday except Sunday, which should see a dramatic fall in the 8.5 million vehicles that use Delhi’s congested and smog-filled roads. According to a survey conducted by WHO, Delhi is the most polluted of 1,600 cities around the world, ‘beating’ the likes of Beijing and Shanghai.

[bctt tweet=”Delhi is the most polluted of 1,600 cities around the world, ‘beating’ the likes of Beijing and Shanghai.”]

It’s a growing problem across India, with research carried out by the Central Pollution Control Board revealing that 15 out of 17 cities monitored failed to meet the ambient air quality standard.

Speaking about the survey, Greenpeace India campaigner, Sunil Dahiya, told The Times of India: “As the political capital – and indeed, the most polluted of all cities – the bad air in Delhi gets the most attention. But, scratch below the murky surface, and you will find concentrations of PM2.5 (particulate matter) in several other cities that would justify the triggering of a ‘red alert’ like Beijing does.”

Beijing uses a four-level alarm system that imposes restrictions depending on how poor the air quality is. These can range from restricting the use of vehicles to reducing the emissions from factories and power stations.

For its part, Delhi is rolling out a series of similar initiatives, in addition to the odd-even driving scheme. These include forcing all taxi operators to convert to natural gas by March 31, a temporary ban on the registration of SUVs, minivans and large diesel-powered cars, the closure of some coal-fired power stations and even the vacuuming of roads.

Delhi pollution

Anyone caught disobeying the odd-even rules face a fine of 2,000 rupee – approximately £20 – leading opponents of the scheme to claim Delhi will see a rise in the number of fake license plates, as drivers attempt to flout the law. In India it is called ‘jugaad’, a word that is used to describe an innovative fix or bending of the rules.

Delhi’s transport minister, Gopal Rai, said: “The biggest challenge is to make people realise that this fight against pollution is for them, for their health, for their own good.

“They will only be cheating themselves with jugaad. There is no magic button that will make the pollution disappear. We must act now.”

[bctt tweet=”There is no magic button that will make the pollution disappear. We must act now.”]

But some residents will not have to worry about the restrictions, with the state government outlining a number of exemptions. These include women travelling alone or with a child under the age of 12. Drivers with disabilities are also exempt, as are riders of two-wheeled vehicles. Drivers who own electric vehicles, hybrids or cars and vans converted to run on natural gas are also free to continue driving as normal.

School classes have been cancelled for the two-week trial period, with the government commandeering the school buses for use as commuter transport. Once the trial period is over, the Delhi government will evaluate the findings and decide whether or not to continue with the odd-even scheme.

Image © Onewhohelps at English Wikinews

You can now buy a man bag made from your car’s interior

ZW Lamborghini Espada bag

How do you fancy owning what is quite literally a slice of automotive history? Thanks to a new range of bags and accessories, you can.

Canadian-based ZEIT.WORKS – or ZW – has created a range of bags and accessories using luxury car interiors dating back to the 1950s. If you gave your loved one a ZW briefcase, purse or weekend bag for Christmas, we salute you. We usually struggle to get excited about luggage, but then not all bags are created equal.

[bctt tweet=”We struggle to get excited about luggage, but then not all bags are created equal.”]

Take the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. Not only is it one of the greatest saloon cars ever built, it’s also the ultimate Q-car. So we’d wager a wallet made from the brown leather of a 1970 300 SEL 6.3 is cooler than the wallet currently nestled in your back pocket.

ZW wallet

And sticking with Mercedes-Benz, while we can’t get excited about a briefcase on sale in TK Maxx, we’d sell a kidney to own one made from the interior of a W116 450 SEL. Each item is inscribed with details of the donor car, giving it genuine provenance and Steve McQueen levels of cool.

Just think of the stories your new bag could tell. After a lifetime spent ferrying the bottom of a captain of industry, the plush leather seat of a flagship Merc is given a new lease of life carrying your laptop and smartphone. This is recycling with a difference.

[bctt tweet=”The plush leather seat of a flagship Merc is given a new lease of life carrying your laptop.”]

ZEIT.WORKS is a project of Mariclaro, a Canadian design and manufacturing firm specialising in making bags and accessories from recycled materials. Each item is handmade in the studio at Snow Road Station, Canada.

The ZW label ranges from a $39 cardholder made from the white leather of a 1981 Cadillac Eldorado to a stunning bag made from the beige leather of a 1969 Lamborghini Espada. At $1,699, it isn’t cheap, but how many other bags will smell and feel like an Italian grand tourer?

Zeit Works bag

The focus is on vintage and luxury cars, so while you might be yearning for a man bag made from the interior of a 1998 Honda Accord, you’re likely to be disappointed. Sadly, we can’t find a purse made using the door cards of a 2004 Kia Magentis. Shame.

Wander over to the ZEIT.WORKS website for the complete range of bags and accessories, then start saving your pennies. Alternatively, drop a few hints for Christmas 2016. Don’t settle for an ill-fitting jumper or socks next year. Insist on a weekend bag made from an Audi A8.

You can now buy a man bag made from your car's interior

ZW Lamborghini Espada bag

How do you fancy owning what is quite literally a slice of automotive history? Thanks to a new range of bags and accessories, you can.

Canadian-based ZEIT.WORKS – or ZW – has created a range of bags and accessories using luxury car interiors dating back to the 1950s. If you gave your loved one a ZW briefcase, purse or weekend bag for Christmas, we salute you. We usually struggle to get excited about luggage, but then not all bags are created equal.

[bctt tweet=”We struggle to get excited about luggage, but then not all bags are created equal.”]

