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All good motorists are vigilant and aware of road signs. When they see one, they quickly understand what they mean and take the relevant action. Driving responsibly, like this, keeps everyone safe. But, inevitably, we all get a bit lax at times. Without doing so consciously many of us do not notice every sign. This is especially the case on routes we are very familiar with. With this in mind, we thought we would share with you the five signs that are most commonly not noticed by motorists. Armed with this knowledge you will be able to check if you are doing this and adjust your behaviour accordingly.
Fire lane signs
Signs like these are right up there on the list. The problem is that you do not see many of them around. As a result, a lot of motorists are not 100% sure of what action they need to take when they see one. If you fall into this category, go online and find out. Knowing what you should do, will help to keep you and others safe.
We all know what speed signs are and most of us are 100% clear of what they mean. But, a lot of us fail to obey them, at least on occasion. If you have fallen into this bad habit it is worth changing it now. Speed limits are there to prevent accidents, so it is always best to obey them.
It is also worth testing how attentive you are when it comes to these signs. It is surprising how many drivers do not see all of them. The next time you are in the car with your kids, get them to call out each speed sign they see. Initially, you will have seen all of them. But, as they journey progresses the chances are your kids will call out one you have not noticed. This is particularly the case when travelling on familiar routes. We all kind of zone out and miss things as a result.
If you have ever just slowed down when you come to a stop sign pause for a minute and think about the consequences of doing so. Nine times out of ten you will get away with it or only experience a near miss.
But, on that tenth occasion, you could easily kill someone. Motorcyclists and bike riders are particularly vulnerable at junctions. They are narrow, so are not easy to see. If you stop every time, you are highly unlikely to accidentally hit one.
Handicap parking signs
This is a sad one, but the temptation is there for all of us. No matter how much of a rush you are in check before you pull up that you are not parking in a handicap space. The more road users respect these spaces the better it is for society as a whole. Being able to park reliably is what enables many handicap people to get out and do things independently.
Slippery when wet signs
These signs are often ignored because most of the time you do not have to adjust how you drive. On a sunny day, you do not have to watch your speed more carefully, because when dry the surface is as stable as any other piece of road. As a result, we mentally flick over slippery when wet signs. On a wet day, this can turn out to be a fatal mistake.
Periodically test your signage knowledge
To make yourself more road sign aware and astute, we suggest that you periodically test your knowledge. If you live in the UK, you can do so by clicking this link.
This wonderful supercar with its retro-flavoured design will be actually going into production, and they plan to make 72 cars. Technical specifications are shrouded in mystery at this point, but we do know the car uses a carbon fibre chassis derived from the Apollo Intensa Emozione.
This car makes me feel like a 12-13 year old kid again, and that’s the point of a supercar/ hypercar.
To echo its 1960s ancestor (the Pantera), the new P72 will feature a manual transmission. The company explains the production-ready model will remain faithful to what you see here, with more details to be disclosed in the coming months.
It goes without saying the De Tomaso P72 is going to be on the expensive side as the resurrected company is estimating a starting price of €750,000, which works out to nearly £673,000 at current exchange rates. Should you be interested, they’re already accepting deposits.
When I was about 7 or 8, my interest in cars was ignited by a slim, white, folded paper dart of a car that outran a helicopter by diving into the sea. The Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me had a huge effect on me and I played endlessly with my Corgi version of it, pinging small orange plastic missiles out of the rear louvres. To be able to own or drive such a car seemed like an unachievable dream back then.
Although now more able to realise the dream, my 6’6” frame means that sadly I can’t achieve a viable driving position in an early Esprit without making extensive modifications – either to the car or to me. So when the opportunity came up to drive its direct descendant, the Evora, my email reply was faster than you can say “supercharged V6”.
Most powerful Lotus road car
Originally launched in 2008 and apparently named for a contraction of Evolution VOgue auRA, the Evora has undergone a number of revisions and variants culminating in the GT430, the most powerful road car Lotus has yet produced and the model I’m about to drive.
