Episode 51 : Competition Time - Top Gear, New Car Registrations, Tesla Accident, New Citroën C3, Aston Martin Hypercar

Alan is back! Once again we thank Richard Gooding for stepping in and filling the void last week. After a little more abuse, of Alan, the chaps get on with the show.

Project 2CV Update

Ian Seabrook has published an update to Project 2CV. The bodyshell has been sorted to the point of waiting for painting. Funds, time, and waiting for window in the cellulose painter's schedule have prevented further progress. To read more and if you want to support Ian click here.

Infiniti QX70 Review

Alan has released another review following the SMMT Test Day, this time a First Drive Infiniti QX70. To read about it click here.

T-Charge for London

The consultation for changes to the charges for drivers in London ends on 29 July 2016. There is still time to make your voice heard. Andrew expresses his disappointment at the blunt instrument being used and reiterates his opinion that the poorest will be affected most. To hear them discuss it in a previous episode click here. To read more about it click here and try here.

Top Gear

As with Brexit last week, this is a topic they don't want to discuss but have to. Firstly they chat about how they felt the series went and then move on to the news that Chris Evans has resigned (who hasn't this week?) from the show. To see Chris Harris Drives vids that were mentioned click here.

New car registration for May

Start of the month means we get New Car Registration figures. Again it rises, this time by 2.5% in May. To read more about it go here. SMMT also published an article about May's production, where they mention how certainty and stability is now required, as well as free access to the biggest market for manufacturers. To see that article click here.

Toyota and Lexus recalls

If you own a Toyota Prius, Auris or Lexus CT200h that was built between April 2006 and August 2015 click here to check if your car is part of the recall due the potential for petrol to leak from the tank. This equates to approximetly72000 cars.

Fatal Tesla Accident

The sad news of the first fatality of a Tesla driver whilst Autopilot was engaged emerged from the US, in the last week. Investigations are still underway, but this article here explains what we do know so far. Andrew and Alan discuss the merits of having beta software running on a car. They also look at how effective Autopilot has been, until this dreadful incident.


Alan sprung this on Andrew, but here is a chance for listeners to get one of two swag bags filled with Formula E gear that Alan managed to get his grubby mits on last weekend. What do you need to do? Please go leave a review and rating on iTunes before 31 July 2016. Alan and Andrew will then select the two best who will receive one of the goodie bags each!

Formula E finishes season in London

Alan was at the final two rounds of the exciting Formula E season, in London. Two drivers were in with a realistic hope of winning. After an accident early in the final race, the season came down to who could do the fastest lap. Amazing tension. To see highlights click here. In the end, Buemi managed to win the title.

Faraday Future in Formula E

The Chinese electric car startup has now entered Formula E, by investing in Dragon Racing. In London, the new livery was visible for the first time. To read about this click here.

New Citroën C3 revealed

Citroën revealed the new C3, which has taken a lot of inspiration from the C4 Cactus. Andrew and Alan really like the new look. Hopefully this marks an exciting chapter in Citroën story, with a return to "funky" looks first started by the Cactus. To learn more click on this article here.

Transport Committee astound with common sense

The Parliamentary Transport Committee have called for hard shoulders not to be used as a live lane, as happens on 'smart' motorways. Both chaps are shocked that the committee appear to know what they're talking about and it is sense. To read more click here.

Aston Martin and Red Bull Collaborate

Aston Martin and Red Bull revealed the car that is the result of their collaboration. This looks like nothing else out there. Andrew wonders if a new word is required to describe this type of car as hypercar may no longer be adequate! To see more about this click here.


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