Classic Track Ferrari Restored
In yet more Ferrari news, an
über-rare 250 GTO, previously wrecked in a crash, has been restored to
full working order. Ferrari Classiche, the division of the company that
rebuilds historic models with specially made parts, took the classic
racer after it was totalled on a French racetrack in 2012. The Ferrari
250 GTO is one of the rarest cars ever made, partly because only 39 were
built in the first place, and is now worth about £20million.
250 GTO was taking part in an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the
model, when it collided with another classic car, presumably while
someone shouted 'Look mum, no hands'.
Driverless Car Tests in the UK
UK Autodrive have won the UK government's 'Introducing Driverless Cars' competition, and will begin testing their prototypes in the Coventry and Milton Keynes areas in January. UK Autodrive is a consortium of different parties that banded together to win the bid, including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, two county councils, three universities and a collection of other companies. The consortium have stated that, while their aim is not to necessarily perfect an entirely autonomous vehicle, they will be developing (alongside their primary projects) self-driving 'pods' for pedestrianised zones.
Director of Research and Technology for JLR, Dr Wolfgang Epple, said, "To successfully introduce driverless cars, we actually need to focus on the driver, as well as pedestrians and other road users. We are researching the [Human Machine Interface] in cars and self-driving pods to ensure all road users understand, accept and support these new and exciting technologies. We need to give everyone the confidence that a car or pod driving around with little or no human input is a safe, viable and rewarding experience."