A Specialty Firm – Nicholas Mee & Co. – happens to be auctioning off three different Aston Martins from the mid-20th century. This is as part of the London Concours, imminent to happen this weekend. The vehicles include a coupe, a shooting brake and a convertible. Altogether, the Aston Martins are selling as a package deal, collectively as $5 million. These Aston Martins are all of the Vantage models, with their own advantages as being rare. The vehicles are able to provide any sort of person of low-esteem some solace in knowing that they’re awesome enough to afford amazing vehicles. The O.G. Vantage DB5s are no small matter. They’re simply a sampling of right-hand-drive vehicles fit for that period of time. The shooting brake happens to be a one-and-done combined with the long-roof body.
These Vantage Aston Martins have also a lot more power in their tank.
This is thanks to the output of six-cylinder engines and cam timing altered to a new height. The 43-horsepower is an improvement over the regular DB5 while cutting the miles per hour from zero to sixty in only 6.5 seconds. With those numbers, there’s an impressive 1,000 horsepower output that anyone would revel at.
Furthermore, the Aston Martins being sold are recently and freshly in restoration with the following colors: Caribbean Pearl Blue, Californian Sage and Silver Birch. Respectively, this is for the convertible, the shooting brake and the coupe. The vehicles are selling together at the London Concours. It will be especially exciting for anyone who wants all three to themselves. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy a trio of Aston Martins? Yeah the price is a little bit off-kilter but it works wonders to have a super incredible load of engines powering your pursuits. Anyone I know would be happy to operate these vehicles with all the ease in the world.
There has been a bright blue 1992 Geo Metro Convertible sold at the RM Sotheby’s “Handle With Fun” online auction. This auction has been able to feature some rare and vintage collectibles such as gumball cross-country racing machines. Subcompact cars like the Geo Metro Convertible wouldn’t get so easily sold. But the silver-spoon auction house is no less handling the sale well. The Geo has been listed as part of a sale for $3,700. Yet the owner has had 31 bids for the tiny convertible for owner number two. At $4,000, the topless two-door car has a clean Carfax report with a listing. It has only been driven less than 39,500 miles.
This Geo is a wonderfully 1990s cheap car.
The convertible has made it an ideal contestant for the Monterey Car Week’s Concours d’Lemons. Geo Metro is rebadged. The original Suzuki Cultus was made from 1989 to 2001. General Motors brought the convertible in 1990. This therefore joined in economy cars made ready with the top-down feature.
The vehicle was powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, rating at 52 horsepower and about 58 lb-feet of torque. It was sent towards front wheels with a three-speed automatic.
The only thing stopping the Geo Metro from being worse was the 32 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon. The manual transmission had been thrifty because the EPA has about 41 mpg city and 46 highway. The fuel efficiency will be amazing.
When you have a Geo Metro like that, you simply can’t give it up. Unless if you’re planning on selling it for big bucks. That will likely happen very easily. But it’s also about what the Geo Metro convertibles, not unlike is listed by RM Sotheby’s. The Geo Metro Convertible got sold, to begin with. Isn’t this a great means of bringing the vehicle across the world to other well-deserving people? Aren’t we in a way glad that this terrible car is out of the way?
The Lotus brand has been prominent about promoting the Type 131. This vehicle is known as the Emira. And guess what? It’s not electric. That’s right, it’s a car with conventional gas powertrain in place. It happens to follow-up to the all-electric Evija. This is fascinating as there is no evident electrification in this vehicle. Furthermore, this vehicle will be the one from which all EVs will follow. As the beginning of a new era in vehicles continues forward.
Within the long debate of Lotus vehicles-to-be still up for discussion, including Elise, Exige and Evora, the Emira differs in that it will share qualities with it’s EV equivalent.
Such as huge hoopish fixtures and stacked headlights. These are from the Evija. Additionally, the Emira is also going to have qualities unique to it’s exact architecture. This is due to the vehicle spanning from about $60,000 to $120,000. Lotus is likely to assemble at least five thousand of these vehicles every year. The grandest likelihood is that the Lotus Emira is going to be such a vehicle that will have powerful engine options. The Toyota powertrain-using company will be prominent.
