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Anki Drive’s AI-powered racing game arrives on Android

As it promised last month, Anki is making its artificial intelligence-powered racing game available on Android. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 2, 4, or 10.1 (2014 edition) can download the app and use it to control the game’s race cars for the first time. The game will also work on the Nexus 5, and Anki says they will support more devices over time.

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Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes-AMG Engines: Mercedes-AMG racing heritage at its best, rooted in handcrafted engine construction

Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes-AMG Engines


Mercedes-AMG invited Cool Hunting to Affalterbach, Germany, to see firsthand how their AMG engines are assembled. Expecting a loud warehouse full of bustling technicians, we were surprised by the incredibly tidy space filled with meticulous…

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Anki Drive drops price of its racing game and announces Android app

Anki Drive, the robot racing game that launched just under a year ago, is dropping its prices ahead of the holidays. The starter kit, which includes a race track and two toy cars enhanced by artificial intelligence, is now $ 149 , down from $ 199. Expansion cars continue to cost $ 69.99, and the company is selling a new one for the holidays: Spektrix, a “trickster” car whose weapon scrambles the traffic in front of it.

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All-electric racing: Formula E’s thrilling debut

Plenty of expert passing, some extremely close calls, and one spectacular crash in the final turn. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the very first Formula E race is how much it looked like the new sport belongs in the world of auto racing. The evenly-matched electric cars put on a mostly dazzling show around a very tight course on the streets of Beijing, and Formula 1 test driver Lucas Di Grassi became the first ever winner in the series.

The new sport is as much about innovation as it is about racing

The brand new series is, aside from being electric, designed very similarly to F1, from the look of the cars to being run by the same governing body (the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, or FIA). But the twenty skilled…

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Speed Sisters: The Middle East’s All-Female Motor Racing Team: Amber Fares’ upcoming documentary follows five talented women unafraid to take risks on and off the driving course

Speed Sisters: The Middle East's All-Female Motor Racing Team


The Speed Sisters (aka Betty, Marah, Mona, Rhana and Noor) are the subject of a documentary by Amber Fares. The film—which is still in production—follows the lives of the Middle East’s first all-female motor racing team,…

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82-year-old racing legend pushes electric dragster to 184mph

Don “Big Daddy” Garlits rode into a new electric vehicle quarter-mile drag racing record last week after nailing 184.01mph on the track. The 82-year-old drag racing legend made the 7.258 seconds run at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. He was driving the Swamp Rat-37, a battery-electric dragster designed to exceed 200mph on a quarter-mile drag strip. Wired reports that the vehicle, which carries six 7.5-inch series-wound DC motors, uses lithium-polymer battery packs. Its total output is reportedly 1,500 kilowatts, or more than 2,000 horsepower.

“We didn’t get the 200 but we set a new record. Our 200 is coming up next!” Garlits remarked in a statement.

There is some uncertainty about whether Garlits’ achievement is officially…

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Autodromo Prototipo Chronographs: Two new watches that recall the golden days of sports car racing

Autodromo Prototipo Chronographs


Bradley Price, founder of Officine Autodromo, not only recognizes the romanticism and beauty of early automobile racing, he also captures it in his design work—across gloves, sunglasses and watches. His two latest releases in the Continue Reading…


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Cunningham: The Passion, The Cars, The Legacy: An expansive book outlining the career and contribution of the humble and passionate racing pioneer

Cunningham: The Passion, The Cars, The Legacy


Briggs Cunningham is the most important American racer and sportsman you have never heard of. Not only is he responsible for racing stripes on cars, but he also owned the first Ferrari (166SC) ever raced and…

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Leonardo DiCaprio sets up electric car racing team to promote EVs

Venturi Grand Prix, a joint venture between Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles and famed US actor Leonardo DiCaprio, is the tenth and final team to announce its participation in the inaugural season of Formula E racing. Organized by the FIA, the same group responsible for Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship, the all-electric competition is designed to attract fans of more environmentally friendly vehicles to the thrills and spills of high-speed competition. DiCaprio underlines the importance of “fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” which he considers to be “key to our planet’s future.”

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Weekend of a Champion: Formula 1 racing in the ’70s told through an enduring love story

Weekend of a Champion


by Katharine Erwin So often artists hold on to material and work, squirreling it away from the public due to timing or budget or perfectionism—half-painted masterpieces rolled up and forgotten, or handwritten novels tucked in a bottom drawer. Fortunately, Roman Polanski’s masterpiece “Weekend…

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