Wheels and deals

The 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring.
The 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring.

An auction made up entirely of Porsches will include six rare RS models when the cars go under the hammer on October 25. The sale takes place at Silverstone race circuit and the most expensive car is expected to be a 1973 911 Carrera 2.7 RS that should fetch at least £325,000.

This 911 is one of the early 500 RS models built in 1973 and is a lightweight model made to qualify the car for racing. It has recently been restored and comes complete with its original engine, tool kit and sales brochure.

Rinspeed's Etos, which is a wild interpretation of the autonomous car.

Rinspeed's Etos, which is a wild interpretation of the autonomous car.

Another RS model for sale is a 1991 911 RS, from the 964 generation of Porsche’s iconic sports car. This one has covered only 21,500 miles from new and is described as being in “factory fresh condition”. It’s painted in Grand Prix white and is estimated at £150,000.

For fans of newer Porsche 911s, there is also a 996 GT3 RS that is one of only 113 right-hand drive versions made. It’s white too and has covered just 3277 miles since leaving the production line, and it’s estimated at £145,000.

In total, 57 Porsche cars will be sold at the auction ranging in age from 1960 to 2010. Among the 911s, there are also Porsche 356s, a 924 S, 928 and a 914.

:: Eccentric concept car builder Rinspeed has created the Etos self-driving sports cars to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

TrustFord's anti-smoking air freshener.

TrustFord's anti-smoking air freshener.

The show is a huge shop window for the weird and wonderful and Rinspeed looks set to hog the limelight as the Etos also comes with a drone, complete with its own landing pad on the back of the car.

The idea of the drone is that it can video the car in case of any danger of a collision and it can also check out the road ahead of the car for traffic jams and hold ups.

The Etos uses hybrid power and has a steering wheel that retracts out of the way when the car is in autonomous self-drive mode. This allows the driver and passenger to sit back and relax on a journey, but when the road becomes twisty and fun, the driver can take control again.

Frank M Rinderknecht, the boss of Rinspeed, said: “The major and especially disruptive innovations in future automotive engineering will come from the digital realm. That is why all major manufacturers come to the Consumer Electronics Show, and it’s a chance for Rinspeed to show there is another direction possible to the mainstream.”

:: A car dealer network is to start handing out air fresheners marked with information about the new ban on smoking while children are in the car.

TrustFord has partnered with Public Health England to encourage smokers to quit, timing the move to link with the wider ‘Stoptober’ movement.

The TrustFord network will include one of the new air fresheners with every new and used Ford sold across its sites.

Research from Newcastle University has shown that even with the windows open, children in the car are exposed to harmful chemicals at more than 100 times the accepted maximum safe level.

With the windows closed and the fan on, these chemicals pass 200 times the safe levels, but smokers may not realise this because over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible to the human eye.

More than 50 of the chemicals in second-hand cigarette smoke are known to cause cancer, according to a 2006 report of the Surgeon General in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Celia Pronto, marketing and e-commerce director at TrustFord, said: “As the largest Ford dealer group in the world, we believe we have a responsibility to support the local communities in which we operate. We are delighted to have partnered with Public Health England to help generate more awareness and encourage people to sign up to Stoptober.

“We are supportive of the changes in the smoking law and want to help raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke. As research has shown, smoking in vehicles can have a detrimental effect on children’s health, and we want to help communicate this information to our customers.”