FOLLOW UP: PHONE RECORDINGS EMERGE
Phone call recordings have come to light, involving Wolfgang Hatz former VW Group engine boss), Matthias Müller (former VW Group chairman), Oliver Blume (current Porsche chairman) and Michael Steiner (initially selected to lead Dieselgate investigation). Prosecutors have come across the recordings made by Hatz's Wife, as they were an attachment in an email belonging to her. To read more click the Autocar article here.
FOLLOW UP: BLOODHOUND PROJECT RELAUNCHED
The Bloodhound project has been relaunched with Ian Warhurst now the owner, but with the majority of the core team retained. With a new livery there is also a new name Bloodhound LSR. The project base has moved from near Bristol to SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. To see a video of the move click the link here. To read more about this good news click the Autocar article here.
FOLLOW UP: JLR WINS COPYCAT CASE IN CHINA
Jaguar Land Rover has won the court case against the Landwind X7, which bears a striking relation to the last generation Range Rover Evoque. This is a landmark case as usually the Chinese legal system does not rule in favour of those bringing intellectual property claims. To read more click the Autocar article here.
TOYOTA AND SUZUKI SIGN AGREEMENT
Toyota will build a new Suzuki car at the Burnaston factory. The car is to be based on the Corolla, taking engines from Wales and electrical components from Japan. There will be no extra jobs created but the factory will be utilising the workforce more efficiently. To read more click the BBC News article here.
KEYLESS ENTRY SECURITY SLAMMED
Thatcham Research has unveiled a new security test, highlighting keyless entry vulnerabilities. They have tested 11 brand new cars, resulting in six being ranked as 'Poor', the Jimny was 'Unacceptable' even though it did not have a keyless entry system. To read more click the Motoring Research article here. Also, there is a good piece from Motoring Research, giving owners of keyless entry cars advice on steps they can take for added protection, click here to read the information.
INFRASTRUCTURE TSAR CALLS FOR EV CHARGING REGULATION
Ofgem, the energy industry regulator, has been proposed as the organisation to control the UK's public charging sector, by the infrastructure tsar Sir John Armitt CBE. Acknowledging that public charging infrastructure was a key element to widespread adoption of EVs, the reliability of that service is fundamental. To read more click the link here to the article in Company Car Today.
There is also an excellent article about Ecotricity's network problems, particularly with the CCS connectors. To read that click the link here.
VOLVO SAFETY TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCEMENT
Volvo has announced the introduction of a series of safety related projects. Care Key, which will allow owners to limit the speed of their car to whoever has the keys. The EVA Initiative, where they are sharing over 40 years of data with everyone. To see more click the link to the site here. Finally, in car monitoring of the driver, for distracted attention and potentially impaired capability. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
EC APPROVES MORE STANDARD SAFETY EQUIPMENT
The European Council has now approved legislation to add to the list of equipment that must be fitted as standard on cars from May 2022, for new models that haven't been designed yet, and May 2024 for refresh models. To read more click the Autocar article here.
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FORMULA E: SANYA
Jean-Eric Vergne took his first win of the season, which was briefly in doubt as he was under investigation that eventually led to a reprimand and nothing more. Oliver Rowland, who led the race from the start until Vergne passed, was second. Felix da Costa was third, which puts him into the lead in the Championship. To read about the results click the e-racing365 article here. To read the Post-Race Notebook click the article here. To see the highlights of the race click here.
LUNCHTIME READ: HOW AUTOCAR WRITERS WOULD FIX BRITAIN'S ROADS AND TRANSPORT
Autocar has asked their writers, if they were in charge of the Department of Transport, what would they do to improve the system. To read their answers click the link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: SMALL AND MIGHTY
Gavin Braithewaite-Smith is back in his slot of LotW. This time he runs through the top junior hot hatches. As we have come to expect, there are some absolute belters, click here to read the Motoring Research article.
AND FINALLY: THE MCLAREN F1 HANDBOOK
Calibre magazine has a wonderful article about what went into creating the handbook for one of the most special cars ever made, the McLaren F1. To read this click the link here.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on Apple Podcasts click here.