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Why the Time to Invest in an Electric Car Might Be Here

Electric cars have been around for a long time, but many motorists have been avoiding making the switch up until now. There have been a handful of obstacles that these types of automobiles have had to overcome, but it appears that they are now doing so and an increasing amount of motorists are now making the switch – the sale of Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles rose by 33.4% in the UK in November compared to last year.

Government Action

The time to invest in an electric car might finally be here and this is for a few different reasons. The primary reason is the fact that governments around the world are looking to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in the near future in a bid to tackle clean air concerns. Many governments are making incentives for making the switch sooner rather than later, such as a Grant towards an electric car. They are also penalising those that are driving the most polluting vehicles, with the new T-Charge in London being a good example of this.

 

Infrastructure

A recent study by energy provider OVO revealed what was stopping those in the UK from making the switch. The main answer given was the supposed lack of charging points, but the same study also revealed that Brits heavily underestimated how many charging points there are. On average, they believed there to be just 2,812 charging points, but in reality there are actually over 13,000 with this number rising each month.

The lack of charging infrastructure has been a big issue in many other countries too, but this is now all changing as the world seems to be preparing for the green car revolution. In addition to this, the cars themselves are rapidly improving to become more appealing to consumers. This includes greater variety in the type of vehicles available, faster charging times, longer battery life, new safety technology and much more. Pioneering brands like Toyota, Suzuki and leading the way and now practically every manufacturer has an electric or hybrid model in their range.

 

Cost

The cost has been another issue, but these cars could become more affordable in the near future as there is greater competition. In addition to this, the low running costs will help motorists to recoup their money quickly.

Overall, the clean air plans, government incentives and rapidly improving infrastructure means that now is the perfect time to leave petrol and diesel behind and make the switch to electric.

10 Cool Muscle Cars

We love cool muscle cars and here we feature our 10 favourite muscle cars. The true muscle car was built for the everyday American who wanted more power and these beauties certainly have power.

1. 1970 Buick ‘GSX’ Stage 1

This cool muscle car did the quarter mile in 13.38 seconds and came in only two colours – Apollo White or Saturn Yellow.

 

2. 1969 427 COPO Chevelle

A special order by dealers designated Central Office Production Order, the 1969 427 COPO Chevelle had a limited run of about 320 cars. This 450 bhp muscle car was fitted with a L72 427-cid V-8 due to demand from muscle loving Chevy dealers. Interestingly enough, Chevy didn’t want their mid-sizes at the time to have more than 400 cid. But the COPO Chevelles were made and distributed to some very happy dealers.

 

3. 1965 Pontiac GTO

Possibly the one to start the American muscle car craze, the Goat or 1965 Pontiac Tempest GTO option featured racing car options that remained inspirational long after it was out driven in speed and power. From 0-60 in 6.1 seconds was not shabby, but not awe-inspiring considering the next 10 years of muscle cars. Regardless, this muscle car has the chops to make this list just by starting the phenom that has turned car enthusiasts into weekend warriors under the hood.

 

4. 1969 ZL1 Camaro

Probably one of the rarest of muscle cars, the 1969 ZL1 Camaro featured a jaw-dropping 500 horses under the hood in an aluminium V-8 engine. This cool muscle car could go from 0-60 in about 5.3 seconds, which was why some of the 69 models made found their way into drag-racing. Over time, the full complement of cars was sold; however, the package option was never offered again.

 

5. 1970 454 Chevelle SS

The 1970 Super Sport package Chevelle featuring the LS6 package came in at a whopping 454 horse. The option was standard for the average car buyer of the day making it one of the most powerful stock cars anyone could purchase. With racing stripes and a smooth interior, this muscle monger was the average muscle lover’s dream.

 

6. 1969 Ford Mustang ‘Boss 429’

The ‘Boss 429’ 1969 Ford Mustang was the costliest non-Shelby Mustang Ford offered at the time. The reason came down to the semi-hemi 429 engine that Ford wanted to get into NASCAR. While the car was not built for its screaming starts, it was known for long-haul racing capabilities and smooth handling.

