I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Donington Park see's Caterham move from Silverstone to become the flagships dealership and experience site.

  • New showroom will open at prestigious race track in January 2016
  • Caterham Experience will also be housed at new facility
  • Caterham Cars UK dealer network continues to grow with four sites across UK
Caterham Cars has appointed BookaTrack, based at Donington Park race circuit, as its new dealer in the Midlands as it continues to expand its UK dealer network.
The brand new showroom will be based at one of Britain’s premier circuits, and will open its doors in January 2016. The move will also see Caterham’s Experience day activities relocate from Silverstone to Donington Park from January 2016.

The move marks the first time that prospective Caterham customers will be able to experience retail demonstrations in a Seven on track, due to the exclusive circuit access that Donington Park has given to BookaTrack Caterham at selected times.
BookaTrack Caterham will sell Caterham’s five-strong model range of lightweight sportscars, as well as offering a full aftersales and servicing package to new and existing customers. The BookaTrack team is already well-versed in the servicing and maintenance of Caterham Sevens, through its Experience fleet of 12 Sevens, including R300 race cars and Seven 620 Rs.
Aftersales activities will begin with immediate effect and will provide Caterham’s Midlands based customers with service, warranty and parts support in a central location conveniently located just off the M1. BookaTrack Caterham will also offer a store and forward service, allowing customer cars to be stored indoors and securely at Donington Park.
Caterham’s Chief Commercial Officer, David Ridley, said: “We are delighted to be able to expand our UK dealer network in partnership with a company as knowledgeable and experienced with the Seven as BookaTrack.
“Donington Park is perfectly aligned to the Caterham brand thanks to both of our rich motorsport heritages.
“Additionally, the opportunity to deliver Caterham Experience events alongside a showroom in tandem with having exclusive access to the legendary circuit for customer demonstrations is a ground-breaking move for Caterham.”
BookaTrack’s Director, Jonny Leroux, said: “The opening of our own Caterham franchise at Donington Park is the culmination of over 15 years worth of passion, enthusiasm and commitment to both brands. The strong partnerships BookaTrack has forged with both parties makes this a natural progression for us and one that we're all very excited to be involved with.
“Our new purpose-built showroom and the inclusion of the Caterham Experience in-house at Donington Park perfectly complement our existing range of services and ensures BookaTrack are able to offer a complete progression from first timer to seasoned racer."
Donington Park Commercial Director, Roger Lowe commented: “We are delighted that Caterham are heading to Donington Park and further strengthening the presence of BookaTrack on our site. Both companies are industry leaders and this announcement further adds to the recent regeneration of the circuit, and is another indication that Donington Park, with its central location is a key site for the motorsport industry. We look forward to the opening of the showroom, and of course the increased levels of driving participation for visitors to our circuit.”
BookaTrack is the UK's largest independent car track day organiser. Caterham has been working with the company since its inception in 2000 and throughout its progression as a premium track day provider. BookaTrack will continue to operate a fleet of Caterhams at around 120 events per year at race circuits across the UK and Europe.

Ferrari F12tdf – New Limited Edition Special Series delivers track level performance on the road.

Ferrari reveals the F12tdf which pays homage to the Tour de France, the legendary endurance road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s and ‘60s, particularly with the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta which won four consecutive editions. 
It was a race that rewarded cars that combined maximum performance with the driveability and ease of use that enabled the competitors to race for hundreds of kilometres a day over fast, tortuous roads and on circuits. The F12tdf is the ultimate expression of the concept of an extreme road car that is equally at home on the track, and just 799 will be built.

