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We had a great oppor tunity put to us to look af ter some celeb’s for the MOBO Awards in sunny Glasgow. And ofcour se we said YES. LandRover kindly gave us the keys to a brand spa nking new Rang e Rover Spor t and we looked af ter ever yone from The Mac Twins, Chipmunk , Tinchy Str yder, Trevor Nelson to some of the UK’s top Urban DJ’s. So a big thanks to LandRover for the use of their vehicle. We also had

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some extra time with the car so be sure to check out the review in this months magazine. Also this month we get o ur hands on the Mitsubishi Shogun and we check our Por sche’s rather exciting seasonal gif ts availa ble this year ( please feel free to buy us a present. ) Packed with the latest industr y news and best buys Trackandroadmagazine.co.uk has now been


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COLD WEATHER TYRES NEEDED MORE THAN EVER With recent media reports that councils across England are slashing their spending on winter road services like gritting, there has never been a better time for motorists to fit cold weather tyres to help keep mobile throughout the winter. Reports state that many councils are cutting their budgets for services such as salting, gritting and snowploughing, with some reducing their spending by as much as 30 per cent compared to last year. In light of this, and the overall safety benefits of fitting cold weather tyres, Michelin is urging drivers to seriously consider whether they can afford to be stranded in their cars due to bad road conditions at any time during the winter months. Apart from the obvious benefits of being able to get to your destination, cold weather tyres offer performance advantages over their summer counterparts when the weather turns bad and the temperature gauge drops below seven degrees centigrade. The special rubber compounds used in these tyres mean that the tread stays soft and flexible when

summer tyres’ rubber starts to harden and reduce grip. As a result they help to reduce braking distances, and improve handling and traction on dry, wet, snowy and icy roads. Commenting on the news, Jianni Geras, Michelin’s head of car marketing said: ‘Bearing in mind how many cars are on the roads, especially over the Christmas holiday period, we hope drivers get the message about the improvements in safety that are available by fitting cold weather tyres. ‘With people visiting relatives and heading off on winter breaks and ski holidays it makes sense to do everything in your power to ensure you get to your destination safely and not to take any chances with missing flights or ferries.’ Michelin’s range of Alpin cold weather tyres, including the German ADAC 2011 test-winning Alpin A4, is available to suit the majority of vehicles on the road including cars, vans and 4x4s.

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JAGUAR XJ SPORT Jaguar’s award-winning flagship XJ saloon – which combines elegance, drama and sporting prowess – is now available with optional Sport and Speed Packs to further emphasise the performance aspect of its character. The Sport Pack – available throughout the XJ range – comprises a number of exterior and interior design options that clearly underline the assertive side of the car’s personality. Externally the appearance of the XJ has been made even more dramatic with the addition of aerodynamically optimised changes

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to the bodywork and an alloy wheel design specific to the Sport Pack. The functional aerodynamic changes of the Sport Pack allow supercharged XJ models to be additionally offered with the Speed Pack, which raises the limited top speed from 155mph (250km/h) to 174mph (280km/h). XJ awarded International Luxury Car of the Year at the 2011 ICOTY awards.


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KYLIE’S QUIET REVOLUTION Kylie Minogue led a Quiet Revolution to launch the Lexus CT 200h earlier this year, fronting a major advertising campaign that has earned Lexus a Quiet Mark award from the UK Noise Abatement Society. The ads focused on Kylie enjoying the hush of the CT 200h’s driver’s seat to demonstrate the near-silent running of the full hybrid luxury compact car when moving around town on zero-emissions electric power. The effectiveness of the campaign has been recognised with NAS’s award for excellence in quiet product design, presented to Lexus at a

ceremony in London last night. Gloria Elliott, NAS Chief Executive, said: “The Lexus campaign aligns with the aims and ethos of the Quiet Mark to encourage the manufacture and marketing of quiet products to improve the aural environment for the benefit of all.” Paul Marshall, Lexus General Manager, Strategy and Marketing, said, “We are delighted to have received the Quiet Mark award, a fitting acknowledgement of a campaign that emphasised how quiet performance is an important and desirable element in the quality of the CT 200h.

