On Monday, Greenpeace picketed the UK headquarters of the Volkswagen Group in Milton Keynes in protest against air pollution caused by the company's diesel engines. On the very same day, Audi – part of the Group – launched the Q8 with a 282bhp, three-litre turbodiesel as the only available engine. Ironically, I think I might have helped several of the Greenpeace protestors on their way home when their elderly and incredibly smoky diesel van failed to proceed. More ironically still, a modern Euro 6 compliant diesel seven-seater travelling fully laden on a UK motorway is one of the most efficient forms of transport bar walking, and would have been perfectly suited to their needs. Alas, the big, heavy Q8, designed to carry just four people, is arguably a more deserving target for Greenpeace's ire. We had similar criticisms of the X6 when BMW launched it ten years ago. Named a Sports Activity Coupe, the X6 came ermined in clouds of … [Read more...] about Audi Q8 S-Line review: a luxury 4×4 coupé with off-road pretensions
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Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:25 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 July 2018 Sebastian Vettel helepd extend his and Ferrari's lead in the 2018 Formula 1 championships with victory at the British Grand Prix. Listen to what the NR F1 Podcast crew had to say about it, right here. Archant The NR F1 Podcast – recorded in the county that gave the world Team Lotus, Martin Brundle and a breeding ground to the likes of Ayrton Senna and Mark Webber – reviews the 2018 British Formula 1 Grand Prix. Boom! And that, Formula 1, is how you do a grand prix weekend... The 2018 British Grand Prix was a Silverstone special – and exactly why it’s a race that deserves to remain on the F1 calendar. Edition 225 of The NR F1 Podcast sees Michael Bailey joined by the Springall brothers – Callum and Dan – as well as Kyle Cumbers, to discuss all the events at Silverstone and some truly superb action. From the carnage of the start, to the crashes in qualifying and the stewards’ … [Read more...] about NR F1 Podcast: If only Hamilton was Vettel’s pain in the neck – The British Grand Prix review
Back in the day my old friend Dave bought a Canon Sure Shot camera. It was Canon’s first autofocus 35mm compact and much admired, but Dave had bought it for another reason. “There are no extras,” he proudly announced. “You can’t buy anything more for it; this is it, as good as it gets.” A few months later Canon bought out an optional close-up lens. It wasn’t very good, but Dave was heartbroken. It must be the same for people who buy the latest in supercars, with a terrible sense of inevitability that they will be usurped from the top table within years, more likely months, by the special, the race version, the limited edition, the bigger, better, stronger and longer upgrade. Obviously car companies... 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 Ferrari 488 Pista review: scintillating and brilliant, but have we reached peak supercar?
Long and smoky, with plenty of revs and a snappy clutch dump — this obviously wasn't the first time Gary Patterson has boiled the baloneys on a high-powered Mustang. The president of Shelby American street-raced a 428 Cobra Jet fastback all over Ohio in the 1970s, so we shouldn't have been so surprised when he jumped into the company's new 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, the reincarnation of Shelby's GT40-powered Mustang, and lit 'em up for our cameras. Shelby will build 10 new 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snakes and sell them for $249,995 each. It's the latest in the company's growing continuation series, which also includes brand-new 1968 GT500KR convertibles and the Original Venice Crew 1965 GT350 Competition Mustangs. The 10 continuation Super Snakes will be built by Legendary GT Continuation Cars in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, with engines supplied by the Carroll Shelby Engine Co. The cars are faithful to the original, but the engine specs have been tweaked for better … [Read more...] about 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake First Drive Review
To the casual observer, Ford’s dominance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the late 1960s can seem almost monolithic. After all, the winning was all done by GT40s, wasn’t it? While the small-block Mark I cars that triumphed in 1968 and 1969 and the big-block Mark IIs—which brought Ford its first overall victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1966—shared real visual and mechanical continuity, the 1967 Mark IV was its own thing entirely.The GT40 had been an Anglo-American proposition from the start, with roots in Eric Broadley’s lovely little Lola Mark 6, but the Mark IV was to be a star-spangled affair, meant to erase all doubt that American know-how was superior to Italian twelve-cylinder prancy-horsey voodoo; that it wasn’t the luck of the Limeys that had spurred the Yanks on to victory the previous year. Never mind that the winning car had been driven by a pair of Kiwis named Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren.The Mark IV, if not made of space-age … [Read more...] about Jam Master J-12: Ford GT40 Mark IV Heading to Auction in Florida