Lexus: a new concept announced for March 30

Lexus a new concept announced for March 30

Lexus has just announced the presentation of a new concept car. To find out, meet on Tuesday, March 30 at noon!

At the beginning of February, Lexus announced the imminent arrival of a new concept car which should present the future of the brand and announce a new generation of models.

Almost two months later, we are there. This concept is now about to be revealed. The Japanese manufacturer has just set the date for its first world appearance.

Appointment is therefore given on March 30 at 12 noon . Health crisis requires, its presentation will be done exclusively online.

Hybrid style

Little is known about it, but according to the first images released, it should be a hybrid-styled vehicle, halfway between a sedan, an SUV and a coupe.

Raised ground clearance, high waistline, wide hips. Plunging roofline, steeply sloping rear window are indeed some of its aesthetic features. The whole gives off an impression of power and dynamism.

An electrified engine

The vehicle should be 100% electric or at least electrified and will have a new adaptive all-wheel drive system called Direct4.

It should inspire a first production model to be launched before the end of the year. Others will follow in 2022 and beyond, Lexus already promises.

 

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition (2021): a radical version for the track!

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition (2021) a radical version for the track

Inspired by the Vantage used as a Safety Car in F1, this Aston Martin is built for the track.

If you’ve been following recent Aston Martin news , this Vantage F1 Edition shouldn’t come as a surprise. Indeed, the British brand made a big splash about its return to F1 . A return that is on two floors: first the team itself, formerly Racing Point and Force India , and now driven by Sebastian Vettel , but also via a new contract to provide a Vantage and a DBX SUV to serve as Safety Car and medical car on half of the races in 2021.

This Aston Martin Vantage Safety Car has also received many improvements for the occasion, to allow it to keep a sufficient pace for the F1 cars that follow it. More power, more downforce, new tires, etc. Aston Martin has decided to capitalize on these changes by taking them almost directly to what is becoming a new version of the Vantage, the F1 Edition. Essentially, this is a Safety Car for the road !

25 hp more, a sharp chassis

In detail, the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition retains most of the improvements related to the Safety Car. We therefore find the slight increase in power (+25 hp to reach 535 hp), a more aggressive aero kit (appendages at the front, large spoiler behind), revised gearbox management, firmer suspensions , and reinforcements for the chassis . Finally, it gains new 21 “rims with specific tires, against the 20” that usually equip the Vantage.

Of course, you can buy your Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition in the beautiful dark green typical used by the Safety Car and the F1 car, but also in white or black if you prefer. Inside, you can opt for a fluorescent yellow border that recalls the colors of Aston Martin in endurance.

Aston Martin’s 911 GT3?

We almost find here the spirit of a Porsche 911 GT3 : without being completely extremist, it brings together a certain number of improvements which should make it much more comfortable on the track . Surprisingly, it will also be available in a convertible version .

Of course, all these changes come at a price: the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition is announced for 162,000 € in Germany, without for the moment specifying whether it is planned to send it to France. The first deliveries are expected for May 2021.

 

BMW will not stop the development of thermal engines

BMW will not stop the development of thermal engines

Unlike many of its competitors, BMW boss Oliver Zipse has announced that the Bavarian brand does not intend to stop the development of thermal engines.

Audi has just announced that it will no longer develop new heat engines , its CEO Markus Duesmann saying that European regulations on polluting emissions make the development of new generations of heat engines too expensive to be worth it.

On the other hand, BMW will not draw a line on the development of internal combustion engines. Indeed, according to Oliver Zipse, the boss of the Munich firm: “the demand for combustion vehicles will remain robust for many years to come” .

BMW: a whole range of electric vehicles to come

In Europe, heat engines could still be useful for the development of plug-in hybrid models, but outside the Old Continent, the demand for electric vehicles is not yet good: it is therefore in these markets that the engines thermals will remain important.

Of course, this choice will not prevent BMW from developing its range of new electric vehicles in parallel . For example, it has just presented the BMW i4 , a new sedan that is a 100% electric alternative to the 4 Series, as well as the BMW iX, a new electric SUV rival of the Tesla Model X and other Audi e-tron.

Other models are expected to follow later to complete the range, in order to reach BMW’s goal of selling 10 million 100% electric vehicles within the next ten years.

 

Dodge Viper: Calvo Motorsports offers 2,666 horsepower

Dodge Viper Calvo Motorsports offers 2,666 horsepower

This Dodge Viper has been heavily modified by the American trainer Calvo Motorsports, to now display a colossal power of 2,666 horsepower.

Marketed from 1991 to 2017 with five successive generations, the Viper is an iconic sports car, and the most powerful model ever released by Dodge . And because the 640 horsepower of its cavalry doesn’t seem violent enough to many owners of the model, they don’t hesitate to take on its naturally aspirated V10 engine , which isn’t afraid to deliver much more.

Dodge Viper: 2,666 horsepower and 2,691 Nm of torque!

