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BBC Top Gear Magazine January 2020

Top Gear is the worlds most exciting Car magazine bringing you up to date news, the latest drives and stunning features.

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Editor-in-chief @TopGearEditor This business is addictive, and never more so than when you look at the headline acts that will be filling these pages in the coming months. The industry continues to deliver new product at an exponential rate and the diversity of that content and the technology deployed in its creation (and during its existence) continue to advance following the principles of Moore’s law. Each generation of new vehicles is increasingly capable and more complex than the last. In short, it’s going to be another amazing year for cars. Some will challenge and redefine our understanding of performance, others stretch our perception of the brand, others will arrive out of left field and antagonise and challenge the status quo (the industry, not my dad’s favourite band). This year, we start as we mean…

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murray’s fan club

This is our first official look at the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 – and it may just be the most aerodynamically advanced, not to mention exciting road car the world has ever seen. It is completely dominated by that 400mm fan, which protrudes from the centre like some form of sci-fi thruster. The fan, which Murray briefly introduced into F1 with the Brabham BT46B in 1978, utilises ground effect aerodynamics by rapidly accelerating the air passing under the car and forcing it through active elements on the rear diffuser. Its design – combined with the underbody ducting – means there’s no need for a skirt like the one on the BT46B, while ‘vertical inlet ducting’ stops any debris from passing through its blades. The fan is also active and works with two…

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…nigel mansell wearing a flat cap in an f40

As a general rule, avoid general rules. But here’s a safe one: branded race overalls should not be worn outside of a race circuit. Ferrari is a particular offender in this regard. The Ferrari press department loves nothing better than to issue photos of its drivers engaged in all manner of unexpected activities while wearing race-day Nomex: riding a log-flume, shooting a quick frame of pool, line-dancing. So: racing driver, driving his company car on the road, wearing company race overalls – that shouldn’t be a recipe for cool. Not even if that racing driver happens to be the never-corporate Nigel Mansell, and that company car happens to be a Ferrari F40. But the below photo is stone-cold cool. Thanks to one vital addition. That flat cap. YNBACA cannot think of an object…

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nip and tuck

Oh, how we don’t envy Jaguar’s new design director, Julian Thomson. Improving most things styled by Ian Callum would be tricky at the best of times, but the F-Type – in coupe form especially – was already a fantastic-looking thing. Welcome, then, to the facelifted version. There are, of course, the obligatory new headlights – which now look angrier than ever – but there’s also a longer and lower-reaching bonnet, as well as a slightly larger grille, new side vents and a new rear light signature. It’s a far more aggressive design for Jag’s sports car, but it could be a polarising update. The stunning, sloping roofline remains, but both the V6 engine and the manual gearbox have been dropped. Jag previously offered eight (yes, eight) different engine and drivetrain options,…

2 min.
no time to die trailer

WHO KNEW Cars aren’t the only product placement here, note five glimpses at the Omega Seamaster on Bond’s wrist in the trailer 1 The Aston Martin DB5 is back, and it’ll skid Just look at the ol’ timer get thoroughly, gloriously sideways in one of the trailer’s earliest moments. Looks a little worse for wear, mind. Does this mean it’s been trashed and rebuilt again, before being trashed? Come on DB5, this is – ahem – no time to die. 2 There’s another 00 agent and she looks like a total badass who drives a DBS Superleggera Thought Bond had the monopoly on Aston Martin’s very coolest toys? Oh no. There’s another 00 agent along this time around, and she’s got impeccable taste in super GTs. Oh lordy, this is going to be good, isn’t…

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jim hackett

1 Bill Ford is known for for wanting to make the company more sustainable, but also for loving Mustangs. He said of the Mustang Mach-E that Ford can only now do a car that’s both fast and green. How is that right when others have done electric cars like that for years and years? I don’t think you’ve had a vehicle that has had all these attributes at the same time. It starts with who else had a Mustang kind of inheritance. 2 Isn’t this just about waiting until a time you can make money? Why else the timing – the end of 2020? Yes it’s also about positive contribution margin. But the real thing is about customer attraction. We know from testing that our customers are in love with this vehicle. 3 But…