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04012018

Ferrari F1 junior Antonio Giovinazzi tops final Formula E test entries

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Ferrari F1 junior Antonio Giovinazzi tops final Formula E test entries


Ferrari Formula 1 protege Antonio Giovinazzi will take part in the Formula E rookie test in Marrakech, as the full entry list is completed.

The Italian made his F1 debut in 2017 as replacement for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber, and was a contender to join the Swiss team full-time for the upcoming season.

However, Sauber opted for fellow Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc and team regular Marcus Ericsson instead, with Giovinazzi having to settle for a third-driver role.

He will now make an appearance in the January 14 post-race FE rookie test in Marrakech, and will pilot DS Virgin's DSV-03 car alongside BMW racer Joel Eriksson.

Giovinazzi's test opportunity comes against the backdrop of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne evaluating a foray into the all-electric racing category with his Fiat Chrysler Automobiles company's Maserati brand.

The entry list has also revealed two other names participating in the test, completing a 20-strong line-up.

Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paffett, who has previously stated he would "absolutely" consider following the manufacturer to Formula E when it quits the German series at the end of 2018, will test for Venturi - which currently employs his DTM team-mates Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel.

Meanwhile, Formula 2 ace Alex Albon will slot in alongside Japanese F3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi in the Renault e.dams test roster.

Test line-up
Renault e.dams Mitsunori Takaboshi, Alex Albon
Audi Abt Sport Nyck de Vries, Nico Muller
Mahindra Dani Juncadella, Sam Dejonghe
DS Virgin Joel Eriksson, Antonio Giovinazzi
Techeetah Frederic Makowiecki, James Rossiter
NIO Harry Tincknell, Alexandre Imperatori
Andretti Bruno Spengler, Colton Herta
Dragon Racing Maximilian Gunther, Andrea Caldarelli
Venturi Michael Benyahia, Gary Paffett
Jaguar Paul di Resta, Pietro Fittipaldi

04012018

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio long-term review

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio long-term review


The super-saloon version of Alfa’s long-awaited M3 rival has already wowed our road testers, but what’s it like to live with?
Life with a Giulia QV: Month 5
Giulia QV’s fuel gauge quirks – 06 December 2017​

The Giulia’s fuel economy gauge always seemed back to front to me, but a software update has put that right.

Originally, the graph started at 75mpg and descended towards zero with each prod of the throttle, seemingly emphasising how thirsty the car was.

Now it reads upwards. The dot that shows the average is still close to the ‘0’ end, though. Getting the Guilia QV booted and suited – 22 November 2017​

The low tyre pressure warning that was mentioned in the previous report turned out not to be caused by a slow leak, as we first thought, but by a faulty sensor on the Giulia’s nearside rear wheel.

I discovered this when I took the car to Alfa Romeo dealer HWM to get all four tyres replaced.

I’d been looking for an opportunity to find out what sort of aftersales care we could expect from HWM – not only our nearest Alfa dealership but also the world’s oldest Aston Martin dealer and a former racing car constructor – and the need to fit new tyres gave us a good excuse to visit its service centre in Hersham, Surrey.

Given HWM’s history, I suspected it would be an interesting experience, and I wasn’t disappointed. While the work was being carried out on the Giulia, I got to have a good look around the workshop, where a number of lovely customer cars are kept in storage and which is also home to a 1950s HWM Formula 2 racer that’s still owned by the company.

If you’re an Alfa owner, the chances are you’ll enjoy the opportunity to loiter there while your car is being worked on, if you want to.The fact that the Giulia’s tyres needed replacing after just 4000 miles in our hands – all on the road – might seem like a shocking rate of wear, but bear in mind that the QV wears sticky, high-performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, developed specifically for the car, so you can’t expect them to last as long as more everyday ones. Nor would you want anything less on a car of this calibre – in warm conditions, at least.

The other mitigating factor is that the tyres weren’t brand new when we took delivery of the car, which already had 7000 miles on the clock at that point. The tyres had already been replaced at least once, earlier in the year, so it would appear that the set we’ve just taken off had actually covered between 6000 and 7000 miles.

That’s still a pretty severe wear rate, but I suspect most QV owners will be able to better that in normal road use. Curiously, the front tyres were looking more shot than the rears, with severely scuffed shoulders, suggesting that there’s a price to pay for having such quick steering and phenomenal front-end bite.

The bill from HWM came to £1276, but a bit of online research revealed that it could be reduced by more than £100 by going to a tyre dealer such as Black Circles. Although the job took a little longer than expected to complete (the new tyres were reluctant to seal properly on the rims) and the faulty sensor couldn’t be sorted on the day, the experience was entirely a positive one for me. I’d be more than happy with the standard of service if I’d bought the car from HWM in the first place.The Corsa tyres may be the business when they’re hot and sticky, but they’re less happy in colder, wetter conditions. To be fair, there’s still plenty of grip, but the electronics have to work overtime to rein in the rear wheels’ eagerness to spin up, and the car feels stiff-legged when the tyres can’t get enough heat in them. The rear end tends to react more to bumps with a sideways kick, too.

Since the Giulia is about to take part in our annual Britain’s Best Driver’s Car extravaganza and will therefore be crying out for yet another set of tyres immediately afterwards, that might be the ideal time to try it on winter rubber, hopefully making it feel more comfortable as the temperature gauge heads into single figures.

I wouldn’t normally bother, but I suspect the Giulia will respond well to such a move.

Best of all, Pirelli’s Sottozero winter tyres are available in the right sizes to go onto the QV’s lovely 19in alloys, so I don’t have to mar the car’s brooding good looks.

04012018

Dacia Sandero Stepway LPG long-term review

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Dacia Sandero Stepway LPG long-term review


Life with a Sandero Stepway LPG: Month 4
Why is buying an LPG car a challenge? – 22 November 2017

Cheap, uneventful. Two words I find myself coming back to when people ask what it is like to drive around in an LPG-powered car.

Colleagues who borrow it for a week have a happy knack of using similar words to describe their own experiences. "I don’t know why you can’t buy one here officially” is the (paraphrased) follow-up point myself and others typically make.

So why is that? As discussed right back at the start of this long-term test, LPG-powered cars, which produce fewer harmful emissions, could be used to help tackle the UK’s air-quality problems while we wait for the more widespread availability of affordable electric, zero-emissions cars and a charging network to make their use viable for more motorists.A report landed on my desk with stats on LPG across Europe. On the other side of the English Channel and North Sea, you’ll find more than 45,000 LPG stations before you hit the edge of Spain, the Balkans or Turkey, depending on your direction of travel. In the UK, there are only 1250.

Those 45,000 pumps can provide fuel to a whole host of mainstream cars – not just cheap and cheerful ones like the Dacia Sandero we’re testing – that leave their respective production plants equipped with an LPG tank alongside their conventional petrol one, meaning no need for an aftermarket conversion.

Alfa Romeo will sell you an LPG-powered Mito or Giulietta; Fiat a 500, 500L, Panda, Tipo or Punto (yes, they still make Puntos); Ford the B-Max, C-Max, Fiesta and Focus; Kia the Picanto, Rio or Venga.

The good people at Mitsubishi will provide your ASX or Outlander with LPG power if you so choose.

Likewise Nissan with the Juke, Micra or Note; and Opel with the Adam, Astra, Corsa, Insignia, Karl (known as the Vauxhall Viva in the UK), Meriva, Zafira Tourer and Mokka X.

Still with us? There’s more. The Peugeot 208, Citroën C3, Hyundai i10 and i20, Renault Clio and Mégane, Honda Civic, Subaru XV, Forester and Outback, plus the Ssangyong Tivoli and Korando, complete the set of models sold in the UK that are offered with an LPG option on the continent but not here.Two main reasons are typically given for it not being offered: first, the LPG-powered cars are not produced in right-hand drive; and second, that LPG is no longer protected from the fuel duty escalator, meaning it is exposed to the same rises in taxation as petrol and diesel.

