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..:: My 2001 UK Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica

NOTE: This page is SSSOOOOoooo... out of date! Had the car just over a year now, and it looks quite different to the pictures on this page.. Also had a few changes under the skin! Soon I'll report on what all has been done to the car.. Not much left to do now.. It's been one hell of a project at a fraction of the cost it would normally be if I had a garage do all the work! Stay tuned! For a sneek peak check out the Lochindorb gallery! (actually event that's more or less out of date now too.. Someone please give me a kick up the ar*e!)

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UK Spec Standard 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX Finished in Red Mica 40,000 miles!

Sourced from Sunnyhill Motors in Turrif, Nov 2006.

Black privacy glass fitted which looks sweet against the Red Mica body! Really can't miss it when you see it on the road!

No plans for any modifications at the moment but I'm sure it wont be too long.... :o)
(23/03/07) Nope hasn't taken long at all.. Few cosmetic tweaks here and there since I bought the car, Mud flaps, front grills, fog lamp covers, grill inserts and some vinyl graphics. But the proper modding has started. Front & Rear aluminium top strut braces fitted wont have much affect at the moment unless used in conjunction with other suspension upgrades..

Soon to have the prodrive 3rd decat pipe fitted along with a Prodrive WRSport backbox (ooh burble) can't wait!

Other semi-planned mods are to the suspension. A set of Prodrive/Eibach springs would be nice, stiffer drop links, possibly new Anti-Roll bars. After that getting the suspension geometry reconfigured is a must. May got for the rally Group N settings as opposed to Prodrive configurations which tends to give uneven tyre wear. Only other change would be ECUTek remap for the ECU once the decat and backbox are fitted which would hopefully give bhp a kick up to around 265bhp from 215bhp, and a drop in 0-60 from 5.9sec to 4.8sec (as if it isn't fast enough). The possibilities for modifying truly are endless with these cars. But my pockets aren't that deep *sigh*

Finally got the 3rd cat delete pipe installed today thanks to Wallace Performance in aberdeen for removing the origonal cat pipe which was held in place by very dodgy workmanship!


If you spot me, don't forget to gimme a flash and a wave!!!

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Volkswagen Passat scoops 2015 Car of the Year award

The Volkswagen Passat is the 2015 Car of the Year
German manufacturer fends off competition from BMW, CitroŽn, Ford Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Renault to win the prestigious COTY award

The Volkswagen Passat has been named the 2015 Car of the Year at the Geneva motor show.

The German car topped a shortlist of seven vehicles, beating the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, CitroŽn C4 Cactus, Ford Mondeo, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Nissan Qashqai and Renault Twingo.

The award is decided by a jury made up of prominent motoring journalists across Europe, including Autocar's head of video and features Matt Prior and senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel.

The jury consists of 58 members, representing 22 European countries. National representation on the jury is related to the size of the country's car market and its importance in car manufacturing. France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain each have six members; other countries, proportionally fewer.

Volkswagen's Passat received 340 points from the judges, comprehensively beating its rivals.

The CitroŽn C4 Cactus garnered 248 points, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class on 221. Fourth was the Ford Mondeo with 203, with the Nissan Qashqai (160), BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (154) and Renault Twingo (124) rounding out the scoring.

The Passat succeeds the Peugeot 308 as the Car of the Year.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible confirmed at Geneva motor show

Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Land Rover rubber-stamps the open secret that it is introducing a drop-top variant of the big-selling Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover†has confirmed that a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in 2016.

The drop-top version of the compact SUV has been announced by the manufacturer ahead of this week's Geneva motor show, It has been seen in official images of a test car being driven through the tunnels of the Crossrail project currently being constructed beneath London. Land Rover has also issued a short video of the stunt.

The car?s existence confirms an open secret that Land Rover has been preparing a convertible Evoque, having first shown a concept version of such a model in 2012.

The production Evoque Convertible will be built alongside the five-door and coupť variants at Land Rover?s Halewood plant, and will join the line-up of the recently facelifted Evoque.

Land Rover engineers will have worked to solve any issues with body rigidity and handling which have arisen through the loss of the Evoque?s roof; it?s not yet known whether the move has hindered the Evoque?s off-road capabilities.

The facelifted Evoque range features new LED headlight designs and a refreshed engine line-up, including four-cylinder diesel units from Jaguar Land Rover?s Ingenium range.

Previously seen spy pictures clearly show the soft-top Evoque will get revised rear-end styling, with the most prominent addition being a rear-mounted lip spoiler.

Read more Geneva motor show news.†

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MILA Plus hybrid sports car showcases lightweight tech

Magna International's Geneva motor show concept is the MILA Plus two-seater
Petrol-electric two-seater sports car packs 268bhp and 428lb ft, and will be on display at this week's Geneva motor show

Global automotive supplier Magna International will unveil a new two-seat hybrid sports car, named MILA Plus, at this week's Geneva motor show.

