VW I.D. R Pikes Peak Is Quicker Than A Formula 1 Car

It needs only 2.25 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 kph).

Volkswagen kicked off the teasing game for its fully electric Pikes Peak racer back in October 2017 and after showing fully revealing images last month, it’s now ready to talk about the technical specifications. Packing two electric motors, the zero-emissions race car develops a combined output of 680 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and an immense amount of instant torque: 650 Newton-meters (480 pound-feet). If these output numbers don’t impress you, it’s important to mention the vehicle weighs less than 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds), so it should be an absolute rocket.

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In fact, VW mentions the I.D. R Pikes Peak catapults itself to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 2.25 seconds, which the company says makes the fully electric car quicker than both Formula 1 and Formula E racers. Top speed has not been revealed, but it’s not really crucial taking into consideration acceleration will be significantly more important when tackling all 156 corners of the grueling hill climb in Colorado Springs.

Since this is a proper race car, the engineers focused on performance rather than range, which is why the lithium-ion batteries were developed to maximize output. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features an energy recovery system and VW estimates it will be able to recuperate 20 percent of the necessary juice during the hill climb.

We will get to see it in action on June 24 when VW’s new electric weapon will tackle the 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) track, starting at 2,862 meters above the sea level and climbing 1,440 meters on asphalt. Behind the wheel of the I.D. R will be defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, who will try to take down the record for the fastest electric car: 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds. The record-breaking attempt will take place 31 years after a twin-engined, all-wheel-drive Golf failed to finish the event, prompting VW to say it’s now high time for a “rematch.”

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VW I.D. R Pikes Peak

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The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak –
Motorsport driving electromobility to the top

  • Electrically-powered super sports car unveiled:
    The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak
  • Volkswagen sets sights on record for electric cars on Pikes Peak
  • Huge acceleration: Faster than Formula 1 and Formula E in a sprint

A new era for Volkswagen in motorsport: The brand unveiled its fully-electric super sports car, the I.D. R Pikes Peak, today. With 500 kW (680 hp), 650 Nm of torque and weighing less than 1,100 kg, the super sports car will take on the iconic Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado Springs, USA, on 24 June 2018. The goal: To beat the existing record of 8:57.118 minutes for electric cars at the “Race to the Clouds”. To achieve this, the I.D. R Pikes Peak will positively sprint into the future: 0 to 100 km/h in 2.25 seconds is faster than Formula 1 and Formula E cars. The I.D. R Pikes Peak was unveiled in the Alès, France, before taking to the racetrack for the first time at its roll-out.

“Volkswagen’s goal is to reach the pinnacle of electromobility with the I.D. family. As such, Volkswagen’s involvement on Pikes Peak not only sets the trend for our future in motorsport, but is also of great symbolic significance in the truest sense,” said Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development, Dr. Frank Welsch. “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. The hill climb on Pikes Peak will definitely be a real acid test for the electric drive.”

“The car looks fantastic and has already been attracting a lot of interest from the media and on social media channels for a few weeks,” said Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Sales, Marketing and After Sales’. “This project shows once again that Volkswagen is on the right track with its major E-mobility strategy and the introduction of the I.D. family. The I.D. R Pikes Peak and the start at the most iconic hill climb in the world offers Volkswagen the magnificent opportunity to charge the topic of E-mobility, both emotionally and from a sporting perspective.” 

The top goal when developing the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak was to find the ideal balance between energy capacity and weight. The focus was not, as is usually the case with racing cars, on maximum performance. Volkswagen’s prototype for Pikes Peak justifiably bears two quality seals in its name. The “R”, which is synonymous with performance cars. And the “I.D. – the symbol of Volkswagen’s smart E-technology.

“As with the Volkswagen brand’s production vehicles, fully-electric racing cars will also play an increasingly important role for us in the future,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “The cooperation within the group really helped us, particularly given the tight schedule. For example, we received support from the Volkswagen battery plant in Braunschweig and worked together with the technical development department in Wolfsburg.”

As with the sensational twin-engine Golf that took on the Pikes Peak challenge in 1985, 1986 and 1987, the engineers have opted for a solution with two power units. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric engines, generating a system capacity of 500 kW (680 hp).

As in production vehicles with electric drive, lithium-ion batteries are used as the energy storage system. There is great demand on the battery cells: Their power density is the crucial factor for the system when producing high voltage. Unlike in the manufacturing of production vehicles, the goal of the motorsport engineers was not maximum range, but the highest possible power output on the way to the Pikes Peak summit.

