May 25, 2010
Wider cars blamed for more accidents
Experts say wider vehicles, designed to have extra safety features and enhance comfort are a “major contributory factor” in crashes on minor rural roads where one in 40 accidents occur.
They are also a hazard in urban streets where the conversion of houses into flats means roads are lined with parked vehicles.
The problem has been managed on main roads by widening lanes Rules on lane sizes were changed in 2005 so that major A roads and motorways are now 3.65 meters wide. But smaller rural and urban are just 2.43 meters wide on average.
Accident management firm Accident Exchange says motorists are finding it increasingly difficult to judge the width of their car and advises drivers to exercise caution.
The company’s claims experts calculate accidents caused by ‘narrow road blindness’ on country lanes leave drivers with bills averaging £2,300 for repairs to bodywork panels.
“The ever increasing waistline of the modern car is a major contributory factor in crashes on Britain’s roads,” said claims settlement director Lee Woodley.
BMW spokesman Gavin Ward said legislation has forced car makers to fit larger wing mirrors and thicker windscreen and door pillars.
May 14, 2010
Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans buys Britain’s most expensive car
The Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who recently took over from Terry Wogan, has just spent £12million on a vintage Ferrari 250 GT.
The 44-year-old, who is known for his admiration for sports cars had to sell three cars in his collection to stump the 12 million asking price.
The car cost a measly £6,000 when it was first sold 47 years ago – Evans posted a picture of his latest motor on his twitter with a message saying: ‘The new one has arrived.”
Only 36 250 GT’s were ever made and has a top speed of 176 and will do 0-62 in 6 seconds – still impressive to this day.
Earlier this week it was announced that Evans had beaten his predecessor, Sir Terry Wogan’s record for the largest every audience for a British radio show.
His Radio 2 show averaged 9.5 million weekly listeners in his first three months in the job – a rise of almost 1.5m on Sir Terry who stepped down in December after 27 years.
May 12, 2010
911 GT2 RS: Porsche’s most powerful road car ever
Porsche have just announced their most powerful production car to date – their new 911 GT2 RS has been on a diet and shed 70 kgs of weight and has been given a significant power upgrade making it more powerful per tonne than a Buggati Veyron.
It will be officially unveiled at the Moscow motorshow and not the Paris motorshow as pundits had predicted. Porsche claims that their new beast will do 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds, 0-124mph in 9.8 seconds, and 0-186mph in 28.9.
This new biblical speed comes via a nifty new intercooler and turbo boost for the 3.6-litre six-cyclinder boxer engine.
The diet has not been limited to the exterior with the new Porsche featuring a whole host of new weight saving change inside too.
Inside there are lightweight bucket seats made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, and lightweight interior door panels with door opening straps. The basic interior colour is black, contrasting with red alcantara upholstery on the seat centre sections and roof lining, as well as with segments on the steering wheel rim, gearshift and handbrake lever.
911 GT2 RS Technical specifications
Max. power (DN) 620hp
at rpm 6,500
at rpm 2,500 – 5,500
Compression ratio 9.0 : 1
Boost pressure 1.6 bar
Transmission Six speed manual
Wheels Front: 9 J x 19 ET 47
Rear: 12 J x 19 ET 48
Front: 245/35 ZR 19 (sports tyres)
Rear: 325/30 ZR 19 (sports tyres)
Unladen weight (DIN) 1,370kg
Power to weight ratio 2.21kilos per hp / 452hp per tonne
Top Speed 205mph
0-62mph 3.5 secs
0-99mph 6.8 secs
CO2 emissions 284 g/km
Turning circle 10.9m
Drag coefficient 0.34
Combined fuel consumption 23.7mpg
Width (inc wing mirrors) 1,852mm (1,952mm)
Price £164,107 inc VAT