Ford Used Its High-Tech Racing Simulator to Tune the Mustang Mach-E
Ford Performance has a super-cool, state-of-the-art racing simulator, and it’s not afraid to use it on its street cars as well. That’s how the freshly-released Mustang Mach-E became the first road-going Ford that had its parameters optimized using the 3D sim located in Concord, North Carolina.
Once the Ford GT was out of the pipeline and the Blue Oval could finally think about planning a return at Le Mans, the need for a racing program spruced to attention. To sustain it, Ford built the 33,000-square-foot Technical Support Center which helped other similar efforts along the way. But until now, it was never used in the development of a mass-produced street-legal car. The Mach-E changed that.
Don’t just expect the 2021 Mustang Mach-E to be a success based on its name
In unveiling the new Mustang Mach-E, Ford has booked a seat in the same electric car club that’s nowadays frequented by the leading big-name automakers: Tesla, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, and Porsche. Admittedly, the Blue Oval did arrive a tad late to the party. Now, threatened by the risk of falling behind its rivals that were already building and selling electric cars, Ford needed to come up with a quick and cost-effective solution that would allow it to launch it’s first serious electric car as soon as possible. The savior was none other than Ford’s iconic Mustang nameplate and, as exciting as that might sound, it will hold no weight in the model’s success (or failure).
2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Mazda has the MX-30. Volkswagen has the ID.3, and the ID.4 is almost done brewing. Porsche has the Taycan. Mercedes-Benz has the EQC and Audi the e-tron. BMW had the i3 and is now cooking the i4, while Jaguar relies on the I-Pace, so Volvo couldn’t just sit around and watch the competition get ahead. So there it is, the Swedish carmaker’s first-ever electric car, which opens the avenue for a downfall of EVs grouped under the Recharge moniker. Ladies and gents, let’s meet the new Volvo XC40 Recharge.
2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4
The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is the hybrid version of the Grandland X, a compact crossover than the German firm introduced in 2017 as a replacement for the Antara. It’s also the firm’s first hybrid vehicle. The Grandland X Hybrid4 features a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors. The total output almost hits 300 horsepower.
One of the first models launched by Opel following the takeover by the PSA Group, the Grandland X shares many underpinnings with the Peugeot 3008, which also features a hybrid variant. Not only a big departure from the Antara and Zafira as far as technology goes, the Grandland X also pushes the German brand into the hybrid market for the very first time. Better late than never, right? Let’s find out more about this SUV in the review below.
Porsche Taycan Walkaround - Your First Real Look at the Interior
After what seemed like an eternity waiting for the production version of the Mission-E Concept, Porsche finally pulled the covers off of the Taycan, the German automaker’s first-ever production all-electric vehicle. To add to the surprise, Porsche introduced not one, but two versions of the Taycan with the all-too-familiar Turbo and Turbo S nomenclature. Confused? There’s a reason for the use of the names, or at least Porsche says so. In any event, the Taycan is here, and among its most intriguing features, apart from its all-electric powertrain, is its interior. It’s the first time we’re getting a good, clean look at the Taycan’s interior, and as you can imagine, it’s a very Porsche-like interior. It’s clean yet sophisticated, luxurious yet functional. There are some issues with space, but for the most part, sitting inside gives you the feeling that you’re sitting inside a Porsche. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
2019 CUPRA Tavascan Concept
Out of all the cars churned out by the Volkswagen Group that are not of the premium/luxury ilk, Seat’s models have been the sweethearts when it comes to design, whether we’re talking the Leon, the Ibiza, or the likes of Ateca and Tarraco. CUPRA, a newly-born company that has its origins deeply rooted into the history of SEAT, is looking to follow and build on the same design creed with a stunning all-electric concept called Tavascan.
Now, as a new brand, CUPRA is just stretching its tentacles but it has been doing it with well-defined goals. For example, CUPRA has just become the official partner of FC Barcelona and it was only last month that it announced Mattias Ekstrom as its new e-ambassador and e-Racer official driver. Obviously, CUPRA is a brand that looks towards the future before anything else, so the concoction of all-electric concept cars shouldn’t raise any eyebrows. However, it’s the looks of said concepts that make us raise our hands and admit that CUPRA’s designers know what they’re doing. To further illustrate that, let’s have a closer look at the CUPRA Tavascan prototype, which the brand calls “a glimpse of our first 100% electric road vehicle.”
Hyundai Wants an Electric Scooter in Every New Car It Sells
The electric scooter industry is booming, despite the fact that these things have pushed governments into considering banning them or come up with a new set of laws to regulate their use in urban areas. As it turns out, when used incorrectly, electric scooters can leave their riders with serious injuries, not to mention other innocent people. We’ve covered the topic in greater detail here. However, today’s piece is not about safety issues.
Long story short, Hyundai is launching a new electric scooter that might end up in every new car the Koreans sell, as the company wants to look at ways to improve last mile mobility, a logistical living hell that’s forced carmakers like Ford to develop its own delivery robot.
You Can Have Up to Five Screens Inside the New Porsche Taycan
As Cartoon Network’s boy-genius Dexter would put it, 2019 was a good day for science in the car world. Chevrolet launched its first-ever mid-engine Corvette in the shape of the C8 Stingray, Audi decided to finally bring the RS6 Avant in the U.S., and Porsche is taking a major step towards a full-electric sports with the new Taycan, formerly known as Mission E. Now, as it’s customary with pretty much every debut these days, there are things we know about the Porsche Taycan and some other things Porsche is likely to keep behind closed, well, lips until the EV makes its official debut on September 4. The latest development in the things we know about the Porsche Taycan has to do with the electric sports car’s interior, which Porsche saw fit to unveil in all its digital splendor.
Is $135,000 Too Much to Pay for the 2020 Karma Revero GT?
Three years after the Karma Revero hit the market, Karma Automotive has launched the updated version of its hybrid sports car. It’s called the Karma Revero GT and it comes with plenty of improvements over its predecessor beyond the addition of the “GT” suffix. The Revero GT looks more evolved than the Revero. It comes with an updated interior and a revised powertrain lineup that includes the addition of BMW’s 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Karma Automotive hasn’t released the official price of the Revero GT, but expect it to sell for more than the $135,000 price tag of the outgoing Revero. It’s a steep price, which begs the question: is the Karma Revero GT worth $135,000?
This is What You Don’t Get in the Cheapest, $35,000 2020 Tesla Model 3
Let’s be honest here; the Tesla Model 3’s interior isn’t exactly rich and well defined. It is sparsely equipped with one massive screen that hosts virtual buttons for all functions. In higher grade trims, Tesla did manage to offer nice upholstery on the seats and more expensive materials on the doors. It does give a bit of style and pizzazz to the Tesla Model 3, but nowhere near enough to match the lavish of the Lexus IS, 3 Series, or, the Mercedes-Benz C-class. The problem is that even the most expensive Model 3’s interior cannot hold a candle to the interiors of even less expensive cars. And now, we have a stripped-down Model 3. What could Tesla possibly delete from the Model 3 to lower its price to $35,000? Well, here’s a list of everything you don’t get with the entry-level Tesla Model 3.
2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid tops the range with 670 horsepower
Porsche has revealed its top-of-the-range SUV offerings, in the form of the new 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe. These are not only the most powerful Cayenne models ever, but also the quickest too. They also come pretty close to fully loaded in terms of optional extras and, since both are hybrids, the fact that their battery pack is some 30 percent larger than that of any electrified Cayenne previously sold, the extra all-electric range is also welcome.
Audi’s New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand
Well, we guess this one was coming sooner or later: Audi has just launched an electric scooter that has e-tron embedded in its name and we can’t stop wondering how come the announcement came just a month or so after BMW highlighted plans to build its own such contraption. Nonetheless, is this a sign that carmakers are looking to branch out into other sectors that involve some sort of means of transportation? Well, it could very well be, provided the numerous study they carry out have pointed that this would be a profitable piece of the pie. And we know for sure that people have the hots for electric scooters to the same amount they crave crossovers. Therefore, from a theoretical view, selling e-scooters might bring some extra profit to a car manufacturer. After all, some of them have been building bikes for quite some time (think Porsche and BMW, for a change) so moving on to electric scooters doesn’t seem that much of a stretch, does it?
Cool Electric Cars Worth Waiting For (And Why They Matter)
The electric car snowball has been growing rapidly in recent years and, at this point, it’s only a matter of time before the trend will make the transition to norm. While nowadays most carmakers offer some sort of electrification in their lineups, 2020 is expected to bring a sustained push in this direction, with more and more manufacturers joining (or strengthening) the electric bandwagon.
What are we looking at exactly? For starters, a lot of “first-ever” electric cars coming from reputed brands that have a solid history in a given field – take Porsche and sports cars, for example.
