| 22nd May 2013
The 208 GTi hot hatch and the stunning Onyx concept cars will be amongst a selection of performance models sent by Peugeot to the historic Goodwood Festival of Speed for 2013.
At this year's motor show Peugeot will show up to Goodwood with its first public dynamic demonstration. The Peugeot stand will allow guest to take part in an exciting and refreshing experiential activity with key performance vehicles displayed at this automotive extravaganza, now reaching its 20th anniversary year.
The Peugeot stand will include an exciting centre-point with a 208 GTi inspired 'flow rider' surf experience placed between new RCZ Sports Coupé, 208 GTi, luxurious 208 XY and competition versions of 208 on display.
Participation in the 'Enjoy the Ride' GTi activity should combine fun, thrill and agility with control, to experience speed of a different kind, with the chance to 'ride the waves'. This event can be pre-booked by participants ahead of the bid day itself.
The Peugeot 208 GTi will also take on the famous and challenging Goodwood hill climb during the Thursday Moving Motor Show which takes place on 11 July 2013, a day before the main events for the Festival of Speed kick off.
Propelled by a 200bhp THP petrol engine, the Peugeot 208 GTi is a stylish, well-specified, no-compromise performance hatchback with wider tracks (10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear), distinctive and exquisite attention to detail features.
Being lighter than its predecessor it is capable of reaching 62mph in 6.8 seconds, can top 143mph, has CO2 at just 139g/km and yet can achieve 47.9mpg.
The Peugeot 208 GTi is currently priced from £18,895, and is available now at Perrys Peugeot Dealerships found in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth.
Also at Goodwood the Peugeot Onyx is sure to wow many at the upcoming motor show this summer. Unlike most other concept cars which remain as static displays, the Onyx will actually be demonstrated by Peugeot as it will drive on roads in front of a packed audience during the festival.
Inside the carbon fibre shell of this futuristic supercar is a mid-mounted 3.7-litre V8 HDi FAP diesel-electric hybrid power unit developed with the expertise of Peugeot Sport and the experience acquired from racetracks the world over.
Aero ducts in the double-bubble roofline supply the intake for the diesel V8 to transmit 600bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.
Intelligent HYbrid4 technology recovers kinetic energy stored in lithium-ion batteries, to be redeployed to enhance acceleration, boosting the power by 80bhp, to give this 'Concept Car' less than 2kg per horsepower, which means Onyx achieves high performance without altering the purity and elegance of its exterior style.
The exterior is fashioned by hand by a master craftsman, the wings and doors are of pure copper sheet, polished to a mirror finish and left 'unprotected'. This is so that over time the appearance will deliberately gain patina tarnish.
With both current and possible future performance vehicles at this year's show, Peugeot appear well primed to entertain visitors to this year's famous Goodwood Festival of Speed, as well as the Moving Motor Show prior.
| 20th May 2013
Introducing an extra element of appeal to the Land Rover Defender 4x4, the popular car customising group, A.Kahn Design, has developed the new XS 90 Defender 2.2 TDCI - Chelsea Wide Track edition.
The distinct and memorable new off-roader is available in a Fuji White or Matt Pearl Grey paint job.
The A.Kahn Design house is well known in the UK for transforming mass-production cars into brash and exciting new customised creations.
One of the priorities in the development of the Defender XS 90 2.2 TDCI was making the new styling package truly special. Commanding curvatures and firm body elements ensure the vehicle is mannered for daily driving, honouring an exceptional design language.
Specially tailored for resilience and style, the A.Kahn styling package for the Land Rover Defender is characterised by lightweight design and sophisticated aerodynamics.
The look of the Defender XS 90 is dominated by front and rear wide wings with integrated vents and bolt apertures.
Additional trinkets include 16" alloy wheels in Satin Black, xenon crosshair headlights, bonnet vents with mesh, front grille replacement including headlight surrounds, front bumper including bumper lighting, front bumper sump guard, front and rear wing mesh inserts, side vents with mesh, exhaust shields, mud flaps, Kahn oval tailgate badge and Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover.
Driving the Kahn Defender XS 90 leaves you sitting behind privacy glass, while the engine is perked with the Kahn cross hair exhaust system.
This customised Defender is clearly centred round a radical and fashionable new design for what is often seen as a more utilitarian-style vehicle. The new Kahn twin crosshair exhaust system is just one other example of this new trend of styling.
The A.Kahn 'bespoke touch' certainly applies inside as well, the XS 90 comes complete with front sports GTB racing seats and rear folding seats and a instrument layout in grey alcantara with red and silver stitching.
