The average Ariel is quite capable of conquering the track. Now the company is turning its eye to the trails with the new, 1600-pound Nomad off-roader. Offering up around 200 horsepower, it won't be "quite as quick as an Atom," but we doubt it'll be any slouch.
The founders of most automakers aren't still with us. Enzo Ferrari, Ettore Bugatti, Henry Ford, Louis Chevrolet, Kiichiro Toyoda, Soichiro Honda and so many others have long since left this world. Those who are still with us – like Christian von Koenigsegg, Horacio Pagani and Elon Musk – got into the game much later. Brian Lister hit the scene a long time ago, but until just the other day, he was still with us. But now his time on the racing circuit has come to an end.
When is someone happy? When he loses something and finds it again. If that old Yiddish proverb is anything to go by, the guys at Red Bull Racing must be at least a little happy right now, because they've recovered some of the trophies that were stolen from the team's headquarters earlier this month.
Next fall, the Bloodhound SSC will line up on a South African plain and try to go faster than 763 miles per hour, the current land speed record. If it does that, then it will try to break its own record one year later by going 1,000 miles per hour. The team behind the effort is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise 50,000 pounds ($78,251 US), and if you contribute, you can get your name or your sexy selfie on the navy blue flanks of the fastest car on the planet. (*You know, if it breaks the re
Xcar has channeled its inner Dukes of Hazzard, but uses a BRP Can-Am Maverick as substitute for the General Lee and a muddy English field instead of Hazzard County, Kentucky Georgia. The Maverick is a side-by-side or utility task vehicle (SxS or UTV) from the same folks who make the Spyder, but BRP considers this is a "Sport 2-Seater" of the UTV world that will "get you in front of the pack."
Paramount Pictures has been working for two years on plans to open a theme park about 45 minutes outside of London, called, would you believe, Paramount London. The corporate entity behind the project, London Resort Company Holdings, has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide that will allow the park to incorporate "famous BBC programs and characters." That means parkgoers might be able to enjoy a Star Trek adventure alongside one from Sherlock and Dr. Who with their Jurassic World dinosaurs.
The Veloster, Hyundai's funky, four-door hatchback, has been pulled from the British market after just three years on sale. The blame, as is usually the case in these circumstances, is being placed on slow sales. Auto Express reports that, much like it has in the United States, the Veloster has failed to resonate with both customers and critics.
It's been in the works for more than seven years, but a deal between the European Parliament and the European Council has agreed upon mandatory implementation of eCall on all cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Europe by March 1, 2018. It works like the SOS feature in OnStar or in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, except it's automatic - eCall automatically dials the Europe-wide 112 emergency services number when an accident happens. Even if occupants can't speak, the system will broadcast a "mini
Some automotive assembly plants have test tracks on premises. We've even heard of a few that have test tracks on the roof. But at GM's Ellesmere Port factory in the UK, one driver performs his tests inside the factory, and has been doing so for the past half century.
The world's fastest lorries. That's how Ettore Bugatti referred to cars from Bentley back in the day, employing the British term for trucks, long before the two became sister companies. Those immortal words will come true when Bentley launches its new SUV, which promises not only to be the most luxurious and prestigious but also the first to crack the 200-mile-per-hour mark. But it won't come without its share of investment.
The world's auto show circuit could be about to welcome back a member to the premier ranks occupied by Geneva, Detroit, Shanghai and others, as Prince Michael of Kent has announced that the London Motor Show will be held in 2016, marking the first time the UK has hosted a major auto show since 2008.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and maybe you have someone on your list who already seems to have everything. Never fear, an upcoming auction from the now-defunct Marussia Formula 1 Team might be just the ticket for your hard-to-shop-for racing fan.
Opel is getting big into small cars. With more versions of the stylish little Adam coming out all the time and the restyled Corsa just released within the last few months, the German automaker is now bolstering the bottom end of its lineup with the addition of the new Karl.
Automotive up-cycling, the taking of old, gas-powered vehicles and giving them new electric drivetrains, has really become a thing here in the US, despite the availability of plug-in models from various automakers. The movement even has a week-long annual convention – the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON), organized by the folks at EVTV – that allows people to show off the fruits of EV-conversion labors and take part in workshops and shop talks.
Most of us would probably deliberate pretty carefully before buying a new car – do a little research, read the reviews, take it for a test drive, compare it to the competition. But that's not everyone. Some buyers will order a new car sight unseen. Some will even place their order – for a performance model especially – before the production model is even revealed. And those buyers in the UK have been flocking to Honda for not one, but two upcoming new products.
You can't get a vanity license plate in the UK, but Brits have proven their willingness time and time again to part with huge amounts of cash in order to get a particularly desirable number to put on the front and back of their high-priced machinery. This time, a Ferrari collector paid over $800,000 for the license plate "25 O."
A couple of months ago, the team from Top Gear ticked off masses of locals in Argentina and had to flee the country – leaving their cars behind. Now it seems the BBC crew is trying to get those cars back.
Remember about a year and a half ago when a rare, classic Lamborghini Miura SV went up in flames in London? Its owner sure does. And he's not willing to write it off, pointing fingers squarely at the Lamborghini dealership in London for causing the fire.
Give someone a hammer and every problem looks like a nail; hand volunteers radar guns and expect to find a whole lot of speeders – too many in fact. The police in a village in England can't keep up with the paperwork from all of the scofflaws. Now, the cops are asking these folks to stop trying to enforce the speed limit.
Remember the Bowler Wildcat? Wait, don't answer that, of course you remember the Bowler Wildcat – the tube-framed off-road racer with a V8 heart and a five-year-old's insatiable appetite for dirt. It is no longer made by Bowler, however; Wildcat Automotive has taken over its production – the company has no relation to Bowler Motorsport – and what's more, they've expanded the Wildcat line and begun fettling the Land Rover Defender.