Porsche Cayman and Boxster: the next generation 100% electric?

Porsche Cayman and Boxster the next generation 100% electric

Launched in 2016, the current Porsche Cayman and Boxster should be renewed in 2023. On this occasion, they could well take the turn of the all-electric …

Porsche boss Oliver Blume said in an interview with British magazine Auto Express that the brand had not yet decided whether the Porsche Cayman and Boxster were going to go 100% electric, while specifying that this hypothesis was quite likely .

According to Blume, “We’re still waiting a few months before making a choice. But I think there is potential for that to happen, and if we make an electric 718 it should be able to be driven like a 911 and all of our stuff. other sports. ”

Porsche Cayman and Boxster: a new generation is well planned

The boss of Porsche added that, despite the fact that many manufacturers are abandoning the sports market, Porsche will not draw a line on the Porsche Boxster and Cayman , which will know a new generation , and this, whether they are driven by thermal or electric motors: “You cannot compare combustion engines to electric motors, but there are a lot of advantages in electrification, because of the torque and the acceleration that you can offer the car” .

Despite everything, the Stuttgart firm will continue to offer thermal engines in its range, which will always be useful for equipping hybrid traction chains, which will be found in particular on the Porsche 911 . As for the future of the future Porsche Cayman and Boxster, regardless of the nature of the engine that will drive them, Oliver Blume assures us that they will be “100% Porsche” …


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.


Porsche Taycan: a designer imagines a Cross Pickup version

Porsche Taycan a designer imagines a Cross Pickup version

Even if such a variation of the 100% electric sedan from Porsche is not the order of the day, a car designer has imagined a Porsche Taycan Cross Pickup.

The German automaker is famous for its sports cars like the Porsche 911 , and nobody expected it in other segments until 2002, when Porsche introduced its first SUV with the Cayenne.

Since then, many models have emerged in its range, and today, Porsche does not want to miss the all-electric turn with the launch of the Porsche Taycan , already available with an adventurer version called Cross Turismo.

Porsche Taycan: several new silhouettes to come?

Stefan Weckbach, product manager at Porsche, recently hinted that the Stuttgart firm was not closed to the idea of ​​marketing other versions of its Porsche Taycan , such as a coupe or a convertible. In fact, the Taycan’s J1 EV platform is capable of accommodating different types of bodywork.

The designer Superrenderscars has therefore imagined a crossover pick-up version of the Porsche Taycan, with an illustration mainly based on the Taycan Cross Turismo: the front is indeed identical, while we guess at the rear the presence of a loading dumpster .

Even if it is unlikely that such a variation will see the light of day in the range of the German manufacturer, a Taycan Turbo S pickup of 761 horsepower could offer an interesting alternative to the future Tesla Cybertruck !


McLaren 720S GT3X (2021): a 750 hp tracker!

McLaren 720S GT3X (2021) a 750 hp tracker

McLaren decided to see what their GT3 machine could become without the restrictions placed on it in racing.

The GT3 is probably the most popular category of the moment: sports cars and supercars, transformed into racing cars, compete in it all over the world. There are Porsche 911 , Ferrari 488, Aston Martin Vantage, or even Bentley Continental . So, so that everyone can fight on an equal footing, restrictions are imposed by SRO, the organizer. Limited power, additional weight, everything is good for the action in the race to be as tight as possible.

But McLaren is visibly frustrated with the limits set on its 720S GT3, which is notably restricted to just over 500 hp. This is much less than the road version! So frustrated, that the British brand decided to make an even more extreme version of its racing car: the McLaren 720S GT3X .

200 hp more than in the race!

From the outside, the GT3X looks like two drops of water like the classic 720S GT3. The aero was in fact generally retained , even if a specific cooling had to be developed. And for good reason: the engine gains 200 hp ! This twin-turbo V8 now develops 720 hp, and up to 750 hp at the press of a “Push to pass” button. Enough to transform this racing beast into a missile.

Another major modification: the roll bar has been revised to make room for a passenger . For the pleasure of discovering unique sensations ! Undercarriages and brakes are retained, but more than enough to humiliate almost anything that rolls on your next track visit.

McLaren does not specify how many copies will be produced, or at what price the 720S GT3X will be sold. But knowing that a classic 720S GT3 already costs around € 500,000 , this GT3X will clearly not be a low-cost …


Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (2021): The electric crossover!

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (2021) The electric crossover

The launch of Porsche’s new electric crossover, the Taycan Cross Turismo.

Porsche launches u not raised wagon version of its electric star! Here is the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo , with its station wagon line and its suspensions modified for off-road use.

The order book already open!

The Taycan Cross Turismo offers four engine levels, always with four-wheel drive and the model’s largest battery (the “Performance Plus”), for autonomy oscillating around 450 km in the WLTP cycle . The power goes from 380 to 625 hp, and up to 761 hp in overboost mode! What shake the occupants of this station wagon, even if they will now be better installed at the rear thanks to the additional headroom .

