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This November London’s Design Museum is hosting a major exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari...

THE EXHIBITION — Ferrari: Under the Skin — will provide unique insights into the world of Ferrari; a behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

Drawing on rarely seen material this ambitious display will bring together early design models, drawings, letters and memorabilia as well as some of the most famous Ferraris to be seen on roads and racing circuits around the world. Together, these artefacts and original documents provide an unprecedented study of automotive design.

Clay Model of the Ferrari J50 (car released in 2016)

The exhibition will open on 15 November 2017 and run to 15 April 2018 and key exhibits include rare personal memorabilia and archival material relating to Enzo Ferrari's life, early cars, wind tunnel models and hand-sculpted models in both clay and wood.

Dedicated displays will explore the design development, engineering and manufacturing of Ferrari together with the company's phenomenal attention to detail in every element of the cars' design.

The exhibition will also present Ferrari's racing heritage and the ongoing quest for innovation as well as the glamour of their well-known clientele.

The exhibition pays tribute to Enzo Ferrari and his passion for racing which ultimately gave rise to the marque. The son of a manufacturer in Modena, he became a racing driver in 1919 and competed for Alfa Romeo. In 1947, Enzo Ferrari launched his own car powered by a new, complex 12-cylinder engine designed entirely with performance in mind.

It was a bold move in post-war Italy but his cars soon started to win races and attract a clientele of wealthy and famous patrons, which in turn built the reputation for the brand.

Andrew Nahum, curator of Ferrari: Under the Skin commented: "Ferrari's story has been one of the great adventures of the industrial age. It also represents an absorbing case study in design and development. Ferrari uses the subtle and often unseen techniques of automobile design but with the utmost care and precision and the exhibition provides an insight into the history and practice of the whole private world of automotive design." |

Adrian Newey’s How To Build A Car...

BUT NOT ANY OLD CAR because Adrian Newey is arguably the greatest car designer in the history of Formula One. He has worked in both Formula One and IndyCar racing as an immensely successful race engineer, aerodynamicist, designer and technical director.

How To Build A Car by Adrian NeweyAfter designing championship-winning Formula One cars for Williams F1 and McLaren, Newey moved to Red Bull Racing in 2007, where he is currently Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer.

He has won 10 Formula One Constructors' titles (more than any other designer), helping some of the world's most famous drivers to Drivers' championship wins, including over 150 Grands Prix.

HarperNonFiction's Publishing Director Jack Fogg recently bought world rights from Gordon Poole at the Gordon Poole Agency and is delighted to announce the acquisition of Adrian Newey's How To Build A Car.

Jack says: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be publishing Adrian's book. Over the course of an incredible thirty-five year career at the pinnacle of the sport, he has consistently been able to outperform his rivals and deliver championship-winning cars time and time again.

"This is a unique book — as well as being a brilliantly written and peerless sports memoir, How To Build A Car also teaches one the basics of car design and will introduce readers to a whole new engineering vernacular."

Beautifully illustrated with never-before-seen drawings, How to Build A Car encapsulates, through Adrian's remarkable life story, precisely what makes Formula One so thrilling — its potential for the total synchronicity of man and machine; the perfect combination of style, efficiency and speed.

Adrian says: "Motorsport has been my life, and in return I've given it everything — sometimes, maybe, a little too much. What better way, therefore, to tell the story of my life than through some of my favourite cars? Writing this book has given me the opportunity to offer what I hope is a behind-the-scenes, insider's look at the sport as well as an insight into what I do at my drawing board. Not only that, but I've used the opportunity to exorcise a few 'demons'!"

Co-written with Andrew Holmes, How To Build A Car will be published on 2nd November 2017.

HarperCollins UK is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second largest consumer book publisher in the world. With two hundred years of history and more than 120 unique imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles.

Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize.

HarperCollins UK can be found online at harpercollins. To explore HarperCollins' 200 year history, including a list of 200 iconic titles, fascinating stories and artefacts from the archive, visit

Volkswagen’s luxurious all-new five-door fastback flagship is here —
and you can order one today...

NAMED ARTEON, VOLKSWAGEN'S STYLISH NEW FLAGSHIP is an avant-garde gran turismo with svelte fastback styling, the new five-door, five-seat Volkswagen Arteon combines sports car detailing with luxury motoring.

Priced from 34,305 RRP OTR, it's available to order now from Volkswagen Retailers across the UK. Sitting above the globally successful Passat in the comprehensive Volkswagen range, the new Arteon brings more space, premium functionality and greater levels of autonomy than ever before.

Volkswagen Arteon

The Arteon is proportioned to carry five people in considerable comfort, while the generous wheelbase allows best-in-class legroom. With the rear seats in place there's room for plenty of luggage in the 563-litre boot; fold the back seats and this jumps to a cavernous 1,557 litres of carrying capacity.

Bristling with advanced technology, including the debut of a number of newly-enhanced assistance systems, the Arteon is efficient and powerful with a distinct performance character; yet it is also a comfortable and relaxing drive.

