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  • Amphibious Volvo 240 takes on a lake and wins spectacularly [video]

    We’ve seen the chaps on Top Gear try their hand at making amphibious vehicles, with hilarious and truly remarkable results. But the cars weren’t exactly good on the road, nor on the water. Enter Theon Parseghian’s world of waterbourne wonder. The New York native has turned a Volvo 240 estate into a boat with some imagination and serious know-how. Oh, and it works. Flawlessly. Unlike Clarkson’s Toyboata (which worked rather well, while it did work), Parseghian’s “Evolvo” has an engine mounted where the rear seats should be, which in turn powers a propellar below the craft. It’s also completely watertight. And...

  • Tesla’s looking for hackers to try and break its cars full time

    If you wanted evidence of the rapid convergence happening in the tech and car space, you could not have hoped for anything much clearer than the fact that Tesla had a stand at renowned hacking conference Def Con. The reason it’s there? Well the Elon Musk-headed company is looking to hire a team of full time hackers to try and break its cars. “It’s a super-car that’s connected to the Internet,” says Kristin Paget, the person in charge of probing Tesla’s vehicles for security bugs said when asked about the company’s presence at the conference. “Use your imagination.” Given the high...

  • Jaguar’s trying to build an in-car infotainment system that doesn’t actually suck

    Things are looking decidedly more geeky at Jaguar, with the British car-maker announcing a completely new infotainment system and a raft of new technologies for the new XE. It’ll be the former that’s likely to prick most people’s curiosity as they have a habit of being incredibly annoying. According to Jag, the new infotainment system is designed to be as intuitive as possible and provide quick, easy access to all features and functions. Despite the fact that it centers around an eight-inch touchscreen, Jaguar plans to provide this access by ensuring that people can access any function they need...

  • These are the 7 youngest drivers in F1 history

    News has broken that Max Verstappen, currently 16 years old, has been signed up to race for the Toro Rosso team for the 2015 Formula One season. That means that by the time he takes part in his first race, he’ll be the youngest driver in the sport’s history. Now, it probably doesn’t hurt that Max’s dad is Dutch F1 legend Jos Verstappen, but it still takes a fair amount of work to even be considered for the elite echelons of F1 racing. And you can’t argue that Verstappen hasn’t put in the hard yards. At the age of...

  • Infiniti previews a new grille…we think

    Nissan’s luxury vehicle arm Infiniti is going to be releasing something big at the Paris Motor Show, we think. It’s a little bit difficult to tell given that the teaser it’s sent out to the press sets new levels of vaguery in a genre notorious for being vague. Alongside the teaser image above are forty words of text that say: Style and substance that push any preconceived limits. Soon, Infiniti will share a vision – its soul – on a scale not seen before from the company. For now, this. For more − À bientôt. Got it? Good. Us neither. Given the level...

  • LG to supply Audi with batteries in new multi-billion dollar deal

    While Panasonic and Tesla are drinking tea under the Stateside sun following their latest Gigaplant deal, LG and Audi are having celebrations of their own. The two giants of their respective fields have signed an agreement that will see the Korean tech giant supply batteries to the German automaker. The deal is worth “hundreds of billions of dollars” and will see future Audi electric vehicles, commonly branded as “e-tron”, hum past on LG-power. Allegedly, the signatures were part of the plan to boost slowing sales in the Volkswagen fleet’s plug-in hybrid markets, which is surprising in itself. Volkswagen sales have...

  • 5 racers who didn’t let disability dent their need for speed

    Losing a limb, or a critical sense is something that strikes fear into the hearts of most fully-abled people. Understandably so too, given that it completely changes the way you interact with the world. Simple things that most people take for granted, like driving a car, suddenly become a lot more complicated at best and nigh on impossible at worst. Except some people tend not to take too kindly to people saying that they can’t do something or, even worse, that they shouldn’t. These folks haven’t just found ways to fit driving around their disabilities and into their every...

  • The Ferrari F80 Raeli could easily demolish a Formula 1 car, if it were real

    There have been some gorgeous Ferraris in the past, in concept, racing and production form. The F40 holds the hearts of many a Ferrari fan, while the GTO 250 is a US$38.1-million dream. But fans who can’t necessarily afford these legendary vehicles often dabble with pen and paint themselves, to craft a concept as, if not more, breath-taking. Adriano Raeli is one such example, and his “F80″ concept is a sheet metal masterpiece. The designer modeled his F80 on stealth fighter jets and draws plenty of inspiration from the Enzo as well. Larger air intakes, a raked windshield and over-sized...

  • Renovo makes the electric car very sexy with its 500bhp Shelby prototype

    If you thought Elon Musk and Tesla were at the pinnacle of good-looking electric cars, then we’ve got something we’d like to show you. It packs 500bhp worth of punch, has a 0-60mph time of 3.4 seconds and looks absolutely astonishing. Built by the Daytona-based Renovo Motors, the Shelby-based two-seater electric made an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours this past weekend and it’s got pretty much everyone who’s seen it excited. Don’t expect to see Renovos driving around your neighbourhood anytime soon though. The car, which will be produced in limited numbers, is designed to show off the...

  • 7 crazy fuel alternatives that didn’t catch on

    Utter the words “alternative fuels”, and most people will immediately think of hybrids, electric cars and hydrogen-powered vehicles. But what about potential fuel sources that are even more “alternative” than those? What about powering cars with substances that make traditional fuels – i.e. petrol and diesel – seem altogether uninteresting? Well, we had a scrounge around and found these seven entirely off-the-wall alternative fuels that haven’t quite made it in the mainstream motoring world. Well, not yet, anyway… 1. Water Image: liz west via Flickr. Extracting chemical energy from water sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it sort of is...

  • Toyota’s new versions of the FT-1 are pure, menacing awesomeness

    At the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, there was near universal agreement that Toyota should absolutely put the FT-1 concept it showed off there into production. Now it looks like it’s taken a small step in that direction with the unveiling of a new version of the concept at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival gala held in Monterey, California and the differences are striking. While the first FT-1 looked like the embodiment of sports-car freedom in red, the new version looks menacing and shark-like in graphite. The interior has also been modified from the FT-1 we saw...

  • Could our collective future include a 500bhp Alfa super sedan

    Petrol-heads around the world will be perking their ears at this news. Alfa Romeo is reportedly working on a 500bhp super sedan aimed squarely at taking on the BMW M3. According to the UK’s Auto Express, when Alfa launches its Guilia sedan next year, it will include a barn-storming variant tweaked for performance from the get-go. Power will reportedly come courtesy of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. Auto Express also reports that the Guilia will will be rear-wheel drive and will be lighter than the 1 635kg M3. That means its 0-100km/h time should also be significantly faster than that...

  • Nissan Pulsar to get 275hp Nismo-tuned variant to break Nordschliefe lap record

    It seems every auto manufacturer today is obsessed with out-classing each other on the Nurburgring’s Nordschliefe. The latest marque to stake their claim is Nissan according to Auto Express‘ latest report, with the adorable Pulsar, tuned by Nismo. The world has seen in-house performance division Nismo tweak almost every Nissan model, from the Juke to the more sensible 370Z, but the Pulsar was the last link in the puzzle. The SSS, although a strikingly fast car, wasn’t anywhere near Golf GTI or Renault Megane Trophy territory. But the Pulsar Nismo is about to change that. After extensive tweaking, the car will...

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