Some 30% of motorists aged 18-24 have sought solitude by finding an excuse to go for a drive, a new survey suggests.
To many of us, a car is more than just a “thing”. Yes, it’s a machine, a mass of metal, plastic and glass. There is no rational reason to build an attachment. You wouldn’t get attached to your washing machine, or your lawnmower, would you? Yet with cars, we do. This, I feel, is partly down to how much faith we put in them. If your washing machine or lawnmower gives up, it’s annoying but you can deal with it. If the car fails, it can knock so very much into a cocked hat. But that’s only part of it. The other machines in our lives are there to be called on as and when, but cars exist on a higher plain. Cars become our companions, they become a trusty slice of familiarity no matter where we go. And you need not be a Top Gear presenter to develop that. I know people who know nothing about cars, but they’ll tell you what car they passed their test in, what their first car was, what their wedding car was. This is because, unlike the other machines we need, cars weave themselves into our story. They become integral to it. They become a part of us. Looking to see if this rang true, I spoke to Adam Prosser, a friend who is by his own admission no kind of petrolhead. He likes cars, but only from an aesthetic standpoint. He drives a new BMW 1-Series, a company car for his job as a quantity surveyor. By his own admission, he doesn’t really like the car and he’s confused by people who do. “I’ve had people comment on how nice this car is, but I don’t see it. I think people are blinded by branding.” He explains.
Hungary could now follow Austria as the second venue of the 2020 Formula 1 season with the UK government set to confirm quarantine regulations that will make the British GP impossible in the short term.
Formula 1 has been formally told that it will not be granted an immediate exemption to the British government’s requirements for all travellers arriving in the country to be put in quarantine, as predicted by Motorsport.com.
Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> is seeking Chinese government approval to build model 3 vehicles in the country equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed. Reuters exclusively reported in February that Tesla is in advanced talks to use LFP batteries from CATL <300750.SZ> that contain no cobalt - one of the most expensive metals in electric vehicle (EV) batteries - in cars made at its China plant. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Papadakis Racing used paper models of the Toyota Supra to film a drifting competition while waiting for real races to restart.
Formula 1 teams have approved a radical set of rule changes aimed at securing the future of the sport in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Motorsport.com has learned.
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The funeral industry has had to adapt to new regulations around death care during the pandemic at the same time as dealing with an increase in work. Poppy’s Funerals in south London is one provider that believes that public health concerns should not impact upon its ability to carry out its role with humanity and respect. The Guardian spent the day inside its mortuary to see how the firm and its staff have adapted to the new challenges they face.
Romain Grosjean expects more surprises to follow in the Formula 1 driver market for 2021, believing the saga following Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari exit is not over yet.