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You won’t find the 300 MPG Volkswagen XL1 in an American showroom, in fact it has even been denied a tour of America because it is too efficient for the American public to be made widely aware of, and oil profits are too high in America with the status quo in place. No tour has been allowed for this car because the myth that 50 mpg is virtually impossible to obtain from even a stripped down econobox is too profitable to let go of, and when it comes to corporate oil profits, ignorance is bliss.
For instance, LoJack notes that more vehicles were stolen and recovered in California in 2013 than any other state. That might not come as a shock: California is the most populous state, so it stands to reason that it also has the most vehicles for thieves to steal (and thieves to do the stealing). However, LoJack’s numbers are in keeping with NICB data, confirming that California remains a serious trouble spot for car owners and insurers.
Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself.
The W Motors Lykan Hypersport is a very perplexing supercar. Priced at an eye-popping $3.4 million, it looks like a Lamborghini turned up to 11. However, for a car that costs more than a McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari combined, it doesn’t scream about its performance once the engine is started.
As standard the Mercedes-Benz Zetros is designed to cope with a maximum fording depth of 800 millimeters which can be increased to a maximum of 1200 millimeters as an option. As a consequence the brake system, axles, manual transmission and transfer case, and the steering have been specially designed to cope with this possibility. The front and rear lights are also sealed against water ingress and the flywheel housing and the generator have been enclosed. Venting of the generator is achieved by means of snorkel and the cooling air piping system has a siphon above the water line.
This is the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO. It has turbo lag in spades and ergonomics suited to a short-statured chimpanzee. It sounds odd, like a household appliance with a cold. It’s stupidly expensive. And, as Road & Track executive editor Sam Smith discovered, it’s goddamn fantastic. I’ll let Sam describe it: