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Focus RS, Mercedes GLE and Drink Drive Law

Focus RS

Ford announces new Focus RS hot hatch

Ford has declared this week that production is underway of a brand new, third generation Ford Focus RS. It comes as the first in a set of twelve vehicles to be built by the new Ford Performance team. Expected to debut by mid 2015, the new RS is designed for "global enthusiasts", delivering "exceptional performance on the track, while providing excellent every day driving", according to Raj Nair, Ford's VP of global development.

Specs and details haven't yet been mentioned, but the expectation is that the new RS will run Ford's 2.3litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Front wheel drive and a lower chassis with a tighter suspension package have been confirmed.

"Ford still races for the same reasons Henry Ford did in 1901", Nair continues, "The Ford Performance team will continue to pursue performance innovation, ensuring we can deliver even more coveted performance cars, utilities and trucks to customers around the world."

We're a long way from hearing a price, but reasoned estimates suggest £35,000 or less.


Scotland lowers drink-drive limit

The legal limit for driving in Scotland is now 50mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood, or 0.05%. While the rest of the UK still only requires a BAC of 0.08%, the change brings Scotland in line with most of continental Europe. It would seem, though, that many English drivers would like to see the change made across UK.

In two separate surveys, two thirds of car owners said they would welcome a tougher approach to drink-driving, with a majority even agreeing that the Government should adopt a zero tolerance policy.

"The current limit of 80mg has been around for a long time and road deaths and accidents involving alcohol are still too high." admitted David Barton, a specialist in motoring law, "The oddity will be crossing the border to Scotland where a driver will be legal in England, but not in Scotland."

More on the new Scottish drink/drive law.

Radical to debut SR8 RSX at Autosport International

The SR8 RSX may already be available to order, but the elusive supercar will finally be seen for the first time in January.
A 3litre V8 engine, pushing 440bhp and 10,500rpm, combined with a seven-speed transmission, and a kerb weight of only 860kg, means the performance numbers, when they're released, are going to be a fun read. It's understandable that Radical have insisted the SR8 RSX offers "specification to beat all rivals" and "an experience closer to LMP competition than ever before."
It's priced at £131,940.

More about Radical cars and their track days.

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Mercedes GLE Coupe revealed

Ahead of its Detroit debut, Mercedes have unveiled their new GLE Coupe. It is a car, according to Axel Heix, Mercedes' SUV programme director, that "combines the best of two worlds - the best of the SUV world, and the best of the coupe world."
Only three models will be available straight off: a GLE 350 diesel, a GLE 400 and a GLE 450 AMG, all with four-wheel drive, nine-speed gearboxes, and a 3litre V6 diesel engine. Bhp ranges from 258bhp in the 350, to 367bhp in the AMG, which comes with airmatic suspension as standard.

The luxury SUV interior can supposedly comfortably fit five people (five short people, thanks to the sloped roof). Prices are said to start from £53,000.

UK Villagers rebel against parking costs

The usually quaint and peaceful village of Dedham, in Colchester, UK, is now the birthplace of a violent revolt. "Vigilante" action against new car parking charges has seen ram raiders flatten ticket machines in the area. A spokesperson for Colchester county council stated that machines, a notice board and a height barrier were all targets of a brutal assault, and have had to be taken away for repairs.

The violence is the latest development in an ongoing feud between council and car owner. Despite resistance from the community, parking charges were introduced by the council in April, and by July, the newly installed machines had been hit ten times by retaliatory superglue sabotage. Nick Barlow, a borough councillor, pleaded for an end to the madness, "These acts of vandalism are both defacing and damaging the image of the beautiful village of Dedham. This is a deliberate attempt to sabotage the council's efforts to carry out a legitimate policy."

Brian Hindley, retired police detective superintendent to the area, said the situation was "unprecedented."