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  • Ford wants to redefine aerodynamics with this stunner GT [gallery]

    Ford has finally unleashed its third iteration of supercars at the Detroit Motor Show -- the new GT. Apart from promising over 600 horsepower, the Ford GT's 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 is said to be the most powerful EcoBoost engine ever. It's based on the Ford IMSA Daytona Prototype's architecture. Ford promises the best power-to-weight ratio, having made the car almost entirely out of carbon fibre. Moreover, as you can see below, the aerodynamics of the vehicle has been one of the most looked-after design points, with every slope and shape examined to minimize drag and optimise downforce. Read more: 10 cars you’ll...

  • This is Volvo’s all-new plug-in hybrid XC90 [Gallery]

    Chances are our collective futures are likely to include a lot more plug-in hybrid SUVs. It's likely the only way these urban behemoths will be able to achieve the kind of mileage owners are starting to expect and it also means a little extra power on the road. Porsche led the way with its plug-in Cayenne and now Volvo looks set to follow suit with the latest version of the XC90. According to Volvo, the XC90 T8 is the first car in its stable designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility. This, the Swedish company reckons, has enabled it...

  • BMW is set to embrace plug-in hybrid versions of all its core models

    Two of the most celebrated "Green" cars to come out in the past couple years have worn BMW's propeller-inspired badge. By the looks of things though the i3 and i8 are just the beginning of the German marque's electric love affair. According to an official release from BMW, the auto manufacturer is planning to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of all its core models, starting with the 3 Series. BMW will unveil the new version of the 3 Series later this week, alongside a range of hybrid vehicle concepts incorporating technology already used in BMW i models. Read more:...

  • This ‘Ken Box’ video is the greatest Ken Block tribute ever made [Video]

    Some parodies are so good that they really aren't parodies at all, and rather laud their own content. Take this Ken Block Gymkhana tribute for example. We all know the guy is the president of tyre smoke and handbrake turns, but then there's Ken Box (or Ali Kermani of Razor -- the company that created the Crazy Cart). At the helm of one of his creations, Mr. Box pulls off some seemingly impossible driving manoeuvres. It's more of a showcase of Box's brilliant driving than how over the top Ken Block's Gymkhana's clips are. In the latest flick, Box and the Crazy...

  • Local Motors announces 3D printed car modification competition for 2015

    Just a few weeks ago, we saw the first 3D printed car cruise down the streets of Chicago and New York. The crowdsourced design of the so-called Starti by Local Motors took less than two days to print and cost US$17 682. Now, the automotive giant is looking to take it a few steps further with the announcement of the ModMen Challenge. Just like you would craft and customise your rides in a video game like Need for Speed Underground, the challenge asks for car modders and hackers to submit their virtual design proposals online. Local Motors will then print their...

  • Size doesn’t matter: watch this little model car hit an incredible 850 km/h [video]

    Engineering students from Nottinghamshire, UK have broken the Guinness World Record for fastest model car with an incredible speed of 533.1mph (857.9km/h). The Redshift rocket on wheels model car is about 45cm long and uses a steel wire to keep it from shooting off into orbit. The students beat the previous record for fastest land model car which was set in 2011 and stood at a rather mundane in comparison 287mph. The class teacher, Phil Worsley, explains that he and his team of four girls and 14 boys, aged 11 to 17, did a lot of research and experimentation in run-up of...

  • Porsche’s 911 Carrera GTS splices racing pedigree with saucy styling [Gallery]

    Porsche's 911 hasn't really changed much over the years, has it? Featuring the selfsame teardrop eyes and stubby raked rear, it's unmistakable standing alongside, say, a Mercedes SL. Telling the different versions apart though is the real skill, and Porsche has now released yet another to confuse a few more prospective buyers. The 911 Carrera GTS is a car for those too scared of the thoroughbred 911 GT3 and its enormous rear wing, but not scared enough of the 911 S. Falling between the two extremes, naturally, it boasts the best of both worlds. It's super fast and more practical...

  • The 2015 Aston Martin Lagonda looks luxuriously spiritual [gallery]

    After nearly 25 years, Aston Martin is finally bringing back the super exclusive Lagonda. Since it was announced back in July, Aston Martin's managed to keep pretty tight wraps on the 2015 Lagonda. Now that we know what it looks like though, hopes are even higher that it'll be the ultra-luxury "super saloon" sedan we've always wanted but will never be able to afford. The British automaker says that the 2015 model draws inspiration from the William Towns-designed Lagonda of 1976 and features many of the same cutting edge engineering techniques seen in modern Aston Martin sports cars such...

  • Could MIT’s RoadRunner be the answer to congestion we’ve been looking for all along?

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a new system called RoadRunner -- an innovative system that hopes to improve traffic the world over. The technology jumps traditional infrastructure like tollbooths and cameras by relying on mobile phones instead. With RoadRunner drivers' internet-connected devices are used to provide alternate routes to help evade congestion. According to PCB Design, when the system detects a particular route is crowded, RoadRunner generates driving directions to approaching cars that then recommends a different way to go. In essence, it crowdsources information to better control the crowd. The system uses virtual tokens to...

  • Lexus’ electric E-Four system set to revolutionise all-wheel drive vehicles

    It's no secret that Lexus is about to bless the world with yet another crossover. In a corner of the market laden with quality offerings and a set of standard genre rules, the best softroaders often boast that one killer feature, differentiating them from the cookie-cutter rest. Four-wheel drive is customary in the sector, and nowadays on road and supercars too, but it often systems employ the same philosophy -- use the engine's power, a few differentials, and distribute the power between the wheels evenly or when necessary. But Lexus has taken the best of both petrol and electric cars...

  • Nissan GT-R’s rolling launch control brings warp speed to the road [video]

    By now, the world knows how fast the Nissan GT-R is in a straight line, not to mention around the twisties too. And at just US$101 000, it's relatively affordable straight line speed at that. But what's the most impressive tech gizmo behind its brilliance? "Rolling launch control" is a bit of a gimmicky name and doesn't quite come standard on the factory car, but to see it in action is pure theatre. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine is a colossus developing over 540-horsepower, but traditionally, turbocharged cars haven't quite lived up to the hype, due to a number of...

  • The new Mercedes AMG-GT is worth a double take, or three [Gallery]

    Mercedes has finally unveiled its AMG-GT to the world, and what a glorious unveiling it is. Previously we were disappointed, that the SLS -- possibly the most gorgeous Mercedes for quite sometime -- was facing deletion, but to be fair, the car that replaces it is an absolute work of sheet metal and petrol-burning art. The car, as expected, keeps the outgoing SLS' dimensions, but adds a certain degree of aggression that it didn't embody. Raked lines, tapered headlights and a Porsche 911-like rear end melts into a sleek and wholesome viewing experience. It's very clean for a "race car"...

  • The Paris Motor Show will give us the successor to the Espace

    Just over 30 years ago, Renault launched the Espace and helped bring the multi-purpose-vehicle (MPV) class into the mainstream. Now though, it looks like it's time for one of the world's most iconic vehicles to get a successor. Set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor show, the Espace replacement will be the highlight of Renault and Dacia's cumulative efforts at the exhibition, which kicks off on 2 October. It's unclear exactly what features the new car will come with and what it'll have under the bonnet, but it seems likely that it will be a crossover and will...

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