Street racing rises alongside speeding on pandemic's open roads

Posted in REVIEWS on May 14, 2021
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Street racing has been on the rise during COVID, reports say, giving police and lawmakers something besides old-fashioned speeders to contend with on local roads and highways that are carrying less traffic as a result of the pandemic.  A 52-year-old mother of two was killed driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on. In New York City, authorities received more Read More »

U.S. senators close to announcing $52 billion chips funding deal

Posted in REVIEWS on May 14, 2021
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A group of U.S. senators are close to unveiling a $52-billion proposal Friday that would significantly boost U.S. semiconductor chip production and research over five years sources briefed on the matter said. Senators Mark Kelly, John Cornyn, Mark Warner and Tom Cotton have been negotiating a compromise measure to address the issue in the face of rising Chinese semiconductor production and shortages impacting automakers and other U.S. industries. A spokesman for Cornyn said the senator Read More »

Abarth 1000 SP racer reborn with 240bhp Alfa Romeo engine

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 14, 2021
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Alfa Romeo engineers have produced a modern reinterpretation of the 1960s Abarth 1000 SP race car.   The Abarth 1000 SP (Sport Prototipo) is a one-off homage to the car that made its debut 55 years ago and won the Nürburgring 500km in 1966. It was initially designed to compete in both endurance races and hillclimbs and enjoyed success as in various motorsport disciplines.  The retro-styled concept takes the form of a mid-sized sports car and is larger than Read More »

Waymo autonomous taxi has to be rescued when confused by construction

Posted in REVIEWS on May 14, 2021

For the past two years, YouTuber "JJRicks Studios" has been recording and posting his Waymo autonomous taxi rides in Chandler, Arizona. He chronicles both those with a safety driver on board and those that are full-self-driving with only the "Waymo Driver" (computer) and no human backup. A recent ride proved to be more of an adventure than most when the Waymo van became confused by a construction zone set off a series of mishaps. The Read More »

MG revives XPower badge for hot version of 6 saloon

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 14, 2021
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MG is bringing back the long-defunct XPower moniker for a hot version of its Chinese-market 6 saloon. The name is familiar in the UK for its use on the ill-fated, V8-powered XPower SV sports coupé of 2003-2005 but hasn't been applied to an MG since. Previewed in a post on China's Weibo social media platform, the 6 XPower is described as MG's "first official factory-modified model" since it was revived by Chinese car group SAIC. Aside Read More »

2021 Honda Ridgeline Luggage Test | A truck with a trunk

Posted in REVIEWS on May 14, 2021
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Well duh, all those bags are obviously going to fit in the bed of a 2021 Honda Ridgeline. But they may get wet in the process. Or stolen. Normally, to prevent this from happening in a pickup, you could put the bags in the cab. But what if those bags come attached to passengers? Sure, you could get a bed-covering tonneau cover, but that costs money and perhaps it wouldn't be worth the expense (or Read More »

Toyota invests £1 million to fight catalytic converter theft in older cars

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 14, 2021
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Toyota will spend more than £1 million to combat catalytic converter theft on older vehicles, rates of which have risen to an all-time high.  The Japanese firm will work with the police, security firm Smartwater and the AA to produce and distribute 50,000 initial marking kits, which will be used to mark the components of more than 100,000 Lexus and Toyota cars. Catalytic converters are targeted by thieves because they contain precious metals used to Read More »

Bentley Bentayga 2021 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 14, 2021
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Why we’re running it: To evaluate the depth and especially breadth of ability of the luxury SUV cohort’s now established leader Month 3 - Month 2 - Month 1 - Specs Life with a Bentley Bentayga: Month 3 Time to push the fast-forward button as hard as it’ll go and try V8 life beyond 150mph - 12 May 2021 There we were, on the point of sending our Bentley Bentayga V8 off to a new owner, when it suddenly Read More »

Morand Hypercar

Posted in Driving Your Dream on May 14, 2021

The Morand vision to create a sustainable, Swiss hypercar using the latest technologies as an integral part of performance. Together with Bcomp, other Swiss company, they're developing a fully electric Hypercar and also a hybrid version. Production of these low-production cars is planned in 2023 Bcomp's natural fiber technology is the ideal solution for this racing-focused supercar, it focuses on performance, luxury and sustainability. Natural fiber composite materials will be used for the exterior body Read More »

The fastest electric cars

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 14, 2021
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Chinese start-up Faraday claims to be taking a different approach to car making, one that mirrors tech giants such as Apple. It sees its large FF91 saloon as a platform to sell digital services, and no doubt access data, as much as a car. Even so, it's certainly a quick online platform, its trio of motors developing 1035bhp and the 0-60mph dash is reckoned to be all over in just 2.2sec. There are currently no Read More »

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