Sport Alex Gurney secured pole position at the Daytone 24 Hours

Gurney beat Britain's Richard Westbrook to take the early bragging rights for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

Sports car company Spyker seeks cash to restart Saab

The Dutch owner of Saab Automobile is scrabbling for cash to restart production at the beleaguered Swedish marque's factory in Trollhattan.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

At last, after a series of clever tweaks, the Aston Martin Vantage is the supercar it promised to be

Maserati duo claim first ever GT1 world championship

The Vitaphone Maserati duo of Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini claimed the first ever GT1 world championship yesterday afternoon by finishing ahead of the Young Driver Aston Martin pair of Darren Turner and Tomas Enge.

McLaren cuts losses and tilts new supercar at US

Revenue at supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive fell by 10 per cent to £82.2m in the year ending 31 December 2009 according to its latest accounts. The fall was driven by a drop in production of McLaren's SLR which will be superseded next spring by the 200mph MP4-12C.

Saab buyer's losses soar to €139m

Spyker reported a hefty loss for the first half of 2010 yesterday, as the tiny Dutch luxury car-maker absorbed the impact of purchasing the much larger Swedish marque Saab from GM earlier this year.

Driving test to be more 'mentally demanding'

"Mirror. Signal. Memorise" may become the new buzzwords for the UK's learner-drivers after a revamp to the driving test to encourage "independent thinking."

Audi R8 V10 Spyder

The Audi R8 V10 Spyder is in a class of its own

Peugeot RCZ

The new RCZ augurs well for the next generation of Peugeot hot hatchbacks

Porsche Spyder

Porsche's new slimline Boxster is still full of beans

Bodywork tweaks and engine changes for the Lotus Elise

Lotus has introduced a series of improvements for what it is already describing – in February 2010 – as the 2011 model year Elise.

GM agrees to sell Saab to Spyker

Saab has apparently been rescued – in the nick of time. General Motors had already started to wind down the activities of its Swedish subsidiary, a process that will now be halted. Saab is to be bought by the Dutch sports-car manufacturer Spyker for US$74 million.

Car Choice: Man with large budget seeks something small and exciting

Martin Gessell is at that time in his life when he wants a vehicle that is exciting, distinctive, and does that most magical thing of all – which is fail to depreciate. Luckily he has a huge budget to play with, running from £5,000 to a possible £35,000 if the car is right. He covers around 10,000 miles a year, but is not bothered about having any unnecessary extras, including a radio. He just enjoys driving.

Sports car maker switches manufacturing to Britain

A Dutch-based luxury sports car-maker is to switch its assembly plant from Holland to Britain to reduce its cost base.

Spotlight: AA Credit Card

It's not only cards with 0 per cent offers on purchases that are popular in the run-up to Christmas. Cards that reward you for spending are a great option for those who pay off their credit card bill each month. And The AA has joined the reward card club.

Marek Reichman: Poly put me on road to sports car design

My polytechnic was quite a young institution and it was quite a young course when I got there. This gave me an opportunity to explore ideas and ask questions.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

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