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Tesla Model X and Bike Sense

McLaren P1 GTR

McLaren's track-only P1 GTR will début in Geneva

The world will get its first true glimpse of the heavily-hyped P1 GTR at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. After the show in March, the 986bhp monster will go into production. Until then, it continues its extensive testing and development programme, including thousands of miles on tracks all over Europe and the Middle East.

Buy McLaren’s “most powerful car ever”, though, and you won't just get the car. All GTR buyers will be given access to a bespoke driver training programme, giving owners a taste of Formula 1. Customers will receive track tuition from F1 experts, get to hang out with McLaren officials and talent, and be able to drive their prized machine on specially selected tracks, including some current F1 circuits.

The GTR is a significant improvement on the current P1. An upgraded twin-turbo and electric powertrain, a widened front track to increase grip, an aggressive new front splitter, and F1-style centrelock hubs on 19-inch wheels. For all this, the McLaren P1 GTR will only cost around £1.9million. Bargain.

Tesla Model X

Tesla's Model X - the first tow-capable electric car

Following the enormous success of their Model S, electric car pioneers Tesla have released details of their upcoming SUV, the Model X. With seven seats, 'Falcon Wing' butterfly doors, semi-autonomous technologies, and 4-wheel drive all as standard, the Model X is expected to prove even more popular than Tesla's flagship vehicle.

Buyers of the electric SUV will have the choice of three possible battery options: 60kWh, 85kWh, and 85kWh 'Performance'. Tesla say the 85kWh is capable of 0-60mph in under 4.5 seconds, and if it is, it'll be the fastest SUV on the market. It'll also be the only electric car to ever be tow-capable.

Unsurprisingly, the Model X is now sold out until 2016, continuing a trend for Tesla that saw a two-year delay on Model S orders when they couldn't keep up with demand.

But don't let that get you down. Cheer yourself up with this video of grown men giggling at the Model S P85D's “insane” acceleration.

Jaguar Land Rovers Bike Sense

Jaguar Land Rover's new safety tech to prevent bike crashes

JLR have announced they are designing new technology that will help to end the lethal problem of car drivers not seeing bicycles and motorbikes until it is too late.

'Bike Sense' will apparently be able to distinguish between bicycles and motorbikes, employing coloured lights, sounds, and even physical tapping to alert drivers to potential hazards. LED lights built into the cabin will glow from the relevant direction, and a horn or bicycle bell will play through the nearest speaker. The technology should even spot hazards obscured by other vehicles.

“Bike Sense takes us beyond the current technologies of hazard indicators and icons in wing mirrors, to optimising the location of light, sound and touch to enhance this intuition,” said JLR's Director of Research and Tech, Wolfgang Epple, “This creates warnings that allow a faster cognitive reaction as they engage the brain's instinctive responses. By engaging the instincts, Bike Sense has the potential to bridge the gap between the safety and hazard detection systems in the car and the driver. This could reduce the risk of accidents with all road users by increasing the speed of response and ensuring the correct action is taken to prevent an accident happening.”

Read more about JLR's hopes for Bike Sense.

Porsche's new billboards transform for their customers

A new billboard at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport, advertising Porsche's 911 Turbo, is capable of recognising a Porsche on the road, and then changing its message. The German manufacturer decided it wasn't enough just to sell cars to potential customers - existing owners should be congratulated as well.

Any vehicle identified as a Porsche triggers the change in the billboard, from hawking the 911 Turbo to cheesily approving of the driver's purchase. How does it approve, you ask? With the phrase “It's so easy to pick you out in a crowd”, which, to be honest, doesn't sound that much like a compliment.

The transformation process works by way of a set of cameras 300 metres down the road from the billboard. And just in case you think we're joking, you can see the Porsche billboard in action here.

Survey shows one in ten drivers are too poor to fix cars

According to a survey taken in the UK, more than one in ten cars on the road today are unsafe – because their owners simply cannot afford the cost of fixing them.

The survey, performed by a company specialising in loans for automobile issues, suggested that millions of vehicles on the road had cracked windscreens, faulty brakes, worn tyres. A large minority of motorists said their current car was missing seatbelts, wing mirrors or working brake lights.

17 percent of those surveyed admitted to avoiding long journeys because of potential breakdown, and almost 15 percent stated they didn't feel safe in their car at all.

Obviously, the most common reason for not repairing faults was a lack of money. Other popular reasons were not having time to go to the garage and not trusting mechanics.

“When something starts to go wrong with your car, it can be daunting if you don’t really have the money to fix it,” said loan company CEO, James Wilkinson, “but it’s worrying to see so many are putting off fixing or replacing their car and driving around in something which might not be safe enough to be on the road. Cutting corners on your car safety is not advisable.”