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The TorquingPoint Review of 2011

Quiet week in the auto industry...

 

 

Well, 2011 has certainly turned out to be an interesting year for cars. We’ve seen McLaren deliver their first MP4-12C’s to customers, only to have them riddled with issues. There have been more concept cars with ‘alternative’ drivetrains than we can shake a stick at, and the horsepower race seems to be getting ever bigger and crazier.

Ford showed us a production Mustang which has 650bhp and will do 200mph – figures that were the sole reserve of Supercars worth hundreds of thousands of pounds just 5 years ago. At the other end of the scale we have every major car manufacturer showcasing an electric vehicle, proving that the technology may not be fully ready for the mainstream but is certainly coming.

Renault are leading the charge of the EV brigade (apologies for the pun) with 3 new models including the funky single seater Twizy. But they are really making headlines with the fact that they get around the battery life issue and cost of the batteries by having Renault EV owners lease the batteries monthly. That way the price of the car can be lower and owners need not worry about the cost of replacing the batteries in 5 years’ time.

 In Motorsport, we lost 2 greats – Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli – and Sebastian Vettel took another F1 title with a few races to go.

In the Performance world, it seems as if 1000bhp is the new minimum for a Hypercar, and 300mph the goal. There have been numerous new Supercar company startups, time will tell if their photoshop renderings and fancily worded press releases will ever actually turn into a real car or not.

So overall it has been a good year, especially for TorquingPoint. Only 2 months old, yet getting more readers than we had hoped for at this stage, we thank each and every one of you for your continued support. So for now, we’ll leave you with our TorquingPoint Car of the Year 2011.

There were many contenders for the TP.CoTY, including the McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GT-R, BMW 1M and more. But in the end the car that kept coming back in our thoughts, the one that showed so much promise to us, isn’t even a production car (yet). The design is so utterly beautiful it would sell if it had a 1.0 engine, but it also happens to have nearly 400bhp which certainly helps. When this car hits the streets in production trim it will look almost identical to this concept and will take the market by storm.

So we give you the TP.CoTY 2011 – the Jaguar C-X16:

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more