Based in Melbourne, Australia, Scott grew up with a passion for cars and a love of writing. He now combines the two by covering all things automotive for Gizmag. When he’s got a spare moment, you can usually find him freezing himself silly in search of fresh powder to ski.
As emissions standards get tougher, manufacturers are being forced to think outside the box in the quest for better fuel economy. One of the obvious areas to focus on is aerodynamics, where small tweaks can lead to big fuel savings. Shape-shifting designs represent one of the more radical approaches in this area, and Mercedes has taken this to another level with its Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile), which changes shape at higher speeds to cut through the air more efficiently.
The Frankfurt Motor Show hasn't even started yet, but already Porsche has revealed its contender for best in show. The Mission E Concept is a drop-dead gorgeous, fast-charging, all-electric supercar that Porsche says can clock the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under eight minutes.
A lack of power wouldn't be a criticism you'd level at the Mercedes-AMG range, but as per usual, Brabus has seen room for improvement. The latest vehicle to come in for the company's tuning treatment is the new AMG GT S, which has been given an extra 90 hp and a raft of sinister carbon fiber styling tweaks.
Having targeted younger buyers with the Wraith last year, Rolls-Royce has decided to turn its hand to the four-seat cabriolet. The new Rolls-Royce Dawn is aimed at delivering the same whisper quiet, ultra luxurious experience to those who want to enjoy top-down motoring without all the windy, noisy hassle.
Purists, look away now – the new Porsche 911 Carrera that will make its debut at the Frankfurt International Auto Show will be turbo-only. Porsche has foregone natural aspiration in the classic rear-engined sports car in the quest for better performance and economy. The change comes as part of a mid-life update that brings with it a raft of features found on the 918 Spyder, and current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3.
It's safe to say that the car world has gone a little retro-crazy recently. Be it the new Mini Cooper, the Fiat 500 or any one of the muscle cars that America has fallen for, we love it when our automobiles give a nod to their heritage. A dip into the past is definitely evident in Citroen's Cactus M Concept, which harks back to the Méhari of old with its topless, beach-loving design.
Since the DB5 debuted in Goldfinger more than 50 years ago, Bond and Aston Martin have gone hand-in-hand. Now the British sports car marque has created a special edition DB9 to celebrate the long-running relationship.
SRAM has joined the peleton of bicycle manufacturers offering up electronic shifting for high-end roadbikes. The SRAM Red eTap is a wireless shifting system that promises precise, simple shifting like that offered by electric systems from Shimano and Campagnolo.
Mercedes has added yet another string to its top-end luxury bow with a new variant of the S-Class. The S-Class Cabriolet joins long wheelbase, short wheelbase, coupe and super luxurious Maybach versions of Mercedes' flagship, backed by the bold claim that it is the world's most luxurious convertible.
Reliable cycling power meters can cost upwards of $500 or even $1,000, making them out of reach of most weekend warriors looking to track and improve their performance. Velocomp is trying to change that with its PowerPod, a handlebar-mounted power meter that's expected to retail for US$299.