More than 11 million drivers affected by potholes in 2018

Potholes UK

More than 11 million drivers were affected by potholes last year, with the resulting vehicle damage costing the country a staggering £1.2 billion. That’s according to research published by Kwik Fit.

The news comes on the same day that the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) annual survey suggests £24.5 million was spent on short-term ‘patch and mend’ work to 1.86 million holes.

Local authorities would need to spend £9.79 billion over the next decade to bring all roads up to scratch, said the AIA. The problem is only going to get worse, with the number of potholes repaired by councils in England and Wales rising by more than a fifth in 2018.

While Kwik Fit found that the average cost of repairing damage to tyres, suspension and wheels has reduced slightly from £111 to £108.86, the number of motorists suffering from pothole-related incidents increased by 2.9 million in 2018.

The most common repairs are tyres (5.9 million), suspension (3.8 million), wheels (3.7 million), steering (1.7 million), bodywork (1.3 million) and exhausts (1.2 million). Anecdotally, the plethora of potholes also damaged around 11 million wallets.

Londoners were the hardest hit, with the capital’s drivers facing a bill of £205 million. In Scotland, the figure stood at more than £150 million, while in Wales, the total cost was ‘just’ £20 million.

Damage around the corner

Pothole damage

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “The cost of damage from potholes is hitting more and more drivers who are continuing to see their cash being spent on issues that are not entirely their fault.

“Fortunately, this winter has not been as harsh as it has been in recent years, however as we know with the Great British weather, conditions which would further damage our road network could still be [around] the corner.

“It is worth noting that damage isn’t always immediately noticeable, so motorists should give their car a thorough check when they do hit a pothole.”

AIA chairman Rick Green said: “Sustained investment over a longer time frame is needed if we want a local road network that supports enhanced mobility, connectivity and productivity.”

Part of Britain’s biggest road upgrade now open to traffic

A1 Brampton

It’s Britain’s longest numbered road – and arguably its most famous – but the A1 just got a little bigger, thanks to the completion of works that are part of the £1.5 billion project to upgrade the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

Yesterday, Highways England finished work on widening 3.5 miles of the A1, with drivers free to enjoy three lanes of fresh asphalt and a 70mph speed limit. Highways England says it will benefit 31,000 drivers who use the stretch of road every day.

The A14 Cambridgeshire to Huntingdon project is the country’s biggest road upgrade and is now more than halfway through construction. The work is expected to be completed and the road fully opened by the end of 2020.

Highways England executive director for major projects and capital portfolio management Peter Mumford said: “Today is a great step forward for people living, working and driving in and around Cambridgeshire as we open the first section of this ground-breaking road upgrade.

“The A14 sets the standard for how Highways England is delivering the first class infrastructure that the country needs to be successful, and it is great to see this new section of the A1 opening for traffic. It is just a taste of the huge benefits that the A14 upgrade will bring.”

The A14 meets the A1 at Brampton in Cambridgeshire, and Highways England has widened it from two lanes to three in both directions between Alconbury and Buckden, and built a redesigned junction at Brampton Hut.

Up on the A1

At 410 miles, the A1 is Britain’s longest road, connecting London to Edinburgh, and it has been the subject of books and television programmes, as well as being celebrated in song by rock band Jethro Tull.

While Ian Anderson didn’t provide a comment about this latest news, Councillor Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council’s chairman of the economy and environment committee, said: “This is more great news for the residents and drivers of Cambridgeshire and another milestone achievement.

“These improvements to the A1, between Alconbury and Buckden, will provide a smooth link into the A14, avoiding the Brampton Hut roundabout, and improve journey times.”

2019 Mercedes-Benz In-car Gaming Challenge

Mercedes-Benz wants to turn your car into a video games console

2019 Mercedes-Benz In-car Gaming Challenge

Mercedes-Benz has announced a competition which seeks new and innovative gaming experiences to revolutionise in-car entertainment.

With the onward move towards autonomous vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is looking at how to entertain passengers, and now drivers, with nothing to do. Seemingly just playing Candy Crush or Angry Birds on your phone is not going to be enough in the self-driving future.

Instead, Mercedes wants developers to create ideas which will completely immerse players in games, and even make use of the vehicle itself to add to the engagement.

