Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speedInsurance companies are increasingly offering discounts in exchange for drivers fitting black boxes to their cars, providing them with information such as how often the car exceeds the speed limit, how fast it takes bends and if it’s regularly driven during peak hours.

Admiral is one such insurance company – and it’s been monitoring 300,000 of its policies to reveal the car makes and models most likely to break the speed limit.

Admiral’s Justin Beddows said: “It’s interesting how we can use our internal data to build up a picture of certain drivers, like how speeding is tied to certain car models. There’s definitely a trend in owners of more affordable cars being less likely to break the speed limit. The data doesn’t seek to tarnish certain drivers with the same brush, but rather show that these trends do exist.”

Mercedes-Benz C250Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

So which cars are the most likely to speed, according to Admiral? We’ve got the lowdown on the top 10, starting off with the Mercedes-Benz C250. Be prepared for a few German cars appearing…

Mitsubishi L200Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

This is a slightly surprising one. The pick-up truck isn’t the fastest vehicle on the roads, but the latest model will hit 62mph in 10.4 seconds. That’s quicker than some superminis.

Mercedes-Benz C220Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

A top 10 appearance for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Amusingly, the lesser-powered C220 is more likely to be driven above the speed limit than the C250.

BMW 535iRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

You know those stereotypes about BMW drivers? Apparently they’re all true – with BMWs appearing more than any other model in the top 10. The fairly rapid 535i is the car seventh most likely to be caught speeding.

Volvo V50Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

You’d associate the sensible Volvo V50 estate with mature, law-abiding motorists. But, when people aren’t looking, Volvo drivers apparently like to put their foot down. The black box never turns a blind eye.

Audi A5Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

It’s a view anyone who regularly drives on the motorway will be used to: an Audi badge in the rear-view mirror, a little close for comfort. No surprise, then, that the sleek Audi A5 coupe is one of the most likely cars to break the speed limit.

BMW M135iRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

Put a 320hp straight-six engine into a small 1 Series hatchback and what do you get? A car that likes to speed. The M135i can break the national single carriageway speed limit in less than 5.0 seconds.

BMW 420dRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

The diesel-powered 4 Series Coupe isn’t as fast as the M135i – but that doesn’t stop drivers breaking the speed limit more regularly. It boasts the third highest number of speeding offences out of any model.

Audi Q5Revealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

The only SUV to appear in the top 10, the Audi Q5 is more likely to break the speed limit than performance four-wheel-drives such as the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.

Bentley Continental GTRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

So which car is most likely to speed? It’s the footballers’ favourite: the Bentley Continental GT. In V8 form, the 4.0-litre Bentley will hit 62mph in 4.8 seconds and can reach the dizzy heights of 188mph. Even with a black box fitted.

Fiat StiloRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

Now we’re onto the cars least likely to break the speed limit – and in 10th place is the Fiat Stilo. The stodgy family hatchback takes a tedious 13.8 seconds to reach 62mph in entry-level 1.2-litre form.

Ford StreetkaRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

If you’ve bought a Ford Streetka, you’d be better off dropping the roof and soaking up the rays than trying to get anywhere quickly. Its drivers aren’t that bothered about speeding, apparently.

Volkswagen LupoRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

The Volkswagen Lupo’s diminutive dimensions means it’s far from king of the road. But it is likely to be found driving below the speed limit.

Nissan PixoRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

Remember the short-run Nissan Pixo? The Suzuki Alto twin was targeted at an elderly audience, so it’s no surprise to find they rarely drive this city car fast.

Chevrolet MatizRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

It might have a Chevrolet badge, but that definitely doesn’t give the Matiz sporting credentials. It’s the sixth least likely car to break the speed limit.

Honda HR-VRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

The Honda HR-V is the slowest crossover on the block, apparently.

Daewoo KalosRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

We’re starting to notice a theme among the cars least likely to speed. The Daewoo Kalos (pictured here as a Chevy) takes fourth place…

Hyundai AmicaRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

…while the Hyundai Amica grabs third.

Fiat SeicentoRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

The Fiat Seicento is no longer made, but when it was, it was never the sturdiest city car on the market. Its drivers might be scared to drive one quickly, even though a warm(ish) Sporting variant was offered.

