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THE ROBOTS WILL KILL US ALL!

THE ROBOTS WILL KILL US ALL!

And our grizzly end is one step closer now that BMW have unveiled their self-driving car.

Check out the video, both impressive and terrifying.

4 months ago | forum.rampant.tv

The Righini Collection

The Righini Collection

Just outside Modena, in a castle, surrounded by vineyards...

Such a garage!

4 months ago | forum.rampant.tv

THE DAKAR 911

THE DAKAR 911

Interesting that Porsche have released this video of the 1984 953 at a time when rumours of a new 911 off-roader are gathering pace...

Check it out!

4 months ago | forum.rampant.tv

1961 Porsche 718 Spyder

1961 Porsche 718 Spyder

This one's expected to fetch $3m when it goes up for auction next week.

Not cheap, but LOOK AT IT!

4 months ago | forum.rampant.tv

HACKED ROAD SIGNS

HACKED ROAD SIGNS

Both big and clever, and in no way immature.

4 months ago | forum.rampant.tv

CRAP CAR MODS

CRAP CAR MODS

The finest modification aberrations the internet has to offer.

All in one handy thread!

6 months ago | forum.rampant.tv

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Keeping your cool on the track is just as important as winning in the BTCC

Keeping your cool on the track is just as important as winning in the BTCC

As the second race weekend of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship passes, it's becoming clear just how competitive this season is going to be
It may be easy for some people to get complacent after a few wins at the start of this new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, but the real trick is not to let the wins, or the losses, go to your head. I'll admit there were elements of this past weekend of racing that have frustrated me, but you can't dwell on it. I'm tied jointly at the moment with Jason Plato and there are 24 races left in the season. We have to maintain momentum. I know Jason and lots of others are breathing down my neck in the championship standings, but you can't let it bother you. There are so many good drivers out there that I can't see anyone running away with the title just yet. The racing will continue to be close and that's what makes this sport great. As a team we just need to keep scoring points, and we'll take risks when we need to. When you do make mistakes, and we do make them, you're very angry with yourself. But it's important to use that anger in the correct way and transfer it into a very focused and hard drive back through as I did in Race 3 at Donington; I was so angry at myself at the time but I took my anger out through my driving, and produced a very important drive back through to 5th. Those points may prove crucial later in the year. Moving on, you must learn from the mistakes and not dwell on them; everyone makes them, so it's best to forget about it and crack on. It's a similar situation when you see the likes of Plato and MG scoring very well and running away with race wins. It could play on your mind, but it doesn't. You push it to the back because you know your time will come. We were dominant at the opening race weekend, and we'll be dominant again somewhere else. Different teams will have favourite tracks where they will score very strongly. As much as I would want to, you can't go to every race meeting expecting to be the fastest. It doesn't work like that in a championship as competitive as this; certain circuits suit certain cars, that’s just the way it is. At Thruxton, for example, I think we'll be right up there; the car is always very strong around that track. I expect to be right up at the sharp end, even with carrying our ballast. But then again, most people could be thinking the same way. Thruxton is a good old-school circuit, it's fast and flowing, and it's dangerous. I was two corners away from winning there last year when I had a puncture, so I feel I have some unfinished business. I have been on pole the last two years but am yet to win a race there. If the first few rounds of racing in this new BTCC season are anything to go by, it's shaping up to be a very good, and very close, year for the championship.

5 hours ago | www.autocar.co.uk

Lotus

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BTCC 2014 race report - highlights from Donington Park

BTCC 2014 race report - highlights from Donington Park

The second race weekend of the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season sees Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff prove dominant in their MGs, but Gordon Shedden makes history in his Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden makes Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship history during the second race weekend at Donington Park. Re-live the action with highlights from the track, as the likes of Jason Plato, Sam Tordoff and defending champion Andrew Jordan battle it out.

5 hours ago | www.autocar.co.uk

Lotus

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Scotty Rampant

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Aston Martin

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Maserati

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Jaguar

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Jaguar

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Maserati

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Aston Martin

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Scotty Rampant

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Aston Martin

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Quick news: Volvo V60 Hybrid; Jaguar's art concepts; Jensen dealer

