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It has become inevitable that electric-powered cars are the way of the future. We aren’t quite sure how electricity is going to be created to power these cars, but it has been almost universally accepted that batteries and motors are the way forward. Of course, people are lazy and they get concerned about things like charging times, plug variations and charging locations. BMW and Daimler have teamed up to hopefully make charging as easy and painless as possible with new wireless charging technology .

I won’t go too deep into the technology behind it, but think of it as a really large version of the wireless charging technology that some cellphones use. Basically, there is a large conductive coil installed into the bottom of the car that is attached to the batteries. If you park over the top of a second large conductive coil that is attached to a power source, the car batteries will begin charging. BMW has also managed to develop this system to be extremely fast and efficient. They say that this system can fully charge the new BMW i8 in less than two hours with the current prototype system.

Another benefit of this system is the ability to build it into any flat pavement. Entire mall parking lots or even highways could theoretically be wired with conduction coils, so your car would actually be charging as you went shopping or drove to work. If electric cars are the future, this is like warping into the age of the Jetsons.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new Inductive Charging System.

There was a lot of panic when rumors about Dodge planning to produce only 1,200 units of its impressive Challenger Hellcat SRT a year surfaced. Fortunately, Chrysler was quick to deny it, leaving the HEMI-powered Hellcat available to just about anyone. Well, anyone who’s willing to part with $60,990 for a muscle car, that is! If the Hellcat is on your to-buy list this fall, then it’s time you start building it, as Dodge has just fired up the car’s online configurator.

As expected, the Hellcat is far from being a Mini Cooper as far as personalization is concerned, but there is a handful of exterior colors and options you can choose from. As far as exterior extras go, Dodge offers a set of 275/40ZR20 summer performance tires for $395, a power sunroof for $1,195, and a Satin Black aluminum hood with functional vents for $995. Inside, buyers have to come up with $695 for a Uconnect system that has more than just AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. A set of red seat belts will set you back $95, while premium Laguna leather seats will fetch an extra $1,795.

Only two options are available in the drivetrain department. If you’re not into shifting your own gears, the standard six-speed manual can be replaced by the available TorqueFlite, eight-speed automatic. The unit costs $1,995. The second option is an engine block heater priced at $95. Dodge also offers plenty of exterior and interior color options. Read on to find out more about that.

Source: Dodge

On paper, this may seem like a very silly race. A “low-level” supercar in the McLaren 650S , a hybrid Porsche 918 and an ultra-exotic Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of more than 250 mph all lined up for a drag race. Who will win? Obviously since we are interested in this at all, the results will be surprising.

For once I am going to go ahead and spoil things for you by saying that the 918 wins. It may not have a top speed anywhere near the Agera R’s, but thanks to that instant electric torque and AWD, it launches from the line like a rocket. The real interesting story is the McLaren 650S. Considering it is the cheapest and slowest McLaren you can currently buy, it has no place in this fight, but it holds its own surprisingly well.

It just goes to show that even the slowest of the supercars are blindingly quick, especially over short distances in a straight line. Press that little play button to get an eyeful of horsepower, as there are about 2500 raging ponies between these three pieces of metal and carbon fiber. There is also a good bit of roaring exhaust noise, but sadly the quality isn’t the best, so don’t worry about cranking the volume too high on this one.

Why do you think the McLaren did so well in this race? Is the Agera being driven by a rookie? Does the 650S have more power than McLaren says? I want to read your opinions in the comments. As always, I’ll come back later and comment on what you guys said.

I have driven some very fast machinery in my life, including more than one Lamborghini Gallardo , but I have never experienced the kind of speed you are about to witness.

The U.S. 1/2 Mile is a half-mile drag race that happens yearly in Houston, Texas at Ellington Airfield. It is a hotly contested competition to set the highest top speed over the half-mile distance. Coming in to this year’s event, Underground Racing held the record at 217.1 mph, but there were lots of new cars looking to dethrone the tuning company.

As you can see in this video , that didn’t happen. In fact, using an Underground Racing-tuned, twin-turbocharged Lamborghini Gallardo Superlegerra with 1,800 horsepower, a brand new race record was set at 224.4 mph. When this Lamborghini crossed the quarter-mile mark, it was already going 177 mph. The car was going so fast, and there were so many vibrations, that is started to affect the cameras and caused some major distortion.

It was a good thing that the team brought such a powerful car, as the previous record was smashed by all three of the top finishers.

Considering that amount of speed that was gained from last year’s race to this year’s competition, I can’t wait to see what kind of insane machines show up for 2015. Now stop reading, hit play, and watch this Lambo blast down the runway.

Well this is some surprising news indeed. The man that has helmed Ferrari for more than two decades, Luca di Montezemolo is stepping down, effective October 13th. Sadly, and despite his age of 67, this doesn’t seem to be a simple retirement; there has been some serious tension in the land of the Italian automobile lately.

Not only is Ferrari struggling in Formula One , but Montezemelo has been butting heads lately with Fiat head Sergio Marchionne. Not only is Marchionne upset with the Formula One disappointment, but he and Montezemelo are at opposite ends of the scale when it comes to the future of Ferrari.

Currently Montezemelo has capped Ferrari’s sales at 7,000 cars per year to bolster and maintain the company’s elite status. Marchionne, on the other hand, wants Ferrari to expand, become even more profitable, and to donate technology and engineering to other brands in the Fiat family with the goal of creating more luxurious models across the range. Marchionne wants the new Fiat/Chrysler to become a true competitor to Volkswagen .