SEAT MiiRevealed: the cars most (and least) likely to speed

The car least likely to speed is the SEAT Mii, beating its Volkswagen and Skoda brethren. The popular (and very good) city car takes 14.4 seconds to hit 62mph in entry-level 60hp guise.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

All the action from Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016This was THE weekend for soggy festivals – from the music lover’s Glastonbury to the petrolhead’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. We’re concentrating on the latter, with this year’s theme of ‘Full throttle – the endless pursuit of power’.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari 599XX Evo

Naturally, a highlight of the weekend was exotic supercars speeding up the legendary Goodwood hill. The Ferrari 599XX Evo, pictured here, can hit 62mph in ‘less than 2.9 seconds’ and a top speed of 196mph. We doubt it got close to that at Goodwood…

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari FXX K

Just as extreme is the Ferrari FXX K (yes, it really is called that). The hybrid race car produces an incredible 1,035hp and is good for 220mph.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Bugatti Chiron

The £1.9 million Bugatti Chiron hypercar made its UK dynamic debut at this weekend’s Festival of Speed. With a power output of 1,500hp, the Veyron successor has a top speed of 261mph.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 919 Hybrid

This is the LMP1 car that Porsche has just used to win Le Mans for the second year in a row. The Porsche 919 Hybrid weighs just 875kg and is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, combined with a large electric motor.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lancia 037

The historic Lancia 037 Group B rally car was the last rear-wheel-drive car to win the WRC. No doubt a bit of a handful at a wet Goodwood, the Lancia 037 is now more than 30 years old.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Vauxhall Maloo

Stepping away from the hill climb now and looking at what else Goodwood had to offer. On Vauxhall’s stand was this Maloo, carrying one of the oldest Vauxhalls in existence.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016TVR Trident Fissore Coupe

Over on Goodwood’s Cartier Lawn was the ‘Style et Lux’ concours, featuring a myriad of exotic and rare cars. This TVR Trident is one of just four ever made.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016BMW 2002 Turbo Hommage

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original 2002 turbo, the Hommage is based on the five-star BMW M2. Its compact dimensions and ‘shark nose’ grille give it an aggressive look. Unfortunately, it’s a one-off.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016BMW M1

With BMW celebrating its centenary year at Goodwood, there were lots of amazing BMWs old and new on display. This M1 caught our eye – with its mid-mounted engine and sleek Italian styling, it’s a very desirable classic car.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Mercedes-AMG GT R

Set to take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the ultra-hot (and ultra green, literally) Mercedes-AMG GT R made its debut at Goodwood. Here it is, taking centre stage on the firm’s huge show stand.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Mercedes-AMG GT R

And here it is, roaring up the hill. With a new exhaust system and twin-turbochargers, the GT R packs 585hp from its 4.0-litre V8. It’ll hit 62mph in 3.6 seconds.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016McLaren 675LT Spider

Unsurprisingly, McLaren’s section of the supercar paddock was drawing the crowds over the weekend. The 675 LT Spider, pictured here, costs an incredible £285,450.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Peugeot 205 T16

Think the regular 205 GTI is pretty special? It’s got nothing on the Group B 205 T16. Packing an incredible 500hp, this ‘hyper hatch’ was no doubt a bit of a handful on the wet hill climb.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover took along its mobile off-road course to Goodwood, with even appalling conditions failing to give the Evoque’s terrain response a workout.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche Cayenne

No, this isn’t a scene from the Festival of Speed car park (although it could have been). Porsche showed off the abilities of its Cayenne 4×4 on wet mud, using cars borrowed from its Experience Centre at Silverstone.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Honda NSX

Honda showed off the new NSX at Goodwood, but we prefer this original version – developed with help from none other than Ayrton Senna. It blew away the rival Ferrari 348 when launched in 1990.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

There aren’t many things that sound better than a Lamborghini Huracan at maximum attack. And opting for the roofless version means you can enjoy that 610hp V10 in all its glory. Ciao bella!

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Renault RE40

The RE40 was the first Renault F1 car to have a full carbon fibre chassis. It also had a 1.5-litre V6 engine producing a mildly terrifying 880hp. No wonder it took the great Alain Prost to tame it.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016McLaren P1 GTR

What’s even better than a McLaren P1? Yes, the racing-spec P1 GTR, with power boosted to 1,000hp, weight reduced by 50kg and a weapons-grade aero package. The paintwork on this car was inspired by much-loved racing driver, James Hunt.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Aston Martin DB11

The beautiful Aston Martin DB11 treated the crowds to its cultured V12 howl. After making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, this was the first chance to see Aston’s new supercar in action.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

The hottest Golf GTI arrived from from its record-breaking lap of the Nurburgring. It’s the fastest front-wheel-drive car ever around the notorious German racetrack, with a time of 7min 49.21sec.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lego Porsche 911

This Porsche 911 is half Lego and half the real thing. We have three questions. How long did it take to build? Does it drive? And can we have one for Christmas?

