A record number of cars will require their first MOT in 2019

MOT 2019

March 2019 promises to be a challenging month. As the country braces itself for Brexit, motorists are being warned to prepare themselves for ‘MOTmageddon’.

OK, we’re the first outlet to use that entirely made-up word, but owners of cars approaching their third birthday are advised to book the MOT early to avoid disappointment. MOTmageddon is coming.

The warning comes from Coachworks Consulting, an independent automotive consultancy, which says that a record number of cars will require their first MOT over the next 12 months, including a bevvy of MOT virgins in March.

Almost 2.7 million cars were registered in 2016, each one requiring an MOT before December.

And it’s not just motorists who need to be prepared. Dealers and workshops are advised to prepare for the record demand for MOTs or risk losing business to rival operators and fast-fit outlets.

“An unprecedented swell of MOTs will hit workshops from March and franchised dealers have a one-off opportunity to retain customers they sold a record number of cars to three years ago,” said Karl Davis, managing director of Coachworks Consulting.

“Dealers need to be contacting customers as early as possible about their first MOT and not just wait for the due date. If they fail to do this then customers will go to fast-fits and independent garages. And if they have a good experience they won’t come back,” he continued.

Sunday best

MOT test station

Around 519,000 new cars were registered in March 2016 alone, which is why the consultancy firm says franchised workshops should expect to conduct an average of 50 extra MOT tests per site, per month.

Not that we see anything wrong with booking an MOT at an independent garage. While £54.85 is the maximum fee a garage can charge for a test, the parts and labour costs are likely to be cheaper at an independent workshop.

A cheaper MOT might seem attractive on paper, but customers should look at the bigger picture.

To ensure you’re prepared for MOTmageddon, check out our 10 things to check before your car’s MOT test and be advised that you stand a better chance of passing first time if you book the test on a Sunday.

BA is using hybrid London taxis to stop customers missing flights

BA premium electric taxi serviceIf you’re a premium passenger with British Airways and risk missing your connecting flight, the airline will drive you along the runway directly to the aircraft. 

The service is called the BA premium transfer drive  and it’s now going low-emissions by taking on a fleet of new hybrid London taxis.

Customers are met at the steps of the aircraft and driven straight to their next flight by the BA chauffeurs. “It’s great to see the reaction of customers when they’re met by a London taxi at the side of the aircraft,” said BA’s Daljit Hayre.

“They’ve told us how much they appreciate this gesture, plus they love the space in the vehicle for their hand baggage.”

BA premium electric taxi service

The aim is to reduce airside emissions, said BA environment manager Andy Kershaw. BA wans to cut both carbon emissions “and those emissions that impact air quality and our local communities”. The new EV taxis join a fleet of electric aircraft pushback vehicles.

Built by the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), the BA taxis boast wi-fi, 12v charging points and a panoramic roof that’s “great for plane spotting”. Air conditioning is also standard.

Oh, and unlike a normal London taxi ride, this one’s free, adds BA…

Supercars and more saved from crusher in 2018

£120 million of uninsured cars saved from the CRUSHER in 2018

Supercars and more saved from crusher in 2018Almost 110,000 vehicles were seized by police during 2018, being confiscated where drivers failed to have valid insurance

Whilst cars being seized for no insurance has become commonplace, the increase in cars leased or bought on finance causes greater problems. Without the help of HPI Crushwatch, finance companies could see millions of pounds of assets turned into metal cubes.

Working with police forces and vehicle financing houses, the Crushwatch scheme helps reunite seized vehicles with their legal owners. Last year, vehicles worth almost £122 million were handed back in one piece.

Supercar superheroes

Supercars and more saved from crusher in 2018Of the 13,000 seized vehicles found to belong to finance companies, a plethora of supercars and luxury motors were amongst those recovered.

