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Seeing the sunrise in style – by Stas

Idea for this adventure came only a few days after we attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed. So, suppose you could say, I was still under the influence of the festival.

A thought came to me: “How cool would it be to test the Q50, a car from Infiniti’s current model range that caught my attention at the festival, while exploring amazing natural scenery of southern England!”.

Then the idea developed further: “How about we combine that with a drive to see the sunrise”. After much deliberation, planning and ruling out several routes and destinations, we settled on a trip to North Downs on Saturday and a ‘drive to the sunrise’ on the Kent coast on Sunday. Deal Pier, on the East coast of Kent, was chosen to be our perfect sunrise greeting spot.

To be honest, the ‘drive to the sunrise’ part came to me after remembering Top Gear episode during which Jeremy Clarkson ‘raced God’ from sunset to sunrise in one night. J Remember that one?

However, our journey started on Friday evening with the long anticipated arrival of the car. It was delivered late in the evening, so I had plenty of time before for daydreaming. Around 7 pm we received a call that the car is outside the house. I peaked through the window and there it was – it’s hard to miss a sports car in Moonlight White with 19” alloys. Our Q50 was hybrid Q50S Tech Sports model with all-wheel-drive, V6 3.5L petrol engine and 360bhp under its bonnet.

It took me a good half an hour to get acquainted with car’s abilities, gizmos and gadgets. I consider myself an old school kind of a guy. So having a car, even if only for a weekend, with tablet-like user interface, customisable Driver Modes and a whole load of other extras is a novelty to me.

inside infiniti Seeing the sunrise in style   by Stas

Anyway, after a thorough tour of the car, assisted by a very helpful Infiniti specialist, we were ready for the weekend adventure.

The next day, after breakfast, we set off on the first part of our adventure. Driving through neighbourhoods and then out in to Surrey countryside I was astonished by the amazing views so close to London. Eventually, we turned off dual carriage way, right by the Rykas café. As it turned out, it was a biker event that day, so cars were in a minority. Not sure I have ever seen such variety of bikes in one place. Once we passed a car park full of bikes and a long line up of roaring two wheeled monsters, we headed up the Zig Zag Road. I could confidently say, this road is one of the most beautiful roads I have driven on so far. It was also quite a challenge with its sharp turns, steep gradient and some occasional car, bike or bicycle appearing from around the corner.

Short drive later, we reached the Box Hill tourist information centre at the top. We ditched the car. I know, cruel, but from here it could only work on foot. Equipped with trail maps from the information stand, we went to enjoy the Stepping Stones Walk.

However, before we embarked on our hill climbing voyage we took a moment to admire the views from the top of the hill. This was the second time that day I was left speechless. Views from the Box Hill were truly astonishing, wherever you look. And they stretched for miles.

box hill Seeing the sunrise in style   by Stas

Tired and exhausted from the walk, we returned to our ride. It was late afternoon and we had to get a move on to get some food and rest before our 2am start the next morning. Our schedule for the weekend might sound insane, but trust me, it was worth it.

The plan was to get at least 4 hours of sleep before hitting the road to Deal, which normally would be tricky for me as I have ‘bird sleep’ when it comes to important occasions or exciting events. Nerves kick in! So I was happy to fall asleep quickly and get almost full 4 hours of sleep.

Alarm woke us up precisely at 2 am. We brewed our favourite morning drinks (coffee and tea) and made a move on. It felt a bit weird to leave the house when some people were yet to fall asleep. You could see lights still on in neighbour’s windows. But air was fresh, anticipation of the exciting journey ahead high and sunrise slowly approaching UK shores.

When we approached, Q50 greeted us with a cheeky wink with its front head lights. Quickly setting the car up for the drive ahead we hit the road.

infiniti2 Seeing the sunrise in style   by Stas

Driving slowly through sleepy neighbourhoods gave us time to enjoy and appreciate peace and silence in otherwise one of the world’s busiest cities.

interior Seeing the sunrise in style   by Stas

We eventually reached motorway and were able to put ‘the foot down’. At this point we already could see sky getting lighter further east. A new day was up on us.

We were soon in Dover, only a few miles away from our destination. It seemed Dover never sleeps, a bit like New York. Cars and trucks were arriving and leaving. We could hear some port announcements being made.