The vehicle is the latest in a line of MILA-badged concepts to be shown by the company, and exists as a showcase for Magna's capabilities, specifically its advanced technologies and flexible manufacturing processes with a focus on eco-friendliness.

MILA Plus is based on an extruded aluminium space frame, chosen over a steel structure for its lower weight, structural flexibility and ability to accommodate different driveline configurations.

The modular body-in-white concept also allows the use of components and systems from large-series production, thus enabling improved manufacturing efficiency and flexibility for global automakers.

The car's high-voltage battery pack is integrated into the space frame in order to increase structural rigidity.

The MILA Plus, which weighs 1520kg, is clothed in what Magna refers to as "a multi-material external skin". This includes lightweight plastic body panels, which are used due to their corrosion resistance and styling flexibility.

The body-in-white is constructed using cold mechanical joining, a process that is more cost-effective than traditional welding and has been used on other vehicles Manga has been involved with, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Aston Martin Rapide.

The car's plug-in hybrid system comprises a three-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors. One is mounted between the internal combustion engine and transmission and drives the rear axle, and the other drives the electric-only front axle.

The overall power figure is put at 268bhp with peak torque rated at 428lb ft. The Plus is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 4.9sec.

Magna claims the car can cover 46 miles on electric power alone and achieves CO2 emissions of 32g/km. The aluminium body-in-white is recyclable and the interior uses renewable materials such as bioplastics and natural fibres.

Two cameras replace the exterior mirrors, not only to improve the car's aerodynamics but also to provide wide-angle, high-resolution live images shown on two display screens inside the vehicle, helping to minimise blind spots.

The MILA Plus is 4403mm long, 1925mm wide and 1250mm high, and has a wheelbase of 2575mm. Those dimensions make it a similar size to a Lotus Evora, which has the same wheelbase. The MILA Plus has 360 litres of luggage space.

GŁnther Apfalter, president of Magna Europe and Magna Steyr, said: "Magna's broad range of services ? from engineering to diverse product capabilities to full-vehicle contract manufacturing ? helps support our customers as they continue to be challenged with the changing dynamics of the automotive industry.

"The MILA Plus vehicle concept illustrates our value proposition and advantage within the global supply base."

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The motor industry is at the Geneva show but worrying about China

The state of the Chinese car market is a concern for multinational car companies
As the key global players in the automotive industry descend on Geneva, there's growing disquiet about a sales slowdown in China

Worrying might be a touch too extreme, but there's no question that the slowdown in once-booming Chinese car sales is starting to cause furrowed brows among car makers ahead of the Geneva motor show.

The slowdown - most notably among premium brands - actually translates as 5-10% year-on-year growth, but when you've been used to a diet of upwards of 30% growth for the past few years, and invested hundreds of millions in building factories to sustain that growth, you can understand the concern that is now being expressed.

The reasons are many and varied, but it's clear that Chinese government legislation is at least partly to blame. The major cities are clamping down on second car ownership in order to combat pollution and congestion, for instance, while infrastructure and prosperity in second and third-tier cities is inevitably of a smaller magnitude.

The more positive players are talking up new opportunities. A credible used car market is starting to emerge, for instance, powered by trade-ins, while the servicing and maintainance of all the cars sold in the gold rush of the past few years is keeping dealers busy.

But that requires a new way of thinking. In China, common practice among dealers has been to pile stock high and sell it on the spot, which has meant pretty effortless profits. The changing market requires both investment and hard work.

A growing market is still a good one, of course, and so is one that's changing and offering up new opportunities. But I suspect you may hear a lot more from car makers in the coming days about spreading their risk and focusing on a global approach.

The Chinese market kept many struggling brands afloat when the European and US markets were at rock bottom, but as the signs of recovery strengthen, the importance of spreading risk - and being open to opportunities - around the globe has never been more apparent.

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What 1970s legend Spencer Haze thinks about the return of Jensen

Spencer Haze vs Jensen
Following confirmation of the revival of the Jensen car company, a marque enthusiast offers a view in his own, unique way

Jensen is back. That?s something that seems to happen every few decades or so.

It would be very easy to shrug and ignore that fact and watch the British manufacturer disappear again, or come over all gushy and nostalgic.

Actually the right thing to do is ask a fictional cartoon character from 1973 what he thinks. Spencer Haze, soon to be the subject of a major motion film, was a hip, happening and groovy cat with enough disposal income to own a Jensen FF back in the day.

Having time-travelled to right now (spoiler alert, sorry Warner Brothers Pictures), he is perfectly placed to explain what the appeal of Jensen was and maybe still is. Or isn?t.

To be continued... possibly.


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