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Angus MacKenzie

Automotive

Radical 4-in-1 piston engine promises hybrid-like efficiency

One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry. Read More

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Tesla unveals AWD 691hp Model S P85D with autopilot and new driver assist systems

Tesla finally took the wraps off its much rumored Model D at Hawthorn Airport outside of Los Angeles tonight and the results look impressive to say the least. The new S P85D, as it's badged, will run an AWD setup as suspected, and put out a whopping 691 hp (515 kW) and 687 lb. ft. (931 Nm) of torque. It will also feature new driver-assist systems including an auto-pilot solution for self-parking. Read More

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BMW premieres its new topless 2 Series convertible in Paris

The BMW 2 Series convertible has made its world premier at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. In the new 2 Series, BMW will be offering up four separate models, each with its own unique powerplant, including an M Performance version and a diesel powered model. Unveiled earlier this year, the new 2 Series, is promoted as a replacement and successor to the outgoing 1 Series.Read More

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