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CAR Condensed: your weekly news briefing

Published: 31 August 2018

► The week's biggest car news
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Welcome to CAR Condensed, the best way to keep up to date with the week’s most significant stories, car news and first drives. Every Friday, we collate the most important events of the past seven days, and list them right here to keep you thoroughly updated with the news that matters.

This week we’ve driven the faster, cleaner and more powerful MX-5, we've bagged an inside look at the fascinating Audi PB18 e-tron concept shown at Monterey, and we've also snapped exclusive new pictures of the next Porsche 911 testing. 

Dyson also revealed new plans for its EV project this week, while Lego revealed an electric car of its own; a full-size Bugatti Chiron you can drive – made out of building blocks, obviously. Throw in some exciting news from Aston Martin, and it's been another eventful week.

1) Dyson reveals 10-mile test track for new EV

Dyson’s EV plans rumble on, and this week the company revealed plans for a new 10-mile test track at its HQ in Hullavington, Wiltshire. The new track will be built alongside two renovated 1938 hangars on the 517 acres site and should bring Dyson’s total investment on its electric car project to a cool £200 million. Full story here.

2) New 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 review

Should you go for the zingy, 1.5-litre engine with its 7500rpm redline and live with being slaughtered by turbodiesels whenever the fancy takes them, or choose the torquey 2.0-litre motor that actually feels fast but suffers with a lack of free-revving headroom, calling time at 6800rpm?

Now for the 2019 model year – but on sale from September 2018 – a new version of the 2.0-litre MX-5 is here, and that decision just got way easier. Read our full review here.

3) Audi PB18 e-tron EV: more than a concept

From a shooting-brake rear, to a mid-battery layout, the new PB18 features some key design details which we could see in forthcoming electric production cars. To find out some of the thinking behind the new car, as well as the insight into Audi’s latest design venture, we spoke to the senior director of the new design outpost, Gael Buzyn, to find out. Read the feature here. 

4) New Porsche 911: 992 snapped testing again!

Another day, another batch of spyshots of the new Porsche 911 (992). It seems as though Porsche isn’t really too interested in covering its latest 911 in camouflage anymore, so these new spyshots show the supercar from various different angles with next to no disguise. What’s more, we’ve snapped the 911 in a lovely dark blue metallic blue, and what looks to be Guards Red. Plus the blue car has an interesting double-pipe sports exhaust system.

5) Lego built a life-size Bugatti Chiron you can drive

Earlier this year, Lego released a scale kit of a Bugatti Chiron. Measuring 14cm high by 25cm wide, it wan’t exactly small, and featured over 3600 pieces and a working gearbox. However, it seems Lego has severely escalated the situation; now it’s made a life-size Chiron out of building blocks, and you can actually drive it. Full story here.

6) Aston Martin to float on London Stock Exchange

It’s been rumoured for a while now but Aston Martin has taken early steps to float on the London Stock Exchange, with an estimated value of between £4bn and £5bn. Here's what we know.

7) GT Sport gets Red Bull Ring

GT Sport has been updated once again, and this time there’s a new track for us. Alongside seven new cars, GT Sport now includes the Red Bull Ring, or A1 Ring or that Austrian track – depending on when you first started watching F1. Either way, it’s another track featured in the current F1 racing calendar, so, when combined with the 2017 Mercedes, we’ll be able to see just how realistic GT Sport is time-wise. Read our full review.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast