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  • 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...

  • 7 car gadgets you shouldn’t be caught dead buying

    If you own a vehicle that’s well past its prime (or, indeed, one that’s simply a little too low-tech for your liking), you may be tempted to spruce it up with a spot of aftermarket gadgetry. And although there are some useful and even ingenious automotive-flavoured additions out there, they are unfortunately about as common as an honest second-hand car salesman. But if you simply can’t shake the hankering, then our advice is to at least tread carefully. Very carefully. Why? Well, the auto accessories market is flooded with poor quality and often downright distasteful products. So not only will...

  • Peugeot wants to let you know its Exalt concept is a lion, or a shark…we’re not sure [gallery]

    If you think French cars should be all about charm and floating about gently through idyllic cobbled streets then you probably won’t like Peugeot’s Exalt concept. The five-door hatch, set to be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, is being put forward as a car so aggressive it would sooner stick a bayonet through your guts than buy you a croissant. That said, we’re not sure Peugeot would be comfortable with us comparing the Exalt to anything resembling a human being. Instead, it seems set on pushing predatory overtones in its description of the car. The...

  • Meet Bentley’s plug-in Hybrid concept

    A few years ago, coming to the conclusion that the kind of people who can afford a Bentley aren’t interested in hybrid technology would’ve been seen as a fairly logical one. Then Hollywood stars and other sections of the uber-elite started buying the Toyota Prius. Now, in 2014, Bentley has unveiled a plug-in hybrid concept. The Hybrid Concept, set to be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, is meant to be a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017. “There is...

  • 7 of the most beautiful one-off cars of all time

    There have been plenty of beautiful cars over the years, from the early efforts of pioneering coachbuilders that would go on to become household names, through to the Jaguar E Type and the Alfa 8C. A lot of the value of older, beautiful cars meanwhile, derives from their scarcity. In some cases, that’s because we didn’t realise how important they were when we built them, in others it’s because they were only released in relatively small numbers in the first place. But what about the cars that had the smallest runs of all? We’re talking about one-off specials. Many...

  • Land Rover goes all Superman on us with ‘see-through’ bonnet tech

    This is unbelievably cool. Land Rover is testing technology that could allow drivers of future Discoverys to see through their bonnets. Currently in the development stages, the technology would use cameras located in the vehicle’s grille capture data to feed a Head-Up Display, effectively creating a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay. Now while that might not seem all that useful on the road, it could prove immensely helpful if you’re driving over the kind of rugged terrain Land Rovers were actually built to cross. That’s because it allows drivers to see an augmented...

  • Stirring VW Kombi tribute will give you a strong case of ‘the feels’

    If you can watch this without shedding a tear or two, or at least feeling a strong sense of sentimentality, then we’re sorry but you’re not human. The film is a tribute to the Volkswagen Mark 2 Kombi, which has reached the end of its lifecycle after 63 years, as well as the people who helped transform it into an icon. Narrated by the Kombi itself, it involves fulfilling the vehicle’s last wishes as it travels around the world on its last journey. Six months in the making, the film travels with it from Owings Mills, in the suburbs...

  • 4 high-tech helmets that could change motorbiking forever

    Unless you’ve got one of those BMW scooters from a few years back, chances are the closest you’re going to come to a windscreen while traveling on two wheels is your helmet. As long as the safety of the rider isn’t compromised, it’s also the most natural place to put any serious motorbike tech. Thankfully, the people trying to cram as much tech as possible into helmets seem to have figured this out. From what we can see, they seem to be doing their best to give their (in some cases potential) customers the kind of tech we’ve come to...

  • Microsoft takes aim at Apple’s CarPlay with Windows in the car

    A few weeks after Apple announced plans to introduce iOS into cars through its CarPlay technology, arch rival Microsoft has shown its intent to take on in-car entertainment with a Windows Phone-centric car integration system. Microsoft has been manufacturing in-car technology for years — USB ports with Windows connectivity logos signaled an in-car entertainment system built on a Windows platform and Ford Sync is built on the Windows Embedded Automotive system. The new technology, which looks alarmingly like Apple’s CarPlay, was unveiled at the Microsoft Build Developer conference this week. Although still strictly in concept form, it is already...

  • Toyota turns back on robot workers in favour of actual humans

    Factory automation has killed the jobs of motor workers around the world, all in the name of efficiency. Except, as it turns out, the people who were once so keen to replace their human workers with robots may have been wrong on that front. According to a Bloomberg report, Toyota bosses are set to turn their back on total automation in favour of a new generation of highly trained craftsmen. While the idea might sound a little arcane, there is some logic to Toyota’s thinking. Machines are great at doing what you tell them to but, as things stand,...

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