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The big winners at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival classic car sale

Over the weekend, Goodwood Revival made a comeback, with visitors from all over the world descending on the Sussex motor circuit in period-correct clothing to watch race cars from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s do battle on track.

But the action was just as thrilling off the track, with the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale seeing some of the most sought after classic cars go under the hammer.

One of the big surprises of the show was a 1971 Iso Grifo, which sold for £345,000. Not only is that considerably higher than its £250,000 estimate, it’s above valuations expert Hagerty’s ‘concours condition’ price guide.

The Grifo was not in concours condition, requiring ‘a significant amount of recommissioning’. However, it did have an interesting history, being one of just three built in right-hand-drive specification and one of only a handful with a 7.4-litre Can-Am engine from the factory.

Another highlight was a 1931 Bentley 4-Litre, fitted with a two-seater body and an 8.0-litre engine. Its extensive competition history contributed to keen interest in the car, which sold for £603,000 – more than double its low estimate.

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It wasn’t just classic and vintage models making waves at the Revival. A 1993 Jaguar XJ220 with just 400 miles on the clock sold for £460,000, which Hagerty believes is a record for this model.

However, these unexpected hits contrasted with some unexpected lows. The auction’s cover stars – a group of four works 2-Litre low-chassis Lagondas – didn’t draw much interest, with only one selling for £178,250.

The others didn’t hit their reserve, while the most interesting – a Le Mans competitor with an estimate of up to £400,000 – only saw bids up to £190,000.

The Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale saw total sales just shy of £10 million, with the average price of a vehicle being £172,134. That made it outsell the last auction in 2019, which hit £8.6m.

However, it marks a downwards trend in overall sales in recent years, being only the second time the total has been below £10m since 2012.

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New behind-the-scenes footage shows Range Rover Sport SVR preparing to make impact in new James Bond film

The Range Rover Sport SVR goes off-road to pursue James Bond in the latest behind-the-scenes glimpse of No Time To Die, in cinemas from September 30.

The action vehicles and stunt professionals on the new James Bond film pushed the most powerful Land Rover ever made to extremes. A new video gives a taste of the high-speed action as the team explain why Range Rover SVR was perfect for the job.

The Range Rover Sport SVR takes luxury performance to new heights with enhanced driving dynamics and a powerful 575PS supercharged V8 engine, making it the perfect choice for the role. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.3 seconds) and has a top speed of 283km/h (176mph), making it the fastest ever Land Rover.

The SVRs used in No Time To Die feature the same specially tuned suspension as production models, devised by engineers at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to deliver more responsive handling and tighter body control without compromising comfort.

The pair of Eiger Grey models are fitted with Narvik Black 22-inch alloy wheels and the optional Carbon Pack, which includes Gloss Carbon Fibre front fender vents, lower bumper intakes, grille and mirrors. The optional lightweight SVR Carbon Fibre vented bonnet features a body coloured finish in No Time To Die, but can also be specified with an exposed carbon fibre centre section.

The Range Rover, the original luxury SUV, made its world premiere in 1970. Since then the family has grown to include the Range Rover Sport, Evoque and Velar. No Time To Die will also feature a Range Rover Classic alongside three Defenders and a Series III Land Rover.

Land Rover has a long-standing partnership with EON Productions and James Bond films, which began in 1983 when a Range Rover Convertible appeared in Octopussy. Most recently, in 2015 the Range Rover Sport starred in major action sequences in SPECTRE.

No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for the fifth and final time as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.

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Munich motor show: What to expect

Europe’s first major motor show since the pandemic is returning next week.

It’s safe to say things have been rather quiet on the motor show front since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Ever since the anchors were put on the Geneva Motor Show last March, just days before it was due to take place, there haven’t been any major events of this kind in Europe since.

While many questioned whether such events would continue, the IAA Mobility 2021 (otherwise known as the Munich motor show) is pushing ahead at full steam, with a number of major unveilings showing there is still life in the motor show yet.

Here’s a look at what to expect

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Audi Grandsphere concept

Audi is hot on teasing its future with a range of models named ‘Sphere’. We saw the Skysphere revealed a few weeks ago as a bold new shape-shifting autonomous roadster, but Audi is following this up with the Grandsphere concept.

