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JOYRIDERS: Fast, Furious, Fabulous Police Cars

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Batmobile (with a battenburg livery of course) had smashed through your local cinema screen and was speeding down the high street, in hot pursuit of it’s hit and run quarry. A flashy, high performance vehicle stealthily chasing with ease, all in the name of justice.

 

Police cars here and around the world have come a long way and with so many powerful vehicles on the road, they have had to adapt in order to pursue and catch their bad guys. Whilst it might seem a bit flashy, many criminals drive modified vehicles, capable of high speeds and tight handling, so it makes perfect and necessary sense for the forces to keep up, overpowering with fleets of expensive cars. Police vehicles are heavily modified inside and out, so none of them are actually all that cheap, even if their exterior at first glance looks mundane.

 

Engaging in a car chase is always a dangerous, skilled and adrenaline fuelled activity, but at least now, many police forces worldwide have vehicles in their fleets that allow them to perform better than ever. From Lamborghinis to Ferraris, law enforcement has never been so cool.

 

Here in the UK, within a short time frame, the police were forced to commission high powered sports cars to keep up with the joyriders and criminals racing away from a crime scene. UK police forces choose vehicles for specific roles, from small hatchbacks to Land Rovers with large capacity and high performance cars for quick response and pursuit. Historically, the latter were bought in from British makers, however today, a variety of European makes are used. Police cars (up to the 1970’s) were obtained from makers like Ford (UK) and Jaguar, but nowadays a wide selection of European makes are used including BMW, Mercedes, Saab, Volvo, including estate models as they have the performance characteristics of a car with a lot of cargo capacity.

 

One of the flashiest gracing our roads is the Lamborghini Murcielago and The Caparo T1 which was put into police livery by London’s Metropolitan Police as a high speed pursuit vehicle. Designed by the engineers behind the McLaren F1, it’s 3.5-litre V6 engine can hit a whopping top speed of 205mph. Hello Batman.

 

Wealthy Dubai has some of the most expensive cop cars in the whole world. Fighting speed with speed, the police forces here combat the wealthy public weilding of supercars with fleets including a Porsche Panamera, Ford Mustang GT, Chevrolet Camaro SS, and even a Bentley Continental GT. Used mostly as marketing stunts/PR and for patrolling the more wealthy tourist districts, Dubai Police has been using it’s super fleet as a marketing opportunity since 2013, when it first introduced the Lamborghini Aventur. A far cry from our humble Vauxhall Corsa doing the rounds in the UK suburban drizzle.

 

It’s not just Dubai flexing it’s flash, other countries also have powerful machines burning rubber on the highways. The United States has several beefed up muscle cars, whereas Italy has a number of classic supercars, fully equipped for the job. Every country has a four wheeled weapon in it’s alloy arsenal that can be deployed when the pedal needs to be slammed to the metal.

 

The AIB team have complied a quick-fire round up of some of the most expensive hero-mobiles worldwide:

UK – Lamborghini Murcielago £260,000

0 to 100 kmph in 3.4 seconds

Murcielago SV – SV stands for ‘Super Veloce’, meaning ‘super-fast’

 

Lamborghini Murcielago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA – Dodge Charger Police Interceptor $46,000

0 to 60 mph in 5.87 seconds

America’s fastest police car

Dodge Charger Police Interceptor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italy – Lamborghini Huracan $250,000

Top speed of 201 mph

Used for urgent transport of blood and organs (as well as chasing the bad guys)

Lamborghini Huracan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany – Mercedes-Benz Brabus Rocket CLS £200,000

720 hp and a top speed of over 227 mph

In 2006, the Brabus Rocket set the world land speed record for a street-legal saloon

Mercedes-Benz Brabus Rocket CLS

 

 

 

 

 

The AIB Drive-In… Winter Top 5 Car Flicks

As Winter draws in, cosy nights on the sofa beckon. We save you your Netflix search angst and remote control rage with our AIB cherry picked, Top 5 Car Flicks, all rated with our bespoke ‘doughnuts’ rating system. (In homage to the ones you may have performed in your Vauxhall Astra 20 years ago, not the type you are possibly bingeing on right now)

 

1 – Mad Max – Fury Road

A hell bent, high octane, roller coaster car crash of a film, it will tear your eyes out then run you off the road. This film revitalised practical vehicle stunts and made everything else look like a computer game. The characters express themselves with action, not words, each experiencing a fascinating bittersweet arc by the time they finally reach their destination. Tyranny, natural resources, religious propaganda, yearning to belong… it’s all there, tucked under the hood of this relentless monster truck of a movie. 

