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  • Volvo’s XC90 is one extremely tough car to destroy [video]

    We all know that modern cars are safe, and have to be safe, thanks to the strenuous crash and safety tests conducted prior to production. Volvo has kindly uploaded a video of its XC90 being destroyed, to highlight the latest advancements in safety technology. And safety features there are aplenty. In addition to the technology present in the car itself, there is a massively strong frame surrounding the occupants in the event of a crash. The so-called Scalable Product Architecture is lighter and stronger than the older car, but it doesn’t mean its worse — not by any means. It...

  • Brabus brings business class to the road with lavishly-licked V-Class

    Brabus, the renowned tuner of all things Mercedes, has unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show the most stylish, lavish and certainly absurd mommy van in the history of mommy vans. But the company is not aiming it at soccer moms carting their mud-covered kids to and from the field. Instead, the Business Lounge is strictly for the VIP of discerning taste. Starting life as a long wheelbase, high-roof Mercedes V-Class (Sprinter) MPV, the Business Lounge has been transformed completely from a utility vehicle into to an airport luxury lounge fit for six. Let’s just say, Brabus has made Xzibit proud. Those...

  • 5 pieces of tech missing in today’s cars, according to Quora

    Have you ever sat in traffic, had a look around your car and thought there was something missing? Some piece of tech which, if you had it, would make your driving life instantly and immeasurably better? Actually, who are we kidding? Everyone who’s ever spent a significant amount of time in a car has probably had that thought, even if it last happened when they were very small children. We shouldn’t ignore those thoughts either. After all, inventions like ABS, park assist and rear-windscreen heaters must’ve been thought up by people who just wanted to make their driving experiences...

  • Formula E’s safety car? That would be a wirelessly charging BMW i8

    Very few people keeping their eye on the upcoming Formula E racing series would have given much thought to what safety car the series would be using. The actual environmental impact sure, the drivers definitely but the safety car? Not so much. Thing is, it’s very important though. It needs to be something that can go fast enough to lead a parade of high-performance vehicles, but it also needs to be, well, safe and maneuverable enough to get off the track as soon as an obstruction’s cleared. Perhaps most importantly though, it needs to suit the racing series. It...

  • If Renault has any sense, it’ll build a road-going version of the RS.01

    Ask the average person to describe what they think about when they hear someone mention Renault and they’ll probably mention small, zippy city cars or people movers, a vehicle class that it pretty much defined through the Espace. What they probably won’t mention are gorgeous race cars and, while understandable, that is a very big mistake. Take the RS.01 for instance. From 2015, it’ll be one of the stars of the Renault Sport Trophy, a springboard for the professional GT and Endurance championships. Weighing just over 1000kgs, the RS.01 develops over 500bhp, and is capable of reaching a top speed...

  • Audi debuts higher-voltage system for more efficient, powerful drivetrains

    Although simple in nature, Audi’s latest development is a massive testiment to how far automotive engineering has come, and how the current technology is being pushed to its limit. The German marque has developed a new higher voltage electrical rail for future drivetrains, starting with the A6 TDI and RS5 TDI concepts. The new technology sees the 12-volt standard fall to the wayside in favour of a more efficient 48-volt rail, that will be used to power important components on its vehicles’ drivetrains. A new electrical compressor is one example that operates on the rail, independent of the engine, making...

  • Alfa aims big, looks to take on F-type with new 6C

    The fine folks down at Alfa really have been busy little bees of late. First we got word that the iconic Italian marque would be pumping out a sedan capable of taking on BMW’s M3 and now it looks like its upcoming coupe, the 6C, will have its sights set squarely on the Jaguar F-Type. According to Auto Express, the rear-wheel drive, front-engined car will be called the 6C and will presumably slot neatly between the 4C and the 8C in your automotive fantasies. The UK-based publication also reports that it will be based on the Maserati Alfieri concept...

  • The Hamilton-Rosberg saga continues: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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. Motorburn presents the first in a new weekly series, recapping the some of the best motorsport moments of the weekend so that you don’t miss that vital gear change, the race-changing cloud burst or the famed chequered flag ever again. 1. Rosberg collides with Hamilton to ‘prove a point’ Formula 1 is currently dominated by Mercedes, but that doesn’t mean teammates Nico Rosberg and...

  • 5 extinct Japanese sportscars that deserve modern successors

    If you’re into cars, you’ll no doubt have spent your fair share of time coveting all sorts of stunning (probably Italian) four-wheeled machinery. You know, the kind of automotive exotica that graced your childhood self’s bedroom walls. The kind of drool-inducing supercars that your adult self reluctantly accepts are far, far out of financial reach. But, in years gone by, there were also a handful of utterly fantastic Japanese sportscars that themselves became objects of automotive adoration. Their price-tags weren’t quite as eye-wateringly steep as their more glamorous counterparts, but these JDM wonders nevertheless commanded plenty of respect out on...

  • Amphibious Volvo 240 takes on a lake and wins spectacularly [video]

    We’ve seen the chaps on Top Gear try their hand at making amphibious vehicles, with hilarious and truly remarkable results. But the cars weren’t exactly good on the road, nor on the water. Enter Theon Parseghian’s world of waterbourne wonder. The New York native has turned a Volvo 240 estate into a boat with some imagination and serious know-how. Oh, and it works. Flawlessly. Unlike Clarkson’s Toyboata (which worked rather well, while it did work), Parseghian’s “Evolvo” has an engine mounted where the rear seats should be, which in turn powers a propellar below the craft. It’s also completely watertight. And...

  • Tesla’s looking for hackers to try and break its cars full time

    If you wanted evidence of the rapid convergence happening in the tech and car space, you could not have hoped for anything much clearer than the fact that Tesla had a stand at renowned hacking conference Def Con. The reason it’s there? Well the Elon Musk-headed company is looking to hire a team of full time hackers to try and break its cars. “It’s a super-car that’s connected to the Internet,” says Kristin Paget, the person in charge of probing Tesla’s vehicles for security bugs said when asked about the company’s presence at the conference. “Use your imagination.” Given the high...

  • Jaguar’s trying to build an in-car infotainment system that doesn’t actually suck

    Things are looking decidedly more geeky at Jaguar, with the British car-maker announcing a completely new infotainment system and a raft of new technologies for the new XE. It’ll be the former that’s likely to prick most people’s curiosity as they have a habit of being incredibly annoying. According to Jag, the new infotainment system is designed to be as intuitive as possible and provide quick, easy access to all features and functions. Despite the fact that it centers around an eight-inch touchscreen, Jaguar plans to provide this access by ensuring that people can access any function they need...

  • These are the 7 youngest drivers in F1 history

    News has broken that Max Verstappen, currently 16 years old, has been signed up to race for the Toro Rosso team for the 2015 Formula One season. That means that by the time he takes part in his first race, he’ll be the youngest driver in the sport’s history. Now, it probably doesn’t hurt that Max’s dad is Dutch F1 legend Jos Verstappen, but it still takes a fair amount of work to even be considered for the elite echelons of F1 racing. And you can’t argue that Verstappen hasn’t put in the hard yards. At the age of...

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