Events Calendar

Market Engineering banner2

 

2019 

05 June WGMW Driving Day

Welcome to the Knowledge Garage.

Working in the media?

Stuck for contact on a motoring story or issue?

Need a friendly voice to speak with authority or a face to show you or your audience how to do something?

Meet the experts in the Knowledge Garage set up by thewesterngroup to solve your media problems with a phone call or email. If you want to Meet the Experts, contact  editor@thewesterngroup.co.uk .

  

Tweets by @WGMWriters

 

Keep in touch.

Make sure we have your latest email address to keep you informed on thewesterngroup events and website updates every month. Send your updates to

 editor@thewesterngroup.co.uk

Members' blogs & sites

Keep up to date with our members' websites, views and blogs by checking out carjourno.co.uk ,drive.co.uk  , matt kimberley , wheels-alive.co.uk and wheelswithinwales.uk 

Looking for something ?

From the Chair: April 2019

publication date: Apr 2, 2019
 | 
author/source: Kieron Fennelly

 

For some time the car industry has been focused on electric traction.

This is particularly so with European manufacturers who have long been under political pressure to reduce levels of CO2. European makes have also had to contend in short order with the demands of WLTP, petrol particulate filters and the sudden unpopularity of diesel: for certain brands it seems almost as if they see electric vehicles as some kind of salvation. 

 

Key to the future: Porsche and MAN executives symbolically hand over the key to an electric truck delivering parts for the new ev sports carSo it was something of a surprise when Porsche, the most profitable name in the VW stable and hardly, you might think, in need of salvation said it was committing itself to a future of electric vehicles: in ten years all production would be electric or hybrid.

Porsche is clearly advanced in battery technology: its Tesla-rivaling Taycan is due to enter production in 2021 and it anticipates that by 2025, half of Porsche production (admittedly these days over 70% SUVs) would be battery powered.

 

The company could not afford to develop petrol and electric traction so had opted for the latter. 

This could prove a risky strategy: these are not utility cars – Porsche makes much of the sporting heritage and emotional appeal of its products: will customers regard battery-Porsches in the same light? Will those electric bugbears range anxiety and the inconvenience of recharging going to disappear in the next five years?

The likelihood is that despite this show of confidence, Porsche is quietly continuing its Otto-engine research (this is after all the company which designed and built its reputation on that flat six) while work on conventional combustion continues in the background.

For there are other less contentious fuels: natural gas (not batteries, far too heavy and expensive) seems likely to power much inter-city road freight in ten years; it would make economic sense to use biogas in cars too. 

And a further thought: nobody talks about peak oil any more and the oil companies are as busy as ever: man’s insatiable addiction to plastic, Blue Planet notwithstanding, means diesel and petrol, inevitable by-products of refinement, will continue to be produced in large qualitities.

The obvious solution would be to use them as a transport fuel, especially if pundits start predicting peak lithium…..

 

 

WGMW PR Driving Day bookings have been steadily coming in and regular visitors will be getting a back up call over the next few weeks to make sure you can attend if possible. 

 

For the first time we will have a small selection of motor bikes in various capacities if you hold a riding licence and want to go on the road, or if you want to sample them you can without a licence on the specially laid out CBT course within the paddock area. 

Clothing and helmets will be provided, a well as expert tuition.

If you just want to experience what its like to ride on a bike you can as a pillion passenger with an advanced rider infront of you. 

   




All articles & images are copyright of their creators