It’s three days of testing in Almeria, Spain as Jeremy Guarnoni joins the 2022 BMW World Endurance Team as they prepare for the new season of racing.
The 28-year-old Frenchman has been competing in the Endurance World Championship (EWC) since debuting at the 2012 Bol d’Or and became world champion in the 2018/2019 season. He’s also been crowned 2010 Superstock 600 European champion and raced in the Superstock 1000 championship, finishing third in the final standings on two occasions.
Guarnoni joins new teammates Markus Reiterberger, Ilya Mikhalchik and Kenny Foray on the #37 BMW M 1000 RR as the team look to improve on their debut season in 2021, which saw them claim victory in Most, and take second overall in the FIM EWC.
Jéremy Guarnoni: “I have a very good impression of the bike. The performance is really unbelievable, and I immediately felt good on it. I am also very happy with the team, which is very professional. I have a really good feeling about the mechanics, the crew chief and my team-mates. I already knew Ilya, Markus and Kenny as opponents, and now they are my team-mates. That is really cool. I am sure we can achieve great things next season, and I am looking forward to it.”
Markus Reiterberger: “Firstly, after a good season in 2021, we know exactly what we need to work on. I am very pleased that we still have a test this year. That is very important for us, as it allows us to lay important foundations for the coming year. I am pleased to be able to welcome Jéremy – another strong rider and a former world champion – to the team. The first day of testing was really tiring for everyone, as it was very cold and there was a lot to test. We got through most of the programme, but there are still a few important things to do. The initial impressions are definitely promising. With the improvements we can still make, I believe we will be able to make up that one position we missed out on this season. I am very confident and pleased to be part of the team.”
Ilya Mikhalchik: “It feels really good to be able to start preparations for 2022 this year. Firstly, I would like to welcome our new team member, Jéremy. I hope we can achieve some good results together. He is a very experienced endurance rider and I think we will learn a lot from each other. I am very happy to be riding with him in the team and on this bike. We have made a few improvements. I think we have a good overall package, with which we can win. We showed that in the last race. We are now testing a few things, to give ourselves an even better chance. I believe we have the potential to challenge at the top next year.”
Kenny Foray: “Our winter test is very early, but that is very good for us. The new bike is even better than the old one. It is really enjoyable to ride. I am hoping for a really good year for the whole team. If I am able to contribute to us improving, then I am definitely ready.”
One of the most famous brands in British motorcycling returns with the new 2022 BSA Gold Star unveiled as a modern interpretation of the classic bike.
The new BSA Gold Star is powered by a 652cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, and some classic fins to resemble the air-cooled version used in the originals. It puts out 45 hp with peak torque of 55Nm to develop pull from as low as 1800rpm.
You get a flat seat with pillion strap, and a twin-pod instrument dash. While the needles for the analogue speedo and tachometer feature the same reverse sweep function as the Smiths examples on the original bikes, the new version also has an LCD multi-function display.
The tank is inspired by the M24 and DB34 Gold Star models with chrome on the sides, an offset fuel filler cap, and pinstriping. Along with the classic BSA logo
At the rear are LED lights which are designed to resemble the original Lucas lamps, along with the signature rear fender.
The new 2022 BSA Gold Star will be available in Insignia Red, Dawn Silver, Midnight Black or Highland Green. And there will also be a special Legacy Edition, which comes in a special Silver Sheen livery. Inspired by the Gold Stars of the past, it also gets chrome-finished mudguards, mirrors and levers. The engine covers are polished, there’s white beading on the seats and various parts get either chromed or gloass black finishes to set it apart.
“For us, the new BSA Gold Star is not just a motorcycle, but an emotion and we pursued the journeyof bringing BSA back with utmost passion. To stay authentic to its roots, the new Gold Star wasdesigned and engineered in the UK. The new motorcycle incorporates BSA’s DNA and stays a Gold Star that is true to its lineage.” Mr Ashish Singh Joshi, Director of BSA Company Ltd.
