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How an Audi quashed my quasi-racer dreams

Like all-you-can-eat buffets, popstar crushes, and tequila shot benders, quasi-racers are one of those things you tend to grow out of as the years wear on. Treats that will tend to leave more unwelcomed reminders on your body than pleasant memories in your head the older you get. And like the realisation that a morning […]

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Brabham scores the rarest of distinctions with its BT62

Just when you thought that the market for superlight, super quick supercars would be spoilt for choice, newcomer Brabham Automotive have stepped into the arena with their BT62 supercar, and the stats are something to behold. 710PS and 667Nm of torque from an in-house naturally-aspirated 5.4-litre dry-sump V8 engine, propelling a 972kg (dry) car made […]

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Ford’s move to axe all their cars is good news

April has been quite depressing for the car enthusiast. AMG has announced the inevitable end of its mega bi-turbo V12 engines, Mitsubishi says that the beloved Lancer name will continue on the back of an SUV, and Ford has announced that they will phase out their car model range in North America in favour of […]

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And the Greatest Era of Motoring is…

…any era you fancy. Yes, that is right. Any particular era you think gave the world your favourite cars can be called “The greatest era of motoring”. It could be the swinging 60’s whose optimism gave us the pony cars, or the 80’s excesses that could only have birthed the Group B craze. Even our […]

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The Honda Insight returns in name, but will never in spirit

There is no better sign of the times that the return of Honda’s Insight hybrid generating barely any significant buzz at the New York Auto Show. This is the return of hybrid royalty, especially for the North American market where the Insight was its first commercially available hybrid. There should have been celebratory toasts of […]

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“Ute all the things” is a terrible idea

Let’s say you are a car maker and you would like to join a motor show. How do you plan on standing out from the crowd? Bring more cars to the show? Make an elaborate display? Hire more showgirls? Although we would like to think that we have benefitted from over a century of cultural […]

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Tesla’s future has begun, but can Tesla survive it?

Ten years ago if you had told anybody that the 2018 performance bar in everybody’s mind is an all-electric five (or seven) seat sedan, they would be in the right mind to call you delusional, or Al Gore. Ten years ago the financial markets had just imploded and nobody knew if the entire concept of […]

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When the Valkyrie and Senna begin to parody themselves

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show was a glorious presentation of many things. Concepts that promise an electric future, concepts that promise a conventional engine future, and concepts that promise a flying future. Most importantly, for a motor show that prides itself on exotics, it provided an answer to the question of whether track versions of road […]

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Our Autonomous Future Epilogue: Autonomy’s Own Pandora’s Box

Many scientists believe that the lasting legacy of our existence would be our earliest. Scores of scientists and engineers work tirelessly to ensure the preservation of the Mona Lisa while cave paintings have survived far longer than collective human civilisation itself, and will likely continue to exist without any preservation. Just as how the 1990s […]

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Our Autonomous Future Part 1: The Inevitable Transition

Industry veteran and serial straight-talker Bob Lutz stirred the hornet’s nest recently by declaring that the automotive industry is on its last legs, 20 years to be exact before the autonomous revolution would render all human-operated cars, buses, and lorries, redundant. The outspoken businessman envisioned a future where driverless faceless electric pods zipping around city […]