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Gunning for a Nürburgring record

This is a car with a plan. It's called the IM01, and it's being developed by students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences for the InMotion motorsport firm.<p>The plan? First, to smash the Nürburgring Nordschleife record of 6 minutes, 11 seconds (set …

Le Mans

Meet the sport-utility vessel

For decades, inventing a commercially viable amphibious car has remained a quixotic pursuit, right up there with robot maids and personal jet packs. Well, it may at last be time to strike one challenge from the list. The Panther, built by Fountain Valley, California-based WaterCar, is ready for its …

Inventions

The $200 Batmobile: Some assembly required

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the debut of one of its biggest names, DC Comics declared 23 July to be “Batman Day” – and a certain Danish brickmaker was at the ready.<p>Meet Lego’s latest, and most menacing, take on the Tumbler, the Caped Crusader’s ride from director Christopher Nolan’s Dark …

Comic Books

Aston Martin revives Lagonda name for ‘super saloon’

Aston Martin has announced it will revive the ‘Lagonda' badge for a limited run of an exclusive new super saloon.<p>The as-yet unnamed Aston Martin Lagonda four-door supercar will hit production early next year, and promises to be "the fastest of fast cars", though at present, it's only being offered …

Automotive Design

Top Mog: the improbable triumph of the Morgan 3 Wheeler

What explains the resurgence of a car as quirky as the Morgan 3 Wheeler?<p>Out of production for decades, it returned wholly remade in 2011 and became the fastest-selling model in the Morgan Motor Company’s 105-year history.<p>For 2014, the 3 Wheeler is known to stand 39.3 inches tall and stretch 126 …

Santa Monica

The eleMMent Palazzo, a $3m land yacht

Announcing the world’s most expensive anything is a surefire way to attract attention, but when the thing is a $3m motor home, questions arise beyond the obvious “Why?” After all, designers create all manner of prototypes, and mythical potentates from Dubai are always rumoured to be buying them.<p>Yet …

Trucking