5 Doughnuts

Mad Max

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 – Drive

Super sexy, super cool, stylish, 80s neon, stone faced action drama, that keeps you purring until the throttle opens up and smashes your senses open. With a slick electronic soundtrack to match, this is a stand-alone film that will keep you glued to the colour right to the end.

5 Doughnuts

Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Wreck-It-Ralph

One for the whole family to enjoy (not just the kids), this film mashes together every familiar pixel classic gaming character, forging an unlikely sugar rush friendship between Ralph and the cute Vanellopevon Schweetz aka ‘The Glitch’, as she races to be the best. But at what cost? A visually colourful, rollercoaster ride of fun.

4 Doughnuts

Wreck it Ralph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 – Rush

This true story about the Hunt-Lauda rivalry between two Formula-1 drivers, directed by Ron Howard and scored by Hanz Zimmer, is a masterclass on how to film racing sequences. Every bit of this keeps you on the edge with both the rivalry on and off the track.

4.5 Doughnuts

Rush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 – Vanishing Point

This classic oozes cool… vintage autos in the desert, road blocks and guns, nude motorcycle riding, cop car chases, a small town ‘Super Soul’ radio DJ and a white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum. What’s not to love, 35mm film never looked so hot!

4 Doughnuts

Vanishing Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car of the Week… Ferrari 360 Modena

This weeks car of the week is the incredible Ferrari 360 Modena built in 2000.

Ferrari 360 Modena

The Ferrari Modena is a two seater coupe powered by a 3.6L V8 mid-engine that puts out 400 hp at 8,500 rpm. It can reach a top speed of 183mph and we think it’s simply gorgeous!

The insurance that Mr O arranged with Murray in our office included agreed value and salvage retention.  Murray was able to offer fantastic discounts as the client was happy to limit the mileage and keep the vehicle in secure parking. In addition, the fact that the client had owned the vehicle for some time made Murray’s job easier to find cracking cover at a sensible price.

Ferrari 360 Modena

Ferrari 360 Modena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for sharing Mr O!!

If you have a classic Ferrari and need insurance please call Murray and the team on 02380 268351

Promotion Promotion!!

Airsports Insurance Bureau would like you to join us in congratulating two internal promotions.

 

Jenna Stronach has been promoted to the role of Renewals Manager. Jenna will run the department, looking after our ever growing motor, home, travel and commercial policyholders needs, when due for renewal.

Jenna Stronach

Megan Greer has joined the Administration Team as Administration Manager, with a team reporting to her. This role will also assist the development of our sales team and encompasses all press releases and social media.

Megan Greer

Both roles will report to our Managing Director and will continue the development of our insurer relations, as well as the pursuit of exceeding expectation, creating the best possible client experience.

 

Kirby De-Gray Birch said: “Jenna has been an asset to the business for a long time and knows lots of our clients. She’s led the new sales for our high net worth clients and has a good understanding of our diverse products. Megan has been with us for many years too and has a natural enthusiasm for looking after clients. Managing people and their work loads will be an exciting challenge for both ladies. I’m confident they will both be a success, further enhancing the client’s experience when dealing with our business”.

 

If your insurance is due for renewal with us and you want to get in touch, Jenna and her team can be contacted on 02380 268351 or email them at renewals@aib.co.uk

 

Likewise, if you have a query with your existing policy, Megan’s team can be contacted on 02380 268351 or email info@aib.co.uk

Car of the Week! Nissan GT-R

Today’s car of the week is this beautiful example of a 1991Nissan GT-R we recently insured.  
This hand built vehicle was manufactured in Japan and imported as a grey import and at the time, was one of the fastest accelerating production four-seaters.
Mr D was kind enough to take a policy with us which enjoyed the benefits of both agreed value and salvage retention.  Optional classic car breakdown was available at £32.55
Thanks for sharing Mr D.  If you would like to share your car insured with us please call the office on 02380 268351 – we love checking out great cars!

Car of the Week! Mclaren 570 Spider

Today’s car of the week is this stunning McLaren 570 Spider that Murray in our office arranged cover for recently.

McLaren 570s Spider

The 570S is the only car in its segment that comes with an entirely carbon fiber chassis, which weighs only 165lbs and the 570s was the first McLaren to come with a vanity mirror.

Murray arranged a policy that included UK breakdown including Home Assist, Legal Expenses, Enhanced Courtesy Car cover and Class one business use.

Thank you Mr P for allowing us to share the photographs of your beautiful car!

