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VW’s California XXL, an amazing camper van that needs to come to the US | Ars Technica
It sleeps four, has a kitchen and bathroom, and even a massive panoramic roof.
I was alerted to this rather awesome-looking Volkswagen California XXL camper van by our policy editor and chief Ars van aficionado David Kravets. Based on the VW Crafter, this is a 21st-century descendent of the iconic VW bus (aka the Bulli/Camper/Kombi/Transporter/Type 2). It's also perhaps the ultimate expression of car camping, short of one of those Russian things that are a spinoff of the armored personnel carrier.
Under the hood is a Euro 6-compliant TDI engine, pneumatic suspension, and a Haldex all-wheel drive system, but that's pretty boring compared to the rest of this tricked-out ride. For one thing, the rear section has been stretched to provide room for a proper-sized bed, big enough for two adults to sleep comfortably.
cars  travel  camping 
22 hours ago by rgl7194
Formula E wows the crowds with street racing in NYC | Ars Technica
The electric racing series has a new home in the US, and it put on a fine show.
NEW YORK—On July 15 and 16, the fledgling sport of Formula E racing managed something its older, bigger, much richer sibling never managed: racing with the Statue of Liberty and the downtown Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. After races in Miami (2015) and Long Beach, California (2015, 2016), the Big Apple became the third US venue to host an ePrix, and it should provide the electric racing series a home for some time to come thanks to a 10-year contract with the city.
Before a sold-out crowd of 18,000, DS Virgin Racing's Sam Bird stepped up to the pressure and took two wins from two races. And with championship leader Sebastien Buemi absent—the Swiss driver was committed to racing in Germany in the World Endurance Championship the same weekend—ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport's Lucas di Grassi made up ground in the title fight, narrowing the gap to just 10 points with two races left to go. Given all the excitement (and the fact NYC qualifies as the closest stop on the Formula E calendar), Ars took to the grandstands to see how one of our favorite racing series is starting to mature.
cars  racing  electric  nyc 
yesterday by rgl7194
See IndyCar’s bold new look for 2018 | Ars Technica
Better looking than ever, the cars should be safer and race even closer, too.
America's fastest racing series is going with an all-new look from next year. Earlier this week, IndyCar revealed the new 2018-spec cars to the world at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then let series veterans Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia loose for the 2018 machine's first test session. The pair—powered by Chevrolet and Honda engines respectively—were immediately up to speed in the box-fresh race cars, which will use the same aero kit for next season regardless of the engine supplier. It's the fourth new look for IndyCar's Dallara-built DW12 since it was introduced in 2012 and the first aesthetic to ditch the un-Indylike airbox behind the driver's head for a much more appropriate roll-hoop.
cars  racing 
yesterday by rgl7194
Aston Martin and Zagato team up again for Pebble Beach | Ars Technica
These aren’t your run-of-the-mill Aston Martins.
The build-up to this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance continues apace. Yesterday was Infiniti's turn, with its gorgeous, retro-styled electric Prototype 9 concept car, while today the headlines go to Aston Martin. Once again, the British carmaker teamed up with Italian design house Zagato, this time on a pair of limited-edition versions of a rather old model: the Vanquish Zagato Speedster and Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.
That now makes a total of four different Zagato-bodied versions of the venerable GT car, for the two companies have previously collaborated on a Vanquish Zagato Coupe and Vanquish Zagato Volante (which means "convertible" in Aston Martinese).
Now a second open-top version is available. The Speedster is strictly for sunny days, with no convertible roof to speak of, just a pair of streamlined cowls behind the driver and passenger seats.
cars  aston  convertible  auto_show 
yesterday by rgl7194
The Mercedes-AMG Project One is basically a road-legal F1 car | Ars Technica
1000hp, two seats, and a $2.7 million price tag.
The car industry is currently going through a burst of exuberance that dwarfs even that of the early 1990s. You'd think sensitivities over pollution and climate change would have made the horsepower wars passé, but that doesn't appear to be the case. And when Dodge is selling a pony car with 840hp under the hood, you can see why those wanting to play at the very sharpest end of the market are aiming for four-digit power figures to go with multi-million-dollar sticker prices. Three F1 teams are currently developing hypercars. Red Bull and Aston Martin have the Valkyrie, McLaren is building the BP23, and then there's the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, which made its debut in Frankfurt on Monday evening.
cars  mercedes  racing  auto_show 
yesterday by rgl7194
Is this BMW’s next electric car? | Ars Technica
BMW says it will have 12 new battery EVs on sale by 2025.
