We Hear: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Coupe Bound for Geneva

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is giving the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4 a run for their money, and now rumor has it that a coupe version is on the way to challenge the 4 Series, C-Class Coupe, and A5. Motoring says a Giulia coupe, likely called the Sprint, will debut on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Named after the gorgeous two-door Alfa of the 1960s and ‘70s, the Giulia Sprint will be a two-door model riding on the same Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia sedan. Motoring doesn’t provide much evidence for its claim, but does cite Alfa’s five-year business plan, which included two “specialty” models. The Australian publication believes those models refer to the Giulia coupe and an upcoming convertible, likely called the Giulia Spider. This would put the Alfa Romeo Giulia range right in line with its competitors. There have also been rumors that a wagon variant is in the works.

The Giulia coupe should be offered with the same engine options as the sedan, including a 280-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and a fire-breathing 505-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 in the Quadrifoglio model. Alfa’s business plan detailed a total of seven new models slated to arrive by 2020. We know one of them is the Stelvio SUV that debuted in L.A. late last year. In addition, two other SUVs, a full-size sedan, and a hatchback are in the pipeline. All are expected to ride on the Giorgio platform.

If Alfa is bringing a coupe version of the Giulia, BMW and other German automakers should be worried. Hopefully we’ll find out in the weeks leading up to the Geneva show.

Source: Motoring

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Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Sells for Worthy Cause

Rocker Steven Tyler parted with his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder for $800,000, auctioned by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz. The sale raised cash for a worthy cause, Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, a resource for girls who have faced abuse and need a place to turn to for help.

Tyler paid $1.1 million for his GT Spyder in 2012, so the lucky buyer seems to have made off like a bandit in the sale. To sweeten the deal, the Aerosmith lead singer even included a guitar autographed by the band and a vacation stay in his Hawaii home.

Just 12 convertible Hennessey Venom GTs were built. Under the hood, the GT is powered by a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V-8 engine that can get you from 0-60 mph is less than 2.4 seconds and can hit 265.6 mph if you feel the need for some serious speed.

Steven Tyler 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Sale

Steven Tyler 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Sale

“We raised enough tonight to provide 20,000 days of therapeutic support to abused girls across America,” Steven Tyler said in a statement.

“As a father to three daughters, a son, and now a grandfather, it broke my heart to learn that each year in America alone, 700,000 children are victims of serious abuse or neglect, and 68,000 will be sexually abused. Together through Janie’s Fund, we’re helping girls rebuild their lives and overcome the trauma they experienced.”

All proceeds from the sale will go to Janie’s Fund — for more info about the organization or to make a charitable donation, check out janiesfund.org.

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Learn the Story Behind McLaren’s F1 Speed Record

Captivating is the only word we can use to describe this video. It already features one of the greatest cars of all time, the McLaren F1. But it also features the man — and his take on the car and the record — that took the mighty McLaren to its top speed of 240.1 mph. The short film is absolutely riveting, and reveals Andy Wallace to be a driver of heroic proportions.

The release of the footage lines up with McLaren’s 25th anniversary of the introduction of the McLaren F1 supercar, and it details a hitherto unseen piece of the car’s illustrious and legendary history. Yet, watching the video, it’s not the car that truly shines, but Wallace and his superhuman stamina and skills.

Think about it this way. When Bugatti topped out the Veyron, it had active aerodynamics, massive carbon ceramic brakes, and a set of specially designed Michelin tires tested to withstand the sheer g-force of doing 250 mph. The McLaren had none of those things. It didn’t have active aerodynamics or even a wing. It was also running on street-legal tires pretty much off the shelf. That is ludicrous.

Watching the video, you’re at the edge of your seat as you listen to Wallace’s deep breaths. The tension is palpable and, if you’re like us, you’ll find yourself holding your breath as he nears the car’s theoretical top speed of 240 mph.

