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Heartbreak for Toyota as late failure hands Le Mans win to Porsche

Modern endurance racing is a tough, tough game, especially if you're Toyota. Leading Le Mans with just over three minutes remaining, the #5 TS050 Hybrid looked certain to make Toyota just the second Japanese brand to win at Circuit de la Sarthe, only to suffer a catastrophic power failure. The #2 Porsche 919 streaked past the stranded Toyota, in what was a heartbreaking finish to a heart-stopping race.Read More

Jeep and Harley-Davidson go moto crazy on Renegade

This is Jeep's third consecutive year as a sponsor of the Harley-Davidson European H.O.G. Rally in Slovenia. Given that it's the 25th anniversary of the event, Jeep decided to do something special: the hog-inspired Renegade Hell's Revenge. The show car features performance and aesthetic improvements below a specially painted body designed to look like a flamed motorcycle tank.Read More

Meet Synthia, the virtual driving school for autonomous cars

For all their hype, self-driving cars are still quite clueless at many tasks that are simple for human drivers, like recognizing a sidewalk or a traffic light. Scientists at the Computer Vision Center in Barcelona have now come to the rescue with Synthia, a virtual city simulation that can train driving AIs to recognize and handle all sorts of obstacles and situations, even in rain or deep snow.Read More

Aston Martin wreaks havoc on Le Mans ... with Razor Crazy Carts?

When you're preparing for one of the world's biggest, most challenging car races, sometimes it's good to let the butterflies out of the cage and blow off some steam. Aston Martin Racing team members did just that when they parked their V8 Vantage GTE cars and dropped into the "cockpit" of something a little more compact and playful – Razor Crazy Carts specially dressed in authentic Aston Martin trim. Read More

Volkswagen planning electric car offensive for 2025

Volkswagen certainly hasn't done its environmental credentials any favors recently, but its most recent announcement suggests the suits in Wolfsburg are thinking well beyond the future of crude oil. The automotive giant is planning to release more than 30 new battery-powered models before 2025 in an attempt to sell between two and three million EVs by the same year.Read More

Rolls-Royce's first pure concept car puts the future on notice

Concept cars are meant to push the edges of what's possible, but the Rolls Royce Vision Next 100 (codenamed 103EX) has taken that idea to a level that most other brands could only hope to achieve. Revealed earlier today at the London Roundhouse, Rolls Royce's first-ever pure concept in its 105-year history is a fully autonomous vehicle that for all intents and purposes is a rolling luxury living room.Read More

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