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Audi electric SUV to drive 300+ miles on LG/Samsung battery power

By - August 13, 2015 3 Pictures

Audi is expected to show an all-electric crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, and this week the company revealed that the eventual production EV will boast a 310-mile (500-km)-range battery built on cells from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. That battery will be integrated neatly into its new MLB platform, which will be dressed in new design language.

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Pinnacle Portfolio sells for $67 million to become world's most valuable car collection

By - August 13, 2015 270 Pictures

Monterey Car Week's auctions began on a positive note tonight when the Pinnacle Portfolio became the most valuable single owner car collection ever sold at auction. Sales from the 25-car auction totaled more than US$67 million, exceeding the previous record by nearly 25 percent. The top sellers were a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, which sold for $17,600,000, and a 1998 McLaren F1 "LM-Specification", which sold for $13,750,000. Nearly half the cars in the collection set new world records for the models.

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Immortus solar sports car to offer unlimited range on sunny days

By - August 13, 2015 2 Pictures

If you’ve ever scanned the comments section on an electric car or bike article, you’ll be familiar with this complaint: "that’s not green, it’s just a coal-powered vehicle." Well, not this one. The Immortus is an electric car built to generate its own power through some 7 sq m (75 sq ft) of solar photovoltaic paneling. You can charge its battery off the mains if you have to, but if conditions are sunny, the inbuilt solar panels alone will let you drive at more than 60 km/h (37 mph) for an unlimited distance.

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Triumph postpones speed record attempt following Guy Martin’s injury

For the second year in a row, Triumph has been forced to suspend its effort for a new land speed record after its pilot, Guy Martin, was injured during the Ulster GP Superbike race on Thursday, August 6. Triumph was to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats speed trials on August 24-27, but Martin’s accident and subsequent operation mean that he will not be fit in time for vital tests before the official event.

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Spofec Black One adds bling and horses to Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

By - August 11, 2015 14 Pictures

The "entry level" Rolls Royce Ghost Series II aimed at the younger, entrepreneurial market has been turning some heads lately, but Germany-based car customizer Spofec is trying to turn them a bit farther. The Spofec Black One takes the Ghost and adds bespoke modification packages featuring a matte black motif and improved engine performance kits to create a car that wouldn't look out of place in the Green Hornet's garage.

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DEF CON focuses on vehicle security and beyond in wake of Jeep hack

By - August 10, 2015 4 Pictures

Last month, security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller made headlines when they remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee, killing the transmission as a Wired reporter drove at high-speed down the freeway. But with cars representing only a subset of the Internet of Things, it's likely that many companies that had previously never considered whether their products were virtually as well as physically safe will similarly be responding to disclosures of exploits and courting future employees at hacker conventions in the future. Security researchers at DEF CON described the many attack surfaces of today's connected vehicle and pointed to potential improvements to protect consumers.

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Monterey Car Week auctions prepare to smash records

This week is Monterey Car Week, an event which has evolved over the last 65 years to become the single most important celebration of automotive heritage in the world. The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has become the world's most important such event, and the round of collectible car auctions (seven almost concurrent auctions this year) now sells almost half the world's most valuable cars. Includes internet viewing guide and times.

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