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.
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.
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.
There were always going to be risks involved in creating an oddball like the GT-R LM Nismo. The radical racecar battled for consistency at Le Mans and now Nissan has pulled the plug on its World Endurance Championship involvement until problems that have plagued its energy recovery system can be sorted out.
McLaren’s 570S heralded the start of a new model line for the British manufacturer, one that begins at a far more reasonable price point than the one offered up by its lightning-quick 650S. Gizmag got an up-close look at the new 570S, before sitting down with McLaren’s Asia-Pacific Director David McIntyre for a chat about the brand’s move "downmarket."
Chevy seems determined to increase its visibility among off-road enthusiasts, slowly but surely. At last year's LA Auto Show, it showed the aggressive Colorado ZR2 concept pickup. Although the company hasn't given any official word on whether that model will make it through to production, it is offering impatient dirt lovers a novelty prize in the meantime. The 2016 Colorado Z71 Trail Boss lights up the dirt with several key off-road features.
In Elon Musk's weird and wonderful future, rockets will land on barge ships, people will be slung between cities in vacuum tubes and giant metallic noodles will autonomously probe your Tesla Model S to recharge its battery.
Tired of trying to remember what knobs move your car seat in which
direction? Well, in the not-too-distant future, you may not have to.
That's because scientists from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for
Silicate Research and Isringhausen GmbH have developed a seat
that's moved using simple intuitive gestures.
Audi has its eyes firmly on the "sportiest sedan" title with its new S8
plus. The carmaker claims it is the "highest powered sport sedan in the
premium segment." It has a power output of 445 kW (605 hp) and a top
speed of up to 305 km/h (189.5 mph).
Elvis got about in one and Keith Moon drove a one into a pool (or so the urban myth goes) – now in a nod to its long list of rock'n'roll clientele, Rolls Royce has announced an "Inspired by Music" version of the Wraith, which packs in a 1300 W, 18-channel bespoke speaker system.