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FIRST EVOQUE TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION A Range Rover Evoque will be offered for sale next Monday (14 November) at BCA Derby. It will be the first to be sold at auction in the UK. The all new Range Rover Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient vehicle in the Land Rover range, emitting just 130g/ km of CO2. The waiting list for a new Evoque is currently until March 2012. This particular example is a high specification 4WD model in Sumatra Black with Pimento Red/ Ebony leather interior, a panoramic glass roof and 20� Sparkle Silver TARMAG.CO.UK

alloy wheels. The 61-registered car has only covered 51 miles from new and features Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold and Roll Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Cruise Control. The unique opportunity to buy the Evoque is offered by WeWantAnyCar.com, a rapidly expanding on-line car buying company, who as part of The Car Group, sell regularly at BCA Derby. BCA spokesman Tim Naylor commented “This Range Rover Evoque is already attracting a lot of attention from buyers, We are expecting a lot of interest when the Evoque is sold in next Monday.


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The voices of Bert & Ernie are now available fo r To m To m d ev i c e s . D e veloped in association with Sesame Workshop a n d L o c u t i o Vo i c e Te c h nologies, drivers can join the duo on their adventures, whether they’re off to Sesame Street or anywhere else. Bert & Ernie’s directions will help to put a smile on every drive. The friends deliver navigation instructions together and enjoy fun banter such as: “U-turn ahead, Bert. Just me turn? All of us Bert.” There is a video of the pair in action, so fans can find out what they were up to in the recording studio. Click http://youtu.be/cE4a_ nqiurY to see it.

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Driving at night can be challenging. Limited visibility can make it hard to spot hazards on the road. XenonMax, from Ring Automotive is the first bulb to put up to 100% more light on the road, compared to a standard bulb, allowing motorists to see potential hazards earlier and more clearly, as well as providing better reflections from road markings and signs. The unique filament technology combined with the Xenon gas produces a bright white light with enhanced performance for a greater light out put. The stylish

blue coating reduces glare for other road uses. XenonMax is ideal for all motorists, whether you are driving in the country or the town. XenonMax bulbs are street legal and are a simple upgrade from standard bulbs, requiring no changes to vehicle wiring. For the brighter choice, see the difference yourself. XenonMax, the original 100% performance bulb.

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Not ever y day you get given one of these bad boys. But lucky enough for us we had a good enough reason for Land Rover to hand over the keys to one of the newer versions of the Range Rover Spor t for 2011. A new limited edition and a whole load of new updates to the Range Rover Spor t and to top that off we had a special job to under take with the vehicle. We had been asked to look af ter some celeb’s at this years Mobo awards in Glasgow so concourse we said yes but what would be the best vehicle. Well Land Rover answered that question for us, a 2011 Range Rover Spor t! We looked af ter some of the UK’s top Urban DJ’s and star’s including Chipm u n k , T i n c h y S t r y d e r, Tr e v o r N e l s o n , T h e M a c Tw i n s a n d s o m e o f t h e UK’s top Record label hot shot’s!

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But enough of that celeb nonsense lets get down to business with this Range Rover Spor t. We had the new version of the 3.0 LRTDV6 engine, Land Rover’s latest v6 diesel engine. The engine is equipped with the same parallel sequential turbo charging system and third generation common rail fuel injection system as in the previous models but throttle response and torque have been maximized! Increased off-road ability fur ther improved for 2011 include hill start assist and gradient acceleration control all included in the package. The Luxury pack is available as an option but worth getting bringing the equipment levels close to that of the Supercharged Models. Includes contract stitching on the u p h o l s te r y, t i t a n g r i l l e and vents, 20� alloys, and upgraded sound system set up, heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control. Driving the Range Rover Spor t about town was very TARMAG.CO.UK


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comfy and you don’t feel like you are driving a tank. Parking isn’t an issue as sensors cover the front and the rear along with a reversing camera which strangely sites up at the top brake light level but does of fer a good view for those extra tight spaces. Motor way driving is a dream especially with the adaptive cruise control which IM sure you are aware what that does. But Land Rover’s are renowned for their 4x4 capabilities, well we never took this one 4x4’ing but we have been out in the 2011 Range Rover Spor t with the Land Rover Experience crew at Knockhill at the Motorfair earlier this year and w e c a n s a y Ye s t h e s e c a r ’ s per form as good on road road as they do off road! Well enough talking, time for you to book your test d r i v e a t y o u r l o c a l d e a l e r.

