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Hartge’s BMW-engined Mercedes is an ode to a forgotten tuner

Did you know famed BMW tuner Hartge is no more? Don’t worry if you didn’t know, not many knew, in fact, the only mention of its demise to be found on the omniscient internet is a short uncited entry in its Wikipedia page, a Facebook announcement made by a Chinese importer of Hartge parts, and […]

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Will the automotive world experience another “1989”?

It is hard to imagine what life would be without Japanese cars. We would probably be living in a glorious age of rehashed 20-year old cars heavy in the rich tradition of being literally banged together by hammers with an engine that would sputter to life when a union says so and customer service is […]

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40 years ago, the most successful Mercedes-Benz S-Class debuted

Amidst the flurry of new production-ready metal that was rolled out for the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz managed to wow the crowds with the unveiling of its futuristic Vision EQS concept sedan. Many interpreted this concept as a glance into the future of what an all-electric S-Class would look like, although the EQC’s existence […]

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Remembering Ferdinand Piëch – the greatest car tsar

Ferdinand Karl Piëch, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, chief architect of Volkswagen’s rise to global domination, and mastermind behind some of the most impressive feats of automotive engineering in history has passed away in Bavaria last Sunday. He was 82-years old.  The term “industry titan” is often thrown around for any corporate captain, but Piëch’s […]

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20 years of the Porsche 911 GT3: The car that started a craze

Welcome to the year of our Lord 2019, where Jaguar can sell you a stripped out four-door sedan with two race-harness equipped front seats and a massive roll cage in place of its rear seats with the headlining boast of lapping the Nordschleife quicker than a Ferrari Enzo. Truly it is a time to be […]

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60 years of the Mini – Why the Mini could never be replicated today

It speaks volumes that the adherents to the belief that “progress is threatening the things we treasure” are either car enthusiasts or religious fundamentalists. Not that it is entirely unhealthy, everyone needs a higher ideal to look towards to, even if that statement is largely untrue when it comes to cars.  Despite all the despair […]

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Bugatti La Voiture Noire pays tribute to the most valuable car yet to be found

What is Bugatti without a bit of excess? And while various tuners and Koenigsegg will eventually come along to lay claim to power and top speed records, the Molsheim-based manufacturer has pulled no stops to lay claim to the title of the most expensive new car ever made with the exquisitely titled and magnificently dressed […]

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10 years on from the Citroen that changed the game with a game

Though always intended as a showcase of future technology and visionary styling that might someday find its way into a production model, concept cars are rarely influential beyond the badge from which it came from. With technology being proprietary and design being its identity, concept cars rarely inspire followers. Perhaps the only truly influential concept […]

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Chevrolet Volt: The forgotten revolutionary

If you thought ancient history being written by the victors was a little unjust, rest assured that at least these victors had the decency to spin the loser as a worthy antagonist. In the history of technological progress, there is no such consolation for losers in memorialisation. Any product of technology either makes its mark […]

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The Suzuki Hayabusa is dead, but its legacy can never be surpassed

December isn’t shaping up to be a good month for speed freaks. Bugatti’s boss has reiterated their continued disinterest in setting a new production car top speed record for the Chiron, the team behind the ambitious Bloodhound SSC land speed record car has shuttered after ten years of development, and now we bid farewell to […]