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Pininfarina Sergios, Audi R8 Competition and Duster Oroch - This Week

Pininfarina Sergio based on the Ferrari 458 Spider

Six Pininfarina Sergios to be built for sale

A stunning concept based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, the Pinnifarina Sergio will see a tiny production run following its overwhelmingly positive reception at last year's Geneva Motor Show. All six are sadly already reserved for purchase, with price tags rumoured around £1 million.

The Sergio will likely house the familiar Ferrari 4.5litre V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. While there are no official figures, it's safe to assume the rare car will easily handle 0-60mph in about 3 seconds.

Pininfarina desgined the concept in 2012 - originally to commemorate the death of Sergio Pininfarina, the company's founder. Pininfarina's chief designer, Fabio Filippini, said: "We asked Ferrari before even drawing the car if we could do it and Luca di Montezemolo said we had all of his support. We decided it should be a mid-engined Ferrari because the first Sergio Ferrari was the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, the ancestor of all mid-engined Ferraris."

Dacia to reveal Duster Oroch concept at Sao Paulo

Styled in Sao Paulo, the five-seater Duster Oroch pick up features a comfortably spacious cabin, 18-inch wheels, impressive ground clearance, a panoramic sunroof, multimedia system, a unique storage rack for securing kitesurfing boards, two side-mounted cameras, and "powerful" bumpers.

Senior VP of Renault group, Laurens van den Acker, said, "While it takes its inspiration from the Dacia Duster, itself a robust vehicle with an assertive personality, our local design team has delivered a fresh interpretation of the model in the form of this show car." Intended for the South American market, where pick-up sales routinely pass 900,000 every year, there are no plans, yet, to make the Oroch available in Europe.

Dacia Duster Oroch concept

Queen opens Jaguar Land Rover's new manufacturing facility

Jaguar Land Rover's new £500 million engine manufacturing plant in the UK, The JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre, has been officially opened by the Queen. The enormous new facility will be the birth place of the production line of Ingenium engines.
The plant signals a huge investment in the Ingenium, which is no surprise. According to JLR, it provides more performance and better efficiency than the equivalent BMW 3 Series.

Almost 250 engine parts will be assembled by a team 1,500 strong, and it's estimated that the new facility has created around 7,000 jobs in the area. This is good news for the company at a time when it needs it - JLR is currently mired in a pay dispute with trade unions after they rejected the firm's offer and are considering strike action.

Jaguar said in a statement, "Jaguar Land Rover is extremely proud to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the all-new Engine Manufacturing Centre. The company holds the Royal Warrant as 'Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles, By Appointment' from all three current grantors: HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. Jaguar Land Rover is the only automotive manufacturer granted all three Royal Warrants."

The limited edition Audi R8 Competition is only for the US

With a 562bhp R8 V10 Plus enigne, carbon ceramic brakes and a seven-speed gearbox, the Audi R8 Competition will hit 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds, and boasts a 199mph top speed. Good luck getting your hands on one though. Only 60 will be made, and they'll all go straight to the US.

Based on the R8 LMS race car, the special edition supercar sports subtleties fit for the American market, like the large carbon wing on the back, and the shiny gloss-black wheels and exhaust pipes. Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, enthused, "The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world."

Limited edition Audi R8

The RAC condem UK's motorway service station extortion

Automotive services company, the RAC are complaining that most motorway service stations in the UK charge significantly higher prices for petrol and diesel than 'local' stations. The RAC has suggested a cap be implemented to stop the artificial inflation, creating fuel cost discrepancies of up to 16p a litre.

In May, a survey conducted by the RAC found that, of 1,423 drivers, two thirds agreed that prices should be capped. Almost half of those asked said that refuelling on a motorway was always a last resort. The RAC's highlighting of the issue comes after the UK Government's review of  fuel pricing last year, which resulted in no action being taken.

Simon Williams, the RAC's Fuel Spokesman, stated, "It's no wonder that motorists feel held to ransom with prices on the motorways inflated to such an extent. Questions need to be asked to find out what reasons motorway service operators have for charging such increased prices."

A BP spokesperson attempted an answer: "[Prices are] based on local market conditions taking into account such things as the cost of getting the fuel to the particular site, the price of crude oil, the actual cost of producing the fuel as well as providing other facilities at the sites".