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All posts by Claudio Rebuzzi

Claudio Rebuzzi
In some senses a nomad, Claudio’s itchy feet keep him moving constantly. This explains his passion for traveling and probably for cars too. He studied Linguistics at Rhodes University, which added to his love of language and willingness to grab life by the scruff of the neck.
  • 5 cars that changed the face of racing forever

    If there's a way to make something competitive, humans will find it. Take the car for instance. It was pretty much built to stop us from drowning in horse poop, but just a few years of the successful construction of the world's first gasoline-powered automobile, we were racing them. According to the wise minds over at Wikipedia, the Parisian magazine Le Petit Journal organized what is considered to be the world's first motoring competition on 23 July 1894. Since then, racing has taken on a variety of forms, from grand tours across continents, to short sprints on drag strips....

  • 5 very good reasons why there should be more Italian coachbuilders

    The automotive industry is a fairly boring place of late, at least when it comes to styling. For the most part it's gone back to the 80's where every sedan looks like it's been taken out of a mold, had a bumper changed slightly, a tweak in the headlights and voila, a 'new' car is born. I can think of a number of hatchbacks that look nearly identical, and if you took the branding off, spun someone around in a circle and told them to tell the difference they would have as much trouble as they did trying to...

  • 4 reasons why city cars are the future of driving pleasure

    There was a time where the only cars to lust after were the big Germans, sharp Italians, suave English, a smattering of hatches that would blow your socks off and some Japanese rockets. All for different reasons these kinds of cars would evoke the sense of want, the desire to be driven. In most recent times, though, the more people are able to afford those big Germans and the like, the less appealing these cars have become. It's a mix between everyone in the neighborhood driving one and the need to appeal to a bigger market. With the ever-growing...

  • 7 very special cars from the Geneva Motor Show

    As always, Geneva has set a benchmark for this year's list of motor shows. Showcasing the crème de la crème of European motoring, it is the place to be if you want to show off your newest metal, or carbon fibre. Manufacturers jostle to for prime reveal times at the show, but by the time it rolls around they would already have done a lot of work getting the public and the press excited with teasing images and media releases that aim to excite without giving away too much. And for the spectator, it is surely the best place...

  • 5 new technologies that make you want to drive more

    While there's always new and improved technologies every year that are said to make driving all the better, how many of them are actually new or actually want to make you drive more? Most of them are old things toted as new, with fancy spangled names and almost always acronymed. And if they are genuinely new, then they're most likely about safety this and efficiency that, that they make driving terribly, terribly boring. So what do we have here? A few new technologies that are fun, you say? Some that actually make you want to get behind...

  • 6 of the strangest car crashes and crimes ever spotted online

    When it comes to life on the road, there are two things every driver hopes they won't have to deal with every time they turn their keys in the ignition: crashes and crime. Sometimes though, they're completely unavoidable. At those times, you hope that whatever's happened is something that you, and your insurance company, can deal with. There are however instances where the universe decides to completely abandon all logic and create some of the most bizarre and epic car crashes and crimes of all time. Truck crash saves driver's life People say that driving while speaking on the phone...

  • 5 of the geekiest cars set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

    Each year Geneva kicks off the motoring show season in style. It isn't the first of the year, but it certainly contends for the best and most glamorous. It's where many of the top manufacturers have their chance to show off their most prized metal manifestations and is also the best chance the public has to view these beauties up close and personal. This year is no different to any other as there are plenty of drool-worthy debuts to wait for, some of which have been shown below. But that's also the fun about motor shows, especially the big,...

  • 7 high tech cars from the big screen that we’d love to own

    When a car takes the centre stage in a movie, you know that it's something special. And when you start talking about the car after the movie instead of the movie itself, you know that you want it in your dream garage. It makes sense that we tend to fall so in love with movie cars too. As wild as the concept cars unveiled at car shows are, they tend to be constrained to what designers at least think will be possible in the future. Movies allow us to forget logic for a few sweet moments and pretend that...

  • Ferrari, BMW partner with Apple, Glympse for safer social driving

    As further personal technology is integrated into our lives, it comes as no shock that it is getting even more integrated into the cars we drive. We spend so much of our time in cars, why shouldn't we be able to connect to our normal social networks while crawling in traffic? Ferrari has teamed up with Apple to do this exact thing, while BMW and MINI have partnered with Glypse to provide a convenient way to stalk your friends. Ferrari and Apple It may not be a new partnership between Ferrari and Apple -- the two most powerful brands in the...

  • ‘CAR 2 CAR’ communication is the autonomous future of driving

    It seems obvious, really, but a crucial step towards fully autonomous vehicles is making sure that the vehicles can respond to their surroundings. Each car needs to know exactly where every other car and obstacle is, which requires huge amounts of research and testing. This is called CAR 2 CAR Communication and a consortium was created by some of the top car makers to share car communication technologies and make a standard to ensure all cars will connect. The development of the autonomous vehicle requires, essentially, that cars don't hit anything and this requires communication from car-to-car and car-to-object. That...

  • Nissan launches dedicated YouTube channel for petrolheads

    The worlds of motorsport and internet videos have merged with Nissan as it launches Nismo.TV on YouTube; a channel dedicated to the motorsport exploits of Nissan's racing division. It will be a behind-the-scenes view of everything from its top racing programmes to its training programme in yet another step forward for original content on YouTube. Nismo is Nissan's racing and performance division, responsible for all its race cars and fast road cars, like the manic GT-R and its GT3 brother. But it also has some humble endeavours like the GT Academy. This is a genuine gamer-to-racer program that Playstation racers...

  • The NY Motor show reveals the geekiest cars yet

    Compared to the Geneva Auto Show with all its glitz, glamour and in-your-face cars, the New York Auto Show is much more of an eco show, featuring many 'planet-saving' cars. Like every motor show, though, there is going to be no shortage petrol-head paraphernalia. So if you're shopping for your next eco-ego-boost, or maybe just an ego-boost in general, see what's in store for the up-coming New York Auto Show. Range Rover Sport While you would expect most New Yorkers to take cabs all the time, in actual fact, the city is the number one buyer of the Range Rover Sport....

  • 4 ways GPS tech is better than ever

    The GPS used to be a luxury item, reserved for the rich who couldn't use maps, but with basically everyone owning a smartphone, the GPS is now as common as a pigeon in a city. For that same reason, it's become a bit strange to have a standalone GPS when there's a perfectly good one in your pocket. That may not be the case any longer, because the GPS seems to have taken off in a few new directions that your fancy phone haven't even conceived of; not yet at least. Locata Satellites: as many as there are floating about, doesn't...

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