How to use emergency refuge areas on smart motorways

Do you know how to use emergency refuge areas on smart motorways?

Emergency refuge areas are a safe haven for stranded vehicles on busy smart motorways – but an alarming 52 percent of motorists don’t know what they are or how to use them.

That’s according to research by the RAC, which surveyed 2,000 drivers and discovered that only 1.5 percent of respondents have ever used an emergency refuge area.

If you’re not familiar with emergency refuge areas, they’re similar to laybys and are located on stretches where the hard shoulder is sometimes open as a live lane on smart motorways.

They’re only meant to be used in an emergency – something 98 percent of motorists realise, according to the RAC’s research.

What many drivers didn’t realise, however, is that you’re supposed to contact Highways England before rejoining the motorway if the hard shoulder is acting as a running lane. If you didn’t know this, you’re not alone – just one respondent to the RAC’s survey did.

“It is essential that motorists understand how and when to use an emergency refuge area so they do not put their own safety and that of other road users at risk,” said the RAC’s chief engineer, David Bizley.

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“Vehicles should pull up to the indicated mark on the tarmac or the emergency telephone and then the occupants should leave the vehicle from the passenger side.

“Everyone should stand behind the barriers and should use the emergency roadside telephone provided to speak to a Highways England representative.”

What is a smart motorway?

Smart motorways are increasingly widespread – including sections of the M6, M25 and M1. They open up the hard shoulder as a live lane during busy periods to ease congestion, and control traffic flow using variable speed limits displayed on overhead gantries.

Emergency refuge areas are located on smart motorways and positioned every 1.5 miles with an emergency roadside phone available to request assistance. Cameras monitor the motorways and lanes can be remotely closed if required, for example if a vehicle breaks down.

2018 Volkswagen Polo

New car scrappage deals: all the offers

Mazda: save money on any sub-130g/km CO2 model

Now is a great time to buy a new car, with no shortage of manufacturers announcing scrappage deals. New car buyers have potential to save thousands from a whole host of manufacturers, with Mitsubishi the latest brand to announce a scrappage offer.

We’ve outlined the current deals available for UK car buyers. We’ll be keeping this updated – check back to see if any other car manufacturers have announced similar offers.


What is a scrappage scheme?

A scrappage scheme is a way to encourage motorists to part exchange their old, polluting vehicles for new, eco-friendly models. The UK government ran an official scrappage scheme from April 2009 to to March 2010. Anyone trading their old car (10 years or older and with their name on the V5 for 12 months or more) would be given a guaranteed £2,000 towards a new model (£1,000 from the government and £1,000 from the manufacturer of the new car).

The scheme proved controversial amongst environmental groups and classic car enthusiasts, as it dictated all cars traded in through the scheme must be scrapped – even if they were in road-legal condition. In total, more than 390,000 vehicles were scrapped as part of the scheme.

Although the government hasn’t announced any plans to bring back an official scrappage scheme, a number of car manufacturers are introducing similar schemes as concerns around air pollution continue to rise.


Audi: up to £8,000 off

VW Group has extended its scrappage offers across its brands. The Audi deal is open to pre-2010 diesels, as long as you’ve owned the trade-in for at least six months and order before the end of December 2017. The only Audi models which aren’t included in the offer are hot RS models, as well as the A8, R8 and diesel Q7s. A massive £8,000 has been slashed off the Q7 e-tron, while A7 and A6 buyers can enjoy a £7,000 discount. The A3 e-tron can be had with £5,000 off plus the government’s £2,500 low emissions grant, while the affordable A1 qualifies for £2,800 off.

BMW: £2,000 off any car with 130g/km CO2 or less

BMW’s ‘Lower Emissions Allowance’ is available on any pre-Euro 5 diesel vehicles when you buy a new BMW or Mini emitting 130g/km CO2 or less. This means scrappage deals are available on more models than you might think – 80 percent of new BMWs emit less than 130g/km CO2, as do 70 percent of new Minis. BMW will give customers £2,000 off any car eligible for the scheme, on top of a “suitable average price” for their trade-in.

The offer is open until 31 December 2017, and the car must have been registered in your name for at least 12 months.