As you’d imagine from a retro naked bike, the seat height should be manageable for most people at 780mm, and the wet weight of 213kg is pretty reasonable. The fuel tank has a 12 litre capacity, and despite the classic looks of the Gold Star, it does come with dual-channel ABS, an engine immobiliser, and Assist and Slipper Clutch, a 12V socket for heated clothing, and even a handlebar-mounted USB charger.
“BSA reigned supreme during the golden era of British motorcycles, renowned for their spirit andimpeccable workmanship. We’re incredibly honoured to be showcasing a new model that captures the DNA of such a legendary brand, which stamped an undeniable mark on the world of motorcycling. The next chapter in the brand’s history is going to be an exciting ride.” Mr Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group.
No prices have been set for the new 2022 BSA Gold Star 650, but it’s likely to be between £5-6,000, given that the logical competition is the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 range. Ironically, both brands trace their history in motorcycling back to the early 1900s, and both were part of Norton Villiers for a time before a modern resurgence under Indian leadership. Along with Norton, which is now owned by TVS Motors.
In the case of BSA, it was acquired in 2016 by Classic Legends Pvt.Ltd, which is a subsidiary of the Mahindra Group also responsible for the resurrection in Indian of Jawa. Mahindra also has a controlling stake in Peugeot motorcycles, in addition to producing their own range of scooters and motorcycles.
The original BSA Gold Stars were produced from 1938 to 1963. And the 350cc and 500cc single cylinder found strokes were some of the fastest bikes around, with the name coming from a traditional pin handed out to Wal Handley, after he lapped Brooklands at more than 100mph on a BSA Empire Star.
Various models were successful on both road and track, with Gold Stars taking 11 TT victories from 1949 to 1956, used by American flat track racers, and for motocross and scambling. And appropriately, the new model was unveiled at Motorcycle Live, located in the city which gave Birmingham Small Arms its name.
The Ford Ranger is not the only horse in the Ford stable any more. The 2022 Ford Maverick is a true hybrid truck with light capability and a slightly smaller figure than the Ranger.
The new Ford Maverick, which is being offered at a rock bottom price for the midsize segment, is expected to appeal to first-time car buyers and/or first-time truck buyers. It is also aiming for the trade market where busy people need hauling capacity, but they don’t want to pay for capability they don’t need.
Ford has made the hybrid standard on the entry level truck. This allows buyers to get a vehicle that helps their budget at purchase and over time as they save money at the fuel pump.
The truck earns 40 miles per gallon in combined driving. That figure could attract drivers who had been looking at new cars with much worse fuel economy.
Certainly this could cut into the Ford Ranger market, but it seems unlikely. Ford’s strategy of aiming for buyers new to the truck world may actually establish a whole new market that hasn’t been tapped.
Pros and Cons of the 2022 Ford Maverick
Trucks always come down to their stats. In this case, the 2022 Ford Maverick can pull up to 2,000 pounds as a hybrid and up to 4,000 pounds with an Ecoboost engine. It can haul 1,500 pounds in its 4.5-foot bed. A multi-position tailgate allows the user to stretch the space.
The hybrid powertrain generates 191 horsepower, making it competitive with some bigger midsize four-cylinder trucks. Ford pairs that with a special PowerSplit transmission. For drivers who want the truck with more power, they can get the Ecoboost engine which generates 250 horsepower.
Naturally there will be some shoppers who expect to tow much heavier loads. This truck cannot compete with the hauling and towing numbers on the Ford Ranger much less the Ford F150.
The Maverick’s material quality doesn’t start out on a par with the Ranger, and that may be a problem for some shoppers. However, there will be others who see the affordability factor overriding any worries about this.
The cabin will be much more comfortable for front-seat passengers than the second row. It does have under-the-seat rear storage that you won’t find on a similarly priced SUV or car with a cabin this size.
On the other hand, the truck’s small size should work to its advantage in busy urban environments, which is how Ford planned it. This is not a vehicle that will have trouble finding a parking space or maneuvering through tight quarters.
