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2016 Bugatti Chiron to have 288 MPH top speed

2016 Bugatti Chiron to have 288 MPH top speed

The successor to the Bugatti Veyron, the 2016 Bugatti Chiron, isn’t yet upon us, but some of its specifications are, at least if sources that have cropped up are correct. By all accounts, the Chiron will be a beast to be reckoned with, bringing with it a top speed of 288 MPH and the sleek, mean design enthusiasts expect. An actual official image of the car hasn’t yet surfaced, but a detailed artist’s impression has, and joining it are several of the details we hope pan out as true.

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Tesla begins selling used cars at discount prices

Tesla begins selling used cars at discount prices

While news on Tesla has been dominated by their new Powerwall home battery system this last week, the company made a small change to its primary business of automobiles. If you find yourself in the market for one of Tesla's flagship electric cars, you will now find the option to purchase a used model when shopping on their website. This marks the first time the company has given customers the chance to buy a pre-owned Tesla, and prices can be several thousands less than brand-new models, despite the used ones being no more than 2 and half years old.

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3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

We've seen some 3D-printed cars evolve from rough, inexpensive designs to dreamy, printed concept cars. In honor of the iconic Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory 3D-printed an electric Shelby Cobra. The vehicle's whole body and chassis, even interior details like the headrests, were 3D-printed from lightweight, reinforced ABS. To give the cobra a modern twist, they gave the car a non-printed, electric engine. The DoE created the car, from design inception to final production, in six weeks.

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Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

NASCAR fans who tuned in early to Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway saw a vehicle of a completely different type leading the pack of 43 racers around the track. It was the NASCAR Sprint Cup series' Toyota Owners 400, and a 2016 Toyota Mirai sedan became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to serve as a pace car for an event by the racing body. This was another NASCAR first for Toyota, as in 2009 the first hybrid vehicle to act as a pace car was a Camry Hybrid.

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2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition to offer 650 horsepower

2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition to offer 650 horsepower

Today Chevrolet announced the upcoming arrival of its 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, a limited edition rendition of its Corvette Racing C7.R racers. The car won’t be available until some time later on this year, and only 500 units will be made. When they do arrive, however, they’ll be offered in black and yellow livery with accents and interiors to match. Included with the models will be “a specially serialized” vehicle identification number, marking its limited-edition uniqueness, as well as the Z07 Performance Package.

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Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota is really working to persuade the public that hydrogen cars are the next big thing. Toyota has already surpassed its goal of selling 400 cars in 2015 by taking 1,500 orders in January alone. The company opted for a unique marketing angle to generate buzz about the Mirai, releasing a series of short films about the car. The first is directed by Morgan Spurlock, of Super Size Me fame. Entitled, "Fueled by Bullsh*it", the video goes into details about the abundance of hydrogen, refuting naysayers (and they are many) of the hydrogen fuel-cell battery.

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Audi creates synthetic diesel with CO2 at Dresden plant

Audi creates synthetic diesel with CO2 at Dresden plant

Audi has announced that its Dresden facility has produced the maker’s first batch of “e-diesel”, a synthetic diesel that is made using CO2 and that, by proxy, results in a more efficient use of resources, and that helps protect the climate. The announcement was made earlier today, with Audi saying it was “a huge success”, and that the batch of diesel started being produced only a handful of days ago. Today, to emphasize that it can be used for everyday purposes, the nation’s Federal Minister of Education Dr. Johanna Wanka poured five liters of the fuel into her own Audi.

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Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

In May of 2013, we reported Tesla and Google were working together on some sort of self-driving car. It may have been more than that; a new report says in 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Google boss Larry Page were in talks for Google to buy Tesla for as much as $6 billion. Musk was apparently dictating terms, asking for as much as $5 billion extra to keep Teslas rolling off the line, and that he remain in-charge of his electric car empire.

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Porsche adding Apple CarPlay to its future models

Porsche adding Apple CarPlay to its future models

Shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook boasted that all of the world's major car makers had committed to offering CarPlay, the company's infotainment system, Germany's luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche is also confirmed to be supporting the iOS-based platform in its future models. While a formal announcement from either Apple or Porsche was never made, the automaker was quietly added to the list of supporting companies on the CarPlay website sometime back in March.

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Bentley Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ limited edition unveiled

Bentley Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ limited edition unveiled

Bentley has introduced a new limited edition model, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ by Mulliner. The model is in commemoration of the ‘Blue Train’ historic race that was bested by the Bentley Speed Six way back in 1930. Bentley is showing off the car at the Techno-Classica show in Germany, and it will be an incredibly limited edition: only four “examples” of the special model will be hand made in Crewe for eager customers located in the EU. Pricing wasn't revealed.

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