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Fuelling Around podcast: Jonny Smith on being a ‘Car Pervert’

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December 1, 2021
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Motoring journalist Jonny Smith discusses his obsession with cars in the latest episode of Fuelling Around.

The former Fifth Gear presenter – who used to work on the show with podcast co-host Jason Plato – is addicted to almost anything with four wheels and is well-known for his social media handle, Car Pervert.

He has created a popular YouTube channel, The Late Brake Show, and reveals to JP and Dave Vitty during series three’s fifth episode that he’s ready for a break after a hectic year of cementing his own impressive brand.

Flux Capacitor: Formerly the world’s fastest street-legal electric vehicle

Jonny’s appearance on our popular podcast isn’t the first time he’s worked with Adrian Flux.

Back in 2016, the automotive nut took an old modified 1974 Enfield 8000 electric city car and made it the world’s fastest street-legal EV. The project and vehicle was proudly sponsored by ourselves and was christened the Flux Capacitor.

“It was Europe’s quickest street-legal (electric) car and then it became the world’s,” said the creative content maker.

“It was the world’s from 2016 to about nine months ago, less than that probably, when the Tesla Plaid finally kind of smashed it – and the Rimac Nevera. With the fascination with EVs in 2008 and seeing these cars being built in the States for EV drag racing, I thought: ‘I’ve got to have a piece of that, I think I want to do that’. It really ate away at me.

“The first person I approached was Adrian Flux Insurance. I said: ‘I’ve got this idea to build this thing. I think I can do it, I’ve done a lot of research and I could do with some sponsorship. They were the only person [sic] initially who just got it. They went, ‘I think we know what you’re going to do, we’ll back you,’ and so they did.

“I paid homage to them by calling it Jonny’s Flux Capacitor being that and the Back to the Future weird power source thing. It took longer than we thought, it was hard, and it took three years to build it but it’s probably one of the best achievements of my life.”

Jonny went into further details about the project and chatted about his incredible back catalogue of vehicles and automotive stories during the show that will have you laughing along like JP and Dave were.

Jonny Smith with the Flux Capacitor back in 2016

Plenty more episodes of Fuelling Around to enjoy

Series three is motoring along at pace but there’s still a wealth of previous episodes for you to wrap your ears around.

A string of celebrity guests have littered the award-winning offering that has so far produced a string of cracking episodes to listen to

You can also tune into Fuelling Around on Spotify, Apple, YouTube or various other platforms if you want to see what all the fuss is about.   

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