The F12tdf is a concentration of technical innovations which involve all those areas central to Ferrari’s DNA: engine, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics. As a result, in terms of acceleration, roadholding and agility, the new berlinetta is second to none.
The F12tdf’s performance is assured by the 780 cv, naturally-aspirated V12 derived directly from the F12berlinetta’s multi-award-winning engine. The car’s exhilarating dynamic behaviour, specifically its lateral acceleration in corners, is due to an 8% increase in the ratio of the front tyres compared to the rear ones. 
The car’s natural tendency to oversteer as a result of the change in tyre sizes is compensated for by the innovative rear-wheel steering system – known as the Virtual Short Wheelbase, which is integrated with the other vehicle dynamic control systems – that guarantees the steering wheel response times and turn-in of a competition car while increasing stability at high speed. 
Cornering speeds are also higher thanks to the significant increase in downforce - +87% - which has reached unprecedented levels for a front-engined V12 berlinetta.
A radical redesign of the bodywork, interior, engine, transmission and running gear, along with the abundant use of carbon-fibre inside and out, has slashed 110 kg off the car’s overall weight.
All of these factors combine to produce record performance figures: 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds in addition to a substantial boost in lateral acceleration. The F12tdf laps Fiorano in just 1’21”.
Outstanding stopping distances are guaranteed by the adoption of the new Extreme Design one-piece brake callipers already seen on the LaFerrari. This new-generation system means the car can brake from 100-0 km/h in just 30.5 m and from 200-0 in 121 m.
The engine is the F12berlinetta’s 6262cc 65° V12 on which Ferrari engineers worked to boost maximum power output from 740 cv to 780 cv at 8,500 rpm, yielding a specific power output of 125 cv/l. 
The engine’s sporty response is assured by a maximum torque figure of 705 Nm (up from 690 Nm) at 6,750 rpm with 80% already available at 2,500 rpm, resulting in unparalleled, progressive pick-up all the way to the red-line at 8,900 rpm.
Numerous modifications have been developed for this engine, starting with the use of race-inspired mechanical tappets and variable-geometry intake trumpets used on Formula 1 cars which help boost volumetric efficiency at high revs.
The F12tdf is equipped with a specific version of the F1 DCT with 6% shorter gear ratios that delivers 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts.  
Ferrari’s engineers sought to create an extremely agile and powerful car which could also be driven by less expert drivers. They drew on the wealth of experience built up in the XX programmes which are dedicated to developing extremely high performance cars driven by non-professional drivers.
Extraordinary chassis dynamics, in terms of maximum lateral acceleration and responsiveness, are in part achieved by the increase in the front tyre dimensions, which jump from 255 to 275, along with the front channel size - up from 9.5” to 10”. 
This modification guarantees higher lateral acceleration generated by the front axle but, alone, this would have caused oversteer on the limit, making the car more challenging for less expert drivers.
To enable even gentlemen drivers to make full use of the performance, Ferrari developed its new Virtual Short Wheelbase system. Debuting on the F12tdf, the rear axle is active, allowing the rear wheels to pivot around a vertical axis.
Using model-based control logic developed entirely in-house by Ferrari, the rear axle steering automatically adjusts the rear wheels, working out the optimal steering angle as a function of the steering wheel angle, speed of steering inputs and vehicle speed.
The Virtual Short Wheelbase improves the car’s responsiveness to make it feel more agile, with instantaneous turn-in that can be best appreciated on twisty roads and on more technically challenging tracks while, at the same time, improving stability at high speeds.
The F12tdf’s aerodynamic performance is nothing short of record-breaking – its aerodynamic efficiency figure is 1.6, almost double that of the F12berlinetta. Downforce is 230 kg at 200 km/h, which is an impressive 107 kg more.  
Development affected every area of the car’s surface, producing striking elements that lend its forms a unique sleek power. At the front, a highly complex bumper contributes to downforce generation. It features a radically scooped lower section and incorporates a competition car-inspired splitter, dive planes, floor wings and louvres to boost the efficiency of both the sides and the underbody.
The Aerobridge on the car’s front flank has been redesigned to increase the energising effect of the air flow along the top of the sides, while at the rear, louvres on the wheelarch create a depression that extracts air from the inner wheelarch, thereby increasing the efficiency of a section of the underbody that is usually little used in generating downforce. 
The rear spoiler is now 60mm longer and 30mm higher, while the rake of the rear screen has been made more vertical to extend the surface area over which the spoiler can generate downforce and to capitalise on its advantages more effectively. The concave curvature of the rear luggage hatch either side of the rear screen further enhances the solution.
Three pairs of GT-racing-derived strakes have been adopted on the aerodynamic underbody and are responsible for 30% of the increase in downforce compared to the F12berlinetta. 
The rear diffuser has been completely redesigned and now sports a system of three active flaps. It has been split into three channels and features curved fences and vertical splitters to boost the power of the vortexes and enhance the expansion of the flow in the horizontal plane. 
This radical aerodynamic design work essentially created a whole new car that also marks a major stylistic departure from the  F12berlinetta.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new F12tdf has particularly imposing yet sensual forms, the product of Ferrari’s continuous commitment to melding sculptural beauty with functional demands.
All of the bodywork panels, from the chiselled nose to the tail, have been revised. Wider front and rear tracks also give the car an even more aggressive stance. 
In terms of the formal design language, the objective was to create a sophisticated interaction between the sculptural surfaces of the F12berlinetta and a more graphic treatment of the various new aerodynamic features. 
The best testament to this intent is the evolution of the Aerobridge, the design of  which is further enhanced by the use of bare carbon-fibre. Developed in such a technical manner, this component combines with the other details in creating a coherent aesthetic approach to the whole car.
The car’s uncompromising sportiness is expressed with the same degree of purity in the deliberately Spartan cockpit. 
The wrap-around effect that embraces the driving position is intensified by the use of carbon-fibre housings for the instruments and satellite pods. The door panels have been pared back to a single carbon-fibre shell, while the glove compartment has disappeared to be replaced by simple knee padding. 
Alcantara rather the traditional leather was chosen for the cabin trim, technical fabric for the seats and patterned aluminium instead of mats for the floor, once again with the aim of saving every last ounce of weight.
The F12tdf’s specification is completed by lightweight alloys with five twinned spokes that are designed to have the narrowest section possible to reduce unsprung weight.

