Formula 1 now has its halo in place. Still, cars can always be made safer. And this doesn't have to come at the expense of the quality of the racing or the appeal of the cars themselves. Case in point; the McLaren F1 team's amazing X2 concept race car. The McLaren X2 isn't actually new, mind you. The British race team produced another variation on this idea back in 2015. Then the car was referred to as the MP4-X, and it was created as a means to show McLaren's vision of a future open-wheel race car. This includes such forward-thinking technology as being able to adapt to a range of powertrains, highly alterable aerodynamics, and communications methods available should traditional means fail. The main safety measure, however, is the canopy system itself. Inside, the driver has access to a head-up display, a suite of cameras, and a gesture recognition system. Also, they're a bit more protected than they would be in today's race cars. With the more slippery shape, the racing should be … [Read more...] about McLaren X2 a vision of the future of racing
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Tweet TweetGerman car maker Volkswagen has announced their plans for the next 5 years, and they sounds just about right. With an estimated investment of €84.2 billion, they plan to work on several fronts to bring the brand a step further into the future. So what exactly will that amount of money get? For the most part, they will be invested into making the new generation or at least upgraded versions of pretty much the whole vehicle lineup. The final bit of news also points towards a new entry level model, one that is already in development. If the model manages to get all the ticks while still being able to produce a profit, we will soon see a new cheap Volkswagen. … [Read more...] about Volkswagen reveals their plan of investment for the future
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByNeal E. Boudette March 29, 2018 Just a year ago, Tesla looked like a rising force destined to revolutionize the auto industry. Its battery-powered Model S sedan was the rage among luxury-car buyers. Its Autopilot system seemed far ahead of its competitors in self-driving technology. Its chief executive, Elon Musk, was promising that the more affordable Model 3 would soon roll off its assembly line and bring emission-free driving to the masses. Wall Street was enraptured. Tesla’s market value rose to surpass that of either General Motors or Ford, car companies with a century of experience. What a rough ride it’s been since then. Not only has the Model 3’s introduction been mired in glitches and delays — “manufacturing hell,” as Mr. Musk put it — but Tesla’s driverless … [Read more...] about Tesla Looked Like the Future. Now Some Ask if It Has One.
We'll have hovercars to the moon by 1980. We'll have turbine-powered metal arrows that will shoot us into the horizon, buoyed by ground-traffic controllers. We're always looking to the future, hearing promises of the moon and settling instead for the stars. Or is it the other way around? And nowhere is that more evident than the lofty imagery shown to us by purveyors of the motor carriage. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Here, then, are ten advertisements, promotional videos, and pie-filled skyward thoughts that told us, no matter how dark the decade got, our cars would make it all better. Why drive something old, after all, when you can drive the future? Winton Motor Carriage "...and ave the expense, care, and anxiety of keeping it!" (Cleveland Historical Society) This was where it all started: the idea of a motorized carriage as the future itself. Why get a horse when you could ride in style in a horseless carriage? Founded in 1897, Winton was one of America's first car … [Read more...] about Ten Car Ads that Promised the Future
In an era where just about every automaker is talking about electrification of its powertrains to some extent or another, Mazda is taking a different tack — remaining heavily focused on the good ol’ internal combustion engine.This doesn’t mean electrification isn’t part of the company’s future powertrain strategy – it is – but in the nearer term, the company is working on ways to increase power while boosting fuel economy in its small gas-powered engines.(Before we get to that, yes, the company’s long-promised diesel is still coming to America, though there’s still no official date.)In order to show off its new tech, Mazda invited journalists to its research and development HQ in Irvine, California to drive prototypes outfitted with the Skyactiv-X engine. Full disclosure: Mazda paid for my flight to Southern California, my hotel room, and several very nice meals. The company also gave us very nice Moleskin notebooks and pens.The … [Read more...] about Mazda Skyactiv-X Prototype First Drive – Is the Future Highly Compressed?