What’s also interesting is the sneak peek inside the inner workings of McLaren during this time and how the entire company came to the test, including Gordon Murray. This video just makes us wish we had a spare $15 million lying around to once again get behind the wheel of the McLaren F1. But since we don’t, we’ll just have to wait for McLaren to launch its upcoming three-seat hypercar it announced late last year.

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Land Rover Will Sell You a Restored 1970s Range Rover for $169K

If you’re sad you missed the opportunity to purchase a first-gen Range Rover new, you have another shot. Land Rover Classic will begin selling fully restored original Range Rovers through its Reborn program.

Jaguar Land Rover will exhibit a factory-restored three-door 1978 Range Rover to the Salon Rétromobile classic car show in Paris next week. The Range Rover Reborn program carefully selects original Range Rover models and restores them to original 1970s factory specification using Land Rover Classic parts. The company says its restoration experts will advise customers on what to look for when it comes to picking the best chassis number, as well as the best options and unique characteristics that affect collectability. The Range Rover debuted in 1970, but continued production through 1996 as the Range Rover Classic. If you want a fully restored Range Rover, you’ll have to pay at least £135,000 (roughly $169,000 at today’s exchange rates).

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1978 Range Rover three door restored side

The first Range Rover Reborn features a carbureted 3.5-liter V-8 producing 132 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, which comes mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The SUV also gets a lockable center differential and of course Land Rover’s legendary four-wheel drive system.

The debut of the Range Rover Reborn follows that of the Land Rover Series I Reborn last year. Also making an appearance at Salon Rétromobile 2017 is one of the nine Jaguar XKSS supercars that Jaguar Classic built to replace the ones destroyed in a fire 60 years ago. The cars were faithfully recreated and assume the serial numbers of the lost XKSS models.

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Callaway AeroWagen Corvette Shooting Brake Kit Revealed in the Carbon Fiber

It’s been four years since we first saw the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray-based Callaway AeroWagen concept, which Callaway said would reach production. Well, they made good on their word, as the stunning shooting brake conversion kit, which can be fitted on any C7 variant aside from the convertible including the Z06, Grand Sport, and Callaway’s own SC627, will soon be available for order.

Callaway unveiled the production AeroWagen kit, which was designed entirely in-house and is built in Santa Ana, California, at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway during the filming of an upcoming Mothers commercial ahead of its official debut at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky on April 27.

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Callaway Corvette AeroWagen Rear

Stretching from the Corvette’s T-tops, the AeroWagen’s roof and hatch cut a line straight out until the end of the car’s bumper. The roof is built out of lightweight carbon fiber and may even increase the car’s overall rigidity. According to Callaway, the kit is a part-for-part replacement for the Corvette’s factory hatch and uses the original hardware and latches, meaning that you can easily convert back to stock, while the rear window retains defrost functionality.

Those wanting to turn their own Corvette into an AeroWagen will need to part with at least $14,990 for an unpainted carbon-fiber shell and $17,970 for a painted one, while the optional AeroSpoiler runs $1,995.

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Check out the amazing cars on offer at the London Toy Fair 2017

We visited the London Toy Fair recently and couldn’t help but be dazzled by all the automotive offerings.

Rather predictably you could say, we start proceedings with a look at some Scalextric goodies. We were very surprised to hear that Scalextric now have systems in place which can mimic fuel consumption and tyre wear and adjust the performance of the vehicle accordingly which we thought was really cool.

We stopped by the Corgi stand too which proved to have a plethora of iconic car models which didn’t fail to bring back memories of our own car collections from the past. Airfix had some supercars on show that, rather than using glue, were constructed of a number of molded clickable blocks.

Elsewhere we take a look at Hot Wheels and general replica racing and well known brand car models which you can check out below.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Engineers Reveal 11 Cool Facts About our Car of the Year

We spent weeks shaking down the Chevrolet Bolt EV during the process that culminated in its being awarded our coveted Car of the Year calipers, testing the metaphorical electrical beejeebers out of it in the high desert last September. We feel like we know it pretty well. But a recent opportunity to hang out with the engineers who created it proved we still had plenty to learn. Herewith: our book of Bolt EV revelations.