Push start to play

2019 Mercedes-Benz In-car Gaming ChallengeFor instance, who hasn’t got behind the wheel of a stationary car and imagined themselves driving in some kind of race?

Employees at Mercedes-Benz clearly have, as they used the new CLA to demonstrate the idea of networked electronics and immersive gaming at the recent Mobile World Congress.

The CLA featured an installation of the game SuperTuxKart, which could be viewed on the in-car display screens. More impressively, players could actually control and play the game using the steering wheel and pedals to navigate.

Ready, Player One?

2019 Mercedes-Benz In-car Gaming ChallengeMercedes-Benz wants developers to go even further though. Suggestions including use the air conditioning to simulate slipstream effects, or using ambient lighting to change the mood and atmosphere.

The company also wants ideas that could be applied to more than just cars. Bus passengers could play a cooperative challenge game on their journey via smartphone apps, with the idea that a regular commute can “become a journey into another world”.

Open from the 22nd March to 16th May 2019, gamers, students, and designers all invited to submit their ideas via the In-Car Gaming Challenge website.

Winners will receive tickets to eSports events, cash prizes, and the ultimate opportunity to have their idea made into a real game.

1993 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

Ford and Chevy muscle trucks hit the block in Houston

1993 Chevrolet 454 SS PickupHigh power and low weight has been a winning recipe since the Jurassic period, when early humans discovered that the lighter and more nimble Velociraptors had a distinct performance advantage over their chunkier Tyrannosaur cousins.

Fast forward to the horsepower wars of the Sixties. Dodge offered its brontosaurian 426 Street Wedge engine in the D100 and D200 starting in 1963, and Chevrolet shot back with a big block 396 in the CST 10 just a few years later.

In 1990, Chevy upped its game by stuffing a 7.4-liter (454-cid) V8 under the hood of a single cab/short box 1500, thus creating the 454 SS.

Not to be outdone, Ford released its Lightning pickup in 1993 with a 5.8-liter V8. The Blue Oval released a new version of the truck in 1999 with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8, and created a legend.

Mecum Auctions will be celebrating the Chevy 454 and Ford Lightning at its Houston event, April 4-6, with “A Collection of Special Performance Pickups.” A dozen well-preserved, low mileage examples will cross the block at the NRG Center, offering enthusiasts a rare chance to get behind the wheel of these rare trucks.

Here’s a preview of the lots being offered.

More amazing classics from Motoring Research:

2004 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

2004 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

Estimate: $35,000 – $40,000

LOT F128

Only 3,781 Lightnings were produced in 2004, and just 648 of those wore the red paint of this one-owner example. The supercharged 5.4-liter V8 is original and makes 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Even with insane power on tap, this Lightning still offers the convenience of air conditioning, power steering, power windows, and power mirrors.

Amazingly, the odometer shows just 2,251 miles.

1993 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

1993 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

LOT F134

1993 was the last year of production for Chevy’s 454 SS bruiser and just 843 were built. This example wears its original paint and shows just 49,688 miles on the clock.

Though horsepower was a mere 255, the 7.4-liter (454-cid) engine made a stonking 405 lb-ft at 2,400 rpm.

Sale includes a clean CarFax report.

2003 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

2003 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

LOT F127

Sonic Blue replaced True Blue for 2003, and just 723 out of a total production run of 4,270 wore the color that year. The five-spoke wheel were also new, and payload jumped from 850 to 1,350 pounds.

This example has covered a mere 30,571 miles since new and come with an SVT Certificate and clean CarFax report.

1993 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

1993 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

LOT F133

This final year 454 SS wears factory Victory Red paint and shows just 40,457 miles on the clock. The 454-cid engine is original and presumably just as thirsty as it was when new, getting just 12 mpg city and 16 highway. We assume that incessantly stomping the throttle to light up the rear tires may have depressed those figures even further, but its well worth the giggles.

2004 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

2004 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

LOT F129

2004 was the last year for the Lightning, and just 3,781 were produced. 648 of those wore Dark Shadow Gray paint (the auction catalog states the 2003 figure: 1,170).

The 5.4-liter V8 used an Eaton supercharger to make 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, and pushed the step side into the record books as the world’s fastest production truck of its time.

