Read Alonso's thumbs insured for £9m
Ever so slightly pointless debate of the week; when is a production car not a production car? When it’s production-derived. Eh?
Ferrari has claimed that the admittedly rather swift new 599XX has set a new lap record lap for a production-derived car around the old Nurburgring. Thing is, there was no actual record to break. Either the record is held by a full production car wearing road tyres and number plates etc, or it’s a racing car – and the 599XX is actually neither of these. Instead it’s production-derived, which seems to mean it can use slicks and wings and all sort of other things to help it perform like a racing car. Except it isn’t a racing car it’s (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz).
Watch the full video of the Ferrari 599XX lapping the 'Ring
Belgian of the week; pretty much anyone who lives in Brussels and claims that they are the centre of Europen culture.
Conclusive proof that Brussels may, in fact, not be the trendiest, most progressive-thinking city on Earth arrived this week courtesy of sat-nav company TomTom. Because when TomTom’s analysts assessed Europe’s top 10 most congested cities they discovered that Brussels, you guessed it, is the worst of the lot. Second was Warsaw, third was Wroclaw (wherever that is) and fourth was London.
PS; if anyone can name 10 famous Belgians not including Rene Magritte, they will be awarded an honorary DAFTA – and be handed the keys to Europe’s most congested city for all eternity.
Read Europe's most congested cityMost irritating web contributor of the week; jointly awarded to Rover P6 3500S, theonlydt, Richard H, noluddite and Jon Hardcastle – all of whom managed to have a right old whinge about the potential return of TVR within minutes of us posting an exclusive story about it.
So well done to all of the above for being so fantastically narrow minded and irritating. Keep up the good work chaps, especially Rover P6 3500S, who said; “I'm sorry, but an automatic TVR? The man really has no idea... Leave that crap to Aston. TVR should be about hairy-chested cars, with heavy manual gearboxes. Oh, and why can't he revive the Rover V8 for TVR? It's more or less a straight swap between the RV8 and the GM LS (the LS being based on the Chevy small-block, which was the big sister to the Buick 215 aka Rover 3.5 litre). And it's going to be made in Germany. I'm not getting my hopes up yet. Idiot.”
Read TVR back with new roadster
Best excuse of the week in the face of a really rather annoying and obvious problem; CitroenWhen the Citroen Nemo Multispace failed the German Automobile Association’s elk test this week and ended up on its roof at 50mph, a spokesman for the French company said; "Our test procedures conducted in development reflect real-life avoidance tests combined with normal driving reactions. The elk test is extremely severe. It is clearly an issue we are aware of and considering.”No sh*t, monsieur.
Read Citroen fails 'elk test' with Nemo
So until this time next week…