The £5k coupe Friday challenge

I have to admit that this week I have mostly been looking at the BMW 6-series. Not the fright mask-wearing, bloated one you can find in the showrooms for around £15k, but the old-school shark-nosed ones. You can get them for £2995 (albeit with not much of a service history). Anyway, that got me thinking: why would you pay £15k for a coupe when you can get something far prettier for just £5k?

3 April 2009
Half-price heroes

Injustice at McLaren?

So both McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan and Lewis Hamilton go to see the stewards in Melbourne and, according to none other their own team principal, both are ‘not entirely truthful’ in what they say. But only Ryan gets suspended.

3 April 2009
Motorsport

Full steam ahead for Britain

If you’re into fast cars, you’ll have heard about Bloodhound SSC, the British-built land speed record car that promises to explode through the 1000mph barrier. You may not have heard about the second fastest LSR car that’s currently in development in the UK though. And you should have, because although it won’t be as fast as Richard Noble’s Bloodhound, in many ways it’s even more interesting. The British Steam Car Project started life 10 years ago as an end-of-year engineering challenge at the University of Southampton. This June the car that project created will attempt to crack Fred Marriott’s 103-year-old land speed record for a steam-driven car, at Andrew’s Air Force Base, California.

2 April 2009
Anything goes

Horbury returns to Volvo

There are going to be some pretty happy people at Volvo HQ tonight knowing that the former head of design Peter Horbury is coming back.

1 April 2009

Is Britain Treasure Island?

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1 April 2009
Half-price heroes

The car according to Ikea

Last week we ran a story about ‘the car according to Ikea’, after Ikea’s French arm published a video on a microsite describing its plans to create “the most enjoyable and responsible means of travelling to Ikea”. Was it an April Fool’s joke? Or was it a genuinely innovative plan by Ikea to create its own-brand, eco-friendly car?

1 April 2009
Anything goes

The Audi S4: a grown-up Evo?

When Mitsubishi launched the Evo X, it said it was going after a new type of customer, one a little more mature than the traditional Evo buyer. Specifically, it mentioned stealing sales from the M3. Personally I think that’s a touch ambitious given the differential between the £30k Evo and the £50k M3. But how about Audi’s new S4, which with 328bhp, 324lbft and costing £34k is pretty evenly matched with my long-term FQ-360?  Intrigued, I swiped the keys for the weekend.

31 March 2009
Tester’s notes

Button keeps the faith

Jenson Button might well have given up years ago on an F1 career which seemed long on promise and painfully short on hard results. But in Melbourne on Sunday, at the wheel of the new Brawn-Mercedes, the 29-year old Briton reclaimed his reputation as a potential world champion with a flawless drive to victory in the Australian Grand Prix. When Ross Brawn took control of the former Honda F1 operation, his first challenge was to minimise the effect of all the variables he could. So, as far as the drivers were concerned, it was a case of if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

30 March 2009
Motorsport

GM boss Wagoner to step down

Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors for the last eight years, is to step down imminently according to reports currently (12.30am Monday) breaking in the US.

30 March 2009
Confidential

Damned United

What the car industry needs right now is a big head like the late Brian Clough to whip it into some sort of shape. It’s a shame that MG Rover aren’t still around for him to take from the depths of League 2 and onto European glory.</p> I’m not quite sure how far a football metaphor stretches when it comes to cars - probably not very far at all - but I will still have a go. So which underperforming models could be bought by us this weekend and then turned into something more special by Monday morning?

27 March 2009
Anything goes

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