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Posted on 31 March 2014 by Chris Ford

New research by CarTakeBack.com has found that Brits who own cars 5 years and older spend an average of £6,407 purchasing their cars and spend almost an additional £1,000 a year maintaining, repairing and servicing their car. But why do we keep on spending money on something that is decreasing in value each day? Over half (62%) of motorists admit they simply can’t afford to buy a new car, with more than a quarter (28%) believing they are preserving the value of it by maintaining and servicing it.

Although a car is something many of us can’t live without, does the cost of keeping them really have to affect the way we live?


Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell, reveals his top 5 tips for minimizing the cost of car ownership, something we could all do with learning! This video will take you through a step by step guide on how to maintain your pride and joy until the very end.


The coolest steering controls in the world

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The coolest steering controls in the world

Posted on 21 November 2013 by Chris Ford

There’s no denying it: there’s nothing better than a super cool gadget with loads of little buttons, controls and functions. What do they all do? What happens if I move this? What happens if I press the red button?
It feeds our inquisitive nature but also lets us be in control of something. And when that something has four wheels, double bonus points.

The coolest steering controls in the world - Lotus wheel
The F1 steering wheel
[Lotus wheel image credit: By Francesco via Wikimedia Commons]
A Formula 1 steering wheel varies slightly from make to make and team to team, but they have the same standard components. The controls adjust the running parameters for the engine, transmission and differential. Being in the seat of a F1 car, you’d surely feel like you were controlling the Millennium Falcon.
In this video, Nico Rosberg talks us through the controls of a Mercedes steering wheel:
The Lotus F1 guys recently created a joke steering wheel for Kimi Raikkonen, which contained a ‘call mum’ button, a tweet button and an option to deploy an Angry Bird. If only this were real. Perhaps LG, sponsors of Formula 1, could start branching out into the automobile field…

Bond car features
Ok, so it’s not the steering controls as such, but the Aston Martin V8 Vantage in The Living Daylights had a secret control panel by the gearstick which included buttons for spiked tyres, lasers which cut through steel, retractable skis and land to land missiles – pretty cool!
Check out the chase scene in this video:
Meanwhile, the Lotus Espirit seen in The Spy Who Loved Me could actually turn into a submarine. That’s a pretty handy feature to have, that’s if you use your car for more than just shopping at Tesco.

Steering the Batmobile
How could we write a post about cool car controls and not mention the Batmobile? The steering wheel of the 1966 Lincoln Futura, used for the original Batmobile, was cut into a U-shape. The star of the TV series, Adam West, disliked the shape so much though that the designer replaced it with a standard Edsel steering wheel.
The latest portrayal of the Batmobile is the Tumbler, seen in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy: a much tougher vehicle, worthy of being called a ‘machine’ rather than a car. The chassis, suspension and steering were all custom built by the film’s special effects department to host hydraulically operated aerofoil flaps, a jet burner, 20mm cannons in the nose cone and rear ejecting spike mines. To quote Jim Gordon, “I got to get me one of those”.

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A Car that Parks Itself – The New Ford Focus

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A Car that Parks Itself – The New Ford Focus

Posted on 02 June 2011 by Chris Ford

Recently I was asked to the launch of the new Ford Focus, Im not much of a car man so intially I thought I wouldnt be that interested as well a Ford Focus is just a Focus isnt it? well it turns out no its not.

Ford have given the Focus a massive redesign both in and out, and there’s certainly no mistaking the new Ford Focus for the old one with its modern sleek looks its a lifetime away from the old S Reg Focus bought when I first past my test.

I think whats most impressive to me though is the tech Ford have installed into the Focus, it makes me think how far away can we be from a car that drives us home from the pub? … yeah ok I wish

Heres a break down :

Active Park Assist:

This is probably one of the coolest features of the new Ford Focus. It’s called ‘Active Park Assist’ and as the name suggest the car can literally park itself. The clever technology checks the space around the car first to measure the space around it (essential for narrow/busy roads) and then measures the space of the chosen car park space to ensure a perfect fit before automatically steering itself in

Parking Assist Video

Blind Spot Information System:

Using radar sensors, the Blind Spot Information System has been designed to see things that might be hidden in the drivers blind spot, such as other vehicles. This is essential when driving down a busy main road and you wish to over take or switch lanes. With the Blind Spot Information System the sensors detect whether there is a car in the drivers blind spot and it will then alert him/her with a orange warning light in their door mirror to let them know there may be something in their blind spot:

Blind Spot Information Video

Low Speed Safety System:

Low Speed Safety System has been designed to support drivers in slow moving traffic (speeds under 20mph). The Low Speed Safety system sensors sense the distance of the traffic ahead, and will apply the brakes should the vehicle in front unexpectedly stop.

Low Speed Safety System Video
Eco Boost engine:

The new Ford Focus has also got a lighter more compact Eco Boost engine which works more efficiently to inject fuel into each cylinder. This technology helps to use less fuel and produces lower CO2 emissions, whilst delivering the performance of an larger engine:

Eco Boost Engline Video

So there we have it an impressive little car, the feature that wows me the most though is the Active parking assit which totally amazes me watching that video.

If you would like more information about the new Ford Focus please visit: http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/Focus/Overview or take a look at the Ford Focus Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fordfocus

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How To Get Yourself A Free Bentley GT

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How To Get Yourself A Free Bentley GT

Posted on 22 August 2010 by Marc

We like bargains here at Gentlemen’s Goods.  I for one am not averse to scouring the virtual shelves of Ocado for a special offer or two and despite not being able to drive my curiosity was piqued when I heard that Asanti were giving away a free Bentley Continental GT (RRP £167,605)

As always there is a slight catch, the Bentley is free only if you purchase a set of customised wheels.  How much will those 4 wheels set you back? Why just a mere $2,000,000/£1,287,747!

Needless to say these are no ordinary wheels, they are custom-made and contain 6,500 diamonds and 300 rubies…per wheel!  Those nice people at Asanti will even let you choose the colour of your free Bentley and if you throw in another $6,000 and you can even have a custom grille, no jewels just shiny chrome or matt black mesh.

I’m off to book some driving lessons and scour Ocado for some more special offers to pay for the wheels!

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