According to a report from Bloomberg, Montezemelo has been quoted as saying that “Ferrari is now American,” going so far as to call it “the end of an era.” I hope he is wrong.

This is most disappointing, as Montezemelo has an astonishing record at Ferrari. Since he took over, company revenue has climbed by 1,000 percent, yearly auto sales have tripled, and after years and years of F1 failure, the Ferrari team secured eight World Constructors’ Championships.

Marchionne is anything but an idiot, but I do feel worried for the Ferrari brand as a whole. Montezemelo has obviously had some incredible success in running this prestigious brand, and it is upsetting to see him so unceremoniously forced out of the company that he helped thrust into such incredible success.

Click past the jump to read more about Luca di Montezemolo’s collaboration with Ferrari.

Cadillac recently dropped a press release in our inbox that contained plans to offer advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on some 2017 model year vehicles. Naturally, our curiosity kicked in because words like “intelligent” and “connected” have become even more important in today’s auto industry. So we read through the release and found some nuggets of information that indicated what Caddy’s got up its sleeve.

The first technological advancement will be an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise. A yet-to-be-named 2017 Cadillac will feature this new system, which will offer customers improved driving experience through hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. Super Cruise is being developed to become a boon for drivers, specifically those driving on highways under a variety of road conditions. The description’s pretty interesting, although it’s hard to judge how effective it’s going to be until we see it in action.

Moving on, Cadillac also announced that the 2017 CTS Sedan will feature vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. According to the automaker, this new system is supposed to improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving safety information between vehicles that are approaching each other. It’s going to be like these cars will be able to talk to each other and warn drivers of incoming road conditions that they can avoid beforehand.

We’re not sure how that’s going to work on surface streets, but on the highway, drivers can use these kinds of information to divert their routes before they get stuck in traffic.

That’s pretty cool.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s future intelligent technology.

Well it seems that even ultra-rare, incredibly expensive supercars can be caught up in the woes of government-mandated recalls, as the NHTSA has issued a recall notice for the Porsche 918 Spyder . Yes, the 887-horsepower, nearly $1-million hybrid. Specifically, there are potentially 45 cars worldwide that can suffer from an issue that will cause the rear control arm to break.

Can you imagine the havoc as you close in on the 918’s 200-plus-mph top speed and that arm snaps? Yikes.

If you are one of the lucky few in the U.S. who own one of these incredible cars, feel lucky, as only five of the U.S. 918s are suspected to have the issue. There is also no word on any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.

According to Autoblog, Porsche first discovered the issue during some “heavy-duty durability testing” that involved bombing around the Nardo test track in Italy. It seems that so long as you aren’t inflicting track-style abuse on your 918, it should be perfectly safe for driving until the issue can be repaired. As with all recalls of this nature, a quick trip to Porsche dealer will get your 918 inspected, and if necessary, repaired.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Source: Autoblog

Supercar companies spend a lot of time testing their vehicles, and with so much time and effort being put into testing, accidents are bound to happen. Some involve minor mishaps that are taken care of immediately, while other take a little more time to fix. However, there are accidents that nobody wants to happen and usually these are the types that end with somebody getting hurt.

Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Koenigsegg during a recent test run at the Nurburgring. The Swedish supercar manufacturer spent a few days on the ‘Ring with the One:1 and an Agera R -based prototype. Our spy photographers reported that the testing was going smoothly until the Agera R prototype got involved in a major accident, violently crashing into the barriers at the track.

Photos of the crash’s aftermath show the mule suffering some damage to the front and rear sections but more importantly, both the driver and the passenger were also hurt with the former sadly receiving the brunt of the crash. The speed photos we got were apparently taken a little over a minute before the unfortunate accident.

Hopefully, the driver and the passenger of the Agera R recover from their injuries sooner than later. Nobody wants to see something like this happen, especially on what is supposed to a controlled test session.

Click past the jump to read more about the crash

We just recently got a full look at the all-new, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in all of its glory and though I was initially in shock from its new look, it has since grown on me. In fact, it has now gotten to the point where I actually think it may be an upgrade over the NC generation, but I will reserve my final judgement for when the drivetrain information rolls out. In order to truly understand how the Miata got to this point, we need to step back and really dive deep into the history of the MX-5 . Enter in two experts in the field of Mazda roadsters, Bob Hall and Dean Case, and you stand to learn all the information on the Miata’s history that you care to know.

Bob Hall was a part of the team that was tasked with designing the NA Miata roadster , and despite his team’s version not being warmly received on paper, it was a huge success once it made it to the clay-model phase.

Bob and Dean went on to talk about the Mazda Miata’s first true rival, the doomed-from-the-beginning Mercury Capri, and the why British Racing Green and yellow were initially axed from the color options. The video goes on for nearly 22 minutes, so there is a ton more insider information passed on. This is definitely a must-watch for any Miata fan.

The newly launched Jaguar XE , Britain’s lightweight competitors for the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class , will spawn a new family of models, including coupe and station wagon versions. That’s the word from Car Advice, who got the information straight from Nick Miller, chief program engineer for the XE, at the sedan’s official launch in London.

Miller refrained from unveiling any actual details, but he suggested the XE will get more body styles in the future. A coupe and an estate are the obvious choices for this lineup. Naturally, the two-door will compete against the 4 Series, with a high-performance version to take on the beefed-up M4. "I’ll never say never for the future – we’re looking at all different styles for the future," he said.

On a side note, Miller also hinted that the C-X17 crossover will make it to production on the same platform.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar XE.

Source: CarAdvice

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