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  • Petter Solberg becomes RallyX royalty: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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. And while most of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer series draw to a close, the battles for Championships and top honours are only intensifying. In this week’s roundup, we travel to the famed Dover International Speedway, also known as the Monster Mile, where NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers aimed to book their place in the final Chase. Across the Atlantic,...

  • Got a family but hate SUVs? Try one of these 5 stylish MPVs

    The multi-purpose vehicle is dead, right? Well, the abrupt rise of the soft-roading SUV has all but killed off the traditional family hauler. But not entirely. There’s no denying that the crossover SUV is now the undisputed king of family motoring. These days, they come in all shapes and sizes, from the hardworking Renault Duster all the way through to the full-fat Range Rover Sport. Most, of course, are road-biased, front-wheel drive derivatives, although even those with real off-road ability are hardly ever afforded the chance to get down and dirty. And they’re absolutely everywhere. But, if you look...

  • This is it: Renault previews new Espace ahead of Paris debut

    When Renault announced that it would be launching a successor to the current Espace, it wasn’t entirely clear what direction it intended to take. Sure we knew that the new look vehicle would likely be based on the Initiale concept the French Marque showed off last year, but there were still plenty of blanks to be filled in. We can now fill in one of those blanks with confirmation that Reanult won’t be killing the iconic 30-year-old badge. Yup, the new Espace will be an Espace. According to Renault, a lot of effort has been made to ensure that...

  • Volvo Trucks trolls rookie valet to promote latest transmission tech [video]

    Undoubtedly, there are few better jobs on this planet (apart from thrashing a Mercedes around Singapore as a Formula 1 driver) than being a valet for one of the Riviera’s prime casinos. Or any casino in Europe, really. Driving some of the world’s most beautiful exotics and getting tipped in the hundreds is something only us car enthusiasts, and cash-lovers, can lust over. But sometimes, even valets are faced with vehicles they’d rather not drive. We’ve seen some wonderful marketing schemes over the years, and Volvo has been in the thick of it recently with its safety tech videos, but this...

  • RallyX sees closest ever finish: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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. Motorsport is more than just a few people putting their feet down hard to the floor. It’s the culmination of humankind’s drive to go faster, further, more efficiently and effortlessly. Essentially, motorsport is the root of automotive technology, from where the branches of transport hardens and flourishes. Showcasing the best of wheel-based technology this weekend were some of...

  • Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Vehicle can double up as an electricity source for your home

    Toyota’s 2015 FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) is the car manufacturer’s answer to an energy-scarce world. Not only does it rely on hydrogen, the sedan also looks like a real bad-ass — something that’s usually reserved for its petrol-, if not diesel-, fueled counterparts. The high-tech car is also said to double-up as a source of energy for your home in case of emergencies. While USA Today recently caught a glimpse of the car’s bulky shell, Toyota is still holding back on its interior. Some details were made public however. Referring to the Japanese earthquake catastrophe of 2011, Toyota FCV engineer Jared...

  • Hyundai, Bisimoto partner again to build monster 700-horsepower Sonata

    It seems like every year Hyundai eagerly awaits the SEMA auto show in Las Vegas to unleash its creative and petrol-fueled muscle, after a year of producing sensible cars. Last year, we saw a 1000-horsepower Genesis. This year we’ll be treated to a 708-horsepower Sonata. Yes, that sensible family saloon. The SEMA Show, or the “Specialty Equipment Market Association” to be pedantic, is like car Christmas, showcasing the best of automotive performance parts and ludicrous design decisions from the world of customisers. And Hyundai has a little surprise of its own this edition. Partnering with powertrain specialists Bisimoto, the Sonata’s 2.4-litre...

  • Cars of the future will be pretty much crash proof. Here’s how…

    Some people quite simply don’t belong behind the wheel of a car. Driving is, after all, a skill. And, despite proudly brandishing driving licences complete with goofy “mugshots”, these motorists have yet to (and likely never will) master the simple art of, um, not crashing. Yes, we’re talking about serial crashers. Those sorry drivers who manage to – for whatever reason – routinely transform their humble hatchbacks into weapons of mass on-road destruction. Lampposts, parked cars, wheelie bins, the neighbour’s cat – virtually nothing escapes these four-wheeled wrecking balls. But even if you’re not one of them (and thus don’t make...

  • Volvo unleashes R-Design flair for super-safe XC90 SUV [Gallery]

    How safe is the Volvo XC90? Allegedly safe enough for Volvo to speed it up a bit. The new R-Design package of the world’s latest SUV has today been uncovered by the Swedes, and it’s simply scrumptious. For those who dare not take their beloved off-roaders off-road, the package enhances the SUV’s street credibility, handling and, thanks in part to the Drive-E hybrid powertrains, speed with around 400-horsepower on tap. We’ve previously noted the car’s extensive safety systems and driver aids, and one will probably need all of them chucking this thing into the corners. But isn’t it beautiful? We might...

  • Could MIT’s RoadRunner be the answer to congestion we’ve been looking for all along?

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a new system called RoadRunner — an innovative system that hopes to improve traffic the world over. The technology jumps traditional infrastructure like tollbooths and cameras by relying on mobile phones instead. With RoadRunner drivers’ internet-connected devices are used to provide alternate routes to help evade congestion. According to PCB Design, when the system detects a particular route is crowded, RoadRunner generates driving directions to approaching cars that then recommends a different way to go. In essence, it crowdsources information to better control the crowd. The system uses virtual tokens to...

  • Clean tactics: 3 ways Formula E will transform the electric vehicle industry

    I’m a stubborn Formula 1 fan. The series laden with passion, romance, tragic history and manic technical development entrances me every second weekend to no end. It’s a sport that many have grown up with, watching the battles between legends like Senna and Prost, Schumacher and Hill and now Hamilton and Rosberg. But it’s reign as the premier motorsport on the planet is under major threat from a series that wasn’t billed as a challenger at all. Formula E burst onto the scene this weekend, relatively untried and untested especially on the back of slowing electric vehicle sales worldwide. It...

  • Lexus’ electric E-Four system set to revolutionise all-wheel drive vehicles

    It’s no secret that Lexus is about to bless the world with yet another crossover. In a corner of the market laden with quality offerings and a set of standard genre rules, the best softroaders often boast that one killer feature, differentiating them from the cookie-cutter rest. Four-wheel drive is customary in the sector, and nowadays on road and supercars too, but it often systems employ the same philosophy — use the engine’s power, a few differentials, and distribute the power between the wheels evenly or when necessary. But Lexus has taken the best of both petrol and electric cars...

  • Lunatic duck-dives his Vauxhaul off a truck to evade parking ticket [video]

    It resembles a skit from a prank show, but this video is completely real. It is not one of those where a friend calls a show and asks them to tow your car for no apparent reason, but to amuse themselves and the viewers. What then ensues is an intense argument between you and a ridiculously unreasonable tow-truck driver. You’ll likely get angry and threaten to punch him and at which point, you will be told to look at the cameraman, who in turn, tells you that you’ve just been pranked. In this video, none of that happens. The events that...

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