Episode 205: Put my teeth in - 18 September 2018

FOLLOW UP: WINTERKORN ACCUSED OF DRAGGING HIS FEET

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been accused of moving slow in dealing with the emission test cheating, which led to huge fines, a judge hearing the investor’s case against the company.

The case hinges on when senior executives were made aware of the cheating and how they reacted after that. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: JD CLASSICS ENTERS ADMINISTRATION

Following legal battles JD Classics has gone into administration. Jean Marc Gales has only recently joined the company after Derek Hood left, following legal cases regarding “financial irregularities”. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: HOW TO STEAL A TESLA

Last week we discussed the vulnerabilities discovered in cars like Tesla and McLaren, with the type of keyless entry system they use. Here is a video that shows how this is exploited, click the link here.

FOLLOW UP: CLARIFICATION ON WLTP FOR CARS BUILT BEFORE SPET 1 2018

Thanks to Andy Masson for helpings understand the various nuances to pre-WLTP vehicles. Click here to see his Tweet explaining it.

FOLLOW UP: IOS 12 IS OUT

With iOS 12 Apple CarPlay now will allow Waze and Goggle Maps. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION INVESTIGATES COLLUSION

BMW, Daimler, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, the ‘ring of five’, are being investigated by the European Commission. The question is have breached antitrust rules by agreeing to avoid competing against each other to develop emission reduction technology. To read more click the Autocar link here.

JAGUAR CASTLE BROMWICH PLANT THREE-DAY WEEK

JLR are reducing production at their Castle Bromwich plant, for the rest of the year, as the demand for cars falls. This will only be “temporary”, according to Jaguar. Uncertainty on diesel and Brexit is being stated as the reason. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

SAUDI ARABIA INVESTS $1BN IN LUCID MOTORS

Lucid Motors announced the investment, by Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, in excess of $1 billion. This will help their model Air launch in 2020. To read more click the Autocar article here.

SELF-DRIVING TECH INDUSTRY ALLIANCE SOUGHT

VW are seeking an alliance within industry, to help create an industry standard for self-driving technology. The main motivating factor is it would offer better legal protection. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

TRACTORS COULD FACE A55 BAN

Banning tractors and other slow moving vehicles from using the A55 during peak times is being considered by the Welsh Government. To read more click the Daily Post article here.


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NISSAN BUYS STAKE IN FORMULA E E.DAMS

Nissan has bought an undisclosed stake in the Formula E team e.dams. Nissan has taken over involvement with e.dams from Renault who ended association with the series at the end of last season. To read more click the Motorsport article here.

JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY RACING SERIES

The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race series will start in December, when the Formula E season begins again, as it is a support series. To read more click the Autocar article here.

WRC TURKEY

In yet another incredibly attritional race, Toyota’s Tanak ended up first, with Latvala in second. The podium was completed by Hyundai’s Paddon. There were many, many retirements, Ostberg, Evans on Friday, Lappi, Neuville, Ogier and most spectacularly Breen on Saturday. This pushes Tanak up into second in the championship behind Neuville. To read more click the Autosport article here.

LOUISE COOK’S AMAZING EFFORTS FOR WRC TURKEY

Louise Cook deserves hero of the event, as she drove 37-hours to get to the start after last minute sponsors helped fund her effort. She gained two points for WRC3 championship and is eighth overall. To read more click the link to her site here.

LUNCHTIME READ: ARE HISTORIC RACING’S RISING SPEED A PROBLEM?

Following the annual cold turkey we have to go through, after the Goodwood Revival is over, there is an interesting article from Kevin Turner, asking if it’s getting too fast. To read this thought provoking article click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: 10 BRILLIANT CARS WE CAN THANK RALLYING FOR

Another excellent Gavin Braithwaite-Smith list, this time discussing 10 homologation heroes. To read and see more click the link here.

AND FINALLY: TOYOTA CENTURY GRMN

Spotted at Toyota, in Japan, a wonderfully bonkers play thing, a GRMN badged and modified Century. We plead with Toyota UK PR Team to bring it to the UK. We have all been very, very good! Please! To read more click the Jalopnik article here.


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