Adding to its value proposition, the truck has basic dash technologies and several Ford crash avoidance technologies as standard. This includes automatic high beams and forward collision braking assistance.
The manufacturer is definitely taking a gamble with the 2022 Ford Maverick. However, it would seem that this hybrid truck may make waves in the marketplace.
A slew of wicked RS6 Avant builds have appeared since the weapons-grade wagon debuted. This might be the quickest yet.
Along with Rule 34, Betteridge’s law of headlines is one of my favorite internet maxims. To refresh your memory, it states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” And while my experience has found it to be spookily accurate, this recent video from our friends over at Auditography make me think it might not be infallible. Because the title of this video asks whether this weapons-grade Audi RS6 Avant is the world’s fastest. And with a blistering zero-to-60 time of 2.7 seconds? The answer could very well be yes.
Built as a collaboration between Pacific German and VF Engineering, this one-of-one monster is packing a laundry list of performance upgrades. Most notably, the factory snails have been swapped for a pair of fat TTE turbos, the ECU has been treated to a Stage 3 upgrade from VF Engineering, and upgraded intercoolers come courtesy of the frosty folks over at CSF Racing. According to the video, that means this vicious longroof is good for a whopping 1,000-plus horsepower and earth-twisting 750 lb-ft of torque.
Keep your foot buried, and all that poke is said to translate to a top speed north of 210 mph. But thanks to a body kit from Maxton Design, a slick red, white and black livery, and bespoke 22-inch brushed bronze wheels, this RS6 Avant looks the business even if it’s standing still. Everything under the hood looks quite tidy as well, and unless you’re an accomplished Audi mechanic, you might think this baby remained just as Ingolstadt intended. Given that my mechanical exploits have gone over about as well as a fork in a microwave, the details are lost on me.
As to the claim that this is the fasted example of Audi’s luxury longroof on the planet, however, I can make a more knowledgeable assessment. Because I’ve been following the news on the RS6 Avant since long before they started turning up wrecked, and while I’ve seen several red-hot examples, this does seem to outshine them. ABT-Sportline’s version is good for 740 horsepower and a 3.2 second zero to 60 time, this 900-horsepower model is said to be just shy of the three-second mark, and even the mighty MTM Stage 4 project — with its insane 1,001 and 921 lb-ft of torque — is said to hit 60 in 2.8 seconds. So enjoy the video — and if you find a faster Audi RS6 Avant hit me up!
How Audi Brand Director Matt Hardy seamlessly navigated a 300-mile journey from his home in Kent to Crantock, Cornwall in Audi’s all-new e-tron S.
With an all-electric vehicle future looming fast, the leap into a more sustainable way of driving is just a few years away, and many of us are already embracing the change.
Very soon, all of us will have little choice as government rules will start to phase out old-style petrol and diesel models from as early as 2030 – so if you haven’t given the new range of next generation electric vehicles a second look yet, the time is now.
Maybe you haven’t had the time, or maybe you are worried that they won’t cut the mustard when it comes to driving long distance, or maybe you’re just a traditional petrol or diesel driver with some resistance to change.
As a car lover myself, I too had many questions and heard many myths but was keen to challenge and change those perceptions so that more people could start driving worry-free.
To test their mettle, I decided to take in a longer distance – from Kent to Cornwall – to see how my new Audi e-tron Swould fare. At 300 miles, it’s more than 200 miles longer than my usual much shorter commutes closer to home.
How far would I get before I need to charge and how easy would one be to successfully locate?
My family – wife, son and my niece – were all up for the challenge as we set off to spend a few days in Cornwall by the beach.
My mother-in-law was doubtful it would be a stress-free trip and was wary about our success – and so I was keen to set her straight, despite my own questions about performance, range and the charging experience I might expect.
I was also keen to document my experience as it happened, here:
Saturday 31st July
The day had come! As my Wife and I were awakened by my bright-eyed son and niece raring to go, we packed our bags and filled the spacious Audi e-tron S with everything but the kitchen sink.