Citroen: save up to £6,400

Trade your pre-2011 car in for a new Citroen before the end of 2017 and you’ll qualify for a scrappage allowance of up to £6,400. The biggest discount is available on the C3 Picasso, while the Grand C4 Picasso comes with £4,700 off. The popular C4 Cactus comes with a £3,900 saving (Touch trim level aside), while the C1 and C3 both offer a £1,750 discount. All cars traded in through the scheme must have been registered in the customer’s name for at least 90 days and will be scrapped.

Dacia: £1,000 off a Duster

Renault’s budget brand Dacia is offering up to £1,000 off its Duster alongside existing deposit contributions (of up to £1,250). The full £1,000 is available on Laureate, Prestige and SE Summit trim levels, while the Ambiance is eligible for a £500 discount. The deal is open to new Dusters ordered before the end of December and registered before the end of January. All trade-ins must have been in the customer’s name for at least 90 days, and be a Euro 4 or older model registered before the end of 2009. Dacia has confirmed that all cars traded in through the scheme will be scrapped.

DS: £3,500 minimum scrappage discount

Citroen’s upmarket brand DS has also announced a scrappage scheme, similar to Citroen’s. The smallest discount of £3,500 applies to the DS3 (excluding hot models), while the DS3 Cabrio qualifies for a £4,500 discount. The DS4 and DS4 Crossback come with £5,000 off, while DS5 buyers are entitled to £5,500 for their old car. Like Citroen, DS buyers must collect their car by the end of the year, and must have owned their trade-in for at least 90 days.

Ford: £2,000 off any new car

Ford’s scrappage deals differ from those offered by other car manufacturers because they are available on any new car within its range. While others are encouraging buyers to look at the most efficient vehicles, Ford is happy to give you £2,000 off any new model, along with any current offers available in its line-up. With £5,000 already available off a new Transit, along with £2,950 off a Focus and £2,000 off a Kuga, you could save up to £7,000 on a new Ford as part of the scrappage scheme.

To qualify for the Ford scrappage deals, your trade-in must be rated Euro 4 or older for exhaust emissions (that’s most cars registered before the end of 2009), with a V5 in your name for at least 90 days.

Hyundai: up to £5,000 off certain models

Hyundai’s new scrappage scheme will be running from now until the end of 2017. The biggest saving is towards the Santa Fe, which has £5,000 slashed off its retail price when you chop in a clunker. While this sounds impressive, bear in mind that Hyundai has recently been offering £5,000 towards any Santa Fe bought on finance – so it’s not the huge eco-minded saving you might think. And no, you can’t combine the scrappage scheme offer with the deposit contributions already on offer.

Cheaper models have smaller discounts… £3,500 off the Tucson, £4,000 off the i30, £3,000 of the i40 and £2,000 off the Ioniq hybrid, i20 and ix20. The i10 city car gets a £1,500 saving.

Euro 1 – 3 trade-ins will be scrapped, while Euro 4 models will be resold. Owners of Euro 4 cars will be given a fair trade-in price on top of the scrappage saving.

Kia: £2,000 off a new Picanto or Rio

Kia is keeping things simple with its scrappage scheme. Trade in any car over seven years old, and get a £2,000 discount on a new Picanto or Rio. All cars traded in will be scrapped – and you don’t even need to have owned it for a certain period of time. Before you rush out to buy a banger to trade in for £2,000, bear in mind that Kia already offers some tempting deposit contributions on its cars bought on finance, so it might not be the huge saving you think. The offer runs until the end of December 2017.

Lexus: up to £4,000 off hybrid models

Lexus has introduced a scrappage scheme, designed to get customers behind the wheel of its hybrid models. Purchasers of a CT or IS qualify for a £3,500 discount, while £4,000 is available on NX or RX models.

The scrappage discount is not restricted to a finance package and is available on any petrol or diesel car registered before the end of 2009.

Mazda: save money on any sub-130g/km CO2 model

While some manufacturers seem to be forgetting the green element of scrappage, Mazda is pushing its low CO2 models with its scrappage scheme. Discounts are available on all its sub-130g/km CO2 cars, with discounts of up to £5,000 available on the Mazda3 and Mazda6. It’s open to all cars – petrol and diesel – registered before the end of 2009.

