Polar explorer completes unbe-leaf-able journey

Marek Kaminski with the long-haul Nissan Leaf

When it comes to electric cars and those new to their benefits, range anxiety is a very real thing. I’ve felt it myself behind the wheel of the likes of the Tesla Model S, BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf – a worry creeps in between your ears as the battery level decreases and you begin to envision yourself sitting by the side of the road out of juice, hunting frantically for the nearest charge point or waiting in a queue when  Often, 200km can seem like a daunting prospect, but what about 13,000km?

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Ranger reborn

Ford Ranger Raptor

Good news for fans of hefty pick-ups in the American style – the Ford Ranger Raptor is coming to Ireland in mid-2019. Its big European launch came late in August, becoming the first ever vehicle revealed at Gamescon, the continent’s largest video gaming event – two Range Raptors acted as rather striking bookends at the Ford stand and it was announced that the model will be added to the upcoming Forza Horizon 4, the open-world racing game on Xbox.

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Ireland’s overconfident drivers

Could you pass your driving test again? According to a survey by Carzone, 91% of Ireland’s motorists believe they could pass the test if they had to retake it, which seems like a case of severe overconfidence, given the distinct lack of indicator use, leaving safe distances, safe overtaking and checking blindspots on Irish roads today.

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Save the date: Colin McRae Charity Run

Fancy a day of watching Subarus do what they do best, all in aid of a good cause?

The Colin McRae Charity Run is back in Belfast on September 16th, organised by a group of local Subaru enthusiasts and featuring around 150 Subarus from around the UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Electric craft: Britain’s new EV

The British have a reputation for building some tantalising low-volume cars, such as the Ariel Atom or the V-Storm WR3, and now you can add the Alcraft GT to that list.

The brainchild of start-up Alcraft Motor Company, the Alcraft GT is an electric vehicle due to start low-volume production in 2019, depending on how successful its newly launched crowdfunding campaign will be. At this stage virtual engineering is complete, and the next step is to build a full working prototype.

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BMW’s Sixth-Gen M5

 

BMW’s beloved M5 is now in its sixth generation, more advanced than ever if not quite as good looking as previous incarnations. The grandaddy of the high performance super saloon, the latest edition is set to launch on Irish shores in February 2018, complete with a rebooted 4.4L V8 engine, a new all-wheel drive system (m xDrive) specific to the M-badge as standard, an eight-speed automatic transmission (Drivelogic allows for quicker gear changes), and performance figures that make the M5 the fastest and most powerful 5 Series BMW has produced to date.

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Karoq’s Irish due date

Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq, set to replace the much-loved and highly versatile Yeti, is due to arrive in Irish dealerships in early December according to Skoda Ireland. The five-seater compact SUV, essentially a smaller version of the new Kodiaq, will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show next month.

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Audi’s RS 5 Coupé looks amazing

Audi RS 5 Coupé

This is the new Audi RS 5 Coupé, a tasty performance car which Audi says is the perfect combination of “elegant aesthetics with everyday usability”. Fabulous to look at and reportedly sensational to drive, it’s a big marker laid down for BMW’s M division.

The figures are certainly tantalising. Powered by a 2.8L V6 bi-turbo engine, you’ll have 450hp and 600 Nm torque at your disposal, with the ability to spring from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.

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Rugged efficiency: The Bollinger B1

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Enjoy the ruggedness of a Land Rover Defender or Jeep Wrangler, but want something far more efficient and designed with just a pencil and ruler?

New York-based Bollinger Motors has claimed it has developed the world’s first electric off-roading SUT (sport utility truck), the rather utilitarian all-wheel drive Bollinger B1. It certainly sounds like a nifty vehicle – 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, top speed of 204km/h, 360hp on tap, and 639Nm torque. The onboard batteries offer a range of up to 321km, depending on whether you opt for the 60 or 100 kWh version, with charging times of seven and 12 hours respectively.

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Annoying motorway habits

Annoying motorway habits

According to a recent survey by easytrip, the thing that frustrates Irish motorists the most on the motorway is when people don’t use their indicators. If you ask me, that should be extended to every single road – for the most part indicators are either used sparingly or when the driver has already started making their turn, which really defeats their purpose.

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