The most comfortable car seats in the world are those fitted in a Bentley. There’s something about their firm yet supple support, deep leather…
There are places and events which remain in the collective imaginary for eternity: La Tour Eiffel; the Northern Lights; il Colosseo; Cirque du Soleil; Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival; Wimbledon. Some are better known in certain circles, like motorsport and automotive shows: Goodwood Festival of Speed (UK); Villa d’Este (Italy); the Monterey weekend (California).
How does a 575bhp, £147,500 Range Rover Sport grab you? Probably with considerably less traction than its all-wheel drive system is renowned for.
With Top Gear Live 2011 just 51 days away, the Stig took TV and radio presenter, Chris Evans, for a quick spin around the ExCeL London venue at the wheel of a Black Cab.
You may not be a fan of Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos, but there’s no doubting their popularity, with Gymkhana 3 having now clocked up more than 36 million views on YouTube and becoming the most watched automotive video of all time. Well Gymkhana FOUR completed filming last week and will be hitting the interweb next Tuesday 16th August.
Which is faster? Man or MiTo? That’s the question posed by Alfa Romeo in a light-hearted social campaign run on Facebook. Olympian Iwan Thomas was challenged to beat an Alfa MiTo in a 3.8-mile race around central London’s bustling city streets, starting and finishing at Tower Bridge.
Over the weekend Ken Block unveiled his new racecar in its final livery – the Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle (“H.F.H.V.”). Block described it as an “All new car, new livery, new awesome!”
In his announcement he also confirmed that his newest Ford Fiesta race car, also known by the nickname “the hybrid”, is designed as one car to do three tasks – gymkhana, stage rally and rally cross.
When we caught up with Ken Block in Pembrokeshire last month, we discovered first-hand what his Gymkhana FOUR racecar looked like, we even learned what it sounds like, but Ken remained tight-lipped over the exact details of its powerplant. All he would say is that it’s a ‘Hybrid’ and that it was just as much fun as his 700-bhp Gymkhana 3 Ford Fiesta.
Earlier today we brought you news about Ken Block’s latest plans for Gymkhana FOUR – most notably that he’ll be driving a ‘hybrid’ powered Ford. Ken is currently in the midst of testing for the shoot, therefore information on the exact configuration of this hybrid powerplant is still a closely guarded secret, so the next best thing would be some pictures, right? And how about some video as well?
Keep your eyes open during the next few months for signs of Ken Block’s new Gymkhana viral – Gymkhana FOUR is the next chapter in the massively successful web video series that sees Block perform his own brand of autocross through a tight and twisty series of cones and solid objects. Called Gymkhana (jim-kah-nuh), Ken’s hybrid version is performed at speed and with the maximum amount of hoonage.
We are hearing this morning that Mr Justice Peter Smith has dismissed the appeal made by Group Lotus, against the ruling which allowed 1Malaysia Racing Team to continue using the Team Lotus name in Formula One.
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton joined Ron Dennis and a star-studded list of guests at McLaren London, for the launch of McLaren’s new retail network. McLaren London at its One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge location is the first dedicated McLaren retailer chosen to cater for customers of the McLaren MP4-12C super car.