Take the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. Not only is it one of the greatest saloon cars ever built, it’s also the ultimate Q-car. So we’d wager a wallet made from the brown leather of a 1970 300 SEL 6.3 is cooler than the wallet currently nestled in your back pocket.

ZW wallet

And sticking with Mercedes-Benz, while we can’t get excited about a briefcase on sale in TK Maxx, we’d sell a kidney to own one made from the interior of a W116 450 SEL. Each item is inscribed with details of the donor car, giving it genuine provenance and Steve McQueen levels of cool.

Just think of the stories your new bag could tell. After a lifetime spent ferrying the bottom of a captain of industry, the plush leather seat of a flagship Merc is given a new lease of life carrying your laptop and smartphone. This is recycling with a difference.

[bctt tweet=”The plush leather seat of a flagship Merc is given a new lease of life carrying your laptop.”]

ZEIT.WORKS is a project of Mariclaro, a Canadian design and manufacturing firm specialising in making bags and accessories from recycled materials. Each item is handmade in the studio at Snow Road Station, Canada.

The ZW label ranges from a $39 cardholder made from the white leather of a 1981 Cadillac Eldorado to a stunning bag made from the beige leather of a 1969 Lamborghini Espada. At $1,699, it isn’t cheap, but how many other bags will smell and feel like an Italian grand tourer?

Zeit Works bag

The focus is on vintage and luxury cars, so while you might be yearning for a man bag made from the interior of a 1998 Honda Accord, you’re likely to be disappointed. Sadly, we can’t find a purse made using the door cards of a 2004 Kia Magentis. Shame.

Wander over to the ZEIT.WORKS website for the complete range of bags and accessories, then start saving your pennies. Alternatively, drop a few hints for Christmas 2016. Don’t settle for an ill-fitting jumper or socks next year. Insist on a weekend bag made from an Audi A8.

Far Eastern cars are the most reliable in the UK

Honda Civic

Buyers searching for the most reliable new car need to look east, that’s according to the results of a car reliability study, released today.

The Auto Express UK Dependability Table – which uses data supplied by Warrantywise – puts Japanese and Korean cars at the top of the reliability tree. So while you might be tempted by the badge appeal of a European or American motor, for bulletproof reliability, you’re probably better off choosing a Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi or Mazda.

Each carmaker is ranked by a dependability factor, based on the number of reported faults or breakdowns, with a score of 75 representing the UK average. Anything above this is considered good, with a score below 60 signifying a high incidence of repair work.

[bctt tweet=”Anyone who has recently bought a vehicle with a premium badge may need to look away now.”]

The survey also takes into account the average cost of the repair work, the vehicle age and the model, with the average age for the table being 6.29 years. To be considered for the survey, a brand is required to have at least 100 active Warrantywise policies. So while it’s good news for owners of Far Eastern cars, anyone who has recently bought a vehicle with a premium badge may need to look away now.

Honda and Toyota owners can sleep easy

If you’ve got a Honda or Toyota parked on your driveway, you can sleep easy tonight, with the Japanese pair recording a dependability score of 93 and an average repair cost of £535 and £592 respectively. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, is Bentley, scoring a miserly 14 points and an average repair cost of £1,356. This cost is beaten only by Maserati (£1,430) and Ferrari (£2,046).

Far Eastern carmakers dominate the top eight, with Ford – which finished joint eighth with Subaru – the highest placed finisher from the rest of the world. So the message is clear: if you value reliability above all else, choose Japanese or Korean.

[bctt tweet=”The message is clear: if you value reliability above all else, choose Japanese or Korean.”]

Five brands scored 60 or lower, while the ‘big three’ premium brands finished in the bottom half of the table. Of the three, Audi scored 74, Mercedes-Benz scored 70 and BMW weighed in with 69. But while the chart makes for interesting reading, the dependability score tells only half the story.

Smart and MG cars the cheapest to repair

With a score of 89, Mitsubishi is ranked an impressive fourth in the dependability survey, but the £833 average repair cost is the fifth highest, significantly more than the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Lexus and Land Rover. At the opposite end of the scale, Smart and MG recorded average repair costs of £390 and £399 respectively, much lower than the UK average of £639.

Warrantywise CEO, Lawrence Whittaker, said: “The table shows what we always believe here at Warrantywise, that it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are some obvious trends, such as the more exotic you go, the higher the repair bills will be, but there are notable exceptions lower down the price scale, with some of the more mainstream brands showing rather costly repair bills.

“Unsurprisingly, the Japanese carmakers top the chart, with the more exotic European brands – and sadly some British makers as well – nestling at the bottom.”

The results of the UK Dependability Table in full:

RankMakeScoreAve. repair cost
=1.Honda93£535
=1.Toyota93£592
3.Suzuki92£424
4.Mitsubishi89£833
=5.Hyundai88£577
=5.Mazda88£617
7.Nissan86£521
=8.Subaru85£791
=8.Ford85£421
=10.Peugeot84£406
=10.SEAT84£475
12.Smart83£390
=13.Fiat82£417
=13.MINI82£497
=13.Lexus82£603
=13.Volkswagen82£631
=17.Renault81£441
=17.Vauxhall81£467
19.Kia80£522
20.Chevrolet79£548
21.Skoda78£492
=22.MG77£399
=22.Land Rover77£453
=22.Volvo77£553
25.Saab76£425
26.Citroen75£501
27.Audi74£620
28.Mercedes-Benz70£751
29.BMW69£701
=30.Chrysler64£464
=30.Jeep64£505
=30.Ferrari64£2,046
33.Alfa Romeo60£590
34.Porsche57£842
35.Jaguar54£794
36.Maserati41£1,430
37.Bentley14£1,356