Easily the biggest news story of the last month has to be Andy Frost and the Red Victor 3 team, who went back out to Bahrain to try to crack that elusive five-second mark. Not only did they crack it; they blitzed it, with a 5.87. Not bad for an IVA’d street car, eh? They were still a gnat’s knacker off Jeff Lutz’s 5.85 ET, but Andy’s 263mph terminal makes RV3 the fastest street car in the world. What an achievement. To see a two-part interview with Andy, go to the Street Machine Magazine UK Facebook page and scroll back to December 5th, and stay tuned for more in the next issue.
Bentley is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of their legendary V8, making it the longest-serving V8 engine still in production (their words…). Yes, the famous Bentley V8 was designed to replace the ageing straight-six in the 1959 S2, though it was a mere 6.2-litres back then; it was stroked to 6,750cc in 1971. That engine has powered 23 models of Bentley since 1959, and a twin-turbo version – with 520bhp and 811ft.lb. of torque – still powers the Mulsanne Speed today. Almost 36,000 Bentley V8s have been produced… and counting.
Past & Current
The Morris J-type van has made a sudden leap into the 21st century. Morris Commercial has suddenly sprung up, building recreations of the iconic old JE vans, with carbon-fibre bodies, modular chassis, and lithium-ion batteries feeding an all-electric powertrain. It has a one tonne payload, a 200-mile range, and, in the future, pick-ups and campers are a possibility. Production is slated to begin late in 2021, and the van will cost around £60,000 – see www.morris-commercial.com. Moggy van next…?
Car’s The Star
The British Motor Show is set to return in 2020, over four days – August 20th-23rd – at Farnborough International, Hampshire. As well as a host of new cars, there’ll be interactive displays, a “celebrity-packed” live stage, drift and karting experiences, and other family-friendly activities. Thursday 20th will also host the National Automotive Recruitment Fair, for anyone looking at a career in the sector. See www.thebritishmotorshow.live for details.
Mopar in Europe has launched a Heritage Parts range for some of their classic cars. Don’t get too excited just yet – the first range is for the Lancia Delta Integrale and Evoluzione, after someone found the original tooling for the front and rear bumpers at the San Benigno plant. You can buy them through the Mopar e-Store.
Incidentally, more than 100 FCA (Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Abarth) dealerships across the UK are now opening Mopar Express Lanes, for quick-turnaround, while-you-wait servicing and repairs, no appointment needed. Wasn’t Mopar Express Lane in the USA a big sponsor of Fuel Funny Cars?
According to an online poll of more than 800 UK motorists by Motorpoint, more than 70% of respondents favour a zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving. The legal limit in England and Wales is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, the highest in Europe; Scotland’s limit is 50mg, same as most of Europe. Sweden and Poland’s rule is 20mg, so a portion of sherry trifle could put you over the limit. Please don’t chance it this New Year…