Astonmartinreplicapoised to hit the fast lane at auction
THIS kit-style full size replica of the 1959 Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1 is expected to fetch up to £25,000 in auction at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Meeting on September 15.
It was made by Evanta to honour the marque and the drivers Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori and chief designer Ted Cutting, all of whom died this year.
The “kit” includes repro body panels, seats, wire wheels, Smiths gauges and switches in the period dashboard, a Mota Lita steering wheel and even a cap signed by the drivers. Should you buy it, the art work measures 6.35m by 3.3m and splits in half for transportation.
VOLKSWAGEN has caught up with the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo in offering a semi-automatic gearbox on its similar up! ( sic) small car. The £595 gearbox brings slightly better economy and emissions of 64.2mpg and 103g/km CO2.
It is available on three-door and five-door versions from £9,675.
The ASG is an automated version of the five-speed manual gearbox in the up!. The driver uses the gear lever to select D (Drive), N (Neutral) or R (Reverse) (there is no P (Park)) and the gearbox switches to the optimum gear for the situation.
“The gear shift points have been calculated to help achieve maximum fuel efficiency, depending on road profile and throttle position” says VW. The driver can also change up or down manually using the gear lever but steering wheel paddle shift is not available.
The gearbox is spaceefficient, with the activation systems taking up a minimum of room, and has also been optimised to be as light as possible: at around 30 kg, it weighs just three kilograms more than the manual version.
Two electromechanical actuators are positioned directly on the gearbox, and control the gate selection and engage or disengage the gears.
A further electric motor is used to control the clutch. The simplicity of the ASG gearbox makes it more efficient than a torque-converter automatic gearbox, while the lower costs make it more appropriate for a cheapish city car than Volkswagen’s sophisticated DSG gearbox. Deliveries start in October. The cheapest Citigo auto is £9,095 and the cheapest Mii auto is £10,390.
SMALL WORLD: Volkswagen is offering a semi-automatic gearbox on its up! car, bringing slightly better economy.