Rahul Motwani

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Sesto Elemento: Hammond drives Lambo’s carbon life form

This is like being in a cage full of vets tending a dragon.<p>A bizarre image to have in my head but, given the scene, it’s the only thing I can think of.<p>The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. One of just 20 in existence. Two million pounds, more power to weight than a Bugatti Veyron, zero to 60mph in under …

Carbon Fiber

Can you identify these cars from film and TV?

From television and cinema they come, wearing sheet metal that is at once familiar and foreign. Fancy yourself a pop-culture savant? Start your engines.

The Gallardo LP560-2, Lamborghini’s white ghost

“If you just want to know the time, buy a Seiko.” That was my late father-in-law’s justification for owning a beautiful, if anachronistic, mechanical Rolex wristwatch.<p>The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-2 50˚ Anniversario is a stripped-down, rear-wheel-drive, manual-transmission, limited-edition …

It’s the new Mini (no, really)

BMW has revealed its third take on the “new Mini”, trumpeting its three-door hatch as “the new original”.<p>Which means it looks pretty much the same – albeit a bit bigger in the face department – but sits on an all-new platform with lots of shiny new tech on board.<p>First up, there's no escaping the …

TopGear.com takes Nissan GT-R Nismo round a track

You’ll know by now that the Nismo-tuned GT-R has 591bhp and – given the right German and with some Track Pack additions – can lap the Nürburgring in 7:08.679.<p>You’ll also know that the 3.8-litre V6’s power has been boosted from 542 horsepower, torque’s increased from 465 to 481lb-ft and terminal …

Dinan 550xi S2: The BMW that BMW will not build

Given the right car, a humble roadway can transform into a veritable Circuit de la Sarthe.<p>The 550xi S2 is more than just an M5 “on the cheap”.<p>It certainly doesn’t hurt when the right car is the 550xi S2, the latest high-performance conversion from California-based tuning outfit Dinan. The company …

Top Gear exclusive: How the Mazda Furai died

Cristiano Ronaldo picks his Audi, and it’s a keeper

To masseurs, nutritionists, security guards and truckloads of cash, chalk up another perk to being a professional footballer: a box-fresh Audi.<p>The Ingolstadt, Germany-based automaker has had a relationship with Spain’s Real Madrid club for 10 years. As per tradition, the team’s roster gets its pick …

Mercedes’ Vision GT: Now for sale

Remember the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo? Of course you do.<p>It's that insanely evil concept car commissioned by Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi to appear exclusively in GT6. Merc even built a full-scale static model for last month's Los Angeles auto show to scare people.<p>Now news has …

Cadillac CTS: The new standard?

Pity the performance sedan.<p>Were it enough that it conveyed four adults and their weekend bags to the country house. No. It must be transportive.<p>The measure of a performance sedan is taken on this awkward score. Seating for four (or five with a squeeze), ample trunk space and cocktail …

Week in Pictures: The Ghost with the most

Chevrolet Corvette Z06, muscle with manners

Unveiled at last year’s Detroit auto show, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a supple kind of monster. A higher-performance version introduced 13 January at the 2014 Detroit show ratchets up the menace without smothering the Stingray's good manners.<p>The Corvette Z06 experience …

From Audi, two hatchback hatchlings

Audi provided Detroit auto show attendees two distinct glimpses of its future: one immediate and one not as remote as its advanced hybrid drivetrain might suggest.<p>The Allroad Shooting Brake Concept monopolised attention with its shocking blue paint, razor creases and its hybrid-electric drivetrain …

If you like the Lamborghini Aventador

It has thermonuclear road presence; the horizon seems to shrivel as it approaches. There’s nothing normal about how it looks, how it sounds or how it moves down the road. When teenagers sleep, this is the car in their dreams. Of course it’s Italian. Of course it’s the Lamborghini Aventador …

Quantum black hole study opens bridge to another universe

Physicists have long thought that the singularities associated with gravity (like the inside of a black hole) should vanish in a quantum theory of …

Black Holes

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: It’s thinking

In 1886, Karl Benz piloted his clattering, flatulent Patent-Motorwagen around Mannheim, Germany, amusing passersby and terrifying livestock. It was the beginning of the end for the horse-drawn carriage.<p>Fast-forward 127 years, and the company that bears his name has produced what is, for all intents …

BMW i3: The game-changing EV?

The EV market has just become a lot more interesting.<p>The design should indicate that the future starts now.<p>With a starting price under $43,000 in the US, a car exists – and not just any car, but a BMW – that contains technology heretofore found only in concepts and supercars.<p>The BMW i3 was unveiled …

Gallardo: The long goodbye

Corvette Stingray: The rocket scientist’s ride

The original American astronauts were celebrities who drove Corvettes. Today’s astronauts are just about as anonymous as accountants, and no one really notices what they drive.<p>Is the Corvette too smart for its own good? Hardly.<p>Time passes. Astronauts and their machines surrender some stardust. But …

We spied the 2014 BMW M3, again. We hear it'll have about 450-horsepower from a twin-scroll turbo six-cylinder engine. More -> http://bit.ly/1dqexy9

Nissan wants self-driving cars on the road by 2020

Are you ready to have your very own self-driving car? While the technology has been relegated to a few eye-popping tests from Google (s goog), Nissan …

Sony teases new laptop in online video

Sony has released a teaser video for a new laptop/tablet hybrid. It comes shortly before the annual IFA trade show, where many new products are announced, so it's safe to read into the timing of this video that it's related to a product debuting during IFA.<p>Unlike many teaser videos with quick-cut …

BitTorrent Sync Launches for iOS, Brings Unlimited File Backup and Encrypted File Transfers

Popular peer-to-peer service BitTorrent has launched BitTorrent Sync for iOS, an app that allows users to sync and backup an unlimited number of files across their devices as well as the ability to share files with other devices. The app allows for syncing of photos and videos with Camera Roll …

Rovio lets fly with new Angry Birds Go

Rovio is planning to launch a new title that could take aim at Mario Kart.<p>The company on Tuesday posted a video to YouTube teasing a new kart-racing game, called Angry Birds Go. The video didn't provide any in-game footage, but teased what gamers might expect from the title when it's eventually …

The antimatter factory: inside the project that could power fusion and annihilation lasers

Physicists have been chasing antimatter technology for more than 80 years now — driven by the promise of oppositely oriented particles that explode in a burst of energy whenever they make contact with their more common counterpart. If we could tame antimatter, those explosions could be used to …