Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

This is the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE: an F1 car for the road

This is the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE: an F1 car for the road

"A race car for the road" may be a cliche, but in the case of the new Mercedes-AMG Project ONE it's true. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2017 today, the hotly-anticipated coupe borrows liberally from Formula 1 technology, not least a very special hybrid powertrain. With over 1,000 horsepower and a top speed in excess of 217 mph, this is arguably the modern day equivalent of the classic McLaren F1.

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GM’s Cruise self-driving cars are mass-production ready

GM’s Cruise self-driving cars are mass-production ready

Cruise Automation, GM's self-driving car company, has a new model and a plan for production, it has announced today. The new Cruise car, its third-generation, is based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV and will come equipped with all of the necessary hardware for real-time navigation without relying on a human driver. However, though the vehicle is being described as Cruise's "first production design" it won't be ready to drive itself quite yet.

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Audi R8 V10 RWS is a super-rare rear-wheel drive oddity

Audi R8 V10 RWS is a super-rare rear-wheel drive oddity

Audi and quattro all-wheel drive usually go together like peas in an automotive pod, so nobody expected this: a rear-wheel drive Audi R8. The limited-edition supercar is making its debut today at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 in Germany, based on the R8 LMS racing car, but bringing that to public streets. The result is this, the new Audi R8 V10 RWS.

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The Bugatti Chiron just smashed an incredible speed record

The Bugatti Chiron just smashed an incredible speed record

The Bugatti Chiron was always going to be fast. An 8.0-liter W16 engine with almost 1,500 horsepower will guarantee that, after all. However, we didn't realize just how quick it would be, something Bugatti has now established with a record-breaking speed test.

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Tesla urban Superchargers bring high-speed charging to cities

Tesla urban Superchargers bring high-speed charging to cities

Tesla is planning a big push in urban Supercharger locations, attempting to bolster its network as Model 3 owners start to join the crowds. The company has traditionally used Supercharger Stations to enable long-distance driving for its electric cars, positioning them along highways and on popular driving routes. In contrast, city recharging has focused on other, less powerful means.

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iPhone 8 is iPhone X: Apple’s big secret spills

iPhone 8 is iPhone X: Apple’s big secret spills

What's in a name? When it's the much-discussed new iPhone flagship, the answer is "plenty"; there's been no shortage of speculation about what the upcoming "iPhone 8" will actually be called when Apple reveals it next week. So far the consensus has been on iPhone 8 being the company's name of choice, but a new leak courtesy of some judicious digging through the latest iOS 11 golden master (GM) build.

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TVR Griffith reborn: British icon back from dead with V8 monster

TVR Griffith reborn: British icon back from dead with V8 monster

Of all the British automakers we thought might come back from the dead, TVR was nowhere near the top of our shortlist. Nonetheless, the classic - and in many ways infamous - automaker has been reborn, with a completely new TVR Griffith that sticks closely to the equation that made its original namesake so notorious. And, while the brand might not be too well known outside of motoring enthusiast circles, the new Griffith has some serious names behind it.

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Jaguar made the most beautiful electric car I’ve ever seen

Jaguar made the most beautiful electric car I’ve ever seen

Jaguar just made the most beautiful electric car in the world, and it only had to cheat a little to do so. The Jaguar E-Type Zero may look like it's right out of the sixties, but that's for good reason: it's an EV wearing the body of a classic. I've been spending some time up-close with it in London, England, at Jaguar Land Rover's inaugural Tech Fest event, and it's not hard to fall in love.

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Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept previews 2040’s shared self-driving EV

Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept previews 2040’s shared self-driving EV

Jaguar has already shown us what it believes the steering wheel of the future will look like - now, with the Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept, it's showing us the rest. Revealed today, at the automaker's inaugural Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London, UK, the FUTURE-TYPE Concept is a vision of what mobility might look like come 2040. Then, JLR suggests, actually owning a vehicle yourself will be unlikely.

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Jaguar E-Type Zero retrofits classic Roadster with EV power

Jaguar E-Type Zero retrofits classic Roadster with EV power

Is the Jaguar E-Type still an icon, even if it has an electric heart transplant? That's the question many will ask themselves when faced with this, the Jaguar E-Type Zero. Handiwork of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, it's currently a one-off retrofit of an E-Type Series 1.5 Roadster given a bespoke electric powertrain.

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Jaguar Land Rover just made a huge commitment to electrification

Jaguar Land Rover just made a huge commitment to electrification

Jaguar has ambitious electrification plans for its line-up, which will see some form of EV offered on every new model by 2020. The news was shared today, at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest 2017, alongside the reveal of the new FUTURE-TYPE concept of an autonomous, all-electric car intended for a shared motoring world. However, we won't have so long to wait for electric versions of the rest of the automaker's range.

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2017 BMW i3 vs i3 with Range Extender Review

2017 BMW i3 vs i3 with Range Extender Review

BMW's 2017 i3 is actually two very different cars: this is actually a review of two i3 models, not one. The entry-level car is all-electric, with a 170 HP motor packing 184 lb-ft of torque and, new for 2017, a 33 kWh li-ion battery. On top of that, though, you can have the BMW i3 with Range Extender, which adds a 2-cylinder gas engine.

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