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ROBORACE: The Fully Autonomous Racing Series That Sounds Cooler Than It’ll Be

As if Formula E didn’t already fail at creating so much as a ripple in the racing community, the all-electric racing series has announced its new opening act: Roborace. Think a bunch of near-silent electric race cars whizzing around a circuit is boring? Just wait until you soak in a Roborace event, which will also […]

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There’s Snow Place Like Inside to Test Winter Tires: We Head to Finland’s Test World

Being headquartered in Michigan, where winters are usually grey, very often snowy, and bitterly cold, we’re major proponents of winter tires. Indeed, if you’ve ever driven a car on winter tires and experience the kind of additional stopping power they provide when ice, snow, and slush cover the roadways, you no doubt feel the same way. Of course, driving or testing winter tires […]

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New Top Gear Will Return To BBC On May 8, 2016

If you’re a fan of Top Gear, it was a rather sad day when we found out that the show was shutting down after the altercation between Jeremy Clarkson and the one of the show’s producers. Not everything that came from it was bad, however. Clarkson’s co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May went on to do live shows in 32 cities and even signed a deal with Amazon to do an exclusive show of their own, but what would happen to Top Gear?

Well according to Top Gear’s new presenter, Chris Evans, our thirst for the British show will finally be eased come May 8th, when the first new episode broadcasts on BBC2. Furthermore, during an interview on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, James Martin said “We’re going to America to make our first intere-continental in January.” So not only will we get to see Top Gear again, but there will be at least one episode recorded here in the States.

We still haven’t received word on who will co-present the show with Chris Evans, but according to Evans, filming has already started and there will be 16 episodes for the first season. So, we won’t be seeing our old friends Clarkson, Hammond, and May on Top Gear, but Top Gear will continue. The only real question is can it really stack up against the Top Gear that we’ve all come to love?

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Race recap: 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is Germany rising as sun sets

Filed under: Motorsports, Ferrari, Infiniti, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Middle East, RacingThe 2015 Formula One season concludes with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. There isn’t much movement at the front of the field, but the weekend laid some interes…

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Bugatti Chiron Reveals Its Face

After many months of testing camouflaged prototypes and mules that still had Veyron body panels, Bugatti has finally brought a near-production version of the Chiron on public roads. The proof comes from Instagram’s “max.knz,” who posted a photo of a Chiron he stumbled upon on a German highway. The spy shot unveils the supercar’s front fascia and some of its profile, both of which appear to be an evolution of the Veyron’s design language.

Not that we want to brag about it, but it turns out that our most recent rendering of the Chiron looks spot-on, save for a few minor details on the engine hood and the missing orange trim on the horseshoe grille, wheels, side vents, and door trim.

Of course, the car in photo is still a prototype and will see a few changes before it become a production. The hypercar still needs a grille and a proper paint job, and I’m guessing Bugatti is still tuning the drivetrain and suspension system.

Luckily, we’re only three months away from seeing the Chiron in the metal, as the French company just confirmed it will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. The latest rumors suggest that the Veyron’s successor will have an updated version of the quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-12 generating about 1,500 horsepower and a top speed of 310.7 mph (500 km/h). Also, Bugatti reportedly wants to offer a targa version of the model with a retro-style T-top roof.

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Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

In its early days, Ferrari had an interesting take on grand touring cars. Although there were quite a few that had GT in their name, these tended to be essentially just slightly more comfortable versions of Ferrari’s race cars. The exception were the America cars, bigger cars with more comfortable interiors and more luggage space for use, as the name implies, in a country where distances were much greater and road trips lasted much longer. These were built in very small numbers, but by the end of the ’50s, Ferrari had realized that this same idea could work in a mass market car, and the 250 GT/E that followed was such a massive hit as to become the primary reason that Ferrari was able to remain solvent through the ’60s.

So popular was the 250 GT/E that Ferrari followed it up with the 330 GT 2+2. And while more early 330s were nothing more than 250s with bigger engines, the 2+2 was an actual new car, designed to be a comfortable grand tourer. This car was an even bigger hit than the GT/E, and when Ferrari debuted the 365, the 365 GT 2+2 became the most popular of all the 365 body styles.

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Bugatti Chiron: The 1500-hp, $2.5-Million Veyron Successor’s Name, Debut Are Official

Name it Chiron, and they will come. Or name it whatever you’d like, and so long as it’s the descendant of the mighty Bugatti Veyron, the rich and powerful will toss money at you like so much confetti. We’re talking, of course, about the Veyron’s successor, which Bugatti has confirmed will be named “Chiron” and […]

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