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Wicked Lasers Spyder II GX review

Wicked Lasers Spyder II GX review

It's not often we have to wear protective goggles when testing out a new gadget, but then this isn't your average laser. Wicked Lasers specialize not in the basic presentation pointer you might have hanging from your keychain, but in incredibly high-power lasers with astronomy, entertainment and, yes, military use. The Spyder II GX we have here is, at 200-300mW, "the world's most powerful handheld laser," and carries a pricetag of just under $1,700.

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Trike with attitude: the Spyder

Trike with attitude: the Spyder

To most people, a trike is a three-wheeled starter bike for young children - something that they won't topple over on every thirty seconds.  To American brand BRP, however, it's an opportunity to slap a gutsy engine on a three-wheeled sports frame and hence come up with the Can-Am Spyder: a 697lb way to very easily lose your licence under a barrage of speeding tickets.

Essentially a 998cc, 106bhp 2-cylinder engine surrounded by minimalist body-work and a choice of mechanical or electrical 5-speed gearbox, you'd need to be pretty hardcore to use it as a daily driver.  Still, the $14,999 price tag doesn't push the Spyder out of the "weekend fun" category.

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Freak Corvette Museum sinkhole swallows eight classics

Freak Corvette Museum sinkhole swallows eight classics

Eight historic Corvettes have been damaged after falling through the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, as a freak sinkhole opened beneath them. The cars - most of which were owned by the museum, but two of which were on loan from General Motors - range from 1962 classics to a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil", consumed by what turned out to be a 40-foot wide sinkhole estimated to be between 25 and 30 feet deep.

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BMW and Toyota team on sports car collaboration

BMW and Toyota team on sports car collaboration

BMW and Toyota will build a collaborative platform for sports cars, having completed a year-long feasibility study into the possible team effort, though the resulting car from each brand will be "authentic" BMW's development chief has insisted. The possibility of the "joint architecture" was part of the German and Japanese companies' January 2013 partnership on lithium-air batteries and more, though there's no telling when the first models to use the shared platform will hit forecourts.

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Porsche 918 Hybrid final tuning squeezes out more performance

Porsche 918 Hybrid final tuning squeezes out more performance

The first time Porsche announced that its slick hybrid supercar called the 918 Spyder would be going into production was back in 2010. Since that announcement, all of the details on the 918 Spyder have been unveiled and the car will soon be available to purchase for the wealthy sports car fan. Porsche has recently announced that its final tuning for the car has squeezed out even more performance.

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BMW i8 sports hybrid gets wild track outing

BMW i8 sports hybrid gets wild track outing

Now that BMW's i3 production car has broken cover, the German company has moved onto arguably more exciting things: namely throwing the BMW i8 around a track in France for some performance testing. Shown off in Spyder concept form back at the LA Auto Show in November 2012, the slinky hybrid borrows the plug-in eco-friendliness of its boxy i3 sibling, but cranks up the performance for a sub-4.5s 0-62mph dash and a top speed limited to 155mph.

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BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota have finalized their partnership on sports cars, fuel-cell tech and more, signing a binging agreement that will also see the German and Japanese marques collaborate on new lithium-air batteries. The deal, which builds on the two car company's previous "memorandum of understanding" back in June 2012, focuses on four key areas for the future, with green motoring and lightweight, fun performance cars both on the agenda before 2020.

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