Autogas, the chief supplier of LPG in the country that was set up as a joint venture between Shell and Calor in 2000, isn’t having any of the latter argument.

It points out that the escalator has yet to be enacted and that LPG duty is much lower anyway, at 15.8% of the cost of a litre to the 58.9% of petrol and diesel.

Even if the tax went up, it would remain a much cheaper fuel at the pump than either of its more traditional alternatives.

As for the point about left-hand-drive, Autogas uses the Ford Transit Connect van as an example of an LPG-powered model that is already in production in right-hand drive.It is built in Spain and exported to Hong Kong, where motorists drive on the left, like we do here in the UK.

So, Ford, why not divert some over here to gauge the reaction? From our experience, buyers are missing out unfairly on perfectly decent vehicles.

Mileage: 2260

30112017

Confirmed! Electric VW Microbus Coming in 2022

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Confirmed! Electric VW Microbus Coming in 2022


For many years, Volkswagen teased the concept of a retro-minivan without the intention to produce them. It's changing today. VW has just announced that in fact, really, seriously going to put a fully electric minibus, ID. Buzz, in production in 2022. We know. We, too, can not believe this.

We have seen ID. Buzz in conceptual form (pictured above) earlier this year at the Auto Show in Detroit, but we never expected it to enter production. Then, in media reports, it was suggested that the main brand of VW Herbert Dies actually insisted on getting ID. Buzz in production. Apparently, Dies got his way.
I.D. Buzz will ride a new modular electromobile platform Volkswagen (called MEB), which debuted at CES in January 2016. This platform, which is going to make its debut on production in ID. hatchback in 2020, integrates its battery into the floor, like Tesla. I.D. Buzz will also receive an optional all-wheel drive engine with electric motors on the front and rear axles.

It is this clever packaging that allows Buzz to exist at all. With all its transmission components mounted on the chassis, VW can freely carry a car with very short overhangs and an incredibly spacious interior, like the original. And unlike the original, this one will meet modern safety standards in a collision - something VW could not do with a modern bus with internal combustion.

VW says that the Buzz has the outside dimensions of a compact cargo van from the outside, offering the interior space of a large SUV. And, speaking of the cargo, VW will make delivery of the van version I.D. Gul.
When I.D. Buzz reaches production, it should include reconfigurable seating, like the concept we saw earlier this year, and it will offer self-contained driving at level 3. This is not complete autonomy, since it is required that the person behind the driver's seat pay attention, but ID Buzz will handle the steering, braking and acceleration independently in certain scenarios.

Expect to see I.D. Buzz in American dealers sometime in 2022, shortly after I.D. The hatchback hits the market.

30112017

The Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet Is Stunning

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The Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet Is Stunning


Rarely for a convertible to be more beautiful than its coupe-analog. The perfect exception is the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet, which debuts today at the Monterey Car Week. Coupe Maybach Vision 6, which premiered last year was beautiful, but it's just delicious.
Above the open, the Vision 6 Cabriolet evokes the appearance of a small high-speed boat, which you will see on the French Riviera with a long tail. Its rich blue exterior paint, respectively called Nautical Blue Metallic, and white leather trim, probably also help bring sea images.
This masterpiece measures over 20 feet in length and features a great art deco design. Wheels measure 24 inches in diameter and have central locking hubs painted in pink gold. Mercedes says that the large grille on the front was inspired by a suit with stripes, but there is practically no functional advantage for its inclusion.
This is because the Vision 6 Cabriolet is all electrical. It is equipped with batteries installed on the floor, which power the electric motor with a capacity of 750 hp. and provide a range of 200 miles. Under the long hood of the 6 Cabriolet, it looks like an installed baggage and a picnic set, rather than an internal combustion engine.
Inside there is Napa leather trim and a pink decoration that you could hope for, and, interestingly, a wooden floor. Again, Mercedes emphasizes the navigational influence of Cabriolet Vision 6.
Right now, it's unclear whether Mercedes will be able to customize the Maybach model, similar to this one, to production, as its ultra-luxurious hand is currently simply modifying the standard Benz models. In any case, it indicates magnificent magnificent things.