Roughly 20 percent of the electric energy required is generated during the 20-kilometre drive. The key here is energy recovery: When braking, the electric engines, which in this case operate as generators, convert some of the braking energy into electricity and feed this into the battery.

It is one of the peculiar challenges on Pikes Peak: Testing on the 19.99-kilometre route of the hill climb in Colorado Springs is only very limited, and only possible on certain sections. For this reason, the bulk of the testing is not done on the actual route, but at racetracks. Volkswagen’s Pikes Peak programme enters the next phase with the unveiling of the car in Alès.

World-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, will be at the wheel of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak for the attempt to break the existing record for electric cars. The 39-year-old Frenchman loves this kind of challenge: As well as three victories on Pikes Peak, he has also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. Incidentally, Dumas, who names motorsport legend Jacky Ickx as his idol, was born in Alès. 

Start at 2,862 metres above sea level, 1,440 vertical metres of climbing, 156 corners, 100 percent asphalt, and just one single attempt – not only must the technology and driver be on top form as they attempt to set a new record for electric cars on 24 June 2018, but the external conditions must also play ball. It is not unheard of for the 4,302-metre summit of Pikes Peak, which also represents the finish, to experience temperatures below freezing point at the end of June.

VW I.D. R Pikes Peak Is Quicker Than A Formula 1 Car

It needs only 2.25 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 kph).

Volkswagen kicked off the teasing game for its fully electric Pikes Peak racer back in October 2017 and after showing fully revealing images last month, it’s now ready to talk about the technical specifications. Packing two electric motors, the zero-emissions race car develops a combined output of 680 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and an immense amount of torque: 650 Newton-meters (480 pound-feet). If these output numbers don’t impress you, it’s important to mention the vehicle weighs less than 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds), so it should be an absolute rocket.

In fact, VW mentions the I.D. R Pikes Peak catapults itself to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 2.25 seconds, which the company says makes the fully electric car quicker than both Formula 1 and Formula E racers. Top speed has not been revealed, but it’s not really that important considering acceleration will be significantly more important when tackling all 156 corners of the grueling hill climb in Colorado Springs.

Since this is a proper race car, the engineers focused on performance rather than range, which is why the lithium-ion batteries were developed to maximize output. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features an energy recovery system and VW estimates it will be able to recuperate 20 percent of the necessary juice during the hill climb.

We will get to see it in action on June 24 when VW’s new electric weapon will tackle the 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) track, starting at 2,862 meters above the sea level and climbing 1,440 meters on asphalt. Behind the wheel of the I.D. R will be defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, who will try to take down the record for the fastest electric car: 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds.

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VW I.D. R Pikes Peak

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The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak –
Motorsport driving electromobility to the top

  • Electrically-powered super sports car unveiled:
    The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak
  • Volkswagen sets sights on record for electric cars on Pikes Peak
  • Huge acceleration: Faster than Formula 1 and Formula E in a sprint

A new era for Volkswagen in motorsport: The brand unveiled its fully-electric super sports car, the I.D. R Pikes Peak, today. With 500 kW (680 hp), 650 Nm of torque and weighing less than 1,100 kg, the super sports car will take on the iconic Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado Springs, USA, on 24 June 2018. The goal: To beat the existing record of 8:57.118 minutes for electric cars at the “Race to the Clouds”. To achieve this, the I.D. R Pikes Peak will positively sprint into the future: 0 to 100 km/h in 2.25 seconds is faster than Formula 1 and Formula E cars. The I.D. R Pikes Peak was unveiled in the Alès, France, before taking to the racetrack for the first time at its roll-out.

“Volkswagen’s goal is to reach the pinnacle of electromobility with the I.D. family. As such, Volkswagen’s involvement on Pikes Peak not only sets the trend for our future in motorsport, but is also of great symbolic significance in the truest sense,” said Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development, Dr. Frank Welsch. “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. The hill climb on Pikes Peak will definitely be a real acid test for the electric drive.”

“The car looks fantastic and has already been attracting a lot of interest from the media and on social media channels for a few weeks,” said Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Sales, Marketing and After Sales’. “This project shows once again that Volkswagen is on the right track with its major E-mobility strategy and the introduction of the I.D. family. The I.D. R Pikes Peak and the start at the most iconic hill climb in the world offers Volkswagen the magnificent opportunity to charge the topic of E-mobility, both emotionally and from a sporting perspective.” 

