Episode 113 : No You Were Crying - Gorillaz and JLR team up, JLR Classic Works Opens, Competition Winner Announced, Mission Motorsport Sponsorship

This week is mercifully free of #Dieselgate news. We get to start the show without any follow up at all! Hooray.

CHARGEMASTER CELEBRATES 100K EVS

On Sunday 18 June, Chargemaster celebrated 100,000 electric vehicles being sold in the UK by taking 25 on a 100km drive from London to Milton Keynes. To read more click the Chargemaster article here.

GORILLAZ AND JAGUAR LAND ROVER

JLR has enlisted the help of the Gorillaz to find the engineering staff they see they need to help take them forward as a company. Anyone who can crack the special code element will be fast-tracked through recruitment. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLASSIC WORKS OPENS

JLR has opened their Classic Works heritage site. This houses 500 JLR Classic Collection, a showroom and 54 workshop bays. To read more and see some stunning vehicles click here for CarWitter’s article.

COMPETITION WINNER

FORMULA E 2018 CALENDAR

This week the provisional 2018 Formula E calendar was announced. There will be 14 races, including newly added Chile, Brazil and Italy. Alan, for one, is working out how he can get to Rome to see the race there! To read more click the Motorsport Week article here.

LE MANS 2017

Over the weekend you may have noticed there was a small get together of a few race teams, who thought it would be a wheeze to charge around a track for 24 hours. Some people thought that might be a giggle to watch too.

From dead last to first for Porsche. Heartbreak for Toyota again, with the boss of the company releasing a wonderful statement showing just how special the race is for them. Jackie Chan Racing came in second and, following Rebellion’s exclusion, third from both from the LMP2 class.

An amazing race in the GTE-Pro class, with #93 Aston Martin overtaking the #63 Corvette on the last corner of the penultimate lap - after nearly 24 hours racing!

To see wonderful pics of the event click here for EVO’s article.

To read about the GTE_Pro class ending click the Motorsport.com article here.

To read the apology from Akio Toyoda to the drivers, team and fans click the Yahoo article here.

MISSION MOTORSPORT LOOKING FOR SPONSORS

Mission Motorsport are looking for corporate sponsors, to help with the staging of the Race of Remembrance.

If you can help contact Ben Williams at Mission Motorsport and if you think you know a company that would like to help please get them to contact him. There are various levels of support so don’t think you lots of money to help out.  

This is a wonderful charity, doing brilliant work, and we encourage our listeners to help if you can! To get in touch with Ben click the link here. Mission Motorsport's website can be found by clicking here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - BEST FORGOTTEN HOT HATCHES

To run through the list of Best Forgotten Hot Hatches click the DriveTribe link here.

AND FINALLY - VIDEOS OF HOT WHEELS BEING REFURBISHED

In this current hot weather, we all need something a bit calming, so go try these videos of a chap refurbishing and updating some Hot Wheels cars. We found them strangely therapeutic. To watch them click The Drive article here.

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Episode 112 : Special Edition - Alan was at SMMT Test Day

Alan recounts his time at the SMMT Test Day, held at the Millbrook Proving Grounds. In an effort to be consistent he tried to only drive the same route with each of the cars, but there were a couple of exceptions, which we are sure you will forgive him for once you hear about them.

For completion, it should be noted that Andrew wasn't jealous of Alan's day at all. No. Not him.

Alan recorded videos of him driving many of the cars he sampled, which can be found on our YouTube Channel by clicking here - note the Renault Twizzy and Infiniti QX70 are from last year, so go straight to the Infiniti Q60S Sport if you want this year's cars.

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Episode 111 : COMPETITION TIME - Vauxhall CEO, 20K Nissan Leafs, 911 unveiled by a game, Customer Service Heros and Villians

This week seems filled with news. Maybe it isn't but the chaps will happily witter on about stuff, so let's get straight into it with a small amount of #Dieselgate Follow Up!

