Six driving accessories for petrolheads

Hit the road in style

Bugatti leather Chiron driving jacket, €3,600
Bugatti leather Chiron driving jacket, €3,600

A Bugatti leather jacket

There’s little that isn’t available to owners of one of the most expensive production cars on the market if they are really determined to embrace the Bugatti lifestyle to the full. The €2.5m Chiron inspired its own clothing range, topped by a €3,600 leather jacket, the back of which resembles the plumply padded upholstery of a classic car’s seat. €3,600; lifestyle-bugatti.com. SIMON DE BURTON

DDPai X2 Pro, £299
DDPai X2 Pro, £299 | Image: Hugh Threlfall
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A dashcam with eyes in the back of its head

The DDPai X2 Pro is actually two dashcams – one for the front and one for the rear, where so much insane driving, especially tailgating, takes place. While it would be ideal for the rear to be powered independently, you do need to conceal a wire down the length of the car – although this only took me an hour to install. The X2 Pro doesn’t have an in-car screen, which makes it a lot neater and less distracting than other dashcams – footage is viewable on a smartphone app. The cams can continue to record when you’re parked and have digital image stabilisation for bumpy roads. £299; en.ddpai.comJONATHAN MARGOLIS

The classic suede loafer is one of many styles available through the Tod’s MyGommino design-your-own-driving-car-shoe service, from £385 through to £5,150 for alligator skin
The classic suede loafer is one of many styles available through the Tod’s MyGommino design-your-own-driving-car-shoe service, from £385 through to £5,150 for alligator skin
Dräger Alcotest 3820, £300
Dräger Alcotest 3820, £300 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

A pair of personalised Tod’s Gomminos

The Tod’s MyGommino design-your-own-driving-car-shoe service is also available online; and it’s awfully good fun. I intended to create an understated suede loafer (from £385 through to £5,150 for alligator skin; prices are around 20 per cent above retail ones depending on the shoe skin and other options) – and logged out having ordered a bling-ing white nappa-leather affair, resplendent with Tod’s gold “Clamp” buckle. Apart from the colour of the pebble sole, top stitching and lining, there are multiple choices of material hardware and even the position of initialing. Styles range from a classic loafer to the new Gommino Double T-bar or Gommino Clamp styles of shoe. Delivery takes up to eight weeks. From £385 through to £5,150; tods.com. TOM STUBBS

Ermenegildo Zegna nappa lambskin Maserati gloves, £390
Ermenegildo Zegna nappa lambskin Maserati gloves, £390
Diptyque Un Air de Diptyque car diffuser, £45, and cartouche refills, £30
Diptyque Un Air de Diptyque car diffuser, £45, and cartouche refills, £30 | Image: Andy Barter

A home breathalyser tester

There is a grey area, the morning-after effect, which is said to get a lot of drivers into trouble. Even a single glass of wine can still show up on a police-issue breath analyser many hours after, should you have a particular constitution. Which is why this breathalyser appeals to me. Its sensor is the same one used in Home Office-approved, certified UK police devices, so you will get the same +/-1.6 per cent accuracy as the police. It also has three reusable mouthpieces, four-second startup time and five-year battery life. Dräger Alcotest 3820, £300; alcodigital.co.uk. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

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Sporty Ermenegildo Zegna driving gloves

Ermenegildo Zegna chose perforated hide for these Maserati nappa lambskin driving gloves, in rich brown or blue with ruthenium buttons and specially padded grip panels, evoking the notoriously stylish Mille Miglia race of 1920s-’50s Italy. £390; zegna.com. TOM STUBBS

An art deco-style scent diffuser

The nostalgic styling of this Un Air de Diptyque car diffuser evokes the art deco radiator grilles of vintage cars. Clicked neatly onto an air vent, it releases scent from your chosen cartridge – be it orange blossom, amber, fig or ginger – and can be easily adjusted for intensity. £45, and cartouche refills, £30; diptyqueparis.co.ukVICCI BENTLEY

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