 

7. 1970 Plymouth Hemi-Cuda

The baddest of the 1970 Plymouth Barracudas or Hemi Cudas featured a 425 bhp 426 hemi engine. This muscle car boasted a 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and was known for burning rubber without much prompting. A brute on the road, the Hemi Cuda was made for muscle lovers. The Hemi Cuda came in one engine size, 426, while the other four engine options for the ‘Cuda did not have hemispherical heads.

8. 1969 Z28 Camaro

Not the most powerful, the 1969 Z28 Camaro was built for the excitement of road racing and loved for its sense of style and handling capabilities. Perhaps one of the most stylish and cool muscle cars, this Camaro could do a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds though only at a speed of a little more than 100 mph. Despite that obvious lack of raw power, it was noted for its great handling with four-disc brakes, positraction and power steering.

 

9. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

Thought to have too much power for its chassis, the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C featured an impressive 480 bhp. This sporty little number looked like a European sports car, yet had the muscle to prove it was American. Two twin turbocharged versions of this super car were made – one for Bill Cosby and one for Shelby. Cosby sold his because it had too much power and the next owner put it in a lake; Shelby’s Super Snake was sold in 2007 for $5.5 million US.

 

10. 1968 L88 Corvette

Boasting a top speed of about 170 mph with a special order package, the 1968 L88 Corvette is thought to be the end-all, be-all in the Corvette world. The 550 bhp motor was designed specifically for racing and GM didn’t want the L88 on the open road due to its power. More standard features of everyday cars such as air conditioning and a radio weren’t even offered to make this powerful car less attractive to the common man.

Enthusiasts can learn more about muscle car history and racing from Parts Geek’s More Muscle Car Resources page.

Most Popular Supercars Driven by Billionaires

Take a minute and think of the most expensive car you can. Now think about the fastest car you know. Is it the same car, or two different ones? It might be hard to imagine because it seems that every supercar company keeps upping their game, trying to outdo each other to secure their spot as having one of the best cars in the world. Bear in mind, limited production cars such as the Aston Martin One-77, Lamborghini Centenario, and Koenigsegg Agera RS have been kept off this list due to the minimal quantity of them on the market. Although this list is not comprehensive, maybe there is a chance that you guessed one of the cars on this list!

1. Porsche 911 GT3 RS

At a glance:

Horsepower: 500
Engine: 4.0-Litre flat-6
0-60: 3.2 seconds
Top speed: 200 mph
Base price:  $175,000

This beautiful piece of German art and engineering made this list not because it’s the fastest, nor is it the most expensive, but is perhaps one of the most recognisable and long-lasting brands in the automotive supercar industry. The GT3 RS boasts a 4.0-Litre six-cylinder engine. With 500 horses galloping in the engine, you can expect to get from 0-60 in about 3.2 seconds! Although its price may seem high, for a billionaire this might fall into the realm of
“practical.”

2. Bugatti Chiron

At a glance:

Horsepower: 1,500
Engine: 8.0-litre V16 quad turbo
0-60: 2.3 seconds
Top speed: 261 mph (limited for safety reasons)
Base price: $2,700,000
Let’s move on to the toys that say “I have a lot of money, and everyone needs to know!” The 2017 Chiron is probably so exotic that it has its own island and walks around in an unbuttoned thin white t-shirt showing off its chiseled abs and six pack for those few lucky enough to see it. Even its predecessor, the Veyron, looks upon this beast with disdain knowing the Chiron is out there doing things it never could.

3. McLaren P1

At a glance:

Horsepower: 903
Engine: 3.8-Litre electric/twin-turbo V8 hybrid
0-60: 2.7 seconds
Top speed: 217 mph
Base price: $1,150,000
Nothing says “I love driving fast and saving the environment at the same time” as a hybrid supercar, and this rear wheel drive monster does it the best! The P1’s two competitors aren’t bad either, but Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferarri LaFerarri have a bit of catching up to do. Especially considering the redundancy of the Ferarri, not to mention it’s high price point!