FOLLOW UP - GOOGLE KILLS THE KOALA

Google has announced that they are focusing on the technology to allow autonomous driving rather than a car as well. So their little bubble car, named Firefly officially, but Koala to most of us. They will now be adding their tech to existing vehicles to further their work. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

FOLLOW UP - PORSCHE UNDER INVESTIGATION

Following last week’s revelation that Audi A7 and A8s were under investigation for manipulating their NOx emissions, Porsche is not being looked at. This isn’t as much of a surprise when you realise it’s the same engine. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - OPEL CEO STEPS DOWN

Karl-Thomas Neumann has stood down as CEO of Opel/Vauxhall. He will remain part of the management board, with Michael Lhscheller taking over. Neumann will then take time deciding what he does next following the take-over. To read the Autocar article click here.

HAMMOND ESCAPES HILLCLIMB CRASH

For those living under a rock, Richard Hammond crashed whilst taking part in a hillclimb, managing to exit the damaged Rimac Concept One car before it caught fire. He has fractured his knee and he was flown to a hospital. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

NISSAN SELLS 20,000TH LEAF IN UK

Congratulations to Nissan on selling it’s 20,000th Leaf, in the UK. That is quite an achievement. All of which will help Alan with his outrageous claim for alternative fuelled vehicles to hit 10% of new car registrations for the year! To read more click the Motor1 article here.

NEW PORSCHE UNVEILED VIA FORZA MOTORSPORT

The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS was unveiled as part of the reveal for the new Forza Motorsport game, at E3. This was the world unveiling. For a game. This demonstrates the power of gaming and how Porsche are now going for brand awareness, following their tie-in with EA games ending. Also, this shows how rubbish EA was at taking advantage of the brand! To read more click the EVO article here.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER INVEST IN LYFT

JLR has invested £19m in Lyft, the ride-sharing service. This partnership is intended to help them develop future technology, including autonomous driving tech. To read more click the Independent article here.

COMPETITION TIME

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For which Formula 1 Team is Infiniti the technical partner?

FORMULA E DOUBLE HEADER

Last weekend saw two races at Berlin, with the first win for Mahindra Racing and Rosenqvist. This was followed up on Sunday with Buena being awarded the win after Rosenqvist was penalised for an unsafe release in the pits. To read more click the Autosport articles here and here.

RALLY OF ITALY RESULTS

After another grueling rally, Tanak wins for the first time for the M-Sport Rally Team. Toyota with Latvala was second and Neuville for Hyundai third. To read about the rally results click the Autosport article here.

Ogier remains in the overall lead of the championship, with Neuville, Tanak, and Latvala following.

Following another bad weekend, Meeke has been dropped for the Portuguese rally. To read more about this click the Autosport article here.

DESIGNER’S MOOD BOARD - MELVILLE HEAD OF DESIGN FOR MCLAREN

Rob Melville has been promoted to replace Frank Stephenson as design director at McLaren. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - BEST AND WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE

JD Power has published their annual Customer Service Index. All 22 carmakers are listed in order of worst performing to best. To read the full list click the Motoring Research article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - SUPPLEMENTAL

Thank you to Ian Wright, from Both Hand Drive, for providing this list, following Andrew complaining about a particularly poor list on Twitter. Click here to read a list of the cars always in car lists.

Here is the link to the Both Hand Drive episode Alan was on recently, it's a good one, so go listen.

Episode 26 - The Best Thing Since Sliced Jesus

AND FINALLY - SPOTTER GUIDE TO THE 2017 LE MANS

Andy Blackmore has once again produced a Spotter Guide to the 2017 Dunlop Le Mans race. To find out what livery is on which car click the link to the site here.

