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Geneva Motor Show 2014: McLaren 650S
McLaren's new supercar has borrowed some tricks from the 12C and the P1. Should Ferrari be worried?
Geneva Motor Show 2014: Porsche 919 Hybrid
For too long, Audi has dominated Le Mans. Peugeot gave up trying to beat the German giants, Toyota has tried and thus far failed. Porsche's been away from Le Mans for a while, but if there's any company that knows how to kick ass at la Sarthe, it's Porsche.
History of the Audi TT: The past, the present and the future
Audi launched the first generation TT in the late '90s, now we're on the third generation. Take a look not only at the new one, but where it's come from.
Vauxhall Insignia VXR Supersport: Unexpected power
Vauxhall wants to be seen as more than an "everyman" brand. It wants to be up there with the German big three, but can it make it? The Insignia VXR Supersport seems to be a step in the right direction.
Oily Bits: The Intake System
To allow an engine to function properly, and for it to be controlled, it needs an intake system. Intake systems for petrol engines, which should be designed to deliver a balanced flow of air to each cylinder in the engine, consist of several parts: the intake manifold, a fuel delivery system, a throttle assembly and an air filter.
What if Red Bull's season didn't improve?
Predicting the future is a difficult game, but please allow me on this occasion not to predict what I think will happen, but to simply imagine what could happen.
Sporting Trials and the Story of Lotus Cars
This is the little-known story of Lotus cars and the grassroots motorsport that inspired Colin Chapman to build super-lightweight race cars. Many folks may know a little bit about the original Lotus 7 from the 1950s, and their modern kit car incarnations, but what happened to the Lotuses numbered 1 through 6?
Alex on: Honesty
I spent some time in a Suzuki Swift Sport. It was good, honest fun.
Profile: Jacky Ickx
We look back at one of motorsport's greatest.
Making the BAC Mono: We talk with the men behind BAC
Building your own car is a big deal, so we spoke the men behind the loony BAC Mono to see why they took the chance of a lifetime.
Our car - Leon to the Limit 2: Limit Harder
My distinct lack of sequel-naming talent aside, it seemed as though, against our will (untrue) the Leon and I would have to team up one last time (improbable) to once again take on the Everest that is the Car Limits driver training course. But this time, it was personal. And Wet.
The Citroen C4 Cactus is more than just a pretty face
You may or may not have read about Citroen's C4 Cactus recently. You can make your own minds up on the styling; suffice to say it's an acquired taste, and is sure to spur lively debate as they start appearing on the roads.
Is the Audi RS Q3 a worthy RS?
Audi's RS Q3 is a silly, silly car. It's a small SUV with 306bhp and zero to 62 time that puts many others to shame. However, I wonder whether it's the best it can be.
Road tripping in a Mini JCW Hatch: Lisbon to London in 24 hours
Sometimes you really, really need to be over 1,000 miles away from where you are. Sometimes you have a Mini John Cooper Works and 24 hours to play with. Sometimes...things get strange.
If the VW Golf GTI isn't enough, you have issues.
The original Golf GTI was a popular car. It had everything -- speed, space, and looks, a winning combo if ever there was one. Now there's a new one and we hope it's just as good.
Tuning: In a nutshell, uprated suspension
Ask most people the best way to get from point A to point B quicker than the manufacturer could manage, and it's likely they'll tell you thatyou can't go wrong with a good-sized shove of extra power. But it's not always that simple. Big power in a chassis that can't handle it can actually slow you down.
Jaguar XJ Ultimate: For when an XJ isn't enough
When a car company calls a car "ultimate," it probably means the car is the best it can possibly be. We spent a day with the Jaguar XJ Ultimate to see whether it truly is the best of the best.
Car Guy goes on a date
A car guy in a romantic situation. This can only end well, right?
The Ford Fiesta ST: It's ok to believe the hype
The current generation Ford Fiesta is an ace little car, the ST version...? It's one of the best hot hatches out there.
A ride with Horacio Pagani in his Zonda S 7.3
While I was interviewing Horacio Pagani he offered me a go in his very own Zonda. Who was I to say no to not only more face time with the man himself, but a go in the ride he chose to keep?
Classics Corner: Skoda Favorit
Gav takes a look back at the car that began Skoda's image transformation.
The Mini Cooper JCW GP II has some special heritage
Mini Coopers have become part of the landscape now, but the people who drive them may not know how significant the badge on the back of their car really is.
How one man built a racetrack
Richard Usher had a dream of building his own racetrack. So he did. We talk to him about how he did it and why.
Bloodhound SSC: Breaking the boundaries
Practical mechanics escapes many people. Others can happily maintain a bicycle, or build their own engine. But how many people can build a car capable of over 1,000mph? These people can.