4. Hennessey Venom GT

At a glance:

Horsepower: 1,244
Engine: 7.0-Litre V8 twin-turbo
0-60: 2.7 seconds
Top speed: 270 mph (verified)
Base price: $1,200,000
If you’re by chance in the market for a car in the low million-dollar range and aren’t a fan of the hybrids, take a look at this puppy. With a top speed, higher than the Chiron, and a price point and 0-60 similar to the P1, this could be your car. This car even holds a Guinness World Record title! This car has plenty of bark and bite.

5. Lamborghini Aventador S

At a glance: 

Horsepower: 730
Engine: 6.5-Litre V12
0-60: 2.8 seconds
Top speed: 217 mph
Base price: $425,000
No supercar list is complete without a Lamborghini in the ranks. The Italian Lamborghini brand has been around for quite some time, and in that time, they have produced some of the most luxurious cars on the market. The Aventador S comes with all-wheel drive and even rear steering. Not only does this car look mean, but it also sounds mean! Lambo’s have a sound of their own, and this one will certainly make some heads turn.
If you’re someone with one of these sweet rides, or even if you’re not a billionaire yet, but still want to add some style to your current ride, throw on a customised license plate from Absolute Reg you can click here to start designing your very own!

Sources

http://www.gayot.com/lifestyle/automobile/lists/supercars/main.html
https://www.autobytel.com/sports-cars/car-buying-guides/top-10-exotic-cars-126019/
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-lamborghini-aventador-s-now-with-730-hp-and-four-wheel-steering-news

 

Silverstone Circuit, The Home Of British Motorsports

Silverstone in central Northamptonshire is one of the most important racetracks in the United Kingdom. It can be considered the premier location within Britain for organised motorsport. The track is the current home of the British Grand Prix, which Silverstone has hosted since 1948. The circuit has been a key global location for competitive racing ever since 1950. Silverstone was constructed over three months after the second world war for the RAC from the disused remains of RAF Silverstone’s airfield and the ruins of a nearby farm. This took place after an informal competition in September 1947 to test the viability of the site known as the ‘Mutton Grand Prix’, so named for the accidental death of an unfortunate sheep that occurred during the race.

After development, the racetrack rapidly became a British motorsport fan favourite known worldwide for its distinctive curves and overhanging bridges. Silverstone has seen many changes to the broad loop layout since the first formal race was held in October 1948, although the original design is still mostly the same today. However, major redesigns to parts of the track completed in 1991 and 2010 allowed Silverstone to offer a greater variety of circuits and challenges to drivers. The site has also been home to the Silverstone UTC training facility since September 2013.

Silverstone has certainly seen its share of great motorsport moments. Of particular note are Graham Hill’s 1960 surprise turnaround and spin out, Jackie Stewart’s shocking 1969 victory, Nigel Mansel’s 1987 and 1991 clinched victories, Michael Schumacher’s 1998 finish line controversy, and Lewis Hamilton’s four-year 2014-2017 streak of triumphs. The 1950 Silverstone Grand Prix is also notable for being the only British motor race ever attended by a reigning monarch, George VI.

Below is a 3D model of Silverstone circuit produced byTrackdays.co.uk. From this diagram, you should be able to get a good overhead view of the route you’ll be taking, the landmarks around the track, the surrounding landscape, and the obstacles all drivers face navigating the circuit. The diagram’s hazard key system also lists tips as to what to expect for each of the fifteen major features of Silverstone Circuit.

3 of the best small cars available at affordable prices

The small car market is incredibly competitive, which is good news if you’re looking for a new supermini vehicle. Not only will you have a great range of models to choose from but you’ll also find that the standards for these types of cars are very high.

