Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Officially Unveiled

VW today took the wraps off their awesome new race car designed for 2018 Pikes Peak hill climb. The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak is an all-electric, high-performance machine with high hopes to smash the course’s 8:57.118 minutes record for electric cars. 

Weighing less than 2,500 lbs and boasting 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has performance numbers to match its spaceship-like appearance. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.25 seconds. And because it doesn’t have an internal combustion engine there altitude, which is as high as 4,720 feet at Pike Peak, will have no negative effect on its oomph.

We had seen sketches of Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak before, but in the metal the car looks even more amazing. As VW says, the aim in designing the I.D. R was not maximum performance, but rather the perfect balance between energy capacity and weight. The technologies used in this racing car, such as the battery pack, energy storage, and regenerative brakes, will be utilized in VW’s production cars in the near future.

The I.D. R will take part in the Race to the Clouds on June 24 with world-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion Romain Dumas at the wheel.








“Volkswagen’s goal is to reach the pinnacle of electromobility with the I.D. family,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development. “The hill climb on Pikes Peak will definitely be a real acid test for the electric drive. Customers have always benefitted from the findings made in motorsport, and we expect to take these findings and use them as a valuable impetus for the development of future I.D. models.”

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury Leaked Ahead of Beijing Debut

At the upcoming Beijing Auto Show Daimler has plans to unveil a new concept version of the Maybach. It’s a SUV Maybach previewing a future production model, and it’s called Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury. There is certainly more than enough clues in the car’s name as to what it’s all about. 

While official details of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury are yet to be released, leaked pictures and information give us a good idea about the features. The huge SUV is apparently all-electric, packing something in the vicinity of 750 horsepower with a range of 310 miles on one charge. The design of the car seems to be a mix of Maybach’s previous concepts, namely the Vision 6, and Mercedes’ GLE Coupe SUV.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury has an interior worthy of the car’s name. The concept inaugurates a new luxurious design for the dashboard which could be what’s in store for future Mercedes models as well. There is plush wooden trims with ambient lighting embedded in them, super fine leather, and a rear center console equipped with a vase and a tea set complete with a kettle and everything. Now this is a refined kind of luxury!









The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury shows how the typical strengths of an exclusive high-end saloon and an SUV can be combined. The concept vehicle embodies the Mercedes-Maybach design language, which reflects the traditional brand values while continuing the successful Mercedes-Maybach story. To tie in with this the Design Team has created a furniture collection, which reflects the design idiom, form and material mix of the show car.

Via Autocar

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G-Power BMW M2 Packs 500 Horsepower

G-Power waited for BMW to reveal their M2 Competition with 410 horsepower to release their own upgrade kit for the sports car and kind of embarrass them. G-Power BMW M2 has a nice and round 500 horsepower. It also looks better, at least his eye-popping matte green color. 

So if you can’t wait for the Competition, you can get yourself a nice used M2 and have it tuned by G-Power. You get the better and faster car, and it will have cost you a lot less. And if you are wondering why didn’t BMW themselves inject the Competition with more horsepower, they’re probably saving that for the rumored M2 CSL a few years down the line.

G-Power BMW M2 features a heavy upgrade package for its S55 engine with Performance Software V3, exhaust conduction downpipe, a new intercooler and modifications on the turbocharger including larger compressor and turbine wheels. The result is 500 horsepower and 630 Nm of torque, which is a remarkable gain over the standard car’s 370 hp and 500 Nm. Performance-wise, the car does 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 310 km/h.

Besides the power kit, G-Power can also hook you up with four 90mm carbon tailpipes, and a set of HURRICANE RR forged wheels, 9×20” in front and 10.5×20” in the rear with 245/30R20 and 285/25R20 tires respectively. The wrap and other cosmetic upgrades are not in-house.

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Sets Nurburgring Lap Time: 6:56.4

Well, it’s official now. The new 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has set an official Nurburgring lap record, and it’s a quick one, predictably. That’s impressive, but not surprising. What is surprising though is the fact that the new time is a full 24 seconds faster than that of the old GT3 RS. 

That is a huge margin and shows how much better, at least performance-wise the new model is. 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is powered by a 520 horsepower version of the superb naturally aspirated 4.0 liter flat-six we all know and love. Besides the power though, the blistering lap time is also down to the motorsport chassis, advanced electronic controls, and the latest generation of Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

The sub-seven lap record was achieved by Porsche works race driver Kévin Estre. As you can see in the video above, the man’s consistency is almost machine-like. Hemust have a lot of fun setting the record too, judging by the sweet sound of that flat-six at 9,000 rpm. At 195,137 euro (in Germany), the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a pretty pricey bit of kit. But all things considered, it is worth every single euro.