This example has seen 53,493 miles and wears original paint. All the interior amenities are in working order and the sound system has been upgraded.

1991 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

1991 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000

LOT F131

The big block 454 under the hood of this midnight beast was bumped to 255 horses and 405 lb-ft of torque for 1991. A four-speed transmission was new and, out back, a 4.10 gear replaced the previous 3.73. The combination must have made for some seriously tire-shredding burnouts given the truck’s low weight over the rear axle.

983 examples were produced for the year. This one has shows 58,965 miles and has been in the same family since new.

1990 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

1990 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

LOT F131.1

In the first year of production, Chevy produced 13,748 examples of its hot 454 SS pickup. Over the rest of production run (model years 1991-94), just 3,205 were sold.

The 454-cid V8 made 245 horses and 345 lb-ft of twist and was paired to a three-speed automatic.

This one-owner truck comes with factory documentation and 454 memorabilia. It’s all-original and shows just 11,711 miles on the speedo.

2002 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

2002 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

Estimate: $35,000 – $40,000

LOT F125

This 2002 Lightning has so few miles—just 1,866—it still rides on the original tires. 4,726 of the supertrucks were produced in 2002, and 1,086 wore the Bright Red paint (that’s really what Ford named the color. We checked).

Power windows, mirrors, and steering are all in pristine shape, and the sale includes the original window sticker, SVT certificate, and CarFax report.

1990 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

1990 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

Estimate: $30,000 – $35,000

LOT F130

Another incredibly low mileage muscle truck, this 454 SS has seen just 5,450 miles since new. The optional bedliner was installed by the dealer, and the cassette player is straight from the factory (remember cassettes?).

The red velour interior is large enough for congressional hearings but seats just two in deluxe comfort. Power windows and locks add to the luxury feel; such heady gadgetry didn’t appear as standard until the launch of the Silverado in 1999.

1992 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

1992 Chevrolet 454 SS Pickup

Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000

LOT F132

1992 was the first year for Victory Red, and the color was so invigorating it inspired the previous owner of this Chevy rocket to upgrade the engine to over 600 horsepower. To match the sound of the custom exhaust, a custom sound system was installed. The truck was also lowered, because why not.

This example has seen 50,737 miles.

2003 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

2003 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

LOT F126

Just 4,270 Lightnings were produced in 2003, and No. 2,243 here is one of just 1,036 to sport black paint.

This all-original example has had just two owners since new and covered a mere 25,943 miles. The sale includes the window sticker and original documents, SVT certificate, CarFax report, and an extensive receipt history.

2001 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

2003 Ford F150 SVT Lightning Pickup

Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

LOT F126.1

This one-owner Oxford White Lightning has just 11,775 miles on the clock and is still shod with the original tires. The interior is picked out in Medium Graphite.

2001 saw a power bump to 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, up from 360 and 440 for 1999-2000 models. Sintered rods and a forged crank allowed a 5,250 rpm redline, with the fuel shutoff at 5,400.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn Find

Freed from captivity: you could buy this unrestored 1952 Jaguar XK120 project

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindSpring is here, so what better time to start thinking about a classic sports car to spend the summer cruising around in.

It means this 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe, currently for sale on auction site Bring a Trailer, could be just what you need.

Be prepared to get down and dirty though, as this classic has spend several decades in storage and is being described as a ‘project’ by the seller.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindJust how long the Jag has spent off the road is not specified, but the fact it is still wearing licence plates issued in 1959 might be some clue. The car was placed in storage by Mr. Binner of Waco, Texas, who bought the car in October 1958.

Originally the car was delivered to a buyer in Los Angeles, California, having left Jaguar’s factory on July 3rd 1952. At that time, the XK120 was wearing Pastel Blue paint, with a grey interior.

At some point the car was resprayed red, with the interior swapped to match as well. Even the steel wheels ended up with coordinating red trim on them as well.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindPowered by a 3.4-liter inline-six engine, the XK120 produced 160 horsepower as standard. An optional ‘Special Equipment’ package could boost this to 180 horsepower, although there is no mention of this car having it.

Having lived untouched in storage for so long, unsurprisingly the engine does not run. However, the seller does at least state it turns by hand, and has just 51,000 miles indicated on the odometer.