To be in with a chance of manufacturing the best small car on the market, the car must be comfortable for city and motorway driving. It must also provide you with enough boot space for your shopping trips, a decent amount of technology and have an interior that can meet up to the daily demands of your family. And, perhaps most importantly of all, it must be affordably and competitively priced.

So, to help you find your next supermini car, here are three of the best:

Ford Fiesta

It’s perhaps no surprise that the Ford Fiesta tops many top ten supermini lists, especially since the new model arrived on the market. It continues to dominate the sector with it being easy and fun to drive. Furthermore, the Ecoboost petrol engines offer a quiet yet punchy drive, and this plus point is topped off by the great discounts that are
available on these cars.

One of its counterparts, the Ford B Max, is also growing in popularity as it’s based on the best-selling Fiesta but is slightly longer and taller. It also boasts no central pillar and has sliding rear side doors, making it much easier to get more in your car. Great for taking the kids out or packing full of shopping, it’s available from companies like AA Cars.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta

Volkswagen Polo

Another unsurprising feature on our list, the VW Polo provides you with a premium small car in many ways. Not only does it have a smart, classy interior but it also looks fantastic on the outside, too. Some models can get quite pricey, but when you’re looking for an affordable supermini car, the 1.2-litre petrol engine offers a practical, economic style
that’s hard to beat.

 



Skoda Fabia

 
This car has won numerous awards during its time and is a favourite for many. Boasting a top-notch build and high-quality materials, the Fabia’s affordable to run. You’ll also find it at an affordable price, which means it’s a great little run around whether you’re travelling through the city or you’re taking to the open road.

Is the New Citroen C4 Picasso the MPV of the Year?

Multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) are hugely popular due to the fact that they are so practical and suit many motorists needs, but they are also famously not the most exciting automobiles. This has all changed with the new Citroen C4 Picasso, which has all the practicality of the top MPVs but also has a healthy dose of style. It is for this reason that it is many people’s pick for the MPV of the year.

Style

With bold dynamic lines, clever use of glass, bold rear chevrons and an unmistakable light signature, the C4 Picasso has a fresh and distinctive design that you typically do not see with MPVs. You can even personalise yours with bi-tone roof and door mirror. If appearance is important to you in a vehicle but you need the space and practicality of an MPV, this vehicle could be the one for you.

Interior

The interior of the car is a great combination of comfort and style. It has an almost futuristic interior layout with luxurious materials to make the cabin extra comfortable, plus this is furthered by the fact that it is incredibly spacious inside. This makes it perfect for families or those that carry a lot of luggage around.

Performance

Behind the wheel, the C4 Picasso lives up to the Citroen reputation of being a smooth and enjoyable drive. Exterior noises are well suppressed, whilst the panoramic windscreen allows for fantastic visibility. In terms of engines,  the most efficient is the BlueHDi 100 – this returns 74.3 MPG with emissions of just 99 g/km. If you are in the market for a petrol car, the PureTech 130 is the pick of the bunch with 56.5 MPG and 115 g/km. It is rare to get such great
efficiency and low running costs with larger vehicles such as this, which is another reason that this is proving to be such a popular vehicle.

Technology

The new Citroen C4Picasso, available from Robins and Day is packed full of great technology too. This includes a number of intelligent driver aids to boost safety, plus the 7-inch Touch Drive interface works just like a smartphone and allows you easy control of navigation, music, your phone and more.
The MPV market is filled with all kinds of great automobiles, but none are quite like the Citroen C4 Picasso. It ticks all of the boxes in terms of size, comfort, practicality and efficiency, but it also has a cool style and is a superb driving experience.

50 cars from the movie ‘gone in 60 seconds’

Showcasing pictures of the 50 cars that need stealing on the list from the movie gone in 60 seconds, some cool, some not so cool. The movie ‘gone in 60 seconds’ was a car lovers dream featuring 50 seriously cool cars. The movie if you haven’t seen it is about a retired master car thief who must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother’s life. Here are all 50 cars that were on the list along with their codenames.

