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The week in pictures

  • Audi augments reality for Ender’s Game

    In close collaboration with the film’s stylists, Audi has designed a virtual car that will appear in the film adaptation of the book Ender’s Game. The Audi Fleet Shuttle Quattro is a purely digital entity within the movie, but integrates “seamlessly… into the environment of the film”, the automaker said. Audi previously contributed the RSQ, a decidedly non-virtual mid-engine sports coupe, to the 2004 film I, Robot. Distributed by Summit Entertainment, Ender’s Game is due for a worldwide release on 1 November. (Photo: Audi of America)

  • Ford to leave top-level drag racing

    Citing dwindling returns on investment, Ford Racing announced it would not support pro-level teams in the US-based National Hot Rod Association after the 2014 season. Some of drag racing’s most successful drivers, including multiple-time Funny Car champion John Force (pictured above, competing at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois), will be required to source a different manufacturer or switch to another race category. (Photo: Ford Racing)

  • Infiniti readies Q30 concept for Frankfurt

    Nissan's luxury subsidiary released a rendering of a compact concept scheduled to have its international debut at the Frankfurt motor show, where press previews begin on 10 September. The Q30 hints at a small vehicle that would compete against entry-level luxury players like the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. (Photo: Nissan)

  • Vauxhall heritage on view

    The GM Europe subsidiary will open the doors to its heritage centre, in Luton, England, on 18 August in conjunction with the brand’s 110th anniversary. Among the notable vehicles to be displayed are the 1903 5HP and the Firenza Droop Snoot – one of Vauxhall’s most beloved performance cars. (Photo: Vauxhall Cars)

  • Honda Civic tops competitors in crash test

    In its recently introduced front-overlap crash test, in which a car makes off-centre impact with a stationary object, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a US-based non-profit funded by the insurance industry, awarded the top rating of Good to just one vehicle in the compact-car category, the 2013 Honda Civic. Both two- and four-door versions of the best-selling model received the rating, with competitors such as the 2013 Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and 2014 Scion tC receiving ratings of Acceptable. (Photo: IIHS)