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April 8, 2021

Formula E Racing Through Rome For The Good Of Electricity

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.

ABB Formula E | April 4th, 2021

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.

March 22, 2021

Hatchbacks To Buy For Sure If You’re Trying To Buy Hatchbacks

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!

Honda Civic

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.

Kia Stinger

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.

Mazda 3

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

March 3, 2021 Porsche

Porsche and Their Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is Great

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.

February 18, 2021 RS200

RS200: The Only Ford You Need To Have In High Accord

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.

January 30, 2021 coda

Coda EV: The Story Of The Least Known Electric Vehicle Around

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.

Aging Wheels | January 26th, 2021
January 12, 2021

Cadillac Coming Back To The Future With Visions Of Flying Cars… Wow!

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.

December 15, 2020 Western Star

Western Star 4800s Offer Durability Like You’ve Ever Seen Before

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?

November 4, 2020 volvo

Volvo Driving E-Motor Research To The Limits… Of China

2020 has had it’s surprises. It’s been an odd year for Volvo, especially. They’ve had recalls, they’ve had deals and they’ve had a whole load of competition when it comes to the booming Electric Vehicle race. But now, Volvo is making the headlines with a new factoid. The fact is, Volvo has been coming up with a new lineup of vehicles which include a gasoline-electric hybrid and a battery-electric vehicle.

There are such models in it’s recharge line that are just itching to get the pole position on Electric Vehicles. For example, the XC40 Recharge EV is an expansive offer. There were even brand plans to release five more EV Volvo models within the following five years.

Where Is Volvo Oozing Out These Experiments From?

Shanghai, China. Their lab is able to augment given research the company has already been conducting within Sweden. This is also to add sugar on the cake of battery research tahat they’ve been doing in both China and Sweden, thanks to Volvo. New e-motors are in use for the upcoming SPA2 vehicle’s architecure, which may be understoon as an underpining. An underpining of newer generations of the XC90, the XC60, the S90 / V90 as well as the S60 and V60. A model from Volvo’s sister brand, the Polestar 3, will specialize in hybrid and electric performance luxury. This is all while it borrows from SPA-2 architecture.

Volvo is led to believe that the environmental footprint the company has been making on the ecosystems with their products will be improved. In several ways of course. There’s plenty of hope that the company is to become climate-neutral by a least 2040. I mean that’s a realistic goal, isn’t it? Upstream improvements for supply chain workers. Downstreaming the component recycling. There probably will be a forty percent reduction for each of the vehicles and their carbon skid marks by 2025.

Photo Courtesy of Volvo.
October 16, 2020 Einride

Einride Trucking Start-Up Unveiled Brand New Electric Driverless Trucks

The Swedish trucking start-up Einride has recently shown a new line of electric, driverless freight trucks without a cab that can be controlled remotely.

This Thursday, Einride put its line of Pod commercial freight trucks on display in anticipation to get on the road in 2021. Aiming their perogative at companies in transition from traditional diesel trucks, Einride thinks the new Pod trucks are the “future of freight.”

Einride‘s certain these trucks will assist companies in cutting their fuel costs by 70%. Therefore reducing carbon emissions up to 90%.

Founded way back in 2016, the Stockholm-based Einridesuccessfully made an early prototype of electric, autonomous trucks in 2019. These were intent on delivering goods on public Swedish roads. The T-Pod was given temporary regulatory approval to navigate on public roads for stretches without speeding out of their boundaries. Einride is still securing full regulatory approvals for more Pod trucks to drive on publicly, faster.

Truck driving a leading profession in the world today. But it’s running low on fuel. At the end of 2017, the U.S. were missing about 51,000 truck drivers, so says the American Trucking Association. Nowadays, there can only be less truckers. Furthermore, six percent of those U.S. truck drivers are female-indicative. That’s half of the workforce disappearing out of thin air.

Einride’s Pretty Positive This Will Work

Einride believes implementing remote autonomous truck operators will do some good, however. Through Autonomous Electric Transport (AET), the company might be able to:

  • Slash fuel/energy costs by 70% with AET solutions
  • Cut down operation costs up to 60%, increasing productivity by 200%. This being a reason to lengthen time spent autonomously driving
  • Rid CO2 all the way up to 90%

“We are excited to open up an entirely new category of jobs that will not only benefit the industries currently employees with improved hours, working conditions, and knowledge but reinvigorate a dying employment sector for the next wave of job seekers.” This is what Robert Falck, founder, and CEO of Einride. 

Einride | October 14th, 2020
September 28, 2020 Canoo

Canoo Displays Their Electric Vehicle Go-Kart For All To Envy

Driving a car is nice. Driving a truck is nicer. But there’s nothing quite like driving a go-kart. I speak this from experience. Oh, my God. It’s the most amazing feeling to start up the engine, feel the wind blow through your hair and narrowly avoid minivans as you round the neighborhood. It made me feel like the coolest kid in the neighborhood to have that machine at my disposal. I was King Of The Road with that monster powering me through grass and asphalt. Therefore, to drive a go-kart is a tremendous honor and an even bigger responsibility. So in this era, you have to not only match up a proper driver to the machine, but make the machine proper to match with. Luckily, Canoo was able to create just that type of go-kart.

Certainly, one with electric capabilities could be just as fun. And Canoo knows something about fun. The newly-public EV company posted a video of their “skateboard platform,” a fully-operational electric chassis vehicle. It’s decidedly cabin-less for the purpose of showing the finesse of the vehicle. It was driven in this video by X Games Racer, Sara Price.

Price said this of the Canoo’s “skatecart,” lauding it’s abilities: “The overall performance was impressive. [It] felt powerful, with smooth and dynamic handling.”

What Does This Mean For Canoo?

With a self-contained package that offers a bit of something for everyone, the kart’s steer-by-wire system and thermal management set-up is a demo of sorts. Everything that anyone would need to drive is already set-up within the rolling chassis of the kart. Furthermore, this may prove to be helpful for Hyundai, who has assisted Canoo in developing specs of this kart with appropriate funding. They anticipate to get this kart, with customizable changes for different cabins, out on the streets soon.

Canoo | September 24th, 2020
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