A £306,200 Lamborghini Aventador was the single most valuable car saved from sale or scrapping. Sant’Agata products proved popular for those with no insurance, making up half of the top ten most valuable vehicles found by Crushwatch:

VehicleValueForce area seized in
Lamborghini Aventador£306,200Metropolitan Police
Lamborghini Aventador£277,600Cheshire Constabulary
Ferrari 458£247,800Metropolitan Police
Lamborghini Aventador£230,000Greater Manchester Police
Rolls-Royce Dawn£212,300Metropolitan Police
Ferrari 488£209,600Metropolitan Police
Rolls-Royce Dawn£179,700Metropolitan Police
Lamborghini Huracan£173,400West Yorkshire Police
Lamborghini Aventador£162,800Northumbria Police
Mercedes-AMG GT£153,300West Yorkshire Police

Repeat offenders the most popular

Supercars and more saved from crusher in 2018Of greatest concern is that the value of leased or financed cars seized has risen by £28 million compared to 2017. A total of £122 million marks the highest amount ever recovered in the ten years Crushwatch has been in operation, pointing to a worrying trend.

Whilst supercars might attract the most attention, the most common vehicles found by the scheme represent a picture of everyday modern road traffic:

VehicleNumber recoveredTotal value
Volkswagen Golf679£7,238,605
Vauxhall Astra560£2,137,545
Ford Focus522£2,535,450
Ford Fiesta506£2,264,655
BMW 1 Series505£3,851,860
Vauxhall Corsa467£1,632,745
BMW 3 Series453£3,420,245
Mercedes-Benz C-Class422£6,212,085
Mercedes-Benz A-Class352£4,930,465
Audi A3346£2,718,940


This new treatment could mean the end of icy windscreens

end of icy windscreens and wipers

A new windscreen treatment announced by Halfords could mean the end of icy windscreens – and give your windscreen wipers a few well-earned days off.

Duxback is a six-monthly treatment that covers your windscreen in a hydrophobic coating. It makes rain run off at speeds above 40mph and bead at speeds below that, rather than spreading across your screen and impeding your vision. Like water off a duck’s back, so to speak.

An additional benefit is that it makes ice much easier to remove from your windscreen. No more battling with a scraper or credit card on a frosty morning. 

Similar treatments were originally developed for commercial aircraft to keep cockpit glass clear, and it wasn’t long before the same benefits were proposed for the road. From Halfords, both windscreen/front window and whole-car treatments are available

During testing by TÜV Thüringen, the new treatment improves visibility by an average of 35 percent in rainy weather. Compared to using wipers, the driver’s ability to spot small objects in wet conditions is improved by 25 percent. That’s equivalent to a reaction time improvement of 58 feet at 40mph.

“We want to make the roads safer for drivers in poor wet weather,” says Andy Randall from Halfords Autocentres.

“Poor visibility doesn’t just make driving in the rain unpleasant and more tiring, but failing to see a hazard quickly slows your reaction time. This can add several car-lengths to your stopping distance and make the difference between avoiding a collision and not.”

end of icy windscreens and wipers

At £25 per application or £50 per year, we’ll leave it up to you on whether such a treatment is worth it. For the whole-car treatment, it’s £60 a go or £120 for a year.

Yes, it could make driving safer and save your wipers some wear and tear. Nevertheless, that’s a fee many would rather put towards road tax or a tank of fuel.

Diesel bans: where can’t you drive in the UK and Europe?

diesel ban uk europe

In cities across the UK and Europe, there are low emissions zones and diesel ban schemes already in place. These require drivers of some vehicles to pay a fee, while certain vehicles aren’t allowed access at all.

Helpfully, auto parts and accessories provider Kfzteile24 has compiled an up-to-date interactive map on Google – embedded below – showing the relevant restrictions across the continent.

Driving bans in the UK and France

While outright bans aren’t as widespread as some might think, the belt can only tighten in the coming years. For now, there are only three locations in the UK where any form of outright ban is in place.

In the case of Reading, there is a driving ban on particular streets between 7am and 11am, and between 4pm and 6pm. In Leicester and Glasgow, buses that pre-date Euro 5 emissions standards are banned.

London is perhaps the most forthright of the UK’s cities for emissions regulation, yet it still hasn’t banned any sort of vehicle. When the Ultra Low Emission Zone begins in April 2019, you’ll need to pay a fee if you’re driving into what is also the Congestion Charge Zone. This applies at any time of day, but only to diesel cars that pre-date Euro 6, petrol cars that pre-date Euro 4 and trucks that pre-date Euro 6.

By 2021, that will extend to inner London and, by January 2025, the city wants emissions-free vehicles only within the greater London area.

The ULEZ standard will be taking hold in Edinburgh from 2020, with vehicles that don’t meet it potentially being banned.

diesel ban uk europe

The French cities of Paris, Lille and Rennes have more severe driving bans that could pertain to private drivers. Paris runs a car-free Sunday, among a whole host of banned commercial vehicles for certain times through the week.

