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Vencer Sarthe, Ferrari's 458 Speciale A and Maserati is 100 - This Week

Vencer Sarthe

The Vencer Sarthe is here.

Vencer, an exciting little Dutch start-up, first showed off their Sarthe prototype at Monaco last year. Now, they have finally gone into production, launching the 622bhp, 6.2 litre V8 Sarthe at €270,882 (about £213,000).

Vencer says its aim with the Sarthe is to build a "pure driver's car", which apparently involves a stripping away of "unnecessary computerized driving assistance".

Since Monaco, it had undergone more than 100 tweaks and modifications, and the production model can now deliver 838Nm of torque. No other performance figures have been released yet.

Every Sarthe will be assembled by hand at Vencer's new facility in Vriezenveen, though with only one built each month, the Vencer Sarthe will be a rare sight for some time yet.

See more on the Vencer Sarthe here.

The 100th anniversary of Maserati is celebrated with a 3 day parade.

On Friday, Modena hosted the Maserati Centennial International Gathering. Maserati's adopted home since 1940 saw more than 200 of the manufacturer's cars, classic and modern, return to pay their respects. The 72 hour event included a pilgrimage to 1 Via de' Pepoli in Bologna, where Maserati was founded in 1914, guided tours of factories, races, competitions, and a gala dinner at a royal palace.

Sergio Marchionne, Maserati chairman and Fiat Chrysler CEO, swooned, "Maserati will never be a giant. It will never be the biggest producer of automobiles in the world but it will be, simply, the best".

Altroconsumo is suing Fiat and VW, and they want you to join them.

A consumer group, Altroconsumo, in Italy, is asking all motorists to join a lawsuit they are filing against Fiat and Volkswagen. The allegations centre around the companies' stated fuel economy figures for their vehicles.

After testing Fiat's 1.2 litre petrol Panda and Volkswagen's 1.6 litre Golf, the consumer group were appalled to discover that the manufacturers were exaggerating their cars' fuel efficiency by as much as 50 percent.

Altroconsumo are now insisting that buyers of these particular models should be financially compensated for the extra fuel cost. In the case of the VW Golf, the estimate is currently at £400.

Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organisation said, "Consumers buying supposedly efficient cars are misled too often. The deplorable side-effect of this practice is that drivers might disregard fuel consumption information altogether."

Altroconsumo have said they will see the lawsuit though, regardless of how many join them.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari's 458 Speciale A has been revealed before its official début in Paris.

It will be Ferrari's fastest open-topped model ever, and it's due to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show - but, of course, no one can wait for that.

The Speciale A hosts a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission and a 4497cc engine, allowing it to make 0-60 in under 3 seconds (and 0-120 in 9 seconds). A top speed hasn't been given.

The 458 Speciale 'Aperta' ('Open') will be restricted to only 499 cars, and is vaunted as "a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458".

In the UK, more than half of traffic ticket appeals are successful.

Consumer complaint service have published findings showing that more than eight million traffic tickets were issued in 2012. Only about 70,000 were appealed, but of those appeals, 35,816 were successful.

Westminster, in London, had the highest number of tickets given at 480,820 (roughly one ticket a minute). South Derbyshire, by comparison, issued about one ticket a day.

Central London had the highest rate of successful appeals, with over 99 percent of fines withdrawn.

Founder of, James Walker, said, "Our study shows that it pays to complain and appeal a parking ticket if you feel it has been awarded unfairly. It also highlights the aggressive tactics of some councils to simply use parking charges to bump up their revenues in a complete disregard for consumers' rights."

See all the figures here.