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The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

2019 marks Formula E’s fifth year of staging races in major cities around the world, and early skepticism around whether electric cars could capture race-fans' imaginations seem finally to have been dispatched. The chassis, brakes, battery and tires are the same for the 11 teams and 22 cars. It’s a team’s intellectual property - the electric motor, inverter, gearbox, and battery/thermal management software – that separates the winners from the losers.

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Watch VW’s ID.R electric racer smash the Goodwood hillclimb record

Watch VW’s ID.R electric racer smash the Goodwood hillclimb record

Volkswagen promised something incredible from the VW ID.R electric race car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but we didn't expect the EV to deliver quite as impressively as it has today. Driven by Romain Dumas, the ID.R smashed the 20 year old hillclimb record, and the video of the run is a must-see.

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PlayStation Plus makes PES 2019 and Horizon Chase Turbo free in July

PlayStation Plus makes PES 2019 and Horizon Chase Turbo free in July

With the growing number of games getting added to console libraries, it has become customary for console makers to offer a few titles for free on a rotational basis. For a subscription fee, of course. For July, Sony is adding two games to its PlayStation Plus portfolio and while the two couldn’t be farther apart in genres they are bound by a common theme: the need for speed.

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Human endurance cap calculated: Here’s where you hit the wall

Human endurance cap calculated: Here’s where you hit the wall

In a study published this week, researchers have calculated the limit of human endurance. The study used data from human endurance events and transcontinental races to track Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) (also called metabolic scope) and maximum sustained metabolic scope (SusMS) with regard to event duration. They've also found a limit for habitual metabolic scope (physical activity level) in general.

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Wide Open Baja – My jaw-dropping experience in the Middle of Nowhere, Mexico

Wide Open Baja – My jaw-dropping experience in the Middle of Nowhere, Mexico

'twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a... SCREECH, STOP! Allow me to interject here: you could question the sanity of someone who, instead of choosing to recite heartwarming poems fireside on a snowy December night, instead goes chasing the faint echo of roading engines in Cabo San Lucas – widely acknowledged as one of the most dangerous cities in the world – while being warned that "you could die out there tomorrow on every turn, shoot off a 1000 foot cliff, fly off into the ocean if you’re driving with that one person who panics." Welcome to Wide Open in Baja, where the stakes are high and the potential for fun is even higher.

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I took a class in the 2019 Corvette ZR1’s 755hp schoolroom

I took a class in the 2019 Corvette ZR1’s 755hp schoolroom

An hour from Vegas, past rolling brown hills and more than a few tumbleweeds, you’ll find Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club. A racing-enthusiast’s oasis in the desert. Unlike most oases, though, this one can get seriously loud.

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This Nissan Leaf NISMO RC all-electric racer is outrageous

This Nissan Leaf NISMO RC all-electric racer is outrageous

You may look at the Nissan Leaf and think "green urban runabout," but the automaker's NISMO racing specialists saw serious race potential in the electric car. Witness, then, the all-new - and seriously appealing - Nissan Leaf NISMO RC, the regular Leaf's bonkers racing sibling, complete with a whole lot of power.

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Inside Formula 1: Timing is Everything

Inside Formula 1: Timing is Everything

Formula 1 and Rolex are two of the most recognizable brands in the world. In 2013, the two companies entered into a long-term Global Partnership, with the watchmaker becoming the official timepiece of Formula 1. Precision timekeeping is just as important on the race-track as it is on the wrist, after all. That's why, when Rolex offered us a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible spectacle that is a Formula 1 weekend, we didn't waste a second in saying yes.

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This incredible Jaguar F-Type rally car leaps like a big cat

This incredible Jaguar F-Type rally car leaps like a big cat

The usual prowling grounds of Jaguar's F-Type convertible are sweeping mountain roads and beachside resorts, but two new rally editions of the British drop-top have leaping not cruising in mind. Taking inspiration from the Jaguar F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition, but then cranking it up several notches, the rally cars certainly stand out.

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This outrageous Hummer is built for the race track

This outrageous Hummer is built for the race track

Did the world need a racing-spec Humvee, as happy on the track as it is in the mud and rough stuff? Probably not, but that hasn't stopped Mil-Spec Automotive (MSA) from building just such a behemoth. Turns out, when you tune more than 800 horsepower from a Humvee's engine, slam its suspension, and point it at an autocross course, interesting things happen.

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Lexus gave its LFA the Art Car treatment

Lexus gave its LFA the Art Car treatment

While BMW may be widely seen as the creator of the "Art Car" trend — the idea of using a vehicle as a canvas — recent decades have seen a number of manufacturers do the same with their flagship models, often with fantastic results. One of the latest is Japan's Lexus, which has just revealed an art car version of its LFA supercar meant to celebrate ten years of the manufacturer's F performance brand.

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Volkswagen’s Climb to Redemption

Volkswagen’s Climb to Redemption

After a 31 year absence, Volkswagen has returned to Pikes Peak to set the record straight. Its last, and only other trek up the mountain was on pace to set a best time, but ended in disappointment as Jochi Kleint’s 625bhp, dual-engine Golf failed just 600 feet short of the finish line. Add to that the recent emissions scandal, and you’ve got a company hell bent to prove itself.

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