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March 29, 2020


This wild Mini Moke has a 4.7-litre Maserati V8

If you’re a frequent visitor to, you might be aware of the faintly terrifying fabrications of one Ludovic Lazareth. The man is a bit of a hero, creating properly bonkers car and motorbike amalgamations – see here and here for reference. It’s not just wild four-wheeled bikes that his company – Lazareth Auto-Moto – deals in though. Back in...

How Ford Is Using Seat Ventilation Fans to Build Thousands of Respirators

Ford announced today that it is partnering with 3M in order to manufacture powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These respirators are often called positive-pressure masks as they take contaminated air, pull it through a filter, then push it to the sealed mask using an air blower. Ford will assist by providing components...

Land Rover Defender playing defense against coronavirus

More than 60 years after the Defender was first used to support Red Cross operations in the Middle East, the hard-working SUV will be pressed into humanitarian duty again. Land Rover tweeted Thursday that Defenders intended for its worldwide press fleet are instead being lent to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Land Rover's chief spokesman Richard Agnew also tweeted that the...

Genesis G80 Gets Ready for Its Global Debut ... Online, of Course

It may rightfully seem that the automotive world has ground to a halt over the past month, but with plants and dealerships restarting in China this week, hopes of a rebound for the industry are appearing on the horizon. Even the cancellation of major auto shows like Geneva hasn't stopped automakers from taking the covers off new models, and one...

Bentley GT racing drivers ready to compete in charity esports challenge on Sunday

This weekend will see the first SRO E-Sports GT Series Charity Challenge take place, featuring real-world and sim racing drivers facing off against each other. Bentley will be fielding four drivers in the event, which aims to raise money for charities helping the coronavirus response. Works driver Al Buncombe, K-PAX Racing’s Andy Soucek, CMR’s Arjun Maini, and JRM’s Martin Plowman...

Happy 70th birthday, Volkswagen Kombi

If there's another vehicle (apart from the Beetle) the helped Volkswagen establish themselves on the map, it would be the Kombi. It was instrumental in expanding the German automaker's empire and became a cult icon in its own right. This year, it turns 70. Officially known as the Type 2 (or Typ 2), the story of the Kombi actually started...

Ferrari Intends To Resume Production On April 14

Ferrari was one of the first manufacturers to halt production at its Maranello plant in Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak. Initially, the company’s plans were to shut down its factory until March 27 but the unprecedented situation in the country is forcing the Prancing Horse to extend the production stop order. Ferrari’s new decision is to resume production on...

Dan Parker Sets Out To Be The World's Fastest Blind Driver

When driving, I always keep my eyes on the road. That’s one of the basic rules of driving. But for this man from Columbus, Georgia, this rule doesn’t apply. After all, he is a blind man. Meet Dan Parker, a blind machinist aiming to become the world’s fastest blind man. Let's take a look at this unique man and his...

Fresher Pony: 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe and Convertible Updated

2020The Chevrolet Camaro coupe and convertible enter the 2021 model year with minimal changes according to the bow-tie brand's fleet order guide. The most noteworthy change to the model is the addition of standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the line. It joins newly standard wireless charging on higher-end 3LT and 2SS models. Wireless charging was previously...

Detroit Auto Show Canceled: Venue to Become Field Hospital for Coronavirus

The Detroit Free Press reported this evening that the 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit has been canceled altogether for this year. The reason is because FEMA has selected the TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo, as an emergency field hospital for the city of Detroit. The paper reported that all plans related to the show, with public...

2020 Audi RS6 by Mansory

Mansory came up with some fancy, bizarre models during the supposed-to-happen Geneva Motor Show. First, there was the Urus Venatus, then the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Coastline. However, Mansory had planned to get a German to the show as well that would’ve garnered a lot more positive responses. The tuner worked on Audi’s super wagon, the RS6 Avant, and gave it a...

HKS Ultra-Widebody Toyota Supra Looks Snazzy And Is Street-Legal

HKS has an unprecedented tuning history that dates back to 1973 at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan. The desire to create high-performance parts for gasoline-engined vehicles was the foundation of this company, allowing it to expand to different global markets. Plus, its association with Need For Speed and Gran Turismo catapulted its popularity. With the A90 Toyota Supra...