1. 1999 Aston Martin DB7 – Mary

2. 1962 Aston Martin DB1 – Barbara

 

3. 1999 Bentley Arnage – Lindsey

 

4. 1999 Bentley Azure – Laura

 

5. 1964 Bentley Continental – Alma

 

6. 1959 Cadillac El Dorado – Madeline

 

7. 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham – Patricia

 

8. 1999 Cadillac Escalade – Carol

 

9. 2000 Cadillac Eldorado ETC (El Dorado Touring Coupe) – Daniela

 

10. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible – Stefanie

 

11. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Erin

 

12. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette – Pamela

 

13. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Big Block – Stacey

 

14. 2000 Ford F350 4×4 modified pick-up – Anne

 

15. 1971 DeTomaso Pantera – Kate

 

16. 1969 Dodge Daytona – Vanessa

 

17. 1998 Dodge Viper Coupe GTS – Denise

 

18. 1995 Ferrari 355 B – Diane

 

19. 1997 Ferrari 355 F1 – Iris

 

20. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB 4 – Nadine

 

21. 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Angelina

22. 1987 Ferrari Testarossa – Rose

 

23. 1956 Ford T-Bird – Susan

 

24. 2000 GMC Yukon – Megan

 

25. 1999 HumVee 2-Door Pickup – Tracy

 

26. 1999 Infiniti Q45 – Rachel

 

27. 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 – Bernadene

 

28. 1999 Jaguar XK8 Coupe – Deborah

 

29. 1990 Lamborghini Diablo – Gina

 

30. 1999 Lexus LS400 – Hillary

 

31. 1999 Lincoln Navigator – Kimberley

 

32. 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL/Gullwing – Dorothy

 

33. 1999 Mercedes Benz CL 500 – Donna

 

34. 1999 Mercedes Benz S 600 – Samantha

 

35. 1998 Mercedes Benz SL 600 – Ellen

 

36. 1950 Mercury Custom – Gabriela

 

37. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda – Shannon

 

38. 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner – Jessica

 

39. 1965 Pontiac GTO – Sharon

 

40. 1999 Porsche 996 – Tina

 

41. 2000 Porsche Boxster – Marsha

 

42. 1961 Porsche Speedster – Natalie

 

43. 1988 Porsche 959 – Virginia

 

44. 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo – Tanya

 

45. 2000 Rolls Royce Stretch Limousine – Grace

 

46. 1966 Shelby AC Cobra – Ashley

 

47. 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 – Eleanor

 

48. 2000 Toyota Landcruiser – Cathy

 

49. 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo – Lynn

 

50. 2000 Volvo Turbo Wagon R – Lisa

 

If a new gone in 60 seconds movie was released today, we wonder which cars would be on the list? One can assume the Bugatti Veyron special edition would be on the list somewhere.  Let us know what other cars you would include by commenting below…

 

The World’s Most Expensive Cars

Some people love cars. And, other people love working really hard to spend a lot of money on cars. And, still other people have more money than regular people can even imagine, and can afford to drop insane amounts of money on cars. And they do this, regularly. Here are a few of the cars they sometimes choose.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is one of the most expensive cars ever sold. Only nine of the vehicles were made in 2014 and each had a $4.5 million price tag. The vehicle looks as over-the-top as you might expect including a complete lack of roof. It looks like a race car and is said to be completely street legal. Behind the wheel, you can hit top speed of more than 200 miles per hour.

 

Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron is another of the world’s most expensive cars with a price tag of $1.7 million. This car is not currently in production, but fans can still pick up late model versions if they have the cash reserves to afford it. Most really expensive cars deliver the experience of going really fast and the Bugatti Veyron is no exception with top speeds over 230 miles per hour.

 

Koenigsegg Agera R

The next most expensive car in the world almost looks like the Lamborghini’s step brother. It’s the Koenigsegg Agera R and costs a cool $1.6 million to drive it off the lot. Actually, you likely won’t drive it off the lot and instead it will be built with tremendous attention to detail after your check clear and hand delivered to you likely with a gold and diamond-dusted bow on top. The car hails from Sweden and was imagined to be a real race car for the road.

