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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tesla partners with Panasonic to bring Gigafactory into reality by 2020

    Tesla's proposed Gigafactory promises to revolutionise the electric motoring industry, providing seemingly endless capacity for a huge reduction in cost. But automakers, like Nissan, will not be the only beneficiaries. Japanese tech giant Panasonic has now signed a partnership with Tesla to bring the Gigafactory closer into reality, by managing the manufacturing of the Lithium-ion units. Tesla will remain owners of the Gigafactory, the land surrounding it and the utilities within, while Panasonic will become official partners "invest in the associated equipment, machinery, and other manufacturing tools." The presser also notes that the Californian company will "take the cells and...

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