Porsche Taycan Quietly Making Rounds At The ‘Ring Again

And yes, the fake exhaust tips are still there.

This isn’t the first time that the Taycan, pronounced as Tie-Kahn, has been seen testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. But quite frankly, we’re not getting tired of it. Not after seeing its official specs released by Porsche. It was a handful to digest, especially its 600-horsepower (440-kilowatt) output brought about by two permanently synchronous motors – one for the front axle, the other at the back. But what do you except? it’s a Porsche, and the maker of the iconic 911 isn’t about to shatter its reputation, more so, on its first-ever, full-electric model. Read More

How About Those New Rules For “Quiet” Cars?

QUIET CARS RULE REQUIRES ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO MAKE SOUNDS AT LOW SPEEDS

The auto industry has been working for decades to make cars quieter, and now it seems it has succeeded a bit too well. Silent operation is one of the features that many drivers love about electric vehicles, but it poses a real danger to blind (or simply inattentive) pedestrians.

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Watch Mercedes-Benz EQC Conduct Final Heat Testing

AUG 18 2018 BY MARK KANE

Europe’s driest region is not a problem for the Mercedes-Benz EQC

Weeks ahead of the EQC premier, Mercedes-Benz feeds us with another teaser – one of the better ones put forth by M-B of late.

This time we see pre-production prototypes tested during the summer in the Tabernas desert in Andalusia, Spain.

The location isn’t random, as it’s Europe’s driest region, which seems fitting enough to conduct final heat testing. Read More

BaT Video: Our Datsun to The Mitty Road Trip

We had a great time driving our 1973 Datsun 240Z from San Francisco to Road Atlanta for The Mitty. The premise for this project was simple: Nissan/Datsun was the featured marque for both The Mitty and the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, so, first I suggested to BaT co-founder Randy that we should find an old Datsun to attend the events. Then, I offered to drive it cross-country to meet BaT fans and talk to them about their experience buying and selling cars. This would have been the most demanding BaT trip yet, and much to my enthusiasm, Randy approved. Read More

Too Close for Komfort: 1987 Porsche 959 Project

This 1987 Porsche 959 (VIN WP0ZZZ95ZHS900075) is the 41st of around 300 made (not including a few dozen prototypes), the large majority of which were lux-spec, 444 hp Komfort models like this. The car was offered for sale–undamaged–at Canepa fairly recently, but has clearly taken a big hit since. Check out the pre-crash photos here. Mileage was reported to be 2,391 km at the time, but is now given as 3,657 miles, and unfortunately the ad doesn’t provide any of the grizzly details, instead focusing on a brief model history lesson. While the race-bred, water-cooled-head, twin-turbo flat-six in the back appears undamaged, fixing the car’s exotic aluminum and Aramid (Kevlar) composite bodywork and Nomex floor will not be inexpensive. Find it here at Mecum who will oversee its auction in Monterey, California between August 23rd – 25th, 2018. Pre-sale estimates range from $450k – $550k. Read More

Jaguar Land Rover opening its first U.S.-based classic center in Georgia

Tesla’s next-gen Roadster prototype gets showcased in Jay Leno’s Garage: new pictures and video

If you are like me, you can’t wait to get a closer look at Tesla’s next-generation Roadster, but as we learned last week, it appears not to be a priority for Tesla as they focus on the base Model 3 and Model Y.

Nonetheless, the automaker still decided to showcase the prototype in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage – giving us new pictures and videos of the upcoming electric supercar. more… Read More

See BMW M2 Competition In 360-Degree Video Being Punished On Track

Watch the exhilarating lap from all angles.

It’s no secret that the M2 is one hell of a car, more so, in its M2 Competition package. The added 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque make this BMW a fun and exciting car to drive. With its six-pot 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine (taken from the bigger M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe) spewing a total of 405 hp and 406 lb-ft torque, it’s no wonder our Editor from Motor1 Germany had a great time with it. Read More

BYD to Deliver First Electric Buses to Montreal and Longueuil

BYD received another order for electric buses in Canada as the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) signed up for the electrification.

The first steps in Longueuil and Montreal are small as RTL will receive five 30-foot buses, while STM will receive an order of four of the same model. But we can assume that there will be much larger projects in a few years when agencies become more familiar with EVs.

