понедельник, 16 июля 2018 г.

Longtail Name Revived On New Lanzante P1 GT, And It Is Awesome

A company called Lazante Motorsport teased a new version of the McLaren P1, which was slated to debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Lazante was the company that helped McLaren win at LeMan with the original F1 GTR Longtail in the 1990s, so it is the right candidate to make a P1 even faster.


The highly anticipated McLaren F1 Longtail successor is finally here, and it is making its full debut at Goodwood. This car is called the P1 GT, and it is the latest in a line of boosted, race-prepped McLaren from Lazante. They took the already fabulous McLaren P1 and fitted it with an aggressive new aerodynamic package that includes a fixed rear wing and longer tail. The company did not specify if the power has been increased or how much the P1 GT weighs.

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Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Store Could Be Coming To A Mall Near You

Going to a car dealership isn’t always a pleasant experience. There are some ways to avoid a bad experience, but it would just be simpler if automakers allowed you to look at their cars somewhere else – like on the internet. Mercedes-Benz is looking to inch away from the painful dealership experience.


Mercedes pop-up stores are coming to the US this year. Unlike traditional dealerships, pop-up stores are designed to focus on showing off the product, rather than just selling it. Mercedes experimented last year with pop-up stores in Atlanta and Miami and will follow up with a third location in Chicago. This year, Mercedes is planning on opening more of them probably focused on new product launches. The pop-up stores will look a bit like Apple stores that you see in the mall.

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пятница, 13 июля 2018 г.

India's First Supercar Revealed With Jet Turbine Power

The Goodwood Festival of Speed represents a chance for automakers to show off their most exclusive new products. It is also an opportunity for smaller marques to rub elbows with well-established luxury brands. To be noticed and remembered, companies have to bring something special.


A small Indian company called Vazirani Automotive has revealed a new supercar called the Shul, and it really catches your attention. The Shul is a new type of supercar, that features a turbine-electric drivetrain that is designed to appeal to “purists and petrolheads.” Four electric motors sit on each wheel to provide fully independent torque vectoring, each sending power through a single-ratio gearbox.

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Tesla Will Be The First Automaker To Lose The Tax Credit For EVs

The clock is ticking for Tesla buyers in the US to receive the full $7,500 federal tax credit for electric carsTesla delivered its 200,000th car this month which means a slow phase-out of the tax credit has begun.


Put in place early on in the Obama administration, the tax credit was seen as a tool that could be used to encourage customers to buy plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles. It was meant to offer consumers a bit of a break while the cost of battery technology slowly came down and to encourage manufacturers to push for greater advancements in that technology.

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четверг, 12 июля 2018 г.

Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Is The Most Focused R8 Yet

Five motorsport-inspired Audi R8 are set to be sold in Britain – a car Audi calls its “most capable and focused to date.” The limited-edition supercar, only 44 of which will be produced worldwide, adds a number of performance parts which increase downforce and drop weight, while the power number remains the same as the R8 Plus’ 600 horsepower.


The additions aren’t just cosmetic though. As well as the car’s diet, the enhancements are said to improve cornering ability. The body kit adds a large fixed rear wing and diffuser, as well as side skirts, and more elements behind the wheel arches and at the front of the car to further direct airflow through and around the car. There’s also a large front splitter that reminds of the Audi R8 GT3 racing car.

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The Trade War With China Begins As Tesla Is Forced To Raise Prices

Last Friday, the trade war between China and the US kicked off, as US President implemented a 25% tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. China has already retaliated with an increase in electric car tariffs from 15% to 40%. This means that cars that are imported into China will now be more expensive. According to The Wall Street Journal, Tesla had to raise its prices in China.


The Model X now costs $140,000, which is a significant increase over the old $117,100 price. TheModel S now costs $128,400, an increase of about $21,000 compared to the old price. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, will reportedly meet with Chinese officials in Shanghai and Beijing this week to discuss the issue. It does not seem like either government will back down. President Trump could be looking to impose tariffs on even more goods, and China has accused the US of “bullying” and starting “the largest trade war in economic history.”

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среда, 11 июля 2018 г.

Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti Looks Even Better In Blue

Last month took place the surprise unveiling of a special edition prancing horse, dubbed the Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari Edition. But if you want one, you need to be a member of one of Ferrari’s motorsport programs reserved for client racing drivers. And if you are, you can finish your 488 Pista Piloti in a choice of four colors.


Ferrari has now revealed how the racy prancing horse looks in alternative colors. Distinguishing the Piloti version of the track-focused Ferrari 488 Pista are Tricolore racing stripes that blend particularly well with the blue paint finish. Combined with the number 51 as a homage to AF Corse’s no. 51 car that won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship adorning the side, it may be the best color combination.