“As a responsible manufacturer we are committed to lowering emissions and are proud of our efficient Skyactiv technology,” said Mazda UK’s sales director, Peter Allibon. “This scheme is a great opportunity for motorists to upgrade to a cleaner car and enjoy the driver involvement, quality and style of a new Mazda. Not specific to diesel engines, this scheme is designed to incentivise dirtier older cars of all engine types off the road, and offers consumers the choice of sub 130g/km cars from both our Skyactiv-G petrol and Skyactiv-D diesel range.”

Mercedes-Benz: up to £7,000 off

Mercedes is offering up to £7,000 ‘Changeover bonus’ off a new car when you trade in a Euro 1 to Euro 2 rated diesel car by 31st December 2017. The discounts can be summarised as follows: A-Class £3,000; GLA and CLA Coupe £3,500; CLA Shooting Brake and C-Class Coupe £4,000; B-Class £4,500; C-Class Cabriolet £5,500; E-Class Saloon and Estate £6,000; C-Class Saloon and Estate £7,000.

MG: £1,500 off an MG3 when you trade in your old car

MG is keeping things simple with its scrappage scheme, which has been running for a year now. Trade in any old car for a new MG3 and you’ll get a minimum of £1,500 towards your new car. There’s no set requirements: it’s open to any petrol or diesel vehicle, and MG will “responsibly dispose” your old car.

“Other manufacturers have rushed out complicated offers, restricted to certain models and with lots of caveats. We don’t,” said MG’s head of sales and marketing, Matthew Cheyne. “We give everyone straightforward consumer offers like 0% finance across the range over 5 years or £1,500 minimum part exchange.

“Customers tell us they don’t like complicated offers and are beginning to mistrust PCP too. Dealing with MG is easy, honest and transparent.”

Mitsubishi: £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid Outlander has proved to be a hit with families wanting to ‘go green’ without compromising on practicality or usability. It’s eligible for a £2,500 government incentive, and now Mitsubishi’s adding to that with a £4,000 saving when you trade in your old car.

You can save £3,500 off an Outlander diesel, meanwhile, while the ASX crossover and Mirage city car are eligible for £3,000 and £2,000 saving respectively. There aren’t any strict requirements on your part exchange: it simply needs to be a Euro 1 to 4 model, registered before the end of 2009 and in your name for at least six months. The offer’s open until the end of the year and Mitsubishi has said all cars traded in through the scheme will be scrapped.

Nissan: up to £5,000 off new models and £2,000 off a used Leaf

Nissan has taken a different approach to other manufacturers: it’s offering £1,000 off a secondhand Nissan Leaf electric car, in addition to an existing £1,000 incentive and the usual part-exchange value of the car being traded in. On new cars, the discount depends on the grade, with £2,000 available off Tekna and Tekna+ models across the range. This is plus existing retail offers, meaning buyers can enjoy up to £5,000 off an X-Trail and £4,500 off a Juke or Qashqai. Again, this is on top of the part-exchange value of the car being chopped in.

The offer is open to all customers with pre-Euro 5 petrol and diesel models, but be quick: the offer only runs until the end of September. Interestingly, Nissan has said it won’t be scrapping cars traded in through the scheme.

Peugeot: save up to £6,000 through scrappage

Peugeot is offering a similar deal to other PSA brands, with up to £6,000 available when customers scrap their pre-2011 petrol or diesel car. That’s for the 508 saloon, while diesel versions of the new 308 come with a £3,750 allowance. The 308 petrol, 2008 and 208 all come with a £2,750 discount.

Renault: £2,000 scrappage allowance on top of existing offers

French firm Renault is offering £2,000 discounts across the range on top of existing deals. That means customers can save a total of £7,000 off a Master van, £6,200 off a Kadjar, £4,500 off a Captur, £4,250 off a Clio, and £4,000 off a Megane, Scenic or Grand Scenic.

All vehicles traded in through the scheme will be scrapped, and they must have been registered before December 31st 2009. They must have been registered in the customer’s name for at least 90 days.

The Renault Koleos is excluded from the scheme as is the Twingo and, curiously, the electric Zoe. The firm is already offering a £5,000 incentive on the Zoe, it says.

