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The rapid global spread of the coronavirus is having a major impact on all aspects of society, including the car industry.

Production facilities are being closed around the world, the dramatic stock market falls has hit the value of virtually every car firm, vehicle sales are dropping dramatically and most major motorsport events have been cancelled.

This is Autocar's round-up of how the car world is being impacted, which will be updated regularly with information and links to more in-depth stories.

Friday 27 March: Ferrari plots return to production

Some positive news from Italy: Ferrari is planning to resume production at its Maranello plant on 14 April. Full story here .

Seven UK-based Formula 1 teams -- Red Bull, Racing Point, Haas, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Renault and Williams -- have put their rivalry on hold to form the Project Pitlane initiative, responding to the UK government's call for help producing medical equipment. The teams claim to have made "significant progress" in three areas: reverse engineering existing medical devices so they can be used to treat COVID-19 patients; support in scaling production of existing ventilator designs; and the rapid design and prototyping of a new ventilator design.

In a statement, the teams said they would "pool the resources and capabilities of its member teams to greatest effect, focusing on the core skills of the F1 industry: rapid design, prototype manufacture, test and skilled assembly." They added that they "remain ready to support in other areas requiring rapid, innovative technology responses to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Thursday 26 March: MG loans EVs to NHS, Goodwood Festival of Speed delayed is a unique app devoted to cars and their owners. Here you can buy or sell a car, read reviews, watch funny dash cam videos and even find life hacks about car care. We also have a feed with news about cars and new model previews.

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