Lamborghini started out all those years ago manufacturing tractors but for fifty years now they have been making world class cars. Joining the Lamborghini family ten years ago came the Gallardo. Even though it has only been around for a fifth of the lifetime of the production of the cars the Gallardo actually make up fifty per cent of the total Lamborghini’s ever sold.
Now has come the time for Lamborghini to close the lid on the production of the Gallardo and make way for its replacement, the Cabrera. In total there were 14,000 Gallardo’s built over the years with the last ever Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante coming off the production line which is in Sant’Agata Bolognese. There is no doubt it will be stored in a garage along with other collectables somewhere around the world!
There is much speculation that the Cabrera is going to be a much modified version of the Gallardo 5.2 litre V10 which has 600 break horse power and will be a four wheel drive which is standard across the Gallardo. It is also believed that it will be based on the same platform as the coming Audi R8 and is expected to be released at the Geneva Motor Show which will be hosted in 2014. Continue reading →
The cost of running a vehicle is often discussed in the media, especially as due to the recession many people are now struggling with the increasing costs of petrol, car insurance and even vehicles themselves. In the past twelve months there has been some controversial claims made that the price for fuel in the UK is fair, especially as prices seem to be constantly fluctuating and are well above those than before the recession began.
There have also been other reports on how the government should take more steps to protect drivers from the spiralling costs of running a vehicle, however it now seems as it may be too little too late as drivers are being targeted by scammers taking advantage of this difficult situation. This is why MotorQuoteDirect looks at the most common scams right now and advises how you can avoid them: Continue reading →
It is the stereotype that a man believes that a flash car will win over the woman of his dreams. However new research has revealed that this is not actually the case, that women prefer a man with an eco-friendly car as the perception is that they have more desirable personality traits.
The survey that was conducted showed that around 48% of men believed that a flashy sports car was the way to a woman’s heart as they believe it makes them more attractive when actually the women that took part in the survey labelled this stereotype as being arrogant, dangerous an self-centred. The purpose of the research was to establish if people perceived you in a certain way due to the vehicle you drive. Some of the results could influence what will be your next car!
While this is the perception women have of men who drive expensive cars, men attributed this characteristics to women who drive 4×4’s. From the survey it was revealed that women believe that men who drive a saloon e.g. Ford Mondeo etc are hard working and safe drivers. Also it was revealed that men who drive hatchbacks were perceived as modest.
Although a common theme among both sexes was that they attributed positive characteristic with those who drive eco-friendly vehicles such as the Nissan Prius. The perceptions of these drivers were that they were conscientious, intelligent as well as being the safest among drivers on the road. Continue reading →
The second of September was a day down in racing history. McLaren celebrated their 50th anniversary after Bruce McLaren formed the team back in 1963. At the time he was 26 years old and from New Zealand when he created the business and the team which hired a small group of people to design, build and race the cars from a workshop in New Malden in Surrey.
Since the beginning the team has moved to bigger locations including Colnbrook and Woking and then relocating to the current home of McLaren Technology Centre which is again in Woking. Now the McLaren team has more than 2000 employees which is a huge amount of growth since day one.
Since the first day that Bruce took his team to the Monaco Grand Prix there hasn’t been another team in Formula 1 that has had as many wins as McLaren. Not only did they compete in Formula 1 they also competed in the North American CanAm sports car series, Indycar racing, and achieved a win first time round at the Le Mans race which lasts 24 hours in 1995. Continue reading →
One of the biggest issues that young drivers face is being able to afford car insurance. Sometimes the premiums are so high that some are forced to wait till they can save some more money to be able to afford to drive. The reason that young drivers insurance is so high is that they are considered a higher risk of an accident due to the history of claims by those who have recently passed their driving test. Continue reading →
We are all very much aware of the celebrity culture that has developed recently and which many love to follow. With this kind of fame comes money, and what is the point in having lots of money if you can’t spend it on lavish cars? We all hear about what the celebrities do on a day to day basis and what houses they own as well as the vehicles they drive, but we rarely hear about the vehicles that they started off in before they were famous. Here at MotorQuoteDirect we have dug deep into the past of some celebrities and uncovered some of their first cars before they were spoilt for choice between Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s and when they only had the options of Fords and Dodges. Continue reading →
On Monday we spoke about advancing technology, and one thing this is for sure, it is moving very quickly in the car industry. Google, as you may know from our other blog posts, have created a driverless car. When the concept first came to light it seemed that everyone had an opinion, good, bad and rarely indifferent. Well it now seems that America is starting to legalise the use of these vehicles on the roads. The states that have seen these cars on the road are California, Nevada and Florida. It is highly likely that other states will be following in this trend which means that there need to be new rules in place to make sure the roads remain safe. Continue reading →
London Motorexpo, the UK’s largest free-to-attend motoring event, got underway this week and is set to break all records this year.
Returning for one week only between June 10 and 16 in the exclusive setting of London’s bustling business district Canary Wharf, Motorexpo’s revolutionary show format is a real fan favourite, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. With more brands exhibiting this year than ever before, visitor numbers are expected to exceed the record 460,000 who attended last year’s event.
A recent study has been conducted into what technology advances more motorists would like to see in their cars. Although there are a huge amount of options that now can bee added into a car, it seems the consumer is after more. Continue reading →
Yesterday we discussed in the news the more severe punishments that are going to be imposed for drivers. Below we have written the top three things and what you can do to stop being caught out.
The top three irritating habits of drivers on the road are undoubtedly illegal mobile phone use, middle-lane hogging and tailgating. However long you’ve been driving, you’ll have certainly come across one of these! Though all of these bad habits are most definitely illegal, until recently they had only been punishable by lenient fines and, often, only through court procedures which didn’t get followed through. New measures announced by the government yesterday, however, mean that the punishments for motorists’ pet hates are soon to be stepped up. Continue reading →