Lille has an emergency driving ban for when NOx levels are too high, as does Rennes, applying to cars that pre-date Euro 2 emissions regulations.

Head to Head: 2020 Shelby GT500 vs 1967 Shelby GT500

GT500 Head-to-HeadThe 2020 Mustang GT500 is, to borrow a phrase from sports, goat AF. Augean horsepower, wheels stickier than a student loan, track times measured in lux, and a cooling system rivalling the end-Devonian extinction.

Believe it or not, the 1967 GT500 could have been described in the same words. Carroll Shelby said himself of the debut model, “This is the first car I’m really proud of.” Its race-derived 7.0-liter engine wowed critics. It was the fastest car to ever lap the Ford test track at the time.

Even though the new model reaps fifty years of performance advances, most fans would have a hard time deciding between the new GT500 and the first one. So, though it may seem crazier than a demented orange elephant with a twitter account, we decided to compare the two.

And for the record, Ford has used various spellings of “GT500” over the years. For the sake of simplicity, we’re using the latest.

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1967 Shelby GT500

1967 Shelby Mustang GT500

After the success of the GT350 in 1965 and 1966, Carroll Shelby devised the GT500 for 1967. The fastback Mustang variant was built around Ford’s big block V8 and had features designed for track day domination. A padded roll bar was standard kit and was designed to meet competition requirements. In place of the normal Mustang louvers on the buttresses behind the side windows, a racing-style scoop accelerated air over a vent, creating a pressure differential that pulled out cabin air for improved ventilation.

Up front, the revised nose was longer and used a fiberglass hood with functional scoops. Gone was the chrome grille insert, replaced by rally-style twin headlights and a scoop below the bumper for improved airflow. 

A ducktail out back completed the look, achieved with a fiberglass tailgate and special fender caps. Two wide taillights replaced the triple units seen in lesser Mustangs.

Today, 1967 GT500s usually begin trading at the $150,000 mark. Prime examples will commonly fetch $200,000 or more, and $300,000 is not unheard of.

The original price was $4,195.

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 debuted at this year’s Detroit Auto Show in a thunderous cloud of Sturm und Drang. The Most Powerful Ford Ever Built (well, street-legal) has more than 700 horsepower under the hood, and boasts the hyperbolic performance numbers we’ve become addicted to in the Platinum Age of Horsepower Wars: zero-60 in the mid-threes and the quarter mile in the sub-elevens.

Brakes are yards across and feature 30 percent more thermal mass up front that in the GT350. The latest active suspension translates to the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang. Shifts are accomplished at speeds that would make the Big Bang blush.

How fast it will go all in is the subject of much speculation, and we cannot wait to find out.

The first 2020 GT500, VIN number 001, sold at a charity auction for the staggering sum of $1.1 million.

Engine: 1967

1967 Shelby GT500 engine

Powering the first Shelby GT500 was a thundering 428-cubic-inch “LeMans” V8 (7.0 liters). It was based on Carroll Shelby’s 427-cid engines that swept Ferrari off the podium at the race of the same name.

In the ‘67 Mustang, the FE-series block developed 355 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque using dual four-barrel carburetors and a high-riser intake manifold. A high-revving camshaft boosted the rev limit to 6,000 rpm.

Total curb weight full of fuel, oil, and water was scant 3,286 pounds. Combined with the singular bellow of the 428, acceleration was intoxicating.

Engine: 2020

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Package

The big story for the 2020 GT500 is, of course, the 700+ horsepower under the hood. The hand-built engine shares the same aluminum block, bore and stroke as the GT350. Structure is added to the block and head, a cross-plane crank installed, and unique twin overhead cams. Oil capacity is improved, and, just for fun, a 2.65-liter Eaton supercharger bolted on top. The roots-type compressor saves packaging space with an inverted design that puts the charged air output at the top. An air-to-liquid intercooler tucks neatly in the valley between the cylinder banks.

Cooling: 1967

1967 Shelby owners guide

The 1967 GT500 used a simple cooling setup: a heavy-duty radiator with extra capacity. A small diameter, four-bladed fan provided sufficient cooling airflow at low speeds and required minimal horsepower at high speeds.