160-mile top-speed range

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Drop your foot to the floor on a freshly charged Bolt EV, and leave it there. The Bolt will whisk you up to its electronically limited 93-mph top speed and run at that speed for about 160 miles (fewer if you’re running the heater or A/C much).


Asymmetric front seats

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Assymetric Front Seats

Like most cars, the outboard front seat bolsters conceal a side-impact airbag, which requires some extra padding. Designers usually pad the inboard side to match, but leaving them skinnier freed up added space for armrest access and center-console stowage. The sew pattern and contrast upholstery design highlights the asymmetry.


Preflight diagnostics

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre light diagnostics

Thumbing the Start button on a Bolt EV sets in motion an extensive diagnostics test of 1,400 items, as the central controller queries the 35 sub controllers (a Cruze uses about 20), checking for open or crossed circuits too much or not enough circuit resistance, etc. It’s typically completed in less than 0.5 second.


Tricky shifter

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Tricky Shifter

The Bolt EV does not creep when in one-pedal high-regen mode, so it’s easy to forget you’re in gear and hop out. To prevent this, here’s what happens: Unclick the driver belt, and the electric parking brake sets; open the door, and the car selects park automatically; walk away, and it shuts itself off after an hour—two if you leave the key in the car. (That shut-off strategy apparently holds for most GM cars.)


Tankless water heater

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Tankless Water Heater

We always figured EV heaters were just industrial hair-dryers blowing through the vents. Nope! The Bolt EV uses a resistance heater not unlike the ones in tankless hot-water heaters to warm coolant that circulates through a heater core just like the ones in every combustion-powered car.


The body weighs less than the battery

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV front three quarter 03

Clever usage of high-strength structural steels and unstressed aluminum panels trims the overall body-in-white’s weight to just 815 pounds. That’s 134 pounds less than the 60 kW-hr battery weighs.


How to prank your neighbor’s Bolt EV

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV How to prank neighbor3

There’s a giant circuit breaker located at the high point of the battery pack, accessible by pulling the rear seat cushion and lifting a flap in the sound-deadening stuff near the middle of the car. Yank it, and all the high-voltage electrons are stopped dead in their 288 cells.


Braking out charges a DC fast charger

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV charge

Monitor your energy-flow meters, and you’ll notice that on some downhill stretches and when decelerating from high speeds—especially in L mode or with the regen-paddle pulled—that the regenerative braking system is dumping electrons into the battery at a rate of 70 kW. The onboard fast-charger can only muster 60.


Hilltop Reserve

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Hilltop reserve 3

That’s not a rare estate vintage wine, it’s a setting that ends battery charging at a 90-percent state-of-charge. It’s perfect for owners who live or work at altitude and want to be able to utilize regenerative braking when they leave home or work and for those who don’t want to miss a single mile of one-pedal driving in Low mode.


Rear-camera washer

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Rear Camera washer

Activating the rear window washer sends a squirt of fluid down to the rear-facing camera, keeping it squeaky clean when driving on wet, salty, or dirty roads. Also note that if the front wipers are on and you shift to reverse, the Bolt gives you a courtesy wipe of the rear.


Bolt charging Morse Code

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Bolt charging morse code

Plug in your Bolt and the charge-indicator LED lights on the center of the dash will flash to indicate the battery state of charge:

  1. At or below 25 percent
  2. Between 25-50 percent
  3. Between 50-75 percent
  4. Above 75 percent

It blinks steadily while charging and glows green when it’s all topped up.

