Ford Raptur Arrives in UK
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has arrived in the UK, with delivery-mileage examples of the 444bhp 'super truck' available from Clive Sutton, one of London's leading supercar and luxury car dealers. The car sourcing specialist has initially acquired five left-hand drive examples of the latest F-150 Raptor, with three already snapped up by long-standing clients. The vehicle can be viewed now by appointment at Clive Sutton's premises in St John's Wood, with on-the-road prices starting from £78,000.
Ford's latest F-150 Raptor has been widely anticipated in the UK since the end of production of the previous truck in 2014. Significant features include a lightweight aluminium body, an efficient and powerful twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine producing 444bhp and 510lb ft. of torque, and a 10-speed automatic gearbox. High-performance Fox Racing shock absorbers are fitted as standard, giving the Raptor incredible off-road agility.
Customers interested in right-hand-drive vehicles can commission a conversion of the new F-150 Raptor through Sutton Bespoke's specialist programme, at a cost of £36,000.
Mercedes-Benz is Simply the Best
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been named 'Best Executive Car' and 'New Company Car of the Year', voted for by the Fleet News readers, at this year's Fleet News awards.
The judges commented: "Innovative technology ensures the E-Class offers low real-world emissions, while highly comfortable seats and a smooth ride make this the perfect car for long distances. With refined drivetrains, low running costs and high residuals, the cavernous estate model further tips the balance in the favour of the E-Class."
The E-Class also won praise from the jury thanks to its low running costs, stylish design, and impressive refinement. The E-Class is widely recognised as one of the most advanced cars in its segment, thanks to its driving assistance systems.
Rob East, Head of Fleet, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, added: "Our objective is to be number one in every segment - E-Class delivers that objective through class-leading technology and a truly outstanding sales performance since launch. We've now added the E-Class Estate, E-Class All-Terrain, E-Class Coupe and 4MATIC to the range, making it more appealing than ever before to both fleet and private buyers."
The London Motor Show Includes Porsche
The London Motor Show is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the automotive calendar and is becoming an iconic event in the heart of London. And, Porsche is the latest manufacturer to be confirmed for the show.
This means that the latest Porsche models, including the 2017 Panamera, Cayenne, Macan and the much-revered 911, will be showcased by Porsche Centre West London in Battersea Park this spring. A host of Porsche clothing and merchandise will also be available for show visitors across the weekend.
"We are looking forward to showcasing the very latest Porsche cars and merchandise to visitors at The London Motor Show," said Porsche Retail Group Marketing Manager Simon Gardiner. "The event is ideally situated to all of our Porsche Retail Group Centres and we are excited to use this show to meet all of the loyal customers and Porsche fans across the weekend."
The London Motor Show are delighted to have Porsche Centre West London on display along with their other big-name manufacturers. "The latest Porsche cars and merchandise on display at the show will be a massive crowd-pleaser to visitors to the show across the weekend," said Alec Mumford, The London Motor Show chairman.
Staged at Battersea Park, The London Motor Show was first held in May last year. With a progressive and exciting format, the event is designed to appeal across the board to a wide range of motoring visitors and enthusiasts. The second show will take place from 4th to 7th May.
Renault Backing CarKraft Safety Scheme
The award winning CarKraft driver improvement scheme is now in its 15th successful year. It was originally aimed at young drivers aged 15 to 24 years old but now includes licence holders of all ages from anywhere in the UK. It has helped to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in Northamptonshire to an all-time low
Tutors running the events are all highly qualified motoring professionals. Each course is free of charge and offers drivers the opportunity to drive in simulated, challenging conditions in a range of Renault cars. The free events run through the spring and summer at the Rockingham Motor Speedway and the Porsche Experience Centre in Silverstone.
"We are very pleased to be able to work with Renault UK," said Keith Millard, a Road Safety Officer with Northamptonshire Highways, "and their continued support with our award winning event has helped in a continuing fall in young driver casualty numbers in Northamptonshire in 2016. There are a few driver places left for this Saturday's event and we would encourage anyone interested in improving their driving skills to book a place".
CarKraft event calendar begins this Saturday at Rockingham and then Sunday 23rd April at Silverstone, returning to Rockingham on Saturday 10th June, Sunday 24th September in Silverstone and finishing on Saturday 21st October back at Rockingham. To book, or for more information, visit www.carkraft.info or call 07583 078058.
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Soon With Us
This year's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will again comprise 30 races across ten events at nine venues around the UK. And it will have its most successful grid in history.
For the second year in succession, a capacity 32-strong grid has been unveiled. Half of the drivers on the entry list are previous winners with an amazing 329 victories between them. There are two new manufacturer entries on the list too for this exciting season, Vauxhall and BMW. These will be joining the fray alongside Honda, Subaru and MG as well as 11 independent teams.
All of the high-octane entertainment will continue to be broadcast live, free-to-air and in high-definition on ITV4, with the championship's loyal long-term partner additionally producing extensive highlights programmes. But, for the full impact of the sights, sounds and smells of the paddock there's nothing like attending in person.
It all kicks off at Brands Hatch on the first weekend of April and runs through until 1st October