Are racing car drivers an endangered species? If so, then Roborace could be the beginning of the end. Slated to kick off next year, this new racing championship will pit driverless electric cars against each other in a round-the-world series. The aim is to provide a competitive platform for the autonomous driving technology that is being developed by automotive and tech firms, as well as universities.
Porsche is hitting the Los Angeles Auto Show in a big way this year and taking center stage is a drool-inducing gray and yellow beauty on four Michelins. The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the German automaker's latest entry-level track car. Once you've seen it, you'll have to grab some gear. It's race time.
Fiat's performance brand, Abarth, has announced that a new 695 biposto called the Record is entering showrooms in the United Kingdom ahead of a global release. Only 133 will be produced.
The Peugeot 2008 DKR was one of the most beastly off-roaders we looked at in 2014. Its large, rugged looks didn't translate to success at Dakar earlier this year, however. So Peugeot regrouped and began reworking the car the minute Dakar 2015 ended, developing an even bigger, gnarlier 2008 DKR for Dakar 2016. This is the Peugeot 2008 DKR16.
UK-based Kahn Design is best-known for its striking alterations to
existing vehicles, which have resulted in creations such as the Land Rover Defender 6x6, the Aston Martin Vengeance and the 105 Defender Pick Up. The company's latest project, however, is being designed and built from the scratch – it's a retro-inspired racer,
code-named the Speed 7.
Ever wonder why you don't see things like recumbents in the Tour de
France? Well, it's because of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI),
which is the world governing body for bicycle racing. Among other
things, the UCI places unwavering restrictions on the design of racing
bikes. While this is intended to keep some racers from having an unfair
advantage, many people feel that it also holds back the evolution of
bikes designed for non-racers. That's why Specialized’s Creative
Director, Robert Egger, created the fUCI concept bike. It's a speed bike
designed without UCI restrictions in mind ... and we'll let you figure out what the F in its name stands for.
Besides building luxury cars and motorcycles, BMW has made some pretty impressive sports gear, including an Olympic bobsled that drove Team USA to men's bronze and women's silver and bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. BMW of North America announced today that it is now focusing attention on the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games. It's reaching into its deep well of mechanical know-how to develop a racing wheelchair for the US track and field team.
The Harrington Group's half-scale cars have been around for 13 years, with the entire fleet of classic look-alikes being completely reengineered two years ago and a new level of sophistication added to the designs. The latest release of a two-thirds scale 1960s Lotus 25 F1 lookalike could prove to be much more than just an exquisite toy for the wealthy though. It's a low cost race car which could form the basis for a whole new sport with more relevance than karts.
Amidst the aggressive expansion of the Golf range, Volkswagen has left one market untouched. The company has now moved to fill this racecar sized hole in the lineup by unveiling a 325 hp Golf designed to tackle the Touringcar Racer International Series.
There are hundreds of tiny pieces that go into creating the giant puzzle that is a successful racing team. While race fans get to see a completed car running flat out around a track, creating that completed puzzle involves the careful management of engineers, marketers, drivers and sponsors. So, how do they do it? Gizmag recently had a chance to look around Nissan Motorsport Australia’s factory, before sitting down with team director and driver, Rick Kelly and general manager of engineering, Craig Spencer, to find out.