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Those four rings aren't just good for clever ads. Audi AG recently announced it was using its corporate power to start a new environmental foundation that aims to bring together all of the company's "worldwide environmental measures." Audi endowed the new foundation with €5 million, which should be enough to put at least a little bit of green sheen on the cars like the 525 hp 2010 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 V10.

The sight of a race car streaking into the darkness, brakes aglow as it slows for the next corner, is one of those incredible images that just sticks with you. Those massive carbon-ceramic rotors can take a lot of abuse and their light weight and durability have made them a racing staple for more than 15 years now. Street cars, on the other hand, have been slow to adopt the technology. Although their superior performance is unquestionable, the high cost of carbon-ceramic brakes has made them pre

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