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April 12, 2020


MCO Tip: How to purchase a brand new car from home

The state of isolation we’re currently in as a result of the biggest pandemic in recent memory has forced most us to change our ways. Those of us who have to work from home should count our lucky stars as the movement control order (MCO) has put some unlucky Malaysians out of a job entirely. But on the complete opposite...

How Mercedes-AMG Created Its Dual-Axis Steering System

Before it became one of the most unpredictable and likely shortest F1 seasons in history, the shock of the 2020 season was Mercedes' dual-axis steering. In a new video, Mercedes-AMG Petronas team Chief Designer John Owen explains how the technology came to be. The key part is that the team's car in any given year has a slew of rule-bending...

This watch has a working Bugatti W-16 engine inside it

What's the watch equivalent of a Bugatti Chiron? How about a timepiece with a miniature replica of the hypercar's quad-turbocharged W-16 engine inside? That's what you get with the Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon. The watch (via Motor1) is built around a 578-piece recreation of the W-16 engine that actually moves. Push the righthand crown and the engine's internal...

The C8 Corvette Engine Bay Sure Collects A Lot of Water

The C8 Chevrolet Corvette slowly has been making its way into customers' hands. Canadian owner Morgan Crosbie has been shooting videos almost daily about his new 'Vette, which will coincidentally be his daily driver, and yesterday he took his white C8 Corvette for its first spray car wash. And this is where things get interesting in Crosbie’s eyes. He takes...

Forza Horizon 4 adds extra cars and content in time for Easter

For many living life under lockdown, video games are providing a healthy dose of escapism from the confines of a living room. Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 4 is a top pick from the range of racing games on offer, allowing for epic driving adventures across a virtual Britain. Regular free updates and additional content also means there is little chance of...

Toyota commits to help produce ventilators

In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the critical piece of equipment that many hospitals (as well as the many newly-established emergency care facilities) need worldwide is the medical ventilator. And there is not enough to meet the global requirement, at least from existing medical suppliers. And so governments are turning to the industrial capabilities of the auto industry for...

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Be New for the First Time in a Decade

The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't really need to be replaced. This luxury-SUV stalwart is as handsome and pleasant a vehicle to drive as anything in FCA's lineup. But this generation came out in 2010; that's an eternity in the modern SUV world. The current version is so old that its Mercedes-Benz-based underpinnings date back to the Daimler Chrysler days. Still,...

Lexus Hikari Concept Is An Innovative And Enlightening Tour De Force

There might be a silver lining to the dark clouds hovering over automakers and their work stoppages due to the COVUS-19 outbreak. Once free from the distractions that come with full-scale production, car designers now have a chance to stretch their neural pathways and come up with ideas that otherwise may not have seen the light of day. Enter the...

Tesla Claims More Power for Model S, X, Plus Cheetah Launch Mode

When we recently pitted the Tesla Model S Performance against the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, one of the slights against the Tesla was the performance degradation after using its launch-control mode more than once. Tesla seems to have been paying attention and has now rolled out an update to the Model S and Model X Performance editions that includes higher...

Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30

Way back in early 2016, Mazda filed a patent for a new rotary engine; two years later, Mazda announced that it was, in fact, bringing back the rotary engine but not in the way you’d expect. Then, with the introduction of Mazda’s SkyActiv-X technology, we started to think that the Wankel rotary engine could be feasible once again. Unfortunately, that...

Rolls-Royce Presents 'Spirit Of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg For Easter

Easter is coming to most parts of the world and Rolls-Royce has revealed something to commemorate this year's celebration. Introducing the unreleased images of the Rolls-Royce 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg, otherwise known as the Spirit of Eggstasy. We're kidding, of course. But beyond that pun that's waiting to happen, the Faberge Egg itself has a history that dates back...

1700bhp Koenigsegg Gemera four-seat GT shown in new images

The all-new Koenigsegg Gemera represents not just a new era for the Swedish hypercar manufacturer in terms of powertrain layout and design, but also useability – this is an “everyday” Koenigsegg. Shown here in new photos taken upon its arrival back from Geneva, a four seat configuration, new carbonfibre chassis and an unusual technical layout that differs from pretty much...

Coronavirus and the car world: Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce produce PPE

Aston Martin is working with engineering firm Multimatic and research organisation the Manufacturing Technology Centre to design and produce a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist NHS staff. The firms are collaborating on a new intubation shield that can help protect medical staff who are intubating and extubating patients with COVID-19. The new device is effectively a one-piece...

Last Ever Porsche 911 991 Speedster Auctions Complete with Matching Chronograph

Porsche announced this week it partnered with auction house RM Sotheby’s to sell the car to the highest bidder during an online event that will open on Wednesday, April 15 and end a week later, on April 22. All the money from selling this car will be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to support...

GM to build 30,000 ventilators for the U.S. federal stockpile

The U.S. awarded General Motors and partner Ventec Life Systems a US$489.4-million contract to make 30,000 ventilators by the end of August, finalizing a deal that was briefly under fire from President Donald Trump. Production will start next week, a GM spokesman said Wednesday, and the carmaker and Ventec will deliver a fifth of the breathing machines they’re building for...

The New Caterham Super Seven 1600 Is A 565kg Retro Joy

Although it might not look it, the car you see here is brand-spanking new. It’s the Caterham Super Seven 1600, a newly released retro-inspired version of the iconic sports car. Unlike the limited-run, classically-styled Sprint and Super Sprint 60th anniversary specials, though, the Super Seven is a permanent addition to the range. And it’s also a lot faster: the previous...

Tesla furloughs half of sales and delivery workers over coronavirus, report says

The report cites a handful of Tesla employees familiar with the decision, who said managers delivered the news to employees today. A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment on any internal news and did not speak to the reported furloughs. The automaker's plan to enact the furloughs reportedly comes after the company developed plans to battle hardships faced due to the...

Daytona International Speedway is officially a drive through coronavirus testing site

In news we never thought we’d ever hear today, the Daytona International Speedway is officially a coronavirus drive through testing site. Per the Daytona Beach News Journal, testing has officially begun at the track, with the first tests being run this morning. We’ve seen makeshift hospitals pop up to take care of coronavirus patients at auto show buildings so far....


So. You couldn’t get your hands on the 2020 Corvette Stingray before the coronavirus pandemic shut production and deliveries down and GM bumped orders to the 2021 model year. You might not be able to show off to your friends like you may have originally planned, but you shouldn’t fret. The 2021 Corvette Stingray is going to be a much...

Revised 2020 Lexus LC revealed

Lexus has released an updated version of the LC coupe for 2020. Changes include suspension revisions to sharpen up the driving experience of the brand’s BMW 8 Series rival, plus improvements to the infotainment system inside. Little has changed from a design point of view, but there are two new paint colours to choose from (one of which, Terrane Khaki,...

Will synthetic fuel be a viable alternative to battery-electric or fuel cells?

What if, instead of switching to batteries or fuel cells to reduce emissions, you could keep internal-combustion engines and simply put a different fuel in the tank? That's what McLaren COO Jens Ludmann is advocating for—or at least suggesting—as an alternative to electric cars. McLaren plans to build a test car that will run on synthetic fuel, Ludmann said in...

2021 Toyota Fortuner spotted, reveals sharp new look

Some spy photos of what is believed to be the 2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift have surfaced online, potentially providing a first-look at the fresh design in store for the 7-seat SUV. The update is expected to coincide with a similar facelift on the way for the 2021 HiLux, also spotted recently. The vehicle was apparently spotted in Thailand in complete...

To Solar Panels and Beyond: Lightyear One Is an EV That Loves the Sun

Lightyear is finally attempting to mass-produce its long-range, solar-powered electric vehicle, the One. The Dutch clean mobility company took the wraps off the car last June, billing it as a first of its kind. Formerly known as project Stella, the Lightyear One is still a prototype vehicle, albeit one that wants to make EVs better for the environment by curbing...

Ferrari Made A $94,000 Profit On Each Car It Sold In 2019: Study

Last year, the once-hot automotive market began to show signs of cooling. Sale still topped an astounding 17.1 million vehicles in the U.S., but that was down from 2018. However, 2019 wasn’t all bad for every automaker. Ferrari, for example, sold 10,131 cars, and made a killer profit on each of them, too, according to a new report from Fiat...

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