F12tdf Technical Specifications
Type65-degree V12
Overall displacement6,262 cc
Max. power output* 574 kW (780 cv) at 8,500 rpm
Max. torque        705 Nm at 6,750 rpm
Max. engine speed  8,900 rpm (limiter)
Dimensions and weight
Length   4,656 mm
Width `  1,961 mm
Height   1,273 mm
Dry weight**       1,415 kg
Weight distribution46% front - 54% rear
Tyres and wheel rims
275/35 ZR 20” 10” J
315/35 ZR 20” 11.5” J
Max. speed
0-100 km/h
0-200 km/h
Fiorano lap time
in excess of 340 km/h
2.9 sec
7.9 sec
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
Fuel consumption***  15.4 l/100 km
Emissions***              360 g/km
* Engine power is expressed in kW, as defined by the International System of Units (SI), and in cv (1KW=1.3596216 cv). With dynamic ram effect      
** With optional lightweight options
*** ECE+EUDC with HELE system           

ISS UK Ltd orders 123 Renault Master Tippers takings it's total to more than 1,100 units.

  • ISS UK Ltd orders 123 Renault Master Tippers
  • ‘Off-the-shelf’ conversion adds to customer convenience
  • ISS now has more than 1,100 Renault vehicles on fleet
  • Vehicles come with industry-leading four-year warranty
World-leading facility services provider ISS has placed an order for 123 efficient and versatile Renault Master Tippers, taking advantage of the manufacturer’s convenient and straightforward ‘off-the-shelf’ in-house conversion programme.
The company, which offers facility solutions including technical service, support services, cleaning, catering and security, opted for the twin-wheel RWD Master in both medium-wheelbase single cab and long-wheelbase crew cab versions.

The vehicles – available for order through Renault’s dealer network – feature 45-degree rear-tipping ‘Scattolini’ bodies, fitted by accredited Renault supplier VFS, and will be used by ISS’ Landscaping Business to service a major new contract at locations across the UK.
Supplied by Renault Retail Group in Coulsdon, South London, each tipper has been specified with an optional heavy duty towing upgrade, allowing them to tow up to 3.5 tonnes, and an electronic steering lock for added security.
The vehicles have been financed through LeasePlan on a five-year contract hire with full maintenance. They also benefit from the industry-leading Renault four-year warranty that provides the ultimate peace of mind for this period or 100,000 miles.
The tippers are complemented by ISS’ recent purchase of 17 Renault Master-based beavertails with a further five on order. Offering benefits that include the speed of loading and unloading mowing machinery and there being no requirement for the driver to hold a driving licence with trailer entitlements, these vehicles feature a TGS purpose-built lightweight aluminium beavertail body which affords a payload of around 1.2 tonnes and can also be fitted with optional cages for leaf and litter clearance use in winter months.
ISS is a long-standing strategic partner of Renault UK and Groupe Renault internationally and the latest acquisitions mean the company now has around 1,100 Renault vehicles on its 2,500-strong UK fleet. This includes a wide range of passenger cars including the Clio supermini, Mégane and Captur crossover shortly the All-New Kadjar and the full array of Renault light commercials.
Nigel Rowden ISS UK Group Fleet Manager said: “ISS has been working with Renault for many years and as a strategic partner, they were able to deliver a seamless service, from order to delivery, at the best TCO, after stiff competition from our other suppliers, for the 123 tippers required to deliver this service to our new customer, around the UK.”
Darren Payne, Director of Sales, Renault UK said: “We are delighted that a major partner of Renault UK, especially one with such an impressive and diverse fleet as ISS, has seen the benefits of our in-house Master conversion programme, which has been designed from the ground up to simplify the whole vehicle ordering and specification process.
“It’s also very pleasing that ISS was attracted by our market-leading Renault Business Quality Commitment, with four-year warranty and assistance - a promise that’s unrivalled in the LCV sector - and the huge impact this can have on keeping vehicle downtime and whole life costs to a minimum.”
The Renault Master is available as a chassis cab or platform cab and with a variety of manufacturer approved conversions that give operators the unbeatable convenience of a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to specifying their vehicle and choosing between different weights, lengths and engines.
In addition to the Tipper, ‘ready-made’ Master conversions include a Dropside, Box Van and Luton Loloader.
The Master Tipper, priced from £27,050 (ex VAT), is available in medium or long wheelbase form and with front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or twin-wheel rear wheel drive for added traction and greater towing ability.
Meanwhile, a high strength but lightweight steel body with aluminium side and rear panels keep the unladen weight down to maximise payload. RWD models can carry up to 1,199kg while FWD models can lug a hefty 1,349kg.
Two powerful yet efficient common rail diesel powerplants are available – one producing 125PS and the other 135PS.
The Master also offers a practical and well-equipped cab, with a raft of popular features including DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port as standard. An array of safety features such as ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with Grip Xtend, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Swing Assist also come as standard.

