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  • Watch Neymar take on Ken Block in this epic game of ‘Footkhana’

    Anyone with even the slightest interest in motoring will probably have seen one of Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos at some point in the past couple of years. Those videos have seen the rally driver do some pretty insane things, but not many of them will have been as detailed as this challenge, which sees him take on Brazilian football star Neymar Jr in a cross between Gymkhana and Football: Footkhana. Awkward names aside, the video is pretty damn kick-ass and features tons and tons of burning rubber. It’s also a pretty nifty way for Castrol (as well as all the...

  • 4 modern hatchbacks that really don’t translate well as sedans

    When it comes to combining pure driving pleasure with great practicality, it’s difficult to beat a good hatchback. How many other car forms would allow you to go tearing around corners like an irresponsible yahoo one day and help your mom move her dresser the next? Trouble is, there are people out there who like the badges associated with hatchbacks — Civic, Focus, Swift — but prefer to have conventional boots, for some reason. We’ve never actually met one of them, but they must be out there because the manufacturers keep building them. A large portion of the time,...

  • VW will build its crazy-ass 400bhp Golf

    This is awesome and just a little bit terrifying. Volkswagen is set to put the 400 horsepower Golf concept it debuted at the Beijing Auto Show into production. Yep, that’s right, with the right amount of cash, you could soon be tearing up the road in 400bhp Golf. I’ll say that one more time just so you grasp it: a 400bhp Golf. In a conversation with Car and Driver, VW research and development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirmed that the bonkers hatchback would indeed go into production. While the news is exciting, it’s hardly surprising. When VW debuted the R 400,...

  • Here’s BMW’s vision for the future of luxury [Gallery]

    If you’re the kind of person who has holiday homes on more than one continent and a house that runs the kind of technology that would make Tony Stark jealous, then BMW would very much like to have your attention. The German marque has unveiled its vision for the future of luxury. It’s done so with the BMW Vision Future Luxury, a concept car which it says “stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation” and “a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive”. “Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of...

  • The 10 fastest production cars ever to lap the Nürburgring

    If you hold even a passing interest in speed (the rate at which an object moves, not the amphetamine drug), the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany should need no introduction. But, just in case, we’ll give you some handy background before we kick off our latest list — only the important bits, mind you. We wouldn’t want to bore you with a sleep-inducing history lesson. The terrifyingly undulating track is considered one of the most demanding in the world. The Nordschleife (or “North Loop”) — as opposed to the newer, safer circuit updated for Formula One — was built...

  • Ford enters the luxury van market with oversexed mommy mobile

    Ford has collaborated with Galpin Auto Sport (GAS) to bring consumers (or at least attendees of the New York Auto Show), their version of a “private jet on wheels.” GAS specialises in customization and remodeling of vehicles, and was the shop featured on MTV’s Pimp my Ride during the later seasons. Dubbed the Skyliner, Ford’s attempt at luxury comes off more like an oversexed, and sized, mommy mobile. Naturally, the beast comes with a built-in bar, theatre set-up, and retractable conference table, for all of your office needs. The Skyliner is also equipped with electronic “throne” chairs, enabling swanky billionaires to live out...

  • Mini lifts the lid on the new Countryman

    It might not be every Mini purist’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that the Marque’s Countryman model has serious presence. Then again, that’s bound to happen when you look like a (slightly) shrunk down Range Rover. We can now also confirm that the latest generation Countryman has done pretty much nothing to change that. In fact, if anything, the new Countryman is a little bolder than its predecessors, something Mini admits to in the press release by pointing out the car’s “striking accents” and “athletic flair”. Over all though there hasn’t been much change to the exterior....

  • 5 bikes we’re desperate to ride this year

    Whoever says you just need money to buy the most awaited motorcycles of 2014 has not gone shopping yet. Yes, that’s right. If you are planning to splurge on a two-wheeled guzzler this year, make sure you have loads of attitude to carry it off. With so much excitement around the tech we’re putting in our cars, it’s easy to forget that the motorbikes are advancing at an equally fast pace. It’s also easy to forget that the needs and wants of bike enthusiasts are as diverse as those of their four-wheeled counterparts. The likes of Ducati and KTM will...

  • A breed apart: this infographic celebrates 50 years of Mustang

    Spend more than 30 seconds thinking about iconic cars and the word “Mustang” is likely to pop into your head. For 50 years now, Ford’s massively high selling muscle car has been turning heads on the road. In that time, it’s made masses of film, TV and music video appearances. It’s most famous outing being in the James Bond film Goldfinger, although children of the 80s will make an argument for Kitt, the ‘stang who was Michael Knight’s companion in the series Knight Rider. “This connection to pop culture has helped to establish the car’s huge fan base, not...

  • 5 CAT excavators play world’s greatest ever game of Jenga

    This just the coolest thing we’ve seen all month. It’s a giant game of Jenga featuring five heavy CAT machines, including a Excavators and Telehandlers. Yup, that’s right, a bunch of guys managed to play a massive version of that game you start struggling with after a couple of glasses of wine. The other difference of course is that when you play Jenga, you tend not to have giant pieces of earth-moving equipment shaking the ground around you. The video, which is obviously a promo for CAT, shows just how much technical mastery the people who operate these machines...

  • 8 legendary, ludicrous and utterly lorn Formula 1 innovations

    Since as far back as the invention of the wheel, humans have felt the need to travel faster and faster, preferably in competition with someone else. In today’s world of Formula 1, this insatiable appetite melds both arcane methods of exploding fossil fuels, extraordinarily talented drivers and bleeding edge technology. Innovations are, and were never too far from the sport. That’s not to say all of these innovations were successful. 1. Life’s L190 W12 Engine Life Racing Engine’s 1990 season, for example, was a grave embarrassment. Everything about this team was a failure – from the use of FIRST’s diabolical and cumbersome...

  • This is the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept

    We don’t think there have been many concepts this year that have caused as much of a hoopla as the Land Rover Discovery Vision. From dramatic teasers, through to the promise of “see through” bonnets in the not-too-distant future, the concept from the off-road specialist promised to be something special. Thing is, now that it’s been revealed, we’re not so sure how we feel about it. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the concept isn’t ugly by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s pretty consistent with the direction the Discovery’s been taking for some time now. Interestingly...

  • Emission free cruising on a futuristic snail, anyone?

    Fans of Turbo, DreamWork’s speedy snail tale, will be happy to know that they can now purchase their very own electric powered snail-mobile. The Johammer J1 is the brainchild of Australian e-mobility company Johammer. Although it’s tough not to get hung up the on sluggish looks of this peculiar bike, there are some pretty cool additional features to distract riders. The Johammer boasts a fairly long range of 200km, putting it on par with other electric motorbikes on the market, like the Zero S. Additionally, a multifunctional rearview mirror nixes the need for a separate gauge display. The J1 also optimizes center...

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