CAMAL envisions an 800-horsepower Bugatti-powered hybrid supercar for off-road duty

Imagine the strangest vehicular juxtaposition possible. Might that take the form of a V8-powered trike? Though that would certainly be an interesting mash-up, the latest idea from CAMAL may have it beat.

The Turin-based designer has released images of its “Ramusa” project, a hybrid supercar with its sights set on unpaved roads. Motor1 reports that the Ramusa, or “lizard” in Piedmontese, will be created with increased ground clearance, an all-wheel drive setup, and a Bugatti EB110-sourced 3.5-liter V12 quad-turbo engine. The monstrous powertrain is linked to the rear wheels via a six-speed transmission while an electric motor forces the front ones into motion.

Though the design sketches help, it’s still exceedingly difficult to picture this Frankenstein automobile.

With combined output of over 800 horsepower, the Ramusa is far beefier than perhaps its closest rival, the Ariel Nomad, which slinks along with a comparatively measly 300 hp. In addition to its supercar-rivaling power figures, the Ramusa offers 250 mm (9.8 inches) of ground clearance though it only sits 51 inches tall.

Its body is styled with exposed carbon fiber and plastic cladding, furthering the two-faced oddity of its design. It’s also worth mentioning that the engine and chassis comes from a vehicle that ceased production more than two decades ago and was only ever intended for being an absurdly fast road-car. Should CAMAL’s plans for a limited production run materialize, expect the Ramusa’s underpinnings to be sourced from something significantly more contemporary.

I find it my duty to advise all three interested buyers to consider how your new million-dollar-plus off-road supercar would look after its encounter with that boulder you didn’t see because you were barreling along a dirt road propelled by 800 hp. Just food for thought.

Product Review

2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers German refinement and tech at an affordable price

With enough tech to make villains jealous, the Volkswagen Jetta punches above its class as a forward-thinking sedan. Spacious, comfortable, and efficient, the Jetta is a refined offering. German refinement comes with a serious attitude.

Ford’s born-again Bronco off-roader will soothe your 1990s nostalgia

Ford confirmed it will bring the Bronco back to American showrooms in 2020. We haven't seen the truck yet, but dealers who got a preview of it during a private event say it's a true off-roader aimed directly at the Jeep Wrangler.
Product Review

The Ferrari Portofino is the super stallion you’ll want to drive every day

With the introduction of the Portofino, Ferrari addresses the California T’s stylistic shortcomings while improving comfort, convenience, and performance. There’s little “entry-level” about this super stallion.
Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is an exercise in form-over-function design

Porsche expanded its lineup of SUVs with a swoopier evolution of the Cayenne named Cayenne Coupe. Don't let the name fool you: it still has four doors. It stands out with a fastback-like roofline that's lower than the Cayenne's.
Product Review

Chris is the virtual co-pilot phone-obsessives need in their car

Driving while using your phone is dangerous, and often illegal. Meet Chris, the digital assistant for your car that wants to help keep your hands off your phone, and your eyes on the road.

Formula 1 is putting data in the driver’s seat, and not all racers are happy

After a single weekend of racing, a Formula 1 pit crew typically pulls around 2TB of data from the car. Everything, from tire pressure to the temperature of the track, is recorded and analyzed in the name of boosting performance -- and not…

Protect yourself and your ride with our favorite dash cams

Dashboard cameras can assist drivers in car accident claims, settle speeding ticket disputes, and even catch glimpses of incoming meteors, among other things. Here, we've compiled a list of the most noteworthy offerings available.

Tesla revives its referral program with chances to win a Roadster

Tesla has revived its referral program that ended in February because of cost pressures. This time around the perks aren't quite as diverse, though it does offer regular chances to win a Roadster or Model Y.

Tesla ends scheduled servicing because electric cars need less maintenance

Tesla will longer offer scheduled maintenance plans, switching to an "as needed" model. This reflects the fact that electric cars need less regular maintenance than gasoline or diesel cars.

The go kart-like Mini Cooper will soon add zero emissions to its resume

Mini is in the final stages of developing an electric version of the Cooper. The 2020 Cooper SE will receive powertrain components from the BMW i3, including a 181-horsepower electric motor and battery technology.
Product Review

By adding features, tech, and all-wheel drive, Mazda puts the 3 in a class of one

Since its introduction in 2003, Mazda’s compact Mazda3 has been a mainstay of the brand’s driver-oriented strategy. Mazda now plans to move upmarket, and the all-new 2019 Mazda3 offers some clues about how that’s going to work.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

Tesla Model 3 vulnerability exposed at Pwn2Own; hackers take home the car

A Tesla Model 3 vulnerability was exposed at the Pwn2Own hacking competition. The hackers, who were able to display a message on the electric vehicle's internet browser, won $35,000 and took home the car.