May or May Not Become Reality - 1 October 2019


FOLLOW UP: GERMAN COMPENSATION CASE OPENS AGAINST VW

The largest class-action style case, in German history, opened this week against Volkswagen. In his opening remarks though, the Presiding Judge, Michael Neef, made it clear the claim had some work to do to convince that owners are due any compensation. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

BLOODHOUND HAS FINAL UK TESTS

The Bloodhound LSR project has undertaken the last tests in the UK before being shipped off to South Africa where there will be a number of data gathering runs before returning back to the UK for analysis prior to the attempt in 12 to 18 months time. To read more click the Guardian article here.

UNEXPECTED WAYS TO VOID YOUR INSURANCE

Car insurance premiums can be effected by many things, some of them obvious others less so. Adding a sticker that people then target the car for is one of the more obscure, along with paint protection film wrap. Be careful of the options you fit and make sure your insurer is one of 70 who don't add a premium for fitting winter tyres. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

TORY MOBILITY PLEDGES

This week it is the turn of the Tory conference to announce ideas that may or may not ever come to fruition. The more headline grabbing nuggets are the £25bn road network improvements, from next year. Bus services will receive £220 million, £50 million of which is for an all electric bus town or city. To read more click the Autocar article here.

DEMAND MADE FOR 30 NEW CLEAN AIR ZONES ACROSS ENGLAND

Cross-party group of politicians has called for 30 new Clean Air Zones to be established across England. Whilst the stark figures of the number of deaths directly attributed to air pollution, an increase in revenue of £6.5 billion is also expected. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

SMART MOTORWAYS SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Yorkshire Smart Motorways are having their Emergency Areas improved. One aspect of Smart Motorways that is always highlighted is the risk of no hard shoulder. Emergency Areas have been added, but these are seen as too few and far between. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.


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FORMULA E: DE SILVESTRO AND PREINING NAMED PORSCHE SUPPORT DRIVERS

Simona de Silvestro and Thomas Preining have been announced as test drivers for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team. To read more click the e-racing365 article here.

WRC RALLY GB

This weekend sees the WRC juggernaut come to North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire. If you are going take your (very) wet weather gear.

LUNCHTIME READ: FORD'S 1958 NUCLEON CONCEPT WAS 'ATOMS FOR PEACE' ON WHEELS

Amazingly, someone in Ford thought it was a good idea to make a nuclear powered concept and no one said "hang on a minute, are we sure?". To read more about this amazing story click the Jalopnik article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: 40+ FORGOTTEN SUPERCARS OF THE 1990S

Supercars.net has put together a fab list of 41 supercars we have probably forgotten, that came from the 90s. Remind yourself of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600, the De Tomaso Guara, the Ventuir 400 GT and many more by clicking the link here.

AND FINALLY: DRIVE A REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR FROM A SEAT

In a demonstration of remote driving technology, Voysys have fitted a remote controlled car with a camera, set up a gaming driving rig and allowed people to drive the RC car. There are many industrial applications, which this would be useful in, however, if anyone suggests this is suitable for the public road, it is not. To read more and watch the demonstration click The Drive link here.


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