It would be foolish to judge Caterham based purely on their past achievements. That’s the thought I came away with following a morning spent…
Renault has got together with industrial designer, Ross Lovegrove, to show a new concept car at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan next month….
In the run-up to the first grand prix of the 2013 season, Renault Sport F1 has shared some interesting facts about their 2.4-litre V8…
The paddock has been awash with rumours about the future of Caterham F1’s current driver line-up – Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen. Petrov because he’s been outclassed throughout the season by Kovalainen, and Kovalainen because the team is looking for drivers who bring more money. So it’s unclear from this morning’s announcement what this means for either driver’s future.
I should be used to it, after witnessing six previous generations of Volkswagen Golf, but somehow I still kid myself that the next one will be different.
It never is, although perhaps that’s not such a bad thing, because the Golf GTI remains the one car that every other car maker aspires to beat, and thus far it remains the benchmark sporting hatchback that does everything well, and some things exceptionally well.
The new Clio 4 is a big deal for Renault, it’s the mainstay of the range and the model which will fuel the car maker’s growth into new sectors, including their all-important electric vehicle Z.E. range, currently defined by the Twizy, Zoe and Fluence.
But before we get too sensible, let’s not forget that the Clio Renaultsport models are usually also the most fun cars to drive, so it’s good to see Renault using the new Renaultsport 200 Turbo as the flag-bearer for the new larger, but lighter Clio.
Honda has some lofty ambitions for its next Civic Type R. Having remained a mostly sub-200bhp hatchback since it arrived on these shores back in 2001, the Type R is ready to rise above its humble origins and shoot for class honours.
In a tweet this morning, Honda UK announced a new Type R was on its way and “..it’s going to be fast!”
When the second-generation MINI John Cooper Works GP was announced in May, most observers guessed its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine would produce around 230bhp. After all, the standard JCW MINI already offered 208bhp and its predecessor, the 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit was good for 214bhp.
The fourth-generation Clio, unveiled ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut, shows great promise for the variant we’re more interested in – the Renaultsport Clio Cup.
The Renault Alpine A110-50 concept sounded awesome driving up the hill at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, so it’s nice of Renault to provide us with this video as a memento of its most exciting car (by a long way).
It goes without saying, that anybody with a whiff of petrol in their veins will be eagerly anticipating next Sunday’s Australian grand prix from Melbourne. The start of the 2012 Formula One season.
This is one of those news items that makes you consider the meaning of Déjà vu. Haven’t we been here before? Surely Alain Prost has been an ambassador for Renault since forever, just like Jackie Stewart was for Jaguar and Jean Alesi for… er, Lotus.