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PORSCHE PRESENTS A RANGE OF SEASONAL GIFTS For 2011, Por sche has gathered together a sleigh full of seasonal gifts, including a series of bespoke driving experiences at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone and a wide variety of present ideas from Porsche Design Driver’s Selection. All are available to purchase online at www.porsche. co.uk/shop or from Porsche centres nationwide. An extensive range of clothing, accessories, jeweller y and model cars is available. Popular items for adults inTARMAG.CO.UK

clude the Porsche Crest Key ring (£15) and Mug (£10), the Ice cube tray (£10) and the Por sche 2012 Calendar ( £ 4 0 ) . F o r c h i l d r e n , t h e 917 ‘pink pig’ Piggy bank (£35) and the Porsche Snack box (£15) are in high demand. New to the collection this Christmas, celebrating the timeless Porsche combination of high quality materials with classic design are the new iPad and iPhone cases, priced at £100 and £50 r e s p e c t i ve l y. Made from original vehicle inte-


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rior leather and decorated simply with a Porsche crest, the cases are fully lined with a padded protective external cover making them the per fect gif ts to unwrap this Christmas. For those seeking the ultimate immersion in a Porsche winter wonderland this Christmas, the Porsche Spor t Driving School of fers just that at its dedicated ice driving centres inside the Arctic Circle in Finland. These exclusive courses are run in small groups,

allowing dedicated oneto-one tuition from Porsche Driving Consultants. The four day long Camp4 (ÂŁ4,190) is the per fect introduction to learning these exper t driving techniques. Guests enjoy practical learning balanced with plenty of time for adventure and relaxation in the form of guided snowmobile tours, excellent food and authentic Arctic chalet accommodation1.

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COSWORTH IMPREZA STI CS400 SLAYS SUPERCARS AT CHOLMOND We always have a smile on our faces when we find out we have a Mitsubishi arriving on our door step and this one was no exception. The updated Shogun. Main changes are signific a n t l y i mp rove d e c o n o my, power and torque which now means it has Best in Class co2 emissions of any large 4x4. Not many manufacturers of fer so many variants of a vehicle but with 3 and 5 door versions and a good choice of model line up’s TARMAG.CO.UK

you would spend a while just deciding what you wanted. But even with the standard specification levels coming with soo much kit including traction control, alarm and keyless e n t r y, climate control, loads of airbags, ABS and EBD, roof rails, 18” alloy wheels, heated front seats and soo much more. Yo u c a n e v e n h a v e 7 s e a t ed version with the Mitsubishi Shogun with there innovative “fold2hide”


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DELEY PAGEANT OF POWER third row of seating in the five-door long-wheelbase versions. Basically you don’t see the third row unless you pull the seats out from under the boot area. So means plenty of room but also practical. Allot of changes have been made for this revised 2010 MY Mitsubsihi Shogun including the advanced 3.2 litre four cylinder DiD common rail turbodiesel engine returing figures from 30mpg35mpg and reduced emis-

sions. Also a boost to power and torque to help yo u o n yo u r way. Working your way up the dif ferent models you would be mad to not get an Elegance or Diamond model as they come with a ver y high-tech 30gb hard disc drive system from Rockford Fosgate with a 12 speaker premium audio system which even has a fancy color touch screen system and a rear view camera.

