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  • Scott Dixon crowned IndyCar Champion: the motorsport roundup

    Fewer things are crueler than losing a World Championship on a tie breaker, but that's what happens occasionally in motorsport (and tennis). Think back to 2008, when Felipe Massa should've won the Formula 1 World Championship, only to be denied by Lewis Hamilton on the final corner of the final lap of the season. It was easily one of the most dramatic ends to any motorsport series season ever, and well, fits in perfectly this this weekend's IndyCar race at Sonoma. If single seaters aren't your thing, perhaps a rainy Silverstone on MotoGP machines will get your blood pumping. We have...

  • Monster coupe top trumps! Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe versus BMW M4

    BMW’s hottest 4 Series has been tearing up stretches of tarmac around the world since early in 2014, providing plenty of high-performance thrills to lovers of German two-doors. But now this M-badged monster – which shook up the Munich-based brand’s naming convention by effectively terminating the celebrated M3 Coupe moniker – has a new foe (in addition to the Audi RS 5 and the Lexus RC-F). And we thus appear to have a scintillating battle on our hands. Yes, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe is scheduled to make its official bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September 2015, but...

  • Here’s what the new Kia Sportage actually looks like

    Last week Kia released a wildly unrealistic teaser image of the new Sportage. Now the Korean company has released an actual image of the upcoming SUV. The vehicle, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, was primarily designed by Kia's European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand's Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres. According to Kia, the Sportage's design is meant to echo the contrast of "smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets". The 'face' of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car's design, with...

  • Turns out the internet really is making us better at buying cars

    You might not be able to buy a new car online with same ease as you can pretty much any other product, but it turns out that the internet is actually helping us make better decisions when it comes to buying cars. For one, the internet means that potential buyers have on-demand access to reams of data like the car’s specifications, price, available discounts, quality and performance, on-demand. That information in turn gives buyers greater bargaining power. Online classified sites specifically focusing on motor vehicles offer consumers in the market for a new car a repository of thousands of pre-owned...

  • Honda 2&4 Concept could be the ultimate Formula 1-inspired track day car

    Honda might not be doing too well in Formula 1 at the moment, but that's clearly not affecting its drive to perfect the track day car. It's new 2&4 Concept, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a few days time, is particularly bonkers and will probably have a few Ariel Atoms cowering in the corner. Probably. Along with the beautifully nostalgic red and white paint job, the go-kart-like rocketship is powered by a V4 motorcycle engine that could put out anything from 150-horsepower to 212. And if we know anything about motorcycle engine-powered cars, its that they are...

  • People aren’t even using all the fancy car tech they pay for

    Cars have never just been four wheels that exist as a means for getting you from one place to another. But now more than ever, they resemble the gadgets we carry around in our pockets far more than they do a horseless carriage. And now, it turns out, we use as small a fraction of the tech packed into them as we do of the very expensive devices we carry around with us on a daily basis. According to the 2015 Drive Report survey by J.D. Power, as many as 20% of drivers haven't used half the technological features...

  • 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...

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