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Video break: Daytona in the rain

by Maurice Malone on 24 Jan 2018

changagoidem Features | Video break: Daytona in the rain

In racing, rain is the ultimate equaliser. Some people abhor it, some adore it. If Ayrton Senna opened his curtains on the morning of a race and saw rain, in his head, he'd already won. Gilles Villeneuve once went eleven seconds a lap quicker than anyone at a sodden Watkins Glen. Eleven.

For this particular video break, we're strapped in with Leh Keen during a very wet qualifying session for the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. You'd like Leh. He's got quite the collection of cool machinery at home, which includes an ex-works Subaru Impreza WRC, as well as…

The Automotive Stars of CES 2018

by David Mullen on 17 Jan 2018

changagoidem Features | The Automotive Stars of CES 2018

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has just wrapped up and this year it brought us very little in the way of surprises. There were a couple of big TVs from LG and Samsung (which were mightily impressive), some new earphones from Sony (which were not) and some development in the field of "smart kitchens", which, even to us technophobes, sounds rather exciting. Considering that these days, automobiles are a bit more than just mechanical parts, it's no surprise that motor manufacturers are now using CES as a showcase for their high-tech futures, especially in the line of…

Interview: Jari-Matti Latvala

by Maurice Malone on 16 Jan 2018

changagoidem Features | Interview: Jari-Matti Latvala

I was fortunate enough to grab some time with Jari-Matti Latvala at the Autosport International show last week. By a sheer stroke of good luck, we were left undisturbed in the media centre for a spell, and the talk flowed.

Jari-Matti is one of the sport's icons, and his flat-out approach and tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve has endeared him to legions of fans all over the world. He's heading into what could be a pivotal year for him and his lifelong ambition to become world champion, with the outrageous-looking Yaris WRC now a seriously competitive package…

Ford Mondeo celebrates its silver anniversary

by Neil Briscoe on 07 Jan 2018

changagoidem Features | Ford Mondeo celebrates its silver anniversary

By quirk of fate, or the simple happenstance of test automobile booking schedules, this week I find myself driving a Ford Mondeo. Which would be not at all mentionable, but for the fact that it is the venerable Ford's 25th birthday. Yes, just weeks before Christmas 1992, Ford unveiled the first-generation Mondeo to the world (and indeed the name was chosen because it sounded like world in some languages - Monde, Mundo, etc.) and Ford would never be the same again.

That was partially because the Mondeo was the first 'world' Ford, designed to be sold in the US, Europe…

Los Angeles Design Challenge 2017

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | Los Angeles Design Challenge 2017

The 2017 Automobility LA Design and Developer Challenge invited creative professionals from around the world to help Los Angeles host a global sporting event in the year 2060, with each of the 11 teams coming up with a film presenting their vision of what mobility, sport and life may be like in the City of Angels, 43 years from now. There was a main award for the Judges' Pick, but also secondary awards for the best visions for the Industry Pick and People's Pick. Here's a run-down on what came in.

Byton Design
Global start-up team, Byton Design, dreams up…

LA Design Challenge 2017: ZGF Architects

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: ZGF Architects

LA-based ZGF Architects, represented by Osautomobile Ramos and Sarah Winter, has let its collective imagination run loose with a 'multi-storey transportation system featuring magnetic-levitation lanes, Level 8 autonomy vehicles and transmuting structures'.

Now, that last bit is the most interesting - it basically means shape-shifting vehicles. Responsive Reconfiguration Technology (RRT) sees the vehicles adjusting their shapes, according to their passenger loads. The red Compact pods don't actually shape-shift, but instead accommodate 10 people seated and 10 standing individually, and can operate either on their own or as part of trains of vehicles.

The orange Mid-Sized machines have an EFTE-3000 membrane…






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