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BMW and Continental team up to develop automated driving "co-pilot" technology

German automotive companies BMW and Continental have teamed up to develop self-driving car technology, or as they call it, an “electronic co-pilot” for cars. The main goal of the joint venture is to develop and test technologies that would usher in an era of highly automated driving on European freeways from 2020, with fully automated systems expected from 2025. Read More
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Giugiaro's Parcour concept – a Lamborghini-powered off-roader

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Italdesign Giugiaro opening its doors, and to celebrate the occasion the Italy-based design firm has premiered its Parcour supercar at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Taking its name from the obstacle-clearing sport of parkour and powered by the same powerplant found in the Lamborghini Gallardo, its creators have billed the vehicle as the first all-terrain GT, which fuses the high-performance of a track car with the go-anywhere capabilities of the 4X4. Read More

Skoda pulls the curtain back on 2013 Octavia

Skoda has just revealed its new 2013 Octavia compact sedan. The compact market is incredibly competitive, and the Skoda Octavia is looking to differentiate itself through what the company describes as "middle-class qualities at compact-car price." That being said, Skoda has yet to announce the final price of the compact. Read More
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McLaren confirms limited run for 12C GT Can-Am Edition

When McLaren GT unveiled its 12C GT Can-Am Edition concept at the at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this summer, it was supposed to be a one-off. Its purpose was basically to show what McLaren’s designers could do if they chucked the racing regulations in the bin and let themselves go. However, that one-off sparked a lot of interest – so much so that at the 2012 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, McLaren announced that the track car would go into production. The bad news is that it’s for a run of only 30 cars. Read More
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BMW M Performance steering wheel puts driving data at your fingertips

Taking a BMW M series car out on the track is an occasion for daydreaming that you're Michael Schumacher at the wheel of a Formula 1 racer. Unfortunately, the average BMW doesn’t come with a US$50,000 F1 steering wheel, making the illusion that bit harder to maintain. To help rectify this, BMW is offering a steering wheel with a touch of the racetrack as part of its M Performance accessories catalog. Read More
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Extra Fuel is a safe petrol reserve to keep you motoring

If you live in the country or take long road trips, having the fuel light start flashing when you’re miles from anywhere can be a white-knuckle event. It’s tempting to carry a can of extra fuel in the boot for such emergencies, but gasoline is extremely flammable and vents off dangerous gases if it gets warm, so it’s not exactly a safe option. Extra Fuel is an alternative to conventional gasoline that will run any petrol engine, yet is safe to take along. Read More
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Update: BLOODHOUND rocket engine successfully test fired

A 1,000 mph (Mach 1.4, 1,600 km/h) car came a step closer to reality today when the BLOODHOUND SSC team successfully test fired the vehicle’s rocket motor system. Conducted in a hardened aircraft shelter originally designed to house Tornado fighters at Newquay Cornwall Airport, the hybrid rocket motor burned for ten seconds, generating 14,000 lbs (60 kN, 40,000 bhp) of thrust and a roar of 180 decibels. Read More
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BLOODHOUND car's rocket system to be tested

On Wednesday, Britain’s BLOODHOUND team will take the next step in their attempt to break the land speed record when they test Europe’s largest hybrid rocket engine at the Aerohub, located at Newquay Cornwall Airport. The static test for the BLOODHOUND SSC car’s rocket system will be the largest rocket fired in Britain in 20 years and, if successful, will open the way toward building a car capable of doing 1,000 mph (Mach 1.4, 1,600 km/hr). Read More
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