Profile: Golf GTI
I've been driving Volkswagen's latest Golf GTI. It's a great car, but so different from the GTI that kicked off the sub-brand back in '75.
BMW M4: The closest look you'll get
The XCAR team was invited to have a snoop around the newest addition to the M-division's family, the M4.
The Audi S3 is subtle, yet devastatingly quick
The new Audi A3 is a brilliant car -- it's comfy, full of tech, and as safe as you'd like. So the faster S3 promises to be pretty sweet.
Morgan Three Wheeler: Proper motoring
Arguably, the Morgan Three Wheeler introduced motoring to the masses of the Great Britain in the early 20th century. It was small, easy to fix, and cheap, so people bought them in droves.
Alex on: Family Cars
In the first of a series, our very own Alex will be writing on what's bothering him. This time around -- family cars.
Our Car, Seat Leon: Turning me into an anorak since 2013
After putting nearly 8000 miles on our Leon, like us, over Christmas it was probably in need of a long break sitting in the garage with all its body kit off drinking oil and watching 'Bullitt.'
The Citroen DS3 Cabriolet mixes old with new
We all know the Citroen DS3 is a very good car, it was a runaway hit when it was launched, taking on BMW's sainted Mini and holding its own. The convertible version has hit showrooms, and it borrows more than just a name from Citroen's past.
The BMW i3 could be your first EV
When a company like BMW releases an electric car it's time to take note. When a company like BMW releases a really good electric car...it might be time to buy one.
Skoda Octavia vRS: One for those in the know
The Skoda Octavia is a great car -- it's spacious, good to drive and cheap. However, there is a way to improve it: power.
Oily Bits: The cylinder head and valve train
Our mechanic takes us through the cylinder head and valve train and continues his explanation of how engines really work.
Lotus Exige S Roadster: All other soft tops are sissy
Exige is a name given to the most potent cars Lotus produces, but does removing the roof dumb it down?
Top 10 most dangerous race tracks
Motorsport can be a dangerous pursuit. XCAR lists the tracks that have claimed the most souls over the past century.
Car Guy: Managing the 'meeja'
Our resident car guy was never told how to 'do' motoring events. Nothing scares him more than 'the meeeeja kiss.' Largely because he knows he'll muck it up in one way or another.
The XCAR review of 2013: November/December
In our final video review of 2013, we talk about the all-new Mini and our time at Pagani.
The XCAR review of 2013: October
In October, the team had a go in the Lotus Exige S Roadster, another in a frankly barmy Mercedes SL63 AMG, took time to remember a war hero, and had an afternoon with the Jaguar C-X75.
The XCAR review of 2013: September
A marginally quieter month for the XCAR team saw us drive the new Bentley Flying Spur and tackle the Frankfurt auto show in a Porsche 911.
The XCAR review of 2013: August
August was a hectic month for the XCAR team -- we played in the Peugeot 208 GTI, drove some awesome BMW Roadsters, discovered the history behind the Ford GT name, had a go in a lairy Lexus, steered the new Porsche Cayman S and had a drive in the all-new BMW 4 Series.
The XCAR review of 2013: July
A month dominated by German cars, we looked at the Audi RS 6 AND R8 V10 Plus, as well as the Mercedes-Benz SL 350 and G-Class. Also, a mental buggy made an appearance.
The XCAR review of 2013: June
June was a busy month for the team. We looked at Ford's secret Heritage Shed, drove the stunning Morgan Aero Coupe, took a look around the potential London F1 circuit and had a go in the new Range Rover Sport.
The XCAR review of 2013: May
May saw us take a look at the McLaren 12C and a classic Rolls-Royce. Two very British, very different, cars.
The XCAR review of 2013: April
April was a very busy month for the XCAR team, and saw us drive some pretty spectacular cars. Check out what we thought.
The XCAR review of 2013: March
March was a HUGE month for the XCAR team. We went all over Europe and drove a pretty cool little Audi. Join us as we talk about it.
The XCAR review of 2013: February
Join us as we talk about what we got up in February 2013. It may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn't mean we weren't busy filming
The XCAR review of 2013: January
It's been a big year for XCAR, so join us as we discuss the highlights. First up, funnily enough, is January.
XCAR Awards 2013: Car of the year
Deciding on our favourite car of 2013 was never going to be an easy task, but after some discussion we've settled on our ride of the year.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Sound
The noise that falls from the back of cars can evoke some pretty great feelings. Here's our choice of the best from 2013.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Drive, Alex
OK, I admit it: I'm the luckiest guy in the world. This year I've been treated to some pretty incredible cars and I have a story about each one. Here's the best of the best, and some of the most memorable drives I've had the pleasure of taking.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Looks
It's time to take a look at the most beautiful cars we've driven in 2013. There are some stunners in here.
