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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 the manual transmission died

Recently, lamentations were heard coming from motoring enthusiast sites in The States over Audi USA’s decision to drop the last manual option from their line-up. At this point should we be surprised that a brand that once gifted the world the R8’s open shifter is devoid of manuals or should we be more surprised that […]

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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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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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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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The “Car” as we Know it is an Anomaly

As a species, we are pretty good at doing science things. We have split the atom, unlocked the genome, and even landed on a comet. Any school student will tell you that science experiments are the only fun they can have in school that doesn’t involve being Big Bob’s b-tch in PE. On the other […]