Millbrook

Not so old, as buses go, but definitely a polluting offender!

Making London’s buses cleaner

Public attention is now firmly focussed on the need to reduce diesel emissions. But whilst this has so far been aimed mainly at cars, the pollution contribution of public transport is now coming under increasing…


Hyundai iX35 fuel cell

First drive: Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle

The dream of vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells has been around nearly as long as vehicles themselves, for the theory of fuel cells is straightforward: just set up a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen,…


Vauxhall Astra Tourer

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6CDTi

Although the Astra has been around for a couple of years, we had an opportunity during the recent SMMT Test Day at Millbrook  to try the latest 1.6 litre diesel unit, dubbed the “whisper diesel” by the manufacturer….


Jaguar E Type

1971 Jaguar E Type V12 Coupe

As well as the latest products from the worlds manufacturers on display at the recent SMMT Test Day at Millbrook, a number of more classic cars were on show, and the opportunity was seized to…


Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Electric car take-up has been comparatively slow, and a recent SMMT Test Day at Millbrook gave a brief opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Nissan Leaf to try one out for the first…


Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T

Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T

We caught up with the newly-updated Qashqai during a recent SMMT Test Day at Millbrook. Interestingly, Nissans UK Engineering Centre is, at Cranfield, not far from Millbrook, and they use the proving ground extensively for development testing….


Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost Powershift

Traditional thinking is that a 1 litre engine is just too small to be matched to an automatic transmission effectively, so we were very interested to try out this recently introduced combination at a recent…


Skoda Yeti Outdoor

Skoda Yeti 2.0TDI Outdoor

  The opportunity was too good to miss at SMMT’s recent Test Day to try the little Skoda soft-roader on Millbrooks’ off-road course, particularly in view of the torrential rain of the day making ground conditions treacherous….


Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley Continental GT Speed

We caught up with the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible 6 litre 625ps, 800Nm W12, 8 speed auto at the recent SMMT Test Day at Millbrook. This is billed as the fastest production Bentley ever, and…