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Classic Cars: 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix Racer

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Racing towards Villa d’Este in a rather royal Bugatti 59

One of the absolute stars of this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be the Bugatti 59 once owned by King Leopold III of Belgium. We met the remarkable car and its owner for a last shakedown in the Swiss Alps.

There is no doubt that this will be the star of the next Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, taking place on the shores of Lake Como from 20 to 22 May 2022. But what is it? The car before you is nothing less than the very first of the six Type 59 Bugatti Grand Prix cars, and the one that’s considered the most desirable of all, due to its remarkable race records, its captivating history, and its extraordinary condition. 

1950’s British Racing: A V16 At BRMA Track Day (2022)

A BRM V16 at the 2022 BRMA Track Day, held at Blyton Park.

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The V16 is very much still in development and despite Raymond Mays protestations, the V16 makes its racing debut at Silverstone in 1950 in front of a record crowd of over 150,000 and Their Majesties the King and Queen. The V16 shears a driveshaft and the Alfas dominate. It is later established that it failed due to the steel not being to specification. The Trust sells BRM to Sir Alfred Owen (the great Midlands industrialist) in 1952. Regulations are changed to F2 rules (2 litre un-supercharged) leaving the V16 with no long term Formula One race prospects just as its development was providing positive results on the track. Parnell wins the Goodwood Trophy in the V16. The last of the front engine BRMs and the birth of the new P25 with a 2.5 litre straight 4-cylinder engine. The P25 was to herald a change in BRM’s fortunes with Jo Bonnier winning their first Grand Prix at Zandvoort in 1959.

Views: A 1978 MGB Electric ‘Car S.O.S.’ Conversion (UK)

Tim and Fuzz are taking on their 100th car: a 1978 MGB, which is also going to be their first electric conversion. The car formerly belonged to family man, Jeff. When Jeff sadly passed away, he left his unfinished MG project to his daughter, Caroline, who promised her father she would complete the restoration of his car. Can the Car S.O.S team help Caroline fulfil her father’s last dying wish? For more incredible car renovations, amazing engineering and heartfelt stories, watch brand new episodes of Car S.O.S. Thursdays at 8pm, on National Geographic UK. 📺

Reviews: Top Convertible Sports Cars For 2022

The 2022 season of envy and bitterness is upon us, because the unaffordable convertible sports cars are finally hitting the streets. Today we will focus our window-shopping efforts on the all-new and facelifted models that once again will be setting even higher design and performance standards within the class.

Classics: A 1951 Ferrari 500 F2 Exhibited At Lake Como

Envisioned by Enzo Ferrari and driven to victory by Alberto Ascari, this modest Ferrari 500 F2 paved the way for Maranello’s racing glory. Once gifted by ‘Il Commendatore’ to the MAUTO museum in Turin, the iconic race car will star at this year’s FuoriConcorso Open Museum exhibition at Lake Como.

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Innovation: Top Vehicles In Development (2022)

Top innovative vehicles in development in 2022.

Video timeline: 00:00 Intro; 00:49 Arcimoto D1 Arcimoto trials driverless delivery pod based on three-wheeled electric FUV Design; 02:21 DolaGon UTV Autonomous Ski Lift Vehicle dolaGon UTV serves as an autonomous ski lift; 03:28 Lifestyle Vehicle “A LOFT ON WHEELS” Design: Canoo Electric Vehicles; 05:20 Zuri 2.0 VTOL Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft; 06:35 SCG Boot “Cryogenic hydrogen SCG Boot off-roader aims to recast fuel cell tech”; 08:02 Arosa Electric Sports Hovercraft “VonMercier’s electric sports hovercraft promises exceptional agility”.

British Cars: Morgan Motor Factory Tour (4K)

Welcome to Pickersleigh Road, the historic home of the Morgan Motor Company. For the first time, we’ve flown an FPV (first-person view) drone through our workshops, giving viewers a one-take insight into our factory like never before.

Immersed in the production line, watch as you are transported through each shop including wood, sheet metal and trim. For eagle-eyed viewers, there might even be a special project or two to see. To book your own tour of the Morgan factory, head to https://www.morgan-motor.com/factoryt…

Automobiles: Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ Road Test

Tesla’s FSD Beta, which stands for ‘full-self driving’ beta, can best be summarized as a host of new driver assistant features that are not yet debugged. Chief among them is “autosteer on city streets,” which enables drivers to automatically navigate around complex urban environments without moving the steering wheel with their own hands.

Elon Musk has promised driverless cars since 2016, but FSD is not even close to a fully autonomous vehicle yet. The beta program is heavily scrutinized by regulators and has earned Tesla side-eye from competitors, who usually have professionally trained drivers, not customers, test driver assist features in their vehicles.

But for now, FSD Beta still available for thousands of Tesla owners to access, without the knowledge of drivers and pedestrians around them. CNBC went for a ride with three FSD Beta testers in different parts of the country to see how the system performs in the real world and explore what this program could mean for the future of vehicle automation.