A four-speed manual gearbox featured as standard on the XK120 FHC, and allowed it to hit a top speed of over 125mph. Various speed records were set by XK120s during the 1950s, including averaging over 100mph for seven days and seven nights.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindThe seller has been in touch with the Jaguar Heritage Trust, which has established the original production records for this XK120.

Along with confirming the original paint and interior options, the certificate issued also shows that the engine and gearbox are the same ones that left the factory attached to this chassis.

Also present is the original issue title from when the car was first sold new in 1958, helping further prove the backstory to this Jag.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindAlthough clearly in need of substantial work, unrestored XK120s like this have recorded sale prices of up to $50,000 (£38,000) in recent years.

Those in concours condition are said to fetch up to $140,000 (£106,000), indicating at the potential on offer.

If this particular Jag takes your fancy, you’ll need to be quick to get a bid in. The Bring a Trailer auction ends on Tuesday March 26th, with numerous bids already received.

P80/C: Ferrari’s most extreme track car ever

Ferrari P80C

In Ferrari’s words, the P80/C is a “Hero Car”. An “absolutely unique” car inspired by two greats from Ferrari’s past: the 330 P3/P4 and the Dino 206 S. And we do mean unique – this is a very special Ferrari one-off indeed.

It was built at the behest of a Ferrari client – “a great connoisseur of the Ferrari world” – who wanted a modern sports prototype that tipped its hat to the two models of old.

Work began in 2015, making the P80/C project the longest in the history of bespoke Ferraris. As a track-only car, Ferrari was free to push the boundaries further than had it been designed for road use, but we suspect the client had rather exacting requirements. The process involved introducing features to “guarantee a captivating marriage of style, technical prowess and aerodynamics,” says Ferrari.

Ferrari P80C development

The 488 GT3 racer was chosen as the donor, not only for its performance, but also for its longer wheelbase, which allowed greater freedom. This is immediately evident from the front, with the P80/C boasting a sharp, wedge-like design, complete with a menacing front splitter.

Ferrari says the aerodynamics are inspired by the T-wing that appeared on its F1 cars in 2017. This, combined with a host of other tweaks, means that aerodynamic efficiency is up by five percent over the 488 GT3. The paint, in case you were wondering, is Rosso Vero.

Other highlights include the headlights, which are reminiscent of the air intake housings in the grille of the 330 P3/P4, and the visor-effect cockpit – a nod to the Dino and the 250 LM Berlinettas.

At the rear, Ferrari has used more trickery to create taillights that have the look of air vents, while the rear fascia leaves the running gear entirely visible. A view like this just shouldn’t be legal in this politically-correct day and age.

Ferrari P80C rear

“At the client’s request, the car was designed with a dual soul: a racing set-up, which includes quite a showy carbon-fibre wing and 18” single-nut wheels, and an exhibition package complete with 21” wheels but devoid of aerodynamic appendages, to highlight the purity of its forms,” says Ferrari.

The interior is similar to the 488 GT3 donor car, albeit with a roll cage integrated into the bodywork, redesigned side sections of the dashboard and carbon-fibre door panels.

Ferrari P80C interior

Ferrari hasn’t divulged the performance figures – or indeed the price tag – but we suspect everything will fall into the ‘extreme’ category. A four-year project that pushes the boundaries of the world’s most famous supercar company won’t come cheap.

Keep an eye open for it on the private race tracks of the world. In the meantime, check out these photos of yet another Ferrari you’ll never be able to buy.

Ferrari P80/C in pictures

(Click to see gallery)

Volvo open-sources 60 years of safety research

Volvo safety research

It’s been a busy month for Volvo. Having announced that it will be installing in-car cameras and sensors to monitor drivers, the company also said it would be sharing 60 years of safety knowledge. Because sharing is caring.

The announcement was made on the 60th anniversary of the three-point safety belt – one of Volvo’s gifts to the automotive world – which it says has saved more than a million lives globally.

In launching Project E.V.A. – that’s ‘Equal Vehicles for All’ – Volvo says it intends to share 60 years of safety research to make motoring safer for everyone.

