As emissions regulations get tighter, there's a lot of focus on making engines more efficient, but engines aren't the only part of a car that are bad for the environment. The plastics and foams spread throughout the cabin are dirty to manufacture as well, so Ford is trying to tackle the problem by using captured CO2 in foam and plastic components.Read More
This autonomous French shuttle bus is already on sale, and deployed on a number of geofenced sites including a 220-hectare EDF power plant in Civaux. Fully electric and capable of operating like a set-route bus or an on-demand taxi, the Navya Arma carries 15 people at a top speed up to 45 km/h. It's also undergoing road testing. Efficient, useful, slow and unexciting, it's much like what we can expect when self-driving cars hit the roads en masse.Read More
Since 1985, the Shell Eco Marathon has pitched teams of students against each other in an attempt to see who can travel the furthest using the energy from one liter of fuel. It's a simple premise which belies a complex mix of design and engineering challenges. From left-field materials to low-slung, bullet designs, we've taken a look at some of the more interesting competitors from Eco Marathon events around the world.
Earlier this year, Rolls Royce announced that the seventh generation Phantom is to make way for the eighth, with the Drophead Coupé and Coupé models to be retired. The luxury marque is rolling out one last special collection, though, to celebrate the two models.Read More
The new GT is shaping up as one of the most exciting supercars of the modern era, so it's no surprise Ford has gone all out to make sure every little piece of the puzzle is up to scratch. Having debuted the technology on the Shelby GT350R Mustang, the engineers behind the GT have chased lower unsprung weight with carbon fiber wheels from Carbon Revolution.Read More
Over the years, Audi's piloted driving fleet has pushed autonomous driving forward with such feats as a Pikes Peak ascent and a Hockenheim lap. Audi's latest piloted driving accomplishment isn't quite so flashy, but it promises to be more important for everyday driving. A piloted A7 research car nicknamed "Jack" has become a smart, courteous defensive driver that should be a pleasure to drive beside, whether you're handling the wheel or rolling in an autonomous car of your own. Audi calls it a "research car with social competence."Read More
As automakers battle to reduce emissions, we're seeing more cars launched with one, two and occasionally three turbochargers. Until now, no-one besides Bugatti has been crazy enough to strap four turbos to the one engine, but BMW's new 750d will change that with its quad-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six.Read More
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