Top Gear, Dario Franchitti and an F40

Large image_9You'd like Dario Franchitti. You'd like his open, direct manner, the way he wears his success so lightly, and how proud he is of his CAMRADD award. And you'd definitely like his road cars and what he does with them.

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Analogue vs digital?

Large image_15What's better: analogue or digital? Naturally aspirated V8 or twin-turbo tech? Manual transmission or paddle-shift DSG?

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Watch the electric Nismo Leaf RC on track

Large image_13Behold: the first electric vehicle that isn't wholly dull (with the possible exception of the boys' homemade effort). It's the Nismo Leaf. And we want one.

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What a 1978 Renault 4 truly needs: 225bhp

Large image_18The picture above is a Renault 4 body that’s been grafted onto a 225bhp Clio V6 chassis. With nitrous. Which is ridiculous. But the kind of engineering idiocy that we can only endorse.

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Watch the BMW 1M Coupe drifting

Large image_16This is the baby of the BMW M car range. But that doesn't really explain it, so let’s instead say it is the successor to the original E30 Em-Three; a car carrying near-royal pedigree.

 

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Watch a biker jump off a mountain

7Time was, a young chap would entertain himself by playing a game of chequers. Maybe indulge in a spot of hedge-trimming. Or woodwork. Not riding a dirt-bike off a cliff and parachuting down to the bottom.

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232bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI revealed

3Accepted wisdom tells us coral is the gift for a 35th anniversary. Volkswagen, however, has chosen power.

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Aventador SV: would be amazing

6Let's be abundantly, lawsuit-avoidingly clear: this is not the official Aventador Super Veloce. These pictures are not the work of Lamborghini.

 

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Lexus LF-Ch hybrid hits New York

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The New York show's main concept-car debut was this Lexus, called LF-Ch. It's effectively a preview of the next GS, due at the turn of the year.As it sat there on its podium, all mercury-shade paint and 20in wheels, it defied us not to think back a couple of days to the Shanghai show and the BMW M5 Concept. Especially when standing behind it, we completely failed not to think of the BMW M5 Concept.But it's actually supposed a hybrid, carrying the next generation of Lexus's petrol-electric system, presumably with a V6 under the hood.

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1,000bhp Escalade whups GT-R

1,000bhp Escalade whups GT-R

Versus games keep men alive and happy. The adversarial nature of pitting two unlikely warriors against one another has fascinated the world's most unproductive minds. And now we have two new entrants to vacillate over: step forward Cadillac Escalade and Nissan GT-R.

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