Way back at the beginning of 2016, rumors were swirling that BMW planned to expand its i range of electric vehicles. The i6 would be a four-door coupé that offered more practicality than the i8 sports car or i3 city car. Then things went quiet as BMW geared up to celebrate its centenary. Now it looks like those rumors were correct, judging by the concept car the company brought to the Frankfurt Auto Show this year. The BMW i Vision Dynamics is a four-door coupé EV that we reckon will become a production car in the next year or so.
"BMW i is the innovation driver for the BMW Group," explains Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management at BMW AG. "Here, visionary solutions and future-ready concepts become reality for the first time. But BMW i also acts as a spearhead of innovation for our other brands. The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like. And BMW has demonstrated its talent for turning visions into real life throughout its history."
cars  electric  BMW 
yesterday by rgl7194
Electric cars all the rage at Frankfurt Auto Show, but we can’t drive them yet | Ars Technica
Concepts and roadmaps are fine and well, but we need EVs now.
The theme at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show was definitely electric. Just about everyone had a new electric vehicle concept on show. And there were electrification roadmaps galore. The only thing that was missing was the here and now, and the holdup has me irked. You see, disclaimers were everywhere. The EVs on display are mostly stalking horses for production cars, but none of them is ready for sale today. Those plans to electrify entire model ranges? 2030 appears to be the date by which you'll be able to get an electric version of any car you want—subject to fine print.
auto_show  cars  electric  germany  honda  mercedes  BMW 
yesterday by rgl7194
Few fast rounds cause it’s :)
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yesterday by alvar
This is the new Nissan Leaf - The Verge
150 miles of range, no brake pedal needed
2 days ago by twleung
Up close with the 2018 Nissan Leaf - The Verge
Today Nissan finally unveiled the 2018 Leaf, its next-generation electric vehicle set to take on a new breed of mainstream competitors like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.
The final production...
2 days ago by twleung
Three Words Can Get Drivers Where They Actually Want to Go | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
You need to pick up friends at an airport, but you don’t know where along the arrivals curb they’re waiting. You’re meeting a client, but you are unsure which entrance to use at their sprawling corporate headquarters. You’re headed to a wedding in a scenic park, but you don’t know exactly know where the ceremony will be held inside its borders. Drivers encounter situations like these every day. They have an address for their intended destination, but it’s not quite good enough to get them there. Actually, it will soon be quite.good.enough, because Mercedes-Benz has figured out a way to spare motorists those headaches.
cars  driving  mapping  location_services 
2 days ago by rgl7194
2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Test | Review | Car and Driver
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo, introduced in 2003, was the vector for a contagion that has since spread to the farthest reaches of the automotive universe. The 1992 GMC Typhoon may have been the first diagnosed case of this high-performance SUV virus, but now even Ferrari is running a fever. Symptoms can include weight gain, swelling of underhood forces, elevated profit margins, and thinning of a brand’s heritage. While the 2017 Cayenne is still frothing mad in Turbo S form, the Porsche’s overhaul for 2019 with Stuttgart’s latest infection means this could be our last checkup with the current model.
Mighty thrust and V-8 roar, comfortable, supremely capable, beautifully crafted.
Seriously expensive, many luxuries not standard, newer version imminent.
cars  review  porsche 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Lamborghini Introduces Huracan Super Trofeo Evo Race Car | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
When the Lamborghini Veneno first came out, we thought it was kind of a poseur race car, but now it has been redeemed. That’s because many of its outlandish aero bits are now on a real race car, the new Huracán Super Trofeo Evo.
Compared to the current Huracán Super Trofeo LP620-2 that has lapped tracks since 2014, the Super Trofeo Evo shoots for less drag with the same downforce. A central dorsal fin is the most obvious change, but the entire rear of the car gets a rethink, with flat fender extensions bolted to a redesigned rear splitter that retains nothing of the stock bumper. With the top snorkel funneling air into the engine, Lamborghini reshaped the rear quarter-panels and deleted their side air scoops. Designers enlarged the lower brake cooling ducts, angled them away from the rear wheels, and added winglets. The front fenders add new extensions, while the front diffuser takes inspiration from the Huracán Performante. A central vent (hexagonal, of course) and deeper radiator pockets complete the new hood. Should the Evo land on its side, a roof hatch allows the driver a quick escape.
cars  lamborghini  preview 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Pure McLaren Arctic Experience
The Experience
Join us for a very special experience 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
As the temperature plummets in Northern Finland, the landscape crystallises and sets the scene for what will be an unforgettable driving adventure. Within one of Finland’s most expansive winter testing facilities, you will discover the power and agility of the McLaren 570S by pushing your driving skills to the limit with the help of our professional coaches.
With its ice tracks specially designed for McLaren, this is the perfect winter wonderland to put the McLaren 570S and your driving, to the ultimate test.
cars  driving  mclaren  winter  adventure  europe 
2 days ago by rgl7194

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