BYD K7 electric bus

“These buses will make an immediate improvement to air quality and noise levels in both cities. These buses alone will deliver a reduction in carbon emissions of more than 600 metric tonnes each year. This will mean a total reduction of 7200 tonnes over the operating life of the vehicles.” Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Salon

From the seller’s description:

1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Salon Two Door Coupe,

This is one of the nicest Olds. you could find. I am the 2 nd owner excluding a dealer. As you will see in the pictures it has been taken care with white gloves. This Cutlass has no modifications , only repairs to original condition.The headliner and sun visors have been recovered with matching fabric. The tires are Uniroyal as were the original tires. All service records will come with the car. The a/c is as the factory sent it out, with R-12 coolant. I have an air conditioned garage that it spends the hot So Ga. days in to keep everything from heat damage.The 1960 and 1970 Cutlass have been restored that did not go to the junk pile. These 1980 Cutlass’s are beautiful cars and are just becoming the pick of someone that wants a car that parts are easy to find as well as someone that needs some help keeping in good running condition. This car can been enjoyed as-is , and take it to weekend car shows. And then take it to car shows , and you do not have to worry about your car as most of the vehicles do not stand up to the condition of this car. Read More

“There’s not very much to look forward to here anymore:” Detroit faces the Eighties

There’s an early 1980s’ CNN report floating around YouTube in which reporter Robert Vito runs down the high-level challenges that the American auto industry faced circa 1982. But a couple years earlier Bill Moyers, of public television station WNET, traveled to Detroit to interview the people on the ground who were facing catastrophic changes, and to try to untangle the complicated and sometimes nuanced issues of automation, union support, layoffs, downsizing, and more, just as the U.S. government was debating whether and how much it should assist the industry. Read More

EVgo To Develop A Statewide Charging Network In Virginia

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) selected EVgo to grant a contract to develop a statewide public fast-charging network.

Virginia decided to use $14 million in funds from its share of the Volkswagen mitigation settlement (a maximum of 15% out of $93.6 million from the settlement can be spent on charging infrastructure).

The press release doesn’t say how many charging stations are to be built, but it should be enough to noticeably improve the situation there. Read More

VW Calls Out Van Makers On Lack Of Standard-Fit Emergency Braking

German firm says the safety system could prevent up to 2,500 crashes a year.

Volkswagen has called out other van manufacturers for failing to include autonomous emergency braking systems on their commercial vehicles.

Autonomous emergency braking, or AEB, is an automatic system that applies a vehicle’s brakes without any driver input if the onboard sensors detect an impending crash. The system is designed to prevent low-speed accidents, such as urban bumps caused by distracted drivers, but it can also prevent (or at least reduce the effects of) high-speed collisions. Read More

Top 10 Cars Of Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari died on August 14, 1988 at the age of 90; some 30 years later, his legacy lives on. The Ferrari brand is what it is today thanks to the iron-fisted rule of Enzo, who decreed that the Italian marque would always be more important than any individual within it.

This mentality was often remarked upon by disgruntled Grand Prix drivers as dictatorial, but there is no denying that Mr Ferrari’s methods produced results – on both the road and the race track. Here are the ten most notable cars Enzo Ferrari oversaw. Read More

1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP Is The Holy Grail Of Barn Finds

It’s official! Green Hornet’s rare sister has been found.

The almost-most-expensive Mustangto be ever bought in an auction, the 1968 Shelby EXP 500 Green Hornet that pulled in an outstanding bid of $1.8 million at Barrett-Jackson, apparently has a sister named “Little Red.” These two are the rarest Shelby prototypes ever built, as they are the only notchbacks coupes that ever rolled and wore the Shelby nameplate. Read More

Ayrton Senna's Final Kart Is Heading To Auction

The kart raced by the legend in 1994 is being offered without reserve.

The last kart driven by the late Ayrton Senna will be auctioned off at RM Sotheby’s sale in London on September 5.

