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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 out of date!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 (actually event that's more or less out of date now too..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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The absent Sergio Marchionne and what it means for the Paris motor show
Sergio Marchionne Paris motor show Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne has pulled out of appearing at the Paris motor show. Does it signpost something bigger?

The debate around whether the modern world needs motor shows is under the spotlight this week in Paris, with Bentley, Ford, Lamborghini, Mazda and Volvo among the big names who would traditionally have pitched up electing to give the whole jamboree a miss.

The theory goes that motor shows no longer deliver bang for buck; why fight for airtime for your product with 27 other car makers when you can get more coverage and more eyeballs for a (cheaper) digital reveal away from the melee?

Read about this year's Paris motor show here

On the eve of Paris, the motor show cause has been delivered another blow - albeit from the head of one of the car making conglomerates that is actually there. Having skipped last year's Frankfurt motor show while he negotiated with the workers' unions in the States, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, has cried off at the last moment again.

No reason has been given, but you'd have thought he'd do everything he can to rock up at an event where almost all of his brands - from Alfa to Fiat to Ferrari to Jeep - have something significant to say. More's the pity, too, because we had an hour of his time scheduled in, and there are few freer talkers than Marchionne when he builds up a head of steam. His views on revitalising Alfa would have been especially interesting, given the recent, positive tests of the new Giulia.

Still, the show must and will go on without him. There may be a very good reason for his absence, but there's no question in my mind that it will cost his brands a share of the spotlight and steal another fraction of lustre from the Paris motor show overall.

Keep up with all the latest Paris motor show news, with all the latest reveals and details here

UK car success under threat from Brexit, says industry
UK car success under threat from Brexit, says industry Promising car production statistics hide a longer-term worry for the British car industry post-Brexit, says SMMT boss Mike Hawes

Strong British car manufacturing figures are all very well, say UK car manufacturers, but they don?t mean expected challenges posed by Brexit are over.

Read more about the promising production figures here

Speaking during an event at the Eiffel Tower, where eight new British cars were displayed on the eve of the Paris motor show to underscore the UK?s recent healthy car export performance, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, warned that the success had come entirely during pre-referendum trading, but that the industry could not depend on the same business environment in future.

?Recent headlines have suggested that Brexit is no problem,? Hawes told an audience of industry leaders that included Minister for International Trade, Mark Garnier. ?Even our own figures - 900,000 cars exported so far this year - paint a picture of a strong and vibrant industry.

Read about the UK's registrations in August here

?But these results have come about because around £10 billion has been invested in our industry over the past five years. It was a huge help with model development and with R&D. And best of all, we were - and still are - in the single market.?

Hawes explained that the industry had become deeply concerned about future conditions since the referendum. There was a danger of investment ?leaking away?, he said, because investors were less confident of the future. The SMMT saw ?a window? between now and the start of Brexit negotiations early next year to get its message across and intended to take advantage.

Read about Ford's Bridgend investment cut here, and MG's withdrawal from UK production here

The major initiative, said Hawes, was to encourage the government to do everything possible to preserve current trading conditions by staying in the single market. There was a clear distinction between having access to the single market, he said, and actually being in it. ?All our advice points one way: you?re either in the single market or you?re not," he added.

The SMMT had looked carefully at deals negotiated by other countries on the fringes of the EU - Norway, Turkey and Switzerland - and found that none would offer the market conditions that had helped to bring the UK its automotive success in the past five years. ?It?s imperative that the government remembers this when negotiating,? said Hawes. ?It?s the key to everything.?

Will Vauxhall withdraw from UK production? Read more

Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Peugeot 3008 score top marks in Euro NCAP tests
Peugeot 3008 Euro NCAP awards two more cars its highest safety rating but Thatcham Research says more standard safety kit needs to be offered

Euro NCAP has awarded the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the upcoming Peugeot 3008 with its top, five-star safety rating in its latest round of tests.

Both cars scored well in the four areas measured by Euro NCAP - adult, child and pedestrian protection, and safety systems. The E-Class scored marginally higher in the safety systems test because it offers Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard. The technology is only optional on the 3008.

Despite the E-Class's five-star rating, though, safety group Thatcham Research says more needs to be done to make some of the car's most sophisticated safety systems available as standard. These include its semi-autonomous Drive Pilot function, which is currently part of the £1695 Driving Assistance Plus Pack.

Thatcham's director of research, Matthew Avery, said: "The E-Class is head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to advanced safety features. However, we know that the take-up of optional safety features is typically less than 10%, so more needs to be done in terms of standard fitment to make these superb technologies more widely accessible."

The company has also highlighted what it calls the 'gulf' in safety standards across the world, pointing out that some of India's newest cars, including the Renault Kwid and Honda Mobilo, are offered without even airbags as standard. By comparison, when Euro NCAP began testing cars in 1997, most European models had at least a driver's airbag.

