If you're going to the 2012 LA Auto Show, you have to check out the cool concept cars on the showroom floor. That's why we sent Matt Farah down to check out the Nissan DeltaWing race car, the Honda EV-STER and the Mercedes Ener-G-Force.
Auto expert and AOTS correspondent Matt Farah checks out the 2012 LA Auto Show for a look at the sleek Jaguar F Type Roadster, the Aston Martin Vanquish and the budget-friendly Ford Fiesta ST. Hey, the holidays are here. Wants to buy me one of these for Christmas?
Criterion Games may have given fans of the Burnout series and the Need for Speed series exactly what they were looking for. Need For Speed Most Wanted has a large, beautiful world to explore, fast cars to drive and real-time multiplayer that always keep you on your toes. But will its rubber-band AI keep you from taking first place?
Find out in our Need For Speed Most Wanted review.
Criterion really excels here at capturing a sense of speed, for better and for worse. At Most Wanted's most exhilarating moments you'll find yourself weaving in and out of traffic at 150+ miles per hour and feeling a massive sense of accomplishment when that momentum carries you across the finish line first. Then there are the darker moments where you're flinging a control across the room and cursing at the screen because an AI competitor or pursuing police car nudged you just enough in the final stretch to drop you from first to last place.
For more, read our entire Need For Speed Most Wanted review.
Matt Farah is at the 2012 SEMA auto show, an event filled with everything you need to mod your car for performance, style, or technology. In the video below, Farah goes through the convention picking out the best engine, wheels, suspension, brakes, and more, to bring together the perfect perfromance car.
Matt Farah took a trip to the 2012 SEMA Show for Attack of the Show. SEMA was the home to some pretty amazing cars, like the Icon D200 Reformer truck, the Scion FR-S and more! If you missed out on the show, check out this video to get caught up!
With all the technological advances in every aspect of our life, you'd think engineers would have come up with a more elegant solution to controlling a car than physically turning a wheel. Turns out, Nissan is working on it. The company would like to release a steer-by-wire Infinity by the end of next year.
While you won't be able to nap on you way to work with a new Infinity, you will be able to, conceivably, steer with a joystick from the backseat. Of course the technology will really be used to make steering wheels more responsive, but it would only take one clever modder to create a push-button or iPad driven Nissan.
It's been in production for a long time, and now the Quadski is finally getting a commercial release. Gibbs's amphibious Quadski ATV tops out at 45 mph on both land and water, and can go from a land-based vehicle to a boat with the push of a button. Official pricing will be announced closer to the Quadski's on-sale date, sometime in mid-November, although the price tag will probably be around $40,000.
While a description is nice and all, to get a real feel for how awesome the Quadski is, you need to see it in action. Click the link for a video.
Quadski: $40,000 (Estimate) | More Info: Gibbs Sports Amphibian
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When last we saw Farming Simulator 2013 in action, we were checking out the banged out hoons we'll be using to thresh, bale and plant. Well, we dropped the seeds, bi'otch, and now it's motherf**ing harvest time.
This new video shows off never-before-seen machines, crops and animals. I'm talking potatoes, sugar beets, sheep, cows and chickens. For the first time ever, you'll be able to build wind turbines and greenhouses to create a farming empire; you'll be like Tony Montagna in overalls.
You have never seen grain physics like this before in your life.
Matt Farah Visits The OC Auto Show 2012: See The New Porche Boxster, Lexus IS CCSR, And McLaren MP4-12C
Kristin Adams got to head over to Porsche's driving school to test out some of the amazing cars and to bring you an inside look of Need For Speed Most Wanted. In the video below, Adams speaks with Porsche's Sebastian Hornung and David Jahn about the cars included in the game, as well as Criterion Games' Craig Sullivan to learn more about what's new in the latest installment of Need For Speed Most Wanted.
If you want to get on the "Most Wanted list" in EA's Need for Speed Most Wanted, you're going to have to pull off some impressive driving maneuvers. Fairhaven City is exactly the place you want to be in if you're going to show up the police in Need for Speed Most Wanted. This city is the perfect playground for racing, drifting, jumping, and causing all sorts of damage. Will you be able to escape the police?
Need For Speed Most Wanted will be released on October 30, 2012.
Ahhh, Paris. Known mostly for baguettes, striking workers, and the place where Tom Hanks solved a complicated mystery like it was the crossword in the back of an in-flight magazine, the French capital is also playing host to one of the biggest auto shows of the year.
The Paris Motor Show 2012 (or Mondail de l'Automobile for those who wear berets) is one of the biggest global car events of the year, and while many manufacturers use it as a launching pad for their 2013 and 2014 production models, they also use it as an opportunity to show off futuristic concept cars.
Super expensive Italian sports car aficionados, listen up. Ferrari has announced a new feature for its FF series car. The Ferrari FF will now be available with a full-length, translucent panoramic roof. The see-through is made from one gigantic pane of glass. Sounds safe!
The glass roof "gives occupants a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation," according to Ferrari. To me this means the perks of a convertible, with none of the wind to mess up my hair! It doesn't sound like that roof is going anywhere, so the "open-air" feeling most likely comes from rolling down your windows.
(Video from Network World)
Nissan's NSC-2015 self-driving car aims to change the way we think about self-driving cars. The car is part of the CEATEC 2012 Smart Mobility Zero exhibit and is on display as a concept car. Unlike some concepts cars with aesthetic additions that give the appearance of being "from the future," the NSC-2015 hopes to change the way we drive now, or as soon to now as we can get.
Visually, the Nissan NSC-2015 looks like a cousin of the Nissan Leaf, a popular electric car already in production. The Nissan NSC-2015 has some impressive tech under its hood, like the ability to drive itself and run on an electric motor. The only giveaway that this car is no ordinary vehicle are the bright red lights in the steering wheel. I've affectionately named those lights HAL-2.
The Nissan NSC-2015 operates thanks to a series of cameras, sensors and servos. With this tech, the car was able to drive around the show floor, following along with markings painted on the floor. According to Engadget, the Nissan NSC-2015 even made a full stop at a cross-walk, proving once and for all, robots are better than us.
Me: But I want to make a "California stop."
HAL-2: I'm sorry, Nikole. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Thanks to an integrated LTE connection, you'll be able to watch the status of the car remotely with your phone. If you want, you can get notifications on where you car is, get a 360-degree view of your car, and even set off the alarm to scare neighbors, or because something illegal is going down. Your call, really.
If you're thinking, "Big deal, it's not even legal to use a self-driving car," think again. Just last week the great state of California legalized self-driving cars. We could see self-driving cars driving down Highland in less than five years. California isn't the only state to support autonomous cars, Nevada was the first state to okay it, with Florida and Hawaii potentially joining the club soon. Nissan hopes to have the Nissan NSC-2015 in production by 2015.
The launch trailer for Forza Horizon shows off a racing game that's about more than just cars. It's about scenery too. The digital vistas you'll enjoy are truly breathtaking -- it's like a joyride on your couch.
If the trailer's "we're just having some fun in our super-cars" vibe translates to the game, it'll be a nice change from the in-your-face vibe of many racers. Even the dub step in the soundtrack is minimal!
Forza Horizon will launch for 360 on October 23, with a Horizon demo scheduled for October 9.
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