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McLaren MP4-12C receives more power and a raft of detail improvements

Twenty-five brake horse power doesn’t sound like much of an improvement, and at first glance it makes little or no difference to the McLaren MP4-12C’s performance figures, but there’s one increment that tells the story about where that extra performance has been tucked away – 0-186 mph, which is now 1 second faster than before.

Video: Kimi Raikkonen meets the Stig

Unless you’ve been living under a stone during the past week, you’ll probably be aware that the Iceman (Kimi Räikkönen) ventured on to the Top Gear set on Wednesday, to set a lap time in the ‘Reasonably Priced Car’ around the legendary Dunsfold Top Gear test track.

AdWatch: Lamborghini Aventador – The Truth Hurts

Supercar makers don’t usually need to advertise their latest models – the automotive and lifestyle media do a pretty good job of that on their own. So, on the rare occasion when an ad is created, we tend to sit up and take notice, since it tells us plenty about the state of the brand.

Adwatch: TomTom turns to Sesame Street with Bert & Ernie (w/VIDEOS)

When TomTom first came on the scene in the early 1990’s, I suspect being the purveyor of silly voices never featured in their business plan.

20 years later and what was once primarily a consumer electronics company is moving ever closer to becoming a pure-play software and services provider, as the market for navigation systems moves away from its proprietary roots.

Can you out-drive David Coulthard? (incl/VIDEO)

Later on this afternoon you’ll be able to answer the question, “Am I as quick as an F1 driver?”, as thousands of gamers compete on Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) against ex-F1 driver David Coulthard, who will be driving a 6.2-litre V8 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG around a real track.