“We have data on tens of thousands of real-life accidents, to help ensure our cars are as safe as they can be for what happens in real traffic,” said Lotta Jakobsson, professor and senior technical specialist at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

“This means our cars are developed with the aim to protect all people, regardless of gender, height, shape or weight, beyond the ‘average person’ represented by crash test dummies.”

Volvo Project EVA

Volvo’s accident research team has been collecting data since the 1970s to better understand what happens during a collision. The team has gathered and analysed data from more than 40,000 cars and 70,000 passengers, which has led to the development of many of the safety systems we take for granted.

For example, Volvo discovered that women are at higher risk of whiplash than men. This influenced the design of Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which combines a robust head restraint with a clever seat design to protect the head and spine. Crucially, there’s no longer a difference in whiplash risk between men and women.

Volvo even developed the world’s first average-sized pregnant crash test dummy to study how the occupant moves and how the safety belt and airbag affect the woman and foetus. Safety isn’t sexy, but you could lose a couple of hours discovering how much Volvo has done to improve road safety.

As Volvo’s co-founder Gustaf Larson once said: “Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo therefore is, and must remain, safety,”

From Santa Fe to California: cars named after places

It’s difficult naming cars. Once you’ve established nobody else has nicked a name for themselves, you have to check it sounds right in other languages, how well it searches online and indeed whether it’s a match to the car in question. ‘Ferrari Kangoo’ simply won’t do.

It’s no wonder some carmakers default to an assortment of numbers and letters. MP4-12C, anyone? We’ve collated a list of the coolest place names borrowed for cars.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Humble beginnings, with Hyundai’s breakout SUV. The Santa Fe takes its name from the capital city of the American state of New Mexico, but don’t be fooled. This is no semi-exotic pseudo-Latino runaround. The Santa Fe is as pedestrian and boring as a Hyundai SUV ought to be. Albeit, in later variations, a very capable one.

Ford CortinaFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

It’s one of the most famous car names in Britain, but the Cortina wasn’t always destined to be named after an Italian ski resort. It started life as Project Archbishop and could have been called Consul-225 or Caprino, until somebody realised the latter is a slang word for goat dung. Naming it after the host of the 1956 Winter Olympics was a stroke of genius, as it injected a little glamour into an otherwise humble saloon car. Fortunately, Ford didn’t use the 1960 games as inspiration: the Ford Squaw Valley doesn’t have the same effect.

Austin MontegoFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

By the mid-80s, more and more people were experiencing air travel for the first time, with falling prices, the birth of package holidays and Judith Chalmers asking ‘Wish you were here?’ the main driving forces behind the change. Austin-Rover attempted to cash-in on the nation’s new horizons by naming its rather humdrum four-door saloon after a famous Jamaican tourist destination.

Alfa Romeo MontrealFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

Is this the most beautiful car ever to be named after an international exposition? The Alfa Romeo Montreal was originally shown as a styling exercise at Expo 67 in Montreal, before being launched as a production model in 1970. The original plan was for the world exposition to be held in Moscow. Had that been the case, we believe Alfa would have looked elsewhere for a name…

Bentley MulsanneFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

Bentley has strong links with the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, so the fact that it chose to name a car after one of the most famous straights in the world came as no surprise. Safety concerns led to the installation of two chicanes installed in time for the 1990 race, but the Mulsanne Straight remains a formidable test of speed and bravery.

Dodge Charger DaytonaFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

The first official NASCAR race took place at Daytona Beach in 1948, so it was only a matter of time before a car was named in its honour. The Dodge Charger Daytona is arguably the most famous, but others will point to the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, although it was never officially called ‘Daytona’. We also need to give an honourable mention to the Dodge Daytona of the 80s and early 90s.

Austin CambridgeFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

There’s something quite ‘Brexit’ about the British car industry’s approach to model naming in the 50s and 60s. Austin rolled out the Hereford, Somerset, Westminster and Cambridge…

Daewoo Le MansFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

The most ironic name in automotive history, or proof that somebody at Daewoo had a sense of humour? The Le Mans was based on the old Mk2 Astra, not the first car you’d associate with the famous 24-hour race.

