Six reasons why 2020 is going to be brilliant

Six reasons why 2020 is going to be brilliant

Thursday 2nd January

Six reasons why 2020 is going to be brilliant

Concerned about what the 12 months has in store? Fear not, we've already found half a dozen things to get excited about...



New BMW M3

As an unashamed M3 fan, the prospect of a new one in 2020 is really exciting. Having started at PH in 2013, it wasn’t long before hype around the old β€˜F80’ car was reaching fever pitch; I was absorbing every tech detail, watching every video, analysing every pic. Over the past five years I’ve been lucky enough to drive a few; sometimes maddening, sometimes magnificent, these twin-turbo M3s have always been memorable at the least. If this next 3 Series flagship can retain the ferocity and excitement, while melding them with the qualities found in more recent M cars, then I think we’re in for a really special super saloon. The M2 CS has gone some way to absolving BMW of some recent misdemeanours; if the M3 is good I can forget the X4 M even exists. And the X7. And that grille…


Hamilton equalling Schumacher’s record

The remarkable nature of Lewis Hamilton’s F1 dominance has to be one of the most overlooked sporting accomplishments of the past decade. Far too frequently taken for granted, or attributed to simply being in the best car, it is in reality the inevitable result of an incredible natural ability and a supremely unnatural level of focus finding their home in the same person.Β 

With a cooler head in his rookie season, or a little less bad luck in 2016, he could already have equalled or even surpassed Michael Schumacher’s seven driver’s titles. His ability is seemingly far from diminishing, though, and he remains just one championship and seven race wins away from equalling the German’s all-time benchmarks. We wouldn’t bet against Hamilton and Mercedes continuing their form into the final season of the current regs, leaving the Brit in pole position to at the very least match Schumacher’s tally before F1 is turned on its head in 2021. And from there, who knows what he could yet achieve…


New Ford Focus RS

The Mk3 Ford Focus RS gave us far more than just a Blue Oval contender for the super-hatch segment. When it arrived in 2016, the 350hp five-door gave us something called Drift Mode, a setting that has since been pinched by other brands in cars ranging from the AMG A45 right up to the McLaren 720S. Torque vectoring and increasingly permissive stability control was already a thing, of course, but no-one in the mainstream dared go after the concept quite as brazenly as Ford - or as successfully.

The introduction of an electrified powerplant might not give the Mk4 RS quite the same level of emotional appeal right out of the gate, but it ought to allow for a sizeable boost in performance with an anticipated 400hp peak output. Couple that A45-beating punch with an injection of Ford lairiness – this is the company that still builds the thunderous V8 Mustang and brilliant Fiesta ST – and it ought to be quite the animal. That’s why in 2020, the year when Porsche’s 992 GT3 arrives, I’m most excited for what’s to come from Ford’s next hot hatch.

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Land Rover Defender

Yes, it’s already being built, and yes, it’s possible that you might already be bored of it - the build-up to its reveal was certainly a tortuously long process. But we must give Land Rover some rope here: it’s not often that you go about the business of replacing a car that can definitively trace its roots back to 1948, or one which is universally accepted to be an icon of the British motoring industry.

Jeep and Toyota Land Cruiser aside, the outgoing Defender suffered no genuine rival to its hallowed, time-worn position. The new one though, will have many. Modern SUVs are two-a-penny, astonishingly capable and expertly positioned to fit into family life. To truly succeed, the latest Defender will have to do all that and still seem true to its badge in a way that entirely eludes most manufacturers. It is the tallest of tall orders. But the faces of Land Rover’s engineers says they’ve done it. I can’t wait to find out if it’s true.Β 


Lotus Evija

It can be hard to get excited about electrification, especially when it comes to the mainstream bits of the market it is likely to fill with humming A-to-B appliances. But the technology does have the potential to unlock a whole new level of performance car. Lotus looks set to win the race for a market-ready EV hypercar with the 2,000hp Evija being delivered to customers by the summer. It’s easy to be cynical about what will be Lotus’s most expensive and heaviest ever car – certainly this side of the SUVs – but it’s also not hard to see the superstar appeal of something that will be able to out-accelerate a McLaren Senna. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.


WRC title fightΒ 

If the 2020 World Rally Championship title fight looked any more delicious I would have snaffled it whole by now. Had 2019 champion Ott Tanak stayed put at Toyota I would have bet the house on him winning the title for a second year running, but his surprising switch to Hyundai throws the whole lot up into the air.

Estonian Tanak will now be teammates with Thierry Neuville, the Belgian ace who ran Tanak closer than anybody else in 2019. Neuville will feel under enormous pressure to top the drivers’ standings come the end of the season: runner-up four years on the bounce has got to hurt.Β 

Meanwhile, at Toyota we have the prospect of six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, in his last season in the WRC, duking it out with our very own Elfyn Evans. I won’t go so far as to say who’ll come out on top, but I most certainly will predict fireworks.Β 

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,124 posts

167 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Very keen to see Lewis take things as far as he can before he retires - his abilities, even now, still utterly amaze me.

colin_p

2,291 posts

161 months

Wednesday 1st January
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That Lotus, the name is wrong, they always should be lighter, not 'eavier.


