In the news this week…

José Froilán González dies, aged 90

Argentine Formula 1 driver, José Froilán González – the man behind Ferrari’s very first Formula 1 victory – has died this week, aged 90.

The son of a car dealer, González was born in Buenos Aires on October 5th, 1922, and travelled to Europe in 1949 to begin his racing career for Maserati.

A year after his championship debut at the Monoco Grand Prix in 1950, González (pictured above) had switched allegiance to Ferrari and powered his 375 F1 to victory at Silverstone in 1951, crossing the finish line to the applause of over 50,000 spectators.

Current Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said, “Over all these years, he was always very attached to Ferrari and, as a driver and a man, he played an integral part in our history. His death means we have lost a true friend.”

BMW 4 Series Coupe

Details of BMW’s brand-new coupe have been announced.

The 2013 4 Series will be available in the UK from the 5th October, with prices said to start at £31,575 – just over £3,000 more than the 3 Series it’s replacing.

While it doesn’t look much like the sleek 4 Series concept BMW unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, a few of the features have remained, including the lower grille and the vents behind the front wheels.

But with a lower roofline and a slightly longer overall length, the 4 Series’ design seems more concerned with creating a sharper, more responsive driving experience than it is with drastic new aesthetics.

A new Lamborghini Gallardo?

It looks like Lamborghini are still in celebration mode. They promised that this year – the year of their 50th anniversary – would be a big one, and so far they’ve not disappointed.

The Italian car makers have recently announced plans for a new two-seater Gallardo replacement.

The car, currently known by its internal codename, LP724, boasts an aggressive exterior and a slightly increased wheelbase, with power coming from a 5.2ltr V10 petrol engine.

The new Gallardo is expected to go on sale in the UK towards the end of next year.