A UK-based tuner has modified an old Mazda MX-5, and we’ve got three words as to why you should care: independent throttle bodies. In the age of downsized, turbocharged engines with little charm, tuner BBR has instead turned to the tried and tested (and very excellent) method of installing individual throttle bodies to each of the Mk3 MX-5’s four cylinders. As any E46 BMW M3 owner knows, ITBs are ace.

Hurrah! The Aston Martin AMB 001 is now moving

Aston Martin has made a bike. You might remember seeing the AMB 001 back in 2019 (such innocent days), when it was first unveiled. Well now, it’s actually moved, putting in some development miles around Pau-Arnos circuit in France. That’s quite important, as this will be a track-only bike. You might have already spotted its lack of concern for such dull details as ‘proper lights’, ‘a number plate’ or ‘absolutely any semblance of an aero screen’. This is a hardcore thing.

This is the swoopy VW Arteon Shooting Brake

The VW Arteon – effectively a slipperier, plusher Passat – has been with us for a few years now. So it’s been facelifted. And along with all the normal boring stuff – updated infotainment, cleaner, greener engines and new bumpers that look almost exactly like the old ones (we’ll get to all that in a bit) – VW has given us this. It’s the Arteon Shooting Brake, and it’s quite excellent.

These immaculate stainless steel Fords are going under the hammer

These days, gloss clear-coat carbon fibre is the material of choice for eye-popping car bodywork. Paganis, Bugattis, McLarens – they all use super-polished weave as shorthand for ‘oi you, look how artful and expensive this is.’ But it hasn’t always been this way. Just look at this collection of classic Fords. You’re looking at a 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan, a 1960 Ford Thunderbird and a 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible – all resplendent is bare, polished stainless steel. Stunning, right?

The loud, angry-looking Brabham BT62 is ready to race

Strap in. Pay attention. The Brabham BT62 just got a bit more confusing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not bloody marvellous. You’ll remember the BT62 is a strange sort of car. Conceived as a no-compromise track-only hypercar that’s too extreme for the road, many of the seventy buyers lining up to pay £1million each decided they would actually like to take their 700bhp monster to the shops. So, Brabham decided to offer a £150,000 road-legal-ready package, as an option.

Audi built a plug-in hybrid in 1989

Thought PHEVs were a relatively new phenomenon? Think again, because Audi built its first one way back in 1989. Yup, 1989, the same year British scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. When cassettes were more popular than CDs, and mobile phones were the size and weight of a brick. And here was Audi, somehow making a petrol engine and e-motor speak the same language.

Mercedes’ new steering wheel knows when you’re touching it

Those clever driver assistance systems that keep you between the lines on the motorway, make sure you’re not getting too close to the car ahead and manage your speed are, usually, pretty good. But they’re not quite there yet. Certainly not at the stage you can safely remove your hands from the steering wheel and let the car cruise along all by itself. Try that, and the law would not look favourably upon you…



The new Ferrari Roma is an Aston Martin Vantage killer

Sound the new Ferrari klaxon, we’ve got another one. The fifth new model from Maranello this year - F8 Tributo, F8 Tributo Spider, 812 GTS, SF90 Stradale… and now Roma, designed to muscle in on the Aston Martin Vantage and AMG GT’s patch. Details incoming, but first let’s place it in Ferrari’s sprawling V8 range. GTC4 Lusso T is the big front-engined V8 Grand Tourer, Portofino is the front-engined V8 convertible, F8 Tributo and hybrid SF90 Stradale have the hardcore mid-engine V8 market covered and Roma is something new - a front-engined V8 coupe, a bit faster and more dynamic…

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