Schumacher's leaving nothing to chance

Michael Schumacher is taking no risks when it comes to preparing for his F1 return with the emergent Mercedes team.  Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) he will begin an intensive three day test at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain, strapped firmly into the cockpit not of a Silver Arrows, but one of the Super Nova GP2 team’s Dallara-Renaults.

11 January 2010
Motorsport

Peugeot SR1 is just as striking in the metal

When I managed, a couple of weeks ago, to clap eyes on the new SR1 concept car in the inner sanctum of Peugeot’s design centre just outside Paris, it wasn’t so much the car’s Aston-like profile that delivered the shock. It was the scale of the company’s ambition for its future designs. Here was a car, unrecognisable as a Peugeot except in the broadest terms, which both of the company’s design bosses - PSA group chief Jean-Pierre Ploue and newly appointed Peugeot design head Gilles Vidal - reckoned was a reliable guide to the design features and philosophy we’ll see applied to much more prosaic Peugeot models of the future. Starting, evidently, with the 207 replacement (probably to be called 208, though it’s not absolutely certain) we’ll see in 2011.

8 January 2010

Sorry I'm late - Lotus 2-Eleven Sport is My Car of the Decade

Sorry, I’ve been busy in my shed. Car of the Decade you ask?

7 January 2010
Anything goes

Audi R8 in the snow: short or long straw?

Audi R8 in the snow: short or long straw? That’s what I was wondering when I pulled out of the office car park last night in the Audi R8 V10 we’ve got on loan from Audi. Everyone else had clamoured for keys to the likes of the Honda Insight, Toyota iQ and Kia Soul – reasonably small and low-powered front-drivers on pretty skinny rubber all. But with its perfect weight distribution and four-wheel drive, the R8 should be alright in the slippery stuff, shouldn’t it?

7 January 2010
Anything goes

Nissan gets emotional with the Juke

Although I’ve seen the production version of the Nissan Qazana, I can’t tell you anything about it. And that’s mainly because I’ve signed a confidentially agreement. But – thanks to the concept Qazana - it’s no secret that the showroom version will really polarize opinion.

7 January 2010
Confidential

Look what's left in the car park when it snows

Autocar loves nothing more than a good rear-drive motor. But when the weather turns, there’s an unseemly dash for the keys of anything with front-wheel drive. What looked like heavy snow earlier on Wednesday afternoon hadn’t materialized, but what had fallen was fast turning to ice.

6 January 2010
Anything goes

Return of the mega car company

The unveiling of Tata’s two newest cars at the Delhi motor show is a demonstration of just how wide the product range of global car makers needs to be these days. In Delhi, Tata pulled the covers off the new Jaguar XJ, one of the most sophisticated cars in the world. But it also pulled the covers off the Magic Iris, a five-seater, four wheeler, basic taxi which is powered by a 611cc diesel engine and available on 10in, cross-ply shod, wheels.

6 January 2010
Anything goes

Briatore vs FIA is set to run and run

Not many people in the F1 business have challenged the FIA’s authority over the years, so Flavio Briatore will be preening himself this week after a French civil court decreed that the sport’s governing body had exceeded its authority in handing down a lifetime ban on the former Renault F1 team principal. Briatore, let’s remember, had been handed the ban for engineering Nelson Piquet junior’s deliberate crash during the 2008 Singapore GP, a shunt that ended up tactically assisting Fernando Alonso who went on to win the race. A similar five-year ban on Pat Symonds, Renault’s former executive director of engineering, was also set aside by the court in Paris.

6 January 2010
Motorsport

Infiniti isn't Lexus

I’ve been reading some of the web threads and letters on Infiniti of late and think it might be time to put the record straight a bit on Nissan’s luxury brand. Even though the cars are good, Infiniti already seems to have copped all manner of flak. Observations like, it’ll never take off; BMW won’t notice or care; they’re just Datsuns in disguise and it’s going to be like Lexus all over again.

5 January 2010
Tester’s notes

Range Rover Mk3 is my Car of the Decade

When the history of the noughties is written, it will be remembered as the decade of bling and luxury brands, as much as the decade the global economy crashed. (Though admittedly it may be that the former are directly connected to the latter). The arrival of the Range Rover in 2001 was a pivotal moment for a trend that accelerated from handbags to boutique hotels.

5 January 2010
Anything goes

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