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Week in pictures: A German traction control test

  • Limited slip

    In conjunction with a musical instrument trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Gibson Guitars sponsored a spectacle inside one of the world’s oldest travelling motordromes. Constructed in 1928, the cylindrical structure features 39ft-high walls and a diameter of 53ft. Here, German performance artist Donald Ganslmeier drives a specially designed cigar-fuselage stunt car in the motordrome. He and other stunt drivers also piloted motorcycles around the ring. These structures, also known as silodromes, were fixtures at carnivals around the world in the early 20th century, but most have since been demolished. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images for Gibson)

  • A daredevil's new challenge

    Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian extreme athlete who, in 2012, skydived from a record altitude of 39km (24 miles), has joined Audi’s GT3 race programme. Baumgartner is undergoing training with Le Mans 24 Hours winners in preparation for a stint behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS racing car at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. He has been training at the German circuit and competing in one-make racing series overseen by Volkswagen Group, Audi’s corporate parent. The Nürburgring 24 Hours takes place over 21-22 June. (Photo: Audi)

  • In Spain, a realm of Ferrari fantasy

    Less than four years after inaugurating the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi – one of the largest structures of its kind – Ferrari announced a partnership with PortAventura Resort in Catalunya, Spain, to co-develop a new park, Ferrari Land. Like its Emirati counterpart, the park will include thrill rides and heritage-infused exhibits, all with an aim of immersing guests in the Ferrari brand. The developers anticipate opening the park in 2016. (Rendering: Ferrari)

  • Big brother is watching

    As part of a traffic-management project, a robot stands sentinel at a gridlock-prone intersection of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The programme comprises two robots, each of which records traffic flow via embedded cameras and relays footage to a central command. The robots are not part of an enforcement strategy; rather, the data they transmit is analysed by engineers, who are working towards improving traffic circulation in the congested city. (Photo: Junior D Kannah/AFP/Getty)

  • Formula 1 gears up for first race of 2014

    The Australian Grand Prix will be contested on 16 March in Melbourne, with a number of intrigues to track. In addition to marquee drivers moving to new teams – notably, 2007 driver’s champion Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus to Ferrari – the 2014 season brings new engine regulations to the open-wheel racing series, whereby 2.4-litre V8 engines have been replaced by turbocharged 1.6-litre V6s. Photographed above is a Swiss-built two-seater formula racing car, which was used to promote the grand prix this week in Melbourne. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty)

  • A sponsor's pesos at work

    Having damaged the radiator of their Hyundai i20-derived racing car during the Rally Guanajuato México, World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville and co-pilot Nicolas Gilsoul got resourceful. A bottle of lager from team sponsor Corona – on board in the event of a podium celebration – was poured into the radiator to prevent the engine from overheating during the rally’s final stage. The pair not only finished, but secured third place, behind Volkswagens driven by Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Ogier, respectively. (Photo: Colin Clark via Twitter)

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