The kart, which is being offered without reserve, is expected to fetch between £50,000 – £70,000 (about $63,800 – $90,000 at current exchange rates), with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity, which aims to empower the youth of Brazil by providing quality education. The institute benefits 1,500,000 children, 65,000 teachers and over 660 municipalities across 17 Brazilian states each year. Read More

Ayrton Senna's Final Kart Is Heading To Auction

The kart raced by the legend in 1994 is being offered without reserve.

The last kart driven by the late Ayrton Senna will be auctioned off at RM Sotheby’s sale in London on September 5.

The kart, which is being offered without reserve, is expected to fetch between £50,000-£70,000, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity, which aims to empower the youth of Brazil by providing quality education. The institute benefits 1,500,000 children, 65,000 teachers and over 660 municipalities across 17 Brazilian states each year. Read More

New Rimac C_Two Hypercar Revealed at the Petersen Automotive Museum

“C_Two was built to be used. It’s not to purely sit pretty,” affirms Marta Longin, Rimac Automobili’s communications maestro who’s methodically taking me through the company’s all-new, all-electric hypercar. Walking toward the open McLaren-esque, butterfly carbon doors, she adds: “This is a car ready to cross continents.” And based on the specs Longin quotes, the C_Two will do so in a manner yet-to-be-experienced by any car ever produced. Oh yes, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, your time as the outright kings of speed is rapidly coming to a close. Read More

Take A Good Look At The SSC Tuatara’s Beefy Engine

Seven years in the making – let’s all hold our breath until August 26.

Long overdue – those are the two words that best describe the upcoming Tuatara. It was in 2011 when SSC, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, introduced its first concept. It was a work-of-art, with a huge ambition to be the fastest car on the planet, right next to the SSC Ultimate Aero.

But seven years down the line, the Tuatara remains as a concept and a prototype, but not until August 26, 2018. SSC confirmed that it will reveal its final production form at Pebble Beach 2018 during the Monterey Car Week. SSC even dropped teasers of the Tuatara, hinting that it won’t be too far from the prototypes that came out in the past years. Read More

Electrek Review: The Boosted Stealth electric skateboard is still the leader of the pack

Electric skateboarding has been growing in popularity over the last few years as more people discover its benefits. From pleasure riding to actual commuting, electric skateboards and longboards are coming into their own as legitimate forms of personal electric transportation.

Boosted, a leader in the electric skateboard industry, recently released a new line of electric shortboards and longboards. Their flagship longboard is known as the Boosted Stealth, and I’ve been riding it around for the last few weeks. Here’s the skinny. more… Read More

IndyCar is Signing Noted Teammate-Wrecking Formula 2 Driver for the Final Two Races of the Season

Photo: Carlos Osorio (AP)

Oh, IndyCar. Our sweet disaster series. The disaster series for which Santino Ferrucci, who was suspended from and then cut by his Formula 2 team for intentionally wrecking his teammate post-race and texting behind the wheel, is going to be racing this season.

While he hasn’t officially been dropped from Haas’s Formula One driver development program, Connecticut-born Ferrucci is turning his sights to his national open wheel series. Dale Coyne Racing is expanding its current two-car team to a three-car team in order to field a car for Ferrucci at Sonoma and Portland, the final two races of the season. He’ll be teaming up with Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi. Read More

SSC Tuatara's twin-turbo V8 showed off ahead of Pebble Beach

The SSC Tuatara has been a slow burn for seven years, after the concept debuted in 2011 and racked up $13 million in sales that same year. We got smoke at the beginning of the year when the Washington-state company showed a teaser. Now we get heat and smoke thanks to SSC teasing the twin-turbo V8 that will power the production model. The sneak peak comes about a week before SSC plans to reveal the Tuatara during Monterey Car Week – as it did in 2011. Read More

Watch This Ford Bronco R/C Prance On The Beach In Slow Motion

There’s a certain level of satisfaction in this 3-minute video.

When it comes to car videos, slow-motion types are fun to watch. Every detail of the vehicle is carefully showcased, while its action is somehow stylized further, frame by frame. Honestly, we always feel a certain level of satisfaction when watching cars doing it in slow-mo. It’s like reaching the most unreachable part your ear; it’s just indescribable. Read More

Rear-end Collision Costs Toyota $242 Million

After deliberating eight hours, a Texas jury ordered Toyota to pay $242.1 million to compensate a Dallas family involved in a 2016 rear-end collision that seriously injured two children.