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Episode 110 : Path of Doom - New Audi #Dieselgate problems, May's New Car Registrations, Oliver Heilmer moves, Coventry MotoFest

FOLLOW UP - NEW AUDI #DIESELGATE ACCUSATIONS

Audi has been accused of allowing their A7 and A8 engines to restrict NOx emissions until the steering wheel is turned more than 15 degrees. This information comes from the German Transport Ministry. To read the Autocar article click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW MAY FIX THE FIXED DIESEL ENGINES

Volkswagen will assess complaints from customers following the emission fix to their engine. VW will write to customers outlining what they will do and who for. To read the Autocar article click here.

FOLLOW UP - LEVANDOWSKI FIRED BY UBER

The engineer at the center of the Waymo V Uber court case, Anthony Levandowski, has been fired by Uber. To read the NYTimes article click here.

SMMT NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR MAY 2017

That time of the month has rolled around again. To play along at home click here for the SMMT article and download link.

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DESIGNER’S MOOD BOARD - MINI HIRES OLIVER HEILMER

MINI has announced that Oliver Heilmer will be joining as lead designer on September 1. MINI has not had a head of design since Anders Warming left. To read the Automotive News article click here.

TOM TJAARDA

Tom Tjaarda has passed away. One of the less celebrated designers, which is surprising when you run through a list of his work. To read the Car Design News article click here.

FORMULA E DOUBLE-HEADER

Reminder that Formula E will be in Berlin this week and it will be a double-header, with races on both Saturday and Sunday. As ever, Channel 5 will be showing it free-to-air in the UK.

WRC ITALY

The WRC circus hits Sardinia this weekend. Another fascinating race is expected. BT Sport will be showing live stages and highlights, with MotorsTV and Channel 5 showing highlights.

LIST OF THE WEEK - VILLA D’ESTE 2017

This week Alan and Andrew dribble over some of the selection from an Autocar article highlighting the best cars from the Villa d’Este 2017. To check out the list click here.

COVENTRY MOTOFEST

The chaps were at the Coventry MotoFest for the weekend. They had a great time and managed to meet up with some listeners and friends of the show! Thanks to @richgoodingcom Dr @jeckythump and @Joe_Hallenbeck for putting up with us!

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Episode 109 : Understandable Evil - #Dieselgate code found, Ecotricity Charging, Coventry MotoFest, Sweptail Rolls

This week there is Follow Up, but worry ye not, for it is good. Initially.

GEELY SNAPS UP PROTON AND LOTUS

After seemingly ruling themselves out of the race for Proton, Geely now own Proton and Lotus. PSA seemed the only bidder in a one-horse race, so this news came as a surprise to everyone. To read more and cheer for Lotus click Car’s article here.

#DIESELGATE CODE FOUND

Researchers have finally found the software code that allowed Volkswagen to perpetrate the deception with their diesel engines have been identified. The story gets murkier as the Fiat 500X was tested because it used the same Bosch control unit as VW and Audi. The code isn’t called the same but it does control how long NOx emissions are regulated. To read more about the “acoustic control” code and the lengths that had to be gone too, in order to establish it click the Ars Technica article here.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION INVESTIGATES JLR SLOVAKIAN DEAL

The European Commission is investigating the grant and loans issued to Jaguar Land Rover to help them open their new plant. This is in order to make sure these payments don’t step into subsidy areas. The EC is worried that a ‘subsidy races’ will open up. Investigations will also check that things like the land deal don’t contravene their rules. To read more click here for the Autocar article.

ECOTRICITY CHANGES MOTORWAY CHARGING COSTS

Ecotricity is going to change their charging rate at motorway services. Soon you will have to pay a £3.00 connection fee and then be charged at £0.17 per unit thereafter. There will still be the 45-minute time limit. They state that this change is coming in as they’ve monitored usage and are adapting to fit better with customers use. To read more click here for the Motoring Research article.

ENGINE DOWNSIZING TO END

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen's brand boss, has confirmed what others manufacturers had stated, that to meet tighter emission limits they will need to go back to larger engines and away from downsizing. This backs Mazda’s approach as they haven’t gone down this route and have never released a diesel engine in the US. To read more click the Autocar article here.

