I make no secret of my love for the Range Rover. It's a "do anything" car -- you can take it through a desert or take the vicar to tea in utter comfort. It's not out of place anywhere it goes and looks immaculate covered in filth or shiny clean. It's ace.
Land Rover has been busy making sure the Range Rover is up to snuff on the eco front and has just launched a hybrid version. It offers the performance you usually get from a diesel V-8, but economy that's verging on quite … Read more
A glitch forced NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to perform a software reboot, known as a "warm reset," last week, but now the rover is running like normal again.
NASA said the successful reboot took place November 7, roughly four-and-half hours after administrators temporarily loaded new flight software into the rover's memory. For the next three days, Curiosity was put into what NASA called "safe mode." NASA said commands recovering the spacecraft were uplinked to Curiosity early Sunday morning.
The unexpected reset by caused by an error in existing onboard software, NASA said Tuesday, which … Read more
Lotus has been turning out the Elise since 1996. It's still praised as being dynamically brilliant, too. Try finding another 17-year-old car that's not only still being produced, but isn't criticized for being outdated...
Its first incarnation was Lotus all over. It was light, stripped-out and low-powered, but it was an astonishing car to drive. It was everything a Lotus was supposed to be and was instantly adored.
The second generation built on the first's success: it was better-looking, a touch faster, and still wonderful to drive. Partway through its life it was given Toyota engines … Read more
Familiarity has bred contempt for most of our technology. You are more likely to curse your smartphone when it's slow than to fall down in wonder every time it lets you update Facebook. However, as I raced the 2014 Range Rover Sport through a series of tight turns, then clawed up a steep dirt hill, I found it easier to assume that magic, instead of some brilliant engineering work, made this SUV so capable.
At the forefront of my mind I knew Land Rover's newest SUV relied on individual air suspension at each wheel, automatically locking differentials, and … Read more
From its big, dirty off-road roots, the modern SUV has evolved to serve a variety of purposes. Sure, there are still got rock-crawling, river-fjording brutes, but this is a category where you'll also find compact and sport crossovers, vehicles that are softer and more luxurious, and a few examples that stretch the boundaries of what can be considered an SUV.
We've rounded up a few of our favorite examples, in no particular order, that span the gamut of modern SUVs and crossovers. Be sure to sound off in the comments section and let us know what's your favorite SUV. … Read more
Here's a bit of XCAR 'how it works' for you. We borrow a car, research it, film it and head on to the next one. So far, so motoring journalism, but while you see the 'star car' in our films, you often don't see our support vehicles.
We've had a few over the last eighteen months: a Citroen C4, a Skoda Fabia, and our beloved ToyARTa Hilux. Before our current steed, a SEAT Leon, we had a gap that needed filling. Enter stage right, the Land Rover Freelander.
Standing small as LR's entry-level vehicle, it's … Read more
The new Range Rover Sport is a difficult followup to a massive success. It's "The Empire Strikes Back." It's "Jaws 2." It's "The Matrix Reloaded." Wait, that one was a bit rubbish. Anyway, the point is that the first Range Rover Sport was a hit; it offered a bit of handling finesse to one of the world's most sought-after brands.
Time, and its habit of continually moving, means the Sport has had to evolve and change for the better. Land Rover has listened to customers, the press, and those with … Read more
Hopes of alien life on Mars were dashed Thursday when a paper published in the journal Science concluded that the Curiosity rover has yet to find any methane gas, a strong indicator of microbial life. But Robert Zubrin, cofounder and president of the Mars Society, says that the search for alien life on Mars is only just beginning.
In fact, the persistence of the methane mystery -- first sparked by a 2003 discovery of methane plumes that has yet to reemerge -- has reinforced his claim that we need humans on Mars alongside a reinvigorated space program to make real … Read more
NASA's Curiosity rover has been trucking around the surface of Mars for more than a year and no evidence of little green men, or even little microbes, has surfaced.
Many people had been hopeful the rover might turn up some sort of evidence of life, whether current or historical.
Curiosity has been busy "sniffing" the atmosphere in search of methane, an indication of microbial presence. A new study of the rover's findings shows a distinct lack of methane, dealing a significant blow to hopes of finding life on the Red Planet.… Read more