Norfolk-based British sports car manufacturer Lotus has unveiled its latest model, the ‘all-new’ battery-electric Evija. Making its debut in London last night, the Evija (pronounced E-vi-ya) is a battery-electric supercar billed as the most powerful of its kind in the world. While the performance figures are hypothetical at this point, Lotus claims a power output of 1,973bhp, or 2,000PS, and a top speed in excess of 200mph. The batteries, too, will apparently offer industry-leading performance, with a claimed 250-mile range made possible in part by an exceptionally light 1,680kg kerb weight. Lotus partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the powertrain, which is expected to deliver a 0-62mph time of under three seconds. Speaking at the unveiling in London, Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: “The Lotus Evija is a car like no other. It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage. … [Read more...] about British manufacturer Lotus unveils Evija all-electric supercar
A vast, fascinating collection of automobilia is coming up for auction in the next couple of days, featuring a wealth of period forecourt artefacts such as oil and petrol cans and enamel signs advertising various forgotten marques. The Charterhouse auction in Sherborne, Dorset on July 18 and 19 is the place to be for collectors of automobilia, not to mention classic car enthusiasts who want a few inexpensive car-related items with which to decorate their garage. The hundreds of items of automobilia being put up for auction were amassed by a collector in Somerset over several years. With his property bulging at the seams, he decided to have a sort out. Items he decided to let go include enamel signs, petrol pump globes, forecourt oil dispensers, oil cans, bottles and drums, dealership light boxes, petrol signs and many, many other items, all of which are expected to sell for thousands of pounds. Most were once a common sight at garages and besides the road. With most of … [Read more...] about Motoring nostalgia up for grabs at auction
If you’re not a tennis fan, you may not have heard of Vasek Pospisil. Five years ago, the 29-year old professional tennis player from Canada was the 25th best player in the world and even snagged the Wimbledon men’s doubles title with partner Jack Sock. But a recent loss of form has left Pospisil’s ranking languishing at 187 and, according to his Twitter account, a lack of wins equals a serious lack of money. In a tweet sent on July 14 - the same day Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in the Wimbledon men’s singles final - Pospisil laid it out bare. “The glamorous life of the middle tier of professional tennis [equals] losing money,” he wrote, after claiming that a... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium … [Read more...] about It pays to go pro: which sport can earn you the most money?
13 July 2019 • 1:04pm Qualifying begins at 2pm BST Charles Leclerc fastest in rain-affected final practice ahead of Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton on brink of history at Silverstone, but remains strikingly unappreciated in his homeland Our five unforgettable British Grands Prix Red Bull-Honda have plenty of work to close the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari Auto update On Off 1:01PM How good a track is Silverstone? Well, it's definitely up there with the best. It's high-speed but not Monza high-speed. No, more flowing than that. More variable. It's flat and it's flat out. It has history. And overtaking spots. So, here, have an on-board pole lap from Nico Rosberg in 2014. A bit quicker now, but still mightily quick then. Also, the new track layout is superb and it got rid of the Michael Mouse "complex" section at the the track. 12:54PM A bit of a "moment" in final practice It all got a bit close down at Woodcote … [Read more...] about F1 live: British Grand Prix 2019 qualifying
Thursday, July 11 at 05:25 Rain wasn’t forecast for the travelling day of the Liège-Brescia-Liège road rally, but then neither was incipient tiredness, which all the competitors are feeling having been either lying under the car or lying to their bosses about this 11-day marathon and how they will be working hard right up to the off. Rain, however, is exactly what it did, spattering the car with road grit and spray as we travelled the congested A42 from Dunkirk to Liège. I’d reckoned on 2.5 hours, though in the end it was nearer 3.5. Then followed the business of signing in, putting on the numbered stickers and rally plates and introducing ourselves to each other. Early casualties include Neil Revington’s ex-works Triumph TR4, which had decided to mix its oil and water; he bought his TR2 instead. Of course the Americans came over to introduce themselves first, Jeff and Jeffrey Givens, both from Kansas, in a TR3a, which made things … [Read more...] about Rallying cry: Liège-Brescia-Liège classic car rally diary