Just off the M40, almost hidden away off a B-road, sits Bicester Heritage. It’s a sprawling 348-acre former RAF Bomber-Command station, now reborn as a location for the preservation and creation of historic motoring and aviation businesses..it’s a fascinating place; a warren of partly and fully-restored workshops, showrooms and hangars.
In most of these workshops there are businesses – each serving a part of the restoration process: upholstery, radiators, magnetos, engines, bodywork, storage; everything required to bring back to life forgotten automotive gems. There’s also an emphasis on creation – “..educational sponsorships, apprenticeship opportunities, mentoring programmes and a sustainable business model that will grow the knowledge and enjoyment of historic vehicles for decades to come.” Of which more to come in the near future.
Roughly every month there’s the Sunday scramble..an informal classic-car show, with cars filling each workshop, parked within hangars..and vans selling bacon sandwiches. Here are some of the highlights of May’s scramble;
Bentley Bentayga passengers now have the luxury of controlling a selection of in-car systems from their Apple Watch, thanks to a new app developed by the British luxury brand.
The technology, which uses bespoke digital architecture, enables those being driven in the Bentayga to remotely control the on-board climate and entertainment systems; adjust the heating, ventilation and massage functions of their seats; and monitor real-time information, such as vehicle speed, distance travelled and outside temperature.
Using the Bentyaga’s Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Watch wearers can synchronise with the vehicle’s Touch Screen Remote (TSR) system and then interact with the car from the convenience of their wrist.
Dan Whittaker, Director of Electrical and Electronics at Bentley, said: “The Bentayga is technologically advanced and combines this with luxury in a way only Bentley can achieve. This new Apple Watch connectivity is another example of how we are constantly innovating in order to enhance the customer experience.”
McLaren Automotive will open doors to the secretive design studio through a series of exclusive events held at a number of its European retailers throughout this year. The McLaren Design Tour commences on Tuesday, 3 May at McLaren Paris with an exclusive programme hosted by the team responsible for taking the thrilling designs from sketch to production. The invited guests will be provided with an unparalleled insight into the McLaren design philosophy and taken through a series of workshops covering various design aspects such as concept sketching or clay modelling. The exclusive programme will also include viewing opportunities of McLaren models, including the recently-launched McLaren 570S Coupé from the Sports Series.
Attendance to the McLaren Design Tour is by invitation only and the following McLaren Design Nights have been confirmed thus far:
3 May 2016: McLaren Paris
20 May 2016: McLaren Düsseldorf
26 May 2016: McLaren Zürich
16 June 2016: McLaren Monaco
2 July 2016: McLaren Frankfurt, McLaren Stuttgart and McLaren Zurich
The inaugural event will take place at McLaren Paris operated by Neubauer Distributeur Luxe from the following address:
This is either the most exciting thing to happen to motorsport in decades, or the start of the end of the world as we know it…depending on your point of view.
ROBORACE is a celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far. It’s a global platform to show that robotic technologies and AI can co-exist with us in real life.
Racing cars without drivers. With the growing noise around autonomous driving it was inevitable that racing would be a part of the movement sooner or later, and there are all sorts of potential ways to add intrigue, excitement, maybe even the danger of racing as we know it…
Daniel Simon, Roborace designer: “My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty,” he said. “Racing engineers and aerodynamicists have worked with me from the beginning to strike that balance. The Roborace is as much about competition as it is entertainment. Therefore – and quite unusual in today’s racing world – beauty was very high on our agenda and we worked hard to merge the best performance with stunning styling.
“It was important to us that we generate substantial downforce without unnecessary parts cluttering the car to maintain a clean and iconic look. This is largely made possible by using the floor as the main aerodynamic device and we are currently developing active body parts that are more organic and seamless than solutions today.”