Seat: up to £3,500 off when you trade in your dirty diesel

Like other VW Group brands, Seat’s scrappage scheme is open to all pre-Euro 5 diesels that have been registered in the customer’s name for at least six months. The biggest saving is on the Leon, which qualifies for £3,500 off, while the Toledo gets a £3,000 discount and new Ibiza £2,500. The Mii city car gets £1,500 slashed off its price. Like other VW Group brands, Seat has confirmed that all cars traded in through the scheme will face the crusher.

Skoda: scrap your Euro 1-4 diesel and save thousands

Like other VW Group brands: scrap your 1-4 diesel and save money on a new Skoda. The firm is offering the biggest saving of £4,000 off a Superb, while the Octavia and Yeti qualify for a £3,500 discount. The Rapid gets £3,000 off; the Fabia £2,500 and Citigo £1,500. Interestingly, there’s no saving available on the new Kodiaq. All vehicles traded in will be scrapped, Skoda confirms, and they must have been in the customer’s name for at least six months.

Suzuki: £2,000 off selected models

Suzuki’s great value range is now available with up to £2,000 off when you trade in your pre-Euro 5 car. The Japanese car maker will give you £1,000 off a Celerio, Ignis or Jimny, while the Baleno, S-Cross, Swift and Vitara qualify for a £2,000 discount. You must have owned your trade-in for at least 90 days, and Suzuki has confirmed that all cars part-exchanged as part of the scheme will be scrapped.

Toyota: save up to £4,000 when trading in your old car

Toyota’s scrappage-style deal offers a discount of up to £4,000 available when you trade in an eligible car. The scheme runs from 1 September to 31 December and is open to any vehicle over seven years old, as long as the V5 has been in the customer’s name for at least six months.

There are no restrictions on what you can buy, but the money you’ll save will depend on which Toyota model you choose. The Land Cruiser offers the biggest saving, with £4,000 off when you scrap your old car, while the new C-HR offers the smallest discount: just £1,000. The Aygo city car offers £2,000 off, while Yaris customers (including hybrids) will enjoy a discount of £2,500. The Verso, RAV4, Auris and Avensis all get £3,500 off.

Toyota says all cars traded in through the scheme will be scrapped. “Everyone who takes up our scrappage scheme can be assured their vehicle will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible fashion that maximises recycling opportunities,” said Toyota GB managing director, Paul Van der Burgh.

Volkswagen: huge savings when you scrap your diesel

If you wanted to point the finger at one manufacturer for causing the current anti-diesel agenda, it would be Volkswagen. The company behind the dieselgate emissions saga has finally launched its own variation of the scrappage scheme, with the focus on ridding the roads of dirty diesels. It’s open to all pre-Euro 5 diesels registered before 2010. While offers are available across VW’s range, the firm is pushing its plug-in vehicles. The Passat GTE is available with £6,000 off, while the e-Golf gets a £5,500 discount. These are plus government incentives, meaning you’ll get a total of £10,000 off an electric e-Golf. 

There are big savings to be had on non-electric Volkswagens, too: the Sharan people carrier gets a £6,000 discount, while the new Arteon qualifies for £5,000 off. Volkswagen has recently announced its new Polo is also subject to a £2,000 saving as part of scrappage.

New Volkswagen Polo

Free insurance offer on new Volkswagen Polo

New Volkswagen PoloWith prices starting from £13,855, the new Volkswagen Polo is now open for ordering, ahead of deliveries starting in early 2018. Impressively, the firm’s rolling it out with some added incentives, too: free insurance, a finance deposit contribution, and eligibility for the firm’s scrappage scheme.

Those aged 18 to 80 can enjoy a year’s free car insurance cover when they buy a new Polo – and if they choose to buy via a 5.9 percent Solutions PCP, they’ll get a £500 deposit contribution thrown in too.

There is some small print: buyers of the GTI have to be aged 25 or over, and those aged 18-24 buying a regular Polo must have a telematics device fitted in order to qualify. Cars must also be registered by 31 March 2018.

That’s not the only offer VW’s running, either. If they have a pre-2010 Euro 5 diesel vehicle, they can get £2,000 for it as part of the Volkswagen Scrappage Upgrade scheme. They need to have owned the car for at least six months, and must order their new car by 31 December 2017.

