Terribly Distracted by Myself - 17 June 2019

HYDROGEN FUELING STATION INCIDENT

After being widely reported, in glorious over-hyped language by many EV-centric websites, the news came out of an incident at the Kjørbo hydrogen station in Norway, Alan investigated the reality of the situation. Using a smattering of basic chemistry knowledge, he asked what really went on. Spoiler alert, it wasn't as the likes of InsideEV reported it! Surprise, surprise.

I-PACE VOLUNTARILY RECALLED

Jaguar I-Paces built in 2018 and early 2019, are being recalled as there is a fault with the electronic regenerative braking system. There is a risk that the fault could lead to extended stopping distances. The fix is an update to the brake system software. To read more click the Autocar article here.

AUDI IN TALKS OVER EUROPE RECALL TO E-TRON

In the U.S. the Audi e-tron is being voluntarily recalled due to a potential battery fire risk. A wiring grommet needs changing between the charging port and the battery, which if it gets wet creates the fire risk. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.

SCOTLAND FLEET EV INCENTIVES

Scotland is making the move to fleet EVs more attractive to businesses, in sharp contrast to the Government below the border. Scotland also has a tighter timescale for the banning of internal combustion engined vehicles than Westminster, by being 2032 in stead of 2040. To read more click on the article from Company Car Today here and move to page 11.

BLANKET PAVEMENT PARKING BAN WARNING

The House of Commons Transport Committee is taking comments on the issue of pavement parking. We discussed one suggestion of a complete ban, on a previous episode. The IAM RoadSmart organisation has suggested that a blanket ban would cause major problems. The recommendation is for localised action to be taken. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.


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FORMULA E BERN EPRIX

Formula E moves to Bern this weekend. To find out how and when you can watch the racing click on the Formula E link here.

The 2019/20 calendar has been revealed with Seoul and London being added to the tracks. Starting earlier this year, 22 November 2019, in Ad Diriyah and ending in London on the 26 July 2020. To read more click the Formula E article here.

This has, however, caused a few issues as it appears the FIA didn't check the information it was sent by Formula E and WEC. There are three clashes, the WEC races being at Bahrain, Sebring and Spa. Apparently the 'calendar committee' didn't actually meet to check. To read more click the sportscar365 article here and then the e-racing365 article here.

WRC SARDINIA

Another grueling event, this time with added heat, a lot of heat. In the end, Dani Sordo won, after late drama for Ott Tanak as his Yaris developed the same steering issue that affected Latvala. Eventually he finished fifth overall. This handed Teemu Suninen second for M-Sport and Mikkelsen third for Hyundai. Ogier crashed on the first day, turning the rest fo the event into a testing session. Neuville came off the road, due to a confusion over pace notes, and ended up sixth.

Tanak is now four points clear of Ogier, with Neuville a further three points behind in the race for the Championship. Hyundai is on 242 points, Toyota 198, Citroën 170 and M-Sport on 152 in the Manufacturers Standings. To read more click the Rally Sport link here.

LUNCHTIME READ: THESE PEOPLE ARE MAKING Z CARS GREAT AGAIN

Tom Ford and Top Gear Magazine go to a garage in Bradford, that is doing outstanding restored work with Z Cars. Click the link here to learn more about what MZR Roadsports is doing. Utterly wonderful.

LIST OF THE WEEK: THE RULES

Influx Magazine has compiled a list of rules that we all, as motorists, should follow for the betterment of human kind. Click through here to run through the 100 rules.

AND FINALLY: IN SEARCH OF STEERING FEEL

After Alan failed to adequately describe the steering on the 911 Carrera 4S, or so he says, in the last Special Edition, however, Hooniverse has come to his aid. They have written a fabulous article about steering feel with the aid of a burger. Click here to read this wonderful article.


REAR VIEW PODCAST

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