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Shelby GT350 Mustang

Posing next to a P-51 Mustang fighter, the Shelby GT350 is one of the fastest and most sought-after versions of the original Ford Mustang. Spot the GT40 in the background, too.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Alfa Romeo Giulia

Goodwood has become the de facto British Motor Show in recent years. The Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon made its UK debut here – allowing punters to compare it to the rival Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concours

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concours

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursThe Cartier Lawn has been a key part of the Festival of Speed since 1995. The Style et Luxe provides some welcome calm, away from the speed and the sound of the Goodwood Hill. We took a wander around the lawn to select our favourite concours gems.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursJensen Interceptor Vignale

The Jensen Interceptor entered the stage in 1966 and was powered by a Chrysler-sourced V8 engine. It was more of a GT car than an outright sports car and featured such ‘luxuries’ as the world’s first dimming interior light. The car on display at Goodwood is the very first production example and is said to be in an original and unrestored condition.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursAlpine A110 SX Berlinette

From one of the first of a breed to one of the last. This 1977 Alpine A110 SX was the very last of the 7,579 A110s to roll off the Dieppe production line. It’s finished in super-rare Normandy Green and features the rear lights from an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV. These were an option in certain markets, with Renault 8 units fitted to domestic market cars.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursLamborghini Countach LP400

It needs no introduction, does it? This early ‘Periscopo’ Countach is one of only 10 right-hand drive cars built, out of a total of 150 LP400s made between 1974 and 1977.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursAC 428 Frua Coupe

This is something you don’t see everyday, not least because a mere 81 cars were produced between 1966 and 1974. It’s a multinational affair, featuring an Italian body, British chassis and all-American Ford big-block V8. Illustrious though it was, sales were hampered by an extremely high price – twice that of a Jaguar E-Type.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursBristol 410

The Bristol 410 was the fourth in a series of five cars, beginning with the 407 and culminating with the 6.2-litre Chrysler V8-engined 411. The 410 was launched at the 1966 Earls Court Motor Show and was powered by the smaller 5.2-litre Chrysler V8. After years using a BMW straight-six engine, Bristol turned to Chrysler of Canada to support the Commonwealth.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursLamborghini Espada 400 GT Series 2

This Espada is of many cars owned by Harry Metcalfe of Harry’s Garage fame. The founder of Evo magazine has a number of exotic cars at his disposal, but few are as fabulous as this Lamborghini. With four proper seats, this was a Lamborghini you could use daily, assuming you could live with the thirst of the V12.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursWillys Interlagos A108

Sat amongst the towering Rolls-Royce and the vast supercars, the yellow Willys Interlagos A108 looks so delicate and petite. It’s an Alpine A108, but built by Willys Overland in Brazil. A clever move by cash-strapped Alpine, as it provided an alternative route into overseas markets.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursLancia Flaminia 2500 Sport Zagato

If there were any doubts that Lancia produced some of the world’s finest vehicles, the Flaminia 2500 Sport Zagato kicks them into the middle of the Ligurian Sea. Powered by an improved version of the Aurelia’s V6 engine, the Flaminia featured disc brakes and tinted glass – both firsts for an Italian car. The Sport Zagato was the most desirable version, boasting a ‘double bubble’ roof.

Dream cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed concoursDaimler 4 HP 8-Seater Wagonette

The first British-made Daimlers took to the road in 1897 and this is thought to be one of the earliest survivors. Unlike many other early Daimlers, this ‘coach with no horse’ retains it’s original tiller steering. Top speed – a blistering 15mph. Still want that horse-drawn vehicle?

Goodwood Festival of Speed auction

Goodwood Festival of Speed auction: the highlights

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionGoodwood isn’t just a place to ogle beautiful classic cars – you can buy them, too. The Bonhams Festival of Speed auction takes place on 24 June 2016 and lots range from seven-figure Ferraris, such as the 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta seen here, to a one-off prototype MGB. We’ve picked the cars we think stand out in this year’s sale. Whether you’re a serious shopper or an armchair browser, there’s something for everyone here.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionBMW M1

The 1978 M1 was BMW’s only true supercar until the i8 arrived in 2014. A few years ago, we remember these mid-engined, six-cylinder coupes selling for about £70,000. Now, Bonhams expects this car to fetch £280,000 – £320,000.

Designed by Giugiaro – the man behind the original Volkswagen Golf and Lotus Esprit – the M1 was originally supposed to be built by Lamborghini. Financial problems caused the Italian supercar maker to withdraw from the project, leaving BMW to finish the job in-house. Only 453 M1s were made – this example is number 413.

