F1 UP­GRADES

En­hance the F1 ex­pe­ri­ence with the lat­est must-have prod­ucts

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RE­NAULT SPORT LAYSHAFT AND GEAR LAMP Price £439 www.me­men­toex­clu­sives.com

Func­tion al­ways leads form in For­mula 1. But when pre­ci­sion en­gi­neered rac­ing car parts have been fin­ished with, their aes­thetic qual­i­ties can be put to new uses.

This stylish lamp forms part of a new col­lec­tion from Re­nault Sport F1 Her­itage, with a base cre­ated from a gen­uine, race-used gear ra­tio set on car­bon fi­bre an­chor­ing a layshaft stem.

The parts have all been sourced from Re­nault F1 cars that raced be­tween 2002 and 2010. Their prove­nance is en­sured by unique parts identification num­bers, sup­ported by an of­fi­cial team cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity.

CODE­MAS­TERS F1 2017 GAME PS4, Xbox One & PC Price From £49.99 www.for­mula1-game.com

F1’s of­fi­cial video game evolves year on year. The an­nual up­dates are al­ways worth get­ting so you can have cur­rent driver/ team com­bi­na­tions and new cir­cuits to race on, but this time the team at Code­mas­ters have ex­celled them­selves.

We took Fer­nando Alonso’s Honda-pow­ered Mclaren for a spin around the flood­lit Sin­ga­pore Ma­rina Bay street cir­cuit, and al­though we were able to keep up with the field around the twisty course, when they pulled away on the straights we found our­selves cry­ing out loud: “No power!”

The game’s pro­duc­ers have taken their cue from other rac­ing sim­u­la­tors such as rfac­tor and Project Cars, and now you can ad­just the AI set­tings to a fig­ure be­tween 0-110. So if you find the ‘ex­pert’ set­ting too easy, but ‘leg­end’ too hard, you can con­fig­ure the game ex­actly to your lik­ing. We found it di­alled in per­fectly with a Log­itech G29 steer­ing wheel and ped­als.

There’s some great de­tail, too. On the fi­nal lap in Sin­ga­pore, the fire­work dis­play lights up the Tar­mac, and if your en­gi­neer is speak­ing to you from the pits, his voice crack­les as you pass un­der bridges.

As well as the usual ca­reer modes and time tri­als, you can now take on a challenge that ranks you on a global leader­board. Get to the top and you’ll be in­vited to take part in the new of­fi­cial For­mula 1 es­ports world cham­pi­onship.

And we haven’t even men­tioned the slew of clas­sic machin­ery you can drive. Now’s your chance to take Mansell’s FW14B or Senna’s 1991 Mclaren MP4/6 for a spin.

T-LAB EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL SEUL LES BRAVES SPA-FRAN­COR­CHAMPS T-SHIRT Price £27 www.t-lab.eu

The lat­est from one of our favourite pro­duc­ers of cool rac­ing garb, this T-shirt pays homage to Bel­gium’s beloved grand prix cir­cuit in the Ar­dennes: Spafran­cor­champs. The printed logo, ‘seul les

braves’, trans­lates as ‘only the brave’, while the stylish track im­agery is a three-colour screen­print onto dark grey 100 per cent cot­ton. The T-shirt won’t fade through reg­u­lar washes, and is avail­able in small, medium, large and ex­tra-large sizes.

CASIO ED­I­FICE F1-IN­SPIRED WATCH Price £325 www.ed­i­fice-watches.co.uk

Two vari­a­tions of Casio Ed­i­fice’s lat­est F1-in­spired time­pieces are avail­able, both of which fea­ture Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy that links to your smart­phone, plus a de­vice that dis­plays your av­er­age speed when trav­el­ling.

De­sign and tech­ni­cal in­put are cour­tesy of Toro Rosso, en­sur­ing Casio main­tain their grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity at the rea­son­ably priced end of the lux­ury watch mar­ket.

LO­TUS 18: THE AU­TO­BI­OG­RA­PHY OF STIR­LING MOSS’S ‘912’ Au­thor Ian Wagstaff Price £60 www.porter­press.co.uk

This is the tenth vol­ume in Porter Press’s won­der­ful ‘Great Cars’ se­ries, which steps be­yond the life of a fa­mous make and model to delve into the specifics of a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial chas­sis. And as For­mula 1 cars go, there are few more pre­cious than this one.

The Lo­tus 18 ‘912’ was a Rob Walker en­try that Stir­ling Moss drove to his fi­nal world cham­pi­onship grand prix vic­to­ries at the 1961 Monaco and German Grands Prix.

Dur­ing a year in which Fer­rari’s 156 ‘Shar­knose’ largely dom­i­nated, Moss de­liv­ered a pair of vir­tu­oso per­for­mances that were not only two of his finest, but also among the great­est vic­to­ries ever in F1 his­tory.

The au­thor is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to this se­ries and, as usual, has ex­plored the deep­est re­cesses to un­cover sump­tu­ous de­tail and nu­ance, aided by the rec­ol­lec­tions of Walker’s trusted me­chanic, Tony Clev­erly. We par­tic­u­larly like the con­text-set­ting chap­ter on what else was hap­pen­ing in the world dur­ing 1961, a pleas­ing touch most rac­ing books over­look.

Al­most 300 evoca­tive pho­to­graphs, printed on pa­per of the high­est qual­ity, en­sure this rather ex­pen­sive tome is still ter­rific value.

The car re­mains a pop­u­lar cam­paigner in his­toric rac­ing cir­cles, the chap­ter on which of­fers an up-to-date coda to the story of a glo­ri­ously cel­e­brated F1 clas­sic.

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