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Kumho's concept Maxplo tire would adapt to suit driving conditions

By - July 28, 2015 4 Pictures

As the point of contact between a vehicle and the road, tires are one of the most important parts of a car. Unfortunately, there's no one size fits all, or rather, one tire fits all surfaces or weather conditions, tire and swapping them over when encountering changing conditions isn't exactly feasible. Kumho has come up with a concept tire that would avoid this problem by changing its tread to suit the conditions.

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Ten $10 million cars head for Pebble Beach

Only 18 cars have ever sold at auction for more than US$10 million. It's illustrative that 11 of those cars have sold during the mid–August Monterey Car Week auctions surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This year that number might rise dramatically as there are 10 cars going to auction over a three day period that are estimated to surpass the $10 million barrier.

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Penniless in Pebble Beach (the poor man's guide to Monterey Car Week)

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week often conjure visions of the rich and famous sipping champagne as they cruise about in chauffeured Bugatti Royales. Tickets for some events run to $450 and sell out in a heartbeat, but that's not the end of the story. Somer Hooker explores the many less-costly aspects of the massive festival and details how to have a good time on a very limited budget.

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Stuttgart students hit 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds to claim EV acceleration record

By - July 27, 2015 11 Pictures

The Tesla Model S might sprint to 100 km/h in an impressive 2.8 seconds, but it doesn't even come close to taking the record for the world's fastest accelerating electric car. A team of speedy Stuttgart University students has broken the record in a blistering 1.779 second run, beating the mark set by Swiss students late last year by just 0.006 of a second.

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Morgan AR Plus 4 blends classic lines with modern power

By - July 27, 2015 17 Pictures

Long after the rest of the world has moved on, Morgan is still staunchly standing by the old-fashioned way of doing things. The boutique manufacturer's cars combine modern powertrains with wood and aluminum chassis' and its latest creation is no different. The limited edition AR Plus 4 combines classic Morgan values with a motorsport inspired Cosworth motor to celebrate 65 years since the launch of the original Plus 4.

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i-protect system aims to prevent door-dings

Car doors can be ungainly when they're being opened, smacking into things like garage walls, light posts, or the body panels of other cars. While some groups have developed side bumpers to minimize the damage, a group of German high school students has come up with an alternative – a system that stops the door from opening before it can hit anything.

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Hackers remotely take over Jeep Cherokee

By - July 21, 2015 1 Picture

The minute you connect a car to the internet, you’re exposing it to the risk of hacking – and even if it’s only the entertainment system that’s supposed to be online, a skilled hacker can now remotely take control of just about any electronically controlled part of your car, including the steering, throttle and brakes. And this isn't some distant thing to worry about in the future. One Wired reporter just had the terrifying experience of having his Jeep Cherokee taken over by hackers while he was on the freeway. Like a scene in a horror movie, he found himself a helpless passenger in his car as he lost control of its functions one by one.

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