It might have Italian styling, but M1’s cockpit is unmistakably German. Note the period Becker radio/cassette. A 227hp power output is modest by today’s standards (a Ford Focus RS has 350hp), but the lightweight M1 could hit 60mph in just 5.4 seconds, and 100mph in 8.0 seconds.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionVolkswagen Type 2 Microbus

How about this for a change of gear? The Volkswagen Microbus is synonymous with hippy culture, and the 23-window Samba version is particularly sought-after. You’ll need to be a committed capitalist to afford one, though – the estimate here is £80,000 – £120,000.

This 1957 Samba was restored in 2014 and has been repainted in its original colours: Sealing Wax Red and Chestnut Brown. With a 1.5-litre air-cooled engine derived from the VW Beetle, it’s safe to assume performance is… steady.

The interior of the Microbus has been retrimmed in its original light brown, while much of the glass was replaced (no mean feat when you have 23 windows). If you can afford the asking price, there’s no cooler place to camp at Goodwood.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auction1949 Aston Martin DB team car

Welcome to the world of classic cars, where a rust-ravaged wreck can be worth £600,000 – £900,000. However, this Aston Martin DB team car isn’t any old jalopy: it finished seventh at Le Mans in 1949, then fifth in the Spa 24-Hour race two weeks later. It was one of the earliest Astons to bear the ‘DB’ initials of new company owner, David Brown.

Years later, the car was bought by Aston Martin enthusiast Christopher Angell, and even featured in a Le Mans demonstration parade before the race in 1971. However, as Mr Angell’s health declined, the car fell into disrepair. It was left in his garden until 2002 – when it was stolen.

Thankfully, the car was eventually recovered via litigation, and is more-or-less intact apart from its missing 48-gallon fuel tank and modified radiator grille. It even still has the regulation Le Mans seals on the radiator cap and oil filler. If you’re brave (and wealthy) enough to take this project on, the result could be something really special.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionBentley 4¼-litre Racing two-seater

Another historic British racer comes in the shape of this Bentley 4¼-litre two-seater – estimated at £80,000 – £100,000. However, this car’s success has all been in recent years. First registered in 1936 as a four-door ‘Park Ward’ saloon, it was rebodied as a two-seat roadster in the 1980s.

The Bentley’s fate was sealed after being left in an orchard near Birmingham for 18 years. Described by Bonhams as being ‘beyond restoration’, a similar car was acquired to donate parts, with new custom bodywork made, and the engine rebuilt by Hass Motorsport. The standard drum brakes were retained, albeit with the original lever/rod mechanism replaced by a twin-circuit hydraulic system.

The car last raced in 2006, when it finished third in the Le Mans 100th Anniversary race. Apart from offering good, old-fashioned fun on the road, VSCC eligibility papers and an FIA passport make this Bentley a tempting entry-ticket for historic motorsport. Flying goggles are optional.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionBentley Continental GT V8 S convertible

From the sublime, to the… OK, we’ll admit we’re not fans of Sir Peter Blake’s ‘Pop Art’ Bentley Continental. But as the car is being auctioned for charity (with no reserve), we won’t be unduly critical. All proceeds go to Care2Save, which supports palliative and hospice care around the world.

Sir Peter Blake is most famous for co-creating the sleeve for ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ – the Beatles’ classic 1967 album. His design for the Bentley is similarly bold and bright – its most distinctive feature being a large red heart on the bonnet, said to be ‘a symbol in-keeping with the compassionate work of hospices’.

The car’s literal heart is a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8. It also boasts contrasting seat trim, with Sir Peter’s signature on all four headrests.  The work was completed by Mulliner, Bentley’s specialist bespoke coachbuilding division.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionJenson Interceptor Mark III Convertible

Continuing the rock ‘n’ roll theme is this Jenson Interceptor Mark III Convertible, originally owned by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and estimated at £45,000 – £55,000. The car has covered 50,600 miles from new and, remarkably, has avoided any swimming pools during its 40-year life. Probably for the best – we can’t imagine that hood is especially watertight.

With Italian styling, a British badge and an all-American 6.3-litre V8, the Jenson Interceptor is our kind of hybrid. Only 452 convertibles were made, making this late-model Mark III version very sought-after today.

When John Bonham bought this car, it was white with red leather trim and chromed wire wheels. Today, it looks rather more tasteful in black with a retrimmed black seats. Bonhams reports that one recent owner used it for driving holidays to Scotland with his wife and three children. Grand touring indeed!

