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  • Watch this wirelessly charged RC car have a blast with its Formula E cousin

    You may have heard that Qualcomm eventually hopes to have wireless charging pads as part of the highly competitive Formula E series. That's a way off from being a reality, but that doesn't mean it isn't having a little fun figuring out the technology along the way. Just take a look at the video below for example. The clip shows a wirelessly charging remote control car, invented by the chip maker tearing up a race track with a Formula E car driven by Lucas di Grassi. This tech is important, not just for the future of Formula E,...

  • Nelson Piquet Jr. wins first Formula E title: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It's certainly a little strange to announce that a series has come to an end in the middle of the year, but the maiden Formula E season had its final race weekend around Battersea Park, London this weekend. As for the other series? Well, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circus traded the oval track for the twisty, undulating Sonoma road course, the IndyCar Series did the opposite, making the Autoclub Speedway its home for the weekend. The DTM series had its flagship event at the Norisring this weekend too, with BMW finally stepping up to the plate, while the WTCC Championship is...

  • Audi hopes to have this rover rolling on the moon in 2017

    Audi has unveiled the rover which it, together with a group calling itself the Part-Time Scientists, hopes to take to the moon in 2017. The vehicle has been built as part of the team's entry Google's XPRIZE competition to transport an unmanned rover onto the moon. If it wins, the rover will land in the same area as Apollo 17, the last NASA lander to take a human being to the moon, did. According to Audi, the team will benefit from its expertise in a number of fields, including quattro all-wheel drive and lightweight construction as well as electric...

  • Would you actually use the Lotus 3-Eleven on the road?

    Look don't get us wrong, the Lotus 3-Eleven looks stunning and, because it's a Lotus, it should be spectacular to drive. But would you actually want to drive it on the road. Bear in mind that, good as it looks, it would clearly mark you out as a track geek. Just look at those roll bars, and that microscopic windscreen. This clearly isn't a car for taking out on long drives if you live somewhere with even remotely variable weather. Then again, that might not matter quite as much if you live somewhere where you can take the 3-Eleven...

  • The van is making a comeback! 4 smart van-based people-carriers

    Not too long ago, vans were seemingly reserved for decidedly shady characters. You know, individuals shiftily trying to hawk clearly stolen goods from the load-bed. Or weirdos hanging around leafy parks offering fistfuls of candy to unsuspecting young children. That sort of thing. Of course, vans have also long played a crucial role in the commercial sector, where small business owners and delivery services rely on their enviable load-carrying talents. But manufacturers of these box-shaped heavy-haulers sometimes convert them for people-carrying duties, too. Sure, the resulting “passenger vehicle” products often come across as somewhat contrived – and rarely better than...

  • Watch the new Focus RS in crazy oversteer mode

    Judging by the level of anticipation around its release, the Focus RS is going to be one hell of a hot hatch. Ford provided further proof that this might be the case with a video showing the RS blasting around its Lommel Proving Ground. The video features plenty of oversteer, along with some more oversteer, all set to the tune of an exhaust that sounds like it wouldn't be out of place in the background of an epic metal track. Ford's also confirmed that the Focus RS will be equipped with a special 2.3-litre EcoBoost power unit engineered to...

  • The new Alfa Giulia is powerful, looks sensible

    Alfa Romeo has unveiled its new flagship and while it looks like it should be treat to drive, it does appear to have sacrificed some of that special "Alfa-ness". Called the Giulia, the car features a Ferrari-inspired six-cylinder 510hp powertrain and slew of innovative engineering features, including 50/50 weight distribution, stability control, and an active aero splitter (for increased downforce). According to Alfa, all of these features come together to make the ride in the Giulia, which goes from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, "thrilling". We don't doubt that, but thrilling as it may be to drive, there's...

  • 5 super yachts that put your supercar lifestyle to shame

    I have heard of buying islands or sailing the seven seas in your ridiculous megayacht but now, island-yachts are the next big thing, literally frickin' massive. I can see the headlines now, "Billionaire straps rockets to a Canary Islands and takes it. paid in cash." So how exactly do you make a yacht that doubles as an island, most of the yachts out there are engineered for years until they are ready to battle the oceans? We won't drop you in the deep end just yet. For now, look no further than the Orsos. The Orsos, isn't a yacht, but literally...

  • New Ford tech lets drivers ‘see around corners’

    Something pretty interesting is making its way out of Ford's Silicon Valley-based research and innovation. The US carmaker has announced technology which will effectively allow drivers to "see" around corners. More accurately, it's introduced a split-view camera, which it says will help drivers see traffic and obstacles that enter the vehicle’s path from the side by displaying a 180-degree view of the area in front of or behind a vehicle. According to Ford, split view uses real-time video feeds from 1-megapixel wide-angle lens cameras in the grille and tailgate. A tri-panel display in the 8-inch screen helps customers understand quickly...

  • Has Lexus really created a fully-functional hoverboard?

    For the past six months or so, people of a certain age have undoubtedly been asking themselves one question: it's 2015, so where's my hoverboard already? If a press release we've been sent is to be believed, the answer may well lie in Lexus' R&D department. The luxury arm of Toyota has apparently been working with experts in super-conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards the world has ever seen. The concept is the fourth project in the company's Amazing in Motion campaign, demonstrating its commitment to pursuing new possibilities in advanced design and technology. "At Lexus...

  • Rosberg closes Championship gap with Austrian win: the weekend motorsport roundup

    This weekend we see the return of Formula 1 to Europe, with the now massively popular Austrian GP. A few kilometres south, the World Superbikes were running around the tarmac ribbon of Misano, with all riders hellbent on beating current Championship leader Jonathan Rea. We also have a look at one of the more preculiar crashes we've ever seen and take in the sights and sounds of the German leg of the FIA World RallyCross Championship. So without any more ado, here are the moments you might've missed. 1. Formula 1: Rosberg out-races Hamilton (for a change) Hamilton was the pole sitter but...

  • Marvel at how the world’s best racing crews perform pit stops

    The drivers might get all the glory, but there's more than a little artistry to the work done by their pit crews. Often highly qualified professionals with years of experience behind them, their work can save a driver the fractions of a second needed to claim victory in a race. But as this video shows, not every racing code is the same. Formula 1, with its 14-member pit crew teams is obviously the fastest. But it's also the easiest on the eyes, with the mechanics moving in a kind of choreographed ballet. IndyCar is also pretty impressive and NASCAR...

  • Samsung’s testing a ‘Safety Truck’ to help motorists

    If you have ever tried to overtake a large truck, you understand the fear and danger that follows, especially if you car's engine is a cute and cuddly 1.5 liters or less. This is all about to change. Well not your car's engine, but the danger involved with these truck encounters, thanks to Samsung. Yup, that's right, the South Korean electronics giant has flipped the switch and is now providing motorists with one of the most valuable super powers known to any childhood, x-ray vision.  Well, not exactly x-ray vision but at least the ability to see what's in-front of big-rig...

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