The top goal when developing the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak was to find the ideal balance between energy capacity and weight. The focus was not, as is usually the case with racing cars, on maximum performance. Volkswagen’s prototype for Pikes Peak justifiably bears two quality seals in its name. The “R”, which is synonymous with performance cars. And the “I.D. – the symbol of Volkswagen’s smart E-technology.

“As with the Volkswagen brand’s production vehicles, fully-electric racing cars will also play an increasingly important role for us in the future,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “The cooperation within the group really helped us, particularly given the tight schedule. For example, we received support from the Volkswagen battery plant in Braunschweig and worked together with the technical development department in Wolfsburg.”

As with the sensational twin-engine Golf that took on the Pikes Peak challenge in 1985, 1986 and 1987, the engineers have opted for a solution with two power units. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric engines, generating a system capacity of 500 kW (680 hp).

As in production vehicles with electric drive, lithium-ion batteries are used as the energy storage system. There is great demand on the battery cells: Their power density is the crucial factor for the system when producing high voltage. Unlike in the manufacturing of production vehicles, the goal of the motorsport engineers was not maximum range, but the highest possible power output on the way to the Pikes Peak summit.

Roughly 20 percent of the electric energy required is generated during the 20-kilometre drive. The key here is energy recovery: When braking, the electric engines, which in this case operate as generators, convert some of the braking energy into electricity and feed this into the battery.

It is one of the peculiar challenges on Pikes Peak: Testing on the 19.99-kilometre route of the hill climb in Colorado Springs is only very limited, and only possible on certain sections. For this reason, the bulk of the testing is not done on the actual route, but at racetracks. Volkswagen’s Pikes Peak programme enters the next phase with the unveiling of the car in Alès.

World-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, will be at the wheel of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak for the attempt to break the existing record for electric cars. The 39-year-old Frenchman loves this kind of challenge: As well as three victories on Pikes Peak, he has also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. Incidentally, Dumas, who names motorsport legend Jacky Ickx as his idol, was born in Alès. 

Start at 2,862 metres above sea level, 1,440 vertical metres of climbing, 156 corners, 100 percent asphalt, and just one single attempt – not only must the technology and driver be on top form as they attempt to set a new record for electric cars on 24 June 2018, but the external conditions must also play ball. It is not unheard of for the 4,302-metre summit of Pikes Peak, which also represents the finish, to experience temperatures below freezing point at the end of June.

German Transport Minister Wants Diesel Fix Answers

Millions of cars still needs to be fixed.

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer has called for answers from carmakers about how they plan to implement software upgrades on diesel cars that have yet to be completed.

A number of cars affected by the diesel controversy, whereby they were fitted with so-called “defeat devices” to get around emissions test and regulations, have already been fixed, but many more haven’t.

“I am pushing for the promised 5.3 million cars to really be upgraded by the end of the year,” Scheuer told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview.

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“We are nearly done with the 2.5 million affected VW cars. For the other voluntary upgrades I have informed the manufacturers that they must present a time plan showing when they will deliver,” he said. “Time is running out. I will take the manufacturers at their word.”

The proposed fixed are said to reduce emissions by up to 30 percent.

Germany’s car industry, which accounts for 800,000 jobs in what is Europe’s biggest economy, is still reeling from the backlash brought by the global emissions controversy which began back in 2015 when Volkswagen was found guilty of cheating emissions tests in the U.S.

Earlier this year a German court ruled that cities in the country had the power to ban diesels from roads in city centers. The move has proven to be somewhat controversial with some experts claiming it could affect the resale value of as many as 15 million cars.

In fact, Scheuer has come out against bans himself, but also insisted that there are technical, legal and financial arguments against opting to modify existing cars to make them compliant.

2,000-HP Nissan Qashqai Becomes Fastest SUV In The World: 237.8 MPH

It has dethroned the 230-mph Toyota Land Cruiser.

In case you have not heard of Severn Valley Motorsport, it’s a tuning company based in the United Kingdom specialized in upgrading Nissan GT-Rs. Godzilla’s engine was used for a pet project some years ago when the engineers decided to cram it into the engine bay of a first-generation Nissan Qashqai (current model sold in the U.S. as the Rouge Sport). Thus, the Qashqai-R was born, complete with 1,100 horsepower and just about the same amount of torque.