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionMaserati 3500 GT coupe

After years of victories on the racetrack, Maserati wanted to establish itself as a maker of fast and luxurious road cars. Its initial salvo was the 3500 GT of 1957, a 2+2 coupe with sleek aluminium bodywork by Carozzeria Touring. This car dates from 1960 and is expected to sell for £180,000 – £220,000.

Recently restored in its original Nero (black) paintwork with Rosso (red) leather interior, this 3500 GT wears iconic Borrani wire wheels over all-round disc brakes – unusual in 1960. The car was delivered in Switzerland as a right-hand-drive model. According to Bonhams, this is ‘presumably for Swiss alpine driving, for which right-hand drive was commonly favoured at that time as it enabled the driver to view the edges of narrow mountain roads more easily.’

Total cost of the restoration was more than £120,000, which starts to make the car look comparatively good value. It’s certainly much cheaper than Ferraris of the same era. Total mileage is 56,300, with just 3,690 miles added over the course of the last eight years.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionFerrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta

Did we mention expensive Ferraris? This 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta has an estimate of £1.6 million – £1.9 million, but looks worth every penny. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful Prancing Horses ever, it’s powered by a 300hp 3.3-litre V12 with no less than six carburettors.

This car was originally owned by Mark Konig, founder of the Nomad racing team. It was fully restored in 1991 – but had an engine rebuild in 2009, at a cost of (gulp!) £37,000. The car has only covered around 1,300 miles since the rebuild.

We’ll leave the final word to Jose Roskinski, writing in Sport Auto in July 1965: ‘’The 275 GTB is… a superlatively vigorous, very agile and quick automobile. Its comfort, the quality of its finish, the original lines of its bodywork all justify its exceptionally high price, for it is an exceptional automobile. It is a thoroughbred, with luxury devoid of excess, and a fiery temperament. ‘

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionAlfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Competition

You’ve seen the hype about the new Alfa Romeo Giulia – now meet the original, valued here at £175,000 – £225,000. Introduced in 1965, the GTA was the racing version of the Giulia Sprint GT. The ‘A’ stood for Alleggerita, or ‘lightened’. It had aluminium body panels and Plexiglass windows.

The GTA enjoyed outstanding success in European Touring Car events during the late 1960s, and this car remains eligible for historic racing. Period accessories include Campagnolo magnesium wheels and a large-capacity fuel tank for endurance events. A modern gel battery provides improved reliability.

Bonhams says the GTA is ‘tremendous fun to drive’ – and we can believe it. A full 200kg lighter than the regular Giulia GT, its twin-cam 1.6-litre engine produces up to 170hp in full race trim. Bet it sounds fantastic, too.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionMGB EX234 prototype

To B or not to B? Is this the car the MGB should have been? The pretty EX234 prototype was designed by Pininfarina and bears a striking resemblance to the Alfa Romeo Duetto (immortalised on film in The Graduate). It’s expected to sell for £35,000 – £45,000.

It might look mildly exotic, but underneath EX234 used BMC’s familiar 1,275cc A-Series engine and gearbox, an Austin Champ rear axle and Hydrolastic suspension. Since leaving the factory, this one-off MG has been owned by a single family, spending many of its years on display at the MG Museum in Cambridgeshire.

Sadly, EX234 never made it into production. The MGB was still selling well in 1965, and BMC was looking towards Triumph as its favoured sports car brand. A shame – even celebrated racing driver John Surtees rated EX234’s handling after driving it at Silverstone.

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionJaguar E-Type 3.8-litre coupe

This one needs little introduction. The E-Type regularly tops polls as the best-looking car of all time. Its phallic bonnet, muscular haunches and sleek, tapering tail haven’t dated a day. This 1963 Series 1 Coupe has stayed within the same family since new and is estimated at £60,000 – £80,000.

Bonhams describes the 3.8-litre S1 as ‘the Jaguar E-Type in its earliest and purest form’. With 265hp from a triple-carb engine, it wasn’t just a pretty face either. A 150mph top speed was enough to grab headlines in the early 1960s.

Best of all, the E-Type was much cheaper to buy than equivalent supercars from Italy – and it remains so today, although you still need deep pockets. Reassuringly, this car is said to be: ‘cosmetically very good for its age… with transmission and electrics working properly.’

