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Ten Things We Learned This Week

  1. This is the best yacht in the world because it has a Monaco-shaped go-kart circuit on top and we really want it to exist

    OK, so it’s not really news, but for some reason, this £244 million flight of fancy has resurfaced, making Top Gear long for it to actually exist. SuperYacht is only a design render, but features a go-kart circuit on top mapped out in the shape of Monaco, as well as other key landmarks of the principality. Helicopters, mini submarines, speedboats, swimming pools and jetskis also occur.

    Source and pic: Yacht Island Design

  2. The Fiat 500 tastes like £220 worth of damage

    Following a roadside argument on a memorial night out for her late boyfriend, Rhian Jeremiah bit into the roof of Selina Day’s white Fiat 500 and left teeth marks in the bodywork. Rhian was given a 12-month community order after being found guilty of criminal damage, and told to attend 20 alcohol abuse help sessions.

    Chairman of the bench Prof Ian Roffe told her: “You have used alcohol inappropriately to deal with your issues”.

    Source: BBC

  3. Simon Cowell doesn't like his Bugatti Veyron anymore

    A Bugatti Veyron once owned by El Trouserino and one-time Top Gear SIARPC leaderboard, erm, leader, Simon Cowell, is coming up for auction next week in Arizona. The black Veyron features just 1,300 miles on the clock and will come with a full one-year extended factory warranty. It probably won’t come with a litany of caustic put-downs to lesser cars on the road.

    Source: Barrett Jackson

  4. BMW has built a car to irritate The Stig

    At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BMW showcased a prototype M235i with autonomous driving technology that self-drifted around a circuit, meaning BMW showcased a prototype M235i to directly annoy Stig. This is a bad move. Some say that his politics are terrifying, and that he once punched a horse to the ground. Please, nobody tell Stig this car exists.

  5. The inside of the new Audi TT looks bloody amazing

    Audi also showcased something new at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and that was the inside of the new TT. It’s completely digital, and there are hints of jet engines. Jet engines are good.

  6. If you buy a car from Amazon they'll pop it in the post. In a huge box

    A gigantic cardboard box being delivered to an address in Madison, Wisconsin contained a brand new Nissan Verso. Yes: as well as DVDs, books, games and other such stuff, Amazon now posts CARS. Whatever next, the cars that transport the cars?

    Pic: Ancora Coffee

  7. Bentley's upcoming SUV won't look anything like the Bentley EXP 9 F SUV

    Following a “less than positive” reaction to the concept Bentley SUV revealed in 2012, Bentley told Top Gear that the one we’ll see in 2016 will look completely different. Huzzah!

  8. Mercedes' predictive prototype is TERRIFYING

    Unveiled at CES, this little app WATCHES EVERYTHING YOU DO IN YOUR CAR and records it. Do something more than once - ahem - and it’s logged and stored. It’s designed to become your ‘automotive companion’ to make your route that little bit easier. Be careful.

  9. The Qoros 3 saloon is the safest car of 2013

    Yeah, we didn’t see that one coming either. Euro NCAP reports that the Chinese manufacturer’s saloon was the best performer of any car subjected to their crash tests in 2013 and is the first vehicle in China to achieve the highest five star rating under the overall rating scheme. Not an excuse to go barreling into a tree to replicate Clarkson’s Hilux test, mind.

  10. This is the Beetle Dune, and it could become quite real

    Volkswagen has announced it will showcase the Beetle ‘Dune’ concept at the Detroit Motor Show. We last saw one of these in 2000, though this one’s actually more feasible as it’s based on the current production Beetle - underneath there’s the 207bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and DSG. Which means if the stars align, you could buy a Beetle Dune. Imagine a range-topping Dune-R.

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