Buyers of the new Polo get some other added extras for free, says VW: boot space is boosted 25 percent over the old model, to 351 litres, while a 94mm longer wheelbase gives more interior space. LED running lights are standard across the range and every model, including the base S, gets an eight-inch colour touchscreen.

Motoring Research has already driven the new 2018 Volkswagen Polo. Our Peter Burgess declared it a fine new supermini that offers so much more than the car it replaces: “You could buy the Polo instead of a Golf and really not lose out very much, either in looks, practicality or the driving experience.”

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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

Lamborghini and university boffins create futuristic electric supercar

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

Lamborghini has teamed up with academics from two laboratories at the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to create an all-electric supercar for ‘the third millennium’ – the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio.

To say it’s a cutting-edge supercar is putting it mildly: this is an electric car that doesn’t have any batteries. Instead, it uses supercapacitors – and the boffins are even investigating using the carbon fibre bodyshell itself as a storage system. New manufacturing techniques would enable energy to be accumulated in the carbon fibre, which MIT’s Professor John Hart describes as “concepts that will shape the future of transportation”.

There’s more. The carbon fibre will ‘self-heal’. It will monitor its own health and, if it detects cracks and accident damage, will initiate a self-repairing process “via micro-channels filled with healing chemistries”.

Within each wheel on the Terzo Millennio lies an electric motor – so the Lambos of the future will still be four-wheel drive. They’ll be extremely powerful and fully reversible, creating new opportunities in thrilling vehicle dynamics – a “new dimension… unknown from [today’s] electrified cars”. It’s the first step in creating “a Lamborghini Electric” says the firm.

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

Because the designers don’t have to worry about engines and gearboxes getting in the way, they’ve been able to go all-out on both how the Terzo Millennio looks and how advanced its aerodynamics can be. It’s a “radical expression of aerodynamic supremacy,” sings the firm, “based around an entirely new architecture, totally dedicated to perfecting airflow”. The carbon fibre monocoque needs only to house the emergency accumulation system and two seats; everything else can be handed over to aero optimisation.

Oh, and just for good measure, it can drive itself – ridiculously quickly. The Piloted Driving functionality will take drivers around racetracks as quick as a real racing driver, showing them how fast they could go. The driver can then take over “to feel like a ‘pilot’ himself, experiencing the real car and circuit while following the virtual ghost car”.

At this stage, it’s very much a dream car, one still largely rooted in the brains of university professors. But the goal is clear: help Lamborghini start thinking about the supercar of tomorrow in five areas – what will power and drive it, what it’ll be made of, what it will look like and, just as importantly, what sort of emotions it will stir.

On first evidence, those emotions seem pretty electrifying to us…

In pictures: Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

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You can now buy a new Mitsubishi online

You can now buy a new Mitsubishi online

You can now buy a new Mitsubishi online

Mitsubishi is the latest car manufacturer offering customers the option to buy a new car entirely via its website.

Developed in conjunction with Rockar – the same firm which provides online car buying software to Jaguar, Land Rover and Hyundai – all current Mitsubishi models are available via the website.

Customers are able to search for cars by budget – whether that’s buying outright, PCP or HP. They can also get a quote for their part exchange.

Test drives can be booked via their website at a nearby dealership, while customers can choose to ‘leave’ the online process and complete the deal at a dealer at any point. Although it’s not possible to haggle online, Mitsubishi says customers will be given the same offers as those available at dealerships.

The website gives the customer a clear indication of how long the car will take to arrive, with home delivery available in certain areas. Alternatively, the car can be picked up at a Mitsubishi dealer.

“Consumers are increasingly looking to the internet to complete all kinds of purchases and while the vast majority of car buyers enjoy the experience of a traditional showroom environment, there is a marked growth in those that desire the convenience of an internet transaction when considering their new car,” said Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s managing director, Lance Bradley.

“Mitsubishi Buy Online provides a highly flexible, comprehensive solution that will enhance our retail operation and provide customers with even greater choice and transparency.”

A recent survey by automotive expert Cap Gemini reveals that as much as 75 percent of car buyers would consider completing the process online.

