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  • 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...

  • Daihatsu FC凸DECK is one cool mutha’trucker

    Daihatsu, never one to shy away from the quirky and ridiculous (after all it gave us a real life version of Noddy’s car in the form of the Copen) will debut the FC凸DECK concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show (on right now). If you’re wondering what the ‘凸’ is, apparently it means “to protrude” in Japanese -- apt considering that sticky-out passenger compartment. Built around the principles of Japanese Kei Car culture which demands that such cars boast no more than 660cc engine capacity and be no longer than 3.4 metres in length, the FC凸DECK is...well just awesome. Looking halfway...

  • The complete geek’s guide to the BMW range

    When I first became interested in cars, sometime around the mid-90s, the BMW range was easy to understand. Three models, two transmissions and four engines. It allowed you to pick-and-mix these basic ingredients with a long list of extras to suit your needs. You could have a 7 Series with a tiny engine and loads of extras, a 3 Series with a huge engine and no extras. The recipe was simple and it worked. Nowadays, thanks to the new naming convention (which I’ll explain in a moment), the BMW range has all but the most hardcore bimmer fans confused. As...

  • Cyclists vs truck: see a truck’s blind spots through the eyes of a driver [video]

    As South Africa is still reeling and struggling to come to terms with the Fields Hill and Moloto Road crashes, a video has emerged showing the blindspots the driver of a truck has to navigate around. The video specifically shows a group of cyclists, in their lane, between an articulated truck and the pavement. The truck is making a left hand turn, over the cycling lane. If the truck was to go ahead, it could easily crush the cyclists in its path. Do not think this is an attack on cyclists. The cyclists in the video are within a...

  • Is the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo the best reason for buying GT6?

    So, Sony has released the PlayStation 4 and judging by the sales (over one-million units in 24 hours), its proving to be quite popular. Personally though, I’m a little more excited about Gran Turismo 6, due for release in early December. Gran Turismo, the best driving simulator on the planet? You bet, and version 6 promises to be the best yet. Chief among the long list of reasons to get on the waiting list for GT6 is none other than the opportunity to get your racing mitts wrapped around the steering wheel of this Merc beauty, well figuratively at least....

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme makes Volvo trucks cool: here’s the tech that allowed him to do it

    "The Muscles from Brussels,” Jean-Claude Van Damme recently starred in a YouTube advertisement for Volvo Trucks. In doing so, he made Volvo the coolest manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles in the World. The video, viewable below, sees Jean-Cleaude Van Damme (JCVD) standing on the mirrors of two Volvo FM trucks, reversing down a runway. As the dialogue unfolds, the trucks move apart and JCVD keeps his feet planted on the mirrors until he is in a full split between the two moving trucks. Accompanied by a rather interesting soundtrack from Enya, the final spectacle is rather special to watching, giving...

  • The 2014 S Class: Merc takes car tech to the next level

    Many adjectives come to mind when describing the Mercedes Benz S-Class. Many of them I have used in the past, like luxurious, lush, refined, powerful even and of course expensive. However if there was one that -- perhaps nowadays is slightly overlooked only because we’ve become accustomed to it -- which could accurately describe the S-Class, it is technologised. Now you may chuckle and say, “Sir, you made that word up, it does not exist!” however according to my trusty dictionary app it does: ‘technologised’ is -- verb (used with object) 1. To make technological; to modernise or modify with...

  • Think Google’s winning at autonomous cars? Check out these driverless mining trucks

    Over the years, a lot of fuss has been made over Google's autonomous vehicle programme. Rightly so too, but the truth is we're still a little way away from fully autonomous passenger vehicles. One thing that most stories tend to ignore though is the fact that autonomous vehicles operating in a number of spaces. One of the earliest sectors of the economy to benefit from autonomous vehicles was agriculture. Increasingly though, they're having an impact on the mining sector. The benefits are obvious: without people in or around the vehicle the mine can operate more safely as there's no...

  • Nissan’s 3E smartglasses may usher in the future of driving

    Nissan will introduce its very own set of smartglasses to the world, the 3E, said CNET. The ad, spotted way back in September at the Frankfurt autoshow is awful, the gadget looks like a little bulky and Nissan hasn't released even a single detail about the specifications or capabilities of the 3E. There is the advert, but all you'll find out is that the 3E is going to be enormous and make you look like a crazy techno-warrior from bad eighties sci-fi. There is one line of info at the end though: "Introducing at the 43rd Tokyo Motorshow". That's...

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