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  • Tech beefs up the muscle car: meet the all new Ford Mustang

    The first Ford Mustang was unveiled at the New York World's Fair on April 17 1964. Just a few months shy of its 50th birthday, Ford has unveiled the 10th generation Mustang. This will be the first Mustang to be fitted with a turbo charged engine, and the first with independent rear suspension. The new Mustang takes styling cues from the outgoing fifth generation's retro-inspired look, while modernizing the look to comply with global pedestrian safety laws as well as ensuring this Mustang can entice younger buyers to the brand. The low roof and wide stance remain, as does...

  • 2014 F1 season promises biggest technology shift for some time

    If you found yourself yawning through much of the 2013 F1 season, not to worry because the 2014 season brings with it a flurry of rule changes and none bigger than the change from 2.4 litre V8 engines to smaller 1.6 litre turbocharged V6s. Yup, you read that correctly, turbocharged. Now some of you readers who are, ahem... getting on a bit will remember the last time we had turbocharged engines in F1 was in the eighties. Who can forget Renault’s late 80s “Yellow Teapots” as they would come to be known for their ability to more often than...

  • Volvo’s safety chops lie in tech, not just your grandfather’s wisdom

    While you may have grown up believing Volvos are safe because your Granddad drove one for 35 years and because he said so, here are few facts to regale the old man next time he starts with a “When I was young” story. Volvo didn’t so much pioneer safety in passenger cars, as invent the concept. It was the first manufacturer to equip cars with three-point safety belts as standard equipment, and in the 60s had already designed a front seat in collaboration with medical experts, who maintained that an upright seating position aided in general safety. Presumably the rest...

  • Volvo reportedly prepping 100-car strong autonomous driving trial

    We all know Volvo doesn't really muck about when it comes to making sure its cars are safe. Small wonder then that the Swedish manufacturer is behind what is set to be the world's first large-scale autonomous driving experiment. Known officially as the “Drive me—Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility,” the project is a collaboration between Volvo, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park, and the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. Kicking off in 2014, it won't take the form of a one-off event either. That makes sense, given that it's meant to help pin-point the social benefits...

  • Voxan claims world’s most powerful electric bike title with 200bhp Wattman

    Who ever said electric bikes were boring? Unveiled at the Paris Motorbike Show, the Voxan Wattman is a 200bhp work of art that looks like it would put a smile on the face on all but the most cynical of two-wheeled thrill seekers. Offering an instantaneous torque of 200Nm up to 10 500 rpm, the Wattman seems fairly justified in calling itself the world's most powerful electric motorcycle. All that power means it can accelerate from 0-160km/h in 5.9 seconds. Unlike electric cars meanwhile, you won't have to rely on long charges or a supercharger network to fill the...

  • 8 crazy car gadgets you’ve probably never heard of

    Automotive gadgets that were once unique to the most well-appointed of luxury barges often end up filtering down to common-or-garden runabouts that ordinary people buy, albeit over the course of many years. But sometimes these gizmos don't trickle down at all. And sometimes they're, well, not very luxurious either. Or they are, but you never get to hear about them since they're consigned to the scrap-heap of failed trend setters before you can say "automatic safety belt" (YouTube it). Here's a look at eight (some old, some new) rather unusual automotive gadgets. If you've heard of more than half of...

  • Automated vehicle hits the road in Japan as Nissan joins the race for driverless cars

    This week car manufacturer Nissan impressively demonstrated its own self-driving vehicle on a public expressway in Japan with plans of commercializing it by 2020. Although not a first, the race to introduce this tech in the near future is clearly heating up. The Autonomous Drive is based on the Leaf electric car and performed a number of groundbreaking manoeuvres such as switching between lanes, overtaking and merging. According to the Japan Times, the vehicle carried officials as well as journalists on a 3.2km drive. The car uses seven cameras and six laser scanners, to gain a 360-degree field of vision...

  • Check out this amazing motoring app…that you can’t have

    This is the most insanely cool motoring app we've ever seen. Produced by Volkswagen and synth duo Underworld, Play the Road pretty much turns your car into a musical instrument as you drive along the road. While the concept isn't completely unheard of, the app looks like it takes things to the next level. The app, built in celebration of the innovation that sparked the original Golf GTI, gets speed and RPM data from the current model's on-board computer. The steering acceleration and location data is meanwhile calculated from a combination of the accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS receiver present...

  • The Bloodhound SSC: everything you need to know about the supersonic car set to revolutionise tech

    Firstly I’m not talking about the large scent hound originally bred for hunting deer and wild boar. You know, the four-legged furry thing, slightly gormless looking, slow, methodical, who will track you down should you be a villain, drug peddler or some such other low life. No, I’m talking about Bloodhound SSC: long, pointy at one end, massively powerful and bred specifically for supersonic speeds. Oh, and it’s a car, a SuperSonic Car. What The blokes at Bloodhound SSC Engineering Adventure refer to this vehicle as a car. Now let’s be honest, I think they’re stretching the limits of the word...

  • Ferrari’s one-off 458 tribute to Niki Lauda is absolutely astonishing

    Look, we know we're all about the tech on Motorburn, but sometimes you just have to take your hat off to a piece of automotive brilliance. The one-off 458 Ferrari's built in tribute to Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda is one of those times. The car, which was built by the Marinello-based manufacturer's Tailor Made personalisation programme for a private client, features a paint job based on the livery Lauda's F1 car sported in the seventies. That includes a white roof, featuring the Italian flag going longitudinally across it and gold rims The interior also got a makeover with the...

  • BMW i8 sells out, i3 already has 10k orders

    Still think electric cars have no mass market appeal? Well you might want to re-examine that in light of revelations that BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe is already sold out for the first year of production and there have been over 10 000 orders for its all electric city runabout the i3. According to Reuters, the marque delivered the first of its i3s in Germany last week. While it's unclear exactly how many i8s have actually been produced, it seems likely that BMW will ramp up production in the face of strong demand. Likewise, the German car giant...

  • The Subaru WRX: drive it, but not for the tech

    Subaru Southern Africa doesn’t sell very many WRX STi models, in fact they only sell about 20 a year. But then, you have to remember the Subaru WRX STi is a purpose built car -- it is a focused racer and it pulls no punches in that respect. It is for the hardcore motor enthusiast, for those who grew up watching Colin McRae thrash his Prodrive-built Subaru Impreza 555 on the World Rally stage, and for those whom gold wheels and Subaru blue is synonymous with the Japanese brand. OK, so what if you’re a family man/women, have a penchant...

  • Meet the FCEV, Honda’s spacey new hydrogen-powered concept

    In what seems to be a bid to prove that space-age concepts aren't just for the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda today unveiled the FCEV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. While still recognisably a car, the FCEV does look like it would be more at home in a near future sci-fi film than on the roads, but according to the Japanese automotive giant, it'll form the basis of the Hondas we'll be driving in the near future. "The Honda FCEV Concept hints at Honda's future direction for fuel-cell vehicles," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American...

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