INNOVATIVE ENGINE VALVE DEVELOPMENT

Talking of engines, there is a company in the UK who have revealed, via an article in Autocar, their incredibly clever engine valve system. This is an electronic control system, which can adjust to run in such a flexible manner that diesel-like performance will come from petrol engines. The show is a big fan of clever engineering and this is right up there! To read more and see the video click the article here.

 

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COVENTRY MOTOFEST

This weekend, June 3 and 4, is Coventry MotoFest. The show will be attending, which looks once again to be a cracking event. If you are going and wish to meet up with the chaps please do get in touch with them, via Twitter, as they’d love the say hello and talk all things motoring! To read more about the event click here for the details from the official site.

FRIEND OF THE SHOW UPDATE

Ian Seabrook’s fleet updates have been absent from this show for far too long. Well, this is now rectified! We have included links to only three of his videos so for Fleet Update No. 1 click here, for Fleet Update No. 2 click here and for his Bluebird vid click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: GREATEST HOT RENAULTS

Once again, @MajorGav has produced a cracking list for Alan and Andrew to drool over. This time is about the hot Renaults. Almost peak Gavin! To read the Motoring Research list click here.

AND FINALLY - ONE-OFF COACHBUILT ROLLS-ROYCE

Rolls-Royce unveiled a ‘sweptail' coach built customer collaboration at the weekend. Whether you like the styling or not marvel in the wonderful effort and project this has been to bring this to life. To listen to the Rear View episode with James Warren click here. To read more about this fascinating car click the Top Gear article here.

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Episode 108 : Try Again - FCA diesel woes, Fields put out to pasture, Ducks in a row, Waymo wipes

This week Follow Up is back in force and it is all about diesel engines!

VOLKSWAGEN ENGINE FIX

There has been anecdotal evidence that the VW fix has caused a worsening in performance to engines. Volkswagen state that there will be no reduction in power or mpg. Autocar has taken a reader's car and checked it out. The results were a drop in power, a drop in mpg and a huge drop in NOx emitted - which is what was meant to happen. VW has responded by saying only 1% of owners have complained following the free fix. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FCA FACING US LAWSUIT

US Officials are preparing a lawsuit against FCA following the investigation and ongoing discussions over the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel engines. FCA say there's nothing wrong, officials say there's "auxiliary emissions control devices”. Time is running out for FCA to explain the devices. To read more click the Bloomberg article here. As ever, note there's autoplay audio/video on Bloomberg's articles!

ITALY FACING LEGAL ACTION FROM EU

The European Union has started legal action against Italy over the failure to retest FCA engines that had been reported for test manipulation. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FORD SACKS CEO

Ford have replaced their CEO, Mark Fields, with Jim Hackett. Poor sales, a drop in profits and lack of movement from the company into areas vital for the future development of the company, are the reasons being given. To read more click the Jalopnik article here and to learn more about the new CEO click the Autocar article here.

DUCKS USED IN PROTEST

The villagers of Steeple Aston have used rubber ducks to help highlight the dreadful state of their roads, to Oxfordshire Council. When the potholes filled with rain lots of rubber ducks were put on the puddles to show just how many there were. To read the wonderfully puntastic article from BBC News click here.

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FORMULA E RESULT

Following another action-packed (accident-riddled) race, Buemi wins for the fifth time this season. Di Grassi and Vergne, Buemi's closest rivals for the championship, crashed out. To read more click the Autosport article here. There is bad news for UKfans of Formula E as it has been confirmed there will be no return to London next season. To read about that click the Autosport article here

NOT LIST OF THE WEEK

Autocar put up an article about cars which you've probably forgotten are being sold. To run through the interesting list click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - GLOBAL BEST-SELLING CARS IN THE WORLD, SO FAR

As you know, we like to scrutinise the monthly new car registration figures, so the chance to pour over the global best-selling cars was too good to pass. To run through the list please click the Motoring Research article here.

