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Refreshing or Revolting: Lamborghini Aventador SV

Remember the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce (SV)? Of course you do. The supercar debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show packing 661 hp as part of the extreme SV treatment. Six years later, the Murcielago’s successor, the Aventador, gets the same extreme treatment with a beastly V-12 …

Sports Cars

Porsche makes Aston Martin rename Vantage GT3 to GT12

As names go, Vantage GT12 is four times better, anyhow.<p>Aston Martin's wicked, 592-hp carbon fiber beast is marginally street legal, but it was born for the racetrack. It's lighter, faster, and more raw than anything else in Aston's lineup. You could say it's extremely similar to the Porsche 911 …

Sports Cars

Matt Bell guides Chevrolet to pole in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge

Practice made perfect for Matt Bell on Thursday at Sebring International Raceway.<p>One day after running a fast lap in a mock qualifying run in the …

Audi Sport's experts explain the new R18 e-tron quattro

The secrets behind Audi's more efficient, more powerful, more aerodynamic 2015 Le Mans racer.<p>Audi has officially revealed its revamped and reshaped R18 E-Tron Quattro racer, the company's entrant into the FIA World Endurance Championship and the car that will compete to defend Audi's eight-year …

Sports Cars

Juan Pablo Montoya wins 2015 IndyCar opener

Team Penske dominates as JPM holds off Will Power to ice the victory.<p>There were two storylines at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. One is that Team Penske utterly dominated the race. The second is that the new aero kits were as effective at littering the track with front-wing debris as …

Motorsport

Lamborghini Huracan To Get Superleggera And LP610

by Alex Oagana, on March 12, 2015, 11:00<p>With the current Lamborghini lineup consisting of the Huracan LP610-4, Aventador LP700-4, Aventador LP700-4 …

Alpine Brand targets Premium Rivals Like Audi, Porsche; First Model to be Called AS1

Renault is reportedly stepping up its effort to bring us an Alpine sports car by the year 2016. It will be the first car of a broader range, and it …

Chevy wins Sebring for the first time in 50 years

The last time Chevrolet won the 12 Hours of Sebring outright, Jim Hall was piloting a Chaparral 2.<p>It was a banner day for Chevrolet, and Corvette in particular, at the 2015 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.<p>The last time Chevrolet scored the overall win at Sebring was in 1965—50 years ago. That was the …

Sports Cars

The Shelby GT350 will make at least 520 hp

New details on the super-Mustang emerge. And they're good.<p>Ford's Shelby brand manager, Jim Owens, brought an Avalanche Grey Shelby GT350 to the Texas World Speedway, and during a Q&A session, he divulged a slew of new tidbits surrounding the Blue Oval's ultimate factory pony car.<p>Mustang6G forum …

Sports Cars

How to Make Your Own Chia Pudding

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant shares her recipe for homemade chia pudding that will make you forget all about those grocery store pods.</i><p>Not …

The science behind the perfect chip

How – and where – should you fry the ultimate chips? Veronique Greenwood takes a piping-hot plunge into the secret ways to create fried potato perfection.<p>The very best chips combine a crisp crust with a piping-hot, snowy-white interior – a delicious combination that arises when potatoes descend …

Chemistry

Hallucinogenic Ayahuasca Might Treat Depression

That’s a good trip<p>Deep in the Amazon basin, shaman prepare a natural tea called ayahuasca to bring its drinkers to hallucinogenic states of revelation. People come to the region from all over the world to take ayahuasca in order to make better contact with their emotions within or the spirits …

Chocolate: does it really lift our mood and make us feel romantic? I should cocoa

It’s no surprise people have such strong feelings about chocolate<p>On Monday 12 January 2015, the chocolate formulation of the Cadbury Creme Egg was changed, and there was public uproar. This is not meant to happen: in a world where markets reign supreme, companies feel they have to continually …

Dessert

Exclusive: McLaren could build 650S hybrid

Plus: no more P1s, and a hardcore 570S. McLaren boss Vinnels spills the beans to Top Gear

Hybrid Vehicles

Ferrari LaFerrari Tested: Yes, It's Hellaciously Quick

But the numbers only tell part of the story.<p>To test the Ferrari LaFerrari, we traveled to Italy to the storied marque’s personal track, Fiorano. Ferrari’s offer was this: We could either test there—or not at all. We chose to test.<p>The Fiorano circuit is nearly two miles long, a thirteen-turn …

Sports Cars

2016 Audi Q7 First Drive

Audi

Hennessey Plans to Offer Cadillac CTS-V with 1000 hp

John Hennessey is not a man known for restraint. The owner of the eponymous Texas-based speed shop crams hundreds of surplus horses into the drivelines of everything he touches, whether it’s pickup trucks, a Hellcat-chasing 717-hp Mustang, or a menacing Jaguar F-type. Now, he’s promising to tune up …

Sports Cars

Autotrader With six figure price tags and running costs to rival light aircraft, most top

Autotrader<p>With six figure price tags and running costs to rival light aircraft, most top-flight supercars are, sadly, out of the reach of all but the …

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Track Retest

The Wonder of Wicker<p>For as much as Randy Pobst typically has to say about a car, he doesn’t use walkie-talkies very often. We always stick one in the car before he goes out in case of emergency, but he rarely uses it. So you can imagine our surprise when, during his cool-down lap, Pobst’s voice …

Sports Cars

up close with the new Focus RS

What’s the power?<p>“We’re saying at least 320, y’know.”<p>Are those all-American SAE horses or German pferdestärke?<p>“At least 320 - that’s all I’m going to …

Mercedes-Benz

The Rolls-Royce SUV Prototype Is Amazing-Looking

Reading Rolls-Royce press releases is best done in an old-timey, 1920s-era newsreel voice. And so it goes with the latest update on the upcoming Rolls SUV—a.k.a., “high-sided, all-terrain motor car”—which the company is referring to as Project Cullinan. Following “an undertaking to inform …

Automotive Design

SCG-003 breaks Nürburgring lap record

Jim Glickenhaus’s SCG-003 reportedly blitzes Zonda R’s time of 6m 47s. Find out what it did

Jeff Bezos' aerospace company will launch a rocket this year

'The engine is ready for flight ... and ready for other commercial users.'<p>Amazon's Jeff Bezos is moving ahead with his spaceflight company, Blue Origin, Reuters reports. It has finished working on the engine for its suborbital spaceship, "New Shepard" — which means that test flights will begin this …

Space Travel

This image shows an Einstein Ring

The ring is caused by a near-perfect alignment of two galaxies with respect to Earth. One galaxy is ‘lensing’ the other galaxy’s light.<p>According to …

Giant tortoises have a sweet tooth for invasive plants - Futurity

Invasive plants are lambasted for what they do to ecosystems. But Galapagos Islands tortoises would rather chow down on them than the native options.

Zoology

Brontosaurus raised from dead, as scientists rule dinosaur did exist

Oxford University scientists have ruled that Brontosaurus is unique and should have its own genus<p>The Brontosaurus really did exist, scientists have decided, ending a debate which has rumbled on for more than 100 years,<p>The huge dinosaur was discovered in the 1870s, but by 1903 palaeontologists ruled …

Dinosaurs

The Brontosaurus Is Real And Getting Its Name Back

We've missed you, buddy<p>When it comes to dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus rex and velociraptor motorcycle gangs might get all the attention--with good reason. They look awesome:<p>But if you had to pick a dinosaur friend to hang out with, those guys might be a little too intense. So what dinosaur would be …

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy