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Gizmag reviews the Volta Racer solar-powered toy car

While there are already a number of solar-powered model cars on the market, Toylabs’ new Volta Racer is unique in a couple of ways – you put it together yourself, and it incorporates a flexible polycrystalline silicon solar panel. Although my days of playing with toy cars are behind me (sort of), my days of tinkering with things aren’t, so I decided to check out one of the sun-powered autos for myself.  Read More

The Carcheticture concept uses the parked car as part of the home infrastructure

Auto manufacturers are typically thought of in terms of tangible nuts and bolts, but the auto industry as a whole does a fair amount of conceptual thinking and prognosticating. Concept cars are the most visible part of this process, but automakers also host contests, conferences and conversations about the future of mobility and the world around us. Daimler recently gathered a group of post-graduate intellectuals and visionaries in thinking about the evolving roles that vehicles could play in the future.  Read More

2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus

We've already covered the featured stars of the New York Auto Show, including the Jeep Cherokee and Subaru WRX Concept. Now it's time to take a look at the supporting cast, some of which may just outshine their bigger-part co-stars. From the sporty 2014 Buick Regal to the Bentley Flying Spur, here's a look at the hottest, techiest hardware from the Big Apple.  Read More

The Espresso Veloce Machine comes in V10 and V12 configurations (Photo: Espresso Veloce)

We’re big fans of both cars and coffee here at Gizmag, so it’s only fitting that we give a mention to the Espresso Veloce Machine – an espresso machine billed as a tribute to the 1990's Grand Prix race car engines which powered racing legends like Ayrton Senna, and Michael Schumacher.  Read More

The Weber FasterOne

Weber Sportcars promised to unseat the Bugatti Veyron as the world’s fastest street-legal sports car with its Faster One (F1) back in 2008. It seems the Swiss car maker still has the title in its sights, releasing the specifications for the latest iteration of its two-seater mid-engine sports car with the claim that it's the fastest street-legal sports car in the world.  Read More

The Lyonheart K Coupé (pictured) and Convertible are restricted to a production run of 250...

Last year, we covered Lyonheart’s take on the classic Jaguar E Type, the Lyonheart K. Not much has been heard of it since then, but thirteen months later, the Coventry-based car maker has resurfaced with an announcement of the Lyonheart K Coupé, including Convertible prices and production numbers.  Read More

The Pit-BUL (above) and NightHawk are two new car-stopping devices, based on the existing ...

We’ve all seen movies where a strip of retractable spikes at a checkpoint tears up a vehicle’s tires, or where a roadside cop throws a chain of linked spikes across the highway in front of a car. While such devices are pretty effective, there’s always room for improvement. That’s where the Pit-BUL and NightHawk car-stopping devices come into play. Both devices are based on a single other existing product, known as the Safe, Quick, Undercarriage Immobilization Device ... or SQUID, for short.  Read More

Volvo's Active High Beam Control selectively shields other cars from dazzling high-beams

Being dazzled by car high beams is no joke. Having someone come around the corner and forget to dip their headlamps isn't just annoying, it’s potentially dangerous. To be featured at next week's Geneva Motor Show, Volvo’s Active High Beam Control is a mechanical system installed in the headlamps that actively and selectively shields oncoming or cars being followed from the lights. This allows Volvo drivers to keep their high beams on continually without fear of dazzling others or being unable to see a suddenly darkened road.  Read More

The Accel VOYAGER smartphone

Cars and mobile phones haven’t had a very happy relationship. For most people, a car/phone interface means a bracket suction-cupped to the windscreen. At best, it means a Bluetooth connection between the phone and the car’s infotainment system, that leaves much to be desired. Trying to rectify this situation, Israeli telecom company Accel Telecom describes its new VOYAGER smartphone as the “first standalone connected car smartphone,” designed with the car specifically in mind.  Read More

The Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition

Last week, on January 15, Aston Martin celebrated its centenary. To mark the occasion, the car maker unveiled its Centenary Edition Vanquish. Billed by Aston Martin as the “ultimate GT car,” this bespoke version of the luxury coupe will be available worldwide, though only 100 vehicles will be built. The company has also announced that similar centenary editions of the V8 Vantage, DB9 and Rapide are in the offing.  Read More

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