Fast Car

Fast Car October 2020

Fast Car is officially the best car magazine ever made, and the only one that delivers on its promise of defining today’s car culture. Stuffed with the finest feature cars from the United Kingdom, all the hottest new gear and kit, inspiring guides and even the odd top model for good measure, it’s so jam-packed, you can see it from space.

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ed start

NET GAINS It’s been a very long time since we managed to beat the Internet to a car reveal, but that’s exactly what we’ve managed with this month’s cover. That’s right, the pink – sorry – Rubystone Red, Escort RST on the front of the magazine has never been seen before! In fact, it’s been such a top secret build that not even the owner, the illustrious Carl Taylor of Players fame, has seen the car complete! (Mainly because he now resides in LA, and quarantine rules have played havoc with his usual UK visits). Before this issue hit the shelves, only five people in the whole world had seen the car complete. One of them was me, another was photographer, Dan, and the other three were the guys from Carrera Bodyworks,…

1 Min
the awesome but unlikely power of water

Niche supercars from boutique start-ups always sell well, don’t they? That’s why every other car you see on the road is a Jensen S-V8 or a Connaught Type D Syracuse or a Ronart Lightning. So you’re bound to be seeing this new Hyperion XP-1 everywhere in the future, right…? Er, cynicism aside though, it’s an interesting idea. The concept is to build an eco-friendly hypercar, and instead of harnessing the leaps and bounds made in electric power that everyone else is trying, this is powered by hydrogen. Putting their fingers in their ears and ignoring the fact that major manufacturers like BMW and Honda have been trying and largely failing to make hydrogen cars viable for decades, the XP-1’s engineers have created something that will apparently do 0-62mph in 2.2-seconds,…

1 Min
aet motorsports re-opens the show scene

The show season has been hit pretty hard this year, that goes without saying. But with social restrictions easing toward the end of the summer, it was possible for small-scale meets to happen in a safe and socially distanced way… and if AET Motorsports’ open day is anything to go by, this sort of gathering really is the way forward! “We felt that with the show season being a drop-out and having the ability to comply with government guidelines for Covid-19, it was time to show the wider car community what goes on inside the VUDU Garage at AET Motorsport,” says boss-man Nick Cook. Having a wide audience and customer base across their VUDU range was always going to guarantee a strong mix of cars, through the VAG, Ford and…

1 Min
too much ain’t enough

The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is basically a fossil. One of the most long-lived elements of the automotive ecosystem, designed back when this was all fields – like an old Land Rover, but grumpier. It’s got chunky external door hinges and indicators plonked on top of the wings and all sorts of decades-old design features, like your gran’s living room. Very few people who’ve driven a G-Wagen have said ‘You know what? This thing needs to be twice as powerful as a Ferrari F40.’ Nevertheless, that’s actually happened, and you’re looking at it here: the G63, tuned by Posaidon. The already-mental 4.0-litre V8 has received bigger turbos, ported heads, a new exhaust system and various other tweaks, thereby creating a 927bhp house-brick that nobody needs. But whoever cared about ‘need’?…

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appreciating depreciation nissan stagea

Price then: £28,000 Price now: £4,500 While anything wearing a Skyline badge seems to be getting more and more pricey, the Stagea appears to have plateaued over the last few years. ‘A what?’, you may ask… well, it’s essentially a Skyline estate. The Stagea was Nissan’s answer to the Subaru Legacy: a big, practical estate car with a variety of high-performance options. Helpfully it shared a lot of components with the Skyline, which is why you see so many of them at shows converted to GT-R spec. The name was used from 1996 right up to 2007, although it’s the earlier cars we’re really interested in – the Series 1, built from ’96 to ’98, and the Series 2 from ’98 to ’01. The Series 1 was closely related to the R33…

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the angry man

Yeah, it’s good that designers have realised that everyone wants a nice big rev counter. It used to be bloody disappointing in the nineties when you climbed into your ‘Fiesta or similar’ rental car and found that the bargain-basement spec level had replaced the tacho with a big clock. You don’t need a big clock. But you’d always have useful things like oil pressure and amps and oil level and stuff that you just don’t get these days. And cars with turbos always came with a boost gauge, because turbos were exciting. But in the vast majority of cars today, you just get a rev counter, speedo, fuel gauge and – for the sake of providing you with some illusion of control and/ or mechanical sympathy – a water temp…