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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 out of date!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 (actually event that's more or less out of date now too..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!


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AM-RB 001 hypercar: track variant in the pipeline
Aston Martin Red Bull hypercar supercar Aston boss Andy Palmer wants the AM-RB 001 to be able to match an F1 car around Silverstone, now there's a track version on its way

Aston Martin and Red Bull are plotting two variants of their new AM-RB 001 hypercar, design guru Adrian Newey has revealed.

The bulk of the 99 examples due to be built at Aston?s Gaydon factory will be road legal, but there will also be a small number of trackoptimised versions.

?The cars are very closely related, but they are different,? said Newey, who has collaborated with Aston?s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, on the design of the AM-RB 001. ?The track-only car has bigger wheels, bigger wings and you don?t have to put on some of the things that you have to put onto the road car. You won?t need a stereo, for example.

?In principle, if you kept swapping parts you could convert one version from the other, but I?m not sure why you?d want to buy a product then cut it around to make it something different.?

The track version will be important in achieving the car?s mission of lapping Silverstone at the pace of an F1 car, as stated by Aston boss Andy Palmer at the launch of the collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies in March.

The AM-RB 001 has progressed to the modelling stage and now has a definitive shape seen only by the top brass involved in the project. Few technical details have been revealed, although Reichman has said it ?looks like nothing else on the road today? while still being ?recognisable as an Aston Martin in terms of its proportions?.

What is known is that the car has a mid-engined layout, with a bespoke internal combustion engine harnessed to a hybrid system, although Newey has hinted that the team is ?looking at things that perhaps haven?t been done before with that kind of technology?.

The AM-RB 001 is a two-seater that is comfortable for 6ft-tall occupants and is intended to be a car of two characters, according to Newey, capable of extreme performance but also usable as a daily commuting vehicle.

Extended-range electric van will be made in the UK
Extended-range electric van The new electric range-extender light commercial vehicle will be built in Coventry, alongside a taxi sibling model

Britain is expected to become home to the world?s first mass-produced extended-range electric delivery van with the launch of the Emerald T-001 late next year, Autocar can reveal. Based around a range-extender powertrain, the vehicle combines a 66-mile EV range with the ability to deal with a 1400kg payload arranged on three standard pallets.

The technology opens the way for zero-emissions deliveries in towns and cities to arrive at a time when the annual average mileage of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is growing dramatically due to the significant consumer shift towards internet shopping. Emerald Automotive is owned by Chinese car maker Geely, which also owns Volvo and London Taxi International (LTI). LTI?s new London black cab, the TX5, is based on the same aluminium chassis and powertrain as the T-001 van.

The van and taxi are part of a £250 million investment which should also result in 1000 new jobs being created at a new production facility near Coventry. Both the taxi and van should be rolled out in September next year.

Last autumn, Chinese premier Xi Jinping visited the UK and viewed the final version of the TX5 ? the design of which was overseen by ex-Volvo design chief Peter Horbury ? with prime minister David Cameron, although no mention of the delivery van derivative was made. It has been revealed, however, that the new factory will have an annual capacity of around 36,000 units per year. With the TX5 facing competition from the new Frazer-Nash electric black cab and sales expected to run at a maximum of 5000 units per year, it would appear that Geely is expecting sales of up to 30,000 delivery vans a year. So far, Emerald has only revealed details of two versions of the van ? a short-wheelbase model and a high-roof, longwheelbase variant ? but a minibus derivative is also likely.

Emerald Automotive also has a US base in St Louis, Missouri, and is competing for the contract to replace the 170,000 vehicles used by the US Postal Service. Should the bid be successful, the T-001 would become a significant player in the booming global market for LCVs.

Originally developed independently in the UK by Emerald Automotive with help from engineering specialist Ricardo, the T-001 project was bought by Chinese car maker Geely in February 2014, shortly after the Chinese took full control of the ailing LTI. Details about the T-001 are relatively sparse, because the division of Geely that owns the business is privately held and the company is not communicating with the public or press.

However, a single spec sheet released by Emerald shows that the van promises a battery-only range of ?over 66 miles? and an additional 342 miles using the four-cylinder engine/generator. It has a top speed of 85mph and can hit 60mph in 8.5sec, aided by its 442lb ft of torque.

It?s possible the T-001 will benefit from ?live? powertrain management, with the system acting intelligently by using information on local traffic conditions and road topography to extract maximum efficiency. Emerald also says it expects a five-star Euro NCAP crash test result.

The T-001 uses composite body panels, has a 25kWh battery under the forward floor and the internal combustion engine mounted in the nose. Emerald isn?t saying whether it will use a petrol or diesel engine, although the former is more likely. The rear wheels are driven by the vehicle?s electric motor, which is mounted on the rear axle.

There?s no word on the cost of the T-001 as yet, but Emerald says it will have a lower ?whole life? cost than conventional diesel-powered vans. It?s also estimated to have a refuelling cost that?s around 18% of that of a conventional diesel LCV over a typical daily use cycle.

The new vehicle is likely to be welcomed by delivery companies, which are increasingly keen to move away from diesel vehicles because of the growing controversy surrounding urban pollution and service problems such as blocked diesel particulate filters. Urban delivery drivers are also expected to benefit from the gearless transmission and significantly improved powertrain refinement.

Pure electric delivery vehicles have been ruled out by most industry experts, because the weight of a large battery pack reduces the vehicle payload significantly. Range in the colder winter months is also significantly affected on battery-only vehicles. 

Does the UK need a clean delivery van?

There are two reasons why the T-001 is almost certain to succeed in the UK. Firstly, the air quality in many cities is well below the standard set by the EU, particularly for the nitrogen oxides and particulates emitted by diesels, especially as they age.

Secondly, the problem with diesel pollution is likely to get worse, not better, as the annual mileages of LCVs continue to boom.

According to government figures, average annual LCV mileages have grown by 16.7% since 2007, while HGV mileages have dropped by 9.7%. Indeed, overall traffic mileage in the UK was, at the end of last September, 0.6% lower than before the 2008- 2009 recession.

Given that LCVs are nearly all diesel, that they account for 47 billion UK vehicle miles (most of it in urban areas) and they are on the road for most of the day, cleaning up LCV pollution must be a priority.

At present there?s only one hybrid commercial vehicle on the global market: a heavily modified separate-chassis pick-up made by VIA in the US. There are also retro-fit hybrid kits for existing LCVs such as the Ford Transit.

As a result, the T-001 will have the market almost to itself, although there could be a smaller delivery vehicle spin-off from the new Frazer-Nash electric taxi. Although the T-001 will be more expensive than a conventional diesel van, government plug-in grants and lower running costs should make it affordable for long-term owners.

The government is trying to restrict the use of older diesel vehicles in Derby, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Southampton, Nottingham and London by 2020. Introducing daily tolls for using such vehicles could push businesses to invest in the T-001.

Autonomous cars could put drivers at risk, says insurance industry
Volvo XC90 autonomous car trials Route to accident-free fully autonomous driving in 2025 presents drivers with new challenges

The time period between semi-autonomous and fully autonomous cars launching - expected to be a seven years between 2018 and 2025 - presents a huge challenge to drivers to stay safe and remain within the law, according to senior industry figures.

With some manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Tesla and Volvo, already selling cars with advanced ?autopilot? features, and more manufacturers set to join them as technology advances by 2018, James Dalton of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), has warned: ?Automation could be the biggest breakthrough in road safety since the invention of the seatbelt and insurers fully support its development. However we need to get there safely.

?The growth in features like automatic braking and lane assistance systems may give drivers a false sense of security that they can relax while their car looks after them. But unless a vehicle is fully automated and able to respond appropriately in an emergency, drivers still have to be ready to take back control at a moment?s notice.?

By 2018, a significant number of cars are expected to be on the road running systems that allow the driver to remove their feet from the pedals and hands from the steering wheel for up to three minutes on motorways. At 80mph, a car would travel four miles in that time.

Legislation is in place so that the systems shut down after three minutes, unless the driver manually resets it. The driver will also have to always be in a position to retake control if an alarm is sounded - although the road-scanning systems used by manufacturers will only typically be able to look three seconds up the road at 80mph, giving them minimal time to react.

From 2021, the car industry and legislators anticipate that entire motorway journeys will be possible with a car in fully autonomous mode, without any input from the driver, while from 2025 the expectation is that cars will do entire journeys with the driver?s only action being to set the destination. It is the interim period between semi-autonomous driving and fully autonomous driving that has raised the most concerns.

Research by What Car? has already shown that a quarter of drivers would like to be able to sleep while an autonomous car drives them to their destination.