Goodwood Festival of Speed auctionJaguar SS100 3½-litre Roadster

We finish our Goodwood auction round-up with another Jaguar. Or do we? When the SS100 was launched in 1936, it was a product of SS Cars – only the model name was ‘Jaguar’. The subsequent rise of Nazi Germany tarnished the SS name, and William Lyons renamed his company after the big cat in 1943. This 1938 car is estimated to sell for £180,000 – £260,000.

This SS100 has been raced and rallied over the years and Bonhams says the bodywork needs some restoration. The engine block has been swapped for a later Jaguar Mark V item, but the bronze cylinder head is original. The car was resprayed British Racing Green in the late 1960s.

Only 214 cars had been made by the time SS100 production was halted by the outbreak of World War II. Today, much of the appeal of this car for prospective owners comes from its eligibility for historic motorsport. It’s surely a must-have for serious Jaguar collectors, too.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed

Top 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track

Cholmondeley Power and SpeedCholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 takes place on 10-12 June at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Tickets are available from the website.

This year, the theme is ‘Supercars Past, Present and Future’ – so what better excuse to count down the 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track since the event began in 2008? Fasten your seatbelts…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed10. Aston Martin Centenary Vanquish – 68.46 seconds

Aston Martin’s 100th birthday present to itself, this special-edition Vanquish set a lap time of 68.46 seconds in the marque’s centenary year of 2013. What a way to mark the occasion.

With a 570hp V12, the Vanquish launches to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, while carbon-ceramic brakes scrub off speed for the corners. It also looks and sounds fantastic – a real treat for the Cholmondeley crowd.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed9. Ford GT – 68.08 seconds

This retro-remake of the 1960s Ford GT40 was another real crowd-pleaser at Cholmondeley. It was brought along by the Ford Special Vehicle Team in 2014.

The GT lapped the track in 68.08 seconds, putting it in ninth place overall. Its mid-mounted 5.4-litre supercharged V8 delivers 558hp and 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed8. Bentley Continental Supersport – 67.09 seconds

Until the GT Speed and GT3-R versions of the Continental GT arrived, the 630hp Supersports was Bentley’s fastest and most powerful production car ever.  

You might not expect the big Bentley to be especially quick around a racetrack, but a 67.09-second lap time, set back in 2010, proves otherwise. It also hits a top speed of 204mph.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed7. Jaguar XJ220 – 67.05 seconds

The Jaguar XJ220 is another supercar leviathan that confounds expectations around a racetrack. Only 271 XJ220s were made, and one set a 67.05-second lap.

It might not hold the Cholmondeley record, but the XJ220 was the first production car with more than 500hp – and fastest car in the world when launched in 1992. So it deserves a place in history.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed6. Ferrari 458 Italia – 66.59 seconds

Moving into the modern era, the Ferrari 458 Italia is widely seen as one of the best driver’s cars ever made. There has been more than one 458 at Cholmondeley over the years, but the best time of 66.59 seconds was achieved in 2012.

The 458 Italia has a howling 570hp 5.5-litre V8 and a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It was recently replaced by the turbocharged 488 GTB.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed5. Porsche Carrera 4S – 65.28 seconds

With 400hp to the Ferrari’s 570hp, the Porsche 911 has done well to lap the Cholmondeley track more than a second quicker. Perhaps it helped that this Carrera 4 version had four-wheel drive.

The Carrera 4S packs a 3.8-litre flat-six engine and sprints to 62mph in 4.1 seconds. However, it’s still not the fastest Porsche 911 here, as we shall discover…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed4. Nissan GT-R – 64.99 seconds

The car the Japanese call ‘Godzilla’ takes fourth place in the Cholmondeley rankings. Its time of 64.99 seconds was set in 2012 by Jann Mardenborough, the first British winner of Nissan’s GT Academy.

Mardenborough’s GT-R boasted 550hp, although the latest 2017 car is even more powerful – with 570hp. Use the launch control and it will reach 60mph in just 2.7 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed3. Porsche 911 Turbo S – 64.81 seconds

Here’s that other Porsche 911 we talked about. The mighty twin-turbocharged 560hp Turbo S just pipped its rival Nissan GT-R, with a lap time of 64.81 seconds.

The seventh-generation ‘991’ Turbo S can hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds – considerably quicker, it should be noted – than a McLaren F1. Still not enough to top the Cholmondeley leaderboard, though…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed2. McLaren 650S – 63.87 seconds

McLaren has five decades of F1 experience, although it didn’t launch its current range of road cars until 2011. Three years later, the 650S set a stunning 63.87-second lap time.

