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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 […]

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The Porsche 935/78 “Moby Dick” lived up to its literary symbolism

Just when we thought that Porsche’s 70th anniversary party couldn’t get any grander, with the unveiling of the delectable 911 Speedster concept and a “brand-new” 1998 911 Turbo, it seems that the boys at Zuffenhausen have been saving the best for last with the surprise debut of a brand new clubsport Porsche known as the […]

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How nostalgia revived and killed the VW Beetle, but not the MINI

If you want to get an idea of just how universally recognisable the Volkswagen Beetle is, pull up a game of Pictionary. Tea-drinkers may argue that your rendition of a Willys GP is a Defender, while only catastrophic bores among us can tell the silhouette of the Miura – the original supercar – apart from […]

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Formula One halo’s aesthetic criticisms are stupid

If you haven’t been watching Formula One, you are missing out on the best motorsports show in years. The 2018 season has been nothing short of a blockbuster with plenty of tense racing moments, team dramas, and unexpected finishes. Nothing summaries this season thus far like the opening seconds of the Belgian Grand Prix last […]

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What is a premium car? and What is its future?

Commentary on car design is very subjective but we can all agree that when someone mistakes your car for a Maserati, that’s generally a good thing. Even more so when the car in question isn’t some sporty coupe with a tongue-curling latin name on its flanks, but a middling four-door family car from Japan with a […]

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Vale ASIMO, Honda’s walking wonder

After 18 years of stumbling its way into our hearts – and backwards off a staircase  – Honda has decided to pull the plug on any further development of its bipedal wonder, ASIMO. The news of its suspended development is one that has been met with general indifference from the average Honda fanbase, a reaction […]

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Remembering Porsche’s mid-engine origins

You can not call yourself a petrolhead if you are completely oblivious of the celebrations going on in Stuttgart this past weekend, or indeed this year. For those in the dark or have had their cognitive abilities hampered by excessive petrol fume inhalation, last weekend was the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Porsche ‘brand’ as […]

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The car that made and broke a brand – The Schrödinger’s Car

A good product makes a company, a bad one sinks it quicker than the Lusitania. That is as fundamental to the rule of business as you can get. An exception to this fundamental is but a zero division equation. It is impossible. There cannot possibly be a product that is so delectably good that it […]