As the name classifier hints, the Toyota-derived 3.5 litre V6 engine produces 430 bhp at 7,000 rpm and will get from 0-60 mph in just under 4 seconds rising to a top speed approaching 200 mph. Clearly such performance figures would be hard to achieve on the lanes and by-ways around Towcester, but I would get to experience something of the acceleration and handling on different road types.
The start and end point for my drive is the Lotus Silverstone dealership; now occupying new premises outside of the circuit between David Brown Automotive and the Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team HQ. In front of the showroom, among the various curvy Evoras, Elises and Exiges I spy (pun intended) the familiar straight lines of a first generation Esprit in 007 white spec. I could stand and look at it all day but my drive is waiting.
Plenty of head and legroom
For a (relatively) small sports car, there is quite a bit of room inside the Evora. Ignoring the rear +2 “seats” which are not designed for humanoid beings, there is plenty of both head and legroom for extra tall drivers like myself. Amazingly I can even drive with both legs straight out underneath the steering wheel rather than employing the “knee either side” contortion that I am forced to use in most sports cars.
The seats, whilst thinly upholstered, are extremely comfortable and supportive and I can easily imagine surviving an extended drive without needing to visit a chiropractor. The side mirrors give just enough view of the road behind looking past the rear haunches, but the central mirror offers little more than a peek at the engine cover, rear window louvres and the large carbon-fibre boot-mounted wing.
Bark and growl
Starting the engine is a slightly unfamiliar routine involving both turning a key and pressing a button, then pressing another button on the key followed by the start button again. Apparently this extra button push doesn’t happen every time, but the immobiliser had been enabled. Now I’ve got that sorted, the engine startup is a most joyous bark and growl and it puts me in a great mood before I even set off.
Driving the Evora is like having two different cars at your command. Through towns and villages it handles much like a small hatchback, albeit a very low slung one, but depress the throttle, hold onto third gear and get ready for a metamorphosis. When the engine hits 5,000 rpm the Evora magically transforms into a racing car with valves opening to deliver a satisfying and sustained parp from the exhaust and the acceleration switches into hyperdrive.
Grippy and extremely stable
Even now, porpoising along on a rather undulating Roman road, the Evora still feels grippy and extremely stable. Despite the uneven surface, I’m not wrestling with the wheel or fighting to keep it pointing straight down the road. It almost feels that I could let go and let it steer its own way across the bumps, although that’s probably not a good idea. The amazing grip continues into the corners with very little body roll and, although I am being extra careful, there is no hint of back end twitch when applying power out of the bends.
If I could make one change to the car I’m driving, it would be to swap it for a paddle-shift automatic gearbox. Heresy it may be, and you do sacrifice top speed, but I found the manual ‘box a bit notchy; needing a firm grip and a precise movement to effect a smooth change. For me, being able to keep both hands on the wheel and drive “with a foot to spare” just seems a more natural option for this range-topping £112,500 rocket.
Eye-catching colours and adornments
Although it’s a stunningly quick and easy handling car, I can’t say that I’m smitten by how the Evora GT430 looks externally. It’s certainly a pretty car with its chiselled jaws, slender waist and wide rump, but it doesn’t take my breath away.
Despite having the best of the current Lotus models on display with all manner of eye-catching colours and adornments, the car that unsurprisingly draws my backward glance as I leave for home is Bond’s plain white Giugiaro-designed Esprit S1 sitting unpretentiously at the back.
It’s on the bucket list to buy a motorbike, and go for a cruise, maybe in the USA, maybe around the UK. So that got me thinking about the sort of motorbike I’d like to use. I would not want anything too fast, that’s asking for trouble with the fuzz and much easier to injure myself (I don’t want that), so a vintage bike or chopper would be my ride of choice. Something cool, nothing too fast (I can do that in the protection of a car), something unique, or something that stands out. Looking around the web I found this company where you can hire vintage rides, how cool is that, and even better than that they do tours as well. Nice one.
