Porsche builds its one-millionth 911

Porsche builds its one-millionth 911The Mazda MX-5 may be the world’s best-selling sports car, but the Porsche 911 is the most iconic. And today, after 54 years in production, the company built its one-millionth 911.

Dr Wolfgang Porsche unveiled the milestone car in Zuffenhausen, where it begins a promotional world tour that includes the Scottish Highlands, Nurburgring, USA and China – ending up as part of the collection at the Porsche Museum.

Porsche builds its one-millionth 911The 991 Carrera S has a distinctly retro theme, with many details that evoke the 1963 original. Spot the Irish Green paint (a special order colour since 1965) chrome window-surrounds, old-style Porsche bonnet crest and – oh yes – gold badges.

Inside, there’s liberal use of mahogany on the steering wheel and dashboard (no, us neither), plus ‘Pepita’ houndstooth trim on the trad-911 ‘tombstone’ seats. A plaque marks this car out as number 1,000,000 off the production line.Porsche builds its one-millionth 911A visibly proud Dr Porsche said: “Fifty-four years ago, I was able to take my first trips over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road with my father. The feeling of being in a 911 is just as enjoyable now as it was then. That’s because the 911 has ensured that the core values of our brand are as visionary today as they were in the first Porsche 356/1 from 1948”.

Although the 911 is easily outsold by Porsche’s Macan and Cayenne SUVs today, it remains core to the German brand: a halo car that shines brighter than perhaps any other. Porsche builds its one-millionth 911

Amazingly, more than 70 per cent of all 911s ever built are still on the road, and over half of Porsche’s 30,000 race wins can be credited to the car, too.

We don’t expect this very special 911 will be racking up the miles – it’s already too valuable for that – but devotees can buy an Irish Green Porsche Design watch, with a strap using the same leather as the 911’s interior. 

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview“The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.” If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you probably haven’t got petrol pumping through your veins. Yes, it’s time for the Goodwood Revival, which takes place over the weekend of the 9th to 11th September 2016.

150,000 people in period clothingGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Held every September since 1998, the Goodwood Revival is said to be the world’s largest historic motor racing and vintage culture event, with 150,000 people attending in period clothing each year. The question is: what can you expect to see in 2016?

Kinrara TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

New for 2016, the Kinrara Trophy is a 60-minute, two-driver race, taking place as the sun goes down on the Friday evening. The grid will be filled with GT cars of a type built before 1963, with Goodwood claiming it’s “the most glamorous addition to the Revival’s entry list since the event began in 1998”. Expect the field to include Ferrari 250 GT SWBs and GTOs, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Jaguar E-Types.

Sir Jack BrabhamGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Also celebrated at the 2016 Goodwood Revival will be the life and career of Sir Jack Brabham. The event coincides with the anniversary of his final world championship win. Brabham was a former Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic who went on to become F1 world champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

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The Goodwood Revival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win, with ‘Life in 66’ featuring a parade of vehicles from the 1960s.

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Meanwhile, 70 years of the bikini will be brought to life “in ways only Goodwood can”. We’re an itsy bitsy teenie weenie bit intrigued by this one.

Barry Sheene Memorial TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Two stars of the Isle of Man TT will be making their debut at the Goodwood Revival, with John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop doing battle in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. The 1950s style races will be in the spirit of the ‘Goodwood Saturday’ meeting in 1951 – the only time motorcycles raced at Goodwood in period.

Riders and driversGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

As usual, you can expect a rich and varied lineup of riders, drivers and celebrities, including F1 stars, sports car legends, touring car heroes and TV stars. Which means everybody from Tiff Needell (pictured) to David Coulthard, and Theo Paphitis to Steve Soper.

St. Mary’s TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

The event organisers are expecting the St. Mary’s Trophy to be the most closely fought race in Goodwood history, with a battle of 30 identical Austin A35s. There will be two races: one for VIPs, the other for owner-drivers. All cars will have the same engine, gearbox, brakes, fuel tank, dampers, front and rear springs, interior and body panels. So it all comes down to driver talent.

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The Goodwood Revival will celebrate BMW’s centenary with a grid of BMW-engined cars competing in the Lavant Cup. Speaking about the race, Lord March said: “… the Lavant Cup will feature a stunning lineup of BMW-engined sports cars of the 1930s-50s”.