2020 McLaren Elva painted in historic Can-Am livery

Following the Elva’s debut at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking late last year, the British marque has taken to Twitter to display the roofless supercar in historic Can-Am livery. Joining the P1, Senna and Speedtail at the top of McLaren’s Ultimate Series, the new Elva’s name is derived from Bruce McLaren’s exploits in customer sportscar racing in the 1970s,...

Behind the scenes at Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations

The place has the same wall-to-wall modernity of a classy, new piece of industrial architecture, the same aura of forensic efficiency of a grand prix team and the distinct feeling that nothing here happens by accident or just the passage of time. But whereas F1 teams make half a dozen cars a year and don’t build the engine, this place...

Consumer Reports: Mazda Crowned Most Reliable Brand of 2020, Fiat Worst Overall

What comes as a bit of a surprise is Mazda. The headline says it all, and it's hard not to wonder how Consumer Reports came to that conclusion given the Japanese automaker’s reliability record and the notorious issues of the six-speed automatic transmission. There’s no mistaking Mazda is more reliable than Fiat – which is the worst brand overall in...

Trump invokes Production Act, forcing GM to make ventilators

President Donald Trump on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act that would compel General Motors to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients. “Today, I signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators,”...

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face

We have a double dose of AMG GT Black Series spy shots to bring you today, with Mercedes’ incoming track day king papped both in northern Sweden and at the Nurburgring. Our two main takeaways from the bumper batch of pictures? That’d be the big face and the giant rear wing. The wing is far larger than what was fitted...

iOS 13.4 with CarKey and new Memoji stickers released

Apple released iOS 13.4 Tuesday, after testing the operating system in beta since February. It includes nine new Memoji stickers like party face, smiling face with hearts, eye rolling and huffing with anger, as well as iCloud Drive folder sharing from Files. Also released Tuesday were iPadOS 13.4, MacOS 10.15.4, TVOS 13.4 and WatchOS 6.2. After being delayed last fall,...

After scrapping electric car project, James Dyson turns to coronavirus ventilators

Now that it’s abandoned its work developing an electric vehicle, the company founded by inventor James Dyson is tackling a new and decidedly timely pursuit: building ventilators to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic in his native U.K., where Prime Minister Boris Johnson is one of the latest and highest-profile figures to be confirmed infected. Johnson commissioned Dyson to develop the...


Muscle Cars & Trucks takes pride in its accuracy, and when it comes to C8 Corvette coverage, you’re hard pressed to find more exclusive stories on key product details anywhere else. So far, we were the first to report on the C8’s ECU cybersecurity that will likely leave performance tuners out in the cold, that the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06...

BMW is developing ‘shape-shifting’ steering wheels

Patents filed by the German brand show a wheel that can change from a traditional circular shape to an oval shape using separate rim parts that can pivot in relation to each other. According to fan site this could be used to provide more space for the driver when a car is in autonomous mode, although Auto Express understands...

Keep your parked electric car and its battery healthy with these simple tips

Many EV commuters are suddenly affected by orders to stay at home and, if possible, to work from home. With the electric car parked for extended times, what's the best strategy for not damaging the battery? The general advice hasn't changed much over the years, and it just requires knowing a few key pieces of information about your car. Both...

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S getting ‘Lightweight’, ‘Sport’ pack options

The news stems from a Motor1 report based in the US, with a reference to Frank Wiseman of Porsche North America. It’s said that Porsche will be offering a Lightweight Package for the new Turbo S that aims to cut some weight from the all-wheel drive monster, with other revisions to help increase driver focus. Among the revisions include some...

Mini Takes a Walk on the Wild Side With the 2021 Sidewalk Edition Convertible

Mini is bringing back a stylish special edition that launched way back in 2007. Arriving in dealerships this April, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition receives special wheels, colors, and interior features. The Sidewalk Edition offers two paint color options: Deep Laguna Metallic and Enigmatic Black Metallic. Both hues are complemented by a special Anthracite soft-top roof. Custom...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM388,000 2010 Audi R8 5.2 V10 Odo: 35000 km, USED

Audi R8 v10 5.2 Year made - 2010 Millage - 33,000 km ( Real Millage ) Tyres - front 60% , rear 90% Preventive maintenance - 1) New Roof motor and rear window motor ​​​​​​​2) New Coolent tank 3 ) New Starter 4 ) New Battery Modifications - Custom rear cat back exhaust Car runs perfectly and kept in immaculate...

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