Peter Shaw, chief executive at Thatcham Research, added: ?Automated vehicles have the potential to transform our roads, reducing congestion and crashes. The first truly automated vehicles, where the driver is able to hand over control in a specific situation such as on the motorway, won?t be on the roads until sometime after 2021.

?In the meantime, it?s important that we do everything possible to minimise the risk of crashes. The danger is that as technology develops, and drivers become more confident, they will start to use it in conditions it has not been designed for.

?Our clear message is that until 2021, drivers need to stay on the ball and observe the rules of the road. If you?re unclear on the functionality of any feature on your car, then check with the vehicle manufacturer or dealership.?

Talking about the implications of fully autonomous driving on the insurance industry - which is built around the expectation of there being car accidents - Dalton added: ?Automated driving will send shockwaves through many industries. Motor manufacturers are facing threats to their own business model from technology giants such as Google and Apple and need to move fast to keep up.

?There will always be a need for insurance and insurance is an industry which is used to adapting as new risks emerge and others fade. The potential prize here is a massive reduction in road accidents, leading to fewer people killed and injured on our roads. Insurers would love to see that become a reality and they are doing whatever they can to help support advances in automated vehicles.?

One in four drivers would sleep in self-driving car
Autonomous car Watching TV and internet browsing also rated highly among the list of things to do while the car is driving, according to a recent study by What Car?

One in four drivers (26%) would be happy to sleep while being driven by a car with autonomous technology, according to new research from our sibling brand What Car?.

Talking to fellow passengers, browsing the internet and watching TV were also high up the list of chosen activities while in a self-driving car.

However, the study also showed continuing reservations about autonomous cars with 51% of drivers saying they would feel "unsafe or very unsafe" behind the wheel of a self-driving car.

The survey is bolstered by another study conducted by IAM Roadsmart (formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists), which revealed that 65% of motorists want to keep the right to drive, even when autonomous cars are the norm.

Of those surveyed, 34% think driverless cars are a "bad idea", and only 20% welcomed them.

More than half (52%) of the IAM sample expressed the view that autonomous cars would never be the norm on UK roads. A driving-focused theme emerged in its results, as 87% believed that driving should not be outlawed once autonomous cars became the norm. Meanwhile, 30% of What Car??s respondents were concerned about losing the enjoyment of driving.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently claimed that Tesla owners were more receptive to autonomous technology. Musk also hinted at the development of an autonomous public transport system.

More than half of new cars sold already have autonomous safety technology on-board and several manufacturers, including Ford and BMW, are working on driverless vehicles. Earlier this year Nissan and Renault also stated their aim to get at least 10 fully autonomous cars on the road by 2020.

Concours condition McLaren F1 on sale for an estimated £9.5 million
McLaren F1 069 Chassis number 069 has covered less than 2800 miles and has been maintained by McLaren Special Operations Heritage division

McLaren is selling one of the last ever F1s made, on behalf of its owner, for an estimated £9.5 million.

The car has covered less than 2800 miles since it was built in 1998, and has recently been maintained by McLaren?s Special Operations Heritage division.

It is painted in Carbon Black and sits on black 17in magnesium wheels with centre locks, and the interior features a black and red leather driver?s seat and Alcantara-wrapped passenger seats. The car is described as being in concours condition and has remained in factory specification for its entire life.

That means its naturally aspirated V12 engine produces 618bhp and 455lb ft of torque. The 1138kg car can accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a once record breaking top speed of 240mph.

Included with chassis 069 is fitted luggage, a Facom titanium lightweight toolkit and Facom toolbox, books and literature, including a numbered LM Edition of the ?Driving Ambition? McLaren F1 book, and a limited edition McLaren F1 owner?s watch.

McLaren says it is one of the best examples of the F1 on the planet, and as such, experts think it could sell for a new all-time high price.

McLaren isn?t disclosing the car?s advertised price to anyone but prospective buyers, but a similarly immaculate F1 sold for close to £9 million last year and market value has increased since then. That has led experts to suggest chassis 069 could sell for between £9 and £10 million.

The car is currently being held at McLaren?s Woking headquarters and is available for viewings. If you?re interested, McLaren will take the car off the market once you put down a deposit.

If, like us, you can only dream of owning one, perhaps the videos below from the Autocar archives will help remind you why the McLaren F1 is one of the world?s greatest ever drivers? cars.

McLaren F1 takes on the MP4-12C on track

McLaren F1 243mph top speed run


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