New Jensen GT is return of British brand
A new GT heralds the return of the Jensen brand. Best known for their Interceptor muscle car, the popular British car company ceased trading in 2002. Two separate successors have taken up the Jensen mantle, though, and the first car to bear the name in over a decade has been announced.
The Jensen Group and Jensen International Automotive have come together to produce a bespoke, luxury GT. In a two or four seat space-frame chassis will sit 6.4-litre supercharged V8, giving 665bhp. The Jensen GT is the last car to sport the name since the sad story of the S-V8. Costing £10million to design in 1998, the S-V8 looked to have a bright future. In the end, only 10 were made before the model was given up on. The company closed shortly thereafter - seemingly for good.
All the new Jensen GTs will come made to order at around £350,000, but that's not all. As well as the GT, the Jensen Group will be revealing a brand new concept car in 2016. The new concept has already been dubbed Interceptor 2, and will “take design cues from the classic Interceptor and will advance the concept of the original grand tourer, to provide a thoroughly modern and exciting vehicle.”
RAC driver rebate
The RAC has stated that drivers across the UK could and should be looking forward to millions of pounds of rebates. Any motorist who has been fined for exceeding their time in a private car park could find themselves entitled to a refund. John de Waal QC is the UK barrister who put forward the question of illegality on behalf of the RAC. De Waal, of Harwicke, took legal issue with both the size of parking fines, and the methods the parking companies used to extract them from drivers.
The main argument is that since most parking fines vastly overcompensate for the loss of the car park, they must be seen as penalties rather than a genuine estimate of compensation. This is an important distinction, as only the later of those is enforceable in court. A 2014 case from High Wycombe was highlighted by the RAC, in which a single mother was forced to pay a £100 fine even though her parking space only cost 20p an hour. Also in John de Waal's firing line are the 'discounts' for paying quickly. Pressure put on motorists to pay up as soon as possible or be charged more should be seen as an illegal “price escalation clause” under European law.
“We would like to see this legal argument tested in a higher court so that a binding precedent is set.” stated Prof Stephen Glaister, head of the RAC Foundation, “At the same time we would like the government to do what it should have done at the outset and set out what are reasonable charges. If the courts agree with Mr de Waal then millions of drivers could be in line for a refund. We estimate that in 2013 alone drivers might have been overcharged by some £100 million.”
Read the RAC's full report.
Women speed more but crash less
A study of data from rental cars indicates that female drivers are significantly more likely to speed than men. Statistically, the study suggests a woman is 17.5% more likely to break the speed limit. However, even while speeding more often, female drivers are far less likely to return a rental damaged. In the study, a whopping 84 percent of vehicles returned by men had suffered scratches, denting, punctures, or other damage.
The study, run by In-Car Cleverness, used 'black box' monitors to measure the state of 10,000 rental cars over six months. Aside from the difference of the sexes, the study found a much more obvious correlation between speeding and damage. Drivers who returned cars with damage broke the speed limit 30-40 times more (per driver) than those who kept their car intact. A spokesperson from In-Car Cleverness remarked, “The statistics show a clear correlation between vehicle damage and instances of speeding, harsh braking and acceleration.”
That male drivers more often damage their vehicles will come as no surprise to car insurance companies. The Jennings Motor Group most recently found that men are 13% more likely to have been involved in a crash, and 4% less likely to have a clean license. Blokes need not worry though, since car insurance companies haven't been allowed to discriminate using gender since 2012.