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Trion Nemesis, Ford Heart Rate Seat and the New Brabus - This Week

Trion Nemesis

Trion's Nemesis is a year from production.

Trion, the American supercar manufacturer, have said their 2,000bhp hypercar will go into production in early 2016. It will be the company's first actual production car and carries with it Trion's hopes to end the European monopoly of the market. The Nemesis is four wheel drive by necessity, running a 9 litre twin-turbocharged V8, generating about 2,000bhp, and blazing 0-60mph in under 2.8 seconds. While its top speed is currently unproven, Trion claim the Nemesis is faster than any Bugatti Veyron.

How have Trion made this hypercar a distinctly American creation, though? "Predator Mode", which can be activated to adjust the ride height, suspension, interior lighting and exhaust muffling. If that's got you interested, start saving now. Prices will start at over £600,000.

£1.2 million of stolen cars have been discovered in UK ports.

A multi-agency operation by authorities seized a £1.2 million assortment of stolen vehicles across eight different British ports, in Hull, Grangemouth, Felixtowe, Tilbury, Immingham, Southampton, and London. The would-be cargo was due to be smuggled in container ships all over the world, from the USA to Malaysia.

The 44 vehicle haul included Audis, BMWs, Porsches, Range Rovers and a JCB. 18 of the 44 had been reported stolen from driveways or outside homes, with others simply purchased through finance schemes and not paid for. Deputy Director of the Border Policing Command at the National Crime Agency, Tom Dowdall, stated that operations like this one were under way all across the UK, "Exporting and selling stolen vehicles on the black market is a lucrative business for organised crime groups as they also avoid tax or import duties. We know some groups even pay for drug shipments with cars."

More than 90,000 vehicle thefts took place in the UK in 2013, and it is thought that organised crime groups were responsible for a lot of them. For advice on securing your car, see our blog.

Testing Fords new heart attack detecting seat

Ford has created a heart attack detecting car seat.

Unsatisfied with the standard of car seat technology, Ford has moved in a surprising direction, by developing seats that can monitor your heart and detect a cardiac arrest.

Electrocardiograph sensors in the seats work in conjunction with steering wheel sensors and a camera that spots the driver 'slumping' in their seat. The car recognises a potential crisis and activates automated steering and braking systems, and then calls an ambulance. The research is aimed at the not-too-distant future, when an increasingly older active population will lead to more accidents caused by health problems.

Pim van der Jagt, Director of Ford's Research Centre, said "100 year olds driving cars will not be abnormal in the future. About 30 percent of people above 65 have some kind of heart irregularity". The same technology could also be used to aid those with other conditions, like "high blood pressure or electrolyte imbalances". According to van der Jagt, the life-saving car seats might be available to consumers within the next five years.

Audi claims the speed record for a 'self-piloted' car.

A week ago, Audi announced their RS7 Sportbackat was to attempt an unmanned circuit of the Hockenheim race track. The circuit was, by any definition, a success. The German manufacturer say the RS7 reached 149mph during its flawless run, completing a lap in just over two minutes - five seconds quicker than the comparison human-driven lap.

Dr Horst Glaser, of Audi's research team, explained that all progress on the project moved towards the technology being available to the public. "I know accident-free driving will remain a vision, but at least we can reduce the number of accidents in the future," suggested Dr Glaser, "Piloted driving defuses situations like, for example, being in a traffic jam. Whenever the driver is distracted and inattentive the car could take over. Additionally the driver has a chance to relax. That means they are on full alert as soon as their attention is required again."

To watch the RS7 drive itself around Hockenheim, click here.

The Brabus GLA 45 AMG

Brabus unveils its GLA 45 AMG.

An extra 40bhp, a stainless-steel quadruple exhaust, a front spoiler, a rear diffuser, 21 inch alloys, performance tires, aerodynamic exterior modifications, and optional leather interior with LED lighting - this is what Brabus call their PowerXtra B45 V-Max kit, which they have recently unleashed on the whole GLA range (though it must be said - the 45 AMG is the clear main attraction). The bespoke company also offer a drop or raise in ride height at the customer's discretion.

As Mercedes' officially endorsed tuning branch, this is just the latest in Brabus' series of modification packages for Mercedes models. The prices of these GLA upgrades have yet to be announced.

Fake speed limit signs cost UK drivers.

In perhaps the least funny practical joke ever, a number of drivers in Yorkshire, UK, have been fined for speeding after fake 40mph speed limit signs were put up in a 30mph zone. After a complaint was filed, it took the local  authority three days to find and remove the signs, by which point more drivers had been fined for unknowingly breaking the limit.

The Association of British Drivers declared the situation "outrageous". It is yet to be seen whether any or all of the fines will be revoked.