The Americans of Calvo Motorsports have thus attacked this Dodge Viper , with an increase in the displacement of its V10 to 9 liters, the addition of two turbos, a dry sump or even an electronic MoTeC management, to avoid to name just a few of the many other modifications of the Calvo “CM2000” pack. Now running on E85 superethanol, this Dodge Viper boasts an impressive 2,666 horsepower at 7,150 rpm, with a torque of 2,691 Nm at 6,650 rpm.

What is arguably the most powerful Dodge Viper in the world can be seen in action in this That Racing Channel video , showing the car accelerating wildly on the road. And even if its power is only sent to the rear wheels, via a PPG sequential gearbox, handling seems to be there.

The Bugatti Chiron , with its 8-liter W16 engine and 1,500 horsepower for 1,600 Nm of torque, would go almost unnoticed next to this demonic machine …

 

Audi will no longer develop new thermal engines

Audi will no longer develop new thermal engines

Audi will continue to adapt its existing engines, but new blocks will not emerge.

The beginning of the end for gasoline and combustion engines at Audi . The manufacturer told German media Automobilwoche that it would no longer develop new heat engines . The existing engines will be adapted , as far as possible, to future emissions standards, then gradually replaced by electric ones.

Farewell, therefore, to the famous engines of the brand with the rings: 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 cylinders , they were able to mark their time, even in the face of stiff competition in Germany. Not to mention the 3 and 4 cylinders which now equip most of the brand’s creations.

European standards deemed untenable

Audi CEO Markus Duesmann cited too severe restrictions on future Euro 7 standards . Most manufacturers have already had difficulties in homologating their engines in Euro 6-Full, the next directive could therefore spell the end of new thermal engines.

Difficulties on which Europe is counting, which has planned to make Euro standards more and more untenable , until manufacturers are forced towards 100% electric: “In 2035, the CO2 standard will be so strict that , in the current state of technologies and anticipations on gasoline and diesel thermal technologies, the engines will not be able to comply with the new standard “, announced Pascal Canfin, president of the environment committee of the European Parliament.

The gradual arrival of electric

However, do not panic: Audi will not become 100% electric overnight . Existing gasoline and diesel engines, as well as hybrids, will continue to be used and developed for future models , as long as standards allow. Audi’s announcement concerns the next generation of its engines , which will therefore eventually become electric across all of its ranges.

At the same time, Audi continues to expand its electric range. Recently, the brand unveiled its electric sports sedan, the e-tron GT .

 

Mini will become 100% electric by 2030

Mini will become 100% electric by 2030

Mini joins the list of manufacturers giving up thermal engines: by 2030, the brand will stop selling gasoline and diesel cars to focus on 100% electric models.

After Alpine, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and many others, it is around Mini to join the list of manufacturers who plan to ban thermal engines from their ranges. Mini would thus become the first brand in the BMW group to take the all-electric step .

Mini: a gradual abandonment of thermal models

According to the German site Der Spiegel , Mini will gradually abandon thermal engines, with a timetable spanning the next ten years: its last thermal model will be launched in 2025, and electric models should represent half of its sales by now 2027. Finally, Mini will only market 100% electric cars by 2030 .

With a fairly small range and volumes, as well as the contribution of technological developments from the BMW group, Mini’s turn to electric should be done without difficulty: in fact, Mini already offers a 100% electric model, the Mini. Cooper SE, while an electric version of the Countryman should see the light of day in 2023. But Mini is not at its first attempt, since in 2009 it launched the Mini E, a 100% electric city car project .

This decision is part of the strategy of the BMW group , which aims to accelerate its transition to electric : an approach initiated in 2013 already, with the launch of the i3, while a dozen 100% electric BMW models should be launched by 2025. These should represent no less than 2 million sales. Recently presented, the latest BMW i4 will soon be followed by a 100% electric 5 Series and X1.

 

Tesla: what is the Autopilot worth in town? (video)

Tesla what is the Autopilot worth in town (video)

How will the autonomous driving system handle the complex intersections of a crowded downtown?

Autopilot is the nickname of the autonomous driving system developed by Tesla . In France, the option (at 7,500 €) is called ” fully autonomous driving capacity “. A name a little less catchy, but which still evokes the possibility of leaving the hand to the electric car for most journeys.

Today, we are still quite far from it. The Autopilot is limited to the motorway and major roads , and focuses on the management of the Lane Keeping, exceeded, and automatic motorway exit. It can also recognize a number of objects, including red lights and stop signs, but also pedestrians, cyclists, etc.

The complete Autopilot, Elon Musk’s promise

But of course, that’s not enough for Elon Musk . The whimsical boss, who recently proclaimed himself ” Technoking ” in the United States, has been announcing for several years the arrival of fully autonomous Tesla , from point of departure to point of arrival. The next step in this journey is autonomous driving in the city . An impressive project, with so many variables and unpredictable elements to take into account.

