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Two Generations of Trefethen Family Auto Racers
Lorenzo Trefethen, third-generation vintner and vice president of Trefethen Family Vineyards, took first place at the prestigious Pirelli World Challenge Porsche GT Club Class, with his No. 13 Trefethen Vineyards Porsche 911 GT Cup race car. He follows in the footsteps of his father, John Trefethen who races in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Platinum Masters class.
Autonomous Cars and Privacy Concerns
There are many hurdles for companies such as Delphi and Google to overcome before releasing their self-driving cars to the public. Concerns have been raised about safety after reports that four different autonomous vehicles were involved in separate collisions. But another concern, which privacy advocate watchdogs warn is even more alarming to consumers, is the unrestricted access to private data.
Audi Successfully Creates Synthetic Oil
In a major clean-fuels milestone, an Audi pilot plant in Dresden has begun producing synthetic oil out of carbon dioxide, water and electricity. The process involves electrolysis
of water at high temperatures to produce hydrogen and oxygen, then reacting the hydrogen with carbon dioxide at extreme temperatures and pressures to form long-chain hydrocarbons, a product which Audi calls "blue crude." This can then be refined to produce a diesel that burns cleaner and more efficiently than fossil-fuel diesel.
Watch the movie stuntman Jim Downhall tackle an epic London water crossing in the new, lightweight Jaguar XF sedan.
Toyota Releases Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents
Toyota has released about 5,680 patents related to hydrogen fuel cell technology. In a bold move showing the automaker's commitment to making hydrogen a mainstream fuel, it has made much of its development work available to other transport and energy providers free of charge. The fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai will be available to the public in California starting late 2015.
Cars of Tomorrow Converge in Los Angeles
From November 21- 30 2014, Automakers from around the world showcase their newest and most exciting models, technologies and concepts at the LA Auto Show in downton Los Angeles. Highlights of the show include the Corvette Z06, the all-new Mercedes AMG GT R, and the fuel-cell-powered Toyota Mirai.
BMW and Toyota Partner to Develop New, Hybrid Sports Car
More details have emerged about the new sports car platform BMW and Toyota are jointly developing. Said to be hitting the market within three years, Toyota's version of the new car will likely wear a Supra badge, while the BMW version will slot in as the replacement for the Z4 roadster.
Volvo Introduces New Drive-E Powertrains
The product of several years' and billions of dollars' worth of research and development, Volvo's new line of Drive-E powertrains utilizes forward-thinking technology to provide improved performance and fuel economy.
Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Unveil
The all-new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe was recently unveiled at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. Check out GAYOT's blog to watch a video of the dramatic ceremony and learn more about this powerful sports coupe. Or, you can catch the F-TYPE Coupe in person at the LA Auto Show.
BMW i3 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Set for Production
After previously experimenting with electric power for the ActiveE Concept, BMW is finally ready to enter the EV segment with the all-new i3, a lithium-ion battery-powered hatchback set for commercial release in the second quarter of 2014.
Apple and Volkswagen Launch New iBeetle
The Silicon Valley giant is now infiltrating the auto market with the iBeetle, which not only offers Apple-inspired design features and color schemes, but also advanced integration for the iPhone and other Macintosh products.