Cooling: 2020

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 hood vent

Preventing a meltdown under the hood of the 2020 GT500 is the job of six heat exchangers packed behind a front fascia with an opening area twice as big as in Shelby GT350. Dual hot side thermostats are used to increase engine cooling capacity under extreme conditions, like track days.

Underneath, an 11-quart cast aluminum oil pan is mounted to both the block and transmission for added strength and reduced vibration. Baffles inside direct oil to the sump during hard cornering, braking, and acceleration.

Transmission: 1967

1967 Shelby GT500 interior

There were two gearboxes available for 1967. The biggest thrill came from the 31-spline four-speed manual (also used in the Fairlane GTA). Acres of clutch plate [131 sq. in., actually—Ed.] provided plenty of bite to connect the 7.0-liter plant to the rear wheels, and close ratios kept it in the power band. Top gear was 1:1.

Delightfully, the owner’s manual that came with the car provides instructions for double clutching.

Should buyers have been so inclined, a heavy-duty C6 Cruise-O-Matic could be specified. The unit featured both fully automatic operation and manual gear holding. Three forward speeds were available, with the top again being 1:1.

Today, slushbox GT500s are valued roughly 20 percent less than their manual littermates.

Transmission: 2020

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 interior

Transferring the gobs of power to the road is the duty of an TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The computer-controlled unit bangs out shifts in under one-tenth of a second, far faster than a manual box.

Full automatic, semi-automatic, and full manual paddle shift modes are at the driver’s fingertips. Transmission drive modes start at normal, then run through slippery, sport, drag, track, and weather.

Like most high-performance vehicles these days, a manual transmission is not currently on the spec sheet.

Suspension: 1967

1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 rear

The ‘67 GT500 had revised suspension compared to the Mustang for crisper handling and quicker response. The roll center was raised slightly and had the counterintuitive effect of resisting roll. Stiffer roll bars were used up front, from .840 to .940 inch.

Relatively low spring rates were used, combined with heavy-duty adjustable shock absorbers. An optional Monte Carlo bar (which is what we’re calling them from now on) reinforced the front shock towers.

Like all good classic Mustangs, the GT500 had a solid rear axle with a final drive of 3.50:1 with a manual and 3.25:1 with the automatic. A “No-Spin” differential was on the options list.

Suspension: 2020

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

For increased suspension effectiveness, the 2020 GT500 has several chassis refinements to add strength, reduce weight, and improve steering dynamics.

There are new locating links front and rear and lighter high-strength steel springs. A structural brace is made from lightweight magnesium so it will remain stiff in extreme heat. A new strut tower brace provides gas shock mounting point for the hood.

Millisecond-fast active damping is paired with four distinct ride modes—normal, sport, track and drag—for maximum traction and predictability.

Drivers wishing to explore the outer edges of the GT500 can opt for adjustable front camber plates with bushings tuned to reduce the harshness and noise normally seen in performance plates.

Brakes: 1967

1967 Shelby GT500

Front discs used 11.3-inch rotors with internal ribs for quick cooling. A special heavy-duty lining was used for improved wear. Out back, 10-inch drums were 2.5 inches wide and cooled by custom intakes on the sides of the car.

Shelby boasted this combo would stop shorter and straighter than conventional systems and was practically fade free.

Brakes: 2020

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 brakes

The front brakes of the 2020 GT500 are bigger than the wheels of the ‘67 model. Two-piece SHW rotors are a Texan 16.53 inches in diameter and paired with Brembo six-piston fixed calipers. Total swept area is 147.5 inches, a 20 percent increase over the Shelby GT350.

The vented 1.73-inch cast iron rotors ride on floating-pin aluminum hubs and will sink up to 30 percent more heat in the front corners for extended durability

Out back, two-piece vented SHW rotors are 14.56 inches and also use Brembo fixed calipers. Again, the swept area is increased 20 percent over the Shelby GT350.

Wheels and tires: 1967

1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 wheels

The cutting edge tire technology of the late sixties dictated that only Goodyear “Speedway 350” low profile tires would do for the GT 500. They were mounted on 15-inch chromed steel with a special alloy center spider and 6.5-inch rim width. Custom wheels with a seven-inch width could be ordered.

Wheels and tires: 2020

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 tires

To keep more than 700 horsepower attached to the ground, Ford has specified Michelin Pilots with tread designs and compounds unique to the GT500, in two performance levels.