That was back in 2014 when Top Gear magazine wrote an article about the supercar-engined compact crossover, but since then the vehicle has gone through even more upgrades. The tuner says the Qasqhai’s “heavily forged engine” now packs a new turbo kit enabling an incredible output of 2,000 horsepower. Why? SVM wanted to claim the title for the fastest SUV in the world, which up until yesterday was held by Toyota and its bonkers 2,000-hp Land Cruiser with a velocity of 230 mph (370 kph).

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There’s a new speed king in town as the Qashqai-R managed to hit an impressive 237.8 mph (382.7 kph) this past Saturday at the VMax 200 event organized on a private two-mile runway. It even managed to eclipse an Agera RS (221.3 mph / 356 kph), though it’s a known fact that Koenigsegg’s hypercar can reach a much higher speed.

As a refresher, this insane Qashqai is not the only Nissan SUV to be blessed with the GT-R’s highly tunable engine as there’s also the crazy Juke-R. Two versions were developed and Nissan actually put it into production, albeit very limited and at an exorbitant price.

In a Facebook post, Severn Valley Motorsport has promised to release a video of the record-breaking attempt very soon. We can’t wait to see it.

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Jeep Wrangler Scrambler Pickup Caught In Motion On The Highway

Expected to arrive in showrooms in about a year from now.

Crossovers, SUVs, and trucks continue to eat into the sales of cars. The trend is showing no signs of stopping in the coming years, so a new pickup truck based on the latest Jeep Wrangler should hit the sweet spot. Rumored to be called “Scrambler,” the more utilitarian version has been caught on camera by an Allpar reader out in the open and it was carrying a significant amount of camouflage, though it’s not that hard to figure out what was hiding underneath the disguise.

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Set to be offered in the double cab body style, the Wrangler pickup truck will carry over not just the regular model’s familiar styling, but basically all of the oily bits as well. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will likely be available with 285 horsepower, as will be an optional turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter unit rated at 270 hp. Further down the line, these two could be joined by a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 and even a plug-in hybrid. The diesel and the electrified powertrain have both been confirmed for the JL, so there’s a good chance the pickup (JT) will also benefit from the extended engine lineup.

Expected to arrive at dealerships across the United States in April 2019, the Wrangler “Scrambler” is going to be assembled at Jeep’s retooled Toledo factory in Ohio.

In regards to the model’s official premiere, it could take place as early as late November during the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Wrangler pickup truck has been a long time coming, with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announcing the model early 2016. At the beginning of this year, FCA’s head honcho said during the Detroit show he expects to move less than 100,000 units per year, adding it’s going to be “expensive – intentionally so.”

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Bike Of The Week: Detlev Louis Motorrad's “Engina” Indian Chief Cafe Racer

Bike of the Week: Detlev Louis Motorrad’s “Engina” Indian Chief Cafe Racer

Euro-moto-parts purveyor Detlev Louis Motorrad pieces together a stripped-down, cafe’d Indian Chief build

If you live in North America you’ve probably never heard of Detlev Louis Motorrad-vertriebsgesellschaft mbH. It’s one of Europe’s largest motorcycle clothing and accessories retailers—think Revzilla but European—and 2018 is the company’s 80th anniversary. So, to celebrate eight straight decades of vending, the folks at Louis decided to have Detlef Stüdemann and Martin Struckmann from the company’s “gear-haed crew”, build one hell of an elaborate cafe racer around Indian Motorcycle’s Chief.

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Front and rear views of the “Engina”

By the time the build—dubbed “Engina”— was complete, all that remained of the donor was the big Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin, though it too was pretty thoroughly modified by the time all was said and done. Everything else was jettisoned in favor of one-off components and high-end, bolt-on performance parts. This is less of a customized Chief and more of an entirely new motorcycle that happens to share a similar powertrain.

Everything about the build is markedly more aggressive than its stock donor

Everything about the build is markedly more aggressive than its stock donor

Starting with the full-dressed cruiser, the project began by stripping the massive machine down to the powertrain. From there, renowned engine specialist Ulf Penner was brought on board to massage the 1.8 liter V-Twin. He upgraded the stock mill’s camshafts and cylinder heads, improved airflow, and remapped the ECU. The engine now exhales via a new header from STParts that flows into a Shark silencer. As a result of Penner’s work, the powerplant now reportedly produces 70 percent more power with a current horsepower figure standing at 125.

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The Engina's engine and exhaust

The Engina’s engine and exhaust

Wrapped around the revised engine is a new lightweight UNO chassis paired with a matching swing-arm and upgraded suspenders. An upside-down fork was tacked on in front—complete with Alpha Racing triple clamps—while a Wilbers monoshock was installed in back to dampen the build’s new swing-arm. The braking hardware has also been taken up a few notches, with the machine now sporting Brembo units. The Chief’s factory spoked rims were tossed aside in favor of new custom-made Kineo wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Battax rubber.

