Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Gizmag Team

U.K. and U.S. researchers are developing a tiny disease detecting robot based on the sea l...

Could tiny robots one day swim through our bodies to detect disease? That's the vision of scientists in the U.K. and U.S. who have turned to the sea lamprey for inspiration in an effort to design a micro-robot capable of doing just that. While not the prettiest of sea creatures, the jawless, blood-sucking lamprey finds itself the subject of this biomimicry project not only because of its ability to swim, but because of its primitive nervous system, which researchers believe can be reproduced as part of a micro, or even nano-scale robot.  Read More

Remarkable transformation - before and after shots of the face transplant recipient (Photo... A gun accident fifteen years ago left Richard Lee Norris without his lips, nose, and with limited movement of his mouth. Now after a marathon 36-hour surgical procedure described as "the most extensive full face transplant completed to date," a team led by Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez at the University of Maryland has restored Mr. Norris' quality of life.  Read More

Ayrton Senna's Toleman TG184-2 F1 car up for sale Ayrton Senna is one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time and his premature 1994 death created a scarcity which is driving memorabilia prices skyward. Earlier this year an ex-Senna helmet fetched US$100,000 at auction and now the car he drove in his debut season is to go to auction - the same car in which Senna drove his way into legend at the wet 1984 Monaco GP.  Read More

Ducati Monster Diesel launched The announcement of a Diesel Ducati might catch you by surprise, but only until you realize that the bike has spark plugs and the word Diesel refers to the Italian fashion brand which has been sponsoring the Ducati Team in MotoGP. The collaboration is bearing fruit straight up with an "urban military chic" version of the Ducati Monster 1100EVO.  Read More

The Yikebike is a miniature, electric penny farthing made of carbon fiber capable of 25km/... The Yikebike is a miniature, electric penny farthing made of carbon fiber capable of 25 km/h (15 mph) with a range of 10 km (6.2 miles), or 20 km (12.4 miles) if you carry a spare battery.  Read More

The L-29 Special was designed and built specifically for international show competition at... When the Great Depression claimed E.L. Cord’s industrial empire, the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg marques went with it. The Cord L-29 was perhaps one of the most distinctive cars ever produced, thanks to the extra long bonnet necessitated by the straight eight engine and front-wheel-drive system. Though cloaked in various bodies, the long low lines of the L-29 are unmistakeable. The world's best known Cord, winner of countless awards, fell under the auctioneers hammer yesterday, and sold for a record US$2.42 million. Great piccies.  Read More

The Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 AIRPLAY The B&O PLAY Beolit 12 is about the size of a small car battery, weighs 2.8 kg and contains a substantial battery, a digital Class D 120 Watt amplifier, plus two 2" tweeters and a 4" woofer. It also connects via Apple's AirPlay, so it plays seamlessly from your iPod, IPad or iPhone by AirPlay for four hours, or wired to your iThing for eight hours. Based on our past experience with B&O, the sound will be exquisite, but the Beolit 12 might also be the most expensive accessory you'll consider for the iPhone - EUR700 or US$800.  Read More

Hyundai's 80 kW four-seater i-oniq electric sports hatchback picture gallery Hyundai's 80 kW four-seater i-oniq electric sports hatchback concept rolled out at Salon International de L’Automobile this week, using a range-extending petrol engine to boost the electric-only range of 120 km (75 miles) to beyond 700 km (435 miles) at just 45 g/km of CO2. Big gallery.  Read More

The Gumpert apollo enraged German sports car manufacturer Gumpert took two surprises to the Geneva Motor Show today. One is a race-only apollo with 860 bhp and a kerb weight of just 1,100 kg (2,425 lb). The other is a road-going car with 780 bhp weighing 1,175 kg (2,590 lb) named the apollo enraged.  Read More

The new Hyundai i-oniq concept that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show Hyundai's newest concept car, the 4.4 meter-long (14.4 ft) four-seater i-oniq electric sports hatchback, features a 109 PS electric motor and a range-extending 3-cylinder 1.0 liter petrol engine. In electric-only mode, the i-oniq has a range of 120 km (75 miles), but with the petrol engine producing electricity, the range extends beyond 700 km (435 miles). In range-extender mode, the i-oniq is an emissions champion, producing a paltry 45 g/km of CO2.  Read More

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