Zastava FloridaFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

You have to admire their optimism. When the Zastava Florida – or Yugo Sana, Yugo Florida and Yugo Miami – was launched in the late 80s, the East European car industry was finding its feet. The Skoda Favorit was the most successful of the new cars to emerge from the east. But in naming its five-door hatchback after the ‘Sunshine State’, Zastava was getting ideas above its station.

Ferrari CaliforniaFrom Cortina to California: cars named after places

We conclude, as promised, with the Ferrari California. Up until 2017 it was Ferrari’s ‘entry-level’ drop top, before it was replaced by the Portofino. Sticking with the tradition of place names, Portofino trades out the American west coast for sunny Italian shores.

First look at £6 million Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato

Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato

Aston Martin has released detailed renderings of the DBS GT Zagato, the second half of the DBZ Centenary Collection.

Built to celebrate 100 years of the famous Italian design house, the DBS GT Zagato is the second part of arguably the greatest ‘buy one, get one free’ deal of 2019. Get your name down for one of these and you’ll also take ownership of a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation.

Aston Martin’s partnership with Zagato dates back to 1961, when the Italians were asked to give the DB4 GT a little more race-pace.

The result was a faster, lighter and shorter version of the Aston Martin, good enough to attract the likes of Jim Clark, Stirling Moss and Roy Salvadori. Just 19 were built, and it became one of the most collectible cars ever made.

A British legend

 

Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection

Indeed, only last year, an ex-Jim Clark DB4 GT Zagato sold at auction for £10.1 million, setting a record for a British car sold at a European auction.

With this in mind, the £6 million (plus taxes) Aston Martin is asking for the DBZ Centenary Collection represents a bargain. After all, you do get a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and a DBS GT Zagato.

Placed alongside its illustrious forebear, it’s easy to spot some of the influences from the 1961 original. It’s based on the DBS Superleggera and features the iconic ‘double-bubble’ roof, discarding the traditional rear windscreen in favour of a purer roofline.

In true Zagato style, the wheels, headlights and front grille are unique to the DBS GT Zagato, but Aston Martin hasn’t released details of the powertrain, performance figures or interior. We feel a teaser campaign is in the making…

A timeless icon

 

First look at DBS GT Zagato

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Lagonda’s executive vice president and chief creative officer, said: “In the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation we have one of the world’s most beautiful and instantly recognisable pieces of car design. Creating a car fit to stand alongside it was always going to be a formidable challenge, but also a great motivation.

“Both design teams at Aston Martin and Zagato have together risen to the task magnificently; taking the already fabulous DBS Superleggera and shaping something which retains its identity as an Aston Martin, but expresses itself as only a Zagato can. Sensational-looking and extremely rare, it is the modern incarnation of a timeless icon.”

DBS GT Zagato revealed

 

In common with the original, just 19 DBS GT Zagatos will be built, each one sold as a pair with a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. Customers can expect to take delivery of the Continuation model by the end of the year, with the modern icon following by the close of 2020.

Click here to discover some of the beauties and beasts created by Aston Martin and Zagato since 1961

Highways England 2019 Land Rover Discovery

New Land Rover Discovery begins Highways England patrols

Highways England 2019 Land Rover DiscoveryHighways England traffic officers will this month begin patrols on motorways and A-roads in the latest Land Rover Discovery. The first car in a 70-vehicle deal has already been handed over.

They’re not ordinary Discovery 3.0 Sd6 SE, though. They have been modified with a roof-mounted light bar, programmable rear LED board and, of course, a high-visibility Battenberg livery.

Highways England 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Because traffic offers have to carry more than 600kg of equipment, the load area has been reinforced. Packed in there is a set of kit including lights, traffic cones and safety barriers.

Highways England 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover also points to the Discovery’s famed 3,500kg towing capacity: Highways England officers often have to tow stranded vehicles to safety.

Delivery of the latest cars marks 15 years of service for Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency). The Discovery’s role as a public service vehicle stretches back much further, to 1989, just months after the car was originally launched.

Highways England 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Jaguar Land Rover is an official supplier on the Crown Commercial Services Vehicle Purchase Framework, so is able to supply multiple government agencies, including police, fire and rescue, and ambulance.

Highways England bosses say the new cars will operate across 38 network outstations and will be in service for around four years – after which, the expected mileage of each will be around 250,000 miles…

Highways England 2019 Land Rover Discovery