Episode 176: Floating right up the top - Idiot gets banned, Bosch claims miracle, VW Groups cars hackable, Formula E Paris, Alfa Romeo Museum

FOLLOW UP: SUBARU MPG AND EMISSION REPORTING

Subaru has been issued with a business improvement order by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, over non-conforming final inspections at two of its plants. The issue is the fuel economy and emission data may have been altered. To read more click the Automotive World article, which is based heavily on a Subaru press release, here.

IDIOT GETS BANNED FROM DRIVING

Bhavesh Patel has been banned from driving for 18 months, given 100 hours of community service, 10 days rehabilitation and fined £1800, for activating his Tesla’s Autopilot and then moving to the passenger seat. To read more click The Drive article here.  

AUDI RECALLS OVER A MILLION CARS WORLDWIDE

1.16 million Audi’s worldwide are being recalled due to a fault with the electric coolant pump, which could overheat or short-circuit and therefore be a potential fire risk. To see if your car is affected check out the Motor1 UK article here.

BOSCH CLAIMS TO HAVE SOLVED DIESEL’S NOX ISSUE

Bosch has announced that it has developed technology that greatly reduces the amount of NOx emissions from diesel engines, to the point of almost eliminating it. Alan raises the question as to why this isn't already happening. Curiosity and cynicism may have been deployed during this discussion. To read more click the Autocar article here.

VW GROUP CARS VULNERABLE TO HACKING

Volkswagen Group cars have had their infotainment systems remotely hacked by researchers. VW has worked with them to address the problem but it is not known if they have fixed software that is already in customer vehicles, as there is no over-the-air-update facility. To read more click the Bleeping Computer article here.

FORD KILLS OFF SALOONS IN NORTH AMERICA

In a worrisome move, Ford will not be designing new saloons for the North American market, because consumer demand is for SUVs and pickups. The chaps hope this does not happen in Europe. To read more click the Top Gear article here.

BODO BUSCHMANN HAS PASSED AWAY

Bodo Buschmann, the founder and boss of Brabus, has passed away at the age of 62 following a short illness. Brabus is, of course, the company that made crazy Mercedes-Benz cars. We here on the Motoring Podcast are glad he did. To read more click the Top Gear article here.

FORMULA E - PARIS RESULT

The rare event of the winner actually being from the country that the race took place in occurred as Jean-Eric Vergne won from pole, in Paris. Whilst it was close before the swap over Vergne pulled clear after. Lotterer was handed a 10-car penalty following his driving. Di Grassi was unhappy with his driving, whilst he was on a charge. However, Bird was more unhappy as he moved in front of him after slowing significantly, meaning Bird finished the race with three wheels. To read more about the race click the Autosport article here and click the article here for more information about Lotterer's penalty.  

POSSIBLE FORMULA E CHANGES

News emerged that Formula E is considering rule changes, which will allow cars to receive a boost after travelling over particular sections of the track, dubbed the 'Mario Kart' boost. More detail is required on how this will be executed. Alan is surprised at the surprise of everyone, considering this was outlined as something the series was going to do, from before the first ever race occurred. To read more click the CAR article here.

WRC IN ARGENTINA

Andrew’s hopes were dashed whilst Alan’s were realised with Ott Tanak winning his first WRC since joining Toyota and Citroën struggled once again. Tanak had a spin early on Friday, but that seemed to spur him on as he then won 10 out of 12 stages and round out a dominant victory on Sunday. Meeke's challenge ended Saturday after a puncture, whilst he was in second. Hyundai came in to round out the podium with Neuville and Sordo second and third. To read more click the Autosport article here

WRC RALLY GREAT BRITAIN

This year the rally will race on closed public roads, with the Great Orme, in Llandudno, being used in one stage. Some have complained that spectators will not be deep in cold forests and mud as tradition dictates. The chaps are all for this and hopefully, it will bring more spectators to the event and rallying. To read more click the Rally GB tweet here.

WEC SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEKEND

A quick reminder that World Endurance Racing begins this season, at Spa this weekend. Obviously, we recommend catching it via the wonderful Radio Le Mans.

SMART MOTORWAY SPEEDING FINES ROCKET

Over the last few years, the number of speeding fines along smart motorways has risen greatly. Some have questioned if they are confusing. Many feel they are cash cows. Nearly no one understands how they work. Simple rule though, don't go over the speed indicated and there will be no fine. However, there has been nearly no explanation as to how they work so people do feel frustrated over seemingly empty roads with speed restrictions imposed. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: BEST OF BRABUS

Following the sad news about Bodo Buschmann passing away, we are reminded of the wonderful work Brabus have done. To run through some of their work click the Motor1 UK article here.

AND FINALLY: MUSEO STORICO ALFA ROMEO

This week the chaps save their jealousy for Antony Ingram, who visited the Alfa Romeo museum. Click the EVO link here to read about this wonderful place and gawp at some gorgeous pictures.

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