Base models are equipped with 295-305/30ZR20 Pilot Sport 4S running on 20×11-inch aluminum alloys front and rear. The wheels are flow-formed and forged for added strength and reduced weight.

Models equipped with the hi-po Carbon Fiber Track Package use staggered carbon fiber wheels, 20×11 up front and 20×11.5 in the rear. The all-new design reduces unsprung weight and reduces noise, vibration, and harshness. The wheels are width-matched to the sidewall and contact patch on the 305-315/30ZR20 Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Dacia enhances Britain’s cheapest new car for 2019

2019 Dacia SanderoThe Dacia Sandero five-door supermini has, for years, held the title of cheapest new car you can buy in Britain. 

For 2019, it retains the honour, with a starting list price of £6,995 for the basic Access trim – but Dacia has honed the rest of the range to offer better value for customers seeking a bargain without shunning every luxury.

The key new variant is called Essential. Priced from £7,795, it adds just £800 to the price of the entry-level Sandero, but adds on essential extras. 

Dacia Sandero Stepway Essential SCe 75

The biggest addition with Essential is air conditioning. It duly claims the title of cheapest new car on sale in Britain with standard air con.

Other extras include electric front windows, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, 15-inch wheels and body-coloured bumpers (yes, the base Sandero retains its ugly black plastic bumpers and trim-less wheels). 

Dacia offers the Sandero Essential with the slothful SCe 75 engine, the far superior TCe 90 turbo petrol for £1,000 more, and a somewhat pointless Blue dCi 95 diesel for a whopping £1,600 more.

Only the fact its CO2 dips below 100g/km, and economy of up to 62.7mpg is claimed, works in the new-generation Blue dCi 95 diesel’s favour.

The top-line Sandero is Comfort, priced from £8,795 with the SCe 75 and £9,795 with a TCe 90. Equipment additions include touchscreen MediaNav infotainment with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, rear parking sensors, electric door mirrors and electric rear windows.

Dacia Logan MCV

Dacia’s related Logan MCV follows a similar grade structure to the Sandero: it’s still Britain’s cheapest new estate car, priced from £8,495. 

Ordering for both is open now with Logan MCV deliveries starting in February, and the 2019 Sandero due in the UK from March. 

2019 Dacia Sandero prices

  • Access SCe 75: £6,995
  • Essential SCe 75: £7,795
  • Essential TCe 90: £8,795
  • Essential Blue dCi 95: £10,395
  • Comfort SCe 75: £8,795
  • Comfort TCe 90: £9,795
  • Comfort Blue dCi 95: £11,395

2019 Dacia Logan MCV prices

  • Access SCe 75: £8,495
  • Essential SCe 75: £9,295
  • Essential TCe 90: £10,295
  • Essential Blue dCi 95: £11,895
  • Comfort SCe 75: £10,295
  • Comfort TCe 90: £11,295
  • Comfort Blue dCi 95: £12,895

European Parliament grants Motor Insurance Directive exemption for motorsport

motor insurance directive motorsport

Behind the scenes, there has been a very real threat to motorsport and off-roading in Europe. Luckily, the forthcoming Motor Insurance Directive will not, as suggested, kill both activities stone-dead.

The Motor Insurance Directive was a proposal to make road traffic insurance compulsory for the off-road driving or riding of a motorised vehicle. This would have necessitated insurance for racing vehicles of all varieties.

Such policies, so said insurers, simply wouldn’t be possible. The result would have been the end of motorsport within Europe.

Fortunately, an exemption has just been cleared by the European Parliament.

motor insurance directive motorsport

A coalition of motorsport and motoring groups, including the ACU (Auto-Cycle Union) and MIA (Motorsport Industry Asociation) lobbied the EU parliament for the exemption. Barring a few political hurdles, such as the agreement of the EU council, it should be ratified later this year.

“This is great news and a big relief for motorsport of all types,” Tony Campbell, CEO of the MIA. “The potential impact of the proposal would have been catastrophic and likely to result in the end of motorsport as we know it.”

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Should children be taught to drive at school?

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A new study has revealed that almost half (44 percent) of under 25s think driving is such an important skill, it should be part of the school curriculum. The study investigated how important driving was to the lives of 1,000 motorists.

