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Flat out in the Ferrari F12tdf

Following an afternoon spent fanging this new 770bhp Ferrari around the Italian countryside, you’d be forgiven for needing a quiet word with yourself, followed by a lie-down in a shuttered room. The F12tdf, it seems, asks as many questions as it supplies answers. A contemplative moment isn’t on the agenda. Not today. But on our return to Fiorano, sweaty-palmed and eyes agog, we do get an impromptu five minutes to download Ferrari’s highest-profile employee: Sebastian Vettel. At the previous day’s Finali Mondiali end-of-season hoopla, his Scuderia teammate Kimi Räikkönen had explored the F12tdf’s limits by doing donuts on Mugello’s main straight. You’ve got to love the guy. Vettel is fresh from a few, rather more considered laps of Fiorano in the...

How would you spend the $1.6bn Powerball win on cars?

How would you spend the $1.6bn Powerball win on cars?

A world record $1.6 BILLION was up for grabs in the US PowerBall Lottery this week, and apparently there are three tickets that have matched the winning numbers. People were so attracted to the...

Desert storm: Dubai in an Aventador SV Roadster

Desert storm: Dubai in an Aventador SV Roadster

There’s some sort of evil lurking in those exhausts. And I’m not just talking about the torturous scream when you wind the engine up past 6,000rpm, or the bloated resonance at lower revs that...

≡  Auto Repair » How to Free a Frozen Parking Brake

How to Free a Frozen Parking Brake

A frozen parking brake (also called a hand brake or emergency brake) is going to cause a delay, but it can be “thawed” easily. Unlike the “regular” (hydraulic) brake system on most vehicles, the parking brake is a purely mechanical system. It is operated by springs and cables inside a...

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Ten things we learned this week: 5 February 2016 edition

Ten things we learned this week: 5 February 2016 edition

Dogs drive Subarus Hooray! We have rather a soft spot for car-loving canines, as Ten Things die-hards ought to know. So we’re delighted to report 2016’s first example. The spoilsports among you...

These are the fastest accelerating saloons on sale

These are the fastest accelerating saloons on sale

By now, you’ll have read our test of the BMW M5 and Lexus GS F. And if you haven’t, you should do so immediately. Quick as they both are – very, if you were wondering – neither is quick enough to rank among the most accelerative...

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These 2 minivans hunt muscle cars: We drive them both

These 2 minivans hunt muscle cars: We drive them both

Toyota Sienna R-Tuned and S-Tuned concepts make short work of the Streets of Willow It’s easy to dislike minivans. They’re a little goofy and a little boring … plus your mom drove one. Your mom! But with a little wrenching (OK, a lot of wrenching), could the average kid shuttle be developed into something … fun?...

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder first drive: The $267,545 exotic ragtop comes of age

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder first drive: The $267,545 exotic ragtop comes of age

Everything we love about the Huracan, minus that pesky roof Since its introduction two years ago, the Lamborghini Huracan has surprised and impressed us with its balance of attitude and capability (and sales). The super-sports car is another extroverted, candy-colored wedge from Sant’Agata — we wouldn't expect anything...

2016 Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot: Review

2016 Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot: Review

What are they? 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Toyota Highlander are third-row, eight-passenger SUVs. Starting price: $30,145 (Honda Pilot), $29,990 (Toyota Highlander) Competitors: Ford Explorer, Hyundai Sante Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee Alternatives: Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder Would I buy either with my own money? For...

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