I Never Stop Learning to Drive

The CAR Inquisition: Gabriele Tarquini

Touring car legend Gabriele Tarquini has won more international races than most of us have had hot dinners, and he’s still winning in his 50s. What’s the secret?

GABRIELE TARQUINI had his first crash at the age of seven. ‘I jumped in my parents’ car and tried to start the engine, not realising it was in gear. So I started by crashing, and I’ve continued ever since!’ It’s a typically self-deprecating remark from a racing driver with a career so stellar he has nothing to prove.

Mercedes A-Class Saloon

New hatch-based saloons and refreshed SUVs for your delectation. By Jake Groves

Mercedes A-Class Saloon

No, this isn’t the next CLA – that’s a separate model we’ll see next year.
This is the booted version of the recently launched A-Class hatch, and it’ll join the line-up towards the end of 2018. It’s available with the same high-spec interior – see page 30 for more detail on that.

MCLAREN HAS PLENTY of experience in creating new variants from familiar ingredients, but even the most ardent McLarenophile may struggle to guess how the booming British sports car company will come up with 18 new models or derivatives by the year 2025. But that’s the key figure in the Woking-based company’s newly announced Track 25 plan. Most will be petrol-electric hybrids – but McLaren says its Ultimate Series cars could be the exception.

Hybrids will dominate the new range – which won’t include an SUV… By James Dennison

MCLAREN HAS PLENTY of experience in creating new variants from familiar ingredients, but even the most ardent McLarenophile may struggle to guess how the booming British sports car company will come up with 18 new models or derivatives by the year 2025. But that’s the key figure in the Woking-based company’s newly announced Track 25 plan. Most will be petrol-electric hybrids – but McLaren says its Ultimate Series cars could be the exception.

To succeed in World Rallying’s fastest round you need more than just umlauts in your name and a stoic indiference to pain. By Jake Groves

To succeed in World Rallying’s fastest round you need more than just umlauts in your name and a stoic indiference to pain. By Jake Groves

1. HAVE NERVES OF STEEL

Every rally location is gruelling for the driver and co-driver but Finland is notoriously dificult to master, with its huge jumps, blind corners and wafer-thin margins for error. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Esapekka Lappi may have dominated Rally Finland in 2017 but he was forced to retire from the 2018 event when he rolled out in the closing stages.

With a couple of birthdays to celebrate, Italdesign and Nissan have created a monstrous anniversary present to themselves, the 710bhp GT-R50. By Ben Miller

With a couple of birthdays to celebrate, Italdesign and Nissan have created a monstrous anniversary present to themselves, the 710bhp GT-R50. By Ben Miller

THE NISSAN GT-R has spent much of the last decade or so morphing from blue collar performance hero to startlingly expensive supercar in its own right – witness the £150k Nismo version. Now, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both GT-R and Italdesign, Nissan’s all-wheel- drive supercar’s gone supernova with this exclusive (50 units) and astonish- ingly expensive (€900,000) GT-R50.

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio