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’RING RECORD FOR ID R?
Chatting with a member of the Volkswagen Motorsport communications team at Goodwood this weekend, it appears that the brand has no plans to rest on its laurels after its electric ID R set a new record at the Pikes Peak hillclimb in the US a couple of weeks ago.
Instead it seems the company wants to take the Nurburgring track record away from Porsche, which set a new record recently when its 919 Evo lapped the famous ’Ring in a time of five minutes and 19 seconds. Volkswagen will, however, have a lot of work to do if it is going to wrestle the accolade away from sister company Porsche. The ID R will need to improve its top speed by around an additional 100km/h if it is to topple the 919. The challenge is on.
MCLAREN TO GO HYBRID
McLaren used the Goodwood Festival of Speed to reveal its new 600LT model but equally importantly to announce its plans beyond the existing Track22 strategy.
The big surprise was that the firm announced its Track25 plans will see its entire range go hybrid by 2025. It will launch 18 new models and derivatives by the same year and lift production to 6,000 vehicles a year. It will also launch the Ultimate Series successor to the P1, codenamed BP23.
SKETCHING THE FUTURE
While there are plenty of spy pics doing the rounds of the and under consideration for SA, the brand is promising that the electric Mini will ensure that electro-mobility is delivered in a way unique to the Mini name with driving fun, style and individualisation at its core.
DAIMLER GETS CHINA NOD
China has made Daimler the first foreign car maker to be granted an autonomous-testing licence for the country’s roads. The company said its new licence for Level 4 self-driving prototypes covered roads in Beijing, Shanghai and roads and highways inbetween.
The Chinese government has given similar licences to its homegrown car makers, like the Beijing-based BAIC, the Shanghai-based SAID, tech company Baidu and startup car maker (and Formula E contender) Nio.
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz and smart, has a history of self-driving test and development dating back more than two decades and even has its own self-driving test facility in Immendingen, in the team had overpaid for the 33-year-old. The USB is not one of the major unions in Fiat’s seven Italian car-making plants, so the strike is not expected to have a major impact.
Our sources have spotted an updated version of the Honda Civic Type-R undergoing testing. The main changes will be to the interior, but small exterior changes suggest the facelift could be for the entire Civic range.
Will Volkswagen target a new Nurburgring track record with its electric ID R?
McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt announces the Track25 plan. Daimler has been given a licence to test autonomous vehicles in China.
The grille of the electric Mini shows little of the car which will go on sale in 2019.