 

Hennessey Venom GT

And finally, the Hennessey Venom GT round out the top of the ridiculously expensive cars list. A very limited number of these cars are built because a very limited number of people in the world are willing to spend $1.2 million on a car. But, there are about 30 people who are willing and the Hennessey Venom delivers thrill and excitement as promised.

For all of us regular folks who never in their wildest dream could afford these cars, cars.com has its pulse on all the most affordable and reliable cars on the market. Check it out today for a huge advantage on your next car purchase.

16 Abandoned & Very Expensive Cool Cars

A collection of cool super cars that have been sadly abandoned including Ford GT40, Ferarri F40 and Testarossa, a couple of Lamborghini mura’s, TVR, white Amphicar and a couple of Aston Martins! Imagine coming across one of these amazing cars on your property!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Sports Cars for Under £30,000

Everyone likes the idea of owning a sporty little number. As well as being far more fun to drive than a dull family box car, catching your reflection in shop windows is the only way to while away a traffic jam. But proper sports cars are super expensive, right? Not necessarily.

Best for seat-of-your-pants thrills…Caterham 7

OK, so there’s a little bit of cheating involved here. The Caterham 7 is the definitive, stripped-down sports car, in more ways than one: it has the bare essentials, some models don’t even have a windscreen, but the upshot is you get spectacular performance and handling for a relatively modest outlay.

The snag is, unless you pay extra, you have to build it yourself. But with the cheapest versions starting at £17k, you won’t find more fun for your cash anywhere else.

Best for everyday use…Ford Focus ST

Don’t be fooled by the familiar body shape, the Ford Focus ST is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing. The standard Focus is already a hoot to drive, but add some serious power, racy underpinnings and steroid injections to the bodywork and you have a proper performance machine.


Thankfully, this hot hatch has lost none of its charm and everyday usability in the transformation, with a five door option available, as well as a big boot and comfy cabin. All this for a car that tops out at around £22k.

And hot hatches don’t have to cost silly money to insure either. Why not compare car insurance quotes to see what a Ford Focus ST will cost you to cover – you may be surprised.

Best for top-down posers…Mazda MX-5

Calling the MX-5 a poseur’s car is a bit unfair. From the outside it has all the right ingredients: long bonnet, pert little rump, folding roof and just the two seats, so it’s a hit with those who want to look the part. But the truth is the MX-5 is also a real driver’s car.


It has a sharp rear-wheel drive chassis, a choice of keen petrol engines, and is undemanding behind the wheel. Cynics might say it’s a carbon-copy of a certain British roadster, but the truth is that the MGB was never this good.


The MX-5 range starts at £15,420.

Best for tight budgets and tight parking spaces…Fiat 500 Abarth

This little rocketship is a triumph in compact style and performance, and is expected to cost under £14k when it’s released in spring 2009.



You’ll need to be quick though as this could well be hit of the year. The standard 500 is already a pleasure to look at and to drive, but the Abarth version adds a mean streak and some serious punch.


It outshines the Mini Cooper for style and should cost about the same, so get ahead of the fashionistas and go Italian. The Abarth is expected to fall into car insurance tax band D.

 

Best of British…Lotus Elise

The little Norfolk car maker has been plugging away for years producing some of the best sports cars at any price, and the current Elise is arguably their best yet.

The combination of light weight, sparkling engines and some of the best chassis engineers in the world means you, the lucky driver, gets to savour a car that simply loves bends, looks fantastic and is exhilarating to drive.

Even better, the entry-level S model nips in at £24k – bargain basement for a pint-sized supercar. The top-spec SC model is head-bangingly fast but just creeps over our £30k barrier.

The lightweight approach also pays off at the pumps – despite the performance, the Elise S can still do 34mpg, which is cheap motoring by sports car standards.