Cropley on cars – Newey's fresh venture, premium tax will be no big deal
Source : Cropley on cars – Newey's fresh venture, premium tax will be no big deal
Adrian Newey’s road car adventure starts here; ‘Premium’ road tax isn’t an issue; Ford needs fresh direction
MONDAY – If the idea’s confirmed in which Adrian Newey, the planet’s greatest race car designer, will be working on a road car intended to secure his legacy the way the McLaren F1 has for Gordon Murray, a fundamental question arises: what kind of car should the idea be?
The presumption will be in which Newey should create a kind of ultra-aerodynamic, ultra-light, race-derived supercar, given in which his formidable expertise goes in those directions.
Trouble will be, the gaps from the supercar market were filled decades ago. When the McLaren F1 was fresh, there was ‘white space’ available in which allowed the idea a different mission by the rest. nevertheless what do you do in which time? Performance isn’t the answer; the Bugatti Veyron along with the near-1000bhp hybrid trio by McLaren, Porsche along with Ferrari have so elevated top speeds along with slashed acceleration times in which creating something faster seems fatuous.
Neither does the idea make much sense to make the fresh Newey GT ultra-expensive; these days literally hundreds of classic cars, their reputations already set in stone, hold the potential to outprice anything fresh. Exceptional styling will be not the way, either; Newey will be an engineer, not a colouring-in type. Like I say, finding a unique mission because of in which car will be going to be the key. I can’t wait to hear what the idea will be.
TUESDAY – For the life of me, I don’t understand people getting exercised about the recent budgetary stipulation in which cars over £40,000 will attract a payment of about £6 per week in ‘premium’ road tax.
Can’t help thinking in which the people who make ordinary cars – the Peugeots, Renaults, Fords along with Hyundais of in which world – are overdue a leg-up. In my book, they usually build cars in which are pretty damned close to BMW, Jaguar & Co in capability along with ability to engage a driver, yet because the market says they lack badge appeal, they’re required to charge 30% less. The fresh tax makes a tiny difference to a big imbalance.
WEDNESDAY – Spent the day floating back along with forth by the Cotswolds to the fresh Forest from the Range Rover Sport, privileged to enjoy a vehicle I’d surely buy with my own money, if I had any.
On one 450-mile sojourn, the automobile claimed 38.6mpg without even trying, a figure so remarkable – given in which we still cruised with the traffic along with made no special effort to save fuel – in which I double-checked the idea on the fill-to-fill method along with still turned a highly creditable 36 along that has a bit.
Weirdly, we seemed to have more trouble with trucks than usual. Must be the time of year. They pulled into our path without warning more often than I’ve come to expect, along with every dual carriageway featured pairs of behemoths locked in a slow-motion race, occupying both lanes at speeds in which varied by no more than 2mph.
Why the slower vehicle can’t concede 40ft along with let the rest of the planet go about its business, I simply don’t understand. Still, truckers (I was one, once) strike me as rational people, so there must be a reason.
THURSDAY – To Ford in Dunton to tell a bunch of management high-fliers on a training course how their company strikes those of us outside the idea. Don’t get the idea they’ll be hanging on your wise words, counselled someone who’s done the idea before. the idea’s just in which they’ve had a week’s brain strain along with need a bit of colour.
Still, I found myself telling them in which, pretty soon, recently retired Alan Mulally’s ‘One Ford’ approach wouldn’t be enough to face the future with along with in which someone might have to come up that has a fresh philosophy. Wonder who’ll take the plunge?
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