No one was prepared for the disruption Koenigsegg would have on the supercar segment when the company first emerged from Sweden’s dark and mysterious forests in 1994. The combination of the car’s shape and its power took the wind out of many Italian sails. Neither was the world prepared for the sheer intellect and force of will of its Koenigsegg’s founder and namesake, Christian von Koenigsegg.Twenty-four years later, the company—and, indeed, the man’s impact—has had a continuing impact on the automotive community. We sat down with Christian two weeks after one of his creations, an Agera RS, broke five world records, including becoming the fastest production vehicle on the planet. We discussed his past, the company’s future, and whether or not he is related to a certain Scarlet Speedster superhero.Automobile: Are you related to the Flash? Is that why Koenigsegg is synonymous with speed?Christian von Koenigsegg (with a laugh): Of course, I … [Read more...] about Christian von Koenigsegg Talks About the Future and His Nerves Leading Up to the Speed Record
If there is something more comfortable than a 2018 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, it probably has the words “barca” and “lounger” on it somewhere.For the last 43 years, the Gold Wing has been an icon of two-wheeled luxury. A high-water mark of carcass-cradling comfort. It’s the Cadillac of motorcycles -- and not the current, BMW-chasing Cadillac, although it does offer way more performance than you’d expect in a big, big bike. I mean the old, luxury Cadillac, with all the tail fins and accompanying features. And it seats two!There’s a well-oiled following of Gold Wing enthusiasts who put out newsletters, websites, blogs and magazines, but there are only so many of them and they’re not getting any younger. So to reach new buyers, Honda knew it had to offer a Gold Wing that was smoother, narrower and sportier. The new bike is all that and more.The first exciting highlight of the new model is the DCT or Dual Clutch Transmission. There have been … [Read more...] about 2018 Honda Gold Wing first ride: The future of motorcycles
Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, spends two days each week driving AMG models to “have an understanding how (the cars) have to feel, how it works with throttle response and sound and things like that, so this is my passion, yeah.”Having a passion for the feel of a car is something many of us share; having access to the resources and authority to create the feel? Well, that’s rare. But if you stand in rarified air, why not breathe it in and make the most of it?Moers has done just that. Since his promotion to CEO of AMG in October 2013, sales have shot up from 32,000 to just under 132,000 last year. And that’s through a wide range of products from the C43 sedan, something Moers likes to call “entry performance” all the way to the AMG GT R, the bonkers 577-hp coupe. What binds all the cars together is Moers desire for each one to properly represent the brand, “what drives me most is that every car we bring to the market fits in our portfolio and … [Read more...] about Here’s what it’s like to lead Mercedes-AMG into the Project One era
Infiniti has debuted the Q Inspiration Concept at the North American International Auto Show, and it’s certainly striking. Up front, the sedan features a new take on the current double-arch grille by stacking a bunch of louvres into the centre. Wide intakes sit below the grille and slit-like ones open the front wheels to the air. Aggressive slashes in the nose create space for the headlights, with similar cuts on the bonnet. Further back, the car adopts a more subtle tone. The roof flows into the rear end to create a fastback-like shape while thin pillars keep the profile design clean. A rounded tail with integrated exhausts is quieter and the lighting strip running along the boot ends in taillights that take the angular cues from the headlights. Inside the Q Inspiration Concept is a minimalistic affair. The seats are upholstered in white leather, and each passenger gets a tablet for entertainment. A floating centre console mixes black and white leather with a coral … [Read more...] about Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept a preview of the future
Acura has had a tough time over the last few years determining its identity, but it seems that the brand is now settling on providing performance. At the Detroit Auto Show, Acura announced an expansion of the A-Spec trim, the revival of the Type-S moniker, and a new engine. That new engine is particularly interesting since it's a turbocharged V6, and only Acura will be using it. So don't expect to see some sort of Accord Type R with a crazy V6. Acura also revealed the engine will only be used with the company's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).Type-S is another big deal, since no Acuras have worn the badge since the 2008 Acura TL Type-S. It will be a step above the current A-Spec trim, which is mildly sporty. Past Type-S models have always had the most powerful engines available. The company didn't give an estimate for when the Type-S trim will appear, nor what model will get it first.All new Acura models will have an A-Spec option in the future. The first new A-Spec addition … [Read more...] about Acura is getting back into the performance game