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CAR UK August 2018

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 Issues

in this issue

1 min
this month on planet car

Five Bens and a Benz We knew the first name was disproportionately represented within the CAR biosphere, but it wasn’t until we assembled the wider team in Wales for the Our Cars story this month that the truth hit home – no fewer than five Bens (Pulman, Miller, Oliver, Whitworth and Barry). Like cars and writing? Called Ben? Drop us a line. Our Cars, p128 Bundle! knows, make light work. So when one of Many 488 hands Ferraris , as everyone is damaged during a six-hour race and there isn’t your a second to lose, the best approach is to launch every mechanic have at the repair job. Sweltering in fireproof suits, the AF you Corse lads had the car back on track again in well under 10 minutes. Bravo. Ferrari 812 Superfast to Spa,…

1 min
‘that kind of bespoke is surely the only kind that makes sense’

A TOKEN GESTURE PERHAPS given Land Rover makes nothing but environmentally sketchy SUVs, but recycling the vast lumps of foam inside the full-size clay models its design studio creates is a nice idea nonetheless. Where before these were sent to landfill, the ‘waste to wave’ project carves them into surfboards and paddleboards. These Land Rover boards aren’t yet available to buy but you can see the neat fit with the brand’s outdoors, extreme sports marketing in general, and ideas like its ‘wearable’ waterproof Activity Key in particular. (Leave your real keys in the car, unlocking it when you’re done surfing with the wristband Activity Key.) Should the boards come to market, they’ll likely be pitched as a high-end, bespoke product – your height, weight and preferences noted by an artisan boardmaker…

4 min
rip vanquish, hello dbs superleggera

THE FASTER YOU GO, THE BETTER Highest ever downforce for a production Aston: 180kg at Vmax (60kg front, 120kg rear), yet without any extra drag versus DB11. That’s thanks to clever underbody aero and a shrewdly tuned rear spoiler. ASTON MARTIN DBS SUPERLEGGERA > Price £225,000 > Engine 5204cc 48v twin-turbo V12, 715bhp @ 6500rpm, 664lb ft @ 1800rpm > Transmission 8-speed auto, limited-slip diff, rear-wheel drive > Suspension Double-wishbone front, multi-link rear > Performance 3.4sec 0-62mph, 6.4sec 0-100mph, 211mph, 22.9mpg (est), 285g/km CO2 (est) > Weight 1693kg (dry) > On sale Autumn TYRES GO WIDESCREEN Buyers can choose between two 21-inch forged alloy wheel designs: standard Y-spokes or a lightweight twin-spoke option, both wrapped in DBS-specific P Zero Pirellis. REAR-MIRROR PRESENCE Giant grille a big part of the DBS’s look. How will it look with a…

1 min
what’s in a name?

DBS The new DBS is Aston’s third. The first was launched in 1967; an elegant square-jawed bruiser styled by Bill Towns and made famous by George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (dubbed tyre squeal on a beach and all), before evolving into the V8 Vantage. The name returned for 2007’s DB9 evolution – itself made famous by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. SUPERLEGGERA The name references the lightweight construction methods used by coachbuilders Touring and licensed to Aston for use on special bodywork for the DB4 and DB5. The Superleggera script on the new car’s bonnet echoes that of original ’60s cars.…

3 min
new a1 in audi’s own words

SPORTY. IT’S ALL about the sportiness with Audi’s new A1 Sportback, due in the UK in November. From the new design to punchy petrol engines in a fettled VW Group chassis, Audi seems determined to deliver a small hatch that’s got a lot more muscle than the outgoing model. ‘We wanted a must-have design, a high degree of customisation, digitalisation and a sporty chassis,’ says product manager Steffen Tarashti. If that means a car with the direct responses of a Mini allied to less cutesy looks, then the A1 could be onto something. DESIGN BABY AUDI GROWS UP The A1 abides by the usual new-car blueprint: longer (particularly between the wheels to boost cabin space), but wider and lower to pump-up the proportions. The roly-poly outgoing A1 resembles a Christmas pudding; this one…

2 min
touring car crazy gang returns to brands hatch

FOR THE FIRST time ever, DTM cars from Mercedes, Audi and BMW will tear around Brands Hatch’s full GP circuit this summer. But it will also be the last time, as Mercedes is pulling out of DTM at the end of 2018 in favour of Formula E, so expect plenty of drivers to be showcasing their skills as they try to line up a drive for next year. It’s a mouth-watering prospect – despite recent rule changes, the uber-fast saloons still use colossal amounts of aero, and quick corners such as Hawthorn, Westfield, Dingle Dell and Stirlings will be a riot of high-speed barging. There’s British interest too, as the series is led by former McLaren F1 test driver and 2005 DTM champ Gary Paffett in his Merc-AMG C63. Another Brit, ex-F1…