The Taycan Cross Turismo is already available to order, with prices starting at € 96,454 in France. With optional, a specific bike carrier! Deliveries are scheduled for this summer.


Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (2021): here are the first official images

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (2021) here are the first official images

Porsche has just unveiled the first images of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, in photos and video, currently undergoing road tests before its official presentation expected this year

Announced in 2018 by the Mission E Cross Turismo concept , the production version of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is almost ready. The arrival of this model which will complete the range of the Porsche Taycan was no secret, since the development of this one continues on the road, and that it has already been seen several times in the Weissach region, not far from the Porsche Research & Development center.

Today, Porsche unveils some first official images of its future barely camouflaged model, which it already classifies as a “CUV” (Cross Utility Vehicle) and which should be officially presented in the coming weeks. The 100% electric sedan from Porsche is transformed into a raised hunting station wagon , a rational silhouette that will appeal to a wider clientele, with more welcoming space on board and a boot.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (2021): a 100% electric hunting station wagon

“With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we wanted to offer a little more space, a little more flexibility and versatility. We have developed a whole new roof line, equipped with roof rails, a more generous second row of seats and a larger trunk, enough to make a car perfect for an active lifestyle, and which is suitable for both a urban and country environment. ”

In detail, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will have a raised ground clearance, as well as a specific suspension allowing to offer a driving mode “CUV” dedicated to the off-road .

No additional information has yet been released, but the future Cross Turismo version should use the same catalog as the Porsche Taycan sedan, with its Taycan, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S versions, and will be produced in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart in Germany … To be continued!


Lotus E-R9 (2021): an electric concept for Le Mans!

Lotus E-R9 (2021) an electric concept for Le Mans

Lotus is showing its vision of endurance by 2030. On the menu: aero thrust, and of course electric motors.

It is time to relaunch at Lotus. The small British manufacturer is starting its 100% electric shift with an ambitious plan which will see the arrival of three new models very soon. But what about the racing commitment of a brand that first made itself known in competition?

Without giving us more information on this subject, Lotus has nevertheless unveiled an endurance car concept, the E-R9, for Endurance-Racer 9 (endurance racing car 9). The name is a tribute to the Lotus Mk IX , the first car entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the firm of Colin Chapman, in 1955. The inspiration is therefore clear, and comes directly from the Sarthe .

Half-plane, half-car piloting

The E-R9 also incorporates the attributes of today’s endurance prototypes: highly refined aero , and fighter-style cockpit. The concept is the representation of a vision of endurance by 2030. The assembly is obviously electric, but the batteries can be replaced very quickly during a pit stop. The E-R9 is powered by an electric motor on each wheel , which allows it to vary power as you turn.

The most interesting still remains the aerodynamics. Lotus announces that many surfaces are movable , vertically and horizontally, to guide the car. The downforce and the drag can therefore be adapted according to the situations: maximum downforce when cornering, and priority to maximum speed in a straight line. According to the manufacturer, the E-R9 “will be piloted half like a car, and half like a fighter plane”. It promises !

A return to racing in the future?

Should we see this as a future commitment by Lotus in endurance racing and at Le Mans? Hard to say. With this concept, Lotus recalls its long history in the great Sarthoise race, as well as in F1, but does not evoke a return to competition. Especially with its shift towards 100% electric , the brand is probably not favorable to thermal or hybrid competition. However, with the new Hypercar and LMDh regulations, having a chance to win Le Mans has probably never been so accessible, as the upcoming returns of Peugeot, Audi and Porsche prove.


Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa: a new 2 in 1 Lego kit

Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa a new 2 in 1 Lego kit

Porsche 911 enthusiasts will soon be able to acquire this new “2 in 1” Lego kit, allowing them to build either a 911 Turbo or a 911 Targa!

Land Rover Defender , Fiat 500 , Bugatti Chiron , Mini Cooper … The Lego range is full of many models of cars to build, which delight fans of the famous Danish little bricks and cars. Two new models will soon be added to the catalog, with the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa .

The iconic 911 (Type 930) marketed from 1974 to 1989, recognizable thanks to its bellows bumpers, will indeed be in the spotlight in this new kit comprising no less than 1,458 parts , which makes it possible to obtain a model of 35.5 x 16 x 10.8 cm when assembled.

Porsche 911 Turbo or Targa? The hardest thing will be to choose

This 2 in 1 kit of the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa, referenced at Lego under the number 10295 , is marketed at a price of 129.99 € . This will allow you to build, as you wish, a Porsche 911 Turbo or its convertible 911 Targa version, in a beautiful cream white livery associated with an orange interior.

This new creation is not stingy in details, such as the headlights, turn signals and taillights, the famous bellows bumpers, the rims and the engine. Lego has indeed worked in collaboration with Porsche to create the most faithful reproduction possible of the car in scale 1.

Launched in preview on February 16 for members of the VIP Lego program, who will be able to receive with their order a limited edition collector’s kit (including a certificate of ownership, a Lego Porsche card holder, as well as four illustrations inspired by the advertisements from the Porsche 911), this kit will be marketed for everyone from March 1, 2021 .