The latest Bentley dealership opens up in Casablanca, Morocco.

  • Bentley Casablanca increases brand’s international presence
  • Centrale Automobile Chérifienne announced as authorised partner
  • Customers in Morocco can now order Bentayga, Bentley’s SUV
Bentley Motors announces the opening of its first dealership in Morocco, Bentley Casablanca, set at the heart of the country’s economic and business district.

The new dealership offers customers the complete Bentley model range, including Bentley’s latest model, the Bentayga- the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world.

Kevin Rose, Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales for Bentley Motors, comments: “Bentley’s continued expansion is a further sign of strength in the international appeal of our brand. We are selling in more markets than ever before and with the all-new Bentayga added to our model line-up, we look forward to Bentley Casablanca contributing to our continued positive performance.”

Located in the Aïn Sebaâ district in Casablanca, the showroom covers an area of 400 m2. In addition to Bentley Bentayga, customers can choose from the rest of the Bentley family - the stylish, Continental GT, the Flying Spur luxury sedan and the Mulsanne, Bentley’s pinnacle flagship.  Bentley Casablanca also offers aftersales services and the company’s branded luxury goods.

Robert Engstler, Regional Director Europe for Bentley Motors, comments: “We start in Morocco in a strong position, already seeing high levels of enthusiasm for Bentley from potential customers. We are confident we have found the right partner in Centrale Automobile Chérifienne, combining an in-depth knowledge of business in Morocco with a long and successful track record of automotive retailing.”

Victor Elbaz, President of Centrale Automobile Chérifienne, comments: “We believe we have significant potential in our market with Bentley and we look forward to welcoming customers and fans to our dealership and offering them a truly first-class Bentley experience.”

Ford has already seen pre-orders race towards 1,500 for the All-New Ford Focus RS Performance hatchback.

Ford’s all-new Focus RS has raced up to 1,500 orders from UK buyers without a single test drive being taken. In the month before prices and specifications were announced at September’s Frankfurt Show, 500 Focus RS fans had already paid deposits to secure the first cars.
Since then Ford dealers have logged a stream of 1,000 further prospective buyers keen to be among the first to take delivery from Spring.

Since the wraps first came off the 165mph Focus – the fastest-accelerating model ever to carry the famous RS badge – Ford dealers have been deluged by prospective purchasers keen to be among the first to take delivery.
Though the all-new Focus RS features an extensive list of standard equipment, not least a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivering a maximum power output of 350PS, there is a comprehensive array of optional extras available.
“These enthusiasts are taking great care in building their optimum specification,” said Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director.
“We expected those first in the queue, many of whom are owners of previous RS models, to be exacting about their requirements, and so it has proved, with many opting for motorsport-style Recaro shell front seats, 19in black forged alloy wheels, luxury pack, electric tilt/side sunroof and Ford SYNC2 navigation and sound system.”
There is a choice of five different colour finishes, including Metallic and Mica options.
The all-new Focus RS, which has a recommended on the road price of £28,940, is a technological powerhouse featuring Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring and Launch Control technology which delivers 0-62mph acceleration in just 4.7sec.
While the new all-aluminium 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine shares its fundamental structure with the four-cylinder engine in the all-new Ford Mustang, it has been upgraded for the Focus RS to deliver 10 per cent more power. The engine features a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor, enhanced air intake design, and a large-bore high performance exhaust system.
Standard equipment includes 19in multispoke alloy wheels, 350mm ventilated front disc brakes, RS performance rear spoiler, twin high-performance exhaust, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Recaro front seats, dual-zone electronic temperature control, heated windscreen and washer jets and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system.