Key stories from the past month in motoring include the sad passing of F1 legend Niki Lauda, and updates on new electric vehicles from Volkswagen, Vauxhall and even Dyson.
Niki Lauda dies aged 70
This month we learnt of Niki Lauda’s passing.
Lauda, a three-time Formula 1 world champion, passed away on Monday 20th May surrounded by family.
The Austrian driver inspired fans and fellow racers alike after suffering an almost fatal crash at the German GP in 1976, only to return to racing just 40 days later.
Former teammate John Watson said it was “the most courageous act of any sportsman” he’d ever seen.
The Volkswagen ID.3 now on sale
Preorders have now opened on VW’s ID.3, the first in a new line of electric vehicles (EVs) from the manufacturer.
The ID.3 will match the Golf for size and is due to be displayed to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
With 10,000 preorders registered in the first 24 hours, it’s already proving popular and bodes well for the raft of VW EVs that are expected in the next few years.
The first-edition model is expected to have a range of roughly 260 miles, and gets access to a year’s worth of free charging at specified charge points.
Renault break Nurburgring record
The French manufacturer has taken the record for the fastest front-wheel drive production car to lap the Nurburgring.