Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Automotive

QUT sees cars powered by their body panels a reality within five years (Photo: Shutterstoc...

Imagine opening up an electric car and finding no batteries. An absent-minded factory worker or magic? Perhaps neither. If nanotechnology scientists led by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are on the right track, it may one day be a reality as cars are powered not by batteries, but their body panels – inside which are sandwiched a new breed of supercapacitors.  Read More

SEMA Show 2014 boasted plenty of automotive variety

Gizmag spent the better part of last week touring the halls of the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. A bit of a change from your typical Paris or New York auto show, SEMA focuses in on components and accessories ... and the wild automobiles they create. It's a jungle of the flashy and impractical, with everything from pristine classics preparing for the auction block to outrageous one-offs that will never be seen again.  Read More

Drive responds to the user's finger movements, but only if their hands are where they shou...

When it comes to safe driving tips, taking your hands off the steering wheel to make or receive calls doesn't rate way up there. Many people instead use hands-free voice prompt systems, although these can also be be distracting, as they require users to think of the correct prompts and then speak them very clearly. Drive offers an alternative – it's a device that's controlled using finger movements, and it won't work unless the user's hands are on the wheel.  Read More

The Lexus RC 350 F Sport by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC F hasn’t been around for long, but tuners are already beginning to use it as a blank canvas for their crazy creations. This year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas played host to three tuned coupes, each with its own take on Lexus’ latest creation.  Read More

The Holland & Holland Range Rover is based on the Range Rover Autobiography Black

Luxury goods can be a bit of a vicious circle. You buy an expensive wristwatch and you need a safe to keep it in, and if you buy a brace of bespoke shotguns from a prestigious firm of English gunsmiths, you need a suitable set of wheels to carry them to the grouse shoot. Case in point is the Holland & Holland Range Rover, which is designed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) to act as luxury ride wrapped around a specially engineered gun case  Read More

The K900 High Performance boasts an unorthodox turbo setup

LUX Motorwerks has provided a interesting contribution to this year's SEMA line-up by boosting the output of the Kia K900’s 5.0-liter V8 from 420 hp to around 650 hp with two boot-mounted turbochargers.  Read More

The all-new Fiat FCC4 design study debuted in Brazil last month

"A real four door coupe with an adventurous spirit" is the description Fiat provides for its new FCC4 design study. We call it more of a CUV with pickup car-like rear-end. Or maybe just weird. Step inside and see what was on Fiat's mind when penning this strangely shaped vehicle.  Read More

Bloudhound SSC has confirmed that the first world land speed record test runs will take pl...

Having announced its intention in 2008 to attempt a new land speed world record, the Bloodhound team has now begun its 12-month countdown to the first test runs in South Africa. The milestone was marked yesterday with a test of the communications equipment at high-speed.  Read More

The Panamera's wheelbase has been stretched for a more comfortable rear seat ride

Porsche has given the world a look at one of the cars it will be showing at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show in the form of the Panamera Exclusive Series – a limited-run long-wheelbase version of the 570 hp Panamera Turbo S.  Read More

The Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code concept car has multi-voltaic silver paint that harvests s...

Hydrogen-powered cars are a greener alternative to those powered by petrol. One new Mercedes-Benz concept car is not only powered by hydrogen, but by its paint job as well. The Vision G-Code SUV is finished in "multi-voltaic silver" paint that harvests solar and wind energy.  Read More

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