WAYMO WIPING LIDAR

Just to show the many different aspects that must be considered and the effort that engineers have to go to in order to bring autonomous vehicles to the roads, check out this video of the solution to maintaining the LIDAR visibility.

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Episode 107 : Only the Robots - #Dieselgate, Zero-Star Duster, Mazda Museum, Speed Cameras, 1913 Camera shoots F1

This week there is a smidgen of Follow Up, in a slow news week.

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE 3.0L AGREEMENT

The Judge has announced he will approve the agreement reached for the 3.0l diesels in the US. An end is now in sight to the governmental actions against Volkswagen. To read more click here for the Bloomberg article. 

FOLLOW UP - WAYMO V UBER

The Judge, for what will be a bitter and acrimonious case, has allowed Uber to continue developing their autonomous driving technology, but without any involvement from Levandowski. But, the Judge also ruled that this is not a matter for arbitration proceedings, as Uber requested. To read more click the Tech Crunch article here and the Recode article here.

INDIAN RENAULT DUSTERS GET NO NCAP STARS

The base spec Renault Duster received zero stars from the Global NCAP testing. As we know there is a big disparity between the levels of safety equipment in cars we here in the UK receive and those in the third world. However, there is nothing to defend a zero star rating. Hopefully, this will start changing soon as the dreadful accident statistics will not change until it does. To read the Autocar article click here.

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FORMULA E MONACO RESULT

After another cracking race, this time on the iconic Monaco track, well some of it, Buemi managed to hold off a late charge by Di Grassi. To read more about the race click the Autosport article here.

GERMAN MAZDA SHRINE OPENS

Mazda has opened the first museum outside of Japan. There are the expected rotary engined classics but also a large proportion of kie cars and non-European spec vehicles. To read more and see some pics of the lovely looking cars and building click the EVO article here

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE RACE

There is a fantastic graphic, which shows the top 263 companies involved in making autonomous vehicles appear on roads. Not only does it show who is involved but the various areas that need addressing are also mapped. We get an idea of the incredible level of complexity of this endeavor. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - LARGEST INCOME SPEED CAMERAS

Information has been released which shows the Top Five income generating speed cameras in Britain. If you want to see where they are click the CAR article here.

1913 CAMERA SHOOTS F1

Thank you to @motoringjourno and @theseoldcars for bringing this wonderful article to our attention. Joshua Paul shoots F1 races with his 1913 Graflex 4x5 camera. With this, he produces some wonderful pictures. To view a selection of these and read more click the PetaPixel article here.

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Episode 106 : Strawberries - Subaru Sat Nav clarification, Waymo v Uber, April New Car Registrations

This week the chaps start out with a correction and a tiny amount of Follow Up.

CORRECTION - SUBARU 'ANGRY SAT NAV'

In the previous episode, Alan talked about the angry sat nav, in the BRZ. Fear not this can be switched off! The sat nav is part of a brand new Pioneer accessory unit and had only arrived a couple of days before the drive, so the quirk was not known till the day in question.

FOLLOW UP - WAYMO v UBER

The preliminary hearing has taken place in this keenly watched case. However, all may not be well in Waymo'scamp. The judge has said there is no "smoking gun" in the evidence provided. Looks like this is going to be a down and dirty fight which will take a lot of convincing arguments to help the judge make a decision. To read the Verge's article on this click here.

SMMT NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS FOR APRIL

There is a big drop in new car registrations, which was to be expected after the new VED implementation. Click the link here to check out the release from SMMT and download link for detail on individual manufacturers.

GOVERNMENT'S POSSIBLE AIR QUALITY MEASURES

The Government released a document outlining possible ideas for countering the poor quality of air. The level of seriousness this document needs to be taken is limited. The wording is so wooly and hasn't been thought through. To read Autocar's take on it click here.

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REMINDER - FORMULA E IS BACK THIS WEEKEND

Formula E is back this weekend! This time the race will be from Monaco. As ever Channel 5 will be showing the qualifying and race for UK viewers.