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Your Next New Car Could Cost An Extra $5,000

Imagine walking into a dealership to buy a new car and discovering that your preferred vehicle suddenly costs up to $5,000 more than it did not long ago. This situation could happen if President Donald Trump succeeds in raising tariffs on imports. If he does and other countries respond to it, we’re looking at a potential 25 percent tariff which will result in increased vehicle prices regardless of automaker.


The average new vehicle sold in the US with various discounts factored in costs about $32,000. The 25 percent tariff will be passed down to the consumer resulting in a price increase of $4,000 to $5,000 per vehicle. And that estimate takes in account carmakers absorbing half the cost. Besides, if automakers absorb that same amount per vehicle they’ll have to make cuts in production and labor.

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вторник, 10 июля 2018 г.

This Autonomous Car Will Bring Groceries Right To Your Doorstep

Autonomous cars have the potential to drastically change the way our society operates, making certain driving-related professions completely obsolete. Kroger, America’s largest supermarket retailer, has teamed up with Nuro to create and test self-driving vehiclesNuro is a Silicon Valley-based robotics company which is relatively new to building autonomous cars. It was founded by two ex-Google engineers who worked on Google’s self-driving car.


Kroger says it will launch a test pilot with Nuro’s self-driving grocery delivery vehicles. The pilot will begin this fall. Customers will be able to place an order on Kroger’s ClickList ordering system and Nuro’s app, and the service will offer same-day delivery. The groceries will be divided into individual locking sections, so when the autonomous shuttle arrives, customers will be able to access their groceries using their smartphone.

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Chevy Is Making More Bolts To Keep Up With Growing Demand

If you think that electric-vehicle startups like Tesla would push mainstream automakers out of the EV game, think again. In fact, General Motors has had such strong demand for the Chevy Bolt that it had to increase production. In its financial reports for the first half of this year, GM confirmed that it’s ramping up production of the electric hatchback by 20 percent thanks to strong demand in the US, Canada, and South Korea.


Global sales of the Bolt have been up more than 40 percent from January through June of this year. Chevy sold 7,858 units of the Bolt just in the US so far this year. As CNET points out, that’s a significant margin over its nearest rival, the Leaf, of which Nissan sold 6,659 in the same market over the same period of time. GM’s US sales chief Kurt McNeil said that demand for the Chevrolet Bolt EV has surpassed production, and the extra production coming on line should be enough to help them keep growing global Bolt EV sales.

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понедельник, 9 июля 2018 г.

2019 BMW 8 Series Has Officially Started Production

Twenty years have passed since the original BMW 8 Series finished production, but now the beautiful grand-tourer is making a belated comeback. The second-generation BMW 8 Series was unveiled recently at Le Mans, and now the luxury coupe has officially entered series production at BMW’s Dingolfing factory in Germany.


BMW says that a large number of digital innovations have been integrated into the production process, including self-driving transport systems and smart devices. The 8 Series is being built alongside the 5 Series and 7 Series on the assembly line and represents the first regular production BMW to be offered with a roof made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

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BMW May Slash US Factory Jobs Because Of Trump-Imposed Tariffs

BMW has warned that it may be forced to reduce investment and slash its workforce at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, production facility if President Trump succeeds in imposing a 20 percent tariff on imported EU-built vehicles. This plant happens to be BMW’s largest in the world and ships more than 70 percent of its annual production output to other countries.


But how can US tariffs on imports affect Spartanburg? Because other countries, such as China, have threatened to retaliate against the US imposed tariffs on their goods with tariffs of their own. Chinabeing one of Spartanburg’s biggest destination markets, the cost of exporting those BMW cars will increase. To make up for it, BMW claims it could impose a production crackdown and even layoffs.

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пятница, 6 июля 2018 г.

McLaren 600LT Is The Most Savage Sports Series Yet

McLaren has unveiled its new Sports Series range-topper: the 600LT. The fourth McLaren to get the Longtail treatment, the 600LT is based on the 570S and is the fastest, most powerful and most track-focused Sports Series yet. Inspired by the McLaren 675LT and the iconic McLaren F1 GTR, the 600LT’s modified carbon fiber body has been extended by 2.9 inches.


It also has an extended front splitter and rear diffuser, new side sills, and an aero-enhancing fixed rear wing to increase downforce. Despite the fact that it looks similar to the car it’s based on, McLaren claims more than 23 percent of parts used on the 600LT are completely new compared to the 570S Coupe.

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Ford Faces $1.3 Billion Lawsuit Over Defective EcoBoost Engines

Ford is very proud of its smallest engine, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost. And it decided to bring it stateside in the Fiesta while offering it as the base engine in the EcoSport. Despite its size, it makes respectable power: 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque.


