• The Rescogs Guide to Winter Biking

    Riding a motorcycle in Winter happens for a variety of reasons. For some of us, the lack of a car or car license makes it a necessity. Scottie went through almost 20 years relying solely on two-wheeled transport, come rain, wind, sleet and snow. For others, it’s still worthwhile to avoid the endless traffic jams and the joys of public transport. But it isn’t all doom and gloom when the days get shorter, especially if you do it right.

    Good Reasons to Ride in Winter:

    • A dry, sunny Winter day is awesome. A dry, sunny Christmas day is even better, as most car drivers (And law enforcement operatives) seem to either be in front of the TV or in the pub. Which means empty roads away from town centres.
    • You’ll still be sharp come Spring, rather than spending the first couple of weeks getting used to being back on a bike.
    • You’ll also build up a good feeling of smug superiority over fair weather riders, and endless tales of Winter riding to bore them with when you speak to them.
    • Winter Hacks: A chance to pick up something different and cheap, and then abuse it.
    • Winter kit: It gets better, and cheaper every year.
    • You might have to be a bit more careful, but you’ll still get there faster without having to worry about traffic jams.

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  • 350PS And 470Nm From Ford Focus RS

    350PS, or 345bhp in old money. That’s a lot of power for any road car but when it’s coming from a mid-sized five door hatchback its bordering on the obscene.

    2016 Ford Focus RS (07)

    2016 Ford Focus RS

    It is, if you haven’t already guessed, the output of the 2.3 litre Ecoboost that propels the Ford Focus RS. Despite losing a cylinder and 200cc displacement the new engine pushes out the same grunt as the limited edition RS500 from 2010, backed up by 440Nm of torque (or 470Nm on overboost, which kicks in for 15 second bursts on full throttle).

    No news on the 62mph time or terminal velocity, but suffice to say it’ll be bloody quick thanks to all-wheel drive.

    Ford aren’t messing about. The RS’s only serious rivals in the hot hatch world are the Audi RS3 (367PS for £39k) or the AMG A45 (365PS for £38k), and my gut says the RS will be a better drive than both.

    With the first public sighting at Goodwood this weekend, it looks like the famous RS badge continues to go from strength to strength.

    2016 Ford Focus RS

    Performance & Economy 2016 RS 2009 RS 2010 RS500
    Engine 2.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged petrol 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged petrol
    Transmission 6-speed manual, front-engined, all-wheel drive 6-speed manual, front-engined, front-wheel drive 6-speed manual, front-engined, front-wheel drive
    Power (PS / bhp) 350 / 345 300 / 295 350 / 345
    Torque (Nm / lb.ft) 440 / 324
    (470 / 346 on overboost)
    440 / 324 460 / 339
    0 – 62 mph (seconds) 4.7 5.9 5.6
    Top Speed (mph) 165 163 165
    CO2 Emissions (g/km) TBA 225 235
    VED Band TBA K L
    Combined Economy (mpg) TBA 30.1 28.5
    Price (OTR) £28,940 £27,925 £35,437

     

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  • Bugatti Veyron 16.4 vs Rimac Concept_One

    Watch petrolhead peer Lord Pembroke’s Bugatti Veyron and Mate Rimac’s Concept_One go head-to-head on track.

    Lord Pembroke can’t resist a challenge, so when the chance came to pitch his pride and joy against the latest technological tour de force from Croatia – the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar – he didn’t have to think twice.

    The founder of the Wilton Classic & Supercar show – which relaunches this year as the UK’s most prestigious and exclusive annual supercar and classics gathering – swapped cars with Rimac’s official test driver, Miroslav Zrncevic.

    “Looking forward to the technologies driving future performance will be one of the most fascinating elements of the new Wilton Classic & Supercar event,” says Lord Pembroke, “and we wanted to get to know our new friends at Rimac – builders of the world’s fastest accelerating supercar – as part of that journey of discovery.

    “It’s fair to say the Wilton team returned from Croatia having been blown away by the technology built into the Concept_One, and awed by the single-minded dedication of the man behind it. Now we can’t wait to share some of that Rimac magic at our new event on June 3-4.”

     

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  • The 5 Best Movie Car Chases Ever

    The subject of ‘the best movie car chase ever’ tends to be a very divisive one amongst movie-goers and movie critics alike. Here we take a look at 5 of the best.

    Bullitt (1968, Peter Yates)

    Most movie critics are agreed that Bullitt sets the car chase standard. A little over half-way into this slick thriller we find Steve McQueen’s police officer being tailed by a pair of hit-men. McQueen soon loses them only to emerge behind them, the hunted becoming the hunter. What follows is nine minutes of the most thrillingly visceral cinema ever made.

    Director Yates needed three weeks to perfect the chase, working closely with Carey Loftin, the film’s stunt co-ordinator to capture a stunning, city-wide 110mph rollercoaster ride that has (arguably) never been matched since.

    Duel (1971, Steven Spielberg)

    Spielberg was more or less unknown when he made this superior TV movie. In it, Dennis Weaver, a travelling salesman, is pursued by a murderous petrol-tanker driver for pretty much the entire film. As we never see the face of the tanker-driver, the truck itself takes on a life force and develops its own personality until, finally vanquished, it lies groaning and belching fumes following the movie’s thrilling climax.

    The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)

    Gene Hackman’s unhinged cop, Popeye Doyle pursues a criminal across New York City. What makes this car chase really stand out is the sheer recklessness with which Doyle goes about the chase, taking risk after risk in one of the most pulse-quickening chases ever. It is a brilliantly directed and edited sequence that will leave you gripping the arms of your chair in fear and excitement.

    To Live and Die in LA (1985, William Friedkin)

    Fourteen years after he made The French Connection, Friedkin created this even more elaborate car chase for a fantastic thriller about money laundering. Cops John Pankow and William Petersen are chased through LA’s back streets, initially by two gunmen but then by a whole stream of other vehicles that seem to appear from nowhere. Friedkin mounts his camera low to the road which increases the sense of speed and exhilaration. The scene is one of the most carefully and ingeniously choreographed in all of cinema and – say it quietly – it may even rival Bullitt for the title of best movie car chase ever.

    Ronin (1998, John Frankenheimer)

    The late-Nineties saw something of a renaissance for the car chase and this heist flick was at its forefront. Ronin prepared the way for many inferior films such as The Fast and the Furious and Gone in 60 Seconds. The film features two chases, the first of which is impressive but merely very good. The second is a breath-taking, bare knuckle ride through the streets of Paris. Eighty vehicles were destroyed in its making as Jean Reno and Robert de Niro hare after their erstwhile partners-in-crime. Much of the chase takes place at full speed and the wrong way along real dual-carriageways leaving you wondering how this punishing scene was ever made.

    We hope you enjoyed these five car chases. For more motoring news, stories etc, the news section of Car Finance 247 is a good place to start. We look forward to bringing you more cool car features, articles, news, videos and features in 2014.

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