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  • Watch what happens when this guy engages Insane mode on a Tesla P85D

    The Tesla Model S P85D is a technological marvel, but did you know that it can also scare the living pants off anyone who happens to be in the passenger seat when the driver engages the car’s “Insane” mode? If you happen to be friends with Brooks Weisblat, previously best known for using his new electric car to demolish Dodge Challenger Hellcats on the drag strip, then that’s something you now know all too well. Using an inward-mounted dash-cam, Weisblat took a select group of people out in the electric car before bringing it to a stop, engaging Insane...

  • Ogier beats legendary Loeb: 6 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. What a great motorsporting weekend, featuring a mixture of sports car racing, rallying and, well, Formula 1 talk. The Rolex 24 at Daytona (United SportsCar Championship) ran laps around the gorgeous Floridian sunshine, and darkness. Up north, Rallye Monte Carlo opened the World Rally Championship for 2015, with sterling performances by Citroen and Volkswagen. We also round up the latest pre-season news from the...

  • We could have 250m connected cars on the road by 2020 and that’s probably a good thing

    There’s plenty riding on the ability for cars to be connected and communicate with each other. Outside of the fact that’s essential for autonomous motoring, it could also save thousands of lives every year amongst more conventionally piloted vehicles. Thing is, while the idea of a connected car may still seem far off to some people, it’s a field that’s about to explode. According to tech research house Gartner, there will be a quarter billion connected vehicles on the road by 2020, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities. Those 250-million vehicles will account for around one-fifth of...

  • Russia gets creepy with ATV-driving robot

    If you’re the kind of person who fears humanity’s inevitable demise at the hands of our robot overlords, look away now. Russia has a brand new ATV-driving cyborg and it looks incredibly scary. The bot, which was recently presented to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, is apparently meant to function as some kind of avatar for soldiers. According to the state-owned news agency Sputnik News, the futuristic-looking droid will go into combat situations too dangerous for soldiers. Once in the fray it will reportedly be able to both fire weapons and render aid. If the first of those doesn’t completely...

  • Germany opens up section of Autobahn for more autonomous car testing

    The race to deploy the first comercial self-driving cars is on like never before. The German government is showing its commitment to the further research and experimentation of self-driving cars after it just announced it will dedicate a section of the Autobahn (motorway). Testing ground for self-piloted vehicles would enable local automakers such as Mercedes Benz and Audi to better compete with their Western counterparts. As Bloomberg points out, this marks one of the first public highways specifically equipped for this purpose. Probably more important is the fact that this move marks Germany’s stance against the likes of strong competitors such...

  • 4 brave (and on-going) attempts at the still-elusive flying car

    We know what you’re thinking: it’s 2015… where’s my friggin’ flying car already? Well, contrary to myriad flighty predictions, the winged automobile is still not a mass-produced reality. No, the imagined highways of the sky remain as deserted as your local bank on a Sunday afternoon. Why? Well, there are all sorts of reasons, besides the obvious mechanical and financial challenges. And legal issues are chief among them. Think about it: would the driver need a pilot’s licence? What about restricted airspace? And would it really be all that much better mindlessly commuting with the same sorry throng of...

  • Building a legend: watch how Land Rover assembles the Defender by hand

    If you’ve never driven an old Land Rover, do yourself a favour make that one of your priorities for 2015. Once you’ve done it, you’ll gain a much greater understanding as to why people come over all misty-eyed whenever they see a slightly battered Defender. Once you learn how these legendary vehciles — soon to be consigned to the annals of history — are assembled, that appreciation will only reach new heights. The factory that makes it isn’t filled with state of the art robots. None of the components are assembled in a vacuum and the only reason you’d...

  • Snowkhana? Watch Ken Block rip it up in his Ford F-150 Raptortrax

    If you call yourself a motoring enthusiast and have an internet connection but claim never to have reveled in a Ken Block Gymkhana video, then you’re probably a liar. They’re the stuff of legend and have turned Block from a hooligan honing his rally skills in obstacle-filled environments to an internet legend. And while we’ve seen Block tackle plenty of strange obstacles, one environment we haven’t seen him conquer is snow. Then again, taking a heavily modded Ford Focus or Mustang down a freshly powdered slope wouldn’t be the easiest task in the world. Enter the F-150 Raptortrax. The...

  • 5 of the smallest vans to grace the world’s roads

    Vans are great. If you’re a small business owner, they offer you the convenience of extra cargo space in a familiar format without exposing your precious goods to the elements. That said, not every business needs a hulking great Ford Transit. In fact, if you live in a congested city, a big van can be far more of a nuisance than it’s worth. When parking’s scarce and you need to make deliveries quickly, the last thing you want to have to do is spend half an hour trying to squeeze into a parking spot. Fortunately, there are other options....

  • Is Hyundai planning a hybrid-drive Prius-slayer for 2016?

    Smug, as South Park so eloquently put it, is the only harmful gas emitted by the Toyota Prius as it whizzes by on the highway, but often people forget what an important car it was. Although celebrities clambered onto it practically masking the message it brought, it left a lasting imprint on the motoring industry that thankfully more manufacturers are getting hooked on. Take Hyundai for example. The Korean car maker is allegedly testing a Prius-like hybrid according to Autoblog‘s roving reporters in the “Arctic Circle”, no less. With the focus firmly around green, environmentally friendly manufacturing and machinery, hybrid cars...

  • Toyota provides tiniest glimpse of RND concept ahead of 26 January debut

    Toyota has provided a small glimpse of a tiny portion of its mysterious RND concept ahead of its 26 January debut. The car, which Toyota says will be fast-tracked for development, will make its global debut in the UK outside the confines of a motoring show. The image appears to show the rear of the car, including round tail lights. According to the Japanese car maker, the image released today hints at how the concept’s design marks a “radical shift in direction”. Right. And if you can convincingly explain how that’s the case, you should probably send your CV...

  • Al-Attiyah, Coma conquer Dakar Rally: 8 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. Motorsport, at least if you’re speaking about major series, is back. We build up to the WRC‘s sterling event — the Rallye Monte Carlo starring two of the sports most respected and revered drivers. The Dakar Rally has concluded in Buenos Aires after a massive trek through South America. In its seventh journey through the continent, there’s one manufacturer...

  • 80 photos of the new BMW 1 Series

    BMW has updated its 1 Series range and, while things pretty much look the same on the surface, there may just be enough under the skin to convince devotees of the hatchback that it’s time for an upgrade. For starters, the engine range has been expanded to include the latest-generation petrol and diesel units with three and four cylinders. There’s also a broader spread of standard equipment and an output boost for the six-cylinder in-line engine powering the BMW M135i M Performance Automobile. The exterior changes, while minor, include a new grille, headlights, rear lights and larger air intakes....

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