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Barn-Find Jaguar XK120 Comes To Market For First Time In 50 Years

15 Nov 2019 12:06:05

A rare 1954 Jaguar XK120 in barn-find condition is set to get classic car collectors bidding when it goes to auction this month with The Market, the original online classic car auction house. Residing on a farm in Wales for the past 50 years as an ongoing restoration project, the classic Jaguar is one of just 151 right hand drive, fixed-head coupe models made for the UK market, of which around 57 are believed to exist today. Presented in partially-built yet largely complete condition, the car is for sale from its second owner. It has its original chassis and engine for an auction estimate of £25,000 to £35,000. A certificate from Jaguar Heritage which accompanies the car confirms that it was manufactured on 16th March 1954 and distributed by Byatts of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, originally finished in Birch Grey with a grey leather interior. Potential buyers looking to purchase a car with The Market pay only what they bid with no additional fees or commission. The auction will run online only and begin on 20th November, closing at 8pm on 27th November.

Cambridge University Students Create World's Most Efficient EV

15 Nov 2019 12:04:54

Cambridge University students have collaborated with F1 engineers and Bridgestone to design and build a four-seat solar-powered electric car. it can travel from London to the Scottish Highlands at a speed of 50mph on the same power it takes to boil a kettle. The cutting-edge vehicle pushes the boundaries of automotive battery technology, efficient tyres and aerodynamics. It weighs in at only 550kg due to a specialist ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre chassis and body panels tooled by Portsmouth based Formaplex. Bridgestone, the world's largest tyre and rubber company, also worked with the team to develop low rolling-resistance tyres. Xiaofan Zhang, CUER's Programme Director, said that this was "designed to demonstrate the technology behind electric vehicles and renewable energy and will visit schools next summer with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers. We have plenty of positives to take forward and are already in search of our next challenge."

New Electric Race Series For DTM

15 Nov 2019 11:53:36

For 35 years, the DTM has thrilled millions of fans across the world. And now, they have unveiled their spectacular conceptual vision of how touring car racing could evolve - using electric vehicles powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cell technology. This visionary new electric-drive series, which could run alongside DTM, will provide manufacturers with an unprecedented opportunity to design and develop its own high-performance electric vehicles of the future. "This is a courageous and innovative concept", said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger. "You have to look far ahead if you want to shape the future of motor sports and offer racing with alternative drive systems that inspires the fans. It is obvious that manufacturers who want to become involved in motorsport are increasingly focusing on alternative drive concepts." With a high-performance electric powertrain, these futuristic race cars would be capable of power outputs exceeding 1000bhp for brief periods of time, and of achieving top speeds in excess of 300kph (185mph).

Peugeot Keeps Maxxis Tyres On The Road

15 Nov 2019 10:37:23

Maxxis Tyres, a global tyre manufacturer of a range of bicycle, motorcycle, car and light truck tyres, has recently taken delivery of a fleet of 12 all-new PEUGEOT 508s for use by the company's UK field sales team. The new fleet includes a mix of Allure and GT Line Fastback models. Standard safety equipment for all models includes: PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance, Advanced Automatic Emergency braking, Distance Alert and Active Lane Keeping Assistance with road edge detection, Active Blind Spot Detection and PEUGEOT Smartbeam Assistance. Maxxis Tyres chose the all-new PEUGEOT 508 because it met the company's requirements for fuel economy, low emissions, comfort, suitability for work and home use and attention to design detail. The cars are all being supplied through John Grose PEUGEOT Ipswich.

BEN'S SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS STRESS AS BIGGEST ISSUE FOR AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY PEOPLE

7 Nov 2019 14:51:55

This week, which includes National Stress Awareness Day, Ben has revealed the results from its most recent business survey, in which automotive industry employers identified stress as a major issue affecting employees. A total of 70% of respondents to the employer survey said stress had most affected their employees' health & wellbeing - particularly those in the manufacturing and retail sectors. This was also reflected in the latest employee survey, with 57% saying they are stressed at work, 47% are stressed at home and 35% are stressed at work and home. The results of the surveys were included as part of Ben's first ever whitepaper released last month, called Mental health in the automotive industry: moving up a gear. Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: "We want to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of those who work in the automotive industry. From partnering with automotive employers, we put our learnings into practice by developing relevant training and workplace initiatives."

DELIVERING SUSTAINABLE ROAD TRANSPORT - BVRLA LAUNCHES 2019 MANIFESTO

7 Nov 2019 14:50:34

As Parliament shuts for a five-week general election campaign, the BVRLA is calling for the next Government to back the fleet sector by confirming the long-term status of its plug-in vehicle grants. There is a broad political consensus about the need to transition to a net-zero emission economy and encourage more sustainable modes of travel. Focusing on three main areas - accelerating the road to zero, driving transport behaviour change, and tackling air quality and emissions today - the association's Manifesto 2019: Delivering Sustainable Road Transport highlights the vital role BVRLA members can play in moving towards greener, cleaner transportation. "The main political parties have provided lots of ambitious targets for reducing transport emissions and congestion but precious little detail on how this rapid transition is going to be achieved," said BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney. "In our manifesto, we have set out some clear, costed policy measures that will help tackle air quality, drive transport behaviour change and accelerate the road to zero."

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