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CAR UK April 2019

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

3 min

‘Competition drives Ferrari – but it could do without the level it currently faces’ Competition has driven Ferrari since its very earliest days, when founder Enzo was unapologetic in his priorities; building and selling road cars may have paid the bills but it was humbling rivals on the track that drove him. But Ferrari could surely do without the level of competition it currently faces. In Formula 1, Ferrari would appear to be ‘winning’ the pre-season tests. But recent experience suggests Mercedes aren’t a team to worry much about fast lap times when there are no points to be won, and that their operational armour is pretty much without chink. World’s most complete driver? Check. The fastest car over a season? Check. A pitwall not given to race-ruining errors? Check. No wonder Ferrari’s…

4 min
the cute face of honda’s great electric gamble

CUTE FACE… ‘Modern cars appear very aggressive,’ says project leader Kohei Hitomi. ‘We believe customers may be a little fed up with that. A friendlier, cuter car may be welcomed.’ …ELECTRIC GAMBLE Honda isn’t yet confirming price or power, but expect a 100bhp EV with a range of 125 miles or more for your £35k. A fat premium on a small Honda? That’s a gamble. At the 2017 Frankfurt motor show Honda revealed the Urban EV concept, a retro-modern electric city car so painfully cool the world immediately opened its chequebook and begged the company to build a production version. What the world didn’t know was that Honda had already been working on that production car for some time. Here’s our first look at it. The world might be slightly disappointed to note that the…

1 min
we need to talk about swindon

The new Honda EV’s Geneva unveiling came just days after the news broke that Honda was almost certain to close the Swindon factory. These events are not unconnected. Several factors are involved (including Brexit uncertainty and a new trade agreement between Japan and the EU), but Honda says the big one is its embrace of electrification with the e Prototype and everything that will follow in its wake. Honda looked at what it needed to do in order to pursue electrification – with a hybrid or EV in every new product line, and diesels getting the boot – and decided the most efficient approach would be to focus its investment on the places where it already makes most of its cars. Honda makes 2.3 million cars a year in Asia, 1.9 million…

1 min
…and citroën’s très french alternative

Citroën is marking 100 years of innovative lightweight cars by showing a concept that’s so innovative and light that it’s barely a car at all. The Ami One is Citroën’s vision of an electric two-seat city car. Smaller than a Smart ForTwo, it’s intended to be classed as a quadricycle like the Renault Twizy and in some countries would be legal for 16-year-olds. If it goes into production, it could be hired like a Boris bike, shared like a pool car, leased or bought. It has near-identical doors – rear-hinged for the driver, front-hinged for the passenger – as part of a cost-conscious approach to design that minimises the number of different parts. It’s equally simple inside, where the passenger seat is fixed but the driver’s seat slides and tips to give…

2 min
bugatti’s €11m anniversary gift

Happy 110th anniversary to Bugatti – and happy new-car-collection day to one extremely wealthy hypercar fan. La Voiture Noire – literally, the Black Car in French – is a one-off creation that at €11m (around £9.4m) before tax is one of the most expensive new vehicles ever to roll out of a car factory. The extreme hypercar uses the limited-edition 2018 Divo’s version of the familiar Bugatti 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine, producing 1480bhp and 1180lb ft of torque. But the body’s inspiration is from the distant past: a 1936 Type 57 SC Atlantic with the same nickname. Of the four made, one was used by founder Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean, until he gave it to Bugatti racer Robert Benoist as a reward for winning the 1937 Le Mans 24 Hours. Another…

1 min
lagonda all-terrain concept is aston’s posh electric suv

Aston Martin’s EV-only sub-brand Lagonda has jacked up last year’s Vision Concept a few inches to create the All-Terrain Concept, an EV crossover with a high level of self-driving capability. The batteries are stored low, allowing for a tapered silhouette and rear-hinged rear doors. The cockpit includes a key holder that allows the fob to float via electromagnets. Aston CEO Andy Palmer says the concept ‘would be at home whisking someone straight from a glamorous red carpet event to a remote scientific research lab.’ How very Iron Man.…