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Is electric car design holding back the growth of the EV market?

There are many reasons why electric cars
haven’t become mainstream yet; they’re expensive, range can be limited, there’s
not enough choice and so on. But are we overlooking one major factor in why
they’re yet to take over the roads? Perhaps…they’re just not good-looking
enough.

When it comes to EVs that genuinely look ‘cool’, you can name almost all of them on one hand.

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The Ferrari P80/C

Ferrari has created an entirely new and modern take on the Ferrari sports prototype with its new one-off, the P80/C. This is, without doubt, both an ambitious and complex undertaking.

The client – a knowledgeable Ferrari collector – developed a brief for a modern sports prototype inspired by iconic models from the luxury brand’s history. This was a big ask: the 80/C had to be inspired by famous track cars that wrote their own styling rules, and in the process, influenced the design of Ferrari’s elegant road cars.

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The
third-generation BMW 1 Series has begun the final phase of extensive testing in
the south of France, the car’s manufacturer has confirmed.

A range of fine turning is now thought to be underway at BMW’s proving ground in Miramas, with the company outlining in a statement how the site’s diverse handling tracks are an ideal location for refining both the agility and dynamics of the new range.

In terms of what we can expect from the series, BMW has said it will offer new standards in the premium compact class when it comes to driving dynamics.

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Audi are potentially shooting themselves in the foot and going back to diesel

If you love the petrol Audi S5, S6 and S7 then
boy do we have some bad news for you. In a surprising (and ironic) turn of
events, Audi has revealed that their S5, S6 and S7 models will be diesel-only
for the time being. This is especially surprising considering the recent drop
in demand for diesel cars as well as the new regulations that punish diesels,
despite their low CO2 emissions.

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Don’t be caught out by buying one of these hidden write-offs

Car dealers and consumers alike are buying and
selling written-off cars without even knowing it. The BBC’s ‘Rip Off Britain’
has highlighted how many major car dealerships around the UK are selling
unmarked write-offs and most online car checks won’t be able to pick up on
this. This is due to a loophole in the system that results in a complete lack
of communication between insurance companies and the official Motor Insurance
Anti Fraud & Theft Register (MIAFTR).

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All kinds of classic cars rolled into Braxted and we were there to see it!

The quaint and scenic grounds of Braxted Park
Estate has been invaded by an army of beautiful classic, luxury and rare cars.
The sound of roaring engines echoes through the country roads as a convoy of
performance, luxury and supercars approach the private estate. Thanks to Peter Best Insurance Services, over
400 cars were displayed and with a complimentary bacon roll in hand, we were
lucky enough to take it all in, one car at a time.

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The Model 3 is finally available in the UK, but is it what you expected?

By Steve Jurvetson – https://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/35418225484/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61376691

Supposedly made to compete with the likes of
BMW’s 3 Series and Mercedes’ C Class cars, the Model 3 was meant to be Tesla’s
‘affordable’ car. After all, the Model S and Model X cost above and beyond
£70,000 so when we heard that the Model 3 could potentially be sold for as
little as $35,000 in the US, us Britons were rather excited.

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The low-cost MG3 racer made its debut at the Castle Combe
circuit in March – the perfect track for a car with an economical price tag.

Interns at the SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre were tasked with constructing the vehicle, using an ex-engineering car as their donor vehicle.

Their brief was to create a car with low-cost motorsport at
front of mind. As such, they were given a minimal budget of just £5,000 to
convert the vehicle into a racer to a specification that allows the car to
compete in a Club championship, which has a low-cost ethos.

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An amazing 1:1 scale Lego Honda Civic Type R

We’ve seen life-sized Lego cars before but that doesn’t make this Lego Honda Civic any less incredible! This creation took over 1,300 working hours which is equivalent to roughly 54 days of Lego-building effort and concentration. Everything from the spokes on the wheels to the ‘H’ of the Honda logo is recreated in original Lego bricks to a 1:1 scale.

The car is comprised of 320,000 original lego bricks of various shapes, colours and sizes and with the hefty price of Lego, it probably costs more than the real Type R!

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The Big Bang Camper & Bus Show – VW Festival is set to be hosted between Friday 17th May and Sunday 19th May 2019 at the notorious Santa Pod Raceway and thanks to our friends there, we have two 3-day admission tickets up for grabs!

The show boasts a wide range of attractions and activities suitable for all ages, some of these include; VW camping, live music, Podzilla the Monster Truck, stage shows, a Jet Car, Doorslammer Drag Racing, traders and kid entertainers.

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