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All posts tagged "car tech"

  • 4 ways GPS tech is better than ever

    The GPS used to be a luxury item, reserved for the rich who couldn’t use maps, but with basically everyone owning a smartphone, the GPS is now as common as a pigeon in a city. For that same reason, it’s become a bit strange to have a standalone GPS when there’s a perfectly good one in your pocket. That may not be the case any longer, because the GPS seems to have taken off in a few new directions that your fancy phone haven’t even conceived of; not yet at least. Locata Satellites: as many as there are floating about, doesn’t...

  • Ferrari LaFerrari is the hybrid tech-powered future of supercars

    Undoubtedly the star of the Geneva Motor Show 2013, the LaFerrari is a masterpiece to behold. Any Ferrari is something special, but when one of its limited production marvels is released, the automotive world really does have something to celebrate. But that name! Simply awful, especially coming off a name like ‘Enzo’. However, hybrid engines, coupled with active aerodynamics make this a revolutionary car, not only for Ferrari, but for the whole world too. Say hello to the future of the supercar. Those engines Ferrari was adamant; the V12 stays. Facing increasingly stricter emissions legislations, Ferrari were faced with a dilemma:...

  • 10 space-age cars from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

    Once a year, under one grand ceiling, all the greatest car manufacturers come together to show off their newest creations in arguably the best motor show of the year: Geneva. This year has brought the world some of the most outrageous and technologically advanced cars ever to grace the automotive industry. And many of the craziest ones are actually being built. Porsche 911 GT3 Show a man one Porsche 911 and he’s seen them all. But that doesn’t take away from the aesthetic appeal, and the fact that after 50 Years (yes, 50) the 911 is still around is testament to...

  • 4 electric cars you’d actually want to own

    The improvements around electric cars over the last decade have been phenomenal. As the world begins to understand the need for alternate energy sources, electric cars lower in price and end up sitting driveways, just like a regular car would. While Top Gear pretty much hates the electric car, we love them, so let’s get stuck into four electric cars that you should consider owning. Volkswagon XL1: When choosing a car, people tend to decide based on a a combination of factors: design, practicality, performance and price. As a car junkie, I tend towards the performance side of things, but when...

  • Koenigsegg’s crazy new camshaft-free engine tech

    When one of the big car manufacturers comes out with a new technology, you don’t really bat an eye; it happens all the time, and with much accompanying media hype. But Koenigsegg, a small and wonderful Swedish supercar maker, has envisioned something truly revolutionary; and this from a company that builds only a handful of cars each year. You have to love Koenigsegg. The owner, Christian von Koenigsegg first started his venture at the ridiculous age of 22, and now builds some of the most manic and fastest cars every made. Now, though, he is taking the next step to...

  • Audi sheds light with Matrix LED headlamps

    Picture this: you’re driving at night on a long and rather pleasant section of deserted road, and all of a sudden some character drives past thinking you have super vision and won’t be blinded by their car’s brights. Happens all the time, right? Audi has set about to put an end to this… although it has to get past America to do it. The LED headlight is practically Audi’s trademark. Each of its cars have their own signature design, which shows up at night when the lights are on. If you’re a car nerd, you can probably spot whatever vehicle...

  • Acura invents space-age car welding techniques ‘3D Lock Seam’

    Sometimes it’s the small things that make big waves, like a small meteor smashing into an ocean. Acura has developed a new welding technique for its cars that, while seemingly insignificant, has major implications towards how it will build and develop its cars in the future. Hopefully it will also transfer to Acura’s dad, Honda, in the years to come. If you’ve never heard of Acura, that’s no real surprise. As Lexus is to Toyota, Acura is to Honda, acting as its luxury brand, but limited to North America and Hong Kong. So you might actually recognise a few of...

  • The Maserati Ghibli: a finely tuned piece of machinery

    Exciting news from Italy: a new, fast, exclusive saloon to scare the pants off of the Germans. Say hello to the Maserati Ghibli. Frankly, not the prettiest name in the world, but if renderings of the car have anything to say about it, it’s going to be a fine piece of machinery. Ok, it hasn’t actually been released yet. It is however planned to be revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. There have been a couple of renderings of what the car may look like, both of which are glorious. But spy photos have also been taken, especially...

  • 8 of the geekiest and most exciting supercars of 2013

    The state of the global economy has had the entire world shaken up. People have been saying horrific things like, “The day of the supercar is over.” Well I can tell you that a day may come when the world has no more eccentric, adrenaline pumping cars, but it is not this day. This year will see some of the most highly anticipated cars in some time, as well as something gangster from the East. Here is a taste of some of the most exciting cars that will grace the face of the planet this year. McLaren P1C Try to contain...

  • xTool iOBD2 review: car diagnostic testing meets the wireless age

    Home-brew car diagnostics generally do two things. With a little knowledge, they can save you money on car maintenance. And they can also be a lot of fun. It’s the latter that the xTool iOBD2, a combination of hardware and app that supports iPhone and Android, majors on. That’s not to say, however, it can’t do the useful bit. It’s at least as powerful as most low cost on-board diagnostics readers, possibly more so. But it gets the job done in a much more user-friendly way and throws some extra features into the mix. Best of all, it connects wirelessly to...