Car Tech


Tesla's east coast Supercharger network will soon get you and your $100,000-plus electric supercar from Brisbane to Adelaide. Construction has started on two new locations in northern NSW that will extend the fast-charging range of Tesla's Model S and Model X north to Brisbane, and a station between Melbourne and Adelaide will keep South Australian owners (like Simon Hackett) happy.


Professional motorsport is a cold, hard place. If you want to run with the big dogs, you can't just build a car in your mom's garage and show up, right? Wrong. One guy did just that. Here's his amazing story.

This is the multifaceted tale of Bill Caswell, a man who bought a crapcan off Craigslist to run against $US400,000-plus rally cars in a World Rally Championship race. It is a tale of a guy who had a welder, a bunch of credit cards, and a lot of free time but no real backing or funds. It is a story of a dude who taught himself how to build an FIA-legal roll cage because he wanted to spend the fabrication fee on race tires instead. It's the story of a gearhead who drove a rustbucket to a third-place finish in an FIA-sanctioned event.


The Mazda CX-5 has always been a handsome crossover that was pretty awesome for coming with a manual option. It’s new for 2017, and now it looks like a baby CX-9. That’s a very good thing. You should probably buy one if you’re in the market for a good crossover.


The Tesla Model S P100D was one of the fastest cars in the world, claiming a zero to 100km/h time of just 2.7 seconds when it was introduced in August. A wireless update coming next month drops that down to 2.5 seconds. That is so unbelievably quick.


Conor McGregor recently received a lucky charm from Rolls-Royce ahead of his UFC 205 fight on the weekend, and it looks to have paid off. The custom Rolls-Royce Ghost will be unmistakable around town as it features McGregor’s face along with his alias, 'NOTORIOUS', emblazoned across matte black bodywork.


Truckies have it pretty good, really. They've got their own network of CB radios to talk to each other. They've got Truck and Bus magazine. They've got truck stops. Now they have their very own podcast, about trucks, and it's from Australia's very own National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Podcasts aren't all Serial and This American Life, guys.


Google seems to have solved every issue I had with an entry-level VR headset. It still worked with your smartphone (well, if you had a Pixel, for now) but it was, well... beautiful.

Its strikingly clever, lightweight, fabric-based design and fancy-looking controller had me making grabby hands during the Google event when it was announced. Well, now I have had it in said hands, strapped firmly to my face, did it live up to expectations?


The National Transport Commission released today details of a series of regulation changes related to autonomous vehicles that will roll out over the next two years - including removing regulatory barriers in Australian Road Rules and other transport laws that "assume a human driver".


The latest update for Android Auto is more than just a few tweaks - it makes the service available to anyone with an Android phone.

Android Auto has been around for two years now, and can be found in over 200 new car models from over 50 brands. But the older cars? They were missing out. Until now.


If you'd dreamed of ordering yourself a Tesla and driving around the country without paying a cent for electricity, you'd better get your order in quick. With more and more of Tesla's Model S and Model X luxury electric cars appearing in driveways around Australia and around the world, the plucky little start-up from California has a plan to stop its fast-charging network of Superchargers from becoming clogged: it will stop offering free Supercharging to new owners from the start of 2017.


Video: Getting in the habit of using your car's parking brake whenever you stop isn't the worst idea in the world. Yes, there's the risk of you forgetting it's on the next time you drive away, but it can also prevent accidents like this from occurring. This guy's Benny Hill impression is hilarious, but he's probably not laughing after what happens at the end of this clip.


The next generation Mini Countryman has arrived and its latest design is attempting to prove that not every day behind the wheel needs to be a mundane ride. Striking a fine balance between the iconic Mini design with further enhanced practicality, the new Countryman has taken a mature approach to urban trawling with a hint of adventure. Here’s some of the notable features to expect from the 2017 Countryman.