Photo Gallery – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – Paddock Action

Despite weather that threatened to make Goodwood seem more like Glastonbury at times, the 2016 Festival of Speed proved to be as impressive as ever. ESM was there, for two days this time, getting up close and personal with as much of the machinery as possible. We could write 1,000s of words but, instead, we’ll give you…

SMMT Test Day 2016 – Part Two

We’re continuing our twelve car odyssey through this year’s SMMT Test Day. Part one can be found here if you need to refresh yourself. Things get a little weird and a little crazy in part two. If our first selection of cars at SMMT were varied, although generally performance themed, the second sextet proved to be incredibly diverse. From…

Friday Photo – Colin McRae 20 years ago

Right now the cars competing in the 2015 Wales Rally GB are probably somewhere around Special Stage 3. But on this Friday Photo we’re looking back to the final round of the World Rally Championship two decades ago. Back in 1995 rallying was teetering on the edges of still being an endurance motorsport, with the Network…

2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed – The Racers Gallery

Whilst the Festival of Speed has grown to become the de facto British motor show, it’s still all about the epic racing cars that tackle the hill climb course. Our second 2015 gallery features some of the exotic and expensive machinery found in the paddock.

SMMT Test Day 2015 – One day, Twelve cars [Part 1/3]

The annual SMMT Test Day is often described as being like Christmas for motoring writers, with a huge range of cars available to drive on the demanding Millbrook test track. So, is it really the automotive journalism nirvana it’s meant to be? You bet. With this being our first time at the SMMT Test Day, ESM didn’t…

2015 New York Auto Show – Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept

If there’s one thing people have taken criticism over the Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86 / Scion FRS trio with, it’s the power. Or relative lack thereof. Is this US concept the answer? The concept of a low slung, lightweight, naturally aspirated sportster is nothing new. When it comes to the BRZ, this makes for…

What did we learn from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show?

As the first major event on the global automotive calendar, the North American International Auto Show sets the scene for the rest of the year to come. Yes, there’s a definite US-centric bias to a lot of the offerings on show, but many of the new cars will also be available globally. Check out the key…

Subaru cuts £2,500 from price of BRZ – Will anyone buy it now?

Subaru UK leaves EngageSportMode confused at times. Recently we’ve seen them drop the Impreza part of the WRX STI name tag; banish performance cars to concentrate on SUVs; reintroduce said performance cars in an about turn, and decided that what people really want now is an non-turbo hatchback. All whilst still selling this: If you’ve never seen one…

Subaru Impreza coming back to the UK – Just don’t get too excited

Contain yourselves, Subaru UK is bringing the Impreza name back to these shores. But before you get too carried away, that Impreza name is only applied to a single 1.6 RC hatchback model now. This fourth-generation Impreza has actually been on sale in Japan, the USA and quite a lot of other places, since late 2011….