Mclaren 570s Spider

McLaren 570 Spider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you own a McLaren or a similar performance vehicle and need quality motor insurance please call Murray and the team on 02380 26831.

DRIVING OUT OF LOCKDOWN

DRIVING OUT OF LOCKDOWN

After a very strange, uncertain few months in a quieter world in lockdown, we are now seeing a slow return to normality. One thing that has remained certain however, is the need to keep your vehicle taxed, insured and properly maintained.

 

 

 

If you have been driving less and it looks like your vehicle use is still going to be much reduced, we have come up with a few tips and guidance points to help you navigate your way through a post-lockdown gear shift.

 

WHAT CHANGES SHOULD I FLAG UP WITH MY INSURANCE?

 

THE DAILY COMMUTE

Yes, you may be enduring or indeed loving, working from home at the moment. Trying to juggle home schooling or conducting business meetings over video calls (wearing business attire from the waist up of course) might mean your weekly commute has shrunk. Whilst saying a temporary goodbye to traffic jams and the daily grind is welcome, if your insurance covers SDPC (social, domestic, pleasure and commuting) you may want to call us if your vehicle use is going to change.

 

VEHICLE PARKING

Let us know if you are going to be keeping your vehicle somewhere different to that specified on your policy.

 

ANNUAL MILEAGE

Again, let us know if your anticipated mileage for the year is going to be much lower.

 

TO SORN OR NOT TO SORN, THAT… IS THE QUESTION…

If the pandemic means you’re not going to drive your car at all, you might want to consider taking it off the road altogether. A SORN is a Statutory Off Road Notification. Once a car has been declared as SORN, it must not be driven or even parked on a public road. You will need to keep your car on your driveway, in a garage or on private land. Otherwise, if you intend to drive your car at any time, even if it’s just to the local shop to get those all essential home working items (basically, tea/coffee/biscuits and lots of it), then usual rules apply: pay your vehicles tax, either through the Government portal – you will need the reference number from your vehicle tax reminder form (V11), or the vehicle code from your V5C or green ‘new keeper’ slip.Or pay at your local Post office.

 

BREAKDOWNS

AIB offer 3 levels of breakdown cover, To speak to one of our team you can call us on 02380 268351 for a competitive, tailored quote.

 

Both the AA and RAC have made it clear they are fully operational. By strictly following government and public health advice they have adapted their ways of working, including social distancing and the use of PPE. In the event of your vehicle needing to be towed, you can now travel safely within their vehicles again, however they are encouraging drivers to always carry a face covering. If you are self isolating/shielding or come into contact with the virus, bottom line, let the company know when you call them and they will do their upmost to get you back on the road as quickly as possible, armed with the correct knowledge of your situation.

 

DRIVING EXPERIENCE, POST LOCKDOWN

If you haven’t driven for a while during lockdown, you may want to familiarise yourself with driving again on quieter roads that you know well before attempting a longer trip. Be aware of other road users, particularly the increase in cyclists and walkers. Expect possible road modifications in cities to accommodate more cyclists or widening of pavements to accommodate social distancing and bus/cycle corridors.

 

Reassure yourself that your car is in good working order after being used less. MOTs due from 30th March 2020 have been given a 6 month extension but are still expected to be kept in a roadworthy condition. Giving your vehicle some TLC and carrying out some routine checks will ensure you feel confident about it’s safety. Here are some quick tips on what to check.

 

STAY HYDRATED

Ensure your car operates to the best of its ability by checking on it’s essential fluids: brake fluid, coolant, oil and windscreen wash.

 

RUBBER SOUL

Keep on top of the tread and condition of your tyres. There should be no cuts, or cracking visible and they should have at least 2mm of tread as the legal limit is 1.6mm. If you haven’t driven for a while, check your tyre pressures as it’s likely they will have gone down somewhat over time. Under inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption and affect braking performance.

 

BATTERY POWER

To ensure your battery doesn’t go flat through lack of use, get into the habit of periodically starting the engine and leaving it running for a little while. Another option to consider is investing in a trickle charger to keep your battery topped up. A trickle charger is a car battery charger designed to be left on a car for a long period of time to re-charge the battery. You would need proximity to a mains supply to use one so consider this before purchasing from a range of options online. Keep some jumpstart cables in your car in case of a flat battery whilst out and about.

 

LIGHT THE WAY

Part of any vehicle’s basic checks include the lights. Check your high beams, dipped and indicators and buy bulbs to replace them if any are out. If possible, ask someone to help you, including checking the brake lights are active, or park in front of a reflective surface such as a window, to see for yourself.

