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    RAY MASSEY: Porsche unveils an electric supercar for its landmark 70th anniversary

    Porsche, the German sports and performance car company, next Friday celebrates 70 years since the first car to bear its name was built.Quite an achievement for a firm which is now accelerating hard to create a new generation of super-fast electric sports cars and SUVs. And Britain is one of its biggest and most profitable markets.I visited its factory and museum in Stuttgart, South West Germany, to find out about its past, present and electric future. Electric power: Porsche’s Mission E 600 has a top speed of 155mph Back in 1948, Porsche’s postwar 356 Nr1 marked the startof the family dynasty ...

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    Five of the best five star cars: The reviewers' favourites that can all be bought brand new for less than £20k

    The motoring industry might like you to do so, but you don’t always need to spend a fortune to get a top-rated car.Five-star cars are the darlings of motoring reviewers - and that rating is the ultimate prize for car companies. They are the best of the best, the finest models in their sector that better all other rivals - and the car researching public is heavily drawn to them.Here, we’ve brought together a selection of cars, all of which are five-star rated by What Car?, but all of which cost less than £20,000.You won’t go wrong with any of ...

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    The UK's electric car charging is 'playing catch-up', as study reveals 85,500 chargers are needed in the next two years to meet demand

    Another 83,500 public electric-car charging points need to be installed by 2020, if Britain is to keep up with the increasing demand for zero-emissions vehicles.Currently there are just 16,500 public charge points in the UK. But with a million plug-in electric cars due to be registered by 2020, this figure needs to increase sixfold to cope with demand.And it's drivers in London and other big cities that are in desperate need for the infrastructure to be improved, with three in five residents totally reliant on them because they don't have garages or driveways they can use to safely charge vehicles. ...

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    One in five British cars is fitted with 'dangerous' tyres, warns new study, is your vehicle at risk?

    One in five cars on UK roads - accounting for more than eight million motors - have 'dangerous' tyres fitted to them, according to new research.Comparison site Confused.com said it conducted 1,000 vehicle spot checks up and down the country and found that 21 per cent had at least one tyre that need to be replaced.A further three per cent - representative of 1.4 million - were found to be running on illegal tyres that could land them with a fine in excess of £2,500 and three penalty points.   Tyre trouble: A spot-check of 1,000 UK cars found that ...

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    When you don't want to be seen in the same Ferrari as anyone else: The glorious one-off SP38 created for one of 'its most dedicated customers'

    Ferraris, they're everywhere these days. Well, that might be the case if you're a multi-millionaire living on a super-yacht in Monaco.Fortunately, if this sounds like you, then Ferrari has just the thing to appease your demand for supercar originality.It's called the SP38 and it's a rebodied Ferrari 488 GTB that might just be one of the best looking modern-era prancing horses we've ever seen. One of a kind: This is the latest car to come out of Ferrari's Maranello factory. It's the newest model built by its 'One-Off' project, which creates unique vehicles for the brand's most dedicated customersThe car ...

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    Precious metal: Nine of the rarest classic cars in the world coming to the capital for the London Concours

    Nine of the world's rarest cars will arrive in London next month - including an astonishing 28.5 litre pre-war Fiat known as the Beast of Turin.The London Concours is the capital's summer-time automotive garden party that's crammed with over £50 million worth of exotic, vintage and hugely collectible cars.This year's event - taking place on 7 and 8 June - will play host to some very rare cars indeed. Below we've selected a rundown of the super-precious metal on show - along with details of how our readers can get a special £10 discount on ticket prices for the event. ...

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    RAY MASSEY: Changes to MoT regulation which are coming into force could see thousands more cars failing annual roadworthiness test

    Changes to the MoT regulation which come into force from tomorrow could see thousands more cars failing the annual roadworthiness test.Owners of older diesels are especially at risk with tighter pollution limits and a new test on diesel particulate filters. These capture soot from the exhaust, preventing it from going into the air, causing health and environmental problems.Most drivers will be confused about the implications of the changes, according to motoring organisations. Shake-up: Most drivers will be confused about the implications of the changes, according to motoring organisationsTests are mandatory on cars that are three years old or more. Anyone ...

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    A wheel inconvenience: The UK's potholed roads cause 30,000 punctures a month - but just 38% of NEW CARS have a spare wheel

    Britain's drivers are suffering more punctures than ever before. But inexplicably only just over a third of new cars today are sold with a spare wheel as standard, a new investigation has found.With the UK's roads continuing to fall into a state of disrepair and increasingly riddled with potholes, motorists suffer more than 30,000 punctures a month on average.But when they do get a flat tyre and would like to open the boot to find a spare wheel, 62 per cent of new car owners don't have one. A wheel inconvenience: An investigation by What Car? has found that 62% ...

