Ego Introduces $20,000 Bentley Notebook Computer; Still Uses Vista

Ego, Dutch maker of "luxury notebooks," displayed their $20,000 Bentley laptop at the British Motor Show this week. The computer features color schemes taken directly from Bentley automobiles, and each unit is hand-built and wrapped in custom-stitched leather. Actual computing is handled by a 64-bit processor… » 7/23/08 1:40pm 7/23/08 1:40pm

IFR Aspid Rears Ugly Head, 2.8-Second 0-To-62 Time, At British Motor…

The IFR Aspid is capable of some seriously staggering acceleration, jumping from 0 to 62 MPH in just 2.8 seconds. That's what a 400 HP supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four bolted in a car with a curb weight of just 1543 lbs will do. Though, if you don't need that much speed, you can get the engine sans supercharger,… » 7/23/08 11:20am 7/23/08 11:20am

700HP Lightning GT Electric Sports Car Goes 200 Miles On 10 Minute…

With an electric motor at each wheel, the UK-built Lightning GT, unveiled yesterday at the British Motor Show, is said to produce a total of 700 HP. According to the company, the Lightning's nanotechnology battery pack will provide a 200-mile range on a ten-minute charge. Those are mighty big numbers to be throwing… » 7/23/08 10:59am 7/23/08 10:59am

The Lotus Evora Weighs A Ton...And A Half

When the Lotus Evora debuted yesterday, we were surprised nobody made mention of the weight — it didn't show up during the live press conference, in any of the specs on the web, or in the initial press release. The real press release on the Evora has finally emerged and, drum roll, the figure is 1,350 kg, or 2,976… » 7/23/08 8:30am 7/23/08 8:30am

Subaru Shows Trio Of Tuned WRX Imprezas At British Motor Show

Subaru has unveiled a threesome of high-performance WRX Imprezas at the British International Motor Show today, one of which could even be considered a 911-killer. First of the three was a lightly massaged Subaru WRX-S, with power bumped from 230 HP up to a very respectable 251 HP. But that's a mere pittance compared… » 7/22/08 6:20pm 7/22/08 6:20pm

Renault Megane R26.R Returns 27 MPG, Sets FWD 'Ring Record

What you're looking at isn't just the ugliest front-wheel-drive car ever, it's the ugliest and the fastest FWD car ever. Renault wants to make sure its customers know this, so they etched the R26.R's 8m 17s Nurburgring lap record for production FWD cars into the rear windows. Find out what makes the .R so special… » 7/22/08 4:20pm 7/22/08 4:20pm

NICE MyCar, A Study On How To Shrink A Suzuki X90

Meet the NICE MyCar, an all-electric runabout styled by the house of Giugiaro and expected to be on sale in the UK this fall. Debuting alongside the NICE Ze-O today at the British Motor Show, the MyCar is built around a tubular space-frame draped with a fiberglass body, all powered with electrons flowing through an… » 7/22/08 1:20pm 7/22/08 1:20pm

Ford Lifts Hemp Curtain On Fiesta ECOnetic

Billed as the most frugal Ford ever, the 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic is a special version of Ford's small Euro hatch. Powered by a 90 HP 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine calibrated for efficiency, the ECOnetic is able to return about 64 MPG (3.7L/100km). Perhaps even more impressive is the segment-leading 98g/km of carbon… » 7/22/08 12:00pm 7/22/08 12:00pm

Honda Unveils Low-Emission OSM Roadster, Possible New Design Direction

Staying true to the sketches, Honda has pulled the sheet off their lightweight roadster concept at the British Motor Show. The focus of this "study model" isn't on the drivetrain, like the Honda CR-Z, but rather on the lightweight roadster design — so much so that they don't mention a power source at all. Given the… » 7/22/08 10:20am 7/22/08 10:20am

Lotus Evora Debuts At British Motor Show

Sure, we already knew what the new 2+2 from Lotus looked like — but we didn't know the name — until now. It's called the Lotus Evora. Yes, with the stroke of the "E" key, Lotus has added yet another E-word to the lexicon of Lotus history. The Evora is equipped with a 276 HP Toyota V6 making 252 lb-ft of torque and a… » 7/22/08 8:01am 7/22/08 8:01am

The 2010 Lotus "Eagle" Has Landed With New Pictures, Analysis

The British motoring rags are clamoring to reveal "exclusive" details of the 2010 Lotus Eagle. Yesterday, CAR brought us the first shot of the exterior of the new Lotus 2+2. Today, Autocar brings us the first interior shots and details of the powertrain. Even Lotus has gotten in on the act, issuing a press release… » 7/16/08 11:00am 7/16/08 11:00am

Jaguar To Celebrate 60 Years Of Sports Cars With XK60, Six Weeks Of…

What better way to mark the 60th anniversary of the first XK car, the XK120, than by unveiling a performance version of the XK at the British Motor Show? We're not sure. Nor are we sure that the XK60 special edition above is actually a better performer than, say, the 2008 Jaguar XKR we reviewed, or the upcoming 2009… » 7/15/08 10:00am 7/15/08 10:00am

Lotus Eco Elise: Less Weight Equals Greater Fuel Economy, Green…

Who does Lotus think they're fooling? The huge, evil corporation is now claiming that by trimming 70 lb. from the 1895 lb. Lotus Elise S, they've made it more fuel-efficient. Oh yeah? Those of us in the Birkenstock-wearing, wood-burning-stove-using intellectual elite — we know better. Where's the trunk full of… » 7/10/08 11:20am 7/10/08 11:20am

Honda OSM Convertible Low-Emission Sports Car To Bow At British Motor…

Honda plans to go both green and topless at the British Motor Show with what they're unromantically dubbing the Honda OSM (Open Study Model), a lightweight, sporty "study model" of a low-emissions cabriolet. Does this mean it'll carry the same hybrid powertrain as the CR-Z concept? Is this just a diesel? They haven't… » 7/09/08 10:15am 7/09/08 10:15am

2009 Ford Focus RS Details Officially Official, Green Machine Lives

Turns out the Electric Green Ford Focus RS we saw last week is more than just a show car. Ford has admitted the little green hulk is essentially the finished vehicle, minus some fine tuning. Now, depending on which side of the fencepost you sit on, an inline-five with 275 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque mated to a… » 7/07/08 9:40am 7/07/08 9:40am

FacelessPeople Ad Campaign Probably Attached To 2010 Lotus Eagle Debut,…

Ferrari played their cards extremely well with the 2009 Ferrari California debut — it was stylish, it was measured, and it had the motoring press lapping out of the palms of their hands (a perfect example is today's spy photo of a topless California; see how Wert just laps it up? ). Lotus seems to be copying that… » 7/03/08 8:20am 7/03/08 8:20am