Blogs

  • Lola calls for credit where it's due

    Here is an official statement that has just appeared in my inbox. It's from Lola and is entitled “Lola sets the record straight with Aston Martin”. “Following  a  number of inaccurate and misleading quotes given by the Aston Martin Chairman David Richards, regarding the supply of the Lola LMP1 chassis to Aston Martin Racing for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and Le Mans Series programme, Lola has decided to set the record straight.

    3 March 2009
    Motorsport
  • The return of AMG

    3 March 2009
    Motor shows
  • A very special trip to Nardo

    Went to the world-famous Nardo test track in southern Italy last week and drove a whole bunch of top-secret prototypes, none of which I can talk about but some of which will be on sale in an exotic supercar showroom near you soon (ish). It was an incredible experience and a genuine privilege, being asked to be involved at such an early stage in the development of such exciting cars, and by such a highly regarded manufacturer.

    2 March 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Safe and easy? Maybe not

    Every morning I travel past a sign on the M25 that tells passing motorists the following: “Variable speed limit: To make your journey safer and easier OBSERVE the speed limit and STAY in lane.”

    2 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Fiesta: more power please

    1 March 2009
    Confidential
  • Thank god it's the weekend

    TGI The Weekend. Amen to that eh? For most of us the weekend means that we can forget about the horrendous commutes we’ve had this week and, if we are lucky enough, what a crummy time we’ve had at work, so we can relax. That means we’ve all got time to dream, to surf, to look at and drive all those lovely cars on sale. It’s my new job to point you in one direction or the other on such weekends. And not necessarily the right one.

    27 February 2009
    Half-price heroes
  • Focus RS: let's talk torque steer

    Some of you have expressed doubt that the Ford Focus RS can have 324lb ft of torque and be driven by its front wheels, yet suffer from no torque steer at all. Earlier this week I spent two days in France with the RS and can report that, actually, you're right. It does torque steer.

    27 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Name that car

    Love Machine, Bessey and Muscles. These, for crying out loud, are supposed to be pet names for cars. Apparently in 2003 celebrity names were the top favourites and included Kylie and Charlie. In 2009 it is Buster, Moocher and Boomzilla. Of course, it must be the survey silly season. However, this isn’t something produced by one of those dim celebrity chav mags. Nope, it is those responsible people at HPI who make sure that your next used car isn’t bent, nicked or belongs to a bankrupt financial institution.

    27 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • On the brink

    We all knew that GM was in a bad way. After all, it has just presented a ‘viability plan’ to the US government that made clear it would need $30bn (£21bn) in loans to stay upright.

    27 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • The roadworks season

    Yesterday evening I drove from Carlisle to Oxford, I counted no fewer than five significant roadworks sites on the M6, two on the M40 and then another on the A34 – where a new bridge is being slotted into place across the Thames. Between all the contraflows, narrow lanes and camera-enforced average-speed zones I reckon that the journey took me about 15 minutes longer than it would have done unhindered.

    26 February 2009
    Anything goes

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