Interestingly, the McLaren 675LT – a modified ‘long tail’ version of the 650S – has recently set the fastest time ever around the Top Gear test track. This car has slightly less power, but will still reach 207mph…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed1. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 – 63.54 seconds and 62.64 seconds

Holding the TWO fastest Cholmondeley lap times is no mean feat for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4. The four-wheel-drive Italian supercar really is as fast as it looks.

In 2011, the Gallardo Spyder Performante set a time of 63.54 seconds. Two years later, the lightweight Superleggera version went nearly a second quicker. Will anything beat the Lamborghini in 2016?

Autonomous speed enforcement

Motorists beware: the Robocop Enforcement Trailer is coming

Autonomous speed enforcement

Be afraid. Be very afraid. If you thought you had the upper hand over average speed cameras, mobile safety cameras and fixed Gatsos, all that could be about to change. The Vitronic Enforcement Trailer is coming and it hasn’t had any dinner.

This autonomous speed enforcement system is able to reach parts other speed cameras cannot reach, including areas without power supply and in situations where it would be too hazardous for a human to set up a mobile device. With the Enforcement Trailer, there’s simply no hiding place.

The French Ministry has already purchased 150 of these menacing machines, with 50 already in operation in France. So you may have been caught by an Enforcement Trailer – you just don’t know it yet. And be warned: there’s every chance these Robocops of the roadside will venture across the English Channel and into the UK.

Vitronic is probably one of the biggest companies you’ve never heard of. From its Wiesbaden headquarters it specialises in industrial automation, logistics and traffic technology; supplying speed and red light enforcement systems and license plate readers to the public and private sectors. Many toll system operators use its TollChecker system to automate toll collection and enforcement.

Doesn’t eat, sleep or drink for five days

Vitronic autonomous speed camera

According to the German firm, the Enforcement Trailer makes “zero demands on the local infrastructure” and is ideal for rural roads, work zones and areas where it can be left unprotected for long periods of time. A long battery life and armoured shell ensures it can catch the maximum number of speeding drivers over the longest period of time.

Indeed, the Enforcement Trailer – a name that in itself sounds rather sinister – has an independent power supply based on high-performance batteries, enabling an uninterrupted operation for five days. Asking a safety camera operator to work for five days without a break would be unethical. Not to mention illegal.

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Crucially, the light radar technology allows authorities to enforce speed limits of all vehicles across all lanes simultaneously. Variable speed limits and bans on through traffic specific to certain times, lanes and vehicle classes can also be monitored. In short, the Enforcement Trailer has got your number and if you’re up to no good, there’s simply no hiding place.

Hates humans, loves catching offenders

Scary speed camera

An integrated modem transfers case data wirelessly via GSM and enables remote access to the measuring system. This means no human intervention is required between the time of installation and removal. At which point the Enforcement Trailer is dragged away, kicking and screaming, pleading for more action.

Vitronic claims it can be transported by virtually any vehicle that has a tow-bar and it even has its own remote-controlled engine for precise alignment. Once at ground level it’s extremely difficult for unauthorised parties to remove it, with the armoured shell and alarm system helping to protect it from anyone who may have been caught by the box that’s set to launch its own war on speed.

They may look like a cross between a cash machine and a recycling bin, but they could soon be coming to a roadside near you. We have just one question: assuming the Enforcement Trailer is not monitored by CCTV, what’s to stop someone sticking a blanket over the top, therefore rendering Robocop useless?

Answers on a postcard.

Bentley Continental GT review: 2015 first drive

1_Bentley_Continental_Speed_2016Bentley Continental GT: Overview 

The Continental GT has been the saviour of the Bentley brand, responsible for bringing the company from the abyss to become the world’s most successful manufacturer of luxury cars. Today Bentley sells over 11,000 cars every year, half of them Continental GT coupes and convertibles.

This car has started life in 2003 and has undergone several major changes since then, some major, others minor. From the original GT coupe with its astonishing 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 configuration engine, the range has grown to include a second body style, the convertible, a more environmentally-conscious 4.0-litre V8 (OK, that has twin turbos and a ridiculous amount of power too), plus race cars from which the extreme GT3 road car has been developed.

What was so clever about the original Continental GT, its trump card, was that it pitched in at £120,000, an area of the new car market where there really wasn’t much competition. Suddenly there was a true luxury car available for the price of a top Mercedes. Buyers the world over were entranced.

Naturally it’s a bit more expensive today. The V8 Coupe starts at £140,300, the Convertible £14,000 more. The step up to the GT W12 starts at £150,500, with the more powerful GT W12 Speed from £168,300. It’s still hard to pin down much in the way of direct competition – high performance coupes that offer the possibility of seating four – but the new Mercedes AMG S65 Coupe comes closest, at £183,075.