In the UK, the Arteon range will initially feature three turbocharged direct injection engines: a 280PS 2.0 TSI (petrol); and two 2.0 TDI (diesel) engines with outputs of 240PS and 150PS.

In due course, additional engines will complete the range including Volkswagen's newly-designed 150PS 1.5 TSI (petrol) Evo unit, featuring economy-boosting cylinder deactivation technology; and a 190PS 2.0 TSI (petrol).

All engines can, if you're a two-pedal kind of driver, be combined with an automated DSG dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox while the most potent units — the 280PS 2.0 TSI and 240PS 2.0 TDI — also boast Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard. All other models have front-wheel drive.

In 2.0 TSI 280PS guise the Arteon will zip from zero to 62mph in just 5.4 seconds; if it's high figures in the economy department then the 2.0 TDI 150PS model will be of interest — it offer 62.8mpg in the official Combined Cycle.

Passive safety is also among the best in its class thanks, in part, to the Arteon's innovative body construction. Further supporting its safety credentials, and contributing to its Euro NCAP five-star safety rating, the Arteon's active bonnet technology protects not only passengers but pedestrians too.

With fine aerodynamics and a low Cd figure (of as little as 0.265) this lithe new Volkswagen generates downforce levels sufficient to benefit handling and allow it to deliver impressive grip — as they say, "it sticks to the road" to provide confident handling and high stability all the way up to top speed.

Offered in two trim levels — luxurious Elegance or more sporty R-Line — the Arteon also comes packed with a comprehensive array of the latest infotainment, connectivity, and assistance systems and represents the jewel in Volkswagen's technological crown.

Numerous advanced systems make their debut in the Arteon and these include a new generation of Adaptive Cruise Control which uses GPS-based road data to 'see' speed limits — and adjust the car's speed as appropriate. Equally impressive, Road Recognition uses the front camera and route information from the navigation data to predictively adjust the vehicle's speed prior to bends, roundabouts and junctions.

The new flagship Arteon represents a significant step forward in design, technology and, indeed, aspiration, the new model is expected to make its showroom debut in Volkswagen Retailers nationwide next month. For more details, together with brochures and pricing, and to use Volkswagen's online configurator, visit

Plan your Summer Escape in a 208 (from Peugeot, of course!)

PEUGEOT'S 208 LINE has gained a new trim level and a host of beneficial changes to the range of vehicle finance packages available at the start of the PEUGEOT Summer Drive campaign.

The award-winning Peugeot 208 now offers greater choice, more personalisation and better value to ensure stylish, care-free motoring this summer. The high specification 208 Allure Premium Special Edition offers a high level of standard specification in conjunction with the economical 1.2L PureTech 82 engine.

Peugeot 208 - Summer Drive offers

Externally there's 16-inch Titane matt black alloy wheels, electric, heated & folding door mirrors, dark tinted rear windows and 10 paint finishes to choose from, including the sizzling Orange Power.

Inside, the 208 Allure Premium Special Edition gains ambience from a Cielo panoramic glass roof as well as ambient lighting, electric rear windows, rear parking aid and a colour reversing camera. The multifunction colour touchscreen puts total functionality at your fingertips and comes with connected smartphone technology.

Cost options include a 3D Connected Satellite Navigation system and the opportunity for additional exterior personalisation.

Peugeot Passport and Just Add Fuel — which includes 3 years' Motor Insurance from age 18 with Telematics — are available at a 2.9% APR representative, with a 2,000 Deposit Contribution available across the 208 range.

In addition, customer saving deals of up to 1,300 are available on models in the 208 range through the Summer Drive initiative, with the Allure Premium Special Edition bringing a saving of 1,100 and 600 available on the Black Edition.

The 208 Black Edition comes with assertive styling, eye-catching exterior colours and black personalisation to further increase kerb appeal. Available in Nera Black, Bianca White and Hurricane Grey, 208 Black Edition is powered by the best-selling 1.2L PureTech 82 petrol engine.

The sporty-chic appearance of the 208 Black Edition is boosted by its gloss black alloy wheels with white laser engraving, equaliser grille with gloss black finisher, gloss black door mirror shells with coloured accents, front fog lights, gloss black front fog lamp finishers with laser-engraved coloured accents and tinted rear windows.

The Summer Drive offers are available at Peugeot Dealers and using Peugeot's Order Online facility, where customers can specify and order their car from start to finish online.

Hilarious action comedy Logan Lucky, the new film from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh...

PACKED WITH BRAND NEW FOOTAGE, this new trailer showcases the film's stellar ensemble cast at its very best, including Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Riley Keough playing the luckless Logans. Joining the fold is the excellent Daniel Craig as Joe Bang, along with Seth Macfarlane, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank and Katherine Waterston.

Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is from a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia, whose clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly ninety years. After being fired from his job, and with his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) threatening to move out of State and taking their daughter with her, Jimmy decides he has to do something to get his family's life back on track.

With a little help from his brother Clyde Logan (Adam Driver), his sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and an incarcerated explosive expert, the aptly named Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike, Traffic), Logan Lucky also stars Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, and Brian Gleeson. Logan Lucky opens nationwide across the UK on 25th August 2017.