XCAR Awards 2013: Person of the Year
We get to meet many really awesome people on our travels. From execs to passionate peeps, here's our shortlist for, and winner of, XCAR's Person of the Year.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Affordable Car
We drive all manner of fast, exciting sports and supercars at XCAR but there's always fun to be found for less than you might think.
The Mini Roadster would be perfect if hot hatches didn't exist
You can't go wrong with a Mini, really. They're fun, great to drive and good looking, but the Roadster has a problem -- it's not a hot hatch.
Is the Vauxhall Cascada enough to take down the Germans?
With the Cascada, Vauxhall wants to steal sales from the Audi A5 cabriolet. Yes. Yes it does.
XCAR Awards 2013: Bats#*t Crazy Car of the Year
Not many cars can be described as bats#*t crazy, but on our first ever XCAR shoot at Morgan the honorary title was bestowed on the 3-wheeler. Ever since we have felt a strong attraction to those cars with mad looks and a sociopathic personality. They are truly insane and we absolutely love them.
The Ford Focus ST does pretty much everything right
The Ford Focus is brilliant. There's no denying that fact at all. But there's a way to make it better -- throwing an ST badge on the bonnet and adding more power.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Shoot
There have been an awful lot of XCAR shoots involving an enormous range of cars shot in a myriad of locations, and this award was created to honour the best shoot we've ever had.
Gran Turismo 6: The XCAR review
More than 15 years after the first version of The Real Driving Simulator hit the PlayStation, the sixth iteration has landed. I spent a week in its company to find out whether it's still the king of the sims.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Drive, Drew
It's hard to pick a favourite out of all of the cars that we have been allowed to drive here at XCAR. There has been such a wide variety that even to judge them against each other seems crazy. Here, however, are the few I've shortlisted as my top drives so far.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Interior
If you are lucky enough to have the cash to spend on a high-end sports car, you will, in all likelihood, spend more time inside looking out than outside looking over it. Therefore, the interior can not be overlooked. Here are a few of the cars we feel give the driver the best view.
XCAR Awards 2013: Best Classic
We love classic cars here at XCAR, and we get the opportunity to drive some amazing specimens on our travels. We take a look back at our favourite specimens.
The Citroën DS5 will make your heart argue with your head
The Citroën DS line has made many see the French firm in a different light. The DS5 Hybrid4 offers both eco cred thanks to its diesel hybrid system, and stunning looks.
Horacio Pagani: Renaissance Man
In an exclusive interview, we talk to Horacio Pagani, founder of Pagani Automobili and the man who dreamed up the awesome Huayra and Zonda. We find out what it takes to build a supercar company from the ground up.
The closest look you'll have at the new Mini Cooper S
We spent some face time with the all-new Mini Cooper S. Some people think it's not all that; take a look for yourself...
Living with the Leon: Taking the Leon to the Limit
I've not kept my love for our Seat Leon secret, and neither has anyone else who's driven it. It's a real pleasure to chuck about, but lately I've been wondering what it's actually capable of when the rules of the road are relinquished for a damp runway. In Essex.
'Tis the season to get slippery
Every year the great winter tyre debate begins. Every year it snows. And every year I watch social media chatter incessantly about pros and cons. If you live somewhere snowy you need them, and here's why.
Porsche Cayman S: Don't order a Boxster just yet
I'll admit it, I was wrong about the Boxster. The Cayman is best car Porsche makes.
The Audi RS 4 does pretty much everything
The Audi RS 4 is fast, spacious and gloriously noisy. What's not to love?
The Mercedes G-Class: Luxury off-roading from the '70s
When most people think about luxury off-roaders built in the '70s, they think of the Range Rover. However, Mercedes has one of its own -- it's a bit of legend, and it's called the G-Class. Or G-Wagen to its mates.
We learn to drive Skoda's IRC rally car with a WRC star
A while back we were invited to learn to drive Skoda's Fabia rally car with Andreas Mikkelsen -- an Intercontinental Rally Championship champion, no less. Naturally, we said yes. Powersliding followed.
Pagani Huayra: Hands-on with Pagani's latest hypercar
Pagani may not have the heritage of Ferrari or Lamborghini, but the Huayra cements its reputation as one of the greats. We went to Italy and took Pagani's latest out to experience a true hypercar.
Oily Bits: Engine layouts and types
You've probably heard a particularly interesting or powerful-sounding car pass by. Regardless of manufacturer, one of the key factors that help generate that particular noise is the number of cylinders in the car's engine.
Downsizing, '80s style: A guide to the decade's silliest superminis
Alex Grant looks at the maddest hatches from the decade that brought us stonewash jeans and Wham.
We retrace Paddy Hopkirk's Monte Carlo win
We took a Mini to the Col de Turini to recreate Paddy Hopkirk's 1964 Monte Carlo rally victory.
The Jaguar C-X75 is too much for its time
The C-X75 is the Jaguar that should have become the firm's halo hypercar, but sadly, it was killed off before it could reach production. Thankfully, there are five prototypes still kicking about, and we had a 200 mph go in one.
Joysticks and Gear Shifts: Neo Drift Out
Max Prince chases down the good, bad, and bizarre from the golden age of coin-operated motoring arcade games. Today, he parties like it's 1996 with Neo Drift Out.
Profile: Lotus Carlton
Vauxhall's new VXR8 goes on sale in December, which had me thinking about Luton's previous big bruiser saloons -- and the king of them all, the Lotus Carlton.
The Range Rover Hybrid is like a Range Rover, but greener
The Range Rover has gone all eco and now comes in a tangy Hybrid flavour. But is mixing electricity and off-roading a good idea? Also, there's a slight cost issue.
The Morgan Aero Coupe is an experience you'll never forget
The vast majority of cars on sale today aren't all that exciting, when you think about. By and large, the drama has gone from our rides, though Morgan has created more than enough to go round with the Aero Coupe.
Radical RXC: Mad, lethal, and road legal
XCAR gets an exclusive first ride on public roads in Radical's self-titled "World's most extreme road-legal coupe."
The Volvo V40 is a return to form
Don't roll your eyes, the new Volvo V40 is a very important car. It marks the end of the C30 and V50, while also bringing Volvo back to a segment that it's not been in for many, many years: the land of the five-door hatch.
The Formula One London Grand Prix: Why it could, and should be done
We drive the mooted street circuit, taking in London's biggest sights.
Turn On, Tune In, Plug In: Electric Beetle Driven
The surroundings were familiar, but something else wasn't quite right.
Behind the lens: Shooting the Ford GT feature
What's it like to make an XCAR film? Let producer Nick Wilkinson take you through the process. This time he's looking at our incredible Ford GT feature.
Car Guy: Buying a Car
Occasionally, needs must, and a car guy has to buy a car. This can lead to much consternation.
The BMW M5 is subtly mad
Ah, the BMW M5. It's big, brash, powerful, and very good looking indeed.
K-Break: Tuning your car to be VIP
K-Break, in Japan, is a tuning house that's rather different to most. It's not all about power, but about looks.
Rolls-Royce: Showing the world you are wealthy and successful (or in our case, pretending for the day)
When you drop a small fortune on a car, you expect something special. What you get with a Rolls-Royce is much more than a form of transportation. It's a status symbol on wheels.
Can more power make the Lotus Elise better?
The Lotus Elise is praised for being lightweight, low-powered, and high fun. So what will turning the wick up to over 200bhp do to it?
Porsche 911 997 GT3: The last of a breed
The Porsche 911 GT3 is the last GT3 that'll ever have a manual gearbox. We decided that it was time to give the old girl a good send-off.
Cutting through the Bull: Infiniti
Dave Ross takes aim at Infiniti this month. The brand hasn't been a huge hit in the UK.
Our SEAT Leon: Update one
In the wake of our Hilux leaving, Nick wondered whether he'd warm to our new Leon long-term loaner.
Remembering Albert Ball: Fighter ace and petrolhead
Albert Ball was a World War 1 fighter pilot -- one of the best -- and he also loved his Morgan Three Wheeler. We take at look at his life in the latest Morgan Three Wheeler.
We took the super-rare Audi A1 Quattro for a spin. We loved it.
The idea of popping a silly-powerful engine into the most inappropriate of spaces has been floating around for ages; with the Audi A1 Quattro the idea has been taken to something of an extreme.
Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: Three little letters make all the difference
The last Merc SL I drove was neither sporty, nor light (guess what SL stands for, kids). The AMG version, though, well, that's pretty sporty.
The Vauxhall Astra VXR is like an Astra, but mad
Vauxhall's VXR department has been at it again, this time making the Astra foam at the mouth. It's bright, it's fast and it's fun. What more do you need?
The Audi RS 6 is an example of beautiful excess
Audi RS cars are powerhouses. They're brutish, powerful, comfortable, and excessive to the fore, so why should the latest RS 6 break tradition?
Profiles: Turbo: Just the boost F1 needs
This month, Andrew Noakes looks at F1's turbocharged past.