No Smoke No Poke

Africa to England on one tank of Diesel in a two-tonne Mercedes E Class, Can it be done?

2nd July 2014 | BY Adam

Mercedes e300 BlueTEC

On the eve of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the folks at Autocar teamed up with Mercedes to take on an MPG marathon of epic proportions. The challenge was to drive the new E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid from Tangier in Morocco all the way to Goodwood in England, a 2,200km (1,400 miles) journey…all on a single tank of fuel.

Hit the jump for the road trip video and more info on the BlueTEC Benz…
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Guy stops wild police chase by ramming the fleeing crim with his lifted truck. Guess who came off worse?

30th June 2014 | BY Adam

Series of crazy events unfolded in Syracuse, Utah when a 14 year old boy stole his Grandfather’s car and took off on a joy ride around the neighborhood.

Luckily, father and lifted truck owner Bryson Rowley caught wind of the police chase and saw the danger the local kids were being put in and took matters in to his own hands.
As the Hyundai Veloster came screaming round the corner, Rowley was there waiting and ploughed his Dodge Ram head first in to the car (whilst rolling some coal!), bringing the chase to a swift stop.

Hit the jump for the crazy video and shots of the damage to both vehicles…place your bets as to which one came off worse!
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Invisibility cloak will be an option on the new Land Rover Discovery Vision

22nd April 2014 | BY Adam

Land Rover have unveiled the new ‘Discovery Vision’ concept and it’s fair to say some of the optional extras are pretty bat-shit-crazy-but-awesome. Most incredibly, it’ll feature a ‘transparent bonnet’ which allows the driver to see exactly what they’re driving over (and perhaps if their oil or air filter needs changing).

Hit the jump to see it in action…

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Audi R18 e-tron Quattro launch [Live Stream]

25th March 2014 | BY Adam


At 12.15pm (GMT) today, Audi will unveil the 2014 e-tron Quattro Le Mans racer with a special parade drive through the streets of Le Mans.

Watch the live stream of the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro launch at Le Mans after the jump…
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Audi to present new R18 e-tron Quattro at Le Mans

24th March 2014 | BY Adam

Audi will launch the latest incarnation of their Le Mans racer tomorrow, the new R18 e-tron Quattro. At 1:15pm. The German manufacturer will unveil the diesel hybrid sportscar before the assembled public on the Place des Jacobins and presents it in its final color scheme and design.

Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen will then drive the R18 e-tron quattro, accompanied by a police escort, from the town centre of Le Mans to the Welcome Center at the race track.

Hit the jump to find out how to watch the launch, live on NSNP…
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Milltek KPM Racing Golf TDI takes the win at Dunlop 12H in Mugello

19th March 2014 | BY Adam

Milltek Sport’s Golf TDI took the win this weekend at Mugello, in the Dunlop 12H Italy race. Dominating from the lights going out all the way to the chequered flag, the diesel race car finished an impressive 12 laps ahead of it’s rivals in the D1 category. Running with KPM Racing, the Golf collected its second successive piece of D1 class silverware in only its second outing into the international 2014 ’24H Series’.

Hit the jump for the race report and pictures…
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Bavarian Baller - The Lumma CLR RS Range Rover Sport SDV6

10th March 2014 | BY Adam

German tuning house Lumma are well known for their aggressive aftermarket styling of prestigious automotive brands. We caught up with them earlier this year and found out they’d overhauled the brand new Range Rover Sport, turning it in to a Chelsea footballers wet dream.

Hit the jump for the details…

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The Ford Focus ST Diesel is coming - will it be called the STD?

7th March 2014 | BY Adam

It’s all kicking off in Geneva at the moment. At a dinner this week, Ford’s chief operating officer, Mark Fields announced that there will be a Ford Focus ST diesel in the new line up. Positioned to go head to head with the Golf GTD, the new Focus diesel will get a 2.0l TDCi engine boasting a whopping one horsepower more than the Golf.

More importantly than any performance figures though is the name, will we see Ford introducing a new STD in to the automotive world?

Hit the jump for more details…
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Mazda Hazumi concept revealed at Geneva

6th March 2014 | BY Adam

This week at the Geneva Motor Show, Mazda unveiled their new subcompact concept, the Hazumi. The word ‘Hazumi’ in Japanese means to ‘bound’ or ‘spring up’ and the name was picked by Mazda to convey an image of a small but vigorous animal, bursting with energy.

Equipped with a new, smaller and even lighter 1.5l version of the critically acclaimed and race-proven Skyactiv-D engine, it’ll be interesting to see how well this thing goes. We hope the engineers have kept the name in mind whilst tuning the engine, because this concept certainly has the aggressive looks to match a set of sporty performance figures.

Hit the jump for more pictures and details….

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MTM tuned VW Amarok gets 405bhp Twin Turbo V8 diesel

5th March 2014 | BY Adam


German tuners MTM have done us proud by shoehorning a 4.2l twin-turbo TDI engine with 405bhp in to a VW Amarok. The OTT Amarok was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week and features an uprated suspension set up with a Panhard rod combined with air springs. As well as MTM’s own bigger front brake kit, the rear drums have also been swapped out for discs.

Hit the jump for more photos from the show of this beast…

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