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  • 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...

  • Infiniti previews a new grille…we think

    Nissan’s luxury vehicle arm Infiniti is going to be releasing something big at the Paris Motor Show, we think. It’s a little bit difficult to tell given that the teaser it’s sent out to the press sets new levels of vaguery in a genre notorious for being vague. Alongside the teaser image above are forty words of text that say: Style and substance that push any preconceived limits. Soon, Infiniti will share a vision – its soul – on a scale not seen before from the company. For now, this. For more − À bientôt. Got it? Good. Us neither. Given the level...

  • LG to supply Audi with batteries in new multi-billion dollar deal

    While Panasonic and Tesla are drinking tea under the Stateside sun following their latest Gigaplant deal, LG and Audi are having celebrations of their own. The two giants of their respective fields have signed an agreement that will see the Korean tech giant supply batteries to the German automaker. The deal is worth “hundreds of billions of dollars” and will see future Audi electric vehicles, commonly branded as “e-tron”, hum past on LG-power. Allegedly, the signatures were part of the plan to boost slowing sales in the Volkswagen fleet’s plug-in hybrid markets, which is surprising in itself. Volkswagen sales have...

  • 5 racers who didn’t let disability dent their need for speed

    Losing a limb, or a critical sense is something that strikes fear into the hearts of most fully-abled people. Understandably so too, given that it completely changes the way you interact with the world. Simple things that most people take for granted, like driving a car, suddenly become a lot more complicated at best and nigh on impossible at worst. Except some people tend not to take too kindly to people saying that they can’t do something or, even worse, that they shouldn’t. These folks haven’t just found ways to fit driving around their disabilities and into their every...

  • The Ferrari F80 Raeli could easily demolish a Formula 1 car, if it were real

    There have been some gorgeous Ferraris in the past, in concept, racing and production form. The F40 holds the hearts of many a Ferrari fan, while the GTO 250 is a US$38.1-million dream. But fans who can’t necessarily afford these legendary vehicles often dabble with pen and paint themselves, to craft a concept as, if not more, breath-taking. Adriano Raeli is one such example, and his “F80″ concept is a sheet metal masterpiece. The designer modeled his F80 on stealth fighter jets and draws plenty of inspiration from the Enzo as well. Larger air intakes, a raked windshield and over-sized...

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