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  • Volvo will pull out of motorsport citing marketing, safety concerns

    If you thought Sweden was a sensible country, the latest news from Volvo will have you seriously doubting that decision. The company has announced that it will chicken out of racing because "Motorsport does not conform with our brand, where we stand for smaller engines and safety," noted marketing head Alain Visser, speaking to Touring Car Times. We're not sure if anyone told him, but Formula 1 uses 1.6-litre hybrid turbocharged motors. Isn't that small enough? We think the move is rather strange for a company that has come to be known for more than it's manic obsession with safety. What does...

  • Egoista EM01 Stradale is the Formula E-inspired car of your dreams

    Crowdfunding is a wonderful thing. It got bankrupt Caterham to the Abu Dhabi GP, and now it could get you a fully fledged open-wheel Formula E-like racing car for just US$10 000. You might want to look away if you just bought a Bugatti Veyron for US$2.5-million. The wonderfully named Egoista EM01 Stradale is for "for adrenaline lovers egocentric people" and comes with pretty much all the bells and whistles you'd expect from an open-wheel Italian racer. The car allegedly tops out at 290km/h and blasts from 0 to 100km/h in just three seconds thanks to a remarkable electric motor and...

  • This radical Slovenian bike by Akrapovič looks completely insane [gallery]

    Every now and then an ambitious concept design hits our radars which usually stay within the confines of pen, paper and animation wizards. It gets really interesting when they are actually crafted and showcased to the world. Recently debuted at the Bad Salzuflen Custom bike Show in Germany, the so-called Full Moon motorcycle took the stage. Designed by Slovinian exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič in partnership with Dreamachine Motorcycles the prototype looks like something the Silver Surfer would drive if he ever got tired of that board. Read more: Emission free cruising on a futuristic snail, anyone? While they only developed one of these prototypes,...

  • James Bond could choose a Fiat 500 over Aston Martin in forthcoming flick [Update]

    If you're like me and think of James Bond movies, the only thing that comes to mind is the man's car collection. The Aston Martin DB5, for example, is still a car entrenched in the hearts of millions, but Bond's next car might not be as seductive as previously anticipated, and nothing like the Aston Martin monster we all were expecting. New details have emerged suggesting that the infamous British spy who is really a victim of his own vehicular taste, will be carting around in none other than the tiny Fiat 500. Sure, a good, practical choice for everyday city transport...

  • BMW rubbishes Tesla collaboration claims

    Elon Musk recently did what Elon Musk does best and got people talking. This time it was about a possible collaboration between Tesla and BMW, specifically around batteries and light-weight composite technologies. Given Tesla's position in the electric car space and BMW's renewed focus on electric, it's something that didn't seem a million miles away from being plausible. According to those in the know in Munich however, it's a load of crock. Speaking to German-language publication Wirtschafts Woche, unnamed officials at BMW said that the talks with Musk carried minimal significance and the Silicon Valley tech genius had only...

  • Crowdsourced video of 70 Land Rover travels across the globe is heart-warming [video]

    In celebration of its birthday bash, the Discovery Land Rover has released a rather heart-warming, adventure-filled video compilation, that features video clips sourced from 70 different owners across 24 countries. The family SUV for adventurers was first introduced in 1989 of which over 1-million have been produced to this date. And if the video is anything to go by, doesn't hold back. From giving tribes a lift in the warm deserts to trekking through snowy peaks and dense jungles, Land Rover received over 1 000 clips, amounting to over 100 hours of amateur footage. Dominic Chambers, Land Rover Marketing Communications Director...

  • Suzuki’s 2017 vehicle lineup promises even sportier Swift

    Can you guess which adorable, lovable little car is about to get an extra large fun pedal? Thanks to Suzuki's latest model news, which promises six new cars within the next three years, we now know that the Suzuki Swift will be aimed at a more performance orientated crowd. According to Top Gear, this almost certainly means popping a turbocharger into the supermini. In a car as light and small as a penny, it would mean a heightened driving experience, better torque delivery and lower fuel consumption -- all wins in our book. The current Suzuki Swift is not to be scoffed...

  • The 2016 Audi TT carries virtual cockpit powered by two Tegra 3 processors

    Cars are computers. The sentence "automakers are using Tegra 3 to help reinvent the driving experience," would have baffled computer geeks a few years ago, and gone over the heads of car junkies. Today it's becoming the norm. Recently, at the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles, Audi and Nvidia have announced that they've yet again teamed-up to produce the virtual cockpit, among other exciting things that wants to make automobiles smarter. The new Audi TT introduces the virtual cockpit, which is described as a digital platform that drivers can customise to present the information they want most -- an intelligent...

  • Toyota reinvents the Prius with the bad-ass hydrogen-fueled Mirai

    After much teasing over the better part of this year, Toyota has finally announced the launch its hydrogen-fueled Mirai. The four-door sedan uses no petrol. Instead it relies on hydrogen, which means that it emits nothing but vapour and H2O -- all natural gas. The Japanese automaker explains that the fuel cell technology works similar to that of a battery-wielding car, only a lot more high-tech. Read more: The next Toyota Prius will come with Le Mans racing technology Mirai’s fuel cell stack combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers the electric motor. The battery produces 3.1 kW/L...

  • Watch this short GoPro documentary on Tokyo’s exotic vehicles in 4K [Video]

    Tokyo, Japan's custom car scene is massive. This short documentary by GoPro almost makes The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift believable. Almost. The viral video shows Japan's capital in an exciting light, filled with blue neon, drift smoke and high-pitched engine noises. All the footage was shot entirely using GoPro's Hero 4 camera, which means that the nine minute documentary is in glorious 4K quality. And by now, we all know that GoPro videos are pretty incredible. "Tokyo transforms to a wild and exotic playground for those who like to pour on the speed. As a method of expression, the custom...

  • With help from BMW we’ll be able to charge our electric cars at street lights

    Electric cars are awesome. Though one of their biggest challenges is finding hotspots to charge the vehicles' batteries. With an ingenious concept, BMW thinks it's found a solution that might help solve this conundrum. The German automotive giant has developed street lights that are equipped with sockets to charge electric cars. The company will run a pilot project in Munich, Germany next year that will rely on the existing local authority's lighting networks. From hunky hybrids to self-driving fun, looking at the car technology the company has been releasing, it seems BMW employers sleep, eat, drink and dream ways to revolutionarise...

  • 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...

  • Audi just broke the record speed for self-driving cars at 240km/h

    Almost all big auto brands are pushing the boundaries of self-driving cars. Honda, Ford, Audi, Toyota and tech giant Google are just a handful of key players vying to perfect the art of ultimate efficiency and pure laziness. Audi, however, seems to be ahead of the race following its most recent stunt. Testing the spirits of the major car manufacturer's motto of vorsprung durch technik, the RS7 vehicle went for a spin on the famous Hockenheim racing circuit outside of Frankfurt. As we reported last week, the company wanted to break new records in the fields of precision and...

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