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  • Volkswagen Golf R Wagon is a powerful but practical people mover

    After tearing up Arizona for the best part of the month, Volkswagen has officially unveiled its Golf R Wagon — a long wheelbase version of the Golf R. And it’s bonkers. The car will be unveiled at LA Motor Show this week, and will be coming to the market Stateside in the coming months. Probably. Whether it will come to South Africa, that’s another matter, but the chances are high. Volkswagen tends to bring most of its range here, and it can’t help that one of its African bases is housed here too. While a “Wagon” version of everyone’s favourite hot hatch...

  • Kevin Harvick is NASCAR Champion: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great 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. As a motorsport fan, you should be feeling quite cheated. This weekend was packed with so many Championships and series heading into their final events, that it just wasn’t humanly possible to catch all of them live. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crowned its new champion in Florida, while the Macau GP, the WEC‘s 6 Hours of Bahrain...

  • Watch Ken Block light up downtown LA in his Gymkhana Seven Mustang [Video]

    You get showmen, and then you get Ken Block, one of the founders of DC Shoes and infamous for being one of the most daredevil drivers in the universe. And his new video — “Gymkhana Seven: “Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles” — shows everyone just how insane this man is behind a steering wheel. Block pulls off some impossible stunts and it’s clear that the video is not manipulated. His weapon of choice is the custom built all-wheel-drive 1965 Ford Mustang, packing well over 800 horsepower. Read more: SEMA 2014: Ken Block’s Gymkana 7 Mustang is the god of all...

  • A Ferrari-engined Alfa Romeo 4C may be coming, thanks to Lazzarini Design

    I have a deep affinity for Alfa Romeos. It’s the car brand that really seems to remain true to its design routes, even when the world around it is changing rapidly. What’s even more likeable is that its never afraid to have a go at making a truly special car. The 4C was great but it needed more power. Well, thank the car gods, someone has answered our prayers. Enter Lazzarini Design‘s Ferrari-engined artwork. For the moment, it’s all just a pipe dream, but this should definitely happen. The Italian freelance design studio isn’t a stranger to designing insane concepts, but the “Definitiva”...

  • Tyre technology: 6 ways the future’s rubber will be better

    Your car’s tyres have an awfully important job to do. Yes, these ring-shaped pieces of rubber do more than simply deliver the requisite traction to keep your vehicle facing the right way on the tarmac. They also protect your shiny new alloy wheels and, far more importantly, support the substantial weight of the entire car and its contents. Without air-filled tyres, effective basic driving actions such as accelerating, braking and steering would be pretty much impossible. Then there’s the fact that these multifunctional components also form a flexible cushion that softens the sort of impacts we’re used to from our less-than-perfect...

  • The world’s fastest golf cart is a lesson in crazy electric engineering [video]

    We’ve seen many strange people do many a strange thing on the internet, but this has got to be one of the most ludicrous things we’ve ever seen. And not in a fainting goat kind of way either. Golf carts aren’t meant for speed, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. Plum Quick Racing is perhaps the most aptly named company to attempt the golf cart world speed record, because if anything, you need some serious plums to do what these guys do. The company actually offers high-performance electric motors for golf carts and it has clearly dropped one of them with...

  • The next Toyota Prius will come with Le Mans racing technology

    It’s no easy feat, making a Prius seem exiting. The latest news from Toyota will however go a long way to remedying that. According to Autonews, the Japanese manufacturer has already been testing components for the next generation Prius in its TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer. “Our components already have parts from the next-generation Prius”, president of Toyota Motorsport GmbH Yoshiaki Kinoshita told the motoring news site in a telephonic interview. While he was unwilling to go into details about exactly what components from the racer will go into the new Prius, although what he did reveal suggests that things aren’t...

  • Seat gets a dose of haute couture with lace show car

    There are a few things that come to mind when you think about lace. Lingerie for instance, or lace. Cars are not generally among those things, until now that is. As part of the celebration of a special edition Mii by Spanish clothing label Mango, Seat UK has created a lace replica of the city car. The full size replica was designed and constructed in London by a team of eight artisans over a period of three days. The materials used to make the car include: 45 metres of nude coloured cotton lace 25 kilos of resin to set the lace 10...

  • Why is no one talking about autonomous motorbikes?

    There are plenty of motorbikes on this pale blue dot we call home. Putting a number on exactly how many there are isn’t easy, but the fact that Honda sold 16.8-million of the things in 2013 — versus 4.3-million cars — should tell you that there are still plenty of places where two wheels are more popular than four. More popular and more dangerous. According to some studies, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car. So why, in a world that’s going crazy for autonomous cars, is no...

  • Watch this short GoPro documentary on Tokyo’s exotic vehicles in 4K [Video]

    Tokyo, Japan’s custom car scene is massive. This short documentary by GoPro almost makes The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift believable. Almost. The viral video shows Japan’s capital in an exciting light, filled with blue neon, drift smoke and high-pitched engine noises. All the footage was shot entirely using GoPro’s Hero 4 camera, which means that the nine minute documentary is in glorious 4K quality. And by now, we all know that GoPro videos are pretty incredible. “Tokyo transforms to a wild and exotic playground for those who like to pour on the speed. As a method of expression, the custom...

  • VW’s new 272-hp engine is the most powerful four-cylinder TDI ever built

    Volkswagen is such an underrated car company, and not just because it owns virtually all the brands we know and love. For one, it has made the humble, agriculturally-mannered diesel-fueled engine into something of a city car staple. But it doesn’t stop there. At the company’s Innovation workshop at its proving grounds in Wolfsburg, Germany, VW has unveiled a new 240-horsepower 2.0-litre engine, which makes it the world’s most powerful four-cylinder TDI. What’s more, the company claims that it can push horsepower up to 272 if it fancies. It’s ridiculously impressive. Let me explain why. It seems like even Volkswagen has cottoned...

  • Who will be Formula 1 Champion come Abu Dhabi? 6 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’s been a weird weekend. With most of the Northern hemisphere’s Championships coming to an end, there aren’t too many series to speak of, except of course, the small matters of the Formula 1 World Championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. MotoGP is done and dusted, but did Marquez break yet another record this weekend? Read on to find...

  • With help from BMW we’ll be able to charge our electric cars at street lights

    Electric cars are awesome. Though one of their biggest challenges is finding hotspots to charge the vehicles’ batteries. With an ingenious concept, BMW thinks it’s found a solution that might help solve this conundrum. The German automotive giant has developed street lights that are equipped with sockets to charge electric cars. The company will run a pilot project in Munich, Germany next year that will rely on the existing local authority’s lighting networks. From hunky hybrids to self-driving fun, looking at the car technology the company has been releasing, it seems BMW employers sleep, eat, drink and dream ways to revolutionarise...

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