Having arrived home late the night before, the car was only charged up to 93 percent before we left which could have been higher with a bit more planning. However, with a 178-mile range I was comfortable to get on the road. I also took a quick glance at e-charger locator app Zap Map – Lookers’ tech partner – and saw that there was a good selection of chargers along our route.
This helped to ease my mind just a little. Setting off on our 300-mile journey, I had hoped that the ‘mandatory’ stop at McDonald’s could be an opportunity for a recharge in more ways than one. Would there be enough charging spots in the area?
Well, we were about to find out…
After 2.5 hours driving, the Avengers just wasn’t cutting it for the children. They were becoming restless and hungry. On top of this, there were just 43 miles of range remaining, so time to start thinking ahead.
I opened Zap-map and was pleased to find that there was not only an EV charging point, but also a McDonald’s restaurant at Wincanton, which was on the route.
Hungry and a little tired, we headed in that direction.
After what seemed like an age of “Are we there yet?”, we pulled up outside McDonald’s Golden Arches to find four dedicated contactless-payment chargers and plugged into a 22kw/h power version.
I ordered the food and discovered a speedier 50 kw/h charger had become available, so I took the opportunity to switch the plug and get on with breakfast and our well-earned break.
A little over an hour for breakfast and there was already a healthy 152-mile range on the clock – that was just three miles more than we needed to complete the entire journey. Carefree and feeling much more confident, we set off again.
At this point in our journey, we had been on the move for almost 7.5 hours. Tired of driving, it would usually be at this point when road rage would set in.
And, to my surprise, busy traffic in pockets along the way had little to no effect on the range available in my Audi e-tron S. In fact, I noticed that while in economy mode, the car would gain five miles at the expense of A/C – so that was a big thumbs-up from an economic, fuel-saving point of view.
That said, I decided to be ‘free and easy’ with my climate control and decided to stop and charge just one more time.
With a 49-mile range and 36 to go, we stopped off at Cornwall’s famous Jamaica Inn hotel, which has just had two new charging bays installed. After quickly becoming available, we plugged in, took a comfort break, stretched the legs and visited a farm shop. A flying visit but a comfortable buffer.
We’re here!We arrived at Trevalla Holiday Park just 26 minutes after the last charge safe and sound. The holiday park had its own Pod Point (7kwh) public charging facility and fortunately I already had the app to secure some supplies at £1 per hour after adding some credit.
After a relaxing time away – as relaxing as can be with two young children – I made sure to plug in and charge overnight for the long journey home and after the drive down from Kent, this time I had huge faith and confidence that the Audi e-tron S journey home would be another smooth and confident one. Any worries I had were gone.
With another stop at McDonalds on the way back, I got straight on to the fast charger this time while we all enjoyed a meal, a round of McFlurrys and a toilet break before getting quickly back on the road.
We arrived back home, plugged the car back in and went to bed happy. Happy that I had completed a long journey in my Audi e-tron S with little to no inconvenience on a route without proper motorway services which provide super chargers like those on major routes.
I had completed the journey with full success and little stress at all, though the big lesson I learned was to think ahead. Had I been fully charged before I left, I would have had to stop only once.
For a 300-mile journey, you would have to stop at least once to take a proper break. Anything less would be dangerous and unhealthy.
Hence, stopping and charging the car was something which came quite naturally – if we had a petrol or diesel car, we would have been doing the same.
Surprisingly to me, charging speeds and the abundance of charging points was much more impressive than I had previously thought, and any concerns I had about this have melted away.
Above all, the Audi e-tron S driving experience is second-to-none for comfort, style and reliability and lacks nothing from its diesel-fuelled counterpart.
With no gears, clutch, and limited noise, the Audi e-tron S delivers a driving experience like no other, gliding along the road providing a smooth, comfortable ride.
Lastly, my mother-in-law has had to eat her words …it’s been a win-win all round.