Frank Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, commented; “No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred; for example, from the 911 GT3 R. This is what our philosophy for GT models is about: Highest technology must be fascinating but tangible. In this regard there is no harder test for our ideas than the Nordschleife.”

 



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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Boosts the Value Factor

With refreshed design, improved fuel economy, and a range of advanced tech features, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has pulled out all the stops to make sure it is a hit in the mid-range hybrid segment. Starting at $25,500, the car represents one of the best value-for-money choices in this market. 

That price is 500 bucks lower than the 2017 modelyear, while 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is better looking and better equipped. The sedan has a 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder Hybrid with a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers an average fuel economy of 42 mpg. In terms of features, even the base model now boasts Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, while Limited trim gets Panoramic sunroof, bi-function LED headlights and LED interior lights. There is also an Ultimate package which adds Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, wireless charging pad and heated steering wheel.

The $885 destination charge aside, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at $25,500 for the entry-level model, $30,500 for the Limited, and $34,350 for the Limited Ultimate Package. Below you will find the list of features for each trim level…

Sonata Hybrid

  • 2.0L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 4-cylinder Engine
  • Permanent magnet high-power density motor (38 kW)
  • Lithium-ion polymer battery system (270V)
  • Hybrid starter-generator (HSG)
  • 6-speed Automatic Transmission w/ SHIFTRONIC®
  • Drive mode select
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert & Lane Change Assist
  • Rearview backup camera
  • VSM/ESC/TCS/ABS/TPMS
  • Front, front seat side, curtain and drivers knee airbags
  • 16-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED taillights
  • Automatic headlight control
  • Side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators
  • Heated side mirror
  • Chrome exterior door handles
  • Chrome surround DLO
  • Solar control glass
  • Proximity key w/ push button start
  • Hands-free smart trunk opener
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • 6-way manual front seats (height-adjustable)
  • Leatherette door panel inserts
  • 2-inch color LCD trip computer
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel w/ cruise and audio controls
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • Auto up/down driver window
  • Sunvisor extension
  • Tire mobility kit (TMK) in lieu of temporary spare tire
  • 7-inch color touchscreen Display Audio
  • Apple Carplay™ & Android Auto™ compatibility
  • iPod®/USB and AUX input jacks
  • Integrated Bluetooth® w/ phonebook transfer

Sonata Hybrid Limited

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • High-gloss window surround
  • 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels
  • Chrome side rocker moldings
  • LED headlights w/ Dynamic Bending Lights
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 8-way power driver seat w/ lumbar support
  • Integrated Memory System (IMS) – driver seat and outside mirrors
  • 6-way power passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • LED interior illumination
  • Auto-dimming room mirror w/ HomeLink® and compass
  • Premium door sill plates
  • Floor console-mounted vents
  • Auto up/down front passenger window
  • Wood grain interior trim inserts
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio (90 day complimentary trial)
  • HD Radio™ technology
  • Blue Link® Connected Car Services
  • Blue Link® Connected Care Package (for 3-years, enrollment required)
  • Blue Link® Remote Package (for 3-years, enrollment required)
  • USB charge port (2nd row floor console)

Sonata Hybrid Limited Ultimate Package 

  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
  • Driver Attention Warning System
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Automatic high beam assist
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) w/ stop/start capability
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) w/ Auto Vehicle Hold
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear side window manual sunshades
  • Navigation System w/ 8-inch Color Touchscreen Display
  • Infinity® premium audio system
  • SiriusXM® Travel Link®
  • Blue Link® Guidance Package (for 3-years, enrollment required)
  • Wireless device charging

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2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport Gets Advanced Safety Kit

The mid-year upgrade for the popular crossover Nissan Rogue Sport has given a significant safety tech upgrade. This version of the Rogue now comes as standard with Auto Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), plus Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), making it really hard to crash this thing. 

Not that people won’t find a way to get into accidents in spite of all the tech. Still, the presence of all this gear should compensate for some of the inevitable human error. The addition of Automatic Emergency Braking to the Nissan Rogue Sport makes Nissan’s entire range equipped with this system as standard. Altima, LEAF, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue and Sentra, they all have this system now, which is great because these cars are predominantly bought by families.

Offered in front-wheel and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive configurations, the 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport comes with only one engine choice but three trim levels. The engine is a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine, mated to a Xtronic transmission with Eco Mode. Spec up your car right, and you can end up with such nice features as RearView Monitor, Siri Eyes Free, NissanConnect, voice recognition, Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Intelligent Lane Intervention (I-LI).



Rogue Sport Price List:

Rogue Sport S FWD $22,110 USD
Rogue Sport SV FWD $23,740 USD
Rogue Sport SL FWD $27,190 USD
Rogue Sport S AWD $23,460 USD
Rogue Sport SV AWD $25,090 USD
Rogue Sport SL AWD $28,540 USD

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Unveiled

No car in history has had more Indy 500 pace car gigs as the Corvette. So naturally when it came to choosing a version for the 102nd edition of the big race, Chevy picked the top dog – the 2019 Corvette ZR1. The 755 horsepower super car will be the fastest pace car Indianapolis 500 has ever seen. 

