Episode 138 : Wave of good feeling - #Dieselgate runs on, Geely owns Lotus, Bloodhound fires up, Electric car design, Alan drives a car

FOLLOW UP: DIESELGATE IS STILL WITH US

Friend of the show, Gavin Braithwaite-Smith, has done an excellent job at summarising the latest goings on for Volkswagen since Greenpeace boarded their transporter ship. To read about Greenpeace’s claims, the extra cost of fixing cars and one of their senior engineers being arrested in Germany click here for the Motoring Research article.

With the extra money required to fix 2.0 diesels in the US, VW has now exceeded Moody’s base estimate of what the scandal would cost. To see that click Patrick McGee’s tweet here.

FOLLOW UP: GEELY OWNS LOTUS

Geely Holding has completed the process to now have the majority stake in Lotus. A huge outpouring of cheer, so rare these days, enveloped Twitter at this news. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

PETITION TO SCRAP MOT EXEMPTION

Classic Car Weekly has launched a petition to get the Government to reconsider the MOT exemption recently announced, for classic cars. To read more and add your name click here.

SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW WOMEN DRIVERS FROM 2018

The ban on women drivers, in Saudi Arabia, will be lifted in 2018, allowing enough time to educate women to drive and men on how to behave. To read more click the Verge article here.

JLR ENGINE DEAL ENDS EARLY WITH FORD

Jaguar Land Rover will stop taking petrol engines from Ford’s Bridgend plant in September 2020, three months earlier than expected. To read more click here for the BBC News article.

MITSUBISHI LAUNCHES SCRAPPAGE SCHEME

Mitsubishi has now joined the scrappage scheme sales pitch. With Government incentives and Mitsubishi’s own money off, you can get a whopping £6500 off an Outlander PHEV. To read more click the Motoring Research article here. To see a full list of all the schemes on offer click the Autocar article here.

STATIC TEST COMPLETED FOR SSC BLOODHOUND

Andy Green, the driver of Bloodhound, fired up the engine and throttled the jet to maximum reheat, in its first live test. Great to see that everything seems to be progressing as they expect. To see more click the Top Gear article here.

ALAN DRIVES A CAR

In a bit of an exclusive for the show, Alan is one of the first to drive a pre-production Toyota Yaris GRMN, in the UK. You can see his video and hear the in-car feedback he receives on his ‘to camera’ work from the professional driver helping him out, by clicking the link here.

ELECTRIC CAR DESIGN

Friend of the show, Nir Kahn, has written a piece in Form Trends, where he discusses the design of electric cars. This fascinating article asks why ICE car design constraints are carried over into an EV, where they are not present? To read more click the article here.

AUDI FORMULA E TEAM PRINCIPLE IS ALAN MCNISH

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler unveiled Allan McNish as the new Team Principle. To see more click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: ORDINARY CARS THAT ARE EXTRAORDINARY TO DRIVE

Gavin makes a second appearance on this show, this time for one of his lists. He outlines the cars that, whilst seemingly are quite ordinary, they are intact excellent to drive. To see the list of Mazdas and other cars, click the Motoring Research link here.

AND FINALLY: DREW GIBSON’S REVIVAL 2017 SELECTION

Photographer Drew Gibson has revealed his selection of favourite photographs from this year’s Revival. To see the wonderful examples click the link to the Goodwood Road & Racing article here.

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