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Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

Lewis Hamilton v Ken Block

The latest stop on the glittering Top Gear Live World Tour happened last weekend… in Barbados.<p>And while aficionados of Top Gear Live may be familiar with Jeremy, James, Richard and Stig blowing things up, starting fires, shoving celebrities into reasonably priced cars and politely asking famous …

Back-seat drivers: Eight famous (and infamous) limos

No matter how much you may love to drive, sometimes you can’t beat being driven.<p>And few road-going conveyances project the plushness, power or privilege of a limousine. With the White House’s fleet of limos scheduled for a refresh, it seemed time to take inventory of some of history’s most …

The Ryno prepares to charge

Seeing the Ryno Micro-cycle brings to mind the old Johnny Hart comic strip B.C., in which suave caveman Thor rode around on a fascinating contraption: a single stone wheel with an axle through the middle. The Ryno, from US-based Ryno Motors, is a bit more complex., but just as intriguing.<p>With a …

Electric Vehicles

If you like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is, by all accounts, a beast.<p>It is the seventh generation in the sports car’s line – hence its nickname, C7 – and even the most basic version is powered by a 455-horsepower, 6.2-litre V8 engine. That’s enough to propel the car to almost 190mph before it …

Is bamboo the next carbon fibre?

Poor carbon fibre. What began as a late-20th Century wonder material for military aircraft was then nobly adopted by the motorsport world for strength, low weight and energy dissipation. Yet now, well into its career as a mission-critical material, it has also become window dressing in the …

BMW M235i: The baby Bimmer with the big bite

A shorthand for power and speed, BMW’s “M” is a scarlet letter, a talisman for tire-smoking sin. The consonant was most recently applied to the new 2 Series compact sport coupe, specifically to its M235i varietal.<p>Our Melbourne Red Metallic test car carries a 320-horsepower twin-turbo in-line …

McLaren 650S versus fog

A fog-shrouded Laguna Seca Raceway: chain link fences, concrete barriers, corkscrewed 2.238-mile asphalt track – all of them soaking. In a suite above pit lane, a blue-eyed Englishman in a McLaren vest discussed a new car and its hydraulically damped suspension with another man in a likewise …

Golden state: Ferrari California T strikes it rich

For commuters in workaday Hondas and Chevys, calling a $198,000 sports car a fair deal might earn you a soaking at the water cooler.<p>But galloping through sun-kissed Tuscan hills in the Ferrari California T convertible, that’s exactly what comes to mind. A thoughtful redesign has turned this most …

Chevrolet crowns a new Corvette king

It's official: the Corvette Z06 wants to tear your face off. Chevrolet has today revealed that the new supercharged ‘Vette produces a nice, round, terrifying 650 horsepower.<p>A bit of context: The Z06 was officially unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, with Chevy announcing only that …

Before they were carmakers

For the love of Le Mans: Japan’s outlaw racers

Tomohiro Aono's business card is a pale orange rectangle that simply reads, “Car Maniac”. He hands it over with both hands, in the traditional Japanese style, then laughs.<p>He has flown to Vancouver, Canada, to meet Walter Wolf, an enigmatic Austrian-Canadian businessman who once campaigned a private …

Five ways to bring summer on the road

The weird and wonderful at the Le Mans 24 Hours

Like no other nation on earth, France has a marrow-deep appreciation for automotive nonconformists.<p>Fitting, then, that some of history’s most distinctively bodied racing cars have appeared at the country’s marquee motorsport event, the Le Mans 24 Hours.<p>That isn’t to say they have all been …

Is rear-wheel drive unfairly maligned?

In cinema and television, fast cars are synonymous with screech-inducing fishtail burnouts, plumes of smoke and reckless speeds. But the rear-wheel-drive layouts that underpin these memorable scenes have practical advantages that some drivers may not know about, and that flout conventional …

Meet Volkswagen's 544-horsepower Beetle GRC

This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it's sprouted some 544 horsepower. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.<p>Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name …

Ferrari builds a topless F12, and the internet swoons

Ferrari’s one-offs are custom-made to melt the internet. Images appeared a few weeks ago of an SP America, about which no further information has been forthcoming. But last week’s mystery car, which was taking part in a Targa Florio tribute in Sicily, has now been officially confirmed by …

Lamborghinis for Audi money – if you know how to look

Godzilla learns some manners

To truly appreciate the Nissan GT-R, one must embrace not only what it is (which is a lot), but what it is not.<p>For one, it is not small; it is seven inches longer than a Porsche 911 Turbo and some 300 pounds heavier. It is not pretty, either, at least not in a traditional sports-coupe sense. It is …

Nissan orchestrates the great racing ruse of 2014

In their quest to make four-door family sedans – generally regarded among the planet’s dullest forms of transportation – appear more thrilling, carmakers enlist a variety of techniques.<p>They produce racing versions of the cars, optimised for competition in touring car or stock car series. They may …

The best onboard footage ever?

There's something wickedly addictive about onboard racing videos. From Seb Loeb's record-breaking Pikes Peak run, to Patrick Long blitzing around Texas' Circuit Of The Americas in a Porsche 918, peering over the shoulders of bona fide helmsmiths as they take cars to the absolute limit is what the …

Look rich, spend little

Some have money and look the part. Others, like billionaire US investor Warren Buffett, choose not to flaunt their wealth. The so-called Oracle of Omaha’s 2006 Cadillac DTS is worth a whopping $10,000.<p>But plenty of used cars don't require the selling of internal organs to afford, while commanding a …

Re-imagining the megayacht

To most people, a yacht is just a yacht – an über-expensive toy for one-percenters. But even the World’s Most Interesting Man might raise an eyebrow at the Alen 68, sprung from the loins of high-end Turkish boatmaker Alen Yacht, with help from the world-renowned, London-based architectural firm …

Architecture

More "Designer Trains" in Japan: Ken Okuyama's Forthcoming Cruise Train

Last year we looked at the unusual train designs of Eiji Mitooka, a Japanese industrial designer who specializes in railway carriages. Mitooka's …

Villa Blåbär, a House Located in Nacka, Sweden by pS Arkitektur

Villa Blåbär – Modern architecture in harmony with Sweden’s nature.<p>The team of pS Arkitektur has completed Villa Blåbär, a house located in Nacka, …

Study: Patents hurt tech and startups, help pharmaceuticals

A new study adds some empirical firepower to the idea that poor patent laws are crushing innovation in the technology industry. Researchers from the London School of Economics studied citations from patents that were invalidated by U.S. judges and found that invalidation increased the number of …

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …