This Modified Tesla Model S Plaid Just Hit 216 MPH
When Tesla unveiled the Model S Plaid in 2021 it promised it will go from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds and will hit a top speed of over 200 mph. But many tests have revealed that the Model S Plaid can only hit 269 km/h (167.14 mph). Then, in early 2022, Tesla announced the Track Mode for the Model S Plaid that pushed the top speed to 175 mph. Which again is not 200 mph. We are not sure what exactly is preventing Tesla from actually offering this kind of performance figure, but the fact is that it doesn’t. However, it seems that the trick to go over 200 mph is to remove software limitations.
Gordon Murray is About to Move Beyond Sports Cars, And Things Could Get Weird
The future will be all about electrification - there is no doubt about that. From the smallest automakers to the largest, everyone is focusing on developing and preparing for the electric. Even makers that we never thought would go electric have announced plans to drop large, V-8, V-10, and V-12 engines in favor of electric powertrains. And so will Gordon Murray - the maker famous for its V-12-powered T.33. The company announced it has two new electric SUVs in development, but that doesn’t mean it’s straying too far from its roots.
Drako Motors Announces 2,000 HP Gullwing-Door EV Called The Dragon
The Rise of electric cars and the advancements in technology needed to make EVs so popular have resulted in multiple success stories that make us think that perhaps building an EV from the ground up is not all that difficult. When that argument comes up companies like Tesla and Rivian come to mind. However, we have also seen several monumental failures, such as Faraday and Fisker, that remind us just how cut-throat the automotive industry can be.
Jaguar’s Latest Plans Prove that Electric "Sports" SUVs are the Future
The Covid pandemic affected Jaguar sales very bad: in 2020 alone sales were down 13.6% when compared to the previous year. In fact, right now, the company’s lineup includes only five models, three of which are SUVs. Things will continue the same in the future, but on an all-electrical level. Jaguar plans to launch three new electric SUVs in the next few years, with pricing for the cheapest starting at £100,000 ($121,000 at the current exchange rates) - a price that will bring the brand into Bentley territory. Jaguar hopes to sell around 50,000-60,000 units a year, significantly increasing the sales figures of the brand.
Volkswagen ID. Aero Concept Isn’t as Impressive as Expected, But It Still Has Tesla and BMW Beat
Just a few days ago Volkswagen unveiled the first design sketches of ID. Aero - a future fully electric sedan that aims at the "high-volume upper-middle class segment," including the Tesla Model 3, the Polestar 2, and the BMW i4. Now, the brand has revealed the ID. Aero concept, along with a few more details on the future car. The production version for China will arrive in the second half of 2023, while the European version will roll off the assembly line at the Emden plant in late 2023. North America will also follow.
The new ID. Aero will be the fourth fully electric model Volkswagen will sell in China - next to the ID.3, ID.4, and ID.6, and will also be part of the company’s Accelerate strategy: by 2030 every second vehicle sold in China will be an electric vehicle.
Tesla’s Conquest of Europe May Fall Short
Regardless of what happens in the future, Tesla will go down in history as the company that started the transition from internal combustion engines to electricity. While the American EV maker has been quite open-minded and willing to share its know-how with other car companies, it seems the current state of the global economy has taken its toll on Tesla’s production output. With other car makers now well into the EV scene, this may be a problem for Tesla, especially in Europe where most of its competitors are based.
McMurtry Speirling, a Fan Car, Broke The 23-Year Goodwood Hill Climb Record
Back in 1999, former BMW and Williams Formula One driver, Nick Heidfeld, broke the Goodwood Hill Climb record with a time of 41.6 seconds. He was driving a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car, and since then, no other F1 car has been allowed to run the hill, so the record was never broken. Well, at least not until 2022, when a McMurtry Spéirling - a demonstrator car from the British electric car manufacturer McMurtry Automotive - broke the all-time record with a time of 39.08 seconds. In all honesty, a Volkswagen ID.R did the same hill climb in 39.9 seconds back in 2019, but the time was set during the qualifying sessions, and therefore didn’t count.
Rendering: This Could be the Electric Lexus Sports Car of the Future
In December 2021, Toyota announced its plan for electrification in the future, which will include its luxury wing, Lexus. Its thorough EV strategy is a substantial step-up for Lexus, and by 2035, the luxury brand is going all-electric. In the press conference, Lexus introduced an electric supercar named Electrified Sport, which would be a modern and electrified iteration of the legendary LFA. But what if we show you a bunch of renderings of what might be Lexus’ take on a four-door electric coupe? Giorgi Tedoradze’s E-Sharper will give you a sense of what high-end two-door future coupes might look like.
Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX Shows How Capable Electric Cars Can Really Be
When Mercedes announced the Vision EQXX back in January 2022 it boasted a range of 620 miles. People were of course skeptical, so the car had to prove itself - something it did in April 2022 when it completed a 1,008-kilometer (626 miles) road trip across European highways on a single charge. And, if you need more proof that the Vision EQXX is a very efficient car, Mercedes has just announced the concept broke its own record with another trip of 1,202 kilometers.
Dodge’s Electric Muscle Car Officially Coming in August
Dodge is known as being the most “against the grain” car company and you only need to see their bonkers, supercharged V-8 models to see it’s true. However, even Chrysler is forced to move with the times, and the company’s transition to electric powertrains is already in motion. With that in mind, Dodge has big plans for the upcoming, 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise, in an event known as the Dodge Speed Week. Over a few days, Dodge will announce three models that will shed light on the brand’s future plans.
With 2,000 Horsepower, Is this Custom Ford E-Transit "Electric SuperVan" Still Boring?
The automotive world is full of wild and out-of-this-world creations. Pretty much everyone loves them, from the incredibly fast and capable examples like the Bugatti Chiron to the GR Yaris which we are still struggling to believe Toyota even made in the first place. But possibly the most outlandish is the Ford Transit Supervan, and now, after nearly 30 years, there’s a new one.
Volkswagen Just Put Tesla on Notice with the Future ID Aero
Volkswagen has revealed the first design sketches of the ID. Aero - a future fully electric limousine initially aimed for the Chinese automobile market. However, the company also confirmed that there will also be a production version for both North America and Europe, the latter of which will be produced at the company’s factory in Emden, Germany. The concept version will be unveiled on June 27, 2022. The production version - for both the Chinese, American, and European markets will be presented in 2023.