The four platforms are in exclusive partnership for Hethel within Geely brands. This however, may also be unavailable to non-Geely brands. The Emira is going to be built on the Sports platform, which will use the signature aluminum extrusions that Exige and Evora has already used themselves. The outgoing platform is known as the Hypercar one. The Premium platform is very different from the sports cars that the company has been making at the same time. Lotus is hoping that the chassis will be useful for upscale active lifestyle vehicles for global consumption. This is what the company believes, though it can’t see it in many words. There is likely a plan to move into the SUV space.
Formula E is doing the job right with a double-heading event. In Rome. there are plans to continue races every two weeks until the start of June. Formula E has the long-term commitment from Nissan and Porsche. Race-modifying the electric Mini could be indicative of the future showroom.
Formula E has plenty of scares, just like Formula One.
There had been very big crashes but in the case of the second race, there was a collision between Alex Lynn and Mitch Evans that definitely was dangerous in the sense of sending Lynn’s car upside down into the barriers. Lynn then had to be sent to the hospital. The result? Sam Bird won the race. This is to say that he was the winner. There was nothing to fear about Formula E. There were also unexpected results, as Techeetah, possibly the best team in Formula E, did the worst. They had to put the blame on the powertrain upgrade. NIO and Dragon did pretty well in race 2. This is due to Formula E and their qualifying format. You can take a look at some of the recaps.
In 2021, the track layout has been shifting ever so constantly. The track grows even longer and there comes with it less emphasis on 90-degree turns, as well as more sweeping curves and long straights. Trends will maintain for the rest of the one race weekend. This is given that NIO did pretty good with points in the first weekend. Dragon had great pace, and they placed 4th and 5th in the second race, but now they turned out better than any race result through the whole of the last season. NIO was also able to score some points within the first weekend. BMW and Mahindra went on with a rough start, but there will be five retirements through the two races. Both of those teams qualified mid-pack, so likely Rome will present opportunities with better results.
Let’s say you’re trying to purchase, lease or even borrow a car. Which type of vehicle would you want most? Honestly, looking at hatchbacks wouldn’t be such a bad idea. The benefits of hatchbacks include the fact that unlike sedans, they offer useful layouts inside. Plus, more room for cargo. Compare that to a crossover, and hatchbacks can offer better handling and efficient fuel economy. Not to mention all the perks of having a crossover is already included in the hatchbacks of this year.
So let’s look at these hatchbacks!
Known typically as a sedan, the Civic can also serve well amongst a crew of merry hatchbacks. It’s fast by either a 158-horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder. Perhaps a 1.5 liter allowing 174 or 180 horsepower. In the vehicle are loads of driver-assistance features. Like automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
Hyundai Veloster N
The Veloster happens to be a sports compact in disguise. It obviously is very fun to drive and has an impressive performance ratio. The N is part of Hyundai’s high-performance qualifications, making this particular model a powerful version of the three-door Veloster hatchback.
Chevy Bolt EV
The Chevy Bolt EV happened to be a smooth version of the hatchbacks. This is while also belonging to the electric vehicles that are so constantly plaguing our streets. The Chevrolet has an EPA of up to 259 miles.
The Kia Stinger is capable enough to put it’s wits against German competition. There are near luxury accommodations with so many connectivity features, that offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s best to order the Stinger with a twin-turbo V-6 engine.
When Mazda can start rolling up, they often sit in between mainstream and luxury. Being that it’s a hatchback, it can definitely pay off with three four-cylinder engines. Isn’t that delightful?
Finally, you have to consider the responsibilities that come with owning a hatchback. No matter what you do drive safe and look around
Look at Porsche and what they have in store with their Panamera Sport Turismo. It’s a cool vehicle that balances proper performance, practicality, and price. The vehicle is a full-size hatchback mostly divergent from any other passenger-hauler. You pit it against the BMW 8-Series and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, along with the Tesla Model S.