This model, though, will be a look at the more luxurious end of the spectrum, and aims to be an electric and autonomous successor to the brand’s current A8 model. Also on the Audi stand in Munich will be the latest RS3, which aims to push the sporty compact car boundaries to new extremes.


Little has been confirmed about BMW’s plans for the show, but the headline is believed to be the reveal of the new 7 Series. The firm’s luxury saloon will likely be shown as a concept vehicle that highlights a shift to electrification.

Interestingly, BMW will also showcase the iX5 Hydrogen. As the name suggests, it’s a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, a technology that BMW continues to work on as it believes this will be an important technology to sit alongside electric vehicles.

New Dacia MPV

It’s been a busy year so far for Dacia, with the brand launching its next-generation Sandero at the start of the year and with its updated Duster 4×4 soon to be reaching showrooms. But this budget brand won’t stop there as it will unveil a new seven-seat MPV in Munich.

Its name is currently under wraps – as are many details about it – but we know this will be an all-new model that will replace the brand’s Lodgy. There are rumours this new people carrier makes its way to Britain, though, which will be the first new MPV we’ll have seen in some time.

European Kia Sportage

Though Kia unveiled its next-generation Sportage SUV earlier this year, the South Korean brand will show off its first dedicated European version in Munich.

Alongside this specific model, we will also see the global debut of a plug-in hybrid version of this SUV. Combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 66.9kW electric motor and 13.8kWh battery, this will be the most efficient model of the Kia Sportage range.

Mercedes EQE

Mercedes is set to absolutely dominate the IAA Mobility show as it unveils a raft of new models. First up will be the EQE, the latest model in the brand’s rapidly growing electric car range.

Set to directly rival the Tesla Model S, the EQE will slot beneath the EQS in the brand’s EV line-up, and can be thought of like an electric E-Class. It’s set to offer an impressive range and more generous interior space than petrol and diesel models of a similar size.

Mercedes’ first electric AMG model

Though we’ve seen plenty of electric Mercedes models so far, we’re yet to see the brand’s AMG performance division work its magic on any EVs.

Until now that is as, with the brand announcing its first AMG-tuned model will be showing its face in Munich. Though yet to be confirmed, we expect it to be a model based on the EQS, with Mercedes saying the word performance ‘applies not only to its performance figures, but more especially to its involving and emotional handling’.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

Renault has been rapidly building its hybrid range in the last 12 months or so, but aside from the Zoe, we’re yet to see signs of another EV in its car line-up. That will change next month with the arrival of the Megane E-Tech Electric.

This new battery-powered SUV aims to carry forward the ‘Megane’ name and while we’ve already seen it in disguised form, this will be our first look at the production car. Packing a 217bhp electric motor, Renault says its 60kWh battery pack will also allow for a range up to 280 miles.

New Smart SUV

It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen a new model from Smart, but this EV-only brand aims to show its longevity at Munich with the reveal of a new concept car that will preview the firm’s first SUV.

Details are especially limited, but it’s set to be a pivotal model for Smart, and also the first time the brand will have been on show since Geely took a slice of ownership alongside Mercedes.

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX

Volkswagen’s ID range is really coming into its own, and next in the pipeline is the ID.5. Essentially a sleeker ‘coupe’ version of the ID.4 SUV, we’re still only set to see it in disguised prototype form, even though you don’t need too much imagination to work out what it will look like.

The production model will arrive at the start of 2022, featuring the same choice of powertrains already found on the ID.4.

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101-year-old gets behind the wheel of electric Ford – 90 years after first driving a Model T

A 101-year-old driver has been given the chance to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, 90 years after his first driving experience.

Born in 1920, Harold Baggott’s first driving experience came behind the wheel of a Ford Model T at the age of 10. He would drive his family’s milk delivery float on a local farm.

Baggott got his driving licence in 1936 in the first year they were introduced, and got his first car one year later. He bought the Ford 8 Popular for £100, and replaced it with a Ford Anglia the following year.

The family has owned 20 Fords in that time, as well as a large number of commercial vehicle chassis that have been converted into coaches for a fleet of 140 run by their travel and coach business.

Ford set up the chance for Baggott to have another go in a Model T, driving a 1915 version from the company heritage collection. He was then given the chance to drive the new Mustang Mach-E, the firm’s new electric SUV.

The 101-year-old drove the EV from Beaulieu in the New Forest, Hampshire, to the former shipbuilding village of Bucklers Hard.

