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  • Range Rover’s 45th birthday gift to itself? A drive across a paper bridge

    Is it just me or is everyone going a bit nutty for paper these days. We've had a cardboard Lexus, an origami Nissan Juke, and now a Range Rover driving across a bridge made entirely of paper. The stunt, performed in Suzhou China, was orchestrated as part of the luxury marque's 45th birthday celebrations. "Paper structures capable of supporting people have been built before but nothing on this scale has ever been attempted," said artist and paper bridge designer, Steve Messam. "It's pushing engineering boundaries, just like the Range Rover, and the ease and composure with which the vehicle...

  • Euro NCAP now test’s how well your car’s pedestrian detection tech works

    Car makers are investing plenty of time and money into technologies that not only make the occupants of their vehicles safer but those around them too. That's why Euro NCAP, a European safety organisation and recognised authority on car safety has begun testing the performance of pedestrian detection technologies. According to the organisation, the "tests will make it simpler for consumers and manufacturers to find out which systems work best". Euro NCAP says it will test vehicles’ response to pedestrians in simulations of the three most common urban scenarios: adults walking and running into the vehicle’s path and a child...

  • Ex-Stig says Ford Mustang is best stunt car of all time

    Ben Collins is probably best known for spending a number of years as The Stig on Top Gear, but he's also one of the world's best stunt drivers, having worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters including Batman, Fast & Furious and the latest James Bond movies. His new film, called Ben Collins: Stunt Driver, combines those two aspects of his career and sees Collins embark on a 48 hour quest to find the world's ultimate stunt car. Narrative isn't terribly important in this kind of film so we have no problem revealing that the Ford Mustang fastback -- powered by a...

  • New campaign aims to bring a little fun to the car-rental space

    Car rentals can be a complete pain in the arse, you only have to look at the people queuing up for cars at the airport to know that. But one car company is looking to change that by urging its customers to actually get out and have a bit of fun. The ad, from South African company Bidvest Car Rental, tries to get customers to see the car rental process through the eyes of a child. As the ad's 'Kid-President'-esque protagonist says at one point: "It shouldn't be called the weekend, it should be called the WEEK-GINNING!" Check it out:...

  • Nissan builds Origami Juke to celebrate model’s 5th birthday

    A little while ago we told you about the cardboard IS Sedan replica built for Lexus. Well now Nissan has one-upped its Japanese rival by building a full-scale origami replica of the Juke. The Origami Juke, built by British artist Owen Gildersleeve, was put together to celebrate the model's fifth birthday. According to a press release issued by Nissan, the replica Juke took more than 200 hours to put together and saw Gildersleeve fold more than 2 000 pieces of paper. When the original Juke launched in 2010, it helped create a new "compact crossover" market segment. Since then,...

  • Here’s what you can expect from Formula E 2015/2016

    The first season of Formula E was one of the most hotly contested racing series of the year. While it'll be some time before the new format captures the kind of audiences Formula 1 has, it's clear that it very definitely has mass appeal. It's interesting then that the organisers have made a number of tweaks ahead of the new season. While not all of them will have complete fan buy-in, we're pretty sure that people will be fans of the fact that teams can now develop their own powertrains, meaning that each car will have its own unique...

  • Ken Block’s new toy is a glorious 1978 Ford Escort [video]

    The Ford Escort is a powerful name in motorsport folklore after it set the hearts and minds of working class petrolheads ablaze in the late seventies, while capturing the imagination of World Rally Championship fans in the same era. Today, the car received yet another hat tip, this time from Ken Block. Hoonigan Industries today announced that his new Gymkhana ride will be a 1978 Mk2 Ford Escort, which could be his most entertaining ride to date. It's his first with rear-wheel only drive (others sporting easier-to-handle all-wheel drive) and boasts around 333bhp on tap from a 2.5-litre four cylinder engine that...

  • Student-built drifting DeLorean is the best way to celebrate ‘Back to the Future Day’

    What happens when you set a team from Stanford University's Revs Centre loose on an old DeLorean? Sheer unadulterated awesomeness, apparently. Dubbed The MARTY (Multiple Actuator Research Test bed for Yaw control), the project saw the team making massive changes to the original DeLorean including giving it the ability to drive itself. In order to so, a number of features were modernised and modified with a power-steering motor and rack among the features added. Once they'd done so, they took MARTY out on the track and proceeded to do some pretty sick doughnuts. Why's that necessary? Well,...

  • Audi reckons its A3 E-Tron brings a dose of bad-ass to green motoring

    The idea that all Toyota Prius drivers are smug, suburban armahair eco-warriors is a well-established one. Successful as the Prius was at launching the idea of hybrids into the mainstream consciousness, that image didn't exactly aid their appeal among petrolheads. That's why so many other car manufacturers have tried to position their hybrid offerings as not being like the Prius. The latest to do so is Audi in an ad which doesn't just take the mickey out of the Prius and its drivers, but actively taunts them. Check it out:

  • Lotus has been throwing the 3-Eleven around the Nürburgring Nordschleife [Video]

    After unveiling the Lotus 3-Eleven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year, Lotus went straight back into testing, throwing the powerful two-seater around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit for two weeks. According to Lotus, individual areas of expertise and vehicle set-up were a specific focus -- aerodynamics, engine calibration, chassis tuning and suspension geometry -- as the model continues its development towards start of production in early 2016. The fastest Lotus ever, the 3-Eleven is capable of going from 0-60 mph in a claimed less than three seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 290 km/h. That speed is...

  • Lexus totally built a drivable cardboard sedan

    This is cool. Lexus has unveiled a drivable cardboard version of the IS sedan. It's not entirely clear why Lexus decided to build the cardboard replica, but there's no getting around the fact that it looks pretty damn awesome. According to Lexus, the cardboard IS pushes "the boundaries of design, technology, and craftsmanship". Comprised of some 1700 individually shaped pieces of cardboard, Lexus says that this origami-inspired car is a faithful replica of the Lexus IS saloon. As we've already hinted though, this isn't just a static model. A small electric motor means that you can drive it,...

  • Dashcam footage captures plane landing on California street

    Dashcams have captured some pretty crazy things over the years (especially in Russia), but a light aircraft executing a perfect landing on a busy road has to be right up there. After one of its engines failed, the Piper Cherokee was forced to land near an intersection in Irvine, California. And luckily, there happened to be car with a dash-cam fitted to capture it all. It's difficult to imagine that the pilot could've looked any cooler nailing the landing, but if he their buddies at the aviation bar don't believe them at least they have video evidence.

  • This South African Mustang ad doesn’t show the car, is brilliant

    How do you shoot an ad for a new car without showing the car? That was the challenge faced by Johannesburg digital communications and content marketing agency, Retroviral in the run up to the launch of the 2016 Ford Mustang in South Africa. It marks the first time the legendary muscle car will be available in the country. Trouble is, it's not here yet meaning that it wasn't possible to use it for the shoot. The ad features groups of people running through an abandoned, post-apocalyptic Johannesburg, chasing after what appears to be an unseen car. The aim of...

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