Aston MartinGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

A special selection of classic Aston Martins are set to do battle on the famous West Sussex track, with the highlights including a 1959 DBR1, a 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and a pair of DB3s from 1953 and 1955. The present day is represented by the new Aston Martin DB11.

Settrington CupGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

The Settrington Cup, in which youngsters do battle in Austin J40s, is likely to be another event highlight. Look out for the pedal-powered racers on Saturday and Sunday.

Freddie March Spirit of AviationGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Now in its tenth year at the Revival, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation celebrates Goodwood’s links with aviation. The concours d’elegance for aircraft built up to 1966 will feature everything from a 1947 de Havilland Chipmunk and a Ryan SCW-145 – the only one of its type still flying outside of the USA.

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If you’re in need of some retail therapy, the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition will include 5,000 items on display across 32 main sections. You’ll find everything from leather briefcases to an atomic cooker. An eclectic mix at the end of the High Street.

Other highlightsGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

But if that’s not enough, the 2016 Goodwood Revival will take a nostalgic look at the 1966 F1 season which saw the introduction of a new 3-litre formula. ‘Return to Power’ will see a grid of ground-breaking F1 cars taking part in high speed demo runs throughout the weekend. Also look out for the Richmond Trophy, Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, Glover Trophy, Sussex Trophy, Madgwick Cup and Whitsun Trophy.

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New for 2016, Goodwood has partnered with Fanzone to provide a bespoke transport service to and from the Revival. A website has been created to source and book buses, taxis and car-sharing opportunities from selected venues in the south of England. Should avoid lengthy queues on the A27 and the inevitable search for a parking space.

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That said, if you haven’t secured your entry tickets yet, you might be out of luck. General admission tickets are no longer on sale, with only hospitality packages available at the time of writing. These cost upwards of £295. Grandstand passes are also close to sell out.

Social mediaGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

But don’t worry, because the Goodwood Revival will be streamed via its website, with regular updates on social media. It’s the next best thing to being there, but if you want to feel closer to the action, you could always hunt down some period clothing from your local charity shop. Sorted.

Best Dressed CompetitionGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Unfortunately, if you’re sat at your kitchen table, iPad in hand, you won’t be eligible for Best Dressed Competition, which is held on each day of the Revival. Judges award prizes for the most glamorous and authentic outfits. Time to break out your miniskirt and eyeliner?

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We’ll be there to bring you the latest news from the 2016 Goodwood Revival, so stay tuned for our review gallery. We’ll bring you everything from the historic car races to fish finger and Walls ices! Yes, really.

Black and white photographGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

We’ll leave the last word to Rowan Atkinson, who, when describing the Goodwood Revival, said: “It’s like a period painting or black-and-white photograph brought wonderfully to life.” Quite.


Uber trials fleet of all-electric Nissan Leafs in London


Car-hailing service Uber and Nissan are to embark on a ‘new, major electric vehicle project’ that involves a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs in the nation’s capital.

Nissan has supplied 20 all-electric Nissan Leafs to Uber for use as part of an extensive EV trial. It’s the first time pure EVs have been available for hire through the Uber app in London. To-date, the greenest cars on the Uber fleet have been hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius.

Run in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the study will look at the feasibility of running large numbers of electric private hire cars in the UK, with one eye on the introduction of the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2020. Around 60% of Uber journeys are made in hybrid vehicles, but the company is keen to go further.

Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK, said: “People already associate Uber with hybrid cars, but we now want to go a big step further with fully electric cars on the road from today.

“We are determined to use technology to help tackle the challenge of air pollution in London and across the UK. Our car-sharing service has already saved 1.2 million miles and 211 metric tonnes of CO2. With electric vehicles – and more people sharing their journey and leaving their own cars at home – there’s even more we can do.”

Nissan recently introduced a new 30 kWh battery for the Leaf that delivers 26% more range versus the previous-generation model: up to 155 miles of driving on a single charge. The average London commute is 7.9 miles, which means a 30 kWh Leaf could tackle a number of journeys before it would need to be recharged.

Gareth Dunsmore, head of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Uber on what is a very exciting project that could ultimately lead to major improvements in air quality in London and across the UK.

“With the impact of poor air quality remaining a cause for concern, the trial could prove to be a pivotal moment for tackling the challenges in London.”

This isn’t the first time a cab firm has taken a drive down electric avenue. Earlier this year, Nissan supplied a fleet of 110 Nissan Leafs to La Ciudad del Taxi, a Madrid-based taxi company. At the time, Nissan claimed it was “the world’s largest 100% electric taxi fleet deal”, going on to say it has sold almost 800 EVs to taxi operators across Europe.