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    The hot hatch that started a British love affair: Earliest UK example of the iconic VW Golf GTI goes under the hammer - and it could smash its £32,000 price tag

    The VW Golf GTI MkI is - arguably - the original hot hatch. Just ask any petrol head and they'll tell you that this is the icon of the genre of super-fast small family cars.But this one is even more special than any other British example of the much-adored first-generation GTI - and you'll soon have the chance to buy it at auction.Why so unique? It's the last remaining 'pathfinder' car brought to the UK by Volkswagen in 1978, as a promotional exercise before the full production right-hand-drive models were shipped across the Channel for British customers a year later.It ...

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    Motorists will be less stressed when everyone is driving electric cars, new study says - but is that really the case?

    A new study claims that electric vehicles are less stressful to drive than diesel cars and could have significant mental health benefits.After monitoring the mental activity of taxi drivers at the wheel of a diesel model and then an electric car, the measurements suggested that the quieter driving environment of the latter had a more positive effect on the well-being of the cabby.However, the study contradicts various motorist polls that have claimed that stress is one of the main reasons why the uptake of electric cars has been slow in the UK.Range anxiety - caused by the limited distances electric ...

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    Driven to distraction: Car makers hit out at the Government's Brexit plans - and call for UK to stay in the customs union

    Senior figures in Britain’s £80 billion-a-year car industry want the UK to remain in the EU’s customs union and dismiss the two alternatives being considered by the Government as unworkable.Bosses say the benefits of the customs union have been the ‘foundation’ for the growth of an industry that now supports 800,000 jobs. An end to the arrangements would create ‘major disruption’ and imperil the sector, with firms slashing staff and moving operations abroad.The UK motor industry has thrived in recent years, thanks to ‘free and frictionless trade’ with the European Union, they said. Crucial component: The UK's car industry now supports ...

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    Drivers who needlessly travel short distances expose themselves to harmful 'pollution bursts' in the first five minutes, report claims

    Motorists are exposed to the highest level of harmful emissions at the start of every journey, research shows.Emissions systems that are built into cars to capture harmful pollution take around five minutes to warm up and activate, resulting in dangerous 'pollution bursts' in the initial moments drivers and their passengers are en route.And a new report claims that many Britons are needlessly exposing themselves to these higher toxicity levels to travel paltry distances that could easily be covered by other means.  'Pollution bursts': Many drivers are exposing themselves to high levels of pollution to complete the shortest of journeys that ...

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    Hybrids could be BANNED along with petrol and diesel cars in 2040 as part of new government efforts to reduce air pollution levels

    Hybrid cars - like Toyota's Prius - could be banned from sale in 2040 along with traditional petrol and diesel cars, leaked reports claim.Additional restrictions for the sale of new vehicles are said to be being put in place by law-makers after the government was warned that stricter policy was needed to reduce dangerous air pollution levels in the country.Details of the leaked 'Road to Zero' strategy revealed new measures that will see the UK shift to a network of pure electric vehicles in the future.The UK motor industry has slammed the plans on Friday, blasting the 'unrealistic targets' and ...

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    The 'barn-find' 1967 Mini with ONE owner that was driven for 36,000 miles then stored for 36 YEARS - and it could be yours for as little as £6,000

    Classic Minis are hugely collectible - and this might be one of the least-used examples you'll ever be able to track down.It's a 1967 Mini 850 Deluxe that has had just a single owner on the logbook for the last 51 years, covered fewer than 705 miles a year on average, and barely turned a wheel for the best part of four decades.It will be sold at the H&H Classics Buxton sale, in Derbyshire, on 18 July, but experts reckon it could go for an absolute steal with modest estimates of £6,000 to £10,000 for the sales fee.While it could ...

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    Fast Ford heaven: The first Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 ever made is going to be sold at auction this month - and it's set to go for more than £120,000

    Fast Ford fans - this is a car that will set your pulses racing. But it also might make you shudder when you see the estimated selling fee.The motor that's up for grabs is the hugely collectible Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, of which just 499 were ever built.And this example, registered in 1987, is more special than arguably any other. That's because it's chassis number 001. The original. The one that set the tone for one of the most desirable performance cars of the 1980s.For that reason alone, experts predict it will set a new record as the most expensive ...

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