The RIL54 is the upgrade from the award-winning RIL50 and features ultra-bright chip-on-board LEDs. There’s no casing which enables a much denser beam pattern and brings Ring’s ultra-bright 110 lumen intensity. This handy pocket lamp comes in at under 400 grams, making it incredibly easy to use for inspection of your car and for use in other hard-to-see areas around the home. What’s more, the magnet built into the pen-style clip means you can keep both hands free to get the job done. The lamp takes three AAA batteries, lasting up to seven hours, with the £7.99 asking price including the first set of batteries for free. It’s available to buy from Amazon, Fast Motorcare and Direct Car Parts. Prices do vary from the recommended retail price, depending on the retailer, so shop around for the best price.
The newest addition to the recently updated Garmin Drive range is the conveniently compact 40 LM. The two digits at the end of the model name spelling out LM tells us that lifetime maps are included as part of the price, so you should always have the most up-to-date maps without having to worry about the upgrade costs. During our tests, we did find that some of the mapping was still out of date, with some road changes yet to make it onto the system, though this should be taken care of with a future update. The new driver awareness alerts for red light and speed cameras, speed zones and excessive speed were incredibly useful and kept us out of trouble, but we found that the 4.3-inch touchscreen sensitivity needed a firm press. What’s more, navigating using postcodes sometimes came up with an inaccurate result. A mixed bag, with some of the issues easily fixed with more timely software updates.
The use of telematics allows drivers to monitor how much fuel a car uses, what distance is being driven and how it is being driven. Sensors inside the car send the data to be interpreted, but older cars don’t have the fancy infotainment systems to interpret what the data means. Autonect’s OBD device now gives you access to that information. Through a companion app that you add to your smartphone, you can view and record your vehicle’s diagnostic information and your driving habits. Autonect Prolink app connects to the vehicle and provides the interface to that data. There are money-saving vouchers and you can share the information with family, friends and colleagues too. This easy-to-fit device can help you optimise your driving style so that you can drive more frugally and save money.
Sharing the driving, getting friends home safely after one too many jars in the pub, or even taking a new car out on a test drive can be a bit of an insurance headache when the car isn’t yours. Long call centre queues and astronomical daily rates can be really off-putting. Finally there’s a clever smartphone app that can keep us all safe and fully legal while on the road in someone else’s car, with Cuvva able to insure you by the hour. Through the smartphone app you can be safely insured on any car, provided you’ve got the owner’s permission. Prices being at £7 per hour, and are based on the driver’s individual experience and type of car. You take photos to record the vehicle’s condition before you drive it and pay securely through the app. It’s just so convenient that there’s no reason why anyone should drive uninsured every again.
This wonderful Mini bookend is an eye-catching piece for any car enthusiast. Susan Bradley is one of a select number of designers to feature on the Forever Contemporary website. a site that aims to bring together stylish designs for the home. Bradley’s book end is available in a blue-powder coated steel, which adds a stylish elegance to the shelf. At 12 centimetres long by 14 centimetres wide, there is a screw hole to fix the book end firmly in position. The book end would make a quirky, yet quality, gift for any motoring fan and costs £18.40 for one book end, with standard postage an additional £3 on top.
If you’ve ever wondered how you could turn that scrap engine in your garage into a piece of art for your living room, you’ll need to pick up a copy of this book, which gives instructions on how to create your own coffee table out of an engine. The author, Gergely Bajzath (Hungarian for Gregory), tells his story as to how he came to sell engine coffee tables very much by chance. In this new book, he details how he does it and gives tips and hints on how to make your own. Simply written, the instructions are clear and the step-by-step images are useful. The sheer uniqueness of such a project will inspire you to hit the local scrapyard. There are photos of Gergely’s creations, including a very cool commemorative double glass-mounted McLaren engine table with frosted inscription. For best results, this one is going to need patience — and a lot of it!
Forget adult colouring books, a model car kit is what you need to wind down after a long day at work. Tamiya has just added this Volkswagen Golf Racing GR2 in distinctive Kamei livery, which is a replica of a car that raced in the group two class of the European Touring Car Championship back in the day. Tamiya has faithfully captured the spirit of the car and with it comes a fully-operational powertrain, including a 540 type motor, compact gearbox and speed controller. Action dampers, double wishbone suspension and a rollover cage also form part of the package. You can add the battery, receiver and steering servo, and even upgrade some of the parts to race-spec. This 1/10 scale front-wheel-drive radio controlled car will no doubt take you back to your youth, with online retailer Wheelspin Models, currently featuring £10 off the recommended retail price.