Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

F1

Like a cross between Wall-e and a Formula 1 golf cart, Twizy's Sport F1 is all for fun

When we last reported on the enigmatic Renault Twizy, it was out fighting fires in the French countryside. Now, apparently bored with firefighting, the Twizy team has decided that perhaps Formula 1 is more the vehicle's cup of tea. So Renault went ahead and came up with a concept racer in the form of the Twizy Renault Sport F1.  Read More

The LaFerrari is Ferrari's latest limited edition road flagship

The 288 GTO, the F40, the F50, the Enzo, the ... LaFerrari? They really want us to call it that? It's not the strongest model name, but Ferrari's latest creation is its most powerful, technological masterpiece to date. Flirting with 1,000 horsepower, the Ferrari LaFerrari isn't your typical green car, but it is Ferrari's first production hybrid and its most efficient car ever.  Read More

The 2013 Ferrari Formula One F138 racecar

The 2013 Formula One racing season begins March 17 at Albert Park in Melbourne in front of a crowd likely to include around 330,000 race fans at the Australian Grand Prix. With only minor changes made in the Formula One regulations for this year, the differences between the F2012 and Ferrari's 2013 entry, the F138, are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. But even though the casual eye will not perceive a great deal of difference in the F138, most of the parts and systems have been revised to maximize performance while maintaining Ferrari's admirable reliability.  Read More

Viewers of the ViewCam 360 video from a Red Bull Racing car can change the angle as it pla...

Red Bull Racing has teamed up with Norwegian outfit Making View to create the world’s first spherical 360-degree video from a Formula One car, and we're sure glad they did! The ViewCam 360 system combines a spherical lens and special video technology to allow viewers to watch the breathtaking footage from almost any angle and even pan around the high-speed action as it plays.  Read More

The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power drew big crowds who enjoyed three days of speed, power, ...

The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPoP) turned on its annual kaleidoscope of horsepower, adrenalin and engineering intrigue this week. The four wheel lap record was shattered by a Caterham, the BAC Mono was the fastest road car, while the cars running against the clock included an Ariel Atom 500 V8, Radical SR3 SL, Aston Martin One-77 and Noble M600. There was a Volkswagen "Schwimmwagen" amphibian, an Edison-Puton Monowheel, and a curious BMW built during WWI using a 45.8-liter V12 BMW aircraft engine. The gallery is a wonderful pictorial celebration of CPoP.  Read More

The Foxhound is a functional combination of safety, maneuverability, versatility and speed...

The British Army's new Foxhound light protected patrol vehicle is a functional combination of heavy-duty armored rover designed to soldier through explosions and light, nimble field vehicle that can go where others can't. Thanks to a partnership with top names in racing, including McLaren and BMW, the Foxhound is as quick as a fox ... or at least as close as an eight-ton military vehicle can possibly be.  Read More

Take the automotive investment challenge - how much did these vehicles sell for at auction...

So you think you have an eye for value in assessing investment-quality cars and motorcycles? Here are a dozen cars and motorcycles that went to auction last week. We've included the official description, several images and the official estimates on price from the auctioneer. Can you guess how much each sold for? Answers at the bottom of the story.  Read More

The HY-KERS system uses two electric motors plus energy recovery to provide more power and...

In addition to recently showing off its brand new F12 Berlinetta in Beijing, Ferrari brought along the latest version of its HY-KERS hybrid system. The system has been tweaked for a mid-rear engine layout.  Read More

Rosberg's Mercedes wins Chinese F1 GP - 57 years since Fangio gave Silver Arrows last vict...

Mercedes Benz won its first Formula One Grand Prix for 57 years in China today, completing the successful comeback many thought it could not achieve. Winning driver Nico Rosberg took pole position for the race ahead of teammate and seven time champion Michael Schumacher, before driving a calculated race to put the Silver Arrow back in the winners circle.  Read More

The Zircotec anti-stick coating being applied

In the last two years, UK coatings specialist Zircotec has helped 10 of the 12 Formula One teams to protect their composite diffusers from exhaust gasses via the use of ceramic coatings. To do so, it created a coating that allows composites to function in temperatures above their melting point! This year, its engineers have been busy on a new challenge, as debris from tires has been causing build-up on aerodynamic surfaces which has been reducing down-force.  Read More

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