BMW’s museum round the corner from its headquarters in Munich is a treasure trove of rarities, racers, design icons and concepts. We’ve had a wander round, camera in hand, to snap a few highlights. First exhibit in the museum is a load of balls. These wire-suspended orbs constantly rearrange themselves into abstract patterns, occasionally taking the shape of an aerofoil ...
- Car Culture
- 01 January 2015
17 December 2014 10:46
Since I last played with a Scalextric set (not quite as long ago as I’d like to admit), it seems things have moved on a bit. In a dystopian present where most kids would rather play with their smartphone than with slot cars, Scalextric has clearly decided that if it can’t beat them, it had better join them. In one giant ...
12 December 2014 11:34
Mercedes is the latest car maker to shake up its naming policy. You can read a fuller explanation of Merc’s rebadging here, but in a nutshell they’re trying to cluster car names together, with badges showing from which branch of the family tree they’ve sprouted. So the GLS is the new name for the artist formerly known as Mercedes GL. ...
11 December 2014 14:23
It's ironic that last night's launch of the 'pop-up' store celebrating 'The Sound of Porsche' in London's Westfield shopping centre nearly got drowned out by the sound of 600 demonstrators. They were protesting against the death of Eric Garner in New York, and not Porsche's decision to switch to quieter turbocharged engines with the next update of the 911, but ...
brightcove.createExperiences(); A few weeks before joining CAR magazine, James Taylor was lucky enough to somehow win the want2race competition, a brilliant initiative aimed at giving novice drivers a route into serious motorsport. First prize was a seat in a proper Ginetta G40 racing car in the final three races of the one-make Ginetta GT5 Challenge, supporting the British GT and F3 ...
- 08 December 2014
02 December 2014 12:52
F1 is dominated by Bernie Ecclestone, the incredibly wealthy and influential Brit who keeps most protagonists on a remarkably short leash. The 84-year-old Napoleon of motor racing is a thorn in the side of the 77-year-old Ferdinand Piech, the VW scion who is not a great fan of sharing power and profits either. According to those in the know, Piech ...
Our executive editor drove the electric Tesla Model S last week. He walked away slightly in awe, arguing it’s a game changer. Read on to find out why Tim Pollard thinks the Model S sports limo could change everything. 1) The Tesla Model S is Car By Tech Company Elon Musk’s Silicon Valley motoring start-up has leapfrogged current tech. Most start-ups ...
- Stuff Weve Done
- 20 October 2014
brightcove.createExperiences(); Watch Gavin Green talking about the new 2015 Jaguar XE in our short film above. Our chief contributor talks us around the important new 3-series rival, one of the most highly anticipated new cars of 2015. Can it dislodge the class favourites, the BMW Three and Mercedes C-class? Our seasoned motor show critic has strong views, as you might ...
- 17 October 2014
25 August 2014 07:20
Two years in: has the E46 BMW M3 lived up to its reputation? Two years ago CAR reader Andy Downes bought an immaculate BMW E46 M3 after months of searching and years of saving for the right example. So what has he learnt in the past 24 months? Two years into the ownership of a car I had dreamed of ...
13 June 2014 11:00
Ahead of this weekend's 82nd running of the world-famous endurance race, here's CAR's countdown of the 24 most iconic men, motors and moments that have defined the 24 Heures du Mans.1923: The first Le MansThe inaugural race on 26-27 May 1923 featured 33 cars and was won by a Chenard et Walcker, covering 1380 miles at an average speed of ...