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He said: “Since the age of 10, I’ve retained my interest in motoring and today find myself interested in the switch to electrification following the government phasing out the traditional combustion engines I’m used to.

“I have reminisced about my driving history with the Model T and seen what the future has in store. It was exciting to get behind the wheel of what I expect to see my great grandchildren will be driving.”

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s first bespoke electric vehicle. There are single- and twin-electric motor versions, with the long range model able to go up to 379 miles between charges.

The Model T, meanwhile, has a 2.9-litre petrol engine making about 20bhp that was capable of up to 45mph.

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Geneva Motor Show set to spawn biennial event in Qatar from 2022

The organisers of the Geneva Motor Show have announced that the event will spawn a separate biennial event in Qatar.

Announced at a press conference held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, one of Europe’s most famous motor shows is set to move in part to the Middle East thanks to a new deal with Qatar Tourism.

It will be renamed as the Qatar Geneva International Motor Show and will take place in Qatar’s capital Doha every two years.

However, organisers have confirmed to the PA news agency that the event will still take place in Geneva on an annual basis.

The next event is planned to take place in Geneva in February next year, which will be followed up by a separate event in Doha planned for ‘autumn 2022 or 2023’.

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Maurice Turrettini, president of the Permanent Committee of the Geneva International Motor Show, said: “We are very proud and honoured that Qatar Tourism has put their trust in us for the conception of the new motor show in Doha.

“Our partnership is the result of very trusting and constructive discussions from day one. The joint forces with Qatar Tourism empower us to focus on the upcoming 91st edition of GIMS in February 2022, where we will be able to gather ideas and learnings for the new motor show in Doha.”

Organisers have said that exhibitors and fans should ‘exercise patience’ while the Doha plans are underway, and that the full concept of the show going forward won’t be revealed until next year.

The Geneva Motor Show has taken place since 1905, but was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In May it was announced the show, which welcomed more than 600,000 visitors when it last took place in 2019, would make a full return in 2022.

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Netflix shares first look at new Michael Schumacher documentary

Netflix has revealed a first look at its new documentary on the life and career of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

It’s the only documentary to be fully supported by the German’s family, and will include interviews with relatives, important figures in his motorsport career, and archive footage.

The clips show that ‘Schumacher’ will chart his progress from early karting races right through to winning at the pinnacle of motorsport.

However, it’s unlikely to offer any update on his condition. Schumacher has not been seen nor heard from since suffering a brain injury in a horrific skiing accident in 2013, with his family asking for privacy.

Schumacher’s wife Corinna was key to getting the project off the ground. Speaking when the film was announced, director Vanessa Nöcker said: “She herself wanted to make an authentic film, to show Michael as he is, with all his ups and downs, without any sugar coating.

“She was great and brave enough to let us do what we wanted, and so we respected and kept her boundaries. A very inspiring, warm woman who made a lasting impression on all of us.”

Netflix is finding success with motorsport-related content, having just announced that the fourth instalment of F1: Drive to Survive will be released next year.

The series, which follows the drama of a full Formula 1 season, has been widely credited with an uptick in popularity for the championship.

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Three new McLaren cars to make Salon Privé debut this September

British luxury supercar maker McLaren Automotive will have a major presence at Salon Privé on September 2-5 with the new high-performance hybrid McLaren Artura, the windscreen variant of the company’s open-top Elva, 765LT Spider and the McLaren GT all on display. Prospective owners will be able to get behind the wheel and experience the GT and 720S Spider.

Held in the spectacular surroundings of Blenheim Palace, located in Oxfordshire, Salon Privé is one of the UK’s leading Concours d’Elégance events. Since its establishment in 2006, it has become a popular social fixture of the autumn season with fine-dining, champagne and guests encouraged to dress for the occasion.

The very latest product in the McLaren display will be the Artura high-performance hybrid supercar in Ember Orange, fresh from its appearance at the British Motor Show. Representing the full force of McLaren’s knowledge and experience in road and race cars, it features the all-new, and British-innovated and built McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) and is powered by a 120-degree-angle twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6, assisted by a compact 95PS axial flux E-motor.

With a class-leading DIN weight of 1,498kg and a combined output of 680PS and 720Nm, the Artura is capable of stunning performance of 0-200km/h in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 330km/h. It is also designed to be driven in electric-only mode for journeys of up to 30km. A

McLaren Elva Speedster with windscreen.

