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Schaeffler helps Audi ABT to first Formula E teams title

Schaeffler helps Audi ABT to first Formula E teams title

Electric Vehicles, News
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secured the title in the teams’ classification with impressive comeback drives in the season finale. Four podium positons during the weekend, including a one-two finish and 78 of a maximum of 94 possible points, turned a near unassailable deficit of 33 points before the final weekend into a two-point advantage. The title decision for the teams’ classification in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was open and hard-fought all the way to the final lap, with a mere two points finally making the difference. In Sunday’s race, Lucas di Grassi crossed the finish line in second place after 43 laps around the street circuit in Brooklyn, with its view of downtown Manhattan. The Brazilian grabbed the championship runner-up spot with his seventh conse
TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

News, Tyres
At its annual Tyre Safety Month briefing, TyreSafe has launched its new summer campaign, in addition to making its materials for October’s Tyre Safety Month available. TyreSafe’s latest campaign will come as a surprise to some, as the organisation reveals it’s actually the summer months when Britain’s motorists are more likely to be involved in a tyre-related incident. Despite the cold and changeable weather, and difficult road conditions, from October through to March, according to the Department for Transport’s data, it’s actually July when tyre-related incidents are at their most frequent, with August and June close behind. The UK’s tyre safety charity believes this is due to a combination of factors. Firstly, as we all are too aware, summer in Britain doesn’t necessarily m
Brembo to launch XTRA brake pads

Brembo to launch XTRA brake pads

Brakes, Products
Designed to guarantee high level performance in road use for those who want a more lively, but also safer drive, the XTRA pads are the perfect match for XTRA and MAX sport discs, amplifying their advantages in terms of performance and pedal feel, as well as comfort and durability. For the production of the new XTRA brake pads, Brembo uses an exclusive material -made up of more than 30 different components - and pays particular attention to details and looks, making them immediately recognisable. The Brembo stand will also feature products from the entire Aftermarket range, including the new co-cast disc made to replace the original composite discs fitted to the most recent premium Mercedes applications, for which Brembo is already the OE manufacturer. The Aftermarket product main
InAutomotive joins IAAF

InAutomotive joins IAAF

News Insight
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed the automotive specific job board InAutomotive.com as the latest addition to its burgeoning network of industry professionals. The Preston-based specialist recruitment website that employs over 50 people has joined as a Service Member, and in an effort to further support the industry’s employment needs is offering fellow IAAF members 10% off all job advertising. Supporting the motor trade for more than 15 years, InAutomotive.com is the UK’s leading job website for automotive professionals who are looking for relevant work opportunities within the automotive industry. Ian Partington, InAutomotive.com Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to join the ranks of IAAF, a fast-growing hotbed of industry talent
Porsche and Schaeffler combine to smash Nürburgring lap record

Porsche and Schaeffler combine to smash Nürburgring lap record

News
Schaeffler has played a key role in helping Porsche break its own 35-year lap record of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, driven by Timo Bernhard, shattered the previous best time by almost a minute, recording a lap of five minutes and 19.55 seconds. The record-breaking 919 Evo is a heavily-modified version of its now retired Le Mans racer, with Schaeffler being a partner of the project. The racer consists of a two-litre V4 engine and two electric motors that churn out almost 1,200 bhp. Compared with its predecessor, Porsche also added more than 50% downforce to the car and reduced its weight to just 849kg. The 919 Evo had already smashed records during its ‘Tribute Tour’ after Neel Jani recorded a lap-time of one minute and 41.770 seconds at th
Further additions to National Auto Parts range

Further additions to National Auto Parts range

Clutch and Transmission, Products
National Auto Parts has added one new Clutch kit and two CSC kits to its extensive clutch range, reflecting its commitment to constantly developing products and supplying OE matching quality parts across a variety of its product ranges. The latest clutch kit references cover a number of vehicle makes and models, including Nissan Interstar (02-11), Renault Trafic (06-14) / Master (99-03) and Vauxhall Vivaro (06-11) / Movano (00-10). Meanwhile, as part of its wider remit to meet customer demand and bring the very latest quality parts to the automotive aftermarket, further clutch products will be introduced to its growing range over the coming months. This will include 11 brand new part numbers for over 30 passenger car and light vehicle applications, featuring top marques such as F...
Government to keep an eye on garages as 2040 engine ban strategy is launched

Government to keep an eye on garages as 2040 engine ban strategy is launched

News
The UK Government has set out more details of its plan to ban the sale of traditional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, including taking action on garages that remove particulate filters and emissions-controlling technology. The ‘Road to Zero’ paper includes a number ofproposals covering areas such as how to reduce emissions from vehicles already on the country’s roads, driving uptake of cleaner vehicles and ensuring that the UK is a leader in technology. The report also highlights the infrastructure commitments required, for both electric (EV) and hydrogen (FCV) vehicles. The plan calls for the ban of petrol and diesel vehicles to be brought in by 2040, as originally agreed. However, there is no mention of strict rules regarding the distance vehicles can travel on electric pow
Misguided press releases build consumer mistrust

Misguided press releases build consumer mistrust

Blogs
As a journalist, I receive all sorts of press releases. The beauty of being an automotive ‘hack’ means I get plenty of general ones, not just those flavoured for the aftermarket. And are from a couple of days ago was a doozy. You can read the story here, however I’ve not reported the whole release. The piece concerns customers being confused by jargon in garages – a fair point, those who are not mechanically minded would be a little confused. But the piece included some examples, and this, which I omitted from the main news article, is what annoyed me:   Diagnostic check / charge The technician may plug a diagnostics system into your car to assess any faults; this sounds technical and can be used to mask the cost of an hour’s labour but it usually entails no more
SMMT figures reveal June drop in sales

SMMT figures reveal June drop in sales

News, SMMT
The UK’s new vehicle registration numbers have declined in June, following two months of growth in the country. According to the latest figuresreleased by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), June saw 234,945 new vehicles registered, down 3.5% compared to the same month last year. The drop is modest and expected as the market in the UK continues to stabilise following a twelve month period of decline. Much of the decline can be laidat the door of the diesel market. In June, sales of vehicles powered by the technology dropped 28.1%, with just 74,361 units sold for a market share of 31.7% in the month. In comparison, petrol vehicle sales grew 12.3% with a total of 145,035, while alternatively fuelled vehicles, including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid,