Weaponised UAVs - 17 September 2019


FOLLOW UP: AUDI THREATENED WITH MORE FINES

Audi has until 26 September to retrofit some V6 and V8 diesel models to bring them in line with requirements in Germany, or risk facing fines and the cars being declared illegal. There is further potential pain for Audi as their Euro 4 engines might have to be bought back as software alone may not fix their issue. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW FUTURE IN DOUBT

Following a weekend of protests and calls for a change in format, by local politicians, there is the fear that the Frankfurt Motor Show will not take place again. To read more click the Financial Times article here.

BAC SECURES LARGE EXPORT BUSINESS

Briggs Automotive Company, the maker of the Mono, has lined up £20 million worth of export business to Hong Kong and the United States. To read more of this good news click the Motoring Research article here.

INEOS TO BE BUILT IN WALES

Jim Ratcliffe has confirmed that he is close to signing a deal to assemble the Ineos SUV in Bridgend. To read more click the Financial Times article here.

SAUDI OIL ATTACKS CAUSE PRICE WORRY

Following the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, over the weekend, there was justifiable concern that this would impact on oil and therefore fuel, prices. This appears to be born out at prices did have the biggest jump in 30 years. However, the prices dropped again on the day of recording as production is expected to return to normal quickly. However, it does emphasise how delicate the balance is in keeping us all fuelled up. To read more click the BBC News article here.

US WANTS DRIVERS TO SELECT OWN NOISE FOR SILENT CARS

The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, in the United States, wants drivers to be able to select the exact noise their quiet EV or hybrid car will make, to warn of its presence. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

THATCHAM RESEARCH RELEASE AUTOMATED DRIVING RECOMMENDATIONS

Thatcham Research, in conjunction with Association of British Insurers, has released a white paper with recommendations on the steps required to make autonomous vehicles a reality. To read more click the link here.


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FORMULA E: FELIX DA COSTA JOINED DS TECEETAH

Felix Da Costa has been revealed as Jean Eric Vergne's teammate for the next season at DS Techeetah. To read more click the link here.

FORMULA E: RECORD GROWTH AND AUDIENCE IN 2018-19

Statistics show that 2018-19 was a season of record growth and audiences. Revenue is also up, more than 50% on the previous season. To read more click the e-racing365 article here.

WRC TURKEY

Another rally another unpredictable wreck-fest, this time for tyres! Nearly everyone was affected by punctures, with the sharp rocks proving too much for most on the first day. Ogier eventually won with team mate Lappi second and Mikkelsen in third for Hyundai. Tanak scrambled to secure some points after retiring on Saturday. He took the brave decision to run without a spare, which enabled him to win the special stage. To read more and check out the championships click the Autosport article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: THE HONDA AERODECK WAS A BUBBLE ERA SHOOTING BRAKE BUILT FOR EASY LISTENING

In a moment of supreme self indulgence, Andrew recommends the Jalopnik article from Max Finkel, discussing the Accord Aerodeck from the 80s. To read this lovely article click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: 800 MILES IN A WEEK

In another consumer focused list, Jim Holder from Autocar, tells us the 12 things he learned during his week with an electric car. To read through the list click the link here.

AND FINALLY: OUTRAGE DIRECTED AT TOYOTA (BY US)

To finish the show, we have the sad, no outrageous news, that there is a fabulous Land Cruiser which we cannot get in the UK. The Namib is for South Africa and not us. Frankly that is not on. To learn more about this ace vehicle click the Top Gear article here.


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