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    Official: First new Land Rover Discovery Sport rolls off assembly line
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    When Land Rover revealed the new Discovery Sport at the Paris Motor Show, it didn't just present a new model; it kicked off a whole new era for the British purveyor of sport-utility vehicles. And that new era has officially started now with the production of the very first model you see ...

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    Official: Land Rover Discovery Sport put to the test ahead of September 3 debut [w/videos]
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    Engineers have a heck of a job on their hands developing any new model, but when it comes to an SUV, they've got to conduct testing both on the road and off. That's why, in preparation to launch the all-new Discovery Sport, the development team at Land Rover has built 181 prototypes that have ...

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    Report: Lotus, Renault and Virgin F1 teams change names for 2012
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    What's in a name? More than you might think, particularly in Formula One where two teams have been fighting for use of the Lotus moniker for a couple of years now. The battle, as you may recall, involves two outfits – neither of them directly owned by Lotus. One is based in Malaysia and ...

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    Virgin Racing signs technical partnership with McLaren
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    Getting ahead as an F1 team is a costly affair. There's an endless stream of expenses, but even all the cash in the world doesn't buy experience and expertise. Virgin initially tried keeping costs down to a minimum with its new F1 team last year. The team skipped wind-tunnel testing in favor of ...

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    Report: Virgin Racing fires technical director as it changes direction
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    It's safe to say that Virgin Racing hasn't been a huge success so far. One of three new teams that joined the F1 grid last season, Virgin has largely been performing better than perennial back-markers HRT, but has failed to keep pace with Lotus, which is itself still far from competing with even ...

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    Report: Pat "Crashgate" Symonds finds his way back into F1 with Virgin
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    Say hello again to Pat Symonds. The former Renault F1 technical director was thrown out of the sport in disgrace along with Flavio Briatore in the wake of the Crashgate scandal for having ordered Nelsinho Piquet to crash his car on purpose. But now Symonds is back. In a controversial move, the ...

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    Marussia Virgin Racing comes back for more with new MVR-02 F1 challenger
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    2011 Marussia Virgin Racing MVR-02 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last year, Virgin Racing popped its cherry with the VR-01 that led the team through a lackluster first season, finishing the 2010 Formula One World Championship dead last. The team failed to start one of its cars ...

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    Lotus Renault GP, Virgin confirm drivers for 2011
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    Jerome d'Ambrosio (above left) and Vitaly Petrov (above right) the latest drivers to be confirmed for 2011
    As we wind down the remaining days of the calendar year, the final few seats are closing for the 2011 Formula One World Championship after both Renault and Virgin have officially confirmed ...

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    Richard Branson loses F1 bet, will cross-dress as Air Asia stewardess
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    You don't get much higher stakes than Formula One. And while some teams have their own airplanes, there are a couple this season that have their own airlines: Richard Branson's Virgin, and Tony Fernandes' Lotus Racing and Air Asia. As you may recall, the rivalry between the two tycoon-backed ...

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    Marussia acquires stake in Virgin Racing F1 team
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    As Red Bull Racing aptly proved this season, you don't need an automaker's backing to rise to the top of the Formula One ladder. Any consumer company with a popular image will do the trick. Virgin has been trying to follow in Red Bull's footsteps with the launch of its own F1 team, but as Richard ...

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    F1 bosses place bet that involves cross-dressing flight attendants?
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    Things are heating up in Formula One. As you may recall, earlier this year, Lotus head honcho Tony Fernandes jested that he would retire and kill himself if his team was bested by Virgin. A gaggle of reporters recently pinged Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson to see how he felt about Fernandes' oath ...

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    Poll: Sir Richard Branson, Jeremy Clarkson best fit for UK transportation minister job
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    If you've stuck your head outside of the automotive maelstrom for half a second, you've probably caught wind of the fact that the UK is going through a major political shake up right now. Jolly Old has just appointed David Cameron from the Conservative Party as its new Prime Minister, and that ...

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    Virgin Racing VR-01: Revealed for the very first time
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    2010 Virgin Racing VR-01 – Click above for image gallery
    If you were one of the thousands of fans who surfed over to Virgin Racing's website the other day expecting to watch the live reveal of the team's very first Formula One car, you were likely disappointed. Technical glitches prevented ...

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    Bahrain or Bust: Ecclestone doubts all four new F1 teams will make it
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    Following the culmination of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, slots were granted to four new teams for the upcoming season. They were all ecstatic about the prospect of dicing it with the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, but not all of them are guaranteed to make it when the flag waves ...

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    Video: Marussia shows up on the catwalk, in commercials, and in F1 with Virgin Racing
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    Marussia B1 commercials – Click above to watch video
    Marussia, which was last seen showing a new car and new colors at the Frankfurt Motor Show, has spent the intervening months being quiet and productive. In addition to putting together promotional packages like commercials and rolling ...

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    Space Cadet: Niki Lauda training to be an astronaut with Virgin Galactic?!
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    From left to right: Rubens Barrichello, Sir Richard Branson, Niki Lauda
    The thing about racing careers is that they end rather early. And with world champions getting younger every year, that's not about to change. So after hitting their prime, some drivers choose to stick with it a while longer, ...

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