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From Britain, an Escalade of a different stripe

Should we call this the Cadillac of interiors?<p>Not to be outshined by the 2015 Escalade, which made its debut in New York on 7 October, a British customiser has rolled out a bespoke interior for the luxury SUV’s previous generation.<p>The services of Essex-based Carisma Auto Design are called on when a …

At 205mph, meet the world’s fastest electric car

Electric cars are slow and dull, right? Not so fast, says Lord Paul Drayson.<p>On 15 October, the British peer and racing driver set a slew of speed records behind the wheel of his Lola Drayson electric prototype racer, including a run of 205.139mph (333.271kph). That speed represents the average of a …

Nine military vehicles you can buy

Oddballs at the 2013 Tokyo motor show

With Black edition, Range Rover goes long on luxury

The Land Rover Range Rover is not exactly revered for its modesty. It is, and has been since its debut in 1970, a leather-lined haven for the Barbour-coat set. But as Rolls-Royce and Bentley have known for years, enough is rarely enough.<p>As such, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 20 November, Land …

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Rebuilding Fuller’s Dymaxion

Some concept cars influence decades of automotive engineering. Some concepts never catch on. Some simply catch fire.<p>The Dymaxion car, designed by the visionary US architect and all-round polymath R Buckminster Fuller, may be the rare prototype for which all of these things are true.<p>“It’s full of …

Week in pictures: Goodbye to a raging bull

Top Gear exclusive: How the Mazda Furai died

Meet the US Army’s hybrid hellion

A fuel-efficient, lightweight hybrid vehicle that could keep soldiers safe? It might sound like mission impossible, but such a machine is already roaming the earth – albeit on a tight leash.<p>A rugged new US Army research prototype Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV) has recently entered an advanced …

Most fascinating city car of 2013: Toyota i-ROAD

Toyota’s i-ROAD is hardly the first attempt at a leaning three-wheel runabout.<p>Mercedes-Benz unveiled its functionally similar F300 Life-Jet in 1997, and General Motors displayed the very clever Lean Machine way back in 1982. But the i-ROAD city car – Toyota calls it a personal mobility vehicle – is …

Can Joe Eberhardt make Jaguar roar in North America?

The axiom “Don’t mess with a good thing” is seldom heard in the car business, and with good reason.<p>A few extra horses, a couple extra miles per gallon or a clutch of underserved consumers are always lurking out there, tempting those with the resolve and resources to go after them. For car brands, …

Most fascinating race car of 2013: Peugeot 208 T16

Records are made to be broken, but not all records are made to be obliterated.<p>Before 2011, no driver had ascended Colorado's 14,110ft (4,300-metre) Pikes Peak in under 10 minutes. That year, the barrier dropped in no small part due to the completion of the route’s paving, which allowed drivers to …

Most fascinating classic, 2013: Ferrari 180 Testa Rossa

Competition for the must-have toys of the holiday season is always fierce. Nothing, however, matches the tug-of-war for a one-of-a-kind confection.<p>Granted, the Ferrari 180 Testa Rossa sold at auction in November was thought to be one of five in existence, but for all intents the bidders at …

Twizy RenaultSport F1: Little yellow devil

Electric cars sound a bit crummy, right? The Twizy RenaultSport F1 doesn’t.<p>In fact, the nanosecond the Renault engineer prods the little silver starter nodule, I briefly wonder if I’m about to shoot upwards rather than forwards. A pump whirs, some other bit of costly unobtainium emits an escalating …

Ford bets on aluminium to lift F-150 truck

Ford took maybe the most daring step in the history of the conservative domestic pickup truck industry when it pulled the cover off a lightweight, aluminium-bodied F-150 at the 2014 Detroit auto show. The nearly heretical act represents a significant risk in pursuit of improved fuel economy.<p>The …

FT-1 Concept, Toyota’s scarlet letter, bows in Detroit

Not long ago, it was considered an honour when a sports car was canonised in a video game. Lately, however, the cart has been placed before the virtual horse.<p>Toyota developed its FT-1 Concept for the sixth instalment in the Gran Turismo video game franchise, and rendered it real for audiences at …

RC F Coupe, a Lexus antidote to the letter M

The renewed vigour with which Toyota president and chief executive (and erstwhile Nürburgring 24hr race driver) Akio Toyoda has approached Lexus, his company’s luxury subsidiary, manifested in the RC F Coupe revealed on 14 January in Detroit.<p>This car has the potential for class-leading mayhem – …

BMW M4 v Lexus RC F: Fight!

Mice in the desert: Minis dominate Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally finished in Chile at the weekend. After two weeks, 10,000km and over 50 hours of racing (more than an entire season of Formula 1), it was won by a chap called Nani Roma. By a mere five minutes.<p>Nani Roma may not be a household name here, but do not underestimate the ability, …

Auction stars of Arizona – and one white dwarf

The hills surrounding Scottsdale, Arizona, are alive with the sound of gavels.<p>No fewer than five auction houses have decamped to the affluent enclave in the US’s desert southwest, wielding prime examples of sought-after collector cars.<p>Sales have been ongoing throughout the week. On of the most …

With 428i, BMW one-ups itself

In a move that remains controversial in some quarters to this day, the US dropped the gold standard in 1933.<p>For 2014, BMW has dropped a gold standard of its own – the “3” that distinguished its performance two-door coupe since 1978. Though the benchmark-setting four-door 3 Series soldiers on, BMW …

Why do we use steering wheels instead of joysticks?

Strictly speaking, the steering wheel is obsolete.<p>Technology now allows us to control a vehicle's trajectory using drive-by-wire or steer-by-wire systems. Simply put, this means electrical signals can alter the movement of a car’s wheels, rather than relying on a mechanical connection between the …

For new Navigator, Lincoln dials down the thirst

In a throwback to its success in the late ‘90s as a purveyor of luxury full-size SUVs, Lincoln pulled the wraps off an updated 2015 Navigator SUV on 23 January.<p>Reaching the North American market in an era of cheap gasoline and a wholesale rejection of the station wagon, the original Navigator was a …

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: The dandy’s bruiser

With apologies to Mr Bond, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a bad guy’s car.<p>Here is a 565-horsepower, 6-litre V12 engine that threatens to overflow its aluminium banks. Here is exhaust hardware lifted from Aston’s diabolical, all-but-unobtainable One-77 hypercar. Here are lacquered vents and …

Shelby American’s winning homage to a famous Cobra

Back in the mid-1990s, outraged by the proliferation of half-baked Cobra replicas and kit cars, racing hero Carroll Shelby jumped back into the business of building his signature roadster, setting up shop outside Las Vegas, Nevada, a stone’s throw from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Since then, …

Nissan GT-R: How did Godzilla’s price eclipse $100,000?

Since 2009, the all-wheel-drive bruiser’s price has swelled in step with the car’s legend. We dissect the changes made through the latest GT-R model year.<p>In just five short years, Nissan’s twin-turbocharged monster from Tochigi has turned from a bargain bruiser into a hustler, far outpacing …

Rolling gunships: Eight vehicles packing firepower

This is GM’s incredible secret stash of cars

Letter from Sweden: Volkswagen Golf R

Who doesn’t love the Golf GTI? No, seriously, who? The consensus around the prototypical hot hatchback, particularly in its latest evolution, is as near-unanimous as any automaker could hope for.<p>But there’s a wrinkle, even if it’s a trifling one: some say it could be faster. To be faster, the …