Vintage Rides is a motorcycle tour agency, offering Royal Enfield tours in 3 continents and 12 destinations. The website looks cool, and they would certainly be an option that I’d consider for a road trip.
There’s also the option of buying a bike, and taking that along, but I’m not very mechanically minded (never made the time), so if I did take that option I’d need to get roadside assistance cover for sure. Looking online the sort of bike I’d go for are…
A cool chopper
or cool bobber
or a vintage Ducati, MV Agusta, or old English bike (like a Royal Enfield or similar)
MV Agusta S150 (below)
or a Ducati 200 SS Elite (below)
or a Royal Enfield Bullet Gunmaster (below)
So there you have it, some of my ride preferences. Still unsure if I’ll ever venture into owning a bike. Maybe when I was young, but as you get older, and I have kids and a wife to provide for, my own sense of mortality kicks in whenever I’m close to that urge to buy one.
Oh and this 2019 MV Agusta 750S Tributo is beautiful. We love it.
Who knows. Only time will tell if I ever get to do venture into buying a bike, or taking that easy rider road trip.
Here we have a walk around the London Concours 2019. Featuring a whole host of beautiful, iconic and classic cars. This event truly is my car heaven.
What car stands out the most for you? Watch Part 1 of this video here.
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Following an initial development programme of simulated aerodynamic testing in Italy, Automobili Pininfarina has revealed its stunning Blu Iconica Battista with new design details at the Turin Outdoor Auto Show.
The evolution of the Battista’s design as it heads into its development programme resulted in design detail upgrades that have redefined the front of the Battista and reinforced its hypercar look and feel, presenting an even greater visual connection between front and back.
The revised Blu Iconica Battista will be presented in Turin until Sunday 23rd June with Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina S.p.A and Luca Borgogno, Automobili Pininfarina’s Design Director joining the hypercar at its ‘home’ motor show. Each of the planned 150 Battistas will be hand-built at Pininfarina S.p.A near to Turin where the new design details were realised.
Luca Borgogno, Design Director, Automobili Pininfarina, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be presenting the Battista in Turin and near to its home in Cambiano. Since its debut at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, the Battista has stunned audiences all around the world with its beauty and purity of design. I am pleased to be presenting it with these latest masterstrokes that make the form of the car even more beautiful and elegant, and true to Pininfarina’s design principles.”
Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman, Pininfarina S.p.A, said: “We are really proud of the Battista and very happy to see the car at our home auto show in Turin. The design teams at Pininfarina and Automobili Pininfarina worked hard together to present a work of art at Geneva this year. But we never stop aiming for perfection in car design, so are pleased to be able to add design details to the front surfaces that, I believe, reinforce the Battista’s elegance and beauty.”
Following its presentation in Turin the Battista programme moves onto the next phase of simulation testing, wind tunnel and the first track development programmes under the guidance of ex-Formula 1 and Formula E racer, Nick Heidfeld, Automobili Pininfarina’s Chief Development Driver.
The Automobili Pininfarina luxury car brand was announced at Rome’s Formula E race in 2018 and in less than one year presented the Battista to the world in Geneva. Just 50 Battistas are estimated to be available in Europe, 50 in North America and 50 in the Middle East and Asia markets, with the €2m hypercar available to order through a small network of specialist luxury car and hypercar retailers. Potential customers are invited to apply to own a Battista now using an online service within the company’s website: Apply Now.
A revolution in performance: Automobili Pininfarina Battista The Battista’s 120 kWh battery provides power to four electric motors (one at each wheel), that combine to produce a targeted 1,900 hp (1,696 lb/ft) torque, launching a new generation of hypercar as both a hyper performance and an eminently driveable luxury car. Aiming for a sprint to 100 km/h in less than two seconds, with a single-charge range targeting 450 kilometres, the Battista represents a new reality for electric car desirability.