>NEXT: Buy a new Hyundai online in 5 minutes with ‘Click to Buy’ service

Car exhaust

London clean air launch ‘disappoints’ fleets

Car exhaustLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to launch the London Ultra Low Emission Zone on 8 April 2019, rather than 2020, is going to hit commercial vehicle operators hard, industry body the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has warned. 

Launching the initiative 17 months earlier than planned means fleets “will face a big financial challenge in trying to upgrade their vehicles ahead of schedule,” warned BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney. 

“Many of these operators will be small and medium sized businesses that rely on buying secondhand vehicles from larger fleets and can’t afford to go and buy a whole new Euro VI fleet at short notice.” The BVRLA had asked Transport for London for special consideration to be given to smaller vehicle operators; this has not been forthcoming. 

The BVRLA insists its position is not an anti-green stance. The organisation concedes that diesel vehicles are responsible for most of the roadside air quality issues faced by UK towns and cities, and in time, they need to be phased out. 

“Diesel vehicles play an essential role in transporting goods and people around the country,” said Keaney, “but the emissions they produce on low-speed urban roads means they have no long-term future in our cities.”

However, the transition needs to be managed in a way without “crippling our economy pr punishing people for decisions they have already made.” 

The trade body has also urged the government to ensure other cities across the UK, who may follow London’s lead in introducing clean air zones, to follow a national framework so standards, signage and enforcement is consistent. 

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Iron Man’s new car wins Best of Show award

The character Robert Downey Jr. plays in the Iron Man movie franchise may be a fan of performance cars, but the actor himself is also a serious petrolhead. Just check out his most recent award-winning acquisition, unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. 

Downey Jr. commissioned Wisconsin-based SpeedKore to create a custom 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, with a comprehensive overhaul that left none of the classic muscle car untouched. SpeedKore specialises in fabricating carbon fibre, meaning the lightweight material is used extensively for the bodywork.

Carbon fibre is used to form both the front and rear bumpers, the bonnet, wheel arches and boot lid – even the rear spoiler and deep front splitter. SpeedKore has also left sections unpainted, showing off the carbon weave alongside the special Khaki Yellow paintwork. With Downey Jr. involved in the entire design process, these are all choices made by the man himself.

The benefit of being the fifth highest-grossing box-office star ever in the USA, Mr. Downey Jr. clearly had no fear of keeping this project on a limited budget. Complementing the custom bodywork is a set of bespoke HRE alloy wheels, with upgraded Baer brakes hidden behind them. 

Enhanced stopping power is important, as the standard 290hp 302-cubic inch (5.0-litre) V8 engine has been ditched. In comes a new Ford Performance 5.0-litre ‘Aluminator’ V8, mated to a Roush supercharger that is capable of pushing peak horsepower to over 725hp. Carbon fibre is used to shroud this supercar-baiting engine, with an upgraded six-speed manual gearbox proving that Iron Man is happy to shift his own gears. 

The interior blends a mixture of classic and modern, with racing bucket seats finished in a mixture of brown leather and cloth, plus matching trim throughout the cabin. A special custom steering wheel was also added, along with a vintage-style air conditioning system.

Featured on the Ford Performance stand at SEMA, the Boss 302 picked up a ‘Best of Show’ design award for SpeedKore. The company is no stranger to success at the Las Vegas tuning event, having previously won awards for an all-carbon fibre Mustang in 2016, and its 1,650hp 1970 Dodge Charger at the 2014 event. The latter car also has a film connection, having appeared in the Fate of the Furious movie with Vin Diesel. 

>NEXT: The SEMA modified car show 2017

Jaguar F-Type red poppy

Jaguar’s M6 landmark gets red poppies for Remembrance Sunday

Jaguar F-Type red poppyJaguar has given the F-Type sports car mounted on the side of its Castle Bromwich production plant a makeover for Remembrance Sunday – with ex-servicemen from Mission Motorsport carrying out the work.

The car, which is located 35ft in the air and clearly visible to motorists on the M6 motorway, now has a bespoke red poppy livery carrying the words of the John McCrae poem In Flanders Fields.

Ex-servicemen Lance Corporal Chris Read, Guardsman Chris Walker, Private Dan Elliot and Lance Corporal Francis Stokes both spent three weeks designing the livery, then fitting it to the landmark F-Type.