McLaren owner awarded damages for ‘deprived enjoyment’ after tractor crash

McLaren owner awarded damages for ‘deprived enjoyment’ after tractor crash

McLaren owner awarded damages for ‘deprived enjoyment’ after tractor crash

A McLaren driver who was involved in a collision with a tractor just weeks into ownership has successfully claimed compensation for the enjoyment he was deprived of while his supercar was being fixed.

Charles Gow demanded a like-for-like replacement from the tractor driver’s insurers, NFU Mutual, after he was deemed not to be at fault for the crash involving his McLaren MP4-12C.

Although Gow said he was willing to accept a Ferrari, no courtesy car was forthcoming from the insurance company for the weeks his McLaren was off the road.

Despite owning two Aston Martins, a Range Rover and a BMW 5 Series, Gow eventually hired a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to drive instead of the McLaren.

Gow’s barrister, Guy Vickers of Exchange Chambers, accepted that insurance companies generally only need to provide a replacement car if they can establish a need for a replacement.

However, he said: “In most cases this is a straightforward matter of simply pointing to the fact that the damaged car was the only car the claimant had the use of before the accident… but in [this case] the defendant argued that, because of his other vehicles, Mr Gow could not establish need.”

NFU Mutual refused to pay for the hire of the Mercedes, pointing out that damage to the McLaren was minimal and Gow had use of a number of other cars.

But Gow argued that he should be entitled for a like-for-like car, and his own Aston Martins were older and not as special as the McLaren.

Vickers added: “Mr Gow successfully argued that, in this context, need was to be assessed not in some objective utilitarian sense, but by considering what type of vehicle the claimant had the use of before the accident and whether any of the other cars he already owned could replace that use.

“So although he had other cars, some of them objectively highly desirable, none of them was a supercar like his McLaren and the defendant, having to take his victim as he found him, was obliged to recompense him the cost of hiring an equivalent to his own.”

The judge agreed, concluding that the £190,000 McLaren was a ‘particularly special’ car – and nothing in Gow’s car collection made up for the enjoyment he was deprived of while it was off the road.

As such, he ordered NFU to compensate the McLaren owner for the Mercedes SLS AMG hire car – and even reimburse him for general damages caused by having to use his older Aston Martin for the two months before hiring a car.

Drivers warned NOT to stop for unmarked police cars

Drivers warned NOT to stop for unmarked police cars

Drivers warned NOT to stop for unmarked police cars

Essex Police are warning motorists not to pull over if requested to do so by an unmarked police car, following a spate of vehicle thefts by fake traffic cops.

Officers have been told not to pull over drivers in unmarked cars, unless it’s an emergency.

It comes after two vans were stolen by thieves dressed as police officers – with one reportedly carrying a handgun. Both thefts are believed to have taken place on Essex motorways – one on the M25, the other on the M11.

It’s thought that a silver Ford Mondeo equipped with blue lights was used in both incidents.

Det Ch Insp Stuart Smith said: “We have taken this decision to safeguard motorists in Essex while these offenders remain outstanding.

“Our victims have told us that the suspects are purporting to be police officers and are wearing body armour to further enhance this deception in order to steal these vans.

“Anyone who is signalled at to stop by someone in a car which may appear to be an unmarked police is asked not to stop but to call 999 immediately to verify whether the vehicle and its occupants are genuine.”

Anyone with information about the bogus unmarked police car are requested to phone 101 urgently.

Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001 hypercar revealed

Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have revealed the stunning new AM-RB 001, the radical hypercar developed by the two brands and led by star F1 genius Adrian Newey, Aston Martin designer Marek Reichman and engineering ace David King. The new Aston Martin Red Bull could just be the F1 car for the road to outdo every other car ever created…

‘The like of which has never been seen before’Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Aston Martin and Red Bull say the AM-RB 001 (that’s currently a codename: the real name will follow) is ground-breaking, ambitious, uncompromising and wholly extraordinary. Red Bull has won multiple F1 titles and Adrian Newey has won many, many more on top: by collaborating with Aston Martin, he’s now able to turn his brilliance to road cars. The rest of the supercar world is shuffling uncomfortably…

What is the Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001?Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

The new Aston Martin Red Bull hypercar is a proper road-going machine. A maximum 150 will be built, with 25 more track-only super-specials. Purists, rejoice: it will have a mid-mounted non-turbo V12 engine that revs to the heavens and, although a power figure hasn’t been revealed, the AM-RB 001 will have, like the Koenigsegg One:1, a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio – that’s 1 hp per kilo of weight.