The children, aged 3 and 5, were rear-seat occupants in a 2002 Lexus ES300 driven by parents Benjamin and Kristi Reavis on Dallas’ North Central Expressway. While stopped in traffic, a Honda Pilot collided with the rear of the car at a high rate of speed, causing the front seatbacks to collapse. Read More

Nuccio Bertone One-Off: 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder

This 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder (chassis 13421) is a one-off Bertone creation originally commissioned by SoCal-based Porsche dealer John von Neumann, who, in hearing of the rumored Targa, insisted that his clients were only interested in fully open cars. Displayed at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show not far from the production 911 Targa, reception was good but no firm orders were placed, and the factory alternative soon moved toward full production. Retained by von Neumann and subsequently a number of collectors, the car looks well kept throughout, with almost too much interesting detail to take in, including the entirely unique interior, disappearing headlight covers, delicate trim and much more. The car has reportedly been serviced recently, bringing it back to running condition, though further attention will be needed to make it roadworthy. Find it here at Gooding who will oversee its auction in Pebble Beach, California between August 24th and 25th 2018, with pre-sale estimates ranging from $700k – $1m. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission. Read More

GM Held An Employee Competition The Best Garbage Art

In this contest, everybody’s a winner.

Going green has always been the initiative of GM. This year, however, the company takes it green initiative a bit further with the “Project Greenway” design competition. The contestants? No other than the company’s artists from its Design Center.

The things repurposed in the competition are waste materials from models that the Design Center used. Unwanted and discarded items were collected at General Motors’ Global Technical Center campus, where the Design Center is located. These include leather, wood, high-density foam, metal, frames, plumbing parts, mesh, caster, chain, supplier samples and more, which were given to the contestants in a first-come, first-grab basis. Read More

Win A Spot On The Podium And A Share Of $100,000 With Le Mans Esports Series

Registration now open for Motorsport Network and ACO’s new motorsport esports championship.

Silverstone, UK-  18 August 2018 Registration for the Le Mans Esports Series (LMES), a joint initiative by Motorsport Network and the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), has officially opened following this afternoon’s LMES press conference. Winners of the ground-breaking esports series will have a chance to secure a spot on the 2019 Le Mans 24hrs podium and a share of the $100,000 prize pot. Read More

Win A Spot On The Podium And A Share Of $100,000 With Le Mans Esports Series

Registration now open for Motorsport Network and ACO’s new motorsport esports championship.

Silverstone, UK-  18 August 2018 Registration for the Le Mans Esports Series (LMES), a joint initiative by Motorsport Network and the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), has officially opened following this afternoon’s LMES press conference. Winners of the ground-breaking esports series will have a chance to secure a spot on the 2019 Le Mans 24hrs podium and a share of the $100,000 prize pot. Read More

A Super Formula Team is Testing a New Heads-Up Visor Display

If you’ve seen Dragon Ball Z, you know about scouters. They’re basically an eyepiece you can pop on that’ll give you information without you having to look anywhere. Well, those might just become a thing in the future of racing.

According to Autosport, Super Formula team Dandelion Racing has debuted a heads-up display attached to a driver’s helmet visor that doesn’t look too different than the scouters. But instead of displaying an opponent’s power levels, it shows things like fuel consumption and temperature. Read More

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS to start at $24,995

When Chevrolet announced the 2019 Malibu RS at this year’s New York Auto Show, the automaker said the sport-ish sedan should come in around $25,000. Seems that hint was only five dollars off. Cars Direct found an order guide showing that the appearance package for the midsize sedan will roll out the door for $24,120 plus an $875 destination charge, for $24,995 total. That makes the Malibu RS exactly $1,000 more dear than the lower LS trim, which needs $23,995 after destination. We’re not sure yet how much the higher LT trim will command. Read More

Chinese tariffs may delay Elon Musk's boring projects

WASHINGTON – A company owned by Elon Musk that is trying to lower the cost of building high-speed transit tunnels has asked the Trump administration to exempt it from tariffs for some Chinese-made tunnel boring machine components, warning the tariffs could significantly delay a planned tunnel between New York and Washington. Read More

Subaru Prices All-New Forester From $24,295

That’s just up by $500 from the previous model.

