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  • 6 lightweight, track-focused (but road-legal) sportscars… including a certain Mexican

    So, you enjoy blasting around a racing circuit, but don’t see the appeal of buying a track-only car? You’re in luck (if you have plenty of cash, of course). There are a number of track-focused, lightweight sports-cars out there, many of which will give most supercars more than just a black eye. And, best of all, they’re all road-legal – in most countries, anyway. Just don’t expect anything in the way of creature comforts. They may be street-legal, but these little track monsters generally favour function over form, and are thus nothing short of uncompromising to drive. Yes, it’s...

  • Driving change: How tech has unlocked the power of ride-sharing

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. Whatever belongings you have that aren't being used while you read this, are being wasted. Think about that for a second. That old pair of running shoes lying in your closet could be on a budding athletes's feet while you...

  • 12 items and and 6 apps that will change the way you drive

    Turn your hatchback into a home entertainment theatre, renovate your sedan into the kitchen you've always dreamed of and keep your car on speed dial for these tricky situations. There are endless add-ons for you vehicle, some plain dangerous, others pure genius but all round upgrades is a must have if you want to survive traffic in the 21st century. You should probably divide these ventures up into apps or downloads that will help you communicate and keep updated with your car. The other section is the whimsical side - where fantasy meets reality on four wheels. Let's begin on...

  • Watch what happens when hackers remotely take over a Jeep

    Hackers remotely taking over cars and causing mayhem in traffic: it's the kind of thing you'd usually write off as the product of an overactive Hollywood writer's imagination. But it looks like it's actually a reality facing us right now. Just ask Wired writer Andy Greenberg, who recently drove a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee while hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek took over a variety of the car's functions, including the stereo, air-conditioning, accelerator and brakes. The really scary part is that the duo managed to do so wirelessly, from the comfort of a couch miles away from where...

  • Terrafugia unveils design for new flying car

    Terrafugia has released a new images and video for its proposed TF-X flying car concept. And by the looks of things, it's the kind of thing anyone brought up on a diet of The Jetsons has been dreaming of their whole lives. The TF-X is four-seat hybrid electric which Teffafugia claims will make flying easier than any other aircraft to come before it. Thanks to its vertical take off and landing capabilities, Terrafugia also says that the TF-X won't need a runway. That feature comes courtesy of a pair of electric motors which fold away in cruise mode. In...

  • Motorsport mourns as Bianchi, Martinez and Rivas Fernandez pass away: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It has been a very dark weekend for motorsport and its fans. We lost one of the world's most promising young drivers on Saturday, Jules Bianchi, after he succumbed to injuries sustained nearly nine months prior at the Japanese GP. The race that really should've been stopped on lap forty continued while a recovery vehicle was allowed on the circuit. A recovery vehicle that an aquaplaning Bianchi eventually strike. Categories across the world, drivers on social media and team bosses all expressed their sadness and payed their respects. One of the more fitting tributes came at the beginning of the second World...

  • Lexus shows off car with human heartbeat

    You'll often hear real car nuts talk about how their cars feel like an extension of who they are and that there are times when it feels as if they and the car operate with a single heart beat. Lexus has taken that to a new level with a concept car that actually mirrors your heartbeat on the outside of the body. The concept, which is being used to advertise the new Lexus RC F, comes out of Australia and is the result of a collaboration between M&C Saatchi Australia, Tricky Jigsaw, and Lexus Australia. "We're changing the conversation from...

  • Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died

    Marussia and French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died. "It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix," said a statement by the Bianchi family released on Facebook. The 25-year-old driver has been in a coma since his collision with a recovery vehicle nearly nine months prior at...

  • Why smartphone-mimicking dashboards aren’t such a smart idea after all

    We’ve been saying it for ages. Controls for infotainment and other in-cabin functions that are often used while on the move should NOT be buried deep within touchscreen menus. Or indeed be sited on touchscreens at all. Yes, many of the latest smartphone-aping interfaces in cars are rather impressive. Many are even highly intuitive, incorporating the swiping and pinching functions to which technophiles have long been accustomed. And all serve to declutter the dashboard of buttons, leading to an interior design that is generally far more pleasing to the eye. But, in terms of safety and functionality, most of...

  • Driving Change: how data is making our cities move smarter

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies molding 21st century transport as we know it. As any Motorburn reader would tell you, cars are getting freakishly smart these days. These four-wheelers can drive themselves around and even cruise around on the moon if they want to. Yet, for a large part, the ways in which...

  • You have to see Ford’s Apollo Edition Mustang

    Muscle cars and space travel. There are very few things in existence that are cooler. Rather than accepting that as a statement of fact though, Ford seems to have decided that it's a challenge. The American car giant has released a special Apollo Edition Mustang and there's no getting around the fact that it looks absolutely awesome. The Apollo Mustang has been built in aid of the Experimental Aircraft Association youth education programmes in the US. This is the eighth time Ford has built a Mustang for this cause. Based on a 2015 fastback Ford Mustang GT, the...

  • UXed in 60 seconds: 5 ways Jaguar Land Rover UX is boosting the automotive space

    Our cars already have software from Microsoft, Google, and Apple in them, filtered through touchscreens and sensors. Likewise, the number of cars on the road is also escalating at a fast and furious rate. But the more developed the automotive industry becomes, the more attention and focus drivers should pay to preventing emergencies. It’s much harder to keep attention on the steering wheel when there are so many controllers around you. Still, not all settings are used with the same frequency. For example, tuning to a radio station, regulating air conditioning temperature, or answering an incoming call happens rather often,...

  • This parking spot-sized garage looks like an awesome solution for city dwellers everywhere

    If you live in a big city where garage parking is scarce, you probably know all too well how much damage the elements can do to your car when you leave it out in the open. Birds, rain, sunshine and even some leaves can do serious damage over time. And that's to say nothing of what can happen if you live on a street with a large number of party spots. Fortunately, the Chinese appear to have come up with a pretty innovative solution. It comes in the shape of a folding garage which is no bigger than a...

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