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  • McLaren reveals the dangerously powerful P1 engine

    High horsepower outputs are all the rage these days; with hatchbacks boasting 300bhp and saloons 500bhp; hearing about supercars with astronomical power outputs is not new. But when you hear the power figure McLaren says its P1 will have, you can’t help but smile. McLaren isn't messing about with this car, it’s out for blood. Nine-hundred and three. That’s how many. And if you have to ask ‘what’, then you shouldn't know. Sure, there are cars with more power, like the all-conquering Bugatti Veyron, but there’s something about a McLaren with 903bhp that tickles my senses. It’s probably because of...

  • Acura invents space-age car welding techniques ‘3D Lock Seam’

    Sometimes it's the small things that make big waves, like a small meteor smashing into an ocean. Acura has developed a new welding technique for its cars that, while seemingly insignificant, has major implications towards how it will build and develop its cars in the future. Hopefully it will also transfer to Acura's dad, Honda, in the years to come. If you've never heard of Acura, that's no real surprise. As Lexus is to Toyota, Acura is to Honda, acting as its luxury brand, but limited to North America and Hong Kong. So you might actually recognise a few of...

  • Oxford researchers set to challenge Google’s self-driving car monopoly

    Money goes a long way, but ingenuity can go further. The equation usually goes like this: lots of money attracts smart people and makes cool things happen. Another equation can work too, though: really smart and ambitious people find some money scraped together from their tutoring savings and sky-diving funds and make really cool and cheap things happen. Such was the case when some researchers from the University of Oxford took it upon themselves to challenge the likes of Google in the own autonomous vehicle game. The system being used is a collection of low-profile stereo cameras and lasers; very...

  • ‘Back to the Future’ De Lorean restored, returned to Universal Studios

    Dr. Emmet "Doc" Brown's DeLorean time travel machine is one of the most iconic cars of the silver screen. And also the only distinction the car ever achieved. The original, screen-used DeLorean from Back to the Future, known as the "A" car, has been expertly restored to complete museum quality standards over the last year and is now on display at Universal Studio. Back to the Future geeks... Sit up straight! The Time Machine Restoration team, spearheaded by Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale, took a year to restore this car to its former glory after years of the...

  • An OS in every car, a chicken in every pot

    Cars have always been on the forefront of technology, but only recently have they begun to integrate into the consumer electronics fold. Cars will soon be as much of your digital life as your smartphone is. In fact cars are ever-increasingly becoming like smartphones. Android, Linux, Windows, Tizen and QNX; all of these are operating systems that you would find on cellphones but are now found in some of the latest cars from some of the biggest manufacturers in the world. Ford Sync Ford’s fantastic Sync technology runs off of Microsoft’s “Windows Embedded Automotive” software while relying on Nuance Communications (the...

  • The Tesla war of words heats up in the California cold

    Tesla seems to like making a fuss if it doesn't like what people have to say about its cars. This is not the first time we have seen Tesla throwing its toys out of the cot because a review of one of its cars hasn't gone exactly as it wanted. Top Gear -- who the first case was against -- is known for ripping cars to shreds with its reviews. It's the way the game goes. Taking an angle of how electric cars don't last long on the road is good and well, but don't make up details that never...

  • The Maserati Ghibli: a finely tuned piece of machinery

    Exciting news from Italy: a new, fast, exclusive saloon to scare the pants off of the Germans. Say hello to the Maserati Ghibli. Frankly, not the prettiest name in the world, but if renderings of the car have anything to say about it, it's going to be a fine piece of machinery. Ok, it hasn't actually been released yet. It is however planned to be revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. There have been a couple of renderings of what the car may look like, both of which are glorious. But spy photos have also been taken, especially...

  • Uber-expensive Ferrari Enzo gets down and dirty on YouTube

    Tax The Rich, a group of YouTubers who seem to have sprung out from the dirty farming corner of Anonymous, have used a Ferrari Enzo for rallying purposes across a farm in this, its latest posting. A dirty Enzo? Rallying through mud and dirt on a farm road? Sounds like heaven... Although the traditional stuck-up owners of these cars would probably relate that an Enzo was not made for that, the question this group is asking, is why not? Just like Jay Kay, Jamiroquai front man, speed freak and collector of exotic cars, the group seem to say that these cars...

  • Tesla releases app for its Models S electric car on iOS and Android

    Tesla has announced an app for its Tesla Model S that will monitor aspects of the car, change settings and honk the horn if you can't find it. Electric cars, especially the Tesla models, are technological marvels, perfectly suited for the gadget-obsessed and the addition of an app that lets you remote control your car adds to that. The app has various features that will allow owners to fully communicate with the car, allowing them to precondition the temperature while not in the car, check the battery level and switch charging on or off. Owners literally "sign in" to their...

  • Highlights from the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

    In the windy city of Chicago, muscle car crazed Americans had their chance to show off some new metal to the world this weekend. Now, bearing in mind that most of the cars produced in America never see the light in any other country, let's find out what kind of vehicles we could be driving around in, should we be so fortunate. "Turbo" Camaro Coupe

  • The hottest electric cars and technologies of 2013

    It's hard to believe that the electric car has been around for over a hundred years. If Nicola Tesla had his way (and I wish he did) then we would all be driving electric cars that were completely energetically sustainable. Alas, his dream was not realised and we all have paid the price. The electric car has seen better days, namely those of Tesla's time, but if it is ever going to become a viable alternative to the combustion engine (or possibly replace them) they are going to have to solve some very major problems. Car manufacturers have taken...

  • BMW’s new baby giant: enter the 3-Series Gran Turismo

    The motor industry likes to expand upon itself, always looking for new cracks and crevices to fit mixed up multi-genre cars into. What happened to the good old saloon? Or even the hatchback? Nowadays we get hatchback supercars, four-door coupes and 4x4 sports cars. It's a mess, frankly. And to commemorate this mess, here is the new 3-Series Gran Turismo. A mix between, what? A 4x4, a saloon and a hatchback? Or is it a wagon? It's hard to say, because it's hard to say why exactly BMW felt the need to invent yet another niche for the motor world....

  • 8 of the geekiest and most exciting supercars of 2013

    The state of the global economy has had the entire world shaken up. People have been saying horrific things like, "The day of the supercar is over." Well I can tell you that a day may come when the world has no more eccentric, adrenaline pumping cars, but it is not this day. This year will see some of the most highly anticipated cars in some time, as well as something gangster from the East. Here is a taste of some of the most exciting cars that will grace the face of the planet this year. McLaren P1C Try to contain...

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