• Jeep gets dirty with Renegade ‘Tough Mudder’ Edition

    Jeep is celebrating its fourth year sponsoring the UK Tough Mudder series with a special edition Renegade 4×4.

    Just 100 Jeep Renegade Tough Mudder 4x4s will be made, and to mark the occasion, the first ever ‘Tough Mudder for Jeep’ took place at Silverstone Circuit’s off-road course in Northamptonshire.

    The Renegade successfully waded through a course designed by Tough Mudder, tackling rough terrain, dirty water and signature Tough Mudder obstacles, including ‘Mud Mile’ and ‘Quagmire.’ The SUV also tackled the steep slopes and inclines of ‘Killa Gorilla’ and the treacherous Cliff Hanger obstacle.

    Priced from £27,795, Jeep reckons the limited edition “embodies the spirit, fun, adventure and innovation of Tough Mudder with Jeep’s legendary off-road credentials, ensuring drivers can tackle any challenge while Mudders push themselves into the unknown”.

    The Tough Mudder Renegade is a 4×4 2.0-litre Multijet diesel automatic, available in orange and black. Standard features include:

    • 2.0 Diesel Multijet II (140hp)
    • 9 speed automatic transmission
    • 4×4 Active Low
    • 17” black alloy off road wheels – with 215/60/ R17 Mud & Snow tyres
    • Tough Mudder exclusive bonnet decal
    • Limited edition numbered stickers on upper rear three quarter panel
    • Tough Mudder tailgate badge
    • Off road style front bumper
    • Specific interior look – orange and black – with anodised orange interior bezels
    • Fabric – heated front seats
    • (DAB) Digital radio
    • Uconnect 5” touchscreen with Bluetooth, Sat Nav and live services
    • All weather floor mats
    • Tough Mudder Merchandise Pack to include water bottle, cap, hand towel, lanyard and wrist band in a drawstring bag

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  • Jenson Button’s Ford GT for sale

    A 2005 Ford GT first owned by ex-F1 World Champion Jenson Button is to be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions.

    The car is one of five ‘VIP’ marked models and will go under the hammer with an estimate of £250,000 to £300,000 at Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (February 25-26).

    2005 Ford GT - Ex Jenson Button MBE rearSwiss Ford GT dealer Grimm of Geneva delivered the car to the Frome-born racing driver in August 2005 and it was subsequently UK registered in 2006.

    The high performance Ford GT showcases advanced technologies. For instance, it’s constructed on a lightweight aluminium chassis coated in superplastic-formed lightweight composite and features aluminium body panels.

    Finished in evocative white with blue racing stripes, it’s powered by a mid-mounted, hand-built, supercharged quad-cam 550bhp V8 and can hit 60mph in about 3.5 seconds, while the maximum speed is limited to 205mph.

    The car was acquired by its current owner in 2011 and has just 8,350 miles on the clock. It will be supplied with a history file including stamps and invoices from ‘Mountune’ and two services by Ford GT experts GT101, as well as copies of the order form signed by Jenson.

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  • Rosberg drops to third after radio message penalty

    Nico Rosberg has been handed a 10-second time penalty after breaching radio rules at the British Grand Prix.

    Rosberg finished second in the race behind his team mate Lewis Hamilton and ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, but in the closing laps he was helped by his Mercedes engineers when hit by a gearbox problem.

    Over the radio he was told to change a chassis setting when the problem struck and also to not drive with seventh gear and instead bypass to eighth.

    A statement issued by the FIA said that while some of the instructions Mercedes gave him were allowed, other parts of the advice were illegal.

    “Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that the team gave some instructions to the driver that were specifically permitted under Technical Directive 014-16,” it said.

    “However, the Stewards determined that the team then went further and gave instructions to the driver that were not permitted under the Technical Directive, and were in Breach of Art. 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations, that the driver must drive the car alone and unaided.”

    The penalty means that Rosberg moves down to third place promoting Max Verstappen to second.

    In the drivers’ championship Rosberg now lies just a single point ahead of Hamilton.

  • Provisional 2016 British Grand Prix result

    Pos.

    Driver

    Team

    1

    Lewis

    Mercedes

    2

    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes

    3

    Max Verstappen

    Red Bull

    4

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Red Bull

    5

    Kimi Raikkonen

    Ferrari

    6

    Sergio Perez

    Force India

    7

    Nico Hulkenberg

    Force India

    8

    Carlos Sainz

    Toro Rosso

    9

    Sebastian Vettel

    Ferrari

    10

    Daniil Kvyat

    Toro Rosso

    11

    Felipe Massa

    Williams

    12

    Jenson Button

    McLaren

    13

    Fernando Alonso

    McLaren

    14

    Valtteri Bottas

    Williams

    15

    Felipe Nasr

    Sauber

    16

    Esteban Gutierrez

    Haas

    17

    Kevin Magnussen

    Renault

    DNF

    Jolyon Palmer

    Renault

    DNF

    Rio Haryanto

    Manor

    DNF

    Romain Grosjean

    Haas

    DNF

    Marcus Ericsson

    Sauber

    DNF

    Pascal Wehrlein

    Manor

  • Hamilton wins dramatic British Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton took his fourth victory at Silverstone after a dramatic race which started in the rain to close the gap in the championship to just four points.

    Hamilton finished comfortably ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg who suffered with gearbox issues on the final few laps, but remains under investigation for radio messages coaching him on how to fix the problem.

    Mercedes took a one-two finish at the flag but Nico Rosberg’s second place remains in doubt as the stewards are investigating assistance given to him by his team on the radio when he experienced a problem with his gearbox.

    Max Verstappen took the flag in third place after racing hard with Rosberg and passing him around the outside at Becketts early in the race. Daniel Ricciardo, who lost time due to a Virtual Safety Car period early in the race, took fourth.

    Kimi Raikkonen took fifth ahead of the two Force India drivers after passing Sergio Perez. Carlos Sainz Jnr finished eighth ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who was given a five second penalty for forcing Felipe Massa wide while overtaking the Williams driver.

    The final points scorer and last driver on the lead lap was Daniil Kvyat.

    The first five laps of the race were run behind the Safety Car after a cloudburst 20 minutes before the start soaked the circuit.

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