The ongoing saga of the Farboud GTS is like the evolution of a beard. First, the original GTS could be likened to a deep, five o'clock shadow. The Farbio GTS that came next was akin to whiskers, some substance. Then, Ginetta came in and rebadged it the F400, making it a Tom Selleck-inspired super-‘tache. Now we have the final, fully-grown Chuck Norris beard: the Ginetta G60.
During the launch of the new Mercedes B-Class near Vienna on Monday, Mercedes' CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche arrived looking tanned and calm, rolled up his shirt sleeves, and offered to take Top Gear for a drive. We thought, why the hell not? From the next-gen Mercedes range to the Eurozone crisis, from fuel cells to Formula One, here's what Dr Z had to say...
Jenson Button has signed a new deal with McLaren, securing his future with the team.
This is a short video of the Hennessey Performance Venom GT. Being avid Internet hounds, you'll no doubt be aware of its existence as a light, hardcore weapon of mass acceleration.
Belting along a gloriously smooth mountain road in 35°C of blistering South African sunshine and part-wrapped in a 400bhp+, turbocharged, rear-wheel-drive V8 convertible, you'd think things couldn't get any better. The sky is an impossible cobalt blue, and red-gold rocks rise to one side peppered with stubby, uncomfortable-looking shrubberies, while a rocky, light-swallowing gorge falls precipitously away on the other. Random jaywalking baboons add a frisson of red-buttocked expectation to every blind apex. I'm in a rapid car picking idly away at the frayed edges of my comfort zone and getting ever-so-slightly faster into every corner. I should be in my element. Except I'm not.
Old car adverts featuring French speakers aren't really our forte. There's Nicole huskily whispering "Papa", Thierry Henry inventing new nonsense words to sell Renault Clios... That's about it.