Tuesday 22 October 2019

First deliveries on Tesla's orders for their Model 3 begin in Ireland next month

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Tesla have opened Irish orders for their Model 3 with prices starting from €48,900.

First deliveries begin next month. There are three versions: Standard Range Plus, Long Range AWD and Model 3 Performance.

The competitor for the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class, etc, is expected to attract a lot of Irish buyers, many of whom have already paid a €1,000 deposit to get priority delivery.

 

I don't know what it's doing on a motoring page but Skoda's love/cycling idea is worthy of mention anyway.

You can now spin the wheel and possibly find a date thanks to their bicycle event with a difference.

The distributors here will hold the second Speed Dating event on Saturday, June 29 - from 8.30am - in Avon Rí, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

It operates like the traditional speed date format with one exception: you're on a bicycle. Those taking part get a short time to speak to a potential partner before a bell rings and they move onto the next participant.

It means you get to meet a lot of potential dates in person. There are two lines of cyclists - males on one side, females on the other.

You keep moving but when the cycling marshal sounds a bell or whistle every three to four minutes, the man cycles up the line to the next lady and so on.

It would be good to have some cycling experience but it is not essential.

So long as you are reasonably fit, you should get through the route. But a road or racer-type bike is mandatory.

And does it work? Well, two couples are still together nearly 12 months later.

Cost of entry is €40 and includes a rider's pack with your individual race number, cycling jersey, a range of Škoda cycling merchandise and some entertainment, including a free BBQ for all when the cycling is done and dusted. Places are limited. Good luck.

 

* Former British Touring Car champion Alec Poole will attend the RIAC Picnic in the Park next Wednesday in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, to help mark the 60th birthday of the original Mini.

The event takes place annually in aid of LauraLynn, Ireland's only children's hospice, and runs from 4pm to 8.30pm.

All proceeds go to LauraLynn.

 

* The world's first interactive children's ambulance service, BUMBLEance, has expanded its operations with the introduction of a bespoke MercedesVito van.

The van, built on an extra-long body and the ninth Merc BUMBLEance in the fleet, is finished outside and inside with the same 'bumble bee' imagery.

* Volkswagen's ID.R has lapped the Nürburgring- Nordschleife in 6:05.336 minutes.

That is quicker than any electric vehicle before it. Romain Dumas beat the previous record set by Peter Dumbreck in 2017 by 40.564 seconds.

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