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Matt Prior: are sharpened brakes a subsequent attention mega-trend?

I’m not certain we usually ask them.

The aged ‘faster horses’ quote righteously or poorly attributed to Henry Ford about seeking 20th-century travellers what they wanted applies. What do we wish from a fridge? Somewhere to keep a veg cold and a small light that comes on when a doorway opens. But what if a fridge could be some-more than that? Sometimes it takes a idealist to uncover you.

If you’d asked drivers 15 years ago what they wanted from a car, would they unequivocally have pronounced “a better-looking car, though one that’s heavier, thirstier, worse-handling and worse-riding”? Great: have a crossover.

The SUV/crossover/4×4 thing shows no signs of vouchsafing up, though what comes after that? Peugeot, Mercedes and Kia consternation if it’ll be lower, some-more sleek-looking tourers; sensuous estates and fastbacks.

So distant usually a Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake exists in small-car- size, though Kia thinks a recently-revealed, likewise designed Proceed will shortly be holding 20% of all Ceed sales. If it is a trend, there’s good reason with it: reduce and lighter than crossovers, they’re easier to accommodate potency targets with. Thus primed, in a decade we consternation how determined this physique figure competence be. And if it is, that manufacturers will still be throwing up. If you’re not going to start a rope touring, during slightest burst on a car before it passes.

And another thing…

Rachel Johnson reckoned her hermit Boris’s ‘burka’ column, that got him into worry recently, was a kind of thing created while on holiday in Italy, lunchtime booze chilling in a fridge.

Things are extremely reduction argumentative during Autocar, though it’s an forgive I’ll breeze for a miss of clarity: Knockhill has sincerely forked out that creation a success of a circuit doesn’t always need an aged airfield, as we competence have pragmatic in my mainstay final week. we should have been transparent that we meant it seems to assistance new circuits. As a Scottish track, and locations like Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park and Oulton Park, will testify, an airfield is, in itself, not a exigency to carrying a competition track.

It’s also, we suspect, not a fluke that if we drafted a list of a best competition marks in a land, a undulations of Knockhill, Oulton, Cadwell and Brands would put them right among a best of them.

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