The ‘Vette should also appeal to the typical Indy 500 fan aesthetically, what with its ginormous wing and large intakes. The car is an engineering marvel though, boasting a 6.2L supercharged V-8 (LT5) with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. Though rear-wheel-drive and featuring a 8-speed single-clutch automatic, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reaching a top track speed of 212 mph.


The muscle/super car handles well too, thanks mainly to the ZTK Performance Package with its stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension, but also Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and large wheels and super wide tires, not to mention Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Indy 500 pace car is standard save for the graphics package.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It’s the perfect choice to pace ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

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McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition Comes in Five Flavors

In a bid to make their Sport Series cars more luxurious, McLaren announced the launch of new designer packages for the convertible 570S. The McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition comes in five different trims and colors, each unique in its own way, but all looking really really cool. 

The “uncompromising” convertible, according to McLaren, is a supercar for daily use. That is why many of the owner may appreciate more luxury and style. This car is not like the 720S, the main purpose of which is to be ferociously fast. McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition is in some ways the nicest upgrade released for the Sport Series yet. The five colors you can order this car in include Silica White, Storm Grey, Vermillion Red, Onyx Black or Vega Blue. Each on also gets interior scheme, wheel finish, brake caliper colour and branding and finish of the hardtop from the designer catalog.

McLaren doesn’t go into details on all of the car. They only dissect the features of McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition 4 to show you what kind of highlights you can expect. This car, shown in the pictures, comes in Onyx Black with the hardtop finished in body color. It also get 10-spoke forged alloy wheels with a Stealth finish and the brake calipers are in McLaren Orange with black printed McLaren logos. Inside, there is Carbon Black Alcantara, McLaren Orange nappa leather, McLaren Orange perforated nappa leather seats with contrasting stitching, colour co-ordinated steering wheel and McLaren branded leather sill finishers.









“There is a virtually limitless number of different personalisation opportunities for the McLaren 570S Spider and who better to begin the process than the people who designed it?” commented McLaren Automotive Design Director, Rob Melville. “We have selected key exterior and interior colours and finishes that we believe showcase the 570S Spider in the most desirable way and are offering them as Design Editions that we as designers would choose.”

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The Best Cars for SMEs

Establishing a small business has become seamless over the years. As technology continues to advance, we are continuously provided with opportunities to make profits. Heck, even teenagers nowadays can build their own business empires for a minimum capital.

But we have to admit that there are challenges that every budding entrepreneur has to face. One of these challenges is logistics.

In this sense, choosing a vehicle for your business is crucial to getting things done and fast. Your choice of a ride doesn’t only provide convenience in the way you deliver your goods. It also determines how you run your business in the long-term.

After all, a vehicle is an investment in itself, and it’s best to find one that maximizes your operations and, eventually, help you with your revenue goals.

Pickup trucks

If you want your business to run efficiently, you can always count on light trucks to help you out. These types of vehicles can benefit SMEs in terms of medium distance logistics. If you happen to run a restaurant that sells organic ingredients picked fresh from the market, you can use trucks like the Ford Super Duty series or the Toyota Tundra to make the journey. The V-6 and V-8 engines they pack are ideal for long interstate travels. For sure, pickup trucks are not that hard to come by. You can find the best deals just about anywhere. As a start, you can find great deals on Ford 150 trucks from Bob Gillingham.

Vans

Exterminators usually use vans to transport their equipment to wherever they are  assigned. But it is face to say that vans are also fit for other types of businesses as well. A full-size van can help you out in making deliveries. Whether you are running a custom flower outfit or a vegetarian restaurant, a van is exactly what you need to carry out deliveries without any letup. A Ford Transit Courier or a Chevrolet Express are just some of the best options under this category. If you are out looking for a van that best suits your business, check the cargo space.

Box trucks

For businesses that deal with a lot of hauling, a box truck is always the vehicle of choice. It’s only a matter of finding one that has the best engine and provides maximum protection for precious cargo. Moving companies and independent logistics contractors can do well with vehicles that are categorized under class 5 to 7. The costs of purchasing one can be heavy, but the long-term benefits a box truck gives can offset your losses.

Hybrids

Having your own fleet of cars-for-hire promises high yields, that is if you know how to manage such a business model. Aside from that, it is crucial to look for cars to comprise your fleet, and hybrid cars are always best for passenger transport services. What you have to underscore is price and this something that shouldn’t be a problem. Because there are always new offers in the hybrid car market, you can find comfortable rides to get your business idea to start rolling.

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