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  • 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...

  • Car shopping? Local Motors will 3D print your Strati roadster for $17000 in two days

    The Strati by Local Motors is a modern car with a twist -- it can go up to 60km/h and will cost you a massive £11 000 (US$17 682). Sounds good, right? Apart from the tyres, wheels, battery, wiring, suspension, electric motor and window shield though, the whole thing is 3D printed. It's made up of 49 parts to be exact, compared to the traditional automobile's 5 000 standard, and takes merely 44 hours to print. The proof-of-concept Strati recently made a pitstop at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, US where it stole hackers, geeks, and petrolheads' hearts. It...

  • Dutch team Nuon Solar conquers SA’s Sasol Solar Challenge, breaks 4000km mark

    The Sasol Solar Challenge concluded at the end of last week with the Dutch team Nuon Solar from Delft University cruising into Cape Town, South Africa all the way from Pretoria, claiming first prize. Powered by nothing but the African sun, the 8-day competition saw ten teams travel across the country in a race that's geared for distance rather than pure speed. While Nuon Solar managed to cover an impressive 4227.8km, Anadolu Solar Team from Turkey drove in as runner up with 2733.1km covered. South Africa's Team UKZN won the award for most distance covered in a single day, totaling...

  • Lamborghini Asterion concept boasts 910-hp hybrid power, sultry styling

    There's a new Lamborghini about to charge through a red handkerchief in Paris, and instead of being scary, it's simply stunning inside and out. The Asterion LPI 910-4 is the usually manic Italian marque's attempt at a GT car, and from the first glimpses, it looks an able Ferrari-fighter. It doesn't look like any Lamborghini before it though, except perhaps allusions to the Miura. The rear-end resembles American muscle cars of the late Sixties, while the styling profile is a little more timid compared to Lamborghini's historically overzealous standards. Under the styled sheet metal is the real kicker -- a hybrid...

  • Nissan planning big things for future GT-R, including Le Mans entry and hybrid power

    The Nissan GT-R is a mighty feat of engineering. There's no doubt that it's one of the greatest Japanese automobiles built, slaying more expensive supercars and hypercars left, right and centre. But Nissan is already looking forward to its successor, which promises to be even more bonkers and boast even more technology than its older brother. Talking to MotorTrend, a source close to the auto manufacturer has outed some juicy details regarding the forthcoming track tormentor. "You can expect to see the next-gen GT-R get a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision GT car," he hinted to the site, suggesting that...

  • Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Vehicle can double up as an electricity source for your home

    Toyota's 2015 FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) is the car manufacturer's answer to an energy-scarce world. Not only does it rely on hydrogen, the sedan also looks like a real bad-ass -- something that's usually reserved for its petrol-, if not diesel-, fueled counterparts. The high-tech car is also said to double-up as a source of energy for your home in case of emergencies. While USA Today recently caught a glimpse of the car's bulky shell, Toyota is still holding back on its interior. Some details were made public however. Referring to the Japanese earthquake catastrophe of 2011, Toyota FCV engineer Jared...

  • 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...

  • Luca di Montezemolo resigns as Ferrari chairman after two decades in charge

    If anyone thought Ferrari was having a bad time of it in Formula 1, one should have a glance at operations behind Maranello's closed doors. Arguably, the company has just lost one of its biggest assets. Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of the prestigious marque for well over 20 years and arguably one of those there from the beginning, has resigned following pressure from Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne. Fiat currently owns 90% of the Prancing Horse's stable and has sole ownership of American marque Chrysler. According to Bloomberg, di Montezemolo and Marchionne came to blows regarding the company's sales strategy. Currently sales...

  • 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"...

  • Mazda finally unveils scrumptious new MX-5 with SKYACTIV technologies

    It's probably the car most teenagers didn't have hanging on their walls but thought: "Hmm, that's quite nice" as it rolled by. And now after years of being the best affordable roadster by a country mile, the MX-5 is getting a fresh new face and a host of technological improvements. Although this announcement will undoubtedly scare the purists a little bit, truth be told, the 2015 edition of the MX-5 hasn't deviated much from the outgoing car's mantra. It flaunts Mazda's current Kodo design language, which basically means it keeps the old dimensions, save two or three inches here and there,...

  • Mercedes’ Porsche-pummeling AMG-GT coming 9 September

    There's a new Mercedes hurtling towards us, but sadly (at least for those who liked the car) the SLS will likely be the model that gets the chop. But that's just fine, because the car that's replacing it will likely be one of Mercedes' most deeply developed road cars for quite some time. The AMG-GT will look a lot like its older sibling though, sporting similar dimensions, curves and an imposing stare that made the SLS and the SLR McLaren before it terrifyingly beautiful. But unlike the SLS, the AMG-GT has one pretty cool promo video to keep everyone on...

  • Audi debuts higher-voltage system for more efficient, powerful drivetrains

    Although simple in nature, Audi's latest development is a massive testiment to how far automotive engineering has come, and how the current technology is being pushed to its limit. The German marque has developed a new higher voltage electrical rail for future drivetrains, starting with the A6 TDI and RS5 TDI concepts. The new technology sees the 12-volt standard fall to the wayside in favour of a more efficient 48-volt rail, that will be used to power important components on its vehicles' drivetrains. A new electrical compressor is one example that operates on the rail, independent of the engine, making...

  • 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...

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