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One of the quieter debuts at last month's Frankfurt Motor Show was also one of the more interesting. The InEco electric car, developed at the Dresden University of Technology's Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology, combines an innovative mix of materials to keep its weight down to under a ton and allow it to get the most out of its small electric powertrain. Read More
Ever since the release of Lamborghini’s limited edition $4.3 million Veneno earlier this year, rumors of a topless version have been growing. This week Lamborghini turned rumor into reality with the announcement of its most expensive supercar to date – the $5.3 million Veneno roadster. Read More
For automobile manufacturers, the electric elephant in the room continues to be bulky and weighty battery packs. This week, Volvo unveiled an innovative potential solution to the problem that it has been working on for the past three and a half years with other European partners; replace steel body panels with carbon fiber composite panels infused with nano-batteries and super capacitors. Read More

While the big American automakers continue to battle for market share in the muscle car segment, one boutique manufacturer in Michigan has developed its own interpretation of the genre. The Equus Bass 770 is an unashamed impersonator that mixes the old world and the new ... a muscle car with a taste for life's little luxuries. Read More

The setting is a private house located two miles off a Californian highway, up a very narrow, misty road. There waiting in the driveway is Lamborghini’s $4 million rolling concept, the Veneno. Next to it is the rolling reality of an Aventador LP 700-4, and it's time for a test drive. Read More
McLaren’s P1 has already proven itself in Arctic exercises, but more recently it was the job of California, Nevada and Arizona to gang up on the supercar as part of an extreme heat testing scenario. The P1, which McLaren is set to begin delivering in a few weeks, appears to have remained undaunted as temperatures hit record highs of 116ºF (52ºC) during test runs in its new, undisguised finish. Read More
Italian supercar maker Lamborghini is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 and Gizmag recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Lamborghini's CEO Stephan Winkelmann and Design Director Filippo Perini for a fascinating insight into one of the automotive world's most exotic brands. Read More

High-end road bikes may offer a crisp, responsive ride, but they also have a way of transmitting every little vibration from the asphalt up into the rider’s hands, feet and butt. As we recently saw at Eurobike 2013, however, Bianchi is now offering a solution in the form of its Countervail integrated vibration canceling system. Read More

A carbon fiber surfboard? Well yeah, you could buy one of those, but ... if that board is intended for use somewhere warm and sunny, then coconut husk fibers would be way more appropriate! As it turns out, they also offer an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio, they come from a natural and renewable source, and require less toxic epoxy resin in their construction. That’s why they’re used in Global Surf Industries’ line of Coco Mat surfboards and paddleboards. Read More
Parkour is all about hurling yourself quickly and efficiently past whatever obstacles are in your path while maintaining as much momentum as possible. It's a challenge for humans, so how would robots fare? In an effort to push the boundaries of robotic agility, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania decided to find out by teaching their RHex robot some Parkour moves. Read More
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