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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 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.


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.


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.


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