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Musings on the Motoring World

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 3: The New World Order

It took sixty-six years from the moment humankind figured how to pull off powered-flight to us landing on the moon. Never in human history has there ever been such a rapid pace of development as the journey from Kitty Hawk to the Sea of Tranquility, and much of it had to do with how the […]

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Our Autonomous Future Part 2: A Passing Phenomenon

I’ve never been to Mercedes-Benz’s museum in Stuttgart, but I’ve been told that visitors are greeted by a stuffed horse standing next to the words “I believe in the horse. The automobile is only a passing phenomenon” at its entrance. Those words were uttered in 1905 by Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last emperor of Germany, […]

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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 […]

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Nissan’s Indecision on the Z Underlines a Huge Problem

As surely as the sun rises in the east Nissan continues to be undecided on the fate of their Z sports car. This year will be the 370Z’s 9th birthday, which would make it the second longest running Z car, after the wedge-tastic Z32 300ZX that soldiered on till the turn of the century in […]

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Reborn V8 Land Rover Defender is What Rich Collectors Desire

Land Rover has given the world just what it has been pining for, a fully-factory restored and re-engineered Defender with a 405PS 5-litre Jaguar V8 underneath its bonnet. 0-100km/h is done in just over 5.6sec and top speed is a stunning 170km/h (not bad for a barn) making it the fastest Defender ever. You can […]

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SUV Racing Sounds Fun and Makes Sense Too

If racing is to live up to that tenant of “Win on a Sunday, Sell on a Monday”, then in the second decade of the 21st Century we should be having a track racing series dedicated to SUVs. A grid full of rip-snorting V8 pushing a scrum of bespoke winged monsters is as relevant to […]

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The Case for Having Rubbish Tyres From Yesteryears

Welcome to 2018. Welcome to the New Year and celebrate the heck out of it because it is a brand new year. New is good. New is always better. It just is. Better features, better technology, better everything. That old iPhone? It’s scrap! Last year’s clothes? To the op-shop! Everything today ages like a month-old […]