The Indian now has a much more performance-oriented stance

The Indian now has a much more performance-oriented stance

Next came the extensive cosmetic work the build received. The fabrication of the tank, tail, and headlight bezel were outsourced to noted customs specialist Michael Naumann. He churned out new, low profile units to top off the custom-framed engine. Danny Schramm of Schrammwerk was then called upon to adorn the bespoke bodywork in a hand-painted red and white livery complete with Indian-themed imagery such as feathers, a headdress, and various native American patterns.

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Some close up details on the build

Some close up details on the build

With the paint dry, it was time to add on the final accouterments—micro-LED indicators fore and aft, an LED headlight housed in the build’s custom bezel, metal reservoir canisters, a chain and sprocket conversion, Gilles stub handlebar, trick hand-controls, a T and T speedo, new grips, and custom machined rear-sets. Considering the force behind this build is a parts purveyor, it’s unsurprising to see this cafe racer build get decked out with so many trick components.

The build's before and after photos are pretty wild

The build’s before and after photos are pretty wild

While I personally have some issues getting past the paint job, but I do thoroughly admire this cafe build. Instead of just being an aesthetic rebuild, Stüdemann and Struckmann really went all out, optimizing the build’s engine, appearance, and performance, landing it in the spot for this week’s Bike of the Week. If you have a bike you think deserves to be RideApart’s next Bike of the Week, drop us a line at info@rideapart.com.

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570S Spider Design Edition Is Customized By McLaren's Styling Team

Why bother personalizing your droptop supercar when McLaren can do it for you?

In November 2016, McLaren’s talented design team created five “Design Editions” of the 570S Coupe and now the Spider has received the same special treatment. This one too has five different personalities based on the supercar’s body paint: Silica White, Storm Grey, Vermillion Red, Onyx Black or Vega Blue. The company based in Woking says that you will be saving money by going for one of the Design Edition versions as it bundles more kit for less cash.

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It’s offered as a customizable package on top of which customers can add other niceties, such as a plethora of carbon fiber extras inside and out. Depending on the 570S Spider’s exterior color, the cabin comes in a matching scheme, four of which have a sporty theme while the fifth one focuses on luxury. The company’s designers have also hand-picked the wheel finish as well as the brake caliper color, while the appearance of the hardtop was also on their to-do list.

Pictured here is the 570S Spider Design Edition 4, featuring a Onyx Black exterior with a body-colored hardtop. It rides on 10-spoke forged alloys with a “Stealth” finish complemented by the orange brake calipers with black McLaren logos. Inside, the theme of choice was “carbon black” Alcantara combined with McLaren Orange nappa and perforated leather for the seats. A similar theme has also been applied on the dashboard to round off the high-end visual package.

Images of the other four Design Editions have not been revealed, but the company promises they’re all “equally striking, living up to their designer-label credentials with an aesthetic appeal that is uniquely McLaren.”

The new visual kit for the 570S Spider comes just a couple of weeks after the introduction of an optional Track Pack, which shaves off more than 33 kilograms (73 pounds) and adds a more aggressive exhaust note.

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  • McLaren 570S Spider Design Editions now available to order
  • Five examples of colour, trim and materials in perfect harmony
  • The convertible without compromise – configured by the people who designed it

McLaren is offering Sports Series convertible customers greater choice than ever – as well as helping them with their decisions – with new Design Edition specifications for the acclaimed 570S Spider.

Five McLaren 570S Spider Design Editions are available to order now, each offering a different but entirely harmonious theme based around signature McLaren colour and trim options. Each Edition has been carefully curated by McLaren Automotive designers, ensuring that the colours, materials and finishes complement each other to perfection.

“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.”

The five new Design Editions have been created specifically for the McLaren Sports Series convertible, following the success of a Design Edition range for the 570S Coupé. As with the Coupé, the 570S Spider Design Editions offer a financial benefit over specifying the options separately. Customers can select additional features beyond the Design Edition content – such as carbon-fibre interior upgrades or exterior components – to further personalise their new purchase.

