Gone in a puff of smoke: UK spot checks on car emissions axed

Gone in a puff of smoke: UK spot checks on car emissions axed


A cloud of grey-brown exhaust as a diesel car accelerates, an old car blowing blue oil smoke — sights like these are all too common on Britain’s roads...
Me and My Motor: Sir Chris Hoy on racing at Le Mans and his life in cars

Me and My Motor: Sir Chris Hoy


Sir Chris Hoy is making a comeback on the racetrack this summer — but not on two wheels. Instead, he will press the pedal to the metal in a 200mph Ligier racing car...
Arctic Circle Raceway by James Williams

Arctic Circle Raceway: the circuit at the end of the world


There’s a sense of blissful isolation to the E6 highway in northern Norway, as it weaves through verdant forest, revealing lakes...
Clarkson and May give a lift to David Cameron and the “Remain” EU campaign

Clarkson and May give lift to David Cameron and 'remain' campaign


Jeremy Clarkson and James May have become dab hands at entertaining VIP visitors to their production offices, so when David Cameron dropped in to the Grand Tour HQ ...
Rolls-Royce gets radical with luxury car of the future

Rolls-Royce gets radical with luxury car of the future


When we imagine a Roll-Royce, images spring to mind of deep-pile carpets, lashings of leather, acres of wood trim, a couple of Dartington crystal tumblers in the back and a gargantuan V12 engine under
Me and My Motor: Emily Collett, British aerobatics champion, on the planes that made her

Me and My Motor: Emily Collett, British aerobatics champion


At the age of nine, Emily Collett looked in awe at an F18 jet fighter and announced firmly: “When I grow up, I’m going to be an engineer and fly aeroplanes.” How they laughed.
Driving in France during Euro 2016 and summer holiday season

Driving in France during Euro 2016 and summer holiday season


As the summer holiday looms on the horizon like distant blue skies, nearly 1m British holidaymakers are preparing to dust off their passports...
Sunday Times Driving Reader Letters: Boy racers, cures for depression and slowcoach veterans

Reader Letters: Boy racers, cures for depression and slowcoach veterans


I had an enlightening conversation with a young man of 18 who has crashed four cars in a year — each one a write-off (“Crash position”, Letters, May 22)...
Reader Letters: a Skoda driver retorts, a lack of variety, Austrian tolls and respecting speed limits

Reader Letters: a Skoda driver retorts, Austrian tolls and respecting speed limits


"I’m a Skoda driver, Mr Clarkson, but my name isn’t Geoff and life’s been pretty good to me...
Seat Leon Mk3 review

Seat Leon Mk3 review (2012-on)


It’s often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are certain things that we can all agree on. Cara Delevingne is a bit of a looker and so too is George Clooney...
2016 Toyota Avensis review

2016 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports review


To keep up with the Joneses, many car buyers feel pushed into Audi, BMW and Mercedes territory, but if you know your MPVs from your PHEVs, there are opportunities for one-upmanship further down ...
BMW 225xe extended test review PHEV

Extended test: Audi, BMW and Mitsubishi plug-in cars


Plug-in hybrid cars are catching on. Sales are soaring, up five times since 2014, although admittedly that’s like saying sales of ice cream in the Arctic surged over the winter