But Tesla promises it, Autopilot in town is coming soon. It is also possible for Americans who wish to test this functionality in “Beta” mode , on the open road. This is what AI Addict, a small Youtube channel that runs in a Tesla Model 3, did .

Autopiltot: trapped by the city

In the channel’s latest video , the Tesla is launched in Autopilot mode right in downtown Oakland, California. Tricky intersections, double-lane cars, cyclists, there is something for everyone. And we have to admit that the Autopilot is in trouble: rare are the times when it can enter an intersection without giving back the driver’s hand, or worse, without committing an offense or putting its occupants in danger . The Tesla Model 3, for example, is deported to the opposite lane, passes too close to certain cars, or does not recognize that a road is closed by a fence.

Enough to make driving much more stressful than it would have been without the system … Elon Musk and his engineers therefore have their work cut out for them . It is also curious that this test program is open to the public, as the system seems far from ready for commercialization. For now, Autopilot’s Beta feature is only available in the United States , although Musk wants to roll it out in Canada and Norway soon.

 

F1: the 10 best Safety Cars

F1 the 10 best Safety Cars in video

From the Renault Clio to the Lamborghini Countach, there is something for everyone in F1!

The Safety Car has a very important role in Formula 1 : ensuring the safety of the staff on the track , who deal with accidents, that of the drivers (for example in the rain), and allowing the race to start again in good conditions.

It should therefore not be too fast, but not too slow either : F1 tires should not get too cold. Suddenly, one would think that the car in question is always selected with care. But as you will see in our video list, it was not always the case!

A Renault Clio on the track!

The first was a Porsche 914 of less than 100 hp. Not enough to keep the monsters behind! And over the course of commercial agreements, we find everything: Lamborghini Countach, Honda Prelude, Renault Clio … All up to the Mercedes of the modern era .

 

Aston Martin V12 Zagato (2013): a rarity for auction

Aston Martin V12 Zagato 2013 a rarity for auction scaled

A very rare 2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato, in pristine condition, has been auctioned in the United States. It exceeded the € 420,000 mark.

Aston Martin has joined the Italian coachbuilder Zagato to produce this superb achievement honoring the 50 th anniversary of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. It was presented at the Concours d’Elegance of the Villa d’Este in Italy in the spring of 2011 , and only 61 examples have been produced since, entirely by hand, each requiring more than 2,000 hours of work. This model, which was put up for auction, is one of four examples that were exported to the United States.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato (2013): only 5,150 km on the odometer

This beautiful Aston Martin V12 Zagato has a red “Fiamma Red” livery protected by a body protection film, and sits on specific 19-inch Zagato rims, fitted with Pirelli P Zero tires of 255/35 at the front and 295/30 at the rear. Adjustable Multimatic DSSV shocks and carbon ceramic brakes complete the package.

This model has of course the elements signed Zagato such as the specific body in carbon fiber and aluminum, its double-embossed roof, its sculpted bonnet, as well as its rear face with a unique light signature. The interior features carbon fiber seats covered in black “Obsidian Black” leather embellished with red stitching and the famous Zagato “Z” .

Listed on the American website Bring a Trailer , this unit was imported to the United States in 2014, and displays only 5,150 km (3,200 miles) on the odometer. The 6.0-liter V12 engine, borrowed from the V12 Vantage, is stock, and delivers 517 horsepower for 570 Nm of torque . To date, the largest auction recorded is $ 510,000, the equivalent of approximately € 428,000 .

 

Toyota: a new electric SUV presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2021

Toyota a new electric SUV presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2021

At the Shanghai Motor Show, which will be held from April 19 to 28, 2021, the Japanese manufacturer will present its new 100% electric mid-size SUV, based on the new e-TNGA platform.

Last December during its “Kenshiki” event presenting the novelties of Toyota and Lexus , the Japanese firm had already announced this future SUV, which will be the first of a new complete range of 100% electric models , all based on the modular platform e-TNGA.

This new versatile architecture makes it possible to adapt to a wide range of different products, being able to modulate the length, width, height and wheelbase of the car. This e-TNGA platform also makes it possible to adapt to models with front, rear or four-wheel drive, while embedding different types of electric motors , placed on the front and / or rear axle of the car, as well. than batteries , located under the floor.

Future Toyota electric SUV: a compact model equivalent to the RAV4?

No further information has been released regarding this new vehicle, but Toyota has already presented a sketch of the model, a compact SUV which is expected to be of the same segment as the Toyota RAV4 , although its name should be different in order to differentiate the two. models. This will complete an already well-stocked range of SUVs, including the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander and Land Cruiser, not to mention the small Yaris Cross.

Designed primarily to meet the needs of the European market, this new SUV will be produced in Japan , at Toyota’s ZEV plant. With the arrival of this new 100% electric range, the Japanese manufacturer is accelerating the electrification of its range, and plans to sell 5.5 million electrified cars each year by 2025 . This therefore includes 100% electric vehicles, but also hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells.