As­ton­mart­in­repl­i­capoised to hit the fast lane at auc­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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