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Celebrity Drive: Chef and TV Host Robert Irvine

Quick Stats: Robert Irvine TV host/chef/author/restaurateur
Daily Driver: 2014 Cadillac Escalade (Robert’s rating: 8 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: see below
Favorite road trip: around the country
Car he learned to drive in: Hyundai
First car bought: 1997 Honda Civic

More than a TV chef, host Robert Irvine has been on the road for most of the year now. To accommodate his lifestyle, he keeps SUVs on both coasts, with a 2014 Cadillac Escalade in Los Angeles, where he tapes his new daytime talk show “The Robert Irvine Show” for the CW network.

Irvine rates the Escalade an 8 on a scale of 10 because it’s not as smooth a ride as he would prefer. “I like the fact that it’s big. We travel with a group of people. It’s very luxurious. It’s a hard ride is what I don’t like,” he says. “Maybe a newer model has a better suspension, but it’s a hard ride, which is going to feel every bump in the road, but inside it’s luxurious. It sounds really oxymoronish. It’s comfortable, but when you go over a bump, you know you’re going over a bump, especially in L.A.”

Irvine got the Escalade because it was roomy enough for his travel needs. “I needed something big that can put a lot of luggage. We travel with four or five people all the time and an average two suitcases per, so we can get a lot of luggage in it,” he says.

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Rating: 9
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Irvine keeps an Expedition in Florida, which gets higher marks because it’s more comfortable than the Escalade. “I like it a lot. I’ve got two girls, a wife, me, and there’s normally two or three people that travel with me all the time,
he says. “We’re bicoastal. We travel 345 days a year, so I have a big car on the East Coast and a big car on the West Coast. Obviously, if we don’t use those cars and we need people to pick us up, then we use the same type of car because we know it fits the luggage. That’s the biggest thing for me. It’s not even about comfort, it’s about usability.”

There isn’t anything to dislike about the Expedition. “I like this one,” he says. “The suspension is a lot better in the Ford Expedition than it is in the Cadillac, believe it or not, you don’t feel as much. Maybe that’s the age of car, I don’t know.”

Since the Escalade was a rougher ride, Irvine’s local Ford dealer suggested trying an Expedition. “I wasn’t a big lover of Expeditions,” he says, “and when I tried it, I really liked it.”

Car he learned to drive in

Irvine learned to drive in a Hyundai (Editor’s note: Most likely a Hyundai Pony or Pony II) at a driving school in Salisbury, Wiltshire in England, where he grew up.

“I learned to drive when I was 15 years old, so whatever Hyundai was at that point,” he says, with a laugh. “I just remember it was a blue Hyundai. And it was just before I went to the Falklands. I passed my test. I failed it and I literally took it again in the afternoon because I was shipping out the next day. They must’ve felt sorry for me.”

Although he learned to drive at a driving school, Irvine also got practice time on the family’s cars. “Dad used to have a Vauxhall Cavalier hatchback, the old ones. I learned to drive pretty much in that and the Hyundai, and a Cresta 101 Deluxe, it was a Vauxhall. It was a big car,” he says. “He used to have a few cars. He had a Cavalier, a Cresta, a TR7.”

Although Irvine’s driving was mostly on suburban roads, driving the Cresta on British roads was a bit of a challenge. “The Cresta is a big car and England has small roads, so that was more difficult than the Cavalier and the Hyundai, that’s for sure,” he says. “You think of America with big cars, well, if you put an American car in an English road, they don’t normally work that well because the roads are a lot narrower.”

The Cresta was big enough that he had to sit on a cushion to see over the steering wheel when his dad tried to teach him to drive. “It was difficult to drive because I could only just use the steering wheel and I was learning to drive in it with a father, who had no patience,” he reflects. “I could only just see over the steering of the wheel and my father, who was Irish, would be bugging the crap out of me, ‘Don’t do this,’ ‘Don’t do that,’ ‘Do this,’ ‘Grab the steering wheel,’ etc, etc, he wasn’t a good patient teacher.”

First car bought

Irvine bought a new 1997 green Honda Civic when he was the executive sous chef at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. He chose the Civic based on what he could afford with his $50,000 salary at the time, and the fact that it could fit his family, with his young daughters and baby seats.

