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There Is A New London Taxi And It Looks Quite Good

With no sign of a new LTI , and with Nissan looking like it’s going to dominate the world taxi business (replacing New York Crown Victoria’s for all that is holy’s sake) I was beginning to think (actually I did think) that it was all over for the iconic, if noisy, smelly and generally unpleasant London Taxi cab. C’mon, it was, and is.

Well, there does appear to be some light at the end of the tunnel for those who like their national icons to be kept home grown.

And it’s ugly. My goodness, it’s ugly. But it is home grown. And it does look like it could be viable. And it is home grown. And Boris Johnson said ‘it’s absolutely beautiful’. Yes he did. Oh, and it’s home grown.

Nice wheel trims.

Nice wheel trims.

I really really want this to succeed.

It’s driven by a one-litre petrol engine, which, as far as I can make out, serves as a generator to a 12.2kW Li-ion polymer cell pack. Two electric motors of 50kWs each can power the cab to a restricted 80mph. All of this promises 75mpg with less than 50g/km of the ol’ CO2.

It also features full wheel chair access and six seats with an optional seventh in the front.

Now Boris Johnson is not a small man but he looks like an adolescent sat in his mummy’s car (0:21 onwards). This thing looks big. But good. Possibly great.

Impressive.

really want this to succeed. Just work on the styling a bit? Please?

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Step Right Up For Procrastination Perfection

Bored? Do you want to contemplate whether a Ford Probe can really be called a classic? Want to waste time imagining what it would be like to own an actual classic car, i.e. what its like to wait for the AA/RAC for the forth time in a week? Well come on down, because Anglia Car Auctions has the, erm, auction for you.

Honestly, many of these are Very tempting. Here’s some of the highlights:

This Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior is finished in brown. But who cares? Just look at it:

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Bristols. Everyone loves Bristols. This ‘restoration project’ will punch you strait in the wallet. At the moment it looks like one of those dragon skulls from GOT. I’m happy with that:

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I have a soft spot for these. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t actually know and I’ve never driven one, but COSWORTH. I think I’ve made my case clear:

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I’m not sure I’d want to put the product of my loins anywhere near this little monster, but my goodness, is it cool? It is cool:

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David Jason? David Jason. This rather tidy, previously owned by Frost/Del-boy himself, XJS probably smells of English Breakfast farts. David Jason:

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If I could find some way of justifying buying something like this, I would. If I could find some way of turning this into an oversized desk ornament, I would:

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I submit to you, that to truly be a car entusiast of note, you should own at least one LTI Taxi at some point. Here’s your chance:

ImageFinally, remember when Peugeot’s were pretty?

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There is loads of other stuff to look at, day-dream about. Follow the link at the top of this post for procrastination perfection. Or simply click here. The choice is yours.

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20/01/2014 · 17:19