Road car with F1-like downforceAston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Described as having “unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car”, the AM-RB 001 will, as you’d expect of an Adrian Newey-engineered car, further blur the dividing line between road car and racing car. The carbon fibre car’s aero secrets are mainly beneath the surface too, so Reichman’s been able to design a pure body shape without humungous wings and spoilers.

Yes, it really is a road-going Aston MartinAston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Looking truly unique, space-age and 22nd century, the incredible shape of the Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001 makes every other hypercar to date seem old-fashioned and prosaic. It’s more Batmobile than road car, with designer Reichman admitting “there has never been an Aston Martin – or any car, actually – quite like the AM-RB 001”.

‘A truly remarkable project’Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer is in no doubt as to the historical significance of the new Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001. “As the project gathers pace it’s clear the end result will be a truly history-making hypercar that sets incredible new benchmarks for packaging, efficiency and performance, an achievement that elevates Aston Martin to the very highest level.

The practical Red Bull F1 car for the roadAston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

It pushes performance boundaries endlessly, but Aston Martin and Red Bull insist the AM-RB 001 will also be a perfectly usable, practical and enjoyable road car. Just one that performs on the track like no other road car up to now. The two firms promise a roomy two-seat cabin, plentiful comfort and the sort of packaging brilliance more mundane A-to-B runabouts would be proud of. Newey has a reputation for innovations like this in his F1 cars: the AM-RB 001 will be the first road car ever to benefit from it.

Ingenious suspension, aerodynamics, gearboxAston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Adrian Newey will also apply his F1 nous – brilliance that’s made him the most successful designer the sport has ever seen – to give the Aston Martin Red Bull innovative new suspension, radical aerodynamics and a clean-sheet transmission that’s been conceived and engineered by the far-sighted Red Bull Advanced Technologies department.

Adrian Newey’s first-ever road carAston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

“I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car,” says Red Bull’s Adrian Newey. His intention is to create a car of two characters – indeed, he says that’s the secret they’re trying to put into the AM-RB 001: “The technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities.” Be in no doubt, the Adrian Newey road car is going to be extraordinary…

The tech nuances: TBC…Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Today, Aston Martin and Red Bull are revealing the shape of the new hypercar, whose AM-RB 001 title is currently a codename. All the tech details underpinning it will be revealed in due course: for now, savour the pure and breathtaking dramatic form that blends Aston Martin tradition in a quite incredible futuristic form.

Why has Red Bull partnered with Aston Martin?Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

So why has Red Bull teamed up with Aston Martin to create its first ever road car? Because Newey reckoned it was the best way to make the project work: Red Bull would do all the clever hypercar engineered with Aston Martin helping it turn this into a beautiful, fast and comfortable GT car.

What next? How much will it cost?Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001

Aston Martin will make the AM-RB 001 at its Gaydon facility, in the same area used to produce the One-77. It will produce between 99 and 150 of the road-going Red Bull, with 25 track-only models on top. First deliveries will start from 2018: the price has not and will not be disclosed, but a guess of around £2 million and £3 million is a safe estimate…

This is why you should leave your car after a breakdown

This is why you should leave your car after a breakdown

This is why you should leave your car after a breakdown

If you’ve broken down it’s tempting to stay in your vehicle and wait for recovery to help. After all, it’s warm and comfortable in there – why would you want to stand on the roadside, particularly in bad weather?

Well, you may think again after seeing these pictures. This Citroen Xsara Picasso had broken down on the A45 dual carriageway in Solihull yesterday leaving its passengers stranded.

This is why you should leave your car after a breakdown

Fortunately, they had left the vehicle when a Ford Transit carrying logs slammed into the back of it, causing substantial damage.

The 20-year-old van driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. We bet the passengers in the Picasso won’t consider staying in their car next time they breakdown.

M6 Toll charges could be scrapped to combat congestion

M6 Toll charges could be scrapped to combat congestion

M6 Toll charges could be scrapped to combat congestion

An MP has branded the M6 Toll a ‘rich person’s motorway’ in the House of Commons and called for charges to be dropped when required in a bid to reduce congestion on nearby motorways.

