Could an I-Pace SVR be first? Electrification isn’t only about saving the planet. At Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) performance group, engineers are already looking into how to make even higher-performing versions of new EVs. John Edwards, managing director of SVO, told Motoring that the company is excited to explore the possibilities of electric performance models – but that doing so would not be simple. “It’s definitely a different challenge, but I actually look at it as an opportunity and our engineers love having a problem,” Edwards told Motoring. “The rules of performance vehicles in a traditional [internal combustion-powered] market are very established and we react to those established rules. With electric vehicles, the rules aren’t established at all, so I think it gives us different opportunities.”Perhaps the most logical expectation is an SVO-tweaked version of the Jaguar I-Pace electric … [Read more...] about Jaguar SVO Interested In Developing High-Performance EVs
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The design sketch comes straight from Chevy, so it has to be the real deal. Even though production of the new mid-engined Corvette Stingray has been delayed until February 2020, it appears Chevy is already eager to give us a glimpse of the hotter Z06 – or so it seems. Our colleagues at Roadshow managed to get a hold of what appears to be an official interior sketch straight from the company with the bowtie emblem. For what it’s worth, the adjacent image is different than the multiple design sketches detailed by C8 team members back in August during an in-depth presentation of the mid-engined sports car at the National Corvette Museum’s 25th Anniversary celebration. The slideshows focused primarily on the car’s exterior and how it evolved from day 1 to the production model, and there were a couple of images depicting the interior, but this one hasn’t been seen before.The compare images tool below shows the yet-to-be-confirmed Z06 … [Read more...] about Mid-Engined Chevy Corvette Z06 Official Interior Sketch Surfaces?
In its most powerful version, it could have more than 500 hp. It’s a poorly kept secret that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is working on an all-new inline-six turbo engine but so far we’ve only heard unconfirmed rumors about that unit. Now, a new patent filing comes to prove that the project codenamed GME-T6 (Global Medium Engine Turbo-6) is indeed in the works, albeit in the very early stages of development. First unearthed by Moparinsiders, the patent drawing shows a six-cylinder inline engine with a newly designed EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system for use with turbocharged gasoline engines. Patent number 10,247,142 filed with the U.S. Patent Office by FCA US LLC depicts an engine that is very similar to FCA’s GME-T4 inline-four turbo motor but obviously has two more cylinders. FCA In Cooperation: PSA-FCA Merger Will Retain All 13 Automakers In The Lineup PSA And FCA Merger Plan Officially Announced It’s important to note that the … [Read more...] about FCA Patent Hints At Turbocharged Inline-Six Engine
Get up close and personal with the liftback and Europe's most popular wagon. It’s a known fact Skoda has become a veritable cash cow for the Volkswagen Group and it is primarily thanks to the Octavia. Even though SUVs are all the rage these days and the Czech brand has three of them in its European portfolio to fully capitalize on the customers’ insatiable thirst for high-riding vehicles, the Octavia remains at the core of the brand. A new generation of an automaker’s best-selling product is always a big deal, especially since the model’s origins can be traced back to the late 1950s. Since then, more than 6.5 million units have been sold and 2.5 million cars were delivered over the course of the previous generation, despite the questionable facelift with split headlights launched in 2017. Revamped for 2020, the Octavia is featured in a couple of videos putting the spotlight on both the liftback and the Combi a.k.a. the most popular wagon in … [Read more...] about 2020 Skoda Octavia In 25 Minutes Of Footage With The Best Seller
Learn how plaid seats and the golf ball shift knob became a staple for the hot hatch. Almost everybody knows about the plaid seats in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Eagle-eyed passengers will even notice your golf ball shift knob. But where did these features come from? Before the GTI’s birth in the 1970’s, VW was tasked with finding a way to pump up the standard Golf interior. Whilst brainstorming for ideas, Volkswagen looked to one of its first female designers, Gunhild Liljequist. Originally a porcelain painter and candy-box designer, Liljequist was hired on to VW’s Department of Fabrics and Colors in Wolfsburg in 1964. For being a candy-box designer her approach to the GTI interior actually involved some level of restraint. She didn’t let her design devolve into a silly caricature with door mirrors. Rather, her ideas involved two tight, simple design elements: the plaid seats and the golf ball shift knob. More GTI Content: VW Golf GTI TCR By ABT … [Read more...] about This Woman Created The VW Golf GTI’s Two Most Iconic Elements