Also featured inside is a centre dashboard in leather and alcantara with Harris Tweed Inserts and two tone contrast stitching, tron ring lighting, door panel inserts and trims in black quilted leather & grey alcantara with silver stitching, Churchill time clock facia insert in red, billet machined leather steering wheel, hard wearing front and rear cabin floor lights.
Further features include a Kahn fire extinguisher, Kahn speedo & rev counter facia in red and vented foot pedals in machined aluminium.
The A.Kahn Design doesn't want customers to feel limited by what they've done to the Land Rover Defender XS 90 2.2 TDCI. If for instance you want a car with a full colour change (to a colour of your choice) and an interior akin to something like your favourite leather reclining chair in your living room, then the design house can follow such a request.
Alternatively UK motorists can go for a standard Land Rover Defender, available now at Perrys Land Rover Dealerships in Halifax and Huddersfield.
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| 16th May 2013
In a move to promote electric vehicle technology further, the French car manufacturer Renault has signed on as official Technical Partner of Spark Racing Technology to supply the Formula E cars to be entered in the FIA Formula E Championship.
The Formula E Championship is a newly proposed racing category due to begin in 2014. It has set out to be the pinnacle of one-make, single-seater electric-powered racing cars.
Forty-two cars are set to enter the first championship next year and more technical partners are expected to be announced later this year.
An executive from Renault, Phillipe Klein, commented: "Renault has demonstrated a unique commitment to zero-emission mobility, with a range of four vehicles available for sale. Renault in Europe, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance worldwide, has gained a position of EV sales leader".
He added: "Formula E is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the excellence and the reliability of our EV solutions".
"We believe that motorsport is an efficient manner to promote the efficiency of new technologies, and we're eager to use that single-seater in FIA Formula E championship to show our technology is the best".
The CEO of Championship promoter Formula E Holdings, Alejandro Agag, said: "Renault and Formula E both share the same commitment to innovative technology and sustainable motoring and we're delighted to welcome them to the Championship as a Founding Partner".
Agag added: "Not only is Renault one of the world's leading car manufacturers, with a very successful motorsport pedigree, it is also a pioneer for electric vehicles being the first full-range car manufacturer to market zero-emission vehicles. To have a manufacturer of this calibre onboard is a great testament to the growing appeal of the FIA Formula E Championship".
The Managing Director for Renault Sport Technologies, Patrice Ratti, commented: "Renault's expertise in electric powertrain design and integration acquired both in production EV (Electric Vehicles) and in Formula 1 makes Renault Sport a natural partner for Spark [Racing Technology team] in this exciting Formula E project".
Renault Sport Technologies is the only car manufacturer to design, develop and market a comprehensive range of sporting cars and vehicles made for motorsport purposes within the same entity.
Clearly though Renault is not only demonstrating technological progress on the race track but on the road as well with its Z.E. model range.
The Renault Z.E. model line-up, already available in the UK, currently includes the Kangoo Z.E. van, the Renault Fluence Z.E. saloon and the Renault Twizy Z.E. city car.
Next month the UK's Z.E. range will expand further with the first deliveries of the new Renault Zoe, an all-electric supermini. The hatchback uses an 88bhp electric motor to deliver a top speed of 84mph and of course a CO2 emissions output of 0g/km.
The absence of any CO2 emissions means Zoe customers will benefit from exemption on paid Road Tax.
With an official projected travel range of up to 130 miles, Renault says the Zoe hatchback will have the longest range of any electric vehicle currently on the market.
The Renault Zoe also boasts a maximum five-star rating from the safety body Euro NCAP after the car completed its crash tests.
Renault is selling the Zoe in three specifications, with prices starting at £13,650 for the Expression specification when including the £5,000 Government Plug-in Car Grant deduction.
The other two trim levels, Dynamqiue Zen and Dynamique Intens, both start from £14,750.
In order to keep this pricing range so low for an electric car, the Zoe's battery is leased rather than it purchased, requiring owners to pay from £70 per month depending on their range of use.
With its Zoe offering a relatively highly affordable price for an electric car, a partnership with Formula E in the pipeline and the Renault CEO anticipating an EV sales boost this year, exciting times lay ahead for Renault. The manufacturer is set to make major strides in the progress of the company and electric car technology in general.
The Zoe and the other models in Renault's electric Z.E. range are available to order now from Perrys Renault Dealership in Aylesbury.