The car became a target for staffers who weren’t thrilled with him. “I kept it for almost three years and while I worked at Trump Taj Mahal, it was vandalized because they didn’t like me. It was like ‘Road House,’” he recalls. “I’d park the car and it would be scratched, and tires punctured, because at that time I was not liked in that environment. It was a union house and I was the tough guy that changed things to try and fix the problems there. I was the enforcer.”

Irvine’s first splurge car came not when his Food Network show “Dinner: Impossible” debuted, but while he was still at the Taj Mahal and made more money, buying a BMW 525 after the Civic. “My 525 must’ve been a 1998 to 2000 because I got the 750 in 2000 and used it in the show. If you look at the opening of the show, you’ll see that was the 750. I had a 525 BMW, a 750 BMW and hardtop 6 Series BMW and I loved them,” he says. “I bought the 750 that was used in the Food Network show, and I did the pilot in the 750, the first that was called ‘Dinner: Impossible,’ but I got the car in 2000.”

Irvine wanted a BMW because of its reputation among enthusiasts. “BMW is a performance car,” he says. “It’s a fast, fast, hard, road gripping car. If you have anybody that’s a driver, there are certain cars that stick out in your mind – they are BMWs, they are Maserati, they are Aston Martin, they grip the road, that you can drive hard and BMW is one of those cars. It was also for me, a status symbol of, ‘Hey listen, you’ve made it.’”

But now, rather than fast cars, Irvine has cars that fit his fast-paced life. “Then when you have kids and you grow up a little bit, then it’s about ‘I’m a lover of fast cars, but are they practical when you travel the way we travel now?’” he says. “The answer would be ‘no’ because we’re on the road 345 days a year, so a practical car for me is an SUV rather than a Maserati or an Aston Martin, although they are amazing cars.”

Favorite road trip

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Robert Irvine live

Besides shooting TV shows and traveling the world to support United States troops, Irvine enjoys going around the country for his “Robert Irvine Live!” shows, which includes a May 13 stop near Minneapolis. He relishes these shows, where he gets to interact with fans, as well as spend more time with his crew, since much of the time he’s in a car with them in tow in these quieter moments in a fast-moving schedule.

“Some of my best road trip memories are from when I travel with my team for the ‘Robert Irvine Live!’ show,” he says. “There’s something very pure about getting out on the road with other people. The miles roll on underneath you, the scenery outside your window flies by and you’re isolated in the best possible way. As a society we don’t gather around the fire anymore.”

These drives allow for a chance to just “be” a little bit. “We rarely sit down just to be with each other, so that leaves the car as one of our last great refuges. Want to really get to know who someone is? Get in a car with them for 1,000 miles or so. People’s passions, fears, quirks, their sense of humor – all of it reveals itself,” he says. “It brings people closer together in a way that air travel never could. I absolutely love a good road trip. By the way, when you take a road trip with me, I do the tailgating and you will eat well. Ha!”

“The Robert Irvine Show” on the CW Network

The Robert Irvine Show

The Robert Irvine Show

While many first came to know Irvine on his Food Network show “Dinner: Impossible,” and the subsequent “Restaurant: Impossible,” among the many jobs that take up Irvine’s time now include his daytime talk show on the CW network, which puts him in Los Angeles two days a week to do nine shows.

“The new show on CW, it’s five days a week, it’s conflict resolution unlike anybody else,” Irvine says. “We actually go back and we put people in rehab, we follow up with them, we get them jobs after they’ve finished. So it’s unlike any other show that’s out there. We find out the issues, fix issues, and follow up with issues.”

For Irvine, this new talk show that has nothing to do with cooking is a natural extension of what he became known for on the Food Network. “I wanted to do this because, think about ‘Restaurant Impossible’ –‘Restaurant Impossible’ is fixing the restaurant, but before you can fix the business, you have to fix the people,” he says. “Take the restaurant away you’ve got (‘The Robert Irvine Show’). it’s the same thing except different time of day. It’s a 430 pound obese woman, how do I get her fit and back on track? It’s all the same, just take the business away. I’ve wanted to do that for a long time. So I got the opportunity to do it and here we are.”

