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Opinion: Robot motorsport misses the point

Driverless cars. According to that most wise and learned of modern oracles, Wikipedia, the definition of what it terms an “autonomous car” is: “An autonomous car (driverless car, self-driving car, robotic car) is a vehicle that is capable of sensing

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Opinion: the Porsche 911 is like AC/DC

I struggled with the news back in the mid-’90s that the Porsche 911 was going to ditch its defining engine design element (well, one of them anyway) to become liquid-cooled. I struggled some more a few years later when news broke that

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Farewell Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

ONE LAST dance. To many it is the title of a Patrick Swayze flick, but for Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X owners the term to dance perfectly captures the way this turbocharged all-paw sedan moves with its driver. Some cars need

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Opinion: US car taste is improving

One word I would never have thought to associate with Americans is pragmatic. I mean, if a nation can be on the verge of electing a dingo-crazy bloke with a dead cat on his head as president, then it’s tempting

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Audi's electric compressor: Geek Speak

Today, turbo lag isn’t the blight on power delivery that it was during the infancy of the technology in cars in the 1970s and ’80s. But as long as a centrifugal air compressor is driven by exhaust gases, there will

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4 things car enthusiasts should know before voting

With the federal election upon us, many people may still be looking for guidance on which party deserves their vote. There are so many policies and promises floating around, it’s hard to find the ones relevant to you. So, here

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Opinion: Melbourne could save the motoring world

Ah, the world car. The brass ring of the automotive design world: the one car to rule all global markets, one car to bring them all and in the showroom bind them. Only no-one has really worked out what that

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Opinion: Australia needs a supercar

When Falcon and Commodore are gone, will Australia ever make a car from the ground up again? It’s not as if we don’t know how. In fact, perhaps we’re more knowledgeable at making cars than ever, particularly performance cars, and

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Six best turbo six-cylinder engines

The turbocharged six-cylinder engine is mounting a resurgence. Having spent years in the performance wilderness, the boosted six-pot is back in vogue as manufacturers scramble to downsize. It began with the latest BMW M3 and M4, and now the Audi S4 (and

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Hyundai Genesis N: Sweet dream

Hyundai is spreading its wings. Just as Toyota has Lexus and Nissan has Infiniti, the Korean brand now has Genesis. But, wait, there’s more. Just as it’s joining the Japanese in creating a luxury division, it’s also following the Germans’

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