Quick news: Volvo V60 Hybrid; Jaguar's art concepts; Jensen dealer

Volvo reveals R-Design spec for new V60 Hybrid; Jaguar to show F-type coupé sculpture at art show; Jensen appoints classic car dealer; Land Rover creates bespoke Defender
Volvo has introduced an R-Design specification for the V60 Plug-in Hybrid , bringing with it 18-inch wheels, a sporty front bumper and rear diffuser. Inside, sports seats, pedals, mats and headlining feature. Combined power is 276bhp with 472lb ft of torque, but the car still claims 155.2mpg and 48g/km of CO2. Jaguar will show two art concepts at the Clerkenwell Design Week. One is an illuminated sculpture inspired by the new F-type coupé . The other challenged designers on Jaguar’s social network channels to create a concept demonstrating "fearless design" with the winner chosen at the beginning of next month. The newly formed Jensen Motors has appointed Slades Buckinghamshire dealership as its first classic car dealer. The firm also confirmed it will take commissions to build "as new" Mk1 Interceptors. Each will be accompanied by 80 bottles of champagne, which can be stored inside the car. Land Rover has created a bespoke Defender for tailor Cad & the Dandy. Dubbed the ‘Cad Wagon', the model is based on a Defender 110. Custom features include a tailored canvas roof, leather re-trim of the interior and an upgraded stereo. Mike Vousden

9 hours ago | www.autocar.co.uk

Is the point when your tyres become 'knackered' so clear cut any more?

Is the point when your tyres become 'knackered' so clear cut any more?

Our long-term Range Rover may be an extreme example, but we're finding the point at which you change your tyres depends on what you're driving, rather than when guidelines say you should
Given that a car rolls every mile on rubber tyres, and that I've done a million or so in nearly 50 years of driving, you’d reckon by now I’d have developed a settled view of the above question. Yet I feel less sure than ever that there is a correct answer. The physical and legal answers are simple. A tyre is mechanically knackered when its case appears through the rubber, and the whole assembly won’t hold air any more. Back home in the Australian bush, this was my dad’s answer. Today, a tyre is legally knackered when there’s less than 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the contact patch. Any thinner and you’ll be nicked, most likely, and certainly fail your MOT. However, recent experiences of a couple cars - in particular our Range Rover long-termer and a Vauxhall VXR8 I’ve just been driving - remind me that the true threshold of tyre 'knackerdom' needs a much more subjective judgment. At around 22,000 miles, with an estimated 6000-8000 miles of legal 'meat' left on its tyres, our Range Rover started to feel a mite fidgety. I began to notice a faint rumble through its aluminium structure on coarse surfaces where there hadn’t been any rumble before.  Nobody seemed much bothered about it, probably because it was something you feel primarily at the steering wheel rim, but I have a fetish about refinement in cars and hate to see it decay. I’m quite sure if I had all the money in the world, or even a tenth of it, I’d junk those tyres now (at £300-plus a corner). Not only that, I’d ring up the engineers and find which of the OE tyres was the quietest, and fit those… The VXR8 came to us over a weekend, for a bit of sport, on 'seasoned' tyres: sidewalls chamfered, treads well legal but also well used. We’d already road tested another car on perfect rubber and pronounced it better in most key respects than equivalent Merc and BMW saloons, so the pressure was well and truly off.  Our kind contact at Vauxhall was merely trying to afford me a bit of extra Easter driving pleasure - and I admit I did set out on a couple of occasions to “do” several deserted roundabouts I know. When a car can slide so beautifully and predictably as a VXR8, it seems a crime to keep it straight all the time.  However, the state of the tyres meant the car didn’t steer as well as the optimal version we’d sampled a few weeks before. Had I owned it, I’d have had to swap the rubber immediately (also at £300 a corner) because this car was no longer doing quite its best work. So it seems to me that the true answer to the query above is that tyres are knackered when you think they are. At least, that’s true if you want your car to point and track as well as it was originally designed to, which seems to be the point of being the driving enthusiast we all are.  Which, in a way, limits your choice of car — you need to choose something whose tyres you can afford to swap more often than the law says you must. Which especially validates Toyota’s approach to tyres with its GT-86 , a sporty car that drives beautifully on the same hoops used by the fuel-sipping Prius hybrid saloon. Seems Toyota just can’t stop teaching us lessons about efficiency.

9 hours ago | www.autocar.co.uk

Video: Forget the Huayra, the Pagani Zonda F Is The Sound King!

Video: Forget the Huayra, the Pagani Zonda F Is The Sound King!

While the Pagani Zonda is officially out of production, dedicated enthusiasts as well as those with enough money, can still order a custom Zonda from Pagani. And this is good because from a driving standpoint, the Zonda is still incredible … Video: Forget the Huayra, the Pagani Zonda F Is The Sound King!

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10 hours ago | feedproxy.google.com

Mercedes-Benz MLC Spied Testing With Concept Coupe Styling

Mercedes-Benz MLC Spied Testing With Concept Coupe Styling

Just after revealing the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV at the Beijing Motor Show 2014, a new prototype of the upcoming MLC has been spied testing wearing the same body as the concept. Consequently, this confirms suspicions that the Concept Coupe … Mercedes-Benz MLC Spied Testing With Concept Coupe Styling

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11 hours ago | feedproxy.google.com

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