DeltonaS

2,103 posts

87 months

Wednesday 1st January
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[i]"Far too frequently taken for granted, or attributed to simply being in the best car, it is in reality the inevitable result of an incredible natural ability and a supremely unnatural level of focus finding their home in the same person."[i/]

In actual reality it's called hybrid engine formula. Which Mercedes mastered far better than it's rivals.

Gary C

5,739 posts

128 months

Wednesday 1st January
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DeltonaS][i said:
"Far too frequently taken for granted, or attributed to simply being in the best car, it is in reality the inevitable result of an incredible natural ability and a supremely unnatural level of focus finding their home in the same person."[i/]

In actual reality it's called hybrid engine formula. Which Mercedes mastered far better than it's rivals.
Certainly at first, then less so as the years went on. As a result its a mixture of driver talent and the cars performance and reliability....

as has always been the case.

p1stonhead

20,636 posts

116 months

Wednesday 1st January
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sidesauce said:
Very keen to see Lewis take things as far as he can before he retires - his abilities, even now, still utterly amaze me.
I honestly can’t see anyone else doing it this year at all.

Only contenders in my mind are Max or Charles, but to win the whole season? I don’t think anyone but Hamilton will do it.

SidewaysSi

6,292 posts

183 months

Wednesday 1st January
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p1stonhead said:
sidesauce said:
Very keen to see Lewis take things as far as he can before he retires - his abilities, even now, still utterly amaze me.
I honestly can’t see anyone else doing it this year at all.

Only contenders in my mind are Max or Charles, but to win the whole season? I don’t think anyone but Hamilton will do it.
Yep zero competition. But F1 is sodding dull anyway.

unsprung

3,985 posts

73 months

Wednesday 1st January
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In just a few months, Ford are to unveil the newly relaunched Bronco. Could this be another reason that 2020 will shine?

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/...

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Below: A speculative rendering not published by Ford.




Electra

36 posts

87 months

Wednesday 1st January
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you should have added this on the last: The new Le Mans category

outspan

97 posts

45 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Electra said:
you should have added this on the last: The new Le Mans category
That's in 2021 (the 2020-2021 season).

For 2020 : excited to see Safari rally returning to WRC calendar here !

BVB

696 posts

102 months

Wednesday 1st January
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I hope this article is being pessimistic? Otherwise 2020 looks certain to be extremely dull indeed.

jason61c

3,330 posts

123 months

Wednesday 1st January
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DeltonaS][i said:
"Far too frequently taken for granted, or attributed to simply being in the best car, it is in reality the inevitable result of an incredible natural ability and a supremely unnatural level of focus finding their home in the same person."[i/]

In actual reality it's called hybrid engine formula. Which Mercedes mastered far better than it's rivals.
Agree. 3 of his titles are from when only one car could win. Mercedes dominated, not LH.

David87

5,408 posts

161 months

Wednesday 1st January
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I wouldn’t hold your breath for a new Focus RS in 2020 - I suspect details will start to emerge, but I’d be very surprised if the finished article is driving around.

Electra

36 posts

87 months

Wednesday 1st January
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outspan said:
That's in 2021 (the 2020-2021 season).

For 2020 : excited to see Safari rally returning to WRC calendar here !
ok thanks I stand corrected.

cerb4.5lee

13,372 posts

129 months

Wednesday 1st January
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I'm looking forward to the new M3 and I really liked the previous one. The switch to turbos has made them even more appealing to me(although I imagine that most prefer the NA ones).

Teddy Lop

2,200 posts

16 months

Wednesday 1st January
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And one thing that won't be great - the same know it all dullards will continue their quest to educate the world on the one correct view to hold by dogmatically filling every thread that goes near F1 with the same sermons

Baldchap

2,015 posts

41 months

Wednesday 1st January
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The new Defender will never be mistaken for an attractive car, will it?

sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,124 posts

167 months

Wednesday 1st January
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jason61c said:
Agree. 3 of his titles are from when only one car could win. Mercedes dominated, not LH.
Really? If it's all down to Mercedes and nothing to do with LH, who else would have won the 3 titles you claim only one car could win then?

Also, using your logic this argument could be made about a few of Schuey's titles too, no?

FlukePlay

70 posts

94 months

Wednesday 1st January
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2020 will be remembered for Mercedes launching 5 new SUV models to fill niches we could never possibly imagine. Convertible GLS anyone? Double decker GLS with 14 seats?

unsprung

3,985 posts

73 months

Wednesday 1st January
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And what about the new range of BEVs from Volkswagen?

Surely this can qualify as "brilliant" --- given that many of these vehicles will be people's first experience with a BEV. And VW has vowed to manufacture these things in the millions of units.

UK deliveries of the ID.3 hatchback are to begin this summer:
https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/97043/new...

The US skips that vehicle and receives the ID.4 crossover instead:
https://electrek.co/2019/09/10/vw-id-4-electric-cr...





YouTalkinToMe

2,445 posts

47 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Sounds like a nice 2020 'perfect garage'...

BMW M3
Ford Focus RS
Land Rover Defender
Lotus Elijah (Wood)