On Food Network, he was recently on “Guy’s Grocery Games” with fellow chef and Celeb Drive Guy Fieri. “It’s an exciting time right now,” Irvine says. “We’re working on some new shows with Food Network.”

Robert Irvine Foundation and Pentagon’s Fresh Kitchen

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To say Irvine is a one man powerhouse might be an understatement. To top off all his projects going on, in addition to authoring his third book, producing his food line Robert Irvine Foods, with items available at places including Walmart and Sam’s Clubs, last month, Irvine opened a Gold Gym in Largo, Florida.

Last year, he rappelled down the side of the Tropicana Hotel in Vegas to announce his first restaurant there in Sin City to open this year. “The rest of the time I’m on the road, with our military and the other shows that I do, and my food line and the restaurant Fresh Kitchen,” he says. “We travel to Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Italy, Germany Spain.”

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Having started out with the British Royal Navy, Irvine is always close to the military. His foundation is set up to help those who defend our country. The world travel he logs are for his foundation supporting the troops with actor Gary Sinise and the USO, as well as helping to feed U.S. troops in a healthier way. “We have protein bars, food. All the money that we make goes into a charity and we build homes with Gary Sinise,” he says.

Last fall he also opened a restaurant in the Pentagon “Fresh Kitchen.” “Seeing the change in the feeding in the military – we’re doing that in a huge way, we opened a restaurant in the Pentagon, now we’re taking over the bases in the military, changing how to feed our military men and women,” he says. “We literally are changing the way the military feeds on their bases from three meals a day to eight meals a day, and talking about education of food and fitness. Menus, healthier cooking, training.”

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Irvine, an American citizen, is particularly passionate about working with our troops. “We spend millions of millions of dollars taking care of equipment and we never worry about people that use that equipment and now’s the time to take care of those people,” he says.

By the end of last year they built 48 homes, fed 124,000 people, all of which is very gratifying for Irvine. “That’s a big deal. Definitely,” Irvine says. “Our men and women, Medal of Honor winners, we were in Dallas feedings 12,000 troops and all the chefs are cooking for the all the veterans and medal of honors. And on the back of our packaging, we’ve just come out with healthy food, and on the back of it, it tells you where the money goes to the foundation.”

For more information on everything Irvine as well as his foundation, please visit chefirvine.com

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Registration for first F1 2017 beta test now open

Codemasters has opened up registration for an upcoming F1 2017 beta test.

[ai:grid size=5|classp=pull-right][ai:endgrid]Set to commence "once the [2017 Formula One World Championship] season is underway", the beta test for F1 2017 will be open to players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Spaces will be incredibly limited, as only 300 applicants from each platform will be permitted by Codemasters to participate in this initial beta test.

It’s currently unknown what will be featured content-wise in the F1 2017 closed beta. Codemasters has stated, though, that the 900 beta testers will be able to experience and provide feedback on Codemasters’  "new handling model".

Those who are interested in registering for a spot on the upcoming F1 2017 closed beta can do so here. http://www.teamvvv.com/

F1 2016 receives final patch, full focus shifts to F1 2017

We are getting ever closer to the 2017 Formula One season (which brings with it a plethora of regulation changes) and Codemasters has released their final patch for last year’s F1 2015 title (across all platforms) just in time.

The 1.08 patch fixes tyre wear issues which surfaced after a pit stop, a bug that has frustrated many players for some time. That’s it, that’s all the new patch addresses.

Codemasters confirmed in the patch notes that this update is the very last for F1 2016 since the development team are hard at work on F1 2017. We are keeping our ears close to the ground on F1 2017 and we’ll bring you news on the title as soon as we can.

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