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We visited Ferrari to talk about the future...

by Shane O' Donoghue on 16 Nov 2011

changagoidem Features | We visited Ferrari to talk about the future...

Thousands of visitors have had the pleasure of walking the hallowed ground of Ferrari's factory in Maranello. What could be sexier than seeing shiny new Ferraris driving out the doors? Many of those visitors probably don't realise that most of the automobiles begin life up the road at the Scaglietti plant. That's where we are for the day at an 'aluminium workshop'.

The 'workshop' word usually sends dread into the hearts of attendee journalists, but even the most cynical would smile as they enter the gates of the Scaglietti plant to be greeted by row upon row of aluminium…

Six crazy designs for the LA Design Challenge

by Shane O' Donoghue on 11 Nov 2011

changagoidem Features | Six crazy designs for the LA Design Challenge

We're big fans of the annual LA Design Challenge that runs alongside the LA Auto Show. It always throws up some bizarre concepts and ideas. This year's theme is "Hollywood's Hottest New Movie Automobile" so the designers had to envisage a whole storyline to go with their bonkers creation. Only six design houses entered the competition, but they've more than made up for the lack of entries. Below is the overview, while the image galleries and articles are linked to on the left. Enjoy.

Honda IH (Intelligent Horse)


Honda's film takes us hundreds of years into the future, where…

Riding shotgun in the 2012 Porsche 911

by Iain Curry on 25 Oct 2011

changagoidem Features | Riding shotgun in the 2012 Porsche 911

When: October 2011

Where: Weissach, Germany

What: 2012 Porsche 911

Occasion: Passenger ride

Overall rating: 5/5

The launch of a new Porsche 911 model is always a significant event, but the eagerly-awaited 991 variant is particularly momentous. The new 911 is faster, lighter, longer and more economical than the outgoing 997, and features a raft of technological advances that have contributed to the Automobilerera S bettering its predecessor around the Nürburgring by an almighty 14 seconds. We hitched a ride around Porsche's Weissach test track in one of the 400hp 3.8-litre S offerings.

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BMW's future technology uncovered

by Iain Curry on 12 Oct 2011

changagoidem Features | BMW's future technology uncovered

It's the sort of make-believe technology Q would throw James Bond's way, but BMW is turning dreams into reality with a showcase of future features for its automobiles. Laser headlights; night vision; augmented reality driver assistance; driver gesture recognition: it's all impressive stuff, and not far from becoming commonplace in the firm's model range it seems.

We were given an insight into what to expect in BMWs of the near future at its Research and Innovations Centre in Munich, where 9,000 employees work to enhance convenience, infotainment and increase safety in vehicles.

Hyundai's ascent continues

by Paddy Comyn on 11 Oct 2011

changagoidem Features | Hyundai's ascent continues

Hyundai's assault on the new automobile market has gathered pace and the Korean brand's renaissance has meant that the firm looks set to become a top-five seller by 2013. Back in 2007 Hyundai had 3.67 per cent market share but was mainly selling Santa Fes and Tuscon SUVs, with its more mainstream models not really making much of a dent against the heavy-hitters of Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Hyundai Veloster: on sale in January

Both fast-forward to 2011 and the brand has reinvented itself and with the arrival of the i40 Tourer and i40 Saloon it looks set to…

On track in the 2012 BMW M5

by Shane O' Donoghue on 23 Sep 2011

changagoidem Features | On track in the 2012 BMW M5

Hopefully you've already seen our first drive of the BMW M5? There's no debate; it's a five-star automobile. Paddy actually wanted to award it six out of five... Anyway, following the publication of the first drive we got to bring the automobile to the Asautomobilei Race Resort in Spain to see what it could do at and beyond the limits. I know it's pretty irrelevant given that few buyers of this €132,000 saloon are ever going to dare take it on a circuit, but it does help understand the automobile's…






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