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VW I.D. R Pikes Peak racer dominates qualifying

VW I.D. R Pikes Peak racer dominates qualifying

The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is going on this weekend and racers from around the world are on the mounting practicing right now. We have talked about the VW I.D. R Pikes Peak racing car before and it has been doing extremely well so far. VW has announced that the I.D. R Pikes Peak has set the fastest time in qualifying.

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New Audi A1 Sportback launches this summer

New Audi A1 Sportback launches this summer

Audi has pulled the covers off the new A1 Sportback and the little compact car is very attractive. Audi says that the new A1 Sportback has grown significantly in length with an additional 2.2-inches making the car 13.2-feet. Width is almost the same at 5.7-feet and the new model is 4.7-feet high.

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Researchers work on making smaller chips for drone brains

Researchers work on making smaller chips for drone brains

MIT scientists and researchers are tackling an issue that poses a difficult challenge for drone operators and designers of the future. Engineers at the school are working on shrinking down drone technology and have built prototypes that are the size of a bumblebee. While tiny cameras and sensors have been developed for these tiny drones, one thing still perplexes researchers - the computer chip brain of the drone.

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Porsche grabs a stake in Rimac for future EV sports cars

Porsche grabs a stake in Rimac for future EV sports cars

Rimac is a company that is from Croatia and is working on making some insanely fast electric sports cars. The Rimac C_Two, for instance, can hit 60 mph in an incredible 1.85 seconds. Porsche has bought a 10% minority stake in Rimac and it would be easy to imagine Porsche sports cars using some Rimac tech in the future.

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Toyota’s next-gen GR Super Sport Concept heralds future super sports car

Toyota’s next-gen GR Super Sport Concept heralds future super sports car

The car you see here looks a lot like the racing cars that Toyota fields in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The car is the GR Super Sport concept and was first premiered at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon and is described as a next-gen hypercar with hybrid-electric technology. The hybrid electric tech in the car is something honed and tested in the WEC over the last six years.

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Scientists discover world’s first known manta ray nursery

Scientists discover world’s first known manta ray nursery

A group of researchers led by Ph.D. candidate Joshua Stewart from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and scientists from the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have discovered what they say is the first known manta ray nursery in the world. The manta ray nursery was discovered at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Bentley Bentayga is ready to tackle Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Bentley Bentayga is ready to tackle Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Bentley has announced that after six months of getting its racing SUV (yes you read that correctly) ready for the big day, the Bentayga is ready. The big Bentley SUV will be blasting its way up America's Mountain at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this coming weekend. Bentley says that the six-month development program is now complete and piloting the Bentayga will be two-time champion Rhys Millen.

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Ferrari 488 Pista “Piloti Ferrari” is for racers only

Ferrari 488 Pista “Piloti Ferrari” is for racers only

Ferrari has a large number of drivers around the world that race the Italian cars in all sorts of amateur and professional series. If you are one of the racing drivers lucky enough to drive a Ferrari in one of the Ferrari motorsports programs, you can order up a new and special version of the awesome 488 Pista.

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MIT smart power outlet can identify dangerous electric spikes

MIT smart power outlet can identify dangerous electric spikes

The engineers at MIT have developed a smart electrical outlet that can learn what appliances are plugged in and tell dangerous electric spikes from spikes that are benign. MIT says that nuisance trips are things like your vacuum turning off unexpectedly or a lamp going off when your AC unit turns on. Those trips often happen when a detector installed inside the wall senses something that could be an arc-fault.

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Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered teaser videos shows off sexy front end

Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered teaser videos shows off sexy front end

Fans Volvo cars that have a performance bent are looking forward to June 20 when Volvo officially unveils the all-new S60. That range will include a Polestar Engineered version that we talked about earlier this month. Ahead of that official launch on the 20th, Volvo has posted a teaser to Facebook that focuses mainly on the front end of the car.

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Ford shows off cycling jacket concept that shows when cyclists are turning or stopping

Ford shows off cycling jacket concept that shows when cyclists are turning or stopping

Ford is showing off a cool invention that might help cyclists navigate around a city and help to show drivers around them when they are turning. The jacket was developed by a group of employees at Ford who like to cycle. The smart jacket concept has sleeves that light up to show when the wearer plans to turn right or left.

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Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed towards black hole

Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed towards black hole

Legendary scientists Stephen Hawking passed away in March of 2018 at the age of 76. Word has now surfaced that Hawking's family plans to do something that the scientist would have certainly found to be very cool. The family plans to beam a recording of his voice toward a black hole.

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