A second F-Type SVR was decked out with the same poppy design at Mission Motorsport’s Wantage workshop. It’s currently undertaking a 10-day tour of the UK ahead of Remembrance Sunday this weekend – and will also be the safety car in the 2017 Race of Remembrance at the Anglesey circuit on 10-12 November.

Jaguar Land Rover says the F-Type tribute is the latest commitment as part of plans to become “the automotive employer of choice for former armed services personnel”. Since 2013, more than 750 former servicemen and servicewomen have been hired by the firm.

Fittingly, the red poppy F-Type also faces the Castle Bromwich Sentinel sculpture, in tribute to the Spitfires built there between 1939-1945.

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This 'hideous' car makes internet users 'sick in the mouth'

This ‘hideous’ car makes internet users ‘sick in the mouth’

This 'hideous' car makes internet users 'sick in the mouth'

We’ve all seen modified cars that aren’t to our taste – but one eBay user is outraged by a one-off Mercedes, he’s set up an online crowdfunding campaign to have it destroyed.

The unique car, which started off life as a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK, is currently up for sale on the internet auction site with an asking price of £4,999. The long-term project of an experienced hot rod engineer, the seller claims that it’s fully road-legal and could perhaps be used “as a display piece in a gothic themed business”.

None of the custom bodywork is made of fibreglass or filler, says the dealer selling the car, with all parts made using steel. The interior is believed to be largely unchanged – although the pictures in the advert focus entirely on the bold exterior.

Crowdfunding campaigns are a good way of raising money for worthy causes. Anyone can set one up, with a funding target, allowing people to donate money towards causes they feel strongly about.

“The firs [SIC] time I saw this car I got sick in my mouth,” explained Matthew McEvoy, the creator the crowdfunding campaign to see the Mercedes-based car destroyed. “It has caused arguments amongst friends, wasted thousands of man hours that could have been spent solving world hunger and I did hear a rumour that just one look at it made one petrol head go totally blind.”

He goes on to explain that if the campaign hits its £8,000 target, he’ll transport it to his location in Cornwall and destroy it.

“There will not be enough left to ever rebuild it and for good measure I will burn the V5c [registration document],” adds McEvoy.

He later adds that a company has offered the use of tanks to destroy the car.

At the time of publishing, £0 has been donated towards the £8,000 target. You can donate via JustGiving, or buy the car on eBay.

In pictures: modified Mercedes on sale on eBay

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Gordon Murray

The man behind the McLaren F1 is launching a new supercar

Gordon Murray

Legendary car designer and engineer Gordon Murray has revealed plans for a new lightweight supercar created by his niche car firm, Gordon Murray Automotive – which will be sold under a new car brand, IGM.

Details of the new IGM supercar (it stands for Ian Gordon Murray – the designer’s full name) are sketchy – but a teaser sketch has been revealed at an invite-only exhibition held at Dunsfold Park in Surrey.

Gordon Murray

Murray says his new car is “inspired by the engineering principles of the McLaren F1”, focussing on combining light weight with driving pleasure. It will be a two-seat vehicle, much smaller than most modern-day supercars, using the latest iteration of Murray’s innovative iStream chassis technology.

Dubbed ‘iStream superlight’, this uses high-strength aluminium sections in place of the steel used in previous versions. The result is a structure that can weight nearly 50 percent less than stamped metal, while also being rigid and durable.

A sister to Gordon Murray Design, the South African car designer previously said Gordon Murray Automotive “will demonstrate a return to the design and engineering principles that have made the McLaren F1 such an icon.”

Almost every race and road car from Murray’s 50-year career has gathered at Dunsfold for the One Formula exhibition, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Gordon Murray Design and the iStream manufacturing process. It also marks 25 years since the McLaren F1 road car entered production.

Video: One Formula exhibition

A number of vehicles from Murray’s private car collection are also on display for the first time. ‘Gordon’s Garage’ includes two Lotus Elans, a Honda S800, Abarth 750 Zagato and a De Tomaso Vallelunga.

The exhibition is hosted at Gordon Murray’s newest premises, a 1,500m2 building where the new supercar will be built in small numbers.

In pictures: Gordon Murray One Formula exhibition

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