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Main Assignment Proposal

This feature must be a documentary feature that is suitable for an existing editorial publication.  It could be a news story or a feature story based on a current issue.  You will have to produce a proposal for your story that is aimed at an existing publication or website, and present it during the tutorials in week 7.  You will then work on your feature story and deliver an edited set of ten pictures as your final assignment.

As the prices of fuel, car tax and emission charges in certain cities continue to rise even the so called untouchable super car owners are starting to look at alternative ways to becoming more efficient. One of the newest ways that is starting to come in to production is Hybrid cars, they combine both a electric motor and a petrol engine within a car to try and reduce the amount of emissions and cost of general running. Although this technology is relatively new it has been successful with the like of the Toyota Prius. The Prius is a very boring family car, nothing like a super car so  the super car manufacturers have started looking at ways they can keep or in some cases even improve the performance of their cars while trying to reduces emissions and increasing mpg statistics. As I have been interested in motorsports from a early age even I have seen the technology advance and change in cars and motor sports. I felt it would be interesting to document the change of the way cars have been manufactured (mainly the engines) over the past 100years. Starting from the massive 12litre V8’s up to todays 1litre sports cars. As its something I’m interested in I feel if written for the right magazine people will be intrigued into how they have changed, and why have they changed? The photos taken by myself would have to be clear and obvious as to what is in the image to give the reader the clearest view possible on the subject being talked about.

TopGear magazine is a magazine I read regularly therefore I am familiar with the way it is written and what articles within it contain. As the magazines target audience are people who are interested in cars I felt that the article I am planning to write would be of interested to TopGears target audience.

 

Final Assignment, Magazine Story

Write a 500 word magazine story to go with your pictures.  This could be a short interview, some descriptive writing or some comment on the story.  This should be written in a style that is suitable for your target magazine.

Is this the year for the Economical and environmentally friendly sports car?

For the past 5 years many manufacturers have been focusing on hybrid family cars, but this is no good to the serious petrol head. We do not want to sacrifice power and performance. This year manufacturers have started to prove that we no longer have to with the launch of some of their latest hybrid and alternative fuelling technology. Documenting from the early days of super cars and comparing them with todays it is obvious the industry has came a long way.

 

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Delage Bequet

This 1923 Delage Bequet was one of the earliest race cars. Fitted with a humongous 11.7litre V8 engine that was pretty much unstoppable during the GP races from 1923 to 1925 until the rulings changed. The Delage would of averaged a measly and wallet clenching 2mpg due to the size of the engine and the weight it was lugging around. Charging around the track on the skinny rubber tyres with literally no grip in the wet was a spectacle that gained the interest of the original GP crowd.

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Lotus 56

Jumping to 1968 to the Lotus 56 indie car. This was the next big step in motor racing. The tall structures had been swapped for low, aerodynamic ones with weight trying to be lost throughout the process. The new turbine engine was capable of producing up to 600bhp, more power to weight ratio of any other car of its time. To produce the power the Lotus 56 had to incorporate a huge 280litre fuel tank into the design of the car to feed the kerosene slurping turbine.

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lotus 72

 

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McLarens MP4-27 (2012-2013 season)

 

 

The Lotus 72 from 1970 had a 3litre naturally aspirated V8, very similar to McLarens MP4-27 2013 F1 car that also has a V8 engine in. Although the V8 engine has decreased in size to a 2.4litre, this made it more fuel efficient and with the aid of 3 more gears than the Lotus the overall bhp was also improved, showing that the technology was allowing greater performance from smaller engines.

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Formula Ford EcoBoost

The Formula Ford EcoBoost was produced as a 1off by Ford in 2012 to showcase the power you can get from their 1litre EcoBoost engine. Producing 200bhp from the engine combined with a ultra-lightweight chassis resulted in the 1litre turbocharged powered Ford being a track monster!  

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Lotus Evora 414E

The 414E is powered by a electric motor, producing 300kw, the equivalent to 414bhp. This was showcased at the end of 2012. Could this be the new alternative to petrol? Is electricity the new petrol? 

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Lotus F1 (2013-2014 season)

The regulations for this years Formula 1 has had a drastic change on the cars. They have moved from 2.4l V8 to 1.6l turbocharged v6’s due to a 100kg fuel limit per race. Even the top motor sports are becoming more economical.

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Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive

First revealed in 2013 the AMG Electric Drive has over 700bhp with 0-60mph in under 4seconds. The showcase of this has sparked rival companies such as Porsche and McLaren to focus on their production of a electric sports car.

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McLaren P1

Available for the public since 2014. The P1 combines a electric motor that works alongside a additional petrol motor. This combination allows 34mpg average but with a 0-60mph time of under 3seconds! Its considered to be the start of the next generation super car.

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Peugeot Onyx Concept

Peugeot have even jumped on the Hybrid wagon with their concept car. Said to combine their v8 race engine with hybrid technology producing a apparent 680bhp.

 

 

Final Assignment

Write a 500 word reflective evaluation of your final assignment that gives an account of your research for your assignment and a critical assessment of the decisions that you made about the content and research for this assignment.  Did you have to change anything about your project whilst you were working on it?  Give an account of the decisions that you made?

The brief of the modules final assignment was to find a “current issue” that can be aimed to be featured in a certain publication. My final assignment idea is to do with motor sports, and have the days of big fuel guzzling super cars and race cars ended? This is because 2 of the biggest names in the super car world, Mclaren and Porsche have both released production cars with dual motors (one petrol and one electric motor within one car) The magazine I am aiming for is the TopGear magazine.

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Understanding the way motor sports and super cars are going I felt was a crucial part of this assignment as for it to be published in such a prestigious motoring magazine such as top gear you have to know everything as many of the readers will be very knowledgable on the subject too. Looking at how I could then document the change in the motor sport industry got me thinking, as I do not have a massive backlog of photographs of all the old super cars and race cars so I had to do the next best thing. Go to a motor show where I knew there would be a range of old/vintage cars up to the brand new prototypes.

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I have researched many car/motor sport photographers and these have influenced the way I’ve taken my photos in the past, but as this was going to be a more factual documentary piece on how the cars have changed I felt that the images had to be clear and obvious on what the cars were in the images. This made me re-think the way I should take my photographs for this assignment and I found that Justin Leighton produced the same style of images that I was looking to produce. He is able to capture cars in such a way that it is clear on what the car is (vital for my assignment) but also in the same photo is able to make it look interesting and arty, not just a square on picture of a car.

With the style of my photographs narrowed down the style of my writing would be the next major thing to research and plan out. TopGear is known as a very witty, knowledgable and informative magazine catering for petrol heads that are seriously interested in cars. The magazine has articles in its monthly issues that review new cars and also compare a range of cars over the same tests. I would be trying to compare the difference in the old style of super cars and race cars compared to the modern, more emission conscious super cars and race cars.

I decided to take my photographs at GoodWood Festival of speed as I have previously been there and I knew that the range of cars there is one of the best in the country and thought it would be perfect to photograph for this assignment.

Street Photography, Fast Food Images

I chose to take my pictures from the same place. I sat outside one of the main fast food restaurants in Leeds for about 20minutes and my aim was to capture people walking out with their fast food. This was to emphasise the meaning of fast food, food they were able to quickly purchase and then eat on the go having minimal impact on the customers time. While sat outside I noticed that wide variety of people who used this fast food restaurant. Here are six of my images I took below.

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