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Here are the convoluted origins of McLaren’s signature design

With Europe tightening the thumbscrews on emissions, McLaren has taken the hybrid-pill with its first series-production hybrid, the McLaren Artura. And no, it isn’t a 720S stuffed with a big battery. The Artura features a smaller 430kW 3-litre twin-turbo V6 with a 70kW electric motor. Other all-new technical bits include its twin-clutch, differential, and carbon-fibre […]

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Porsche 992 911 GT3 adopts the ultimate racy wing

If you drink from the Porsche mythos well, there are only two things on the calendar that matters. The launch of a new 911, and the launch of its GT3 variant. The rest might as well be white noise echoing out into the void. And so, here we are in what would have been Geneva […]

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Farewell Lotus Elise – the retirement of Hethel’s accidental saviour is neccessary for its future

With a production run of 25 years, the Lotus Elise should be considered a relic by automotive standards. Yet it is not. Hethel’s little welterweight shows no signs of faltering. Still elegantly simple in its execution and punching above its weight as the day it debuts.  Though still a spring chicken by British auto industry and royalty […]

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BMW’s weird post-modernist car advertisements are putting it on the path of self-annihilation

First things first, I take no pleasure in writing about car advertisements. Advertisements are half-truths wrapped in a shiny and often unscrupulous veneer. Most advertisements annoy with a pathological need to reinforce its corporate slogans and jingle. And only a handful offer something remotely entertaining in its show-stopping brainwashing act.  I’m aware that one of the […]

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What could have been: The incredible experimental engines that time forgot

It is happening, Rolls-Royce, the once-great institution of British automotive pride, will be creating a dedicated all-electric model line. According to reports, Rolls-Royce will confirm its plans for the new model, the Silent Shadow, later this year. Though, many are already speculating that it will enter production within the decade. While this move won’t signal […]

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DS Automobiles needs to learn from its namesake’s success to survive in the Stellantis era

Have you ever gained an affinity and an unexplained appreciation for something you will never spend money for? Like vintage wine tasting or sampling lines of fine-cut Colombian cocaine. Well, that pretty much sums up my relationship with Citroën and its sub-brand DS Automobiles. An ongoing fascination for esoteric aesthetics with financially ruinous consequences. How […]

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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale – Why did time forget Alfa Romeo’s apex supercar?

After seven years in production, Alfa Romeo’s promising little carbon-fibre chassis sports car, the 4C, is taking a bow. In commemoration, the Italian automaker will round off production with the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo special edition. Named so, and inspired by Alfa Romeo’s legendary 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. The bulk of the […]

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The sports car genre is thriving, but we have to give up car ownership to preserve it

Life is all about doing silly things and learn to grow out of it. Ideally, though for the most part, it is hard to grow out of our silly habits. Much like my nine-year journey of committing myself to live with the most impractical car around. A two-door convertible sports car – a first-generation Mazda MX-5 to […]

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Two too far? Have We Reached The Limit Of Downsizing With The Three-cylinder Engine?

It is a strange world to be living in when the most exciting enthusiast car of the year is a Toyota Yaris with a three-cylinder engine. Okay, there is more to the Toyota GR Yaris than its squashed bodybuilder physique.  Underneath its inflated arches lies a bespoke three-cylinder engine and a melange of chassis parts lifted […]

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How A Game-changing Grille Led To Everything Wrong In 21st-century Car Design

1999 was a great time to be alive. The excitement of crossing into a new allegorical millennium was nigh. As were the Y2K hysterics that banks would delete money and planes fall out of the sky the moment the calendar goes from “99” to “00”. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world as it was […]