Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NextEV Nio EP9 - New King of Electric Cars

NextEV is a Chinese EV maker. It's launching a range of electric cars starting in China next year. The company revealed an EV supercar—the 194mph (313km/h) EP9—just six of which will be built. The EP features rapidly swappable batteries with a range around 265 miles (426km) and a recharging time around 45 minutes. The chassis is carbon fiber, and it has a motor-generator unit at each wheel, with a peak power output of 1,341hp/1MW and 1091 ft-lbs/1480 Nm of torque.
The EP9 recently spent some time testing at the Nürburgring, setting a new electric lap record in the process. Previously, the fastest EV around the 12.9-mile (20.8km) track was Toyota's TMG EV P002 race car, which set a time of 7:22.329 in 2012. The Nio EP9 has shaved that down to just 7:05.120. The fastest Tesla lap is under nine minutes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mazzanti Evantra

The latest version of the Mazzanti Evantra boasts a new “Biplano” rear wing designed to boost downforce at speed. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V-8 rated at 751 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a paddle-shifted, 6-speed sequential gearbox that spins the rear wheels. 0-60 mph time is 3.0 seconds or less on to a top speed of over 224 mph.

The debut of the updated Evantra marks the 10th anniversary of Mazzanti’s appearance on the world stage.
It was 2006 when the company showed off its first model, the Antas. It was followed by the Vulca in 2009 and the Evantra in 2013.

Production of Mazzanti’s cars is extremely limited. The Evantra, for example, is churned out a rate of just five cars per year.
The drivetrain sits in a monocoque chassis constructed from steel and molybdenum chrome alloy. The body can be ordered in aluminum or carbon fiber.
The suspension is fully-adjustable with MacPherson at both ends. The wheels measure 20 inches across and come from OZ Racing. They’re wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tires (255/30 front, 325/25 rear)
Price starts, if you're asking, around £670,000

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Banfield Collection

1913 Merryweather Fire Engine. 100k
A collection of vintage vehicles ranging from open top double-decker buses to a 1913 fire engine, and a 1935 London Taxi to a 1914 Rolls-Royce, went under the auctioneer’s hammer in 2014.

Over 1,000 lots with 99.7% sold brought over £3 million.

1904 Talbot CT4V-B 12/16-hp Brougham.

1904 Mors 24/32-hp Roi des Belges. $ 1m.
1922 AEC S-Type Open-Top Double-Deck bus. £281,500
A spokesman for Bonhams said: “For more than 50 years Michael dedicated himself to the preservation, promotion, and use of historic road transport as part of our national heritage.

Most of this work was undertaken on a voluntary basis as a true enthusiast.
1906 Minerva 40-hp Roi des Belges. $ 200,000
1910 Renault AX 8HP $ 40,000

1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50-hp Silver Ghost Landaulette. $ 640,000
1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre. $ 73,000

Friday, November 18, 2016

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder

The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder consists of lightweight aluminum and composite with the car weighing in at just under 3,400 pounds.

Power is provided by a 5.2-litre V10 engine which produces 610 hp and 412 lb.ft. of torque, relayed to the oversized tires (P245/30R20 up front and P305/30R20 in the rear) through a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission and all four wheels. The system is rear-biased, splitting the power 43% to the front and 57% to the rear. Top speed is 201 mph, with a 0-62 mph sprint time of 3.4 seconds.
To conserve fuel, the Huracán’s V10 features an engine start/stop system and, when the need for power is low, it shuts down five of its 10 cylinders.

Starting base MSRP is $262,350; delivery and fees bring the number to $267,545.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dubai Police add Porsche 918 Spyder to Supercar Fleet

All around the United Arab Emirates police use cars such as Bugatti Veyron, a Lexus RC-F, a Brabus Widestar, a Lamborghini Aventador, a BMW i8 and others. The latest is a Porsche 918 Spyder.

Known as “the shopping capital of the Middle East,” Dubai is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and it shows with police cars that are generally used for public relations purposes only.
Almost exclusively for show, the cars usually patrol the tourist-friendly areas of the city.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

2017 #PinkBeetle

The first vehicle ever to officially be named as its own hashtag, the run of #PinkBeetle models are available in coupe and convertible and have gone on sale.

The pink Bug appeared in concept form as the Volkswagen Beetle Pink Edition at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The production version wears vibrant Fresh Fuchsia Metallic paint, accented by glossy-black mirror caps and black running boards. Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillamps and LED rear license plate lighting are standard.
The #PinkBeetle sports a tartan plaid seat pattern in, naturally, pink. Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, VW's 6.3-inch touch-screen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, heated front seats and keyless access with push-button start.

The #PinkBeetle uses the regular Beetle's base turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Base MSRP for the coupe is $26,890, that rises to $30,890 for the convertible.