 

PUT THE BRAKES ON

Try your brakes gently before setting off to ensure they’re working properly. Whilst driving, listen for any crunching or grinding noises which may indicate corrosion.

 

DRIVING SOMEONE ELSE’S VEHICLE

You may have elderly parents, relatives or friends, or acquaintances that are vulnerable or high risk and are self isolating, or cautious about making their first foray back to the shops.

 

They ask you to do their shopping. You scan their shopping lists and then have to make that all important decision on Waitrose or Aldi… can you get away with a quick trip to the local corner shop… how far are you prepared to drive to find that rare type of spice they simply must have for their Friday stay-at-home curry recipe… however far you intend to go, if you’re not listed as a named driver on someone else’s policy, you can only drive their vehicle if you have their permission. You’ll also need a comprehensive insurance policy which includes ‘driving other cars’ (DOC), giving you the minimum legal standard of insurance (third party cover) in emergency situations only.

 

You could face strict penalties if you’re caught using another person’s vehicle without insurance or the owner’s permission so don’t risk it!

 

FILLING UP

Additional safeguarding whilst filling up has been recommended by Public Health England. Despite clarifying that motorists are at no greater risk of getting coronavirus from a pump than handling any other hard object, it’s wise to wear gloves and wash your hands after using the pumps to lessen any potential risks.

 

Individual fuel retailers are free to enforce their own rules on their forecourts, including use of face coverings so just be aware when you pop into the shop for that much needed travel snack and drink.

 

You can also pay by contactless at many pumps around the country, meaning you don’t have to go into the store itself and the limit on card use has been upped to £45.

Introducing Scott Paddington….

Due to continued supersonic growth and expansion this past year, the Airsports Insurance Bureau team are very pleased to welcome Scott Paddington as our new Insurance Consultant as part of the Sales team. Scott will be responsible for ensuring each and every one of our valued clients get the very best in dedication and service.

Scott Paddington

 

Scott is a local lad, born and bred in Chandlers Ford and attended Toynbee School. Previously, he worked within the sales department at Snows Motor Group. Prior to that, he worked at both the Hendy Group and Abbey Park Cars. Scott has many transferable skills and possesses a natural interest in all vehicle types. We are confident he will be a valued asset to our team.

 

FAST FACTS: 

Scott was born on the same day as his brother, 8 years apart! 

 

Scott’s claim to fame is that the previous owner of his home address was former Southampton, Chelsea and Republic of Ireland International footballer, Andy Townsend. Andy is now a well known sports panellist and commentator.

 

WE SAY:

“Scott’s joined us recently and hit the ground running. His knowledge of cars is very apparent which compliments his experience and enthusiasm in giving our clients the best quality of service. He’s already insured a couple of his friends and family who are now happy customers of AIB”

Lotus launches new Certificate of Provenance by honouring Colin Chapman’s last car – newly acquired by Lotus

Lotus is launching a new Certificate of Provenance programme, revealing the first recipient as a stunning and celebrated Turbo Esprit that was the final ‘company car’ of Lotus founder Colin Chapman.

  • Vehicle provenance documents and highly desirable Lotus collectables now available to Lotus owners worldwide
  • First recipient is a stunning 1981 Turbo Esprit, authenticated as Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s last ‘company car’
  • UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also drove it, further increasing its provenance
  • Recently acquired by Lotus, the Esprit will be restored and join the company’s collection

The 1981 model, which was also driven by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a visit to Norfolk, has recently been acquired by Lotus. Following a sympathetic restoration it will join the company’s collection.

The new Certificate of Provenance is designed to appeal to owners of Lotus cars from any era. They could buy one for themselves or receive it as a gift from friends or family. It is delivered in a distinctive ‘For The Drivers’ Lotus presentation box, which contains:

  • The Certificate of Provenance – printed on premium paper, this provides a summary of the car’s details including the VIN, paint colour and specification. The certificate also notes the date on which the car completed its production at the Hethel factory and was passed to the Lotus sales team.
  • The Build Specification Letter – drafted using detailed vehicle information from the Lotus archive*, this document provides more in-depth information about the car, including its engine, transmission, standard features and optional extras.
  • A personalised letter to the customer signed by Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, thanking them for their purchase and updating them on the transformation which is taking place at Lotus.

The three documents are presented in a simple black envelope placed inside the presentation box. Beneath it is a selection of Lotus collectables, including an aluminium plaque engraved with the owner’s name and information from the Certificate of Provenance; a leather Lotus keyring; a carbon fibre bookmark featuring the brand’s nine most significant motorsport laurels; a presentation tin of four badges; and a Lotus ink pen.

