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Mike Hanlon

Audi's new R18 e-tron quattro demonstrates the extraordinary boldness of the Audi company ...

Audi's newly revealed R18 e-tron quattro race car is designed to win the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hour Race. Whatsmore, the turbodiesel, electric flywheel hybrid, all-wheel drive prototype will ensure the 2012 race will be a battle of the hybrids (against Toyota's new TS030 ultracapacitor hybrid race car), and a fascinating study of new technologies under race conditions. The car uses electric motors to add 75 kW (102 bhp) of power to each front wheel, and a 375 kW (510 bhp) V6 TDI engine powers the rear wheels. The Williams Hybrid Power electric flywheel hybrid captures energy similarly to the unit Porsche used to such great effect in its GT3 R Hybrid last year with the rear axle powered conventionally, and the front wheels by electric motors. Audi calls it "the electrification of the drive" and it will be a story worth following as battle begins on the racetrack.  Read More

The 2012 Atalanta Sports Tourer

On March 5, 1937, a new automotive marque was born in the form of the Atalanta Sports Tourer. The high-tech Atalanta was well received but when Britain went to war just two years later, all production capacity was turned toward the war effort and the marque ceased to be. Last week, exactly 75 years later, the Atalanta marque was relaunched as a traditional sportscar built to modern standards with modern electrics, brakes, suspension, chassis and a grunty 185 bhp 2.5 litre VVT engine.  Read More

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse will be limited to 233 mph

Whether you think the Bugatti Veyron is the pinnacle of sports car development or agree with Professor Gordon Murray that it's the "most pointless exercise on the planet," we all somehow seem drawn to the name and its continuing deeds. This week saw the unveiling of another Bugatti milestone, the 1200 bhp Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse - the roadster version of the world's fastest production car is also the world's fastest roadster at 255 mph. Great picture library of this quite arresting automobile.  Read More

Casey Stoner on the GP10 to be auctioned

In a sign of the times, Ducati has announced it will be selling two very recent Ducati Desmosedici GP machines at auction. The bikes, a GP11 2011 factory Desmosedici which brought Valentino Rossi his only top three finish of the 2011 season, and the other a 2010 model GP10 which Casey Stoner took to victory in the 2010 Australian Grand Prix, are subject to an undisclosed reserve. The buyer will be required to enter into a confidentiality agreement.  Read More

If the Agera R can achieve its claimed top speed, it will become the world's fastest produ...

Already one the world's fastest cars, the Koenigsegg Agera R has been reworked for the 2013 model year, raising peak horsepower from 1115 to 1140 bhp, giving it a top speed of 440 km/h (273.4 mph) - Koenigsegg intends to prove it sometime soon. The world's fastest production car is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at 431 km/h. Lots of new features in the new car.  Read More

 Luggage capacity on a bicycle can be carried many ways - predominantly a backpack worn by...

Elegance and practicality are a killer combination, and both are abundant in the latest concept from Peugeot. The company's rethinking of the traditional urban bicycle won't suit everyone, but it will almost certainly appeal to enough cyber-serfs to warrant production. The design highlight is the positioning of bike's leather laptop compartment, which is safer for the laptop, and provides a better balanced bike that's nimble and fun to ride. You can even lock the briefcase in place.  Read More

This is BMW V8 version of the Plus which uses a very similar chassis to the Plus E and a n...

You know the shape immediately - the Morgan's styling comes from a time when sports cars had 50 bhp. All Morgans are deceptively modern under the skin, but the new Morgan Plus E is positively futuristic by comparison to its looks. Designed by Morgan, Zytek and Radshape, the Plus E is based on Morgan's lightweight aluminum chassis with the revised 'traditional' body from the new V8 Plus 8, which also launched at Geneva. So you can have a V8 which rumbles and grunts, or maybe, you can have one with 200 bhp less that is almost as much fun, whisper quiet and doesn't poison the atmosphere.  Read More

The most interesting aspect of the motor, is that it is the first of the new EA211 series ... Volkswagen's Polo BlueGT was shown at Geneva this week running a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine.The most interesting aspect of the motor, is that it is the first of the new EA211 series of engines which shut down two of the engine's four cylinder under light and medium loads (below 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs of less than 100 Nm). Does it work? You bet 140 bhp, a top speed of 210 km/h and using the seven-speed DSG tranny, 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg) consumption and CO2 emissions of 105 g/km.  Read More

The Ssangyong XIV-2 convertible concept SsangYong's new XIV-2 "convertible" concept car broke cover this week at the Geneva Motor Show and it appears there's every chance it will see production. The premium convertible CUV (crossover utility vehicle) is a derivative of SsangYong's 2011 XIV-1 show car, and SsangYong has announced production in various body styles. Extensive gallery for this story.  Read More

Infiniti's long awaited range-extended electric Emerg-E sports car has been shown in Genev...

Infinit's long awaited range-extended electric sports car the Emerg-E has been shown in Geneva and the specs we've been awaiting are official: 402 bhp (300 kW), 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds; a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h); a 300-mile (483-km) range using the three-cylinder range-extender with 30 miles (48 km) electric-only; CO2 output of 55 g/km (NEDC cycle).  Read More

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