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  • Chrysler’s now using the Oculus Rift to let you experience how your car’s being built

    This is pretty cool. In a bid to promote the Chrysler 200, Wieden+Kennedy Portland have partnered with Stopp and MPC Creative to create a virtual reality experience showing off how it’s made. The Oculus Rift-driven VR experience not only gives users a tour inside the completed car, but also of it being built. Using the Oculus Rift DK2 headset, the four minute experience gives viewers a detailed look at both the interior and exterior components of the car as well as the quality control steps that Chrysler takes on every vehicle before rolling it off the production line. The...

  • Lotus jumps a truck over its Formula 1 car in world record stunt [Video]

    Lotus has had a bit of a bad Formula 1 season. The once-mighty team from Enstone has been ravaged by terrible financial losses and Renault‘s down-on-power and thirsty hybrid engine. The car’s chassis and aero package didn’t exactly help either, but the team always seems to take things with a pinch of salt. Case in point? The team has just jumped one of its trucks over one of its Formula 1 cars, for funsies. Okay, not quite for funsies alone. The team set a new world record for the longest truck jump ever recorded — just over 25 metres (83ft. 7″). That’s...

  • Meet the Merc CLA Shooting Brake

    Fans of the station wagon should be rejoicing right about now because it looks like the form is making something of a comeback. Last week, we told you about the powerful, but practical Golf R Wagon and now Mercedes-Benz has announced the launch of an all-new CLA Shooting Brake. According to Merc, the car is similar to its big brother, the CLS Shooting Brake, in as much as it’s aimed at “active customers who are looking outside of the mainstream for a car that impresses with a high utility value.” And it’s that utility we should start with. The...

  • The Lewis Hamilton-Nico Rosberg saga concludes: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great 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. This weekend saw the most riveting inter-team batter for quite some time conclude under Abu Dhabi‘s spectacular lights and glamour. Elsewhere in the realm of Formula 1, drivers and teams are moving and shaking, signing contracts for next year and swapping engines for the second year of hybrid turbos. And while the Middle East played host to the Formula...

  • 5 drivetrain layouts: which is best for what?

    Today, the vast majority of “ordinary” fossil fuel cars zipping about our urban roads employ a front-engine, front-wheel drive configuration. But that wasn’t always the case. No, before widespread fuel scarcity coaxed this now-popular configuration into mainstream reality, most vehicles had their engines sited at the front, with power channelled exclusively to the rear wheels. Of course, this layout still has its place today, with a number of upmarket marques and sporty vehicles relying on the traditional configuration. So, let’s take a look at the five main drivetrain layouts, each of which has unique advantages and disadvantages. Which is...

  • Chevrolet just unveiled a laser-propelled, 900-hp beast from Gran Turismo

    Chevrolet hasn’t been getting good press recently, especially since those Manchester United stars who are given free Camaros would choose Bentleys, Range Rovers and Rolls-Royces instead. But it’s latest concept could do a lot to change the iconic car marque’s flailing modern image. The “Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo” concept is about as futuristic as futuristic concepts get, and is one massive hat tip to Gran Turismo 6 and Chapparal cars of old. Chapparal and Chevrolet used to be partners smitten by racing, but the partnership that included forays into IndyCar didn’t last as long as it should have. We’ve seen...

  • The 2016 Audi TT carries virtual cockpit powered by two Tegra 3 processors

    Cars are computers. The sentence “automakers are using Tegra 3 to help reinvent the driving experience,” would have baffled computer geeks a few years ago, and gone over the heads of car junkies. Today it’s becoming the norm. Recently, at the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles, Audi and Nvidia have announced that they’ve yet again teamed-up to produce the virtual cockpit, among other exciting things that wants to make automobiles smarter. The new Audi TT introduces the virtual cockpit, which is described as a digital platform that drivers can customise to present the information they want most — an intelligent...

  • 6 car questions with surprisingly profound answers

    We love cars, but there’s a lot we don’t understand about them. And unless you were born with a spanner in your hand and have been wearing grease-stained overalls since you were in diapers, we’re betting that there’s plenty you don’t understand either. If you’re anything like us, it’s also pretty likely that you’re too afraid to ask a lot of the questions you do have. And don’t kid yourself, surrounding yourself with friends who are equally car mad is only likely to make things worse. “What do you mean you’ve never quite understood how the tranverse cylinder head...

  • Toyota reinvents the Prius with the bad-ass hydrogen-fueled Mirai

    After much teasing over the better part of this year, Toyota has finally announced the launch its hydrogen-fueled Mirai. The four-door sedan uses no petrol. Instead it relies on hydrogen, which means that it emits nothing but vapour and H2O — all natural gas. The Japanese automaker explains that the fuel cell technology works similar to that of a battery-wielding car, only a lot more high-tech. Read more: The next Toyota Prius will come with Le Mans racing technology Mirai’s fuel cell stack combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers the electric motor. The battery produces 3.1 kW/L...

  • Volkswagen Golf R Wagon is a powerful but practical people mover

    After tearing up Arizona for the best part of the month, Volkswagen has officially unveiled its Golf R Wagon — a long wheelbase version of the Golf R. And it’s bonkers. The car will be unveiled at LA Motor Show this week, and will be coming to the market Stateside in the coming months. Probably. Whether it will come to South Africa, that’s another matter, but the chances are high. Volkswagen tends to bring most of its range here, and it can’t help that one of its African bases is housed here too. While a “Wagon” version of everyone’s favourite hot hatch...

  • Kevin Harvick is NASCAR Champion: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great 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. As a motorsport fan, you should be feeling quite cheated. This weekend was packed with so many Championships and series heading into their final events, that it just wasn’t humanly possible to catch all of them live. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crowned its new champion in Florida, while the Macau GP, the WEC‘s 6 Hours of Bahrain...

  • Watch Ken Block light up downtown LA in his Gymkhana Seven Mustang [Video]

    You get showmen, and then you get Ken Block, one of the founders of DC Shoes and infamous for being one of the most daredevil drivers in the universe. And his new video — “Gymkhana Seven: “Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles” — shows everyone just how insane this man is behind a steering wheel. Block pulls off some impossible stunts and it’s clear that the video is not manipulated. His weapon of choice is the custom built all-wheel-drive 1965 Ford Mustang, packing well over 800 horsepower. Read more: SEMA 2014: Ken Block’s Gymkana 7 Mustang is the god of all...

  • A Ferrari-engined Alfa Romeo 4C may be coming, thanks to Lazzarini Design

    I have a deep affinity for Alfa Romeos. It’s the car brand that really seems to remain true to its design routes, even when the world around it is changing rapidly. What’s even more likeable is that its never afraid to have a go at making a truly special car. The 4C was great but it needed more power. Well, thank the car gods, someone has answered our prayers. Enter Lazzarini Design‘s Ferrari-engined artwork. For the moment, it’s all just a pipe dream, but this should definitely happen. The Italian freelance design studio isn’t a stranger to designing insane concepts, but the “Definitiva”...

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