GREAT ESCAPES CARS AND COFFEE DAY

Sunday 14 May is the next Great Escapes Cars and Coffee morning at their site. To read their Facebook posting click here for more info. Do go along and support their charity of choice and enjoy the fab cars that turn up. 

TfL PREPPING FOR ELECTRIC TAXIS

TfL is spending £18m on preparing for electrified taxis, with up to 300 rapid charging stations being installed in London. Alan is keenly waiting for this! To read the Guardian's article on this click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - LITERAL CAR NAMES

Friend of the show, and seemingly constant contributor, @MajorGav has produced another cracking list, this time on the Top 20 Literal Car Names. Click the Motoring Research link here to read and enjoy.

CITROËN ORIGINS SITE

We have mentioned the lovely site Citroën has produced allowing us to see all their models. However, there was two ommissions, the DS and SM. To lose several hours on a delightfully designed website click the link here

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Episode 105 - Special Edition : Subaru BRZ and Levorg Driving Day

Alan was at the UK launch of the facelifted 2017 Subaru BRZ and Levorg models. Neither model is a common sight on U.K. roads, but do they deserve to be more commonplace now they've both had some light revisions?

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Subaru Levorg

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Episode 104 : Was Listening - "Reckless" Vauxhall, Contactless Hyundai, Alan at Events, WRC Result

The chaps start the show with a small amount of Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - "RECKLESS" VAUXHALL

Vauxhall has been branded as “reckless” in the slow reaction to combustible Zafira Bs, by the Transport Committee. To read the BBC News article click here.

CONTACTLESS HYUNDAI

In aid of Stand Up to Cancer, Hyundai has put five contactless payment points on a special edition IONIQ. This will allow the public to donate to the worthwhile charity in an easy way. To read more on Autocar click here.

SHACKLETON EXPEDITION

Alan attended a special evening celebrating Hyundai teaming up with Ernest Shackleton’s great-grandson, to cross Antartica in a modified Santa Fe. To see more click here.

OPPOSITION TO FIRST MOT DELAY

Three-quarters of drivers oppose putting the first MOT of a car back one year. This appears to be poorly thought through. The chaps are in full agreement with those who object to this idea! To read more on Autocar click here.

PCP EXPLAINED

Due to the sudden interest in car financing, by the media, Alan has linked to a WhatCar? article explaining exactly what PCP is. To read the WhatCar?'s article click here.

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JAPFEST

At the weekend Alan attended and displayed at Japfest, where all motoring things Japanese were celebrated. To see a montage of Alan’s pics click here for montage one and click here for montage two.

WRC RALLY ARGENTINA

Another rally, yet more amazing driving, amazing scenery and amazing luck (both good and bad) for the teams. Neuville won by 0.7 of a second, from Evans. That’s two in a row for Neuville, but Evans was astonishingly quick until aero and mechanical issues pegged him back. Another astonishing spectacle for fans of motorsport. Once again the TV coverage has been first class, so do catch the highlights if you can! To read Autosport's report click here.

DRIVE IT DAY 2017

On Sunday 23 April, it was Drive it Day, where people drove their own classics. Motoring Research was at the Sunday Scramble which runs from Towcester Racecourse to Bicester Heritage. To see Motoring Research's take on the day click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK : AUTOCAR’S 100 MOST BEAUTIFUL CARS

There are some stunners and some, more contentious decisions in Autocar’s list of the 100 Most Beautiful Cars. To see more and make up your own mind click here.

HOW TO DRIVE AN ASTON INSIDE

Want to know the proper etiquette of driving your priceless Aston inside a warehouse? Well, worry ye no more! Aston Martin has released a film where they showed what they did once they got their hands on the new premises. To see the film on Top Gear click here, to see a gallery of how this film was made click here for the Top Gear article.

REAR VIEW PODCAST

Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on iTunes click here.

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