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We take a look at the next generation of fuel saving cars as the manufacturers battle it out for the top spots. All cars including petrol, diesel, hybrid, PHEV and all electric fuelled vehicles are reviewed against their cost and to see how they measure up with their fuel economy figures and other comparisons.

  • Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021: show report and gallery
    on July 11, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Sussex site opens back up to thousands for annual celebration of the world's most important cars It was touch and go for a while, but the last-minute announcement that Goodwood's Festival of Speed could go ahead as planned after a year's hiatus was met with widespread jubilation.  We've been back to the Sussex site a few times (as and when restrictions allowed) for a range of events, but this […]

  • Horse sense: the new Ferrari restoration scheme
    on July 11, 2021 at 5:01 am

    "An hour before I drove it, the 360 was on the equivalent of the operating table" Running a Ferrari is an expensive business, especially if it goes wrong, but we look at a new scheme to quell such fears Now, at last, I get the fuss about Ferraris. I’ve just driven my first manual example, a 360 Spider, on a favourite road. I’d assumed the gearbox, with its long indents, would be a chore […]

  • How JLR boss Thierry Bollore will reinvent Britain's biggest car firm
    on July 11, 2021 at 5:01 am

    "It was clear Land Rover still had a lot of potential. Jaguar? It was damaged" JLR CEO tells us about his radical plan to transform Jaguar into a luxury electric brand In the unique case of Thierry Bolloré, the new and until now somewhat reclusive French-born CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, a picture is most definitely not worth a thousand words. Or even a hundred. The grim and rather gaunt-looking […]

  • Down to a fine part: Visiting F1 supplier Retrac
    on July 11, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Walmsley (left) is taking over Retrac reins from Carter We pay a visit to the home of Retrac Group, the long-time Formula 1 components supplier that, without fanfare, keeps the grand prix wheels turning You would never guess from the outside. In fact, you wouldn’t look twice if you happened to pass this cluster of units that stretch along a quiet road on an industrial estate in Swindon. Yet […]

  • Cupra Leon Estate 310 VZ3 4Drive 2021 UK review
    on July 10, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Sporting estate beats VW Golf R wagon to market and looks to trump it on value, too With two SUVs and a hatchback having already received the bronze badge and big power treatment, Cupra’s transformation into a go-faster offshoot of the Seat mothership continues unabated. Now it’s the turn of the Leon Estate.With a lowered stance, bespoke exterior styling, quad exhaust pipes and liberal use […]

  • History of vRS: How Skoda created an everyman sports car brand
    on July 10, 2021 at 5:01 am

    The rarest vRS of them all is the 2002 Octavia WRC, which celebrated 100 years of Skoda in motorsport with rally car exterior graphics and extra kit Skoda’s vRS brand has wooed buyers with its pace and usability for 20 years. We take stock of the best vRS models It’s been 20 years since the laughter finally faded away; two decades since we heard the last hollow snigger at the mere mention […]

  • Better off alone: How Niels van Roij carved his own path
    on July 10, 2021 at 5:01 am

    van Roij has a reputation for attention to detail After an unusual route into car design, Niels van Roij ploughed his own furrow to become a prominent figure in the renaissance of exclusive coachbuilding. We find out more Niels van Roij is unusual in the car design world in that he has never worked in the studio of an established car manufacturer, serving his time at the drawing board and […]

  • Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021: our star cars
    on July 9, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    These were the models that stood out above all others at this year's festival After being forced to operate behind closed doors last year, the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed was a triumphant return to form. As a member of the UK government's pilot programmes for large-scale public events, this year's event saw crowds return to the Goodwood estate en masse, and there was no shortage of metal […]

  • EU fines BMW, VW for colluding with Daimler on emissions tech
    on July 9, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    German car giants fined £750 million after European Commission rules they teamed up to avoid competing on new AdBlue tech The European Commission has fined the Volkswagen Group and BMW a total of €875 million (£750m) for violating antitrust rules by colluding with each other and Daimler to limit the use of emissions cleaning technology. The commission said the three firms held talks a decade […]

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E GT: Orders open for 459bhp Goodwood star
    on July 9, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Most powerful version of Ford's first EV beats the Jaguar I-Pace and Polestar 2 from 0-62mph, will cost £67,225 Ford has given its range-topping Mustang Mach-E GT a first public outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as order books open ahead of customer deliveries later this year. The 459bhp electric SUV will start from £67,225, with a promise that “nothing in its class can accelerate […]

  • New Toyota GR 86 makes UK debut at Festival of Speed
    on July 9, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Rear-driven coupé switches to 2.4-litre engine, retains focus on lightweight design and driver engagement Toyota has presented the new GR 86 coupé, the successor to the GT86, to the public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The rear-drive four-seater made its dynamic debut at the event's famed hillclimb, ahead of going on sale later this year. The lightweight coupé was revealed earlier this […]

  • New 2021 Kia EV6 on sale in May from £40,895
    on July 9, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Flagship performance version of striking new crossover will be faster than a Porsche Taycan 4S Ahead of customer deliveries beginning later this year, Kia has shown off its new EV6 electric flagship at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Prices for the entry-level, 226bhp rear-wheel-drive version of the EV are set to start from £40,895, which comes equipped as standard with 19in alloy wheels, […]

  • Porsche 911 Turbo hybrid prototype hits the Nurburgring
    on July 9, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Upcoming electrified sports car has been seen undergoing development in public for the first time Porsche looks to be testing an electrified version of its 911 flagship at the Nürburgring, suggesting the launch of the long-mooted hybrid variant is on the horizon.  Based on the top-rung 911 Turbo, this prototype wore the tell-tale yellow sticker that's mandatory for hybridised test vehicles in […]

  • Mini Pacesetter: Formula E safety car hints at electric JCW GP
    on July 9, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Radical styling and "rigorous" weight-saving measures shown off in public at Goodwood Festival of Speed Mini has combined elements of its electric future “with the rich racing history of John Cooper Works” to create the Pacesetter: a radical one-off reworking of the Mini Electric, which will be used as a pace car in the 2021 Formula E championship.  Giving clues as to the model’s […]

  • Electric single-seat fan car launched at Goodwood
    on July 9, 2021 at 7:43 am

    British brand McMurtry unveils Speirling prototype at Festival of Speed, featuring ‘powered downforce’ An innovative electric single-seat fan car has been unveiled by British firm McMurtry at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  Named the Spéirling (and pronounced ‘spearling’ - Irish for thunderstorm), the car features an unusual ‘powered downforce’ electric fan and ground-hugging […]

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