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  • Lexus ES sedan teased ahead of big Beijing debut

    Car companies are so naughty these days. Not only are their wares teased in similar fashion to smartphones and other tech, they're also extremely coy about it all. Take Lexus for example. The Japanese luxury brand today unveiled teasers of its Lexus ES sedan, which is set to be launched at the Beijing Motor Show next week. But do you think the firm gave us any specifications? Well, no. But it did give us this 19 second clip of pure, unadulterated flirtation. Boasting the firm's now trademark slashed grille and swept back LED headlights, the car will compete on the world stage...

  • First look: the BMW M2 Competition is as gorgeous as it is rapid

    So, the BMW M2 Competition is quite nice, isn't it? The M2 Coupe -- which was previously more suited to fast-paced social media influencers than genuine motoring enthusiasts -- is now a little more serious, and a lot more fierce. BMW thought it wise to tone down the M3's engine but shove it into this relatively small coupe. Still, 302 kW and 550 N.m. is a notable increase over the standard M2's powerplant. Ridiculously enough, this gives the M2 Competition enough power to shoot to 100km/h from standstill in just 4.2 seconds. [burngal title= "BMW M2 Competition is as gorgeous as it...

  • F1: streaming service pegged for H1 2018, VOD content

    It's taken a little longer than we liked but Formula One Management (FOM) is finally hopping on the streaming bandwagon. "We're hoping, in 2018, to have a launch. It'll be a staged launch, so we'll launch some features probably every quarter, maybe a bit more dynamic than that," Pete Samara, director of innovation and digital technology at FOM, told Motorburn in an interview at MWC 2018. Earlier reports confirmed that live races wouldn't be available in markets where there was no F1 presence. But does that mean we won't see any F1 video service at all in these markets? "So we will...

  • 5 things we want in the new Toyota Land Cruiser [Sponsored]

    Toyota recently launched the new Toyota Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser has the longest running history in Toyota's line up. It is still the tough, reliable 4x4 it has been for over 60 years. While the Land Cruiser is no longer in its heyday, it's still selling enough for Toyota to keep developing the car, even just a little bit every year. Being a Toyota, the Land Cruiser sells at a relatively high price point, starting at around USD$84 000. The Land Cruiser is best suited towards off-road use, harsh roads, and for utility purposes. Being able to fit up to...

  • Fernando Alonso to compete in Le Mans 24 Hours, WEC

    McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso, fresh from racing at the Daytona 24 Hours, will be competing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours. The double world champion will pull double duty then, competing in the entire 2018 Formula One season in addition to the WEC season with Toyota. Alonso will be missing the WEC race at Fuji Speedway however, as it clashes with the US Grand Prix. "Like Fernando, at McLaren we're racers at heart, and our team is built on a brave heritage of competing and succeeding in different forms of the sport," McLaren executive...

  • Supersport to broadcast all Indycar races live in 2018

    Between the Le Mans 24 Hours, Formula 1 and the Indy 500, Supersport has a solid variety of motorsport content on offer. Things could be better though (WEC would be nice), so we're glad to see that Supersport has announced that it will be airing all the Indycar 2018 races live. "SuperSport will be broadcasting all 17 Indycar races live this year, starting with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on 11 March," the company noted on its Facebook page. Don't have Supersport? Well, the series uploads races to its YouTube channel a short while after. It's unclear if this will...

  • Intel is using drones, AI to make better race drivers, races

    Motorsport is one of the most data-heavy disciplines out there, as sensor-rigged cars generate a ton of info during a race. But Intel thinks it can improve races for both drivers and viewers, using drones and AI to do so. The company used CES 2018 to announce a collaboration with the Ferrari Challenge North America racing series, to "enhance the motorsports experience for spectators and illustrate the potential of artificial intelligence for transforming the future of motorsports". What does the PR-speak actually mean, though? Benefits for drivers, fans? AI, combined with aerial footage from drones, will be used to generate deeper insight into...

  • Nvidia teams up with Uber, VW for self-driving, AI tech

    Graphics company Nvidia is no stranger to self-driving technology, having previously shown off its DRIVE range of chips for automotive use. Now, the company has made several important announcements ahead of the CES 2018 expo. Nvidia used its pre-CES keynote address to confirm that its upcoming DRIVE Xavier chipset will be delivered to customers this quarter. Two Xavier chipsets form part of a larger Nvidia platform for AI and self-driving, dubbed Pegasus. The Pegasus platform will enable so-called level-five autonomous driving, allowing auto brands to ditch steering wheels, pedals and other controls. In even bigger news, Nvidia also announced a few...

  • Alfa Romeo returns to F1, teaming up with Sauber

    Alfa Romeo has confirmed its involvement with the Sauber F1 team next year as title sponsor and technical partner. The move, part of a multi-year deal, marks the first time in over 30 years that the brand is involved in F1, having been a team and engine manufacturer. "The partnership, which includes a strategic, commercial and technological cooperation between Alfa Romeo and the Sauber F1 Team, will enable the exchange of engineering and technical know-how, and provide new opportunities for the two organisations within Formula One and beyond," read a release on Sauber's website. "From 2018, the team will be known as...

  • 6 motorsport championships you can watch on YouTube

    Formula One, MotoGP and the World Endurance Championship are all restricted to TV channels and/or subscription-based services. Heck, in F1's case, you can't even get a streaming plan (although that's set to change). But you don't have to pay cash to get your motorsport on, as these championship series stream on YouTube. FIA Formula 3 European Championship Euro F3 is widely considered to be one of the most competitive motorsport franchises around, featuring a host of talented young drivers. Some of the more prominent drivers in this year's field include Mick Schumacher (son of Michael), Ferrari Academy drivers Callum Ilott and Guanyu Zhou and McLaren...

  • Virtual racer wins McLaren F1 testing gig

    The GT Academy series proved that gamers could be professional sportscar racers, but what about F1? Well, McLaren has crowned the winner of its World's Fastest Gamer contest. The competition resulted in 25-year-old former karting champion Rudy van Buren winning a role as one of McLaren F1's simulator drivers for the 2018 season. McLaren whittled the contestants down from 30 000, eventually hitting 12 for the Finals Week at their Woking headquarters. The week would see contestants driving around the likes of Interlagos, Indianapolis, Circuit de la Sarthe and Suzuka. The deciding round saw van Buren going up against 20-year-old Freek Schothorst in a four hour...

  • F1: here’s what 2021 engine formula could look like

    The current F1 engine formula is set to stay in place for a few more years, but the V6 turbo hybrid era is set for a significant change come 2021. F1 and the FIA have revealed a proposal for the 2021 engine regulations, sticking with the 1.6 litre V6 turbo power unit, but increasing the engine running speed by 3000rpm to improve sound. In the hybrid department, the MGU-H energy recovery system has been given the boot under the new proposal. Instead, we get a more powerful MGU-K system. The former system harvests exhaust gases to spin up the turbo engine, while the...

  • F1 owners plan streaming service in 2018 – report

    Formula One fans have been clamouring for a streaming service for quite some time, enabling them to potentially cut the cord. Now, F1 owners Liberty Media have reportedly confirmed that they'll be launching a streaming service in 2018. F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches told Autosport that live-streaming from races as well as extra offerings would be made available for the start of next season. These extra offerings include behind-the-scenes footage and "extra" data. "We have an obligation to our fans, quite candidly, to ensure that they are able to access our content in any means they want," Bratches was quoted as saying. Don't...

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