It comes after a serious crash in February left the M6 closed for 24 hours, resulting in chaos on nearby roads.

The issue was debated in the House of Commons after Solihull MP Julian Knight made the suggestion that toll charges should be dropped in situations like this.

He said: “If the M6 toll is to serve the best interests of the West Midlands and our economy as it was built to, we must see fundamental reform of how it operates, especially during gridlock and crisis situations.”

It’s already possible for the M6 Toll to be opened to the public for free when required, but owner Midlands Expressway demands a payment of £300,000 per day plus VAT – meaning it’s never actually happened. The cost of the incident in February to the local economy caused by traffic issues was estimated to exceed £40 million.

The 27-mile stretch of motorway costs £5.50 for car drivers on weekdays, dropping to £4.80 at weekends and £3.80 at night.

Knight added: “We should also consider lowering the day-to-day costs of the M6 Toll.”

MPs recently called for the Government to buy the M6 Toll and reduce the fees faced by the 50,000 drivers who use it every year.

Vauxhall boss slams Brexit bid: we need to stay in the EU

Vauxhall boss slams Brexit bid: we need to stay in the EU

Vauxhall boss slams Brexit bid: we need to stay in the EU

Vauxhall’s new managing director Rory Harvey has joined the debate on the EU referendum, telling journalists that the firm ‘absolutely’ has a position on Brexit – and that position is that the UK should remain in the European Union.

Speaking on the eve of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Harvey said: “We think it’s the right thing to do in terms of movement of goods and supply of services and people, and we think it’s the right thing in terms of the automotive industry and us as an organisation.

“We have a position and that position is that we think that now, at the moment, we should stay in the EU.”

Brexit: Nissan, Toyota want Britain to remain in EU

Harvey’s predecessor, Tim Tozer, left the company suddenly in September following what’s believed to have been a spat between Vauxhall and GM’s European arm, Opel.

In the weeks prior to his departure, Tozer suggested that Britain leaving the EU would not stop Vauxhall from doing business in the UK.

He told the BBC’s Radio 4 today programme: “I don’t think in that event [of Britain leaving the EU] there would not be a trade agreement with what was left of the EU. We’re a very, very big market for European products, goods and services, and it would be unthinkable to us as a corporation that no such trade agreement would ultimately be negotiated if this country chose to leave.”

His successor is more reserved, however. Harvey said it would be “interesting to see what happens with the referendum,” yet refused to speculate about whether the company would continue to build cars within the UK if it were to leave the EU.

Vauxhall is GM’s fourth biggest market around the world, with 35,000 people employed by the firm in the UK. The brand’s Ellesmere Port plant in the North West produces more than 180,000 Astras a year – 52,000 of which are sold in the UK.

This figure is set to increase with the new model, which tonight picked up the award of the 2016 European Car of the Year.

Recently, Toyota hinted that it would continue production at its Burnaston plant – whichever way the EU referendum goes.

Telling the Financial Times how Toyota had buried a time capsule under the Derbyshire factory, the multinational company’s chief executive Akio Toyoda said: “From now on, like Japan, we may face some pretty tough times in the UK market.

“But we want to deepen our roots to deliver ever better cars, so when that capsule is opened after 100 years, all can see we’ve built a truly British company.”

This is what the new Top Gear line-up looks like

This is what the new Top Gear line-up looks like

This is what the new Top Gear line-up looks like

Chris Evans has announced the full line-up of presenters for the new Top Gear series – with F1 pundit Eddie Jordan amongst the latest to join the team.

As rumoured, he’ll be joined by motoring journalist Chris Harris and Nurburgring legend Sabine Schmitz – as well recently-announced Matt LeBlanc.

The final member of the team is someone you might not recognise, Rory Reid. He’s a motoring journalist who works for – but, like thousands of others, he put forward his audition tape and made it through the auditions.

He told “When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me.

“To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud. I’ve been a Top Gear fan for decades, but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show.”

The new Top Gear has been receiving a lot of attention in the press lately, with senior members of staff leaving the show and rumours that Chris Evans wasn’t up to the job.

But on his Radio 2 show this morning, Evans confirmed that things were on schedule for returning to television in May.

It’ll face competition from the original Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – who are set to launch their own motoring show on Amazon Prime in the near future.

What does Twitter say?

It’s no surprise that the revelations have caused a frenzy on social media this morning. We’ll start with the presenters, who’ve no doubt been keeping the news a painful secret for a while…

And this is what you guys think…