          4_Bentley_Continental_Speed_2016Bentley Continental GT : On the road 

There’s a minimum of 500hp available in every Continental GT, but the pinnacle is the 635hp GT Speed. The W12 engine is smooth and refined when you want to cruise around, but slip it into Sport mode, or simply pull on the (now larger) paddle shifters, and this Bentley surges forward with a seemingly never-ending explosion of acceleration. It can, Bentley says, reach 206mph and cover 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds.

Yet the regular GT W12 is a very fine car, too. And if you hadn’t driven a Speed, you’d surely be more than happy with this model. With its greater emphasis on comfort and refinement, it’s quieter and rides a little more smoothly.

The V8 and V8 S Continentals have a similar relationship to the W12, the 507hp V8 is more comfy, the 528hp S more dynamic. Either gives solid thrills, and you shouldn’t overlook that fact that they are still magnificently powerful even though they slot in below the W12. Slip the V8 S into Sport mode and there’s a delicious crackle from the exhaust, a really sharp throttle response and a Continental GT that many will find the most enticing version of all.

Although the V8 engine is barely lighter than the W12, it somehow seems to have greater agility. Four-wheel drive is standard, which results in tenacious levels of grip, even on the streaming wet roads of the Norway. Transmitting the power through all four wheels also means that the traction when accelerating is astoundingly good. Less satisfactory is the tendency of the tyres to aquaplane in the wet, and to follow “tramlines” in the road surface. It’s worse on the optional 21-inch wheels.

It would be churlish not to mention that the engines all have a touch more power. You’re not likely to notice the difference, though, unless you take your Bentley to a race track.

6_Bentley_Continental_Speed_2016Bentley Continental GT : On the inside 

Where the Bentley Continental is still able to frighten competitors is the way it blends that performance with fabulous levels of interior appointment. It feels like a proper, hand-built luxury car, which Mercedes might equal, even better, in terms of functionality, but remains way off for that sublime feeling of decadence.

Quilted leather seats, architectural dashboard structure, beautifully hewn metalwork. There’s now a softer, semi-aniline hide for the seats on the W12, a sportier steering wheel and on-board wi-fi for the first time. It’s only 3G, but it’s still welcome.

The Continental GT is comfortable, naturally, but you can tailor the ride to suit your mood through four grades from Comfort to Sport. If you don’t want to be bothered, well, the computer second-guesses your requirements according to your driving style. Luggage space is enormous. Rear-seat space, as ever, is tight on legroom.

8_Bentley_Continental_Speed_2016Bentley Continental GT : Running costs 

Running costs? If you need to ask, etc, etc. Tweaks to the W12 engine include ‘variable displacement’, which actually means that six of the 12 cylinders can be shut down to save fuel when deemed appropriate.

That results in 5% better fuel economy, although that still means 20mpg will be an achievement to be proud of. We saw 9mpg on the trip computer on a short stretch of closed road driving! The V8 is better, with a combined figure of 26.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 246g/km.

Depreciation is a bit of an issue with the Continental GT. The fact that a lot have been sold means they lack rarity value second-hand. Then there is the fuel economy, a concern more for used car buyers than those that can afford £150,000 to £200,000 for a new Bentley. That much? Well, yes. You need to take the list price with a pinch of salt because a nice palette of options can easily add £30-£40k.

2_Bentley_Continental_Speed_2016Bentley Continental GT : Verdict 

When it comes to weighing up the Bentley Continental GT, there’s always an elephant in the room. This car has been around for a dozen years already. Has it really established itself as an icon, something akin to a Porsche 911, a design that simply needs refreshing from time to time, rather than a radical rethink?

Bentley’s sales volumes speak for themselves. With well over 5,000 examples of the Continental finding customers each year, it’s clear that the formula has generated a genuine desire amongst buyers.

The 2016 changes of new bumpers, a smaller grille, side vents with metallic ‘B’ design, plus the engine and interior tweaks, are minor and might even be considered trivial. Yet today the Bentley Continental GT still makes a strong impact on three key levels: it looks menacing, the interior is gorgeous and the performance is breathtaking. That still makes it a very special car.

Specification: Bentley Continental GT Speed

Engine: 6.0-litre petrol

Gearbox: 8-speed automatic

Power: 635hp

Torque: 607lb ft

0-62mph: 4.2 seconds

Top speed: 206mph

Fuel economy: 19.4mpg

CO2 emissions: 338g/km