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In the hills with Aston Martin's DP-100 Vision GT concept, and Q-series rides

By - August 29, 2014 33 Pictures
During the concept lawn show at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance a few weeks back, Mercedes-Benz’ Gran Turismo inspired AMG VGT literally stole the show. But while that PlayStation concept enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame down by the Pacific, another GT6 concept was enjoying its North American debut at a private event up in the sun-scorched hills east of Monterey. Aston Martin had invited a select group of media and clientele to not only drive and experience cars like the Vanquish and V12 Vantage S, but also to view firsthand the digital-inspired awesomeness that was the DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo. Read More
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Hyper-rare 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale heads to auction in California

By - July 20, 2014 13 Pictures
The collector car market has been anything but boring in recent times. The price for collectible Ferrari's has consistently been on the rise, culminating in last year's world record price of US$27.5 million for a 1967 Ferrari 275 NART Spider. Now another impressive bidding scenario is shaping up as one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s goes up for auction next month. Read More
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Sandia study examines potential for hydrogen fueling infrastructure

By - July 9, 2014 1 Picture
Hydrogen fueled vehicles, such as Toyota's FCV and Hyundai's Tuscon Fuel Cell, face a chicken or egg predicament: consumers are rightfully hesitant to invest in such vehicles if they don't have a convenient way to refuel them, and energy companies don't want to cough up dollars for costly infrastructure without significant numbers of such vehicles on the road. But a study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories says that more existing gas stations in California could readily integrate hydrogen fuel than previously thought. Read More
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Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Cell hits Californian roads with free hydrogen

By - June 11, 2014 4 Pictures
The hydrogen economy sounds great, and has ever since it was first proposed in the 1970s. The tricky bit is how to get there, because without the necessary infrastructure, a fuel cell car that runs on hydrogen is little more than a conversation piece. As Hyundai delivers its first Tucson Fuel Cell CUV to its new lessee, Timothy Bush, the South Korean carmaker unveiled its plan to jump-start the hydrogen car economy by giving the fuel away to its customers. Read More
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Copper-clad Fall House goes green ... literally

By - May 4, 2014 29 Pictures
San-Francisco-based Fougeron Architecture recently completed an unusual – and frankly very appealing – luxury home that's located along California's Big Sur coastline. Dubbed Fall House, the residence in question features a significant amount of sustainable technology and an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean, but the highlight is a roof and facade made from copper, which will slowly weather as it comes into contact with the sea air. Read More
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Ferrari's new turbo V8 California T pops its top in Geneva

By - March 6, 2014 35 Pictures
Last month, Ferrari gave us a glimpse at its new mid-front-engine, retractable hard top berlinetta California T. Now at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, the legendary Italian car maker has taken the cover off the new grand tourer, which the Ferrari Styling Center, in collaboration with Pininfarina, has completely redesigned to both reflect Ferrari’s heritage and to get the most out of its new turbocharged engine by Maranello. Read More
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