When it comes to numbers, few are keener on statistics than car enthusiasts. Then you meet the crew, engineers and brains behind HMS Prince of Wales and realise cars pale into the ether compared to the UK's second Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier. Some of the headline numbers are to be expected, such as an all-up weight of 65,000 tonnes that makes it the second biggest aircraft carrier type in the world. The flight deck is 280-metres long and 70-metres wide, which is enough to fit in three football pitches to give an idea of scale. And it can clip along at 25 knots when both 33-tonne propellers are at full tilt. To enable that considerable top speed, there are twin 11.2-megawatt V16 diesel engines that do the bulk of the drudge work to power the ship, but to reach that impressive maximum rate there are twin Rolls-Royce Marine Trent turbine engines producing 36MW apiece. These turbines are only used for fast cruising as they are less efficient than the diesels and also have their … [Read more...] about HMS Prince of Wales: PH Meets
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TAXI drivers in London could lose their licence to operate if they fail to stop for new random safety checks. Transport for London officers will have "police-like" powers to perform checks on cabs at any time - even if they have passengers on board. And any cabbie who refuses to stop for a TfL officer could face losing their licence, as it will be classed as an offence under the Roads Traffic Act. TfL officers previously conducted random checks while accompanied by a police officer, but will now perform the same job alone. The law change could potentially cause confusion among drivers, who might think they don't have to stop when police aren't present. A spokesperson for TfL said: "Officers will do the same tests and checks which have always taken place, the new powers just mean they can do this without a police officer present, so they can perform more operations. "If a driver fails to stop, which is rare, the driver would be reported to both the police and our licencing team to take … [Read more...] about Taxi drivers could lose their licence if they fail to stop for random TfL safety checks under new laws
WHEN it comes to a wedding, everything has to be just right - and that means the cars have to be perfect. Ahead of the most anticipated wedding of the year, everyone is wondering what motor Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will use on their big day. In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton drove off in a brilliant Aston Martin DB6 Volante after tying the knot, but we will have to wait until Saturday to find out which car the latest Royal couple have chosen for their special occasion. In the meantime, for anyone looking for inspirational wedding motors, AutoTrader has put together a list of the best cars to hire for your own day of celebration. From the classic Rolls-Royce to a vintage Volkswagen campervan, these motors will make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. Read on to see the top picks of the best cars for a British wedding. Rolls-Royce Phantom There's a reason the Phantom is the most popular wedding car in the UK. It ticks the boxes on luxury, class and cabin space. … [Read more...] about The best wedding cars to hire in 2018 – from luxury Rolls-Royce saloons to the iconic VW camper van
There are just a handful of folk alive who would have been babes in arms when this car was made, 114 years ago, at the Vauxhall Iron Works on Wandsworth Road in south London, by a company founded by Alexander Wilson, a talented Scottish marine engineer. So it’s a survivor, this Vauxhall 6HP, of two world wars, a company move to Luton and the vicissitudes of fortune and fashion. In 1925 it was squirrelled away at the house of Vauxhall director Percy Kidner, just in case General Motors, Vauxhall’s new owner, saw it as an asset to sell. It was restored in the Sixties and had extensive front-end work a few years ago when Vauxhall’s managing director, Bill Parfitt, had to take avoiding action. In fact, as Andrew Boddy, senior vehicle restorer with Vauxhall’s historic fleet, says in his typically blunt manner: “It’s a bit smoke-and-mirrors, the history. One story has it that the car never left Vauxhall’s ownership, but since it was … [Read more...] about Old-time machine: Can this 1904 Vauxhall handle Britain in the 21st Century?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest From Hyperloop to autonomous ships, SAE conference brings new tech to Detroit Society of Automotive Engineers conference includes advanced technologies on everything from clean vehicles to smart cities Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 2 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Auto Critic Published 6:00 a.m. ET April 8, 2018 CLOSE A look at the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run. American Center for Mobility CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 2 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Downtown Detroit may have the world’s highest per-capita population of engineers this week as the annual Society of Automotive … [Read more...] about From Hyperloop to autonomous ships, SAE conference brings new tech to Detroit