News briefs

7 Jun 2006

No plans for production, sadly, but Citroën showed the C-Buggy concept at the Madrid motor show. It's powered by a four-pot 1.6 that delivers its 155bhp at 8000rpm, has four-wheel drive and weighs just 850kg.<br/>

PORSCHE has styled its own train, an electric loco that shunts Porsche components around Germany. Without carriages in tow, the 8500bhp lugger is claimed to hit 125mph from standstill in 20sec.

GENERAL Motors may build a production version of the Chevrolet Camaro concept it showed earlier this year. Engineers are said to be working on turning it into a showroom machine, while the accountants are investigating the business case, thought to be promising.

'OUR NIGE' is to make his Goodwood Festival of Speed debut this July 7-9. Ex-F1 champ Mansell will drive several of his old steeds, including a JPS-liveried Lotus 91 from his early career.

RUMOURS that Bugatti is to produce a super-Veyron capable of 272mph are, alas, pie in the sky. It had been suggested the car would reach the huge speed with a 200bhp hike in power. In reality it would need close to 2000bhp to achieve such a speed.

AC CARS is back, having switched its manufacturing base from the UK to Malta. The Maltese plant expects to build 40 cars during 2006, selling through dealers in the US, Mexico, Canada, Russia and the UK.

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