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  • Audi just broke the record speed for self-driving cars at 240km/h

    Almost all big auto brands are pushing the boundaries of self-driving cars. Honda, Ford, Audi, Toyota and tech giant Google are just a handful of key players vying to perfect the art of ultimate efficiency and pure laziness. Audi, however, seems to be ahead of the race following its most recent stunt. Testing the spirits of the major car manufacturer’s motto of vorsprung durch technik, the RS7 vehicle went for a spin on the famous Hockenheim racing circuit outside of Frankfurt. As we reported last week, the company wanted to break new records in the fields of precision and...

  • If Apple has its way, your iPhone could soon unlock your car from your pocket

    This is interesting. Apple has been granted a patent that could mean the end of the car key fob as we know it. The Cupertino-based tech giant’s patent means that it could potentially build technology that will allow you to open your car’s doors and boot and even control a few functions within the car using Apple’s CarPlay system. While there are plenty of car manufacturers that either already have, or are working on, apps that allow you to do exactly that, the difference is Apple’s system would use proximity sensors (most likely its Bluetooth-enable iBeacon sensors). That in...

  • Rossi takes historic Australian MotoGP win: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. It has been an important weekend for many drivers, with motorsport series based in Europe slowly drawing to a close. This weekend saw the final race in the DTM Championship and the final Championship round of the FIA Formula 3 Euro series. MotoGP events in Australia, a Blancpain GT Series race in Belgium and the return of NASCAR to...

  • This Mini Cooper is faster around the Nordschliefe than a Pagani Zonda [video]

    We simply love the Nordschliefe here at Motorburn. The Nurburgring‘s legendary iteration scared the hell out of the bravest racing drivers on the planet, and challenged the very core ideals of racing. It’s also one ridiculously long, bumpy and strenuous ribbon of German tarmac. So when a Mini Cooper (you know, that tiny little city car) breaks a front-wheel drive record at the Green Hell, a few heads are turned. This heavily tuned Mini John Cooper Works edition lapped the Nordschliefe in 7:44 — that’s over 15km, 150 turns in less time than an Audi R8 V10 and, perhaps more embarrassingly,...

  • Got $1m to drop? You could own James Bond’s Esprit (sort of)

    There are plenty of cars that cost more than US$1-million, but only a very small number of them will have starred in a James Bond film. You’d imagine then that getting your hands on Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me would have the world’s wealthiest clamoring for their wallets. There is one small catch though. You see, you won’t be able to drive this particular Esprit. Ever. You see, it’s actually one of the static props used for the scenes in the film in which the car transforms into a submarine. The prop car, apparently one of...

  • 8 cool cars that went from concept to production virtually unchanged

    If you’ve immersed yourself in the motoring world for even a short length of time, you’ll know that very rarely do off-the-wall concept cars make it through to the production stage virtually unscathed. No, the overwhelming majority of bravely styled show-cars that eventually do become “real” vehicles available to the public end up losing all the bits and bobs that made them exciting in the first place. In fact, we identified a number of such suspects – which look suspiciously unlike the concept vehicles that previewed their very existence – in an earlier feature. But if you’re into somewhat wacky or...

  • Driver sliding Fangio’s C Type around Monaco will leave your heart in your throat

    When you see old cars on display in a museum or at an event, it’s easy to forget that they’re machines that are meant to be driven and are still capable of providing as many thrills now as they were the day they rolled off the factory floor. Thank goodness then, for events like the Monaco Historique. Without it, the world would be robbed of the privilege of seeing videos like the one below, which shows Nissan GT Academy driver Alex Buncombe throwing Juan Manuel Fangio’s Jaguar C-Type around the Monaco street track. The footage, while shot with...

  • Audi RS7 aims to show that autonomous driving doesn’t have to be boring

    When Google unveiled the prototype for its self-driving car earlier this year, motoring enthusiasts around the globe heaved a collective sigh of disappointment. Designed to be non-threatening, its roundness might appeal to technophobes but does absolutely nothing for anyone who, you know, actually likes driving. Fortunately there’s at least one company trying to ensure that our autonomous future has some element of sportiness. Over the weekend, Audi will debut a driverless version of its RS7 with a flying lap around the Hockenheimring. According to the German marque, the car will reach speeds of up to 240km/h, “while piloted with...

  • The evolution of the motorbike: the beginnings of the burgeoning bicycle

    The Evolution of the Motorbike takes look at how the humble motorcycle has evolved over time, from the early concepts to the present, and what lies beyond. In the first edition of this nine part series, we look at the technical underpinnings and historic progression of the motorbike’s greatest predecessor — the bicycle. For standing on two thin wheels, the motorbike as we know it has a staggered and layered past. From its initial timid conception back in the mid 1800s to its current ubiquity, it has become one of humankind’s principle forms of transport and leisure. To understand the concept...

  • This Russian company lets you turn your SUV into something Bond would be proud of

    Ask the average urban SUV owner why they’ve decided to buy something designed for crossing jungles and deserts when all they do is ferry themselves back and forth between work and their answer will inevitably include the word “safety” at some point. If I’ve got a massive, sturdily built vehicle, the logic goes, then I’m less likely to get hurt if another massive, sturdily built vehicle hits me. But what if you view your daily commute as an act of war rather than an all out battle? Well in that case, we’d like you to meet Dartz, a Russian...

  • Audi A9 teaser reveals Ingolstadt’s new futuristic design language

    We’ve always wondered if Audi would ever run out of single digit numbers for its model monikers, and now it looks like our qualms have finally been answered. With the Los Angeles Motor Show making its bow in just over a month’s time, we’ll finally get our first glimpse of Audi’s range-topping A9 coupe. When the A7 SUV was launched, it was widely believed that Audi — should it ever launch an A9 — would unveil a flagship SUV according to its odd-numbered naming scheme. But the car, at least according to the teasers, will be a low-slung coupe. The car...

  • Mercedes, Hamilton victorious in Russia: 8 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. Another weekend where motorsport series came to the fore, there were, quite literally, too many to watch. From events taking place in Russia, Australia, Japan and the U.S., there was something for everyone really. Formula 1 rolled onto Sochi, MotoGP tackled Motegi, Aussie V8 Supercars were at Mount Panorama, and the World Endurance Championship was at Fuji. But perhaps...

  • McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and Ducati 1199 Superleggera fight for quarter mile supremacy [video]

    I’m sure we all have that perfect drag race laid out in our heads. My favourite involves an LMP1 car, a Formula 1 car and a MotoGP machine, but the chaps over at Autocar were a little more realistic. They roped in the world’s current hypercar extraordinaires — the Porsche‘s 918 hybrid, McLaren‘s P1 hybrid and Ducati‘s ultra-exclusive 1199 Superleggera superbike against the quarter-mile clock. The publication allegedly reached out to Ferrari to include its LaFerrari in the race, but the Italian marque declined to provide a car. It does however, sound like a foregone conclusion right? I mean, the McLaren...

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