Unfortunately, the engineering brilliance of this little mill has been greatly overshadowed by life-threatening issues. In fact, Ford may be facing a class-action lawsuit over this engine. The lawsuit stems from Louise O’Riordan, who purchased a Ford Focus with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost back in 2014. Even though her car only had 32,000 miles on the odometer, the engine seized on the highway, almost causing a fatal accident.

четверг, 5 июля 2018 г.

Fiat 500 Spiaggina: It Doesn't Get More Adorable Than This

The summer of 1958 marked the debut of the Fiat 500’s very first special edition that was dubbed Fiat 500 Jolly a.k.a. “Spiaggina.” Now, 60 years later, the Italian brand is celebrating the anniversary by unveiling a show car that unsurprisingly goes by the name of Spiaggina.


It represents a joint effort between Garage Italia and Pinifarina, with the two deciding to go with the roofless version eschewing the rear seats as a nod to the traditional model from many decades ago. It is finished in a lovely two-tone Sky Blue and Pearl White livery with a matching interior featuring a custom bench reminiscent of cars from the 1960s. The waterproof upholstery contributes to the retro vibe, as well as the abundance of chrome accents.

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Trucks Are Outselling Cars By Two-To-One In The United States

Because of low gas prices, people are trading their small cars for large trucks and SUVs. Back in 2013, the US car market was split between cars and trucks, but trucks have seen a massive boom in popularity. Automotive News reports that through May 2018, trucks outsold cars by two-to-one.


Automakers like Ford are changing their strategies, killing off small sedans and hatchbacks to focus on SUVs and mid-size trucks. Many experts predict that truck sales will continue to grow well into the next decade. As trucks become more popular, cars are experiencing their worst sales year in decades. The US auto market is on pace to sell 5.3 million cars this year, fewest than in 1958. Data from Edmunds shows that 53 percent of people who trade in their car replace it with another car, not an SUV or truck.

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среда, 4 июля 2018 г.

MG Wants To Make An Electric Sports Car To Rival With Mazda MX-5

British carmaker MG was sometimes known for its lightweight sports cars, but since the company was sold to Chinese automotive giant SAIC, the automaker has mainly focused on selling SUVs and subcompacts like the MG 3. But, this will change soon. The company will once again produce sports cars.



The SAIC design boss Shao Jingfeng said that MG is planning to build a lightweight roadster similar to the MG B and MG A to rival the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Unlike the MX-5, the new MG will be an all-electric sports car with all-wheel drive and will feature a completely new platform. We don’t know when MG’s new sports car will arrive, but it will be the first of many models to come. Jingfeng said that he wants MG to return to its roots “because the brand stopped for several years” by focusing on building SUVs.

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Porsche Panamera Sales Stopped In The US Due To Suspension Problem

Porsche isn’t immune to safety recalls, and the latest one involves the Panamera. The German carmaker has announced that it’s recalling several hundred models of the four-door sedan in the US due to a problem with the suspension.


Internal testing showed that some models may have rear-axle anti-roll bars that “do not meet Porsche quality standards.” Potentially, a connecting link could detach from the anti-roll bar and cause damage to other suspension components. Thankfully, no incidents have been reported as a result of this issue, but to be safe Porsche is recalling a total of 715 Panamera models manufactured in 2017 and 2018 and sold in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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понедельник, 2 июля 2018 г.

Tesla Model S Electric GT Race Car Ready To Hit The Track

After several delays, the inaugural Electric GT championship will finally begin later this year where 20 Teslas will battle on the track. Ahead of its competition debut in November, the first race-ready EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL has been unveiled at the Circuit de Catalunya track in Barcelona.


It has a large rear wing and racing-spec aero kit and an altered electric powertrain that produces 778 horsepower and 734 lb-ft of torque. Having its interior stripped out, organizers say that the racing version of Model S will sprint to 62 mph in just 2.1 seconds, which is 0.3 faster than the standard Model S and it has a top speed of 155 mph.

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Jaguar Land Rover Sues Bentley Over The Bentayga's All Terrain System

For many years the most luxurious off-road capable SUV was the Land Rover Range Rover. Today, the Bentley Bentayga is on the scene and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan will go on sale soon. Now that the competition for Jaguar Land Rover grows, it makes sense for them to study its rivals. JLR believes the Bentley Bentayga infringes on its patent regarding its Terrain Response technology.


JLR sued Bentley Motors earlier this month in Federal District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, over a patent infringement. They claim Bentleyțs All Terrain Specification comes with a Drive Dynamics system that offers Snow, Ice, and Wet Grass, Dirt and Gravel, Mud and Trail and Sand modes – nearly the same as its own Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Rocks modes. JLR filed a 30-page complaint seeking monetary damages, attorney’s fees, and a permanent injunction against Bentley.

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