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A car (or automobile) is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of cars say that they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four tires, and mainly transport people rather than goods.

Cars came into global use during the 20th century, and developed economies depend on them. The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available in the early 20th century. One of the first cars accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced animal-drawn carriages and carts, but took much longer to be accepted in Western Europe and other parts of the world.

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The Talbot Tagora is an executive car developed by Chrysler Europe and produced by Peugeot Société Anonyme (PSA). The Tagora was marketed under the Talbot marque after PSA took over Chrysler's European operations in 1979. PSA presented the first production vehicle in 1980 and launched it commercially in 1981. The Tagora fell far short of sales expectations, and PSA cancelled the model only two years later. Fewer than 20,000 Tagoras were ever built, all of them at the former Simca factory in the Poissy commune near Paris, France.

Chrysler Europe began the development of the Tagora in 1976, under the code name C9, with the goal of replacing the unsuccessful Chrysler 180 series. Following the same development pattern as with the Horizon and Alpine models, the responsibility for the Tagora's technical development remained in France, while the styling was devised at Chrysler's design centre in the United Kingdom. An early proposal for the name of the car was "Simca 2000". (more...)

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The McLaren Senna GTR will produce a tonne of downforce

McLaren is now busying itself turning the Senna GTR track-only special from a Geneva show 'concept' into a finished item. A fast one.

To mark the start of the car's dynamic testing, Woking has confirmed big numbers for the Senna GTR. The headline is downforce: 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) of it, though the speed at which you have a tonne of aerodynamic grip available isn't disclosed. Not that the Senna GTR will want for speed: its 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 will develop 814 bhp (607 kW; 825 PS) - up from 789 bhp (588 kW; 800 PS) in the road-going Senna. Torque output remains 800 N?m (590 lb?ft).

Ridiculous downforce comes courtesy of the Senna GTR shunning road-legality, and employing active aero banned in the top echelons of motorsport. This sketch shows what to expect from the 'production' car - McLaren notes there's a wider track, wider fenders, a ginormous front splitter (our word, not theirs) and a moveable rear wing 'coupled' to the rear diffuser.

We've also been given more clues about the Senna GTR's light-weighting inside. No airbags, no infotainment touchscreen, no folding instrument binnacle - the only concession to comfort is air-conditioning. McLaren's also included an interesting sounding 'radar-assisted rear collision avoidance system', which presumably boosts the car forward if its bonkers braking performance catches out an over-keen track-day goer behind. Or, perhaps it has missiles.

Though there's no official weight for the Senna GTR yet, McLaren has promised it'll be lighter than the 1,198 kg (2,641 lb) road-legal Senna. It'll also cost £1.1m (around Rs 10.41 crore) plus taxes, but the 75 slated to be made are all sold, to brave individuals who desire a car with GT3-spec racing suspension, slick tyres and 3g capability. That's 3g as in cornering G-force, not on-board internet.

So, this thing's going to be very much the antithesis to the slippery, equally sold-out Speedtail, then. Got a favourite?

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J. B. Straubel in 2012


Jeffrey Brian Straubel (United States) is the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla, Inc. Straubel was born in Iowa on December 20, 1975. Straubel graduated with a B.S. in Energy Systems Engineering and an M.S. in Energy Engineering from Stanford University in 1998. He is on the board of directors with Solar City.

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Castellotti il morto. Dispiace. E la Macchina?
(Castellotti is dead. I'm sorry. And the car?)

--Enzo Ferrari, on hearing of the fatal crash of team driver, Eugenio Castellotti, while trying to take back the course record at the Modena Autodrome from Maserati

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