Speaking after both the Kwid and Mobilo were re-tested earlier this month, secretary-general of Global NCAP David Ward called on Renault and Honda to make their Indian models safer. He said: "They have the know-how to make all their Indian cars much safer. We expect them to start doing so now."

2017 Land Rover Discovery will be revealed tonight
Land Rover Discovery partially revealed in teaser image

Land Rover has revealed the nose of its new Discovery
The next Land Rover Discovery is to be unveiled by Land Rover this evening, after a long campaign of teasers and clips

The new 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be revealed at 7.30pm this evening.

After a long campaign of teasers and demonstrations, the model will be shown in full at an event prior to the Paris motor show. 

We've previously seen most of the car's styling through the teaser campaign and have been able to piece together the rest from seeing the car while testing, but this will be the first time we've seen the car in its entirity without camouflage or disguise.

Have a recap of the Discovery's 27-year history here, take a look at our picture gallery from the model's 25th birthday here and find out just why we like the Land Rover stalwart so much here.

The off-road ability of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery was demonstarted in two new videos as part of Land Rover's teaser campaign.

The first shows the car tackling off-road routes at pace, with deep-water wading, steep descents down sand dunes and uneven inclines included in the footage.

The second focuses on the Discovery's ability to function as a family vehicle, and reveals the efforts Land Rover has gone to in the pursuit of practicality.

The car maker has so far confirmed that its 2017 model will have up to nine USB ports and enough secure storage space to hide four iPads, and it'll also use an innovative Intelligent Seat Technology system that allows users to control and fold down seats remotely using a smartphone app.

An earlier teaser image (shown lower down) of the car revealed its full front-end styling, which in true Discovery form, features high ground clearance, an imposing front grille and Range Rover-like styling.

The look marks a considerable departure from more boxy previous generations of the Discovery but closely matches the styling of the Discovery Vision concept of 2014. 

Previous Spy images of the Discovery testing have suggested that it could maintain the car?s signature asymmetric boot lid, with the registration plate positioned over to one side of the rear end.

Technical specs

The fifth-generation Discovery is set to use the Land Rover's 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, while petrol and diesel 3.0-litre V6 powerplants are also mooted, stemming from Land Rover's development of modular engine technology.

The seven-seater will also use the Range Rover?s aluminium monocoque, making it considerably lighter than its 2622kg predecessor. It is also expected to be tech-heavy - a projection of what?s underneath the car onto the bonnet is just one such system expected to feature.

Land Rover is positioning the new Discovery as much more upmarket than the current model, according to design boss Gerry McGovern. The repositioning and sharper design do not mean that the Discovery has sacrificed any of its off-road ability, though, and that the car would be ?more universally appealing, without compromises?.

The Discovery family doesn't end with the Discovery and Discovery Sport, though; the Discovery will be the largest in a three-car-plus Discovery sub-brand, much like how the Range Rover has gained the Sport and Evoque variants, as well as the upcoming coupé. Incidentally, the new Discovery will be built alongside the larger Range Rover variants in Solihull.

It's likely that the third member of the Discovery family will be smaller than the Discovery Sport, as the growing small SUV segments continue to thrive. McGovern ruled out the possibility of a larger model.

This means that the Discovery?s current starting price of £47,495 is likely to increase and move closer to that of the next model in the line-up, the Range Rover Sport, which starts from £62,345.

The Discovery will be the first car in Land Rover?s line-up to gain an SVX variant. The SVX badge is one of three arms of Jaguar Land Rover?s Special Vehicle Operations division. The other two are the high-performance SVR and luxury SVAutobiography arms.


Promoted: Experience SEAT live from the Paris Motor Show
The SEAT Ateca X-Perience

The Ateca X-Perience concept will feature on SEAT's Paris Motor Show stand
Barcelona firm to showcase stunning Ateca X-Perience concept and innovative technology

Motor shows are all about looking to the future, with manufacturers showcasing the machines that will hit the market in years to come. At this year's Paris Motor Show SEAT is aiming to take that approach a step further, with a stand focused on innovation and new technology.

SEAT's stand at the show, which kicks off with a press day tomorrow (Thursday), will use cutting-edge technology - including a 4D experience and VR - to celebrate SEAT's Barcelona heritage and its vision for the future.

The stand will also feature prominently the SEAT Ateca, the firm's first SUV that has commanded plenty of attention since it was launched earlier this year. The stand will include the world debut of the Ateca X-Perience, a concept version of the SUV that highlights its off-road potential.

With plenty to delve into, Autocar has partnered with SEAT to run a special live report throughout the Paris Motor Show's press days tomorrow and Friday, bringing the experience of SEAT's stand direct to you. Featuring regular updates, videos and stunning photography, the report will be regularly updated live from the SEAT stand in the heart of the Expo Porte de Versailles.

Make sure to stay tuned.


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