The official time of a sunrise in Deal that morning was 4:48 am, so we had little time spare to stop on the way. We cracked on. Turning off the motorway and on to country roads was a nice change of scenery.

It was getting somewhat hypnotic watching motorway road markings run past for miles in the dark. The sky was getting lighter by a minute but we were almost there.

sky Seeing the sunrise in style   by Stas

Driving on A258 through sleepy coastal villages perked me up. You had to stay alert on narrow country lanes. Few more turns and…we crossed Deal town boarder line.

We made it with about 15 minutes to spare. We parked up on The Strand and headed for the beach.

infiniti Seeing the sunrise in style   by Stas

A mix of excitement and a sense of accomplishment hit us. We did it! We laid on pebbles and watched sun slowly peek from the horizon.

If you want to see other photos from our sunrise adventure, join me on Instagram https://instagram.com/sta5

Let me know what car and adventure you would like me to blog about next and I will see what can be organised.

All photos taken by Seren

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Infiniti offers Steer By Wire

Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti are the first to offer the very latest steer-by-wire technology on their forthcoming Q50. No less a driver than Sebastian ‘The Finger’ Vettel – who is the company’s performance director – has been heavily involved in developing this car in which the steering wheel talks to a computer which in turn talks to the wheels. Instantaneously, we hope.

Apparently this new technology fitted to Infiniti’s all-new car has been inspired by the latest jet aircraft technology. No, we don’t know either – cars go along the ground, planes go in the air. That’s all we’ve got.

The Q50 is set to take on the might of the Audi A4 / BMW 3 Series in the premium mid-sized market. Designed, according to Infiniti, to ‘appeal to both the heart and the head’ the car marries the brand’s flowing design themes with technology and traditional craftsmanship. It will come in two or four-wheel drive with a choice of two high performance, low emission engines – a 170PS diesel and a 360PS petrol hybrid. It will apparently be competitively priced in this sector from around £28,000. On sale later this year.

But back to the future. Direct Adaptive Steering is to be standard on certain models and will allow the driver to choose how the wheel feels in their hand. Round would be our first choice but presumably they mean road feel. This used to be something we took for granted but with the introduction of electric steering and the like, some of that ‘feel’ has been lost. Witness the grumbling about the latest 911, for example.

The computer software allows the driver to adjust the steering so that it is smooth and easy – ideal for parking for example – or as sharp and responsive as a F1 car and it is all adjusted via the touch screen. Preferred settings can be memorised. The idea is that by eliminating mechanical losses the steering response will be faster and vibrations will be non-existent. All this is achieved with a level of feedback from the road that is central to every Infiniti’s performance feel, although we have got to think that this will now be simulated feel.

Potential buyers of this car may baulk at something that somehow smacks of a loss of personal control. It seems though that Infiniti have realised this by ensuring that there are fail-safe systems just in case and, if all else does fail, the steering column will remain as additional reassurance. For now!

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Infiniti continues to lead the way in sustainable motoring for the luxury segment

As alternative power sources for vehicles are brought to the fore, manufacturers are making more of a focus on renewable energy. The luxury Infiniti brand is no exception – they’re one of the first to combine high-performance cars with revolutionary technology.

Infiniti was the first new car brand to start manufacturing in the UK for 23 years, and currently operates a plant in Sunderland. They introduced Intelligent Cruise Control in 2001 and an innovative Back-Up Collision Intervention System last year.

The most dramatic and stunning example of this new approach is the Infiniti Q50. Available as either a 3.7-litre V6 diesel or a hybrid, the car was unveiled at the recent International Auto Show in Detroit. It will become the first new-generation Q model to enjoy a European release. Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid System is one of the numerous highlights of the vehicle, which is built to heightened standards of design and technology.

Another exciting development from Infiniti is the Emerg-e concept, an all-electric model with sweeping lines. It’s constructed from lightweight carbon fibre and aluminium, maintaining the fluidity and scalloped doors you’d anticipate from a sports car. Solely on electrical power, it delivers 402bhp-equivalent and soars from 0-60 in around four seconds.

Motorists seeking a high-performance car with a conscience can select a brand new Infiniti from franchised dealers now. Mana Premiere is part of the UK dealership network, located in Leeds, Glasgow, Stockport and Birmingham.

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