Car

  • Koenigsegg set the current Guinness World Record time for a 0-300-0 km/h (0-186-0 mph) run in 2011 with an Agera R and a time of 21.19 seconds. The company's One:1 supercar has now bettered that in a practice run for a new record attempt, by an impressive 3.24 seconds.
  • Late last year, Mini announced that there was to be a new John Cooper Works (JCW) model of its iconic car. That meant taking the Mini's typical bubblegum style, churning it through the JCW performance-machine and creating something altogether less wholesome. Gizmag took it for a spin.
  • Just last year, Volkswagen released a refreshed version of its Scirocco. Now, the German carmaker has unveiled a new Scirocco GTS at Auto Shanghai. As you'd expect, both the design and performance pack a punch.
  • Jaguar debuted its 2016 XF at the 2015 New York International Auto Show this week, with the premium automaker using the second generation of the four-door luxury sedan to showcase the marque's emphasis on the use of aluminum.
  • To mark Drowsy Driving Awareness Day on April 6, Nissan is presenting its Driver Attention Alert system as part of the safety package for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, which is debuting at the New York International Auto Show.
  • British-based auto-firm Delphi has completed a journey from San Francisco to New York with its self-driving car. The trip, announced in March, covered nearly 3,400 miles (5,500 km) and took nine days. Delphi says it is the first US coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.
  • When the Bloodhound SSC team makes its attempt to break the land speed record, the car will be traveling at 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h), but the wheels will be spinning a lot faster. To protect both the car and the driver, some high-tech answers were needed.
  • We may all be excited about Google's autonomous car hitting the roads of California this year, but that's small-fry to British-based auto-firm Delphi. Its autonomous car is set to travel 3,500 miles (5,600 km) across the US. It will set off near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on March 22.
  • Google has been developing autonomous car technology since 2010. Now, it has unveiled the first complete prototype of its self-driving car. The company expects the vehicle to be hitting the streets of California some time in 2015.
  • The Chinese calendar may see 2014 as the Year of the Horse, but Rolls-Royce sees it as the Year of the Bespoke Car. To celebrate, the car maker presented its Suhail Collection; its first bespoke collection to cover all current Rolls-Royce models.
  • The problem with spending a day driving £300,000+ worth of cars is that driving home in your own worn out old banger makes a measured article tricky to write. Such is my issue having spent last Friday with three of Mercedes' top-end AMGs. So apologies in advance for any gushing.
  • The Fraunhofer Institute's Afkar project is creating an autonomous driving system for electric cars that can find and park in empty parking spaces, move itself in and out of charging stations, or otherwise travel short distances to a given target without any human oversight.