Then, we should be in for the rise of unusual suspects, such as China’s BYD, joined by promising startups like Rivian and even boutique carmakers – that’s right, we’re looking at Croatia’s Rimac Automobili but also Pagani, which has recently signaled the intention to build an all-electric hypercar.
So, without further ado, here’s what we think should be on every car enthusiast’s watchlist when it comes to electric cars with coolness as their middle name.
The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn’t Know Existed
Lotus just took a big step into the future by launching the Evija, its first-ever hypercar and first fully electric vehicle. Also likely to become the world most powerful production car, the Evija is a rather unusual car for an automaker known for affordable and lightweight sports cars. But as surprising as the Evija might seem, the truth is Lotus has been working with electrified drivetrains since the late 2000s. That’s a full decade of EVs and hybrids that haven’t received the attention they deserved. Granted, they’re all concept cars that never made it into production, but their existence signalled Lotus’ intentions. Also, several automakers based a handful of electrified vehicles on Lotus platforms. Let’s have a closer look at them.
Bollinger’s Overlanding Parts For the B1 and B2 are Off-Road Candy
Ten years ago, nobody would have thought that the concepts of overlanding and off-roading will match the personality of an electric car. Yet EV technology has been making fast progress, to such an extent that we now have companies like Atlis, Rivian, or Bollinger, who are mixing and matching electrical powertrains with off-road or utilitarian vehicles. As we said Atlis has the XT pickup truck, Rivian is making waves with the R1T truck and R1S SUV, and there’s also Bollinger, with its B1 and B2 pickup-SUV combo. Now, Rivian already offers a couple of interesting overlanding solution for its pickup, but Bollinger takes this practice one step further with virtually infinite customization possibilities for its vehicles.
Can I buy the long-awaited Tesla $35.000 Model 3? Good question!
With the $35,000 priceModel 3, Elon Musk promised to bring electric cars to the masses. Well, when the EV was released, in July 2017, the automaker offered only the much more expensive Long Range and Performance models. Only earlier this year, Tesla delivered the agreed $35,000 Model 3 and guess what? Since its introduction, the carmaker removed the car from its online ordering system and raised the price. Thus the long-awaited $35,000 Tesla, survived on the market for less than three months.
2020 Renault ZOE EV has sharper looks, more range and two motor options
Our readers from North America may not really be familiar with the Renault Zoe, but it is actually the best selling all-electric vehicle in Europe, so the fact that a new one has been launched is a pretty big deal. It’s definitely an evolution of the old car and not a dramatic, revolution, but it addresses some key concerns people had with it in the past in order to make it even more enticing for city types who don’t want a small EV.
The 2020 Renault ZOE has freshened up exterior design, a much improved interior (it sorely needed), a battery pack has 30 percent extra capacity over the old one and new tech that was not available on the old ZOE. And having improved the car in all these areas, Renault has a chance of staying on top of EV sales in Europe, even though there are far more rivals out now than there were when the ZOE debuted, back in 2012.
The Rivian R1T Isn’t Only An EV - It’s A Zero-Emission Camper Too
This is more of a statement from Rivian than an announcement. The company has made it quite clear that it has the stomach to take on the biggest, baddest bully in the market - Tesla - head-on. Even though Tesla enjoys a better brand recall, Rivian has taken an alternate path to become a household name in the EV adventure lifestyle segment. The startup from Michigan has been promoting its Rivian R1T truck as an EV camper now. Seeing the photos on the company’s social media, we must say it looks exciting.
2020 Karma Revero GT
The Karma nameplate has a long and less-than-glittering history. First appearing as a hybrid-powered GT sedan from Fisker Automotive in the late 2000s, the original Karma only lasted for about a year before biting the dust. Fisker Automotive produced less than 2,700 examples before it went bankrupt in 2013, after which the Wanxiang Group Corporation bought up the remaining assets. Recently renamed to Karma Automotive, the company charges headlong into the premium hybrid GT segment with the Revero. The Revero first appeared in 2016 for the 2017 model year, and now it is getting a refresh with a new look, updated interior, and powertrain parts sourced from the BMW i8.
The Scrooser Electric Scooter Is More Than a Fat-Tire Moped
As far as urban mobility solutions go, we’ve seen an assault of electrically-powered gizmos flooding stores and sidewalks alike. Nowadays, you’ve got electric skateboards, electric drift trikes, and even electric buggies that can take