DeLorean DMC-12: Blast From the Past [XCAR]

The DeLorean DMC-12 is a legend. Its starring role in Back To The Future put it in front of millions all over the world and its development was, erm, newsworthy… XCAR got the keys to an unmolested 80’s DeLorean and hit the road.

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2014 Audi RS 7: Piloted Driving On the Race Track Cool

The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept car is a technology platform with which Audi is exploring the possibilities of piloted driving at its most dynamic. On Friday, October 17 and Sunday, October 19 – prior to the start of the last DTM race – the concept car will complete one lap on the Hockenheim ring without a driver. The large, five-door coupe is largely identical to the production model, but its electromechanical power steering, the brakes, the throttle valve and the eight-speed tiptronic that distributes the power to the mechanical quattro drive system are controlled automatically.

The Audi engineers intensively investigated piloted driving at the handling limits, putting the technology platform through several thousand test kilometers on a variety of routes.

To demonstrate its capabilities, the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept car will drive a clean racing line at the Hockenheimring – with full throttle on the straights, full braking before the corners, precise turn-in and perfectly metered acceleration when exiting the corners. Forces of over 1.3 g occur during braking, and lateral acceleration in the corners can reach 1.1 g. Tests on the track in Hockenheim suggested an expected top speed of 240 km/h (149.1 mph) and a lap time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

The race track is also the most demanding test bed for production when it comes to piloted driving. The future systems must also work extremely precisely and with zero errors in critical situations. They therefore must be capable of properly assessing the current situation even at the physical limit. This test bed provides the Audi engineers with a variety of insights for production development, such as for the development of automatic avoidance functions in critical driving situations.

What Cars Would You Buy For $25,000? [After/Drive]

It’s a bar game we play. Come up with a number. That’s how much you can spend on all the cars you’ll ever need, using eBay. These are /Drive’s picks. What are yours?

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The Secrets Of Car And Driver’s Lightning Lap Revealed [DRIVEN]

Go behind the scenes with Car and Driver magazine editors as they pummel Virginia International Raceway for three days with 25 of the world’s best sports cars.

Their object is to set benchmark lap times that compare a cars’ performance against other cars in its price range. They publish the results once a year in the Lightning Lap issue.

Exciting? Yes. Easy? Hardly. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how they do it.

KTM 450 EXT v Datsun 240Z Rally Car [evo Car v Bike]

On this episode Car v Bike battle mixes up the formula, with the off-road KTM 450 EXC going up against a long-distance rally prepared Datsun 240Z. Who will come out on top?

How to Turn a Fiero Into a Track Car [The Smoking Tire]

The Pontiac Fiero may be the butt of many automotive jokes, but believe it or not, the original designers had high hopes for America’s first mass-produced, mid-engined sports car. Unfortunately, the accountants won, and, well, we know how it went.

But what if it hadn’t? Could ingenuity and know-how turn the maligned Fiero into a proper sports car? We hit up a Speed District Track day to find out.

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost: SVO Reborn? [Ignition Episode 117]

On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago drives the first turbo, four-cylinder Mustang in three decades: the EcoBoost.

Featuring 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, this Mustang should easily outpace the V-6 and, with half the cylinders, it also boasts less weight over the front end than the GT. Add in a performance package and – finally – independent rear suspension, and this Mustang should prove a lot of fun.

Through Motor Trend’s instrumented testing, a visit to Universal Technical Institute’s dyno, a drive on the road, and a Hot Lap, we’ll find out if the EcoBoost has what it takes.

Stay tuned for more on the GT.

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