Jay Leno indulges in some automotive archaeology

Those of us who enjoy cars are so starved of TV entertainment related to our hobbies that we will watch just about anything. Most of the car shows in America tend to be competitions to see who can fit the biggest big-screen TV in the dashboard of whatever car they’re modifying. There’s never much emphasis on provenance or history, or even who originally built the car.

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Price quoted on this review does not include delivery and extended warranty. Current price is £299 including UK delivery (islands and Northern Ireland too) and a six year motor warranty. Everything’s in the box even the mounting screws!

Is the BMW i8 the future?

The BMW i8 could be the supercar of the future, a hybrid 2+2 coupe with price and performance figures to match a Porsche 911 or Audi R8 but CO2 emissions that equal a plug-in Prius.

We’ve never seen anything quite like this and given the technology on offer, its £99,895 price tag doesn’t seem like so much to ask to buy into it.

 

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Twisted Land Rover Defender

The next step in Twisted’s slow-burning plan to transform the once humble Defender into a do-it-all upmarket offering.

Previously – leaving its brilliant V8-engined offering aside – the Yorkshire-based tuner had contented itself with modifying Land Rover’sestablished lineup; now it intends to offer the bigger 3.2-litre TDCi from the Ford Ranger (and Transit) as a swap-out option.

Read more at Auto Car Magazine On-line

Lotus F1 problems

Romain Grosjean has revealed that settings carried over from last year’s Lotus Formula 1 car have held the team’s new machine back in the early part of the 2014 season.

Lotus has suffered a disastrous start to 2014, after being in contention to finish third in the constructors’ championship until the final race of last year.

Its twin tusk E22 was unreliable and off the pace across the first three races, but showed signs of improvement at the most recent grand prix in China, as Grosjean ran inside the top 10 before a gearbox problem forced him out after half-distance.

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Bentley factory visit by Andrew Frankley of Motor Sport Magazine

I went to see Bentley in Crewe on Wednesday for reasons that will become apparent in a few weeks time, and was lucky enough to be given a tour of the factory. For all those who think Bentley is now just a badge and its products mere VWs differentiated by as small and superficial degrees as deemed necessary to charge a substantial six figure sum for even the very cheapest, I’d like to offer some statistical reassurance.

In a typical VW factory, 80 per cent of the workers are on the line, with 20 per cent involved in building specialised off-line assemblies. At Bentley these numbers are precisely reversed. While on the line a Mulsanne will spend 90 minutes at each station before moving on. A Nissan Micra spends 61 seconds.

Even a Continental, whose bodies arrive pre-painted and are merely assembled in Crewe, takes 125 hours to turn into a car: a VW Polo takes 10 in its entirety, less time than is taken to assemble a single picnic table for a Mulsanne.

 

Read more at Motor Sport Magazine On-line

Roadwork misery

Around 25,000 incomplete roadworks currently on British roads, covering 2,387 miles

There are almost 25,000 incomplete roadworks projects currently across the UK, according to research by breakdown company LV= Road Rescue.

The unfinished projects covers an estimated 2,387 miles of British roads, with some of the oldest existing roadworks still not completed after 18 months.

A survey of UK motorists by the company found that roadworks now affect a third of their journeys and, on average, adds an extra 12 minutes to their travel.

 

Read more at Auto Express Magazine On-line

Upgraded hose nozzle

Stubby swivel nozzle

Garagevac now ships with a short stubby nozzle for easy access.