Sharing the spotlight will be the Elva with windscreen. Retaining the essence of the Ultimate Series car’s pure distillation of driving pleasure, if not quite blurring the boundaries between the interior and the outside world, the narrow screen perfectly complements the Elva’s beautifully-sculpted form. The car on display has a stunning Satin Blue finish and, as one of the rarest McLaren cars ever built, is a must-see for visitors to Salon Privé.

Also new to the event will be the 765LT Spider in Ambit Blue. Announced earlier in the summer, the latest Longtail follows last year’s fully-sold-out 765LT Coupe. Its carbon fibre chassis allows the Spider to retain all of the critically-acclaimed dynamic prowess of the coupe, while adding an electrically-operated one-piece retractable hard top that lowers in just 11 seconds. It is the most powerful McLaren Spider yet, bringing the drama of the 765LT’s quad exhaust note into the cabin to deliver an intensely visceral driving experience.

Designed for those who value both performance and supreme elegance, the McLaren GT in Serpentine completes the Salon Privé line-up. The GT opens the McLaren driving experience to a wider audience, with stunning design, generous luggage capacity – in which travel pieces from McLaren’s collaboration with TUMI fit perfectly – and a luxurious interior ambience in addition to the astonishing levels of performance and dynamic excitement expected from a McLaren.

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Maserati MC20 dazzles at Pebble Beach

Maserati’s MC20 made its Northern California debut during the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event, where the vehicle appeared before crowds of fans on the Concept Lawn. The MC20, marking a new era for the Trident brand, was greeted with adulation by VIP spectators who took in the sleek lines of the mid-engine, two-seater sports car.

The Pebble Beach Concept Lawn is considered one of the highlights of Monterey Car Week in California, and the MC20 was there to impress with eyes watching from all over the globe as the event returned for 2021. The Concept Lawn showcases forward thinking design and innovation, which was more than evident in the striking aerodynamics of the MC20. 

Boasting a top speed of over 326 km/h, the MC20 is the first Maserati with a carbon fibre monocoque and, weighing less than 1500 kg, the super sports car also features the powerful new Maserati Nettuno engine. The Nettuno engine is a V6 that incorporates F1-derived technology to create an exceptional power-to-weight ratio and delivering 0-100 km/h acceleration in 2.88 seconds.

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The new Maserati MC20 is a car with racing DNA and a worthy successor to the legendary MC12.  In fact, the MC in the name stands for “Maserati Corse,” the Italian word for “racing.” The 630 CV Nettuno engine ensures the racing heritage of Maserati is felt by the driver, and it is also a return to Maserati producing its own power units after a hiatus of more than 20 years. Built in Italy, the Maserati MC20 is 100 per cent Made in Modena.

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Electric car prices in China have halved in a decade as US and European prices soar

The average price of an electric vehicle in China has fallen 47 per cent in 10 years as prices in the US and Europe continue to increase.

Automotive data analysts JATO Dynamics report that in the same time period, EV prices have gone up 38 per cent in the US and 28 per cent in Europe.

China has invested heavily in the production of EVs since 2009 and has put big incentives in place to encourage buyers into zero-emission vehicles. JATO says these schemes have been so successful that it is starting to phase out these measures.

Meanwhile, analysts say that incentives in the US have pushed the premium EV market, meaning low-income buyers have been priced out of EV ownership.

The average price of a new electric vehicle is highest in Europe, with EVs typically 52 per cent more expensive than internal combustion-engined (ICE) cars in the UK, while the figure is 54 per cent in the Netherlands.

The only country that bucks the trend is Norway, where the average EV costs €44,500 compared with €53,000 for ICE cars.

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Ye Qi, member of the Volkswagen Sustainability Advisory Council, said: “China has been hugely successful in the race of EV leadership – growing and evolving their model ranges at incredible pace, which is a positive result of a number of factors working in tandem.

“Looking ahead, as the climate crisis climbs even higher on government agenda, it’s more likely that Western countries will start to push EVs into the mainstream with the same determination that China has done since 2013.”

David Krajicek, CEO at JATO Dynamics, added: “The incentivisation of EVs has supported Western manufacturers seeking to expand their offering as consumer demand has evolved, however, the industry’s key players must start to address the price gap between EVs and ICE cars if they are to remain competitive with their peers in China.”

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