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  • Justin Wilson dies following Pocono shunt: the motorsport roundup [Update]

    Update: Just Wilson died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following injuries sustained in a race at Pocono, Pennsylvania. "With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23," the Wilson family stated on the former Formula 1 drivers' website. "Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers. "The family would like to thank...

  • Puma, BMW team up to create smart driving suit

    This is pretty cool. Puma has teamed up with BMW to create a driving suit that uses Bluetooth technology to control the connection between the car, the suit and the driver’s helmet. The suit, created for the recently launched CSL 3.0 Hommage R car, is meant to offer an insight into how data can be transferred and displayed. When the driver’s gloves touch the steering wheel, the suit lights up, indicating that it's connected to car. Once that's happened, information is displayed on the visor of the helmet, essentially allowing it to act as a second information...

  • Merc’s new S-Class Cabrio harks back to 60s models

    Mercedes Benz has announced the launch of its new S-Class Cabriolet, marking the first open-top version of its top-end passenger car in decades. The Stuttgart-based auto giant hasn't given us much information on the new S-Class cabrio, which is set to launch during the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, other than to say that it follows in the tradition of its previous open top cars. According to press release from Merc, the "new S-Class Cabriolet Mercedes-Benz is setting itself the standard of building the most comfortable cabriolet in the world". A large part of that comes in the form of...

  • 5 premieres to watch out for at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show

    It’s regarded as the largest motor show in the world, with the first iteration being staged as long ago as 1897. Yes, we’re talking about the Frankfurt Motor Show, which is known in Germany as the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA). And, as usual, all the major automakers will be there this year, eager to show off their latest four-wheeled wares to the automotive-mad world. The gates open to the press on 15 September 2015, so expect the big news to start rolling in then. Of course, we’ve already seen official images of many of the upcoming vehicles, such is the power...

  • This South African Mustang ad doesn’t show the car, is brilliant

    How do you shoot an ad for a new car without showing the car? That was the challenge faced by Johannesburg digital communications and content marketing agency, Retroviral in the run up to the launch of the 2016 Ford Mustang in South Africa. It marks the first time the legendary muscle car will be available in the country. Trouble is, it's not here yet meaning that it wasn't possible to use it for the shoot. The ad features groups of people running through an abandoned, post-apocalyptic Johannesburg, chasing after what appears to be an unseen car. The aim of...

  • Hack my ride: why getting your door open matters more than cutting your brakes

    Over the past few weeks there have been a number of stories around hackers finding major security vulnerabilities in cars made by major vehicle manufacturers. Some, like Tesla, have worked with the hackers involved to fix those vulnerabilities while others have been less open to collaboration. So far the hackers behind these exploits have been good enough to share them with the manufacturers concerned, but it's only a matter of time before that changes and a new kind of security war kicks off. It was bound to happen too. Our cars, more than ever, are gadgets and they come...

  • Here’s what 360-degree camera footage looks like from a dune buggy [video]

    Dune buggy racing is just a body-shell and a bigger motor short of full RallyCross, so it's pretty damn impressive. So when you strap a 360-degree camera on one and go for a spin, you know that you're going to be in for some amazing footage. That's what new Nissan NISMO GT Academy winner Matt Simmons did when he jumped into a raging buggy and ploughed it through a sand quarry. If you happen to be a part of the NISMO GT Academy, you're a pretty adept driver talent wise. Recently, Nissan announced that it's GT Academy winners will be included...

  • Lamborghini’s limited edition Aventador ‘Superveloce’ will make you weep

    Lamborghini never quite enjoyed doing subtle. It never has done it well either. In the past, its toned-down cars were rubbish, slow and unreliable, but some of its most memorable works were bonkers. That's thankfully continuing. Just before the annual Pebble Beach soiree (or the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance if you want to be prim and proper) at The Quail Motorsports Gathering in California, Lamborghini announced a truly beautiful open-top supercar with quite a bit of a name: Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. It's long, sure, but it's quite significant. It's the first car in the company's history to not boast...

  • Lorenzo wins in the Czech Republic, Kenseth owns Michigan: weekend motorsport roundup

    With Formula One on hiatus, much of attention this weekend (outside of the US at any rate) would have been on racing of the two-wheeled variety. In particular, there was plenty of focus on MotoGP, with the battle for the championship moving to Brno in the Czech Republic. There was plenty at stake, with the Championship lead up grabs and Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo took it with both hands. The Nascar Sprint Cup meanwhile landed in Michigan, where Matt Kenseth completely dominated proceedings, winning the race for the third time in his career. In South Africa, the Single Seater...

  • Kia’s teaser images for the next gen Sportage are hopelessly unrealistic

    Kia has released sketches for the upcoming Sportage ahead of the Frankfurt Auto Show and they're about as realistic as a 10-year-old's rendering of their dream car. According to Kia, the car "features a bold, progressive design, which exudes power and agility from every angle". Inside meanwhile, it promises "simple, modern style with rich material quality for Kia's most refined, highest-quality cabin to date". Words aside, it seems pretty likely that the new Sportage will only bear a passing resemblance to the renderings. For one the windows will likely be a lot more proportional to the rest of the SUV's body,...

  • Tesla owners can now Beta test its latest Autopilot update

    Tesla has begun rolling out an update which will allow drivers of its cars to beta test the latest version of it Autopilot software. According to IEEE Spectrum, the blog for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the update is designed to put the system through scenarios which Tesla's engineers couldn't even begin to imagine. If you're thinking you should start avoiding any Teslas you see on the road, it's probably worth mentioning that the update won't suddenly turn drivers into passengers. In fact, the version of the software being tested here is only a slight upgrade from the...

  • 5 electric scooters that show automakers are finally taking congestion seriously

    The world’s major cities are becoming more and more congested. The resulting lack of space is hitting motorists hard, forcing them to spend more of their precious time stuck in traffic. And, of course, pottering around searching for the inner city holy grail: an unoccupied parking bay. Yes, there are simply too many cars in too congested (and too polluted) a space. And that’s a strange problem for automakers to face up too, seeing as they – like virtually all businesses – tend to focus on the bottom line. But urban mobility is starting to change, and car manufacturers...

  • These guys are promising to revolutionise the battery…in your existing car

    Anyone who's ever had their car battery go flat on them will know just how vital a piece of equipment is. It's a little troubling then that most of the advances in the space have been incremental, rather than big leaps forward. When it comes to new cars, that's slowly changing. But what about the battery in your existing car? Well that's where a company called Ohm comes in. The startup has developed a battery which it says is longer-lasting, kinder to the environment, and never needs jump-starting. According to the company, its battery can last twice as long...

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