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Audi wins Le Mans 24 Hours 2014 with hybrid pair

Audi wins Le Mans 24 Hours 2014 with hybrid pair

Audi has again taken the top spot at Le Mans, clinching the 24 Hour race with its pair of R18 e-tron quattro racers and making it the thirteenth win out of sixteen runs for the firm. Competition at the event was strong, with Porsche and Toyota both strongly favored, and with Audi facing an early knock-out after its third car was damaged in a collision with a GT Ferrari after only ninety minutes.

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Nissan ZOED racer sets records but stumbles in Le Mans

Nissan ZOED racer sets records but stumbles in Le Mans

Nissan's ZEOD electric racer has seen its Le Mans 24 Hours ambitions dashed after just 23 minutes this weekend, though there was still enough time for the Japanese car company to hit three "world's firsts" on the track. Despite the high-tech powertrain, which pairs a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine with two 110kW electric motors, the ZOED's hopes were dashed by a low-tech fault, affecting the gearbox and forcing the Nissan team to bring the racer back in after just five laps.

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2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

Chevrolet has resurrected a legend, with the Camaro Z/28 finally granting its muscle car the badge enthusiast drivers have been crying out for. Building on the seven-liter V8 LS7 engine from the old Corvette Z06, Chevy’s engineers hand-squeeze out 505 horsepower and 481 pounds per foot of torque, mounted in an aero-treated body that’s been built for speed and downforce. So, when Chevrolet called to see if I wanted to be among the first to drive the Z/28 on the track, I didn’t say no.

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McLaren P1 GTR takes the well-heeled to the track

McLaren P1 GTR takes the well-heeled to the track

McLaren fans may be disappointed at the thought of P1 supercar production coming to an end, but the British car company is promising the salve the sadness with a $3.4m track-only edition, the McLaren P1 GTR. Bringing back the classic GTR name from McLaren's 24 Hours-winning F1 GTR two decades ago, the track-only model is expected to muster a whopping 1,000 PS (986 HP) by the time the firm's engineers have finished their efforts.

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BMW and MINI bake in GoPro support

BMW and MINI bake in GoPro support

MINI drivers looking to recreate the classic chase scene from The Italian Job will be able to remotely control their GoPro from the car's dashboard, as it and select BMW models become the first to integrate the action camera. The new app hooks up the MINI Connected and BMW Apps infotainment systems to a WiFi-equipped GoPro, allowing it to be remotely turned on and off, switched between recording modes, and previews viewed.

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Tesla and BMW held EV talks amid open patent move

Tesla and BMW held EV talks amid open patent move

Tesla and BMW have held talks this week about efforts to improve adoption of electric vehicles, coinciding with Elon Musk's decision to open up Tesla's EV patent portfolio for other manufacturers to use. Exact details on what was discussed between the two firms on Wednesday this week have not been revealed, though Musk did say that it was around promoting EVs in general, as well as taking greater advantage from the Tesla Supercharger network.

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Tesla pledges patent openness to boost EV market

Tesla pledges patent openness to boost EV market

Tesla is opening up its electric vehicle technology, promising not to sue anybody who uses its patented tech in the hope of spurring greater adoption of eco-friendly drivetrains after becoming disillusioned with traditional car companies. The EV upstart originally believed it would need to protect its R&D out of concern that its competition would steal it, founder and CEO Elon Musk said today, but in fact has found that the mainstays of the car industry have been sluggish to even consider electric cars.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe B&O Edition pairs 1,200W with 575HP

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe B&O Edition pairs 1,200W with 575HP

BMW and Bang & Olufsen have teamed on a special edition of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, including a 575 HP M6 version which will see the 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine compete for aural appeal with 1,200W of speakers. Limited in number to just 110 cars, the 2015 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe "Bang & Olufsen Edition" will be filled with a total of sixteen speakers with matching B&O amps.

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