News: CIVIC TYPE R WINS BBC TOPGEAR MAGAZINE CAR OF THE YEAR

News has just arrived up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that the Honda Civic Type R has triumphed in the coveted BBC TopGear magazine Car of the Year awards, taking a hat-trick of honours. Picking up the hot hatch of the year, international editors’ car of the year and then going on to claim the overall prize, car of the year. Blimey! It’s been explained to MotorMartin that the awards issue of BBC TopGear Magazine is their annual celebration of the very best cars of the year. As the world’s largest monthly car magazine, this year their awards … Continue reading News: CIVIC TYPE R WINS BBC TOPGEAR MAGAZINE CAR OF THE YEAR

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News: ELECTRIFIED: AUDI TO CELEBRATE FORMULA E PREMIERE

Following on from NEWS: AUDI DRIVER DI GRASSI EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW FORMULA E SEASON it really is time to start getting excited about the Formula E kicking off this weekend especially as Audi will be competing in motorsport as a factory team for the first time with a fully electric race car this weekend (December 2/3). The two races in Hong Kong form the opening event of the new Formula E season in which Audi is the first German automobile manufacturer to be involved. For Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Daniel Abt and Champion Lucas di Grassi will be … Continue reading News: ELECTRIFIED: AUDI TO CELEBRATE FORMULA E PREMIERE

News: LEON CAMIER IMPRESSES ON DEBUT TEST WITH RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM

The season has only just finished but already Honda’s WSBK squad are back testing so that they can start next season on the front foot. Leon Camier has therefore completed his first-ever test with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team at ‘Circuito de Jerez’ in southern Spain, in which he got to grips with the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine for the first time. Honda have explained that the 31-year-old Briton finished with an impressive best time of 1’39.333secs lap time after lapping the 4.423km fast-flowing Andalusian track 217 times over the course of the three days. On … Continue reading News: LEON CAMIER IMPRESSES ON DEBUT TEST WITH RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM

News: VOLKSWAGEN up! GTI IS NAMED BBC TOPGEAR MAGAZINE’S ‘POCKET ROCKET OF THE YEAR’

Volkswagen have explained to MotorMartin recently that even before its official UK debut, set for early 2018, the forthcoming up! GTI is already a winner – scooping the charismatic title of ‘Pocket Rocket of the Year’ from BBC TopGear Magazine. Describing the soon-to-be-launched smallest member of the GTI family, the BBC TopGear Magazine experts shared with MotorMartin that the up! was: “As unserious and playful a car as Volkswagen has made this decade.” Volkswagen are rightly proud of the littlest member of their hot hatch family, created, they say, as a tribute to the iconic original Golf GTI, and coming … Continue reading News: VOLKSWAGEN up! GTI IS NAMED BBC TOPGEAR MAGAZINE’S ‘POCKET ROCKET OF THE YEAR’

News: AN INSIGHT INTO THE UNIQUE SYMPATHETIC RESTORATION OF THE ‘HOUSE FIND’ BENTLEY 4½ LITRE

William Medcalf Vintage Bentley have shared with MotorMartin that they are celebrating bringing one of the greatest Bentley treasures back to its original glory from the brink of extinction – the ‘House Find’ Bentley – after more than 1,800 hours of preservation work. It’s been explained to MotorMartin that in 2014, William Medcalf received an almost unbelievable call about a dismantled Bentley in a house in the middle of London that had to be cleared. Even as the world’s premier vintage Bentley specialist, this was going to prove a challenging project. Upon arrival, Medcalf discovered a scene like no other … Continue reading News: AN INSIGHT INTO THE UNIQUE SYMPATHETIC RESTORATION OF THE ‘HOUSE FIND’ BENTLEY 4½ LITRE

News: JAGUAR E-PACE NAMED TOP GEAR MAGAZINE CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR

So here we go with today’s award news and it’s come to the attention of MotorMartin that the all new Jaguar E-PACE has been awarded BBC Top Gear Magazine’s 2017 ‘Crossover of the Year’ in one of motoring’s toughest categories. The Crossover sector, Top Gear say, is the fastest growing and toughest sales market in motoring with every manufacturer vying for customers. It’s been explained to MotorMartin that Top Gear’s expert judges crowned the E-PACE top of the pile and highlighted its outstanding design saying: “The design sells the E-PACE at 50 paces” and “Even if the E-PACE didn’t out-drive … Continue reading News: JAGUAR E-PACE NAMED TOP GEAR MAGAZINE CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR

Suzuki Jimny 1.3 SZ4: Sing To The Sky

The following is a re-edit of a piece posted by MotorMartin on DriveTribe under The Junk Yard banner run by Tony Yates, perhaps better known as @Xinterceptor. Here we are, at the tale end of 2017, testing the latest iteration of the ever youthful Jimny, a SUV before we knew what an SUV actually was, perhaps even more surprising is the fact that that the little Suzuki has barely changed since launch. The Suzuki Jimny 1.3 SZ4 on test is a striking piece of design and a perfect example of function dictating form. The Suzuki comes with smart front fogs … Continue reading Suzuki Jimny 1.3 SZ4: Sing To The Sky

News: RENAULT WINS ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AT GREENFLEET AWARDS 2017

There’s no doubt that something needs to be done regarding sustainable options for powering our personal vehicles in the future and some manufacturers are further ahead than others when it comes to offering ‘real life’ solutions. One such manufacturer is most definitely Renault, who have shared with MotorMartin recently that they have been awarded the title of Electric Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year at the 2017 GreenFleet awards held at a ceremony in Coventry last night. Renault explained that they were was also commended in the City Car Manufacturer of the Year category. Renault offers a range of affordable all-electric … Continue reading News: RENAULT WINS ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AT GREENFLEET AWARDS 2017

News: AUDI DRIVER DI GRASSI ABOUT THE NEW FORMULA E SEASON: “NUMBER ONE IS TREMENDOUS MOTIVATION”

For the first time, MotorMartin is intending to be following and reporting on the new season of Formula E, a series that is most definitely on the up with new manufacturers, tracks and drivers all getting involved as the season draws ever closer and one who’s season starts this upcoming weekend from Hong Kong. Exciting racing ahead then. It’s been confirmed to MotorMartin on the brink of this new season that preparations have been completed and the race cars of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler are on their way to Hong Kong where the opening race of the new Formula … Continue reading News: AUDI DRIVER DI GRASSI ABOUT THE NEW FORMULA E SEASON: “NUMBER ONE IS TREMENDOUS MOTIVATION”

News: VANTAGE GTE: THE BIRTH OF A CHAMPION

Aston Martin have shared with all us fans up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that they have recently released a specially-commissioned film, documenting the birth of the Vantage GTE, Aston Martin Racing’s brand-new challenger. Following the Vantage GTE from initial concept to launch, the nine-minute film above shows what it takes to build a new race car alongside a new road car, launching both earlier this week in London. Aston Martin President & CEO, Dr Andy Palmer explained the following to MotorMartin: “We decided to replace the current Vantage road car and – since it’s really necessary to … Continue reading News: VANTAGE GTE: THE BIRTH OF A CHAMPION