CAR UK December 2021

Every month CAR interviews the stars of motorsport, demystifies the latest in-car technology and shares our writers’ passion for car culture and car design. Discover the world’s newest and most exciting cars: join us to drive everything from supercars and hot hatches to family cars.

United Kingdom
12 期号



‘The crisis would be Obama’s first order of business’ If life’s about timing, Barack Obama’s was a touch unfortunate. Lehman Brothers Holdings announced it would file for bankruptcy in September 2008. Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States in January 2009. Whether he liked it or not, dealing with the biggest economic meltdown since the Depression would be his first order of business – ready and waiting for him just as soon as he’d unpacked his box files and set his computer desktop image (a Hawaiian beach scene, I imagine, given the stress of the job and the fact that he spent his formative years on the island, surfing and studying). The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy was the moment the ominous distant rumblings of economic catastrophe cracked into a…

revealed: the new cars powering the renault revolution

THE MONTH ACCORDING TO CAR ‘We talk about GFC as an objective,’ chuckles Renault Group’s vice-president of design, Laurens van den Acker. GFC? ‘Great f**ing cars,’ he elucidates. The experienced Dutchman, one of car design’s great strategic thinkers, has been fired up by regime change at Renault – or the ‘Renaulution’, the coinage favoured by new CEO Luca de Meo. The industry leader – who broke through as one of the masterminds of Fiat’s reborn 500, before running Audi marketing and VW’s Seat division – is ripping up the company after his July 2020 arrival coincided with a €7.3 billion half-year loss. De Meo’s turnaround plan? Cutting costs, naturally – €2.5 billion slashed by 2023. Key to this is boosting collaboration with Renault’s Alliance partners, Nissan and Mitsubishi: by 2025, 80 per cent…

mini’s ev plans… e-jcw due… real-world urbanaut… rocketman reborn

Bernd Körber, the down-to-earth boss of Mini, has outlined how it’ll go electric by 2030. ‘We’ll use two architectures – a bespoke EV matrix developed in Munich but assembled in China, and a comprehensive evolution of the existing platform,’ he says. A new three-door hatch will be electric from the start when it arrives in 2023. ‘A Mini is a Mini, no matter whether it is battery-or petrol-powered.’ In 2024, a five-door electric compact crossover is expected to play in the same league as the Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e, and may reprise the Paceman name. Those who prefer engines to e-motors can choose from three models using a revised UKL1 platform from 2025: a three-and five-door hatch and a cabriolet. The next Countryman, built in Dresden, will merge much closer…

a new polestar shines

Factfile POWERTRAIN 78kWh battery, all-wheel drive, 373-mile range CHASSIS Steel monocoque DUE 2023 1 GROWING FAMILY Polestar’s badging makes it easy to guess what the next model will be called. And now we know what shape it’ll be: the boss has confirmed to CAR that next year’s 3, a large SUV, will be joined in 2023 by a smaller e-crossover called the 4, likely to take design cues from the Precept concept (pictured). 2 A SLEEKER KIND OF SUV The Polestar 4’s lower roofline is clearly visible in a set of teaser images revealed by Polestar. Think BMW X4 (pictured) in its overall shape – though we hope it’s prettier than Munich’s offering. It’ll give Polestar a second foothold in the lucrative premium electric SUV space. 3 SHARPENED GEELY TECH Geely Auto Group’s pure-electric PMA architecture is the base,…

merc sl ‘goes back its roots’

What does SL mean to you? The first, introduced in ‘54, was a competition-bred tiger of a car based on a race winner, the W194. The fifth-and sixth-gen cars were big ol’ pussycats. In between, Paul Bracq’s W113 and the pert R107 weren’t road racers but they were small, perfectly formed and fun. The new seventh-gen car is an AMG project that shares its new platform, MSA, with the still-under-wraps new GT, so you perhaps won’t be surprised to hear Affalterbach’s taken it upon itself to save the SL from mushy mediocrity. ‘You can only imagine the original SL’s impact. We wanted to take the car back to those roots,’ explains AMG CTO Jochen Hermann. ‘If you think about the 300SL in the ‘50s – how far ahead of its time it…

jamie chadwick: the 5 secrets of her success

1 Drive anything and everything London’s Jamie Chadwick’s made it two titles from two seasons of W Series, the all-female world championship. She’s not just a single-seater specialist: she’s raced everything from GT cars in the Nürburgring 24-hour race to electric off-roaders in Extreme E, and tested cars as varied as Caterhams and the Ferrari SF90 for CAR. ‘You can always take something from anything you drive,’ she says. 2 Never give up In the 2021 season-opener Chadwick was hit by another car and dropped to the back of the field. She charged back to sixth place, scoring crucial points. She won the next race, putting her title challenge on track. 3 Be fast and smooth We’ve sat next to Jamie at work and she never misses an apex, with a calm, measured driving style.…