30112017

The Next BMW Z4 Might Weigh a Lot Less Than its Predecessor

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The Next BMW Z4 Might Weigh a Lot Less Than its Predecessor


With its collapsible metal rigid roof, the heavy previous generation of the BMW Z4 was more of a cruiser than a sports car aimed at the Porsche Boxster. It is reported that the next, previously announced in a conceptual form yesterday, will be different from its predecessor. The magazine Automobile Magazine reports that BMW threw a folding hard surface for the Z4 and aimed at a weight of 3000 to 3200 pounds.

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The outgoing Z4 weighs over 3,200 pounds when equipped with a four-cylinder engine, and the choice of two additional pistons adds an additional 300 pounds. If the Automobile report is confirmed, it means that the next generation Z4 will have significant weight savings. BMW, apparently, keeps weight, avoiding heavy technologies, such as steering with a rear wheel and all-wheel drive.

For reference, Porsche says that both the standard 718 Boxster and Boxster S weigh about 3000 pounds - a bit less if you choose a manual, a little more with an automatic one. For comparison, the 340-hp Jaguar F-Type V6 weighs about 3,500 pounds.

The car reports that the Z4 will receive two variants of a turbocharged engine - a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 hp. in the model s20i and 248 hp. in s30i and 3,0-liter in-line-6 ​​power of 320 hp in the M40i. As we reported earlier, there will not be a full version of the M-version of the Z4, but BMW is considering a "Contest package" for the M40i, which will deliver 40 hp. A six-step manual with an eight-step automatic option will be available.

All this information is also good news for the long-awaited revival of Supra, which shares the platform with the Z4. The car said that the Toyota boss Akio Toyoda himself went to the new Supra in Germany and left impressed.

We hope that the information provided here will be confirmed. The 3.0-liter six-speed BMW, a six-speed manual gearbox at a weight of about 3200 pounds, is like a recipe for a good time for us.

30112017

The BMW Z4 Concept Gives Us a Look at the Next Great German Roadster

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The BMW Z4 Concept Gives Us a Look at the Next Great German Roadster

 

Today, BMW unveiled a conceptual version of its long-awaited Z4 roadster at Pebble Beach, giving us an idea of ​​what the future of a two-seater passenger will look like in the future. Covered in a frozen paint "Vigorous Orange", the car has many new styling features that are likely to fall into the production version, which should appear in 2018.
Designers of BMW decided to apply for the front part a shape similar to ahernozu, modeling around a wedge that extends to the windshield. Unlike traditional BMW headlights, the two halos on both sides are stacked vertically, rather than horizontally, pushing them to the edge of the car. Wide air intakes and the proprietary grille of the BMW kidney occupy the rest of the fascia, and 20-inch alloy wheels sit on all four corners.

Instead of using self-contained web rods, the designers installed two silver domes behind the seat to improve the car's profile and double the roll protection
Designers of BMW decided to apply for the front part a shape similar to ahernozu, modeling around a wedge that extends to the windshield. Unlike traditional BMW headlights, the two halos on both sides are stacked vertically, rather than horizontally, pushing them to the edge of the car. Wide air intakes and the proprietary grille of the BMW kidney occupy the rest of the fascia, and 20-inch alloy wheels sit on all four corners.

Instead of using self-contained web rods, the designers installed two silver domes behind the seat to improve the car's profile and double the protection from the roll. The rear of the car is smoothed compared to the previous generation with long L-shaped tail lights, dual exhausts and vertical air outlets at both ends.

Inside, the Z4 concept looks almost ready for production, with a driver-oriented layout, a cluster of digital calibrations, a display with a head up and a set of very red paddle shifters. The black paint on the driver's side is divided on the passenger side, where the materials use the same orange exterior shade. If this is not yet clear, this car is aimed at driving experience, and not much more.
Also worth mentioning is that this car probably shares the chassis with the upcoming Toyota Supra. The Z4 concept will be demonstrated during the weekend at Pebble Beach along with the concept of the BMW 8 Series, which was shown back in May.