Each of the five Editions is based around a special body paint – Silica White, Storm Grey, Vermillion Red, Onyx Black or Vega Blue – with each matched to an interior scheme from the By McLaren Designer range; four sporting and one with a more luxury accent. Wheel finish, brake caliper colour and branding and finish of the 570S Spider’s electrically retractable two-piece hard-top are also all selected by McLaren designers to deliver the most visually balanced and pleasing result.

McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition 4, as illustrated in the accompanying images, is an Onyx Black car. The retractable hard-top is in body colour, the 10-spoke forged alloy wheels feature a Stealth finish and the brake calipers are in McLaren Orange with black printed McLaren logos. The interior comprises 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.

The four other Design Editions are equally striking, living up to their designer-label credentials with an aesthetic appeal that is uniquely McLaren. All display very different personalities, but all show the 570S Spider’s athletic, shrink-wrapped body and inviting open-top cabin in the most alluring way. Information about each of the Design Editions can be found at: cars.mclaren.com

The cost of the Design Edition packages adds between £8,100 and £10,700 to the recommended retail price of the McLaren 570S Spider, which starts at £164,750.

The Design Edition joins the recently-announced 570S Spider Track Pack, with its emphasis on lightweight options including carbon-fibre race seats, in the Sports Series line-up. With its sculpted teardrop body and form-follows-function ethos, the mid-engined, two-seat 570S Spider is a convertible without compromise – not only as beautiful as the 570S Coupe, but also equally dynamically gifted.

The Next Project From Morgan Is A Bus

The firm is using an iconic Routemaster for promotional events this year.

Morgan has announced that its next project is a bus – but it’s not going to be building one, rather it has announced that it is bringing back the iconic Routemaster bus for a run of public events in 2018.

The bus the company will be showing off is the penultimate example to be taken off the streets of London, getting a special send-off from years of service on December 9, 2005. It is thought to have clocked up more than 1.5 million miles (2.4M kilometers) during its lifetime of service as a London workhorse.

The last of the traditional London buses to be taken out of service is currently on display at the London Bus Museum at Brooklands and is identical to Morgan’s recently acquired bus, right down to the 7.7-liter Iveco diesel engine.

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Morgan has bought its bus because it was built in the same year as the first Plus 8 – 1968 – and the company’s engineers have set to work on what they call a “sympathetic” conversion to ready the big red fun bus for public appearances.

The changes aren’t drastic, the company says that the bus arrived at its Malvern HQ in “incredible condition,” and many of the bus’s original features and characteristics will be preserved. All work on the bus will be carried out by hand by Morgan mechanics in the true spirit of the company.

“The Routemaster bus is arguably one of the most iconic vehicles in existence, it serves as a symbol of Britain and is part of our national identity,” said Morgan MD Steve Morris. “It gives us great pleasure to continue the life of one of the last decommissioned buses as our event space.”

“Morgan has an exciting year ahead, and we can’t wait to utilize the bus at events all around the U.K. Our plans for the bus will make it the ideal event space for Morgan customers and enthusiasts alike.”

Source: Morgan

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Porsche CEO Not The Target In Raids On Executives Say Insiders

Porsche insiders have been forced to defend CEO Oliver Blume from accusations he’s under investigation.

Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, has had to be defended by company insiders who say that he was not the subject of a raid by German police and public prosecutors this week, as Dieselgate investigations continue in a surprise development. 

German authorities have stated that 10 premises were searched by around 160 officials with three suspects under investigation during this round of checks. “The three suspects include a member of the management board and a member of Porsche AG’s higher management,” said the public prosecutor’s office in Stuttgart. “The third suspect is no longer employed at Porsche AG.”

Rumors have been flying about the identities of the executives who are under investigation – German officials are investigating current and former Porsche employees under suspicion of fraud and false advertising in relation to diesel cars sold by the brand, including the Macan and Cayenne models. 

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It’s been nearly three years since the Dieselgate scandal was first revealed, and despite a number of convictions for U.S.-based executives, there have been no high-profile arrests or convictions made as a result of the clearly extensive investigations. 

Earlier this year the Volkswagen investigation was widened to include fellow VW Group brand Audi. Two searches were also carried out this week at Audi’s facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.

The Volkswagen Group could still be forced to pay out hundreds of millions in fines in the US and South America and has already had to carry out hundreds of thousands of recalls on diesel models. The company recently appointed a new CEO, Herbert Diess, who wasn’t at the company during the emissions avoidance measures were being implemented.

Porsche recently announced that it had dropped all of its diesel models from sale in the U.K., but later stressed that this wasn’t a long-term anti-diesel policy, but rather a response to the slump in demand for the fuel.