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  • Audi A9 teaser reveals Ingolstadt’s new futuristic design language

    We’ve always wondered if Audi would ever run out of single digit numbers for its model monikers, and now it looks like our qualms have finally been answered. With the Los Angeles Motor Show making its bow in just over a month’s time, we’ll finally get our first glimpse of Audi’s range-topping A9 coupe. When the A7 SUV was launched, it was widely believed that Audi — should it ever launch an A9 — would unveil a flagship SUV according to its odd-numbered naming scheme. But the car, at least according to the teasers, will be a low-slung coupe. The car...

  • Mercedes, Hamilton victorious in Russia: 8 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. Another weekend where motorsport series came to the fore, there were, quite literally, too many to watch. From events taking place in Russia, Australia, Japan and the U.S., there was something for everyone really. Formula 1 rolled onto Sochi, MotoGP tackled Motegi, Aussie V8 Supercars were at Mount Panorama, and the World Endurance Championship was at Fuji. But perhaps...

  • McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and Ducati 1199 Superleggera fight for quarter mile supremacy [video]

    I’m sure we all have that perfect drag race laid out in our heads. My favourite involves an LMP1 car, a Formula 1 car and a MotoGP machine, but the chaps over at Autocar were a little more realistic. They roped in the world’s current hypercar extraordinaires — the Porsche‘s 918 hybrid, McLaren‘s P1 hybrid and Ducati‘s ultra-exclusive 1199 Superleggera superbike against the quarter-mile clock. The publication allegedly reached out to Ferrari to include its LaFerrari in the race, but the Italian marque declined to provide a car. It does however, sound like a foregone conclusion right? I mean, the McLaren...

  • Ariel introduces completely bonkers Atom 3S

    If you’re anything like us, you’ve been hankering to get your hands on an Ariel Atom ever since you first laid eyes on video footage of it tearing around a track (most likely the time it tried to rip Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s face off). Nothing in the company’s evolution has changed that and, if the brand new Atom 3S its working on is anything to go by, that’s not going to change any time soon either. A specced out version of the third generation atom, the 3S features a turbo-charged 2.4l Honda engine capable of pushing out...

  • Citroën C4 Picasso review: An MPV loaded with tech? You’d better believe it!

    Family vehicles and drool-inducing automotive technology are like pickles and ice cream: they’re generally just not found together. But the sharply styled Citroën C4 Picasso bucks that trend. And a few more, in fact. Yes, this eye-catching MPV boasts enough space for a family of five – and all the related paraphernalia – but still manages to cram in the sort of tech that makes faithful Motorburn readers purr. In fact, the French automaker describes the vehicle’s overall design philosophy in one (admittedly invented but seemingly pinpoint-accurate) word: Technospace. So, let’s jump right into that roomy interior and have a look at...

  • Honda’s next NSX will be Ferrari fast, Porsche polished and Audi affordable

    Honda fans have had a lot to look forward to recently, including the announcement that the marque will make its return to Formula 1 in the back of next year’s McLaren, and the unveiling of the zany Civic Type-R concept, sporting a turbocharged, high-revving motor. But there’s even more to look forward to, according to head of the NSX project, Ted Klaus. “We have to achieve the type of acceleration that the customer is achieving with the Ferrari,” he told WhatCar?, but made sure to elaborate the price differential from the NSX to the 458 Italia. “I think we are aiming...

  • Size doesn’t matter: watch this little model car hit an incredible 850 km/h [video]

    Engineering students from Nottinghamshire, UK have broken the Guinness World Record for fastest model car with an incredible speed of 533.1mph (857.9km/h). The Redshift rocket on wheels model car is about 45cm long and uses a steel wire to keep it from shooting off into orbit. The students beat the previous record for fastest land model car which was set in 2011 and stood at a rather mundane in comparison 287mph. The class teacher, Phil Worsley, explains that he and his team of four girls and 14 boys, aged 11 to 17, did a lot of research and experimentation in run-up of...

  • Paris Motor Show roundup: 9 cars that stole our hearts

    The Mondial de l’Automobile, as its officially known to journalists or local folk, is one of the world’s major automotive exhibitions and usually the venue where car makers garner inspiration to show off their latest lavish creations. From hypercars, to plug-in hybrids, to cabriolets and station wagons, there were cars for every corner of the globe and for every prospective buyer. This year saw the likes of Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda launch performance versions of their hatchbacks, while Lamborghini debuted their first hybrid GT car. In other areas, Ferrari showcased what might be its final naturally aspirated car ever, and as...

  • Car shopping? Local Motors will 3D print your Strati roadster for $17000 in two days

    The Strati by Local Motors is a modern car with a twist — it can go up to 60km/h and will cost you a massive £11 000 (US$17 682). Sounds good, right? Apart from the tyres, wheels, battery, wiring, suspension, electric motor and window shield though, the whole thing is 3D printed. It’s made up of 49 parts to be exact, compared to the traditional automobile’s 5 000 standard, and takes merely 44 hours to print. The proof-of-concept Strati recently made a pitstop at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, US where it stole hackers, geeks, and petrolheads’ hearts. It...

  • Porsche’s 911 Carrera GTS splices racing pedigree with saucy styling [Gallery]

    Porsche’s 911 hasn’t really changed much over the years, has it? Featuring the selfsame teardrop eyes and stubby raked rear, it’s unmistakable standing alongside, say, a Mercedes SL. Telling the different versions apart though is the real skill, and Porsche has now released yet another to confuse a few more prospective buyers. The 911 Carrera GTS is a car for those too scared of the thoroughbred 911 GT3 and its enormous rear wing, but not scared enough of the 911 S. Falling between the two extremes, naturally, it boasts the best of both worlds. It’s super fast and more practical...

  • Jules Bianchi in critical condition after crash: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend [update]

    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. “Wonderful” wouldn’t be a fitting way to describe this weekend’s events. While everyone in the Formula 1 paddock geared up for the torrential rain brought about by Japan’s seasonal weather systems, there were on track incidents that called into question the safety and management of the sport as a whole. Some fans and media professionals are wondering why the...

  • Dutch team Nuon Solar conquers SA’s Sasol Solar Challenge, breaks 4000km mark

    The Sasol Solar Challenge concluded at the end of last week with the Dutch team Nuon Solar from Delft University cruising into Cape Town, South Africa all the way from Pretoria, claiming first prize. Powered by nothing but the African sun, the 8-day competition saw ten teams travel across the country in a race that’s geared for distance rather than pure speed. While Nuon Solar managed to cover an impressive 4227.8km, Anadolu Solar Team from Turkey drove in as runner up with 2733.1km covered. South Africa’s Team UKZN won the award for most distance covered in a single day, totaling...

  • Volvo unveils new Drive-E tri-turbo engine good for 450-horsepower

    Volvo — you know that safety-crazed Swedish company pumping out those rather svelte cars of late — have unveiled its latest ultra-advanced engine. Sounds boring, right? Not when the motor in question uses three turbochargers. You’d think a company more worried about safety wouldn’t want its engines to emit any more power, but apparently 320-horsepower just isn’t enough. Volvo is rating the new concept powertrain at 450-horsepower, enough to mildly embarrass a Lexus or Jaguar, with much larger engines. It’s a novel concept too utilising Volvo’s Drive-E technology, and some rather ingenious thinking. Traditional multi-turbo systems are mounted in series at...

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