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  • Peugeot planning potent 308 GTi for release next year

    Peugeot has released some great hot hatches over the years. Think back to the legendary 205 GTi and the stubby-reared 309 GTi — both from the bowels of the company’s performance division. But citing challengers from Germany, Spain and Japan, the French outfit is readying its latest competitors — the 308 GTi and the slightly smaller 208 GTi. You’re probably thinking that it’ll be as mundane as the rest of the Peugeot lineup, but wait until you see the engine lineup planned. If there are three things Peugeot excels at building it’s endurance cars, rally cars and hot hatches. It...

  • Marc Marquez, Pechito Lopez send records flying: 7 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. Right. Here we go again. Another weekend has passed by like Marc Marquez on his hot lap, or Jari-Matti Latvala on a special stage. It’s unfortunate that the weekend couldn’t be four days long instead of three, because there are just not enough hours in a day to soak up all the motorsport action taking place on this planet....

  • Your future car could also be your first robot: here’s why

    The first real robot you own could very well be the same machine that ferries you to and from work everyday. Unfortunately for the adolescent dreamer in all of us, that doesn’t mean we’ll be driving around in cars that can magically transform into robot warriors intent on defending the Earth. What it really means, if tech research company Gartner is to be understood, is that autonomous cars — which it believes are much closer to reality than we think — will be the first truly pervasive robots capable of autonomously sensing, interpreting, deciding, acting and communicating that most...

  • Are windowless planes the future of aviation?

    South African low-cost airline Mango has a great advert that hangs at the exit of Cape Town’s main train station. It reads: “Johannesburg by Bus = 21 hours. Johannesburg by flight = 2 hours”. It is cruel but true. The other advantage to flying is sitting at a window seat and staring down at the world below. It is not even that one sees a specific thing but it is the view of all things in their indefinite and their panoramic appearance that allures passengers. It is the vastness of water, land, the panoramic view of the topography of cities...

  • The evolution of the motorbike: steam, gasoline and World War One

    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 second edition of this nine part series, we uncover the infant motorbikes of the past, what technologies these astounding machines employed and the role the First World War in particular played on their development. Last week we focused on the engine-less, pedal-powered predecessor of the motorbike — the bicycle — to gain a fundamental understanding of how this contraption shaped the future of its engined-cousin for years to come. This week,...

  • BMW readying 500-horsepower i8S hybrid supercar for 2017 launch

    Electric and hybrid cars might’ve initially been developed with the environment in mind, but it seems that automotive companies are rapidly changing their conservative mindsets. Once such case is BMW. The company’s i8 is revolutionary in an array of aspects, but Munich is getting its world famous performance itch and we may very well see an i8S version, rated for 500-horsepower. It probably won’t be badged as an “M” model, but it will get a few more horses. And no. BMW isn’t just planning on dropping a higher-powered powertrain into the system either. An entirely new aerodynamic profile, reports US magazine...

  • 5 fascinating ‘non-car’ vehicles built by Japanese automakers

    Car-makers spend the vast majority of their time, well, making cars. If they didn’t, of course, they wouldn’t be considered car-makers at all. But some of these manufacturers have also tried their collective hands at building vehicles that certainly AREN’T cars. And most of these multitalented automakers – for whatever reason – seem to be based in Japan. Of course, some of the biggest names in the global car manufacturing business – including BMW, Honda, and Suzuki – also produce all manner of motorcycles. But, in an effort to keep this list of “non-cars” interesting, we’ve deliberately ignored motorbikes...

  • Never wanted an ATV? You will after watching this trailer

    There are plenty of very sensible reasons not to by an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV): they’re loud, they’re dangerous, and unless you’re the kind of person who regularly needs to speed through a heavily shaded forest, they’re not all that practical. All those sensible reasons will however mean nothing once you’ve this trailer for a new film starring the Polaris Rzr. The film, called XP1K2, is set to debut at the end of this month and features a heavily modified version of the Rzr being driven around a forest track as if there were a horde of demons behind...

  • This scrap-wood Bugatti Veyron is more impressive than the real thing, but a lot slower

    We all appreciate the marvelous technology involved in a single Bugatti Veyron. The level of engineering expertise involved in taking a car beyond the mythical 400km/h barrier is phenomenal. But as an offshoot, so is the price. The average (let alone the fairly wealthy) Joe Blogs couldn’t afford a Veyron — or even half of one. But that’s about to change. In Central Java, Indonesia, a group of skilled wood-ticklers have lovingly crafted a bespoke, one of a kind scrap wood Veyron. It also costs just £2000. Bargain. Featuring none of the 1001 horses than makes the real Veyron the scary...

  • 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,...

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