Subaru has just released the pricing and trim levels of the 2019 Forester, and it’s looking really great. The fifth-generation model may sport a not-so-different look from its predecessor, but it packs a lot of things inside, making it a bang-for-the-buck compact SUV.

To start off, the Forester has its base variant priced at $24,295 without the destination charge. This includes 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires and disc brakes on all four. Door handles and rear/side underguards also come in body color. If you want to swap the wheels with alloys instead, that would cost you $600 and Subaru will also throw in roof rails with that. Read More

Anne-Cécile Itier and Her Bugatti Dominated the Early French Racing Scene

Photo: Getty

Jealous rivals called her a “moving chicane”. Circuits went out of their way to keep women away. But Anne-Cécile Itier was not one to be discouraged by a few men who thought they knew what was best for her.

See, French Itier had a pretty strange path to racing. She participated in her first race at the age of 31 in the wake of a harsh divorce with a bad husband. She’d tried her hand at flying before, but the call of the car was too strong to deny. In 1926, Itier took a new Brasier and entered the Paris-Pau road race, where she finished second. Read More

Watch Mercedes-Benz EQC 2019 Conduct Final Heat Testing

Europe’s driest region is not a problem for the Mercedes-Benz EQC

Weeks ahead of the EQC premier, Mercedes-Benz feeds us with another teaser – one of the better ones put forth by M-B of late.

This time we see pre-production prototypes tested during the summer in the Tabernas desert in Andalusia, Spain.

The location isn’t random, as it’s Europe’s driest region, which seems fitting enough to conduct final heat testing. Read More

Kroger starts testing driverless grocery delivery in Arizona

U.S. supermarket operator Kroger said it will start testing driverless grocery delivery on Thursday with technology partner Nuro at a single Fry’s Food Store in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kroger and rival Walmart each have teamed up with autonomous vehicle companies in a bid to lower the high-cost of “last-mile” deliveries to customer doorsteps, as online retailer Amazon.com rolls out free Whole Foods delivery for subscribers to its Prime perks program. Read More

Tesla Model 3 Production Hits 70,000, With Registered VINs Near 100,000

In just one year and two weeks, Tesla manufactured 70,000 Model 3

According to Bloomberg, cumulative production of Tesla Model 3, estimated through its VIN-tracking algorithm, is now above 70,000. That’s almost 10,000 more than it stood at 13 days ago.

The Tesla Model 3 Tracker indicates (as of August 18) 70,009 units produced and a production rate of 5,321 weekly, which is slightly less than previously, but still expected to go north to 6,000 or so later this month. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1930 American Austin

Unrestored 1930 American Austin coupe for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

Rare 1930 American Austin Bantam 5 window coupe. No mileage since total restoration. Body and fenders in good condition.

The car is not currently registered but has a clear title (Colorado 2016).

This car was passed to me by my father, who purchased it from the estate of a friend who completed the restoration shortly before he died. I am not an antique car expert and my knowledge of this vehicle is very limited but this is what I know: Read More

This All-White Tesla Model 3 Came With One Brown Door Panel

17 H BY STEVEN LOVEDAY

How about a white Tesla Model 3 Performance with white interior … and one brown door panel?

Yes folks, it really happened. Apparently, everyone at Tesla overlooked the fact that just one of the Model 3’s interior door panels was brown. Although it’s said that these cars go through a number of checks before leaving the factory, not to mention the process once they move to a delivery center, the issue remained unnoticed. Read More

Four-Links – ball-stud Hemi, Egypt’s desert racers, lead bromide, Lucky 13

Had muscle cars continued uninterrupted throughout the Seventies, we would have seen all sorts of interesting progressions of Sixties tech, including the ball-stud Hemi, which Mac’s Motor City Garage detailed this week.

* Here in the United States, off-road racing largely faces threats from development; in Egypt, it’s their army’s lethal enforcement of no-go zones in the desert. As Roads and Kingdoms wrote this week, however, a growing bunch of off-road racers are heading out into the desert regardless. Read More

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