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But down to the driving, its 4x4 capabilities are endless and even on the road it handles well. Don’t expect it to drive like a spor ty road car as remember these are very big 4x4’s and come with more of a off roading tyre so grip can be hard to find at times on the road especially in the wet. Strange but you have to remember its not a car but almost a house you are driving. But on the ro a d i t s c o m f y, g r e a t fo r long and shor t journeys. On the road pricing from £29,499 for the SWD Equipe manual to the daddy £40,999 for t h e LW B D i a m o n d Au to . Loads of models to suite ever y ones needs, check out the car for yourself and arrange a test drive with your local Mitsubis h i d e a l e r, y o u w o n t b e disappointed. WWW.MITSUBISHI.CO.UK

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Honda has unveiled an allnew ASIMO humanoid robot with a world-first technology allowing ASIMO to move without being controlled by a n o p e r a t o r. W i t h s i g n i f i cantly improved intelligence and the physical ability to adapt to situations, ASIMO has taken another step closer to practical use in an office or public space. Honda has also introduced a new task-per forming robot arm. This experimental model was developed while applying multi-joint and posTARMAG.CO.UK

ture control technologies to ASIMO. This robot arm can be controlled remotely to perform tasks in places which are dif ficult for people to access. To r e p r e s e n t a l l o f H o n d a ’ s robotic technologies and products such as ASIMO, Honda has established the new collective name ‘Honda Robotics’. Under this name Honda will continue the development and research of humanoid robots and will also focus on applying the robotic technologies


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All-new ASIMO The all-new ASIMO has taken a step for ward from being an “automatic machine” to an “autonomous machine”. It now has the ability to make decisions based on its surroundings and the movements of people. At the beginning of the development process, the following three factors were

High level balancing ability - maintaining its posture by putting out its leg in an instant. External recognition capability - takes in information, such as the movements of people, from multiple sensors and predicts the changes that may take place. The ability to generate autonomous behaviour - making predictions from gathered information and determine

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to mass-produced products identified as necessar y for and putting them into prac- a robot to per form as an autical use. tonomous machine:


the next movement without being controlled by an opera t o r. Once these had been identified Honda went about developing the technologies required to make them possible. Advanced intelligence capability Honda has developed a new system that is key for advanced intelligence. The new system continuously evaluates the input from multiple sensors, predicts the situation and then determines the behaviour of the robot. With this technology ASIMO is now capable of responding to the movement of people and the surrounding situations. For instance, ASIMO can now predict the direction a person will walk and quickly determine an alternative path to take if a collision is detected. This technology also enables ASIMO to recognise faces and voices. Advanced physical ability The combination of strengthened legs, an expanded range of leg movement and a newly developed control technoloTARMAG.CO.UK


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gy enables ASIMO to change landing positions mid-movement. This new agility also gives ASIMO the flexibility to adapt to changing situations so that it can walk on uneven sur faces. Improved task-per forming ability Honda has developed a highly functional compact multi-fingered hand, which has a tactile sensor and a force sensor imbedded on t h e p a l m a n d i n e a c h f i n g e r. Combined with the object r e c o g n i t i o n te c h n o l o g y, t h i s multi-fingered hand enables the all-new ASIMO to per form t a s k s w i t h d ex te r i t y, s u c h a s picking up a glass bottle and twisting off the cap, or holding a soft paper cup without s q u a s h i n g i t . M o r e o v e r, A S I MO is now capable of making sign language expressions which require the complex movement of fingers. Ta s k - p e r f o r m i n g r o b o t a r m Te c h n o l o g i e s d e v e l o p e d f o r ASIMO were applied to an experimental model of a taskper forming robot arm. The robot arm moves on a selfpropelled base and was designed with the idea of being utilised at disaster sites or TARMAG.CO.UK

other places too dangerous for people to work. The stability control technology used for ASIMO’s walking and running were applied to stabilise the end of the arm even on unstable sur faces. The application of other ASIMO technologies such as the multi-joint control technology that controls as many as 57 m oto r s i m b e d d e d i n t h e joints of the arms and legs, has enabled the robot arm to approach an object and perform necessar y tasks even in a narrow space with unstable footing and many obstacles.


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