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James Bond, Ferrari and Driverless Cars

Bonds new Aston Martin

Bond's New Ride

In a double-0 bill of Bond news, director Sam Mendes has announced both the title of the upcoming sequel and the new starring car. In Spectre, 007 will be driving the new DB10 - which Aston Martin say marks a new design direction for the company. Both Sam Mendes and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, helped in the making of the new model, of which only 10 will be built. If you're already in love with it though, fear not. The DB10 is Aston Martin's tease of what the next V8 Vantage will be like.

CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, said, "In the same year that we celebrate our 50 year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car, created especially for James Bond."

Watch the unveiling of the Aston Martin DB10 here.

Russian Army APC

The Russian Army's New APC looks like a Spaceship

Russian manufacturer ZIL, usually known (if at all) for their tractors, have produced a beast of an armoured personnel carrier on commission for the Russian army. Based loosely on the chassis of the US army Humvee, it looks more like a futuristic aircraft. However, the design is not without purpose - the vehicle can transport 10 people, with multiple potential gunning positions, and the sloped undercarriage is supposed to be able to deflect mines and IEDs.

The ZIL Spacetank runs on a 4 diesel engine with 183bhp. It has a top speed of not very much, and terrible mileage. There is no word yet as to a civilian consumer model.

Ferrari FXX K

Monster Track Ferrari Unveiled

Even though the new LaFerrari FXX K will be a track-only model that owners will only be allowed to drive on special Ferrari track days, and even though it would cost you around £2million, you'll still want one when you hear that it has 1036bhp, burns 0 to 60mph in under 3 seconds, and sports twin rear spoilers. The basic gist of the Enzo FXX's HY-KERS hybrid powertrain is retained, with upgrades to the V12 and electric motor resulting in an increase of almost 100bhp.

The most noticeable difference from the Enzo, though, is the introduction of the FXX K's twin spoilers on the rear. These work in tandem with the 60mm longer active spoiler to produce 50 percent more downforce. These in turn are complimented by a two tiered front splitter, end plates, and fins in various places all over the vehicle, helping the FXX K cut through the air like a finned knife - with twin rear spoilers and a V12 engine.

Classic Ferrari 250 GTO

Classic Track Ferrari Restored

In yet more Ferrari news, an über-rare 250 GTO, previously wrecked in a crash, has been restored to full working order. Ferrari Classiche, the division of the company that rebuilds historic models with specially made parts, took the classic racer after it was totalled on a French racetrack in 2012. The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the rarest cars ever made, partly because only 39 were built in the first place, and is now worth about £20million.

This 250 GTO was taking part in an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the model, when it collided with another classic car, presumably while someone shouted 'Look mum, no hands'.

Driverless Car Tests in the UK

UK Autodrive have won the UK government's 'Introducing Driverless Cars' competition, and will begin testing their prototypes in the Coventry and Milton Keynes areas in January. UK Autodrive is a consortium of different parties that banded together to win the bid, including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, two county councils, three universities and a collection of other companies. The consortium have stated that, while their aim is not to necessarily perfect an entirely autonomous vehicle, they will be developing (alongside their primary projects) self-driving 'pods' for pedestrianised zones.

Director of Research and Technology for JLR, Dr Wolfgang Epple, said, "To successfully introduce driverless cars, we actually need to focus on the driver, as well as pedestrians and other road users. We are researching the [Human Machine Interface] in cars and self-driving pods to ensure all road users understand, accept and support these new and exciting technologies. We need to give everyone the confidence that a car or pod driving around with little or no human input is a safe, viable and rewarding experience."