30112017

BMW Is Apparently Cooking Up a Competition Package for the M2

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BMW Is Apparently Cooking Up a Competition Package for the M2


For some time we know that the CS version of the BMW M2 is already ready, and that maybe GTS 444-hp, but now it sounds as if there is one more option. Our colleagues from Car and Driver noticed in the leaked document that BMW is planning a package of competitions for the M2.

The document found on SupraMkV.com does not provide any details about the M2 Competition Package, except that it will be offered in the US and Europe using manual and automatic transmissions. Currently, BMW offers a competition package for the M3, M4 and M6, which gives these cars more power and improved chassis tuning. Previous versions of M3 and M5 can also be ordered using a package of competitions.

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The competitive M2 package will be placed between the standard car and the long-awaited M2 CS for price and performance, as in the case of the current M4. For the M3 and M4 coupe, the competition package costs $ 4,750, and for the M4 convertible it costs $ 500 less.

This leaked document also shows that BMW is working on the next-generation M Performance version of the 3-Series, the M340i. The M340i will join the M240i, M550i xDrive and M760i in the BMW lineup of not quite hardcore M cars that compete with the Mercedes-AMG 43 and Audi S.

We heard that the M2 CS will start in the spring of 2018, but there is not a word, neither official nor the other, when other options debut.

30112017

The New Corvette ZR1 Sounds Amazing

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The New Corvette ZR1 Sounds Amazing

 

According to rumors, the Corvette ZR1 debuted at the recent IMSA race in Road America. That did not happen; The prototypes still work around the Nürburgring, which is engaged in the final development. This video, from YouTuber Carspotter Jeroen, does not reveal anything new about the ZR1, but it's still a funny look. Just listen to everything that drives the rage of V8.

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The car seen here is equipped with odd left tailpipes, which we saw in other ZR1 sports games. These pipes seem to help Chevy bypass the noise rules at the Nurburgring, but despite this, the ZR1 seems to be generally lacking.

This car has more than two wings, which we saw on the prototype ZR1. You can also hear a different ZR1 supercharger when it passes the camera.

In this video ZR1 absolutely flies on the highway. In one shot, he terrorizes the unsuspecting Mercedes E-Class sedan, and in the other he tears the Nurburgring's back straight, bouncing off the speed limiter before exiting the brakes.

It seems that the ZR1 debuts this summer, perhaps on another IMSA race or at the Corvette Museum. We can not wait to see this.

30112017

2018 Ram 3500 HD Keeps the Torque Wars Alive With 930 LB-FT of Twist

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2018 Ram 3500 HD Keeps the Torque Wars Alive With 930 LB-FT of Twist


If you have eyes on the 2017 Ram 3500HD, equipped with an additional 6.7-liter turbocharged 6-inch diesel engine with the intention of towing, then we recommend that you wait to sign documents. Next year, a truck equipped with a Cummins diesel engine will be available with a huge torque of 930 lb-ft, a gain of 30 lb-ft for the 2017 Ram 3500HD.

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Additional grunt Rama is also not useless, since now the model is capable of towing up to 30,000 pounds when equipped with a new design of the hitch of a new car. This is an increase of 5000 pounds over the truck in 2017. The coupler will return buyers Ram $ 1395, but allows the 3500HD to tow up to 2500 pounds more than the Ford F-series Super Duty can do when equipped with a fifth wheel coupling.

Fords with additional diesel fuel still beat the tug's rating with a goose loop or a conventional hitch, and the figures of Super Duty 32,500 and 21,000 pounds simply exceed the Rhine ratings of 31,210 and 20,000 pounds.

The 2018 Ram 3500HD will go on sale this month with a price that is expected to remain close to the figures for its counterpart in 2017. Despite the fact that Ram is not ready to release data on horsepower for its diesel version, we expect that the same power will be equal to the power of 385 hp, which is currently at the top of the totem pole of the 2017 Ram 3500HD diesel.



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