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Hydrogen car catalyst project opens its first UK refueling station

In order for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to take off, there needs to be the refueling infrastructure in place to support them. To justify the infrastructure, though, there must be enough FCEVs on the road. It is this chicken-and-egg scenario that the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFive) project seeks to help solve.Read More

For real? Startup talks 2,000-hp turbine-hybrid big rig and 520-hp UTV

If there was ever a time to dazzle the world with promises of futuristic electric car technologies and crazy performance estimates, it would be 2016. Salt Lake City-based startup Nikola Motor Company may have a long way to go, but it believes it can revolutionize transportation. Given its overnight ascendance and off-the-charts claims, we're nothing if not skeptical. We are, however, hopeful that its 2,000-hp turbine-extender semi truck and solar-assisted, all-electric side-by-side – or derivatives thereof – become reality.

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The Top 50 F1 drivers of all time, regardless of what they were driving

Mathematics is the language of the universe, and given the exponential growth of computing power and advanced modeling techniques, it is beginning to make sense of even the most complex of problems. A team from Sheffield Methods Institute in the UK has analyzed all of the drivers, teams and results in Formula One history to produce a ranking of the best 50 F1 Drivers of all-time (with the car/team effects removed), as well as the best wet weather and street circuit drivers. It has also quantified how much of the performance equation is down to the team/car and how much is due to the driver. The results contain some big surprises.Read More

Peugeot has designs on a sustainable charging future

Peugeot Design Lab has released its vision for the charging station of the future – the Driveco Parasol. Made of sustainable materials, the Parasol provides shade for the cars that are charging up on energy collected from the roof mounted solar panels, and uses a smart grid system to share energy with nearby stations that need it most.Read More

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McLaren's 570S and 540C Sport series shine in absolutely horrific weather

Howling wind, lashing rain and deep standing water on the road: ideal conditions to test the braking and stability electronics of two gorgeous British supercars. McLaren Australia helicoptered Loz Blain and Scott Collie out to the Yarra Valley to drive the exquisite 570S and 540C Sport series cars in some of the worst driving weather we've ever experienced. The most affordable and accessible cars McLaren has ever made managed to shine regardless of this biblical deluge.Read More

Nissan EVs to join the grid in UK trial

Nissan has partnered with power company Enel to launch a pilot program in the UK allowing electric vehicle owners to sell energy from their car batteries back into the grid. As well as allowing EV drivers to make a bit of extra cash from their cars, Nissan sees the program as the first step towards using cars as mobile energy hubs. The announcement came alongside the launch of the xStorage home battery, which uses recycled Leaf batteries for home energy storage.Read More

Audi shows its endurance with limited edition R8 V10 plus selection 24h

Audi is gearing up for this year's Nürburgring 24 Hours by celebrating its 2015 victory and the close relationship between its R8 race cars and R8 production sports cars. The R8 LMS GT3 debuted to rule the day (and night) at Nürburgring last year, besting BMW by 40 seconds after the race saw 35 lead changes. The all-new R8 V10 plus "selection 24h" limited edition celebrates this victory with upgraded standard equipment and a race-inspired aesthetics package.
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