The Certificate of Provenance is available worldwide through Lotus retailers. In the UK it costs £170 + postage. Prices in other markets may vary.

The 1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit has the UK registration plate UVF 464X and was first registered to Lotus on 1 August of that year. Its own Lotus Certificate of Provenance reveals it was allocated to company founder Colin Chapman for his exclusive use. Following Chapman’s death in December 1982, it was sold by Lotus in July 1983 and has been in private hands ever since, covering just 11,000 miles and regularly maintained.

Finished in metallic Silver Diamond paint with ‘Turbo Esprit’ decals, the factory-fitted optional extras include a full red leather interior, air-conditioning and a Panasonic audio system integrated into the headliner.

However, the specification is completely unique as it has several features added at the request of Chapman to improve his own driving comfort and enjoyment. These include power steering – it was the first Esprit ever to have this technology – plus modified and lowered suspension, modified brakes and BBS Mahle lattice alloy wheels.

On 5 August 1981 the car was used by Chapman to promote the latest Lotus range to the then UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, when she toured Norfolk. After landing at Norwich Airport and talking to Chapman, she sat behind the wheel and drove it round the site’s private roads. Local media reported that she had said: “I was tempted to drive away in it.”

Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, commented: “What better way to launch our Certificate of Provenance than by showing how it has validated the celebrated history of an iconic and unique Turbo Esprit. The Lotus archive is a fully catalogued database of information and can provide a wealth of insightful facts on any Lotus car from any era. It’s the perfect gift for a Lotus owner anywhere in the world.”

Speaking about the unique Turbo Esprit, he added: “This is an iconic and unique car from the Lotus back catalogue, personalised by our founder Colin Chapman and with a truly fascinating provenance. It deserves its place in our collection and we’re looking forward to showing it off.”

911 Targa 4S Heritage Design by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

In a world of headlines reserved for the powerhouse GT2, GT3, RS, Turbo and Turbo S models,how do you make that bread and butter 911 Carrera special, you call Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. The all-new 2020 Porsche 911 (Generation 992) Targa 4S Heritage Design is the first of 4 classic-inspired special editions and announces the expansion of Porsche’s ‘bespoke tailoring’ Exclusive Manufaktur division.

 

The expansion of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur follows on from the global success of the limited-edition 911 (Generation 991) Speedster Heritage Design, which since its launch have been trading at upwards of £300k (£200k list price). The Speedster’s Heritage Design concept provided a perfect testbed for how the design features would work on Porsche fans and customers. Porsche are planning 4 special editions from Exclusive Manufaktur over the course of the 992-generation 911’s lifetime. These will appear on different 911 variants and celebrating different designs from the 911’s history, blending modern 911 technology with design elements of the past.

 

The 992 Targa was the perfect model with its retro Targa styling to be the first Heritage Design production model. It is launched with details from the 50s and 60s, with an exclusive Cherry Red paintwork, inspired by the early shades of the Classic 50’s Porsche 356. The Porsche logo is in its old font and brake callipers in black, as back in the 50sthere weren’t any red or yellow brake callipers. A major design feature is the historical white livery and lollipop number stickers on the doors, where customers can specify any numbers. The Heritage Design continues into the interior with red leather and corduroy seats, as used in the 356, along with interior and exterior parts in gold trim as they once were. A unique badge on the rear lid has been reintroduced, which were given back in the day to 356 owners who had reached 100,000km in their cars.

 

The 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design is limited to 992 global units, which is the eighth-generation 911’s internal designation. UK prices start from £136,643, with UK deliveries expected to start in the autumn. It is £26,918 more than a standard Targa 4S, with customer likely to add a sizeable number of additional cost options extras to their final specifications. It shares the same mechanical unchanged specification from the Targa 4S’s chassis and powertrain, paired with either the eight-speed PDK or seven-speed manual transmission. Deploying it’s 444bhp 3-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine and all-wheel-drive system to 189mph and a 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds.

 

The Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur team expect the future rollout of these bespoke models to be up to two years before the next car. Porsche Exclusive stands for passion and craftsmanship, so keeping these models exclusive is key to that strategy. The future range expected to look back at the 60s, 70s and 80s based on other 911 variants. These special editions appeal to customers who are fascinated by Porsche’s rich heritage, its classic design features and want these in modern cars. This might also inspire people who have not considered a Porsche 911 with this heritage style that brings back something cool from the past.