Further results reveal that 39 percent of under-25s think that not being able to drive closes off avenues of opportunity. That makes sense, given that one in five motorists surveyed wouldn’t be able to do their job without being able to drive.

Transport, freedom, opportunity – all good reasons to get behind the wheel as early as possible and, perhaps, why driving should be taught in school. Self-esteem is a huge benefit from being able to drive, according to 44 percent of under 25s.

As many as 53 percent said passing their test gave them a ‘huge’ confidence boost. Topical, really, given that one in four parents worry for their teenager’s wellbeing in the modern age.

learn to drive at school

So, does driving have a place on the school curriculum? We reckon there’s always been a case for it, although resources could be an issue. Cars for kids to learn in are a bit more expensive than the contents of your average stationary cupboard.

“Driving is a useful skill, which can open up a world of opportunities which might otherwise be impossible,” said Laura White, marketing manager at Young Driver.

“But even beyond that, it also has the ability to give people a sense of freedom and confidence. Sixty-five per cent of the drivers we questioned said they enjoyed the feeling of freedom driving gave them, and our research also showed it gave people self-confidence they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

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Aston Martin Valkyrie gets new Track Pack and ‘Q’ accessories

Q by Aston Martin - Designer Specification - MANTIS

It’s a day-by-day countdown until the Aston Martin Valkyrie is ready to roll. The latest developments are the AMR Track Pack and Q design specifications.

These renderings for what will be one of the most incredible hypercars ever manufactured are a sight for sore eyes.

AMR Track Performance Pack

Aston Martin Valkyrie with AMR Track Performance Pack - Stirling Green and Lime livery

Firstly, there’s the AMR Track Pack – if a car like the 10,000rpm V12 Valkyrie really needs further preparation for track work…

Aston Martin Valkyrie with AMR Track Performance Pack - Stirling Green and Lime livery

The AMR Track Performance Pack adds a new front clamshell, lightweight titanium brakes, magnesium wheels with aero discs and revised suspension. 

Aston Martin Valkyrie with AMR Track Performance Pack - Stirling Green and Lime livery

AMR cars will also come with a separate set of exterior panels, especially for track work (a lot of the modifications aren’t road legal). Add to that a personalised race suit and pit garage for the full Le Mans racer experience.

Aston Martin Valkyrie with AMR Track Performance Pack - Stirling Green and Lime livery

Visually, the now-familiar AMR colour scheme is demonstrated here – Lime over Stirling Green. A nice touch is Aston Martin vice president Marek Reichman’s name on the side, racer-style. This is one of three AMR-flavoured liveries available.

Ultimate Personalisation programme 

Designer Specification - SPIRIT

It seems obvious to suggest that, as a prospective buyer for one of the 150 Valkyries being made, you have absolute freedom of customisation. ‘Standard’ specifications are for those ‘who want their Valkyrie to stay close to the designer’s vision’.

Exclusive Valkyrie colours include Slipstream Green, Liquid Petroleum, Ethanol Silver and Maximum Orange.

Q by Aston Martin - Designer Specification - ULTIMATE

For those who want to think outside the box – and we suspect many will – the Ultimate Personalisation programme exists to enact your every whim with the help of ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’.

The stunning top inlet that hangs over an expansive NACA duct can be had in gloss black as standard, or exposed carbon fibre.

Designer Specification - SPIRIT

The cabin can be specified with various different colours, stitches and materials for the controls and surfaces, including titanium if you go through Q. 

Q by Aston Martin – Commission

Q by Aston Martin - Designer Specification - MANTIS

How does the Q Gold Pack sound? It features 24-carat gold leaf laid under the paint lacquer, gold-plated Aston wings, a gold anodised oil filler, gold interior detailing and gold on the honeycomb wheels. See the Mantis green car here for reference.

A Mokume Carbon Fibre option pack adorns your Valkyrie in ‘carbon jewellery’. That’s also featured on this Mantis car.

Q by Aston Martin - Designer Specification - MANTIS

For a bit of inspiration, Aston has released renderings in various different specifications – and they are stunning.

We’d take Mantis green with gold wheels, although the Ethanol Silver with Caycous Orange highlights is rather lovely. Decisions, decisions…

Q by Aston Martin - Designer Specification - MANTIS

What’s interesting is there are no prices listed for any of this. If you have to ask…

In pictures: Aston Martin Valkyrie Track Pack and Q pack

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