Firstly, the 2021 Panamera has a sportsy personality that isn’t often explored in a performance-directed car. It has a luxurious feel with 7.4 out of 10 on the TCC scale. In the future, there are likely going to be Panamera models with way more battery capacity and something that is definitely more of a powerful V-8 for top-of-the-line Turbo S models.
It’s not the most conventional, but it certainly looks gorgeous for Germany’s sake. There lies a low-roof curvy situation that was previously spotted in other Porsche models.
Porsche in general is a brand deserving of more respect and recognition.
After all, the Panamera is a low-guilt drive with dozens of electric-only miles on a full charge. The facelift that Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It comes with an updated Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, with features like a wireless Apple CarPlay and LED matrix headlights, simply titled the “Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Plus.” The Turbo S variant is just exactly what we need to integrate electric motor power into 8-speed dual-clutches with power to all four wheels.
This is something that comes to assist with a 360-degree view and a cozy heads-up display. Additionally, the Panamera has a revised Porsche Active Suspension Management system, controlling all three chambers of air suspension, which usually fits as a standard setting. Customers are able to optionally spec their Panamera with the “Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport.” That in itself has a feature of active roll stabilization and a setup that dares to vary torque distribution towards rear wheels in function with electronically-controlled rear-differential locks.
In Europe, Ford had created the RS200. It was very rare and very exquisite. Chances are, you would’ve liked the vehicle very much had you ridden it before. They are very rare and very fast.
What Is The 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution?
Although the formula for the GT40 and its successors has remained fairly constant—mid-mounted engine in a V-configuration (V-8 for the GT40, supercharged V-8 for the first GT, and twin-turbo V-6 for the most recent GT), rear-drive, and a focus on road-racing—the RS200 broke from the mold. Ford of Europe crafted the car to compete in Group B rallying against the likes of the Audi Quattro, Lancia 037 and Delta, and Peugeot 205 Turbo 16. Much like the GT40 and later the GT at Le Mans, the RS200 aimed to be the pinnacle of the minimally regulated rally series.
Its lightweight Ghia-styled fiberglass clamshells covered a unique platform designed by ex-Formula 1 engineers, and a mid-mounted turbocharged I-4 was built jointly with Ford partner Cosworth. Early versions displaced 1.8 liters and made around 250 hp. Later cars such as the 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution I’m about to strap into (courtesy of Stratas Auctions, where it’s for sale), had a 2.1-liter version making about 600 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. All that power was routed via a complex system of propeller shafts and driveshafts to a front-mounted five-speed manual transmission, and then out to all four wheels via a transfer case with two modes: rear-wheel drive for tarmac, and all-wheel drive for gravel. In other words, it’s pretty much a reverse, manual Nissan GT-R.
Why Group B Mattered For Roadgoing Hypercars
The basic premise of Group B rules was that each car had to seat two occupants. They had to be side by side in an enclosed cabin. Each manufacturer had to homologate (sell) 200 units for the model to be considered a production car. If you wanted to make a modification or “Evolution,” a further 25 production cars with the modifications were required. This led to an era where automakers were locked in an arms race. Combined with adding horsepower, dropping weight, and coming up with novel engineering solutions in an effort to win rallies.
Cars today aren’t like cars were yesterday. We worry so much about the carbon footprint and gas mileage and if it even runs on electricity. Yet we tend to forget about one of the most important factors in car manufacturing. We forget what reasons were some cars created for in the first place. Enter, the Coda. It was one of those inspired cars which had a great concept. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about it’s actual success. It experienced major failure unlike anything anyone’s ever known.
Conceived for public consumption in 2012, the Coda was exceedingly rare and ultimately boring. Coda Automotive only sold about 117 units of this electric car before ultimately going bankrupt. The automaker ended up using the body of a pre-existing vehicle from China. It was essentially a rip off of the Hafei Saibao – except it was electric!
Coda, sadly, weren’t dealt a good hand.
The original design that Hafei made was an import from Italians at Pininfarina. Yet, the final result looks so unappealing that it could have easily looked like any other car on the road before. Nearly appearing as a Honda Civic, the design is as old as 2004.
When Coda took it in, they mainly would focus on the performance aspect. The electric motor is able to produce about 134 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Accordingly, the vehicle is able to swipe the comptetition by showing that the vehicle can beat the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. It accelerates effortlessly past any speed desirable. There’s a likelihood that it can outdo it’s own 80 mph speedometer before long.
The EPA rated it’s range at a jaw-dropping 88 miles, which exceeded even the Nissan Leaf, back then. It’s the price that really pulled the curtains down on Coda. While the Leaf was only $35,200, the Coda was $38,145.
Buyers were expected to pay more for a car that was from a relative unknown than a Nissan.
Cadillac is maybe the most ambitious of the automakers nowadays. Like, they put the EV in rEVolution. How so? Is it with their Lyriq? Sure. Their Autonomous Box-Cars? Yeah, okay. Well… Well, how about their flying cars?
…Do you get how crazy the idea of flying cars really is? We still haven’t totally mastered air traffic, thanks to Han Solo, and yet Cadillac is already taking the lead with actually super practical designs! (I’m going to go ahead and assume these flying cars are electric.)
Cadillac Is Giving Drones And Copters A Run For Their Money
They call the concept, which seems a little cramped even for one passenger, an eVOL. It’s their big jump into aerial mobility, as it’s also powered by a 90 kilowatt electric motor. This allows the four motors found on the personal aircraft to land and takeoff vertically. The design itself allows for silent flying over ground traffic. As silent as silent can be anyway.
So, without any more details from Cadillac or parent company, General Motors, the rest of the specs are left up to exactly that: speculation. This leads us to speak at length about the strange cube design Cadillac is attempting to perpetuate.
Onwards to the Next Big Thing!
Cadillac has a self-driving cube that happens to be very strong when it comes to moving folks from place to place. It’s actually totally autonomous to the point where there’s no necessity for pedals or steering wheels. Perfect, if you’ve got a couple of booze-choosers who don’t have the proper prereqs to not wreck the vehicle otherwise. Michael Simcoe, of General Motors, says this of the vehicle: “It’s a social space for a group of friends or family to spend time together on their way to a destination.”
Looks like there’s more to look forward to besides the Celestiq sedan concept and an EV midsize crossover.
There’s a certain performance to love about the 4800 that you just can’t get with any brand that isn’t Western Star. There’s loads of room to perform your duties with as you go around tight spots, plenty of options can suit plenty of jobs and there are about 109-inches of glory with the BBC package alone. It’s the real deal, and it’s about time someone looked a little closer.
What Makes This Western Star So Special?
For starters, how about a wheelbase of up to 448″? It of course comes with the ever reliable Detroit® DD13® engine, packed with a 12.8L exhaustion of 350-505 horsepower. What’s more is that the front axle can handle 12,000 to 20,000 pounds while the rear axle handles around 40,000 – 46,000 pounds. And that’s just the standard Set-Back Axle model.
If safety is what you’re worried about, there is roll stability control enabled as well.
Not to mention the largest door openings ever featured on a Western Star. Grade 8 frame fasteners are part of what makes it possible to add optional equipment on the frame of the Western Star 4800. It can be retorqued as needed. Inside, there’s an understanding that this Western Star will probably go through some snow and mud alike. For such an occasion, the interior is decked with marine-grade rocker switches. They’re large and waterproof enough to operate with gloves on. But even without, the switches are safe from water and salt alike.
Lastly, it’s worth noting how the 4800 has a tow pin to end all tow pins. They’re able to take on about 65k lbs. of line pull, if you happen to be pulling away from a 45-degree angle. The central pin levels the pulling force in-between frame rails.
Furthermore, this is just the type of truck we need to see more of in the world. Wouldn’t you agree?