Auto News

With Liam Bird

THE NARE BECOMES FIRST HOTEL IN UK TO OFFER A MORGAN TO GUESTS

The luxurious family owned country house by the sea, The Nare Hotel, is the first of several Pride of Britain members hotels to provide its guests the exclusive opportunity to hire an iconic Morgan 4/4.

Situated on the Roseland Peninsula, this south coast stretch of Cornwall is a quiet Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Now guests are invited to enhance their stay by opting to cruise along quaint country roads in the stylish 4/4. Lunch for two can be enjoyed at the most scenic spot on the journey courtesy of the car’s traditional rear-mounted picnic hamper. Having been produced since 1936, the Morgan 4/4 is the longest running production vehicle in the world and during that time has become a quintessential classic. A combination of superformed and hand formed aluminum body panels make this model the lightest machine in the Morgan classic collection.

The Nare is the first official hotel in the UK to open up this limited offer to guests while there are a number of subsequent hotels from which guests will soon also be able to enjoy the delights of a Morgan as part of their stay. This opportunity is available to Pride of Britain’s entire assembly of independent hotels.

Guest hire of The Nare’s Morgan 4/4 is priced at £250 per day.


HUMMINGBIRD LAUNCHES THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE

Hummingbird, the British bicycle manufacturer behind the world’s lightest folding bike, has broken new ground with the launch of an electric edition. Weighing in at 10.3 kg, it is the lightest folding e-bike available on the market.

The Hummingbird Electric is powered by a brushless 250 W motor that has the highest power to weight ratio on the market. With its 160 Wh lithium battery it has a top speed of 25 kph (limited) and a range of 30+ km. All this technology is packed into a discreet rear wheel hub that is just 180 mm in diameter and 120 mm thick. It can be fully charged in just two and a half hours, so there is no need for the rider to carry around a separate battery pack.

The motor automatically senses the need of its rider, delivering the power required to perform the task at hand, whether it be a boost to get away from traffic lights or to provide an assistive push up an incline. To start up the motor, riders need only cycle up to 8 kph and then back pedal three revolutions. The motor then provides the assistance needed and also turns off automatically after two minutes stationary.

Bluetooth connectivity allows the rider to connect their smartphone to the Hummingbird Electric to control power and monitor usage via the bitride app. The phone allows to access services such as online diagnosis, bike-oriented navigation, mobility stats and other social functions. An innovative security measure also allows the owner to lock the rear wheel, in the event of a bike being stolen.

Hummingbird bikes are engineered assembled at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, with the lightweight carbon frame being made by Prodrive’s composites operation in Milton Keynes.

Prices for the Hummingbird Electric start at £4,495. Go to https://hummingbirdbike.com/ to register your interest or email: hello@hummingbirdbike.com.


DEHYDRATION OF THE VAN NATION – MERCEDES-BENZ BUSINESS BAROMETER FINDS VAN DRIVERS ARE RISKING THEIR HEALTH IN THE HEAT

While the heat of the summer is well and truly upon us, the hot weather is causing health problems for the nation’s van drivers, according to the latest Business Barometer research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd.

Despite warnings to carry water at all times in the UK’s ongoing heatwave, one in five of the UK’s van drivers are avoiding drinking water suggest-ing that drivers are keen to avoid having toilet breaks that can impact targets for delivery companies.

More than 2,000 van drivers and owners were asked to give their feedback on hydration and health, and a staggering 70% say that work pressures severely impact their ability to keep hydrated and have a healthy diet – with 27% adding that they rely solely on sugary drinks or caffeine to get them through long days.

Nearly two-thirds of drivers (63%) say that their health has been impacted by a poor diet at work with one in ten now suffering a serious health condition as a result of working patterns.

Perhaps unsavoury, but another issue is van drivers avoiding toilet breaks. One in ten say that they ‘wee’ on the move to avoid having to stop and potentially miss challenging targets, with 31% saying that asking to use a customer’s facility would be too awkward.

“In this hot weather, we are asking the great British public to consider the health and wellbeing of delivery drivers, and to open their minds, and toilets, to these hard-working men and women to ensure they can stay well hydrated and keep Britain moving.”

For more information about the Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer, please visit www.mbvans.co.uk/businessbarometer or follow #bizbarometer on social media.


RIDE SMARTER THIS SUMMER: GEM TARGETS ‘BORN-AGAIN BIKERS’ IN CALL FOR SKILLS BOOST

ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to ensure motorcyclists put safety first on rides this summer. At the heart of this call, according to GEM, is a focus on rider skill for those who may be back into biking after a lengthy gap.

There were 319 motorcycle fatalities in 2016 (the most recent available figures) – down from 365 in 2015. However, 5,553 riders were seriously injured, an increase of 10% on the previous year. Additionally, regional data show that ‘born again bikers’ (males aged between 40 and 60) are over-represented in collisions

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth comments: “There’s a lot of satisfaction to be gained from riding a motorcycle with skill and precision. That’s why we’re encouraging riders to give themselves a ‘skills MOT’ which will help ensure they reduce the risks they face on journeys.”

Follow GEM’s simple ‘lifesaver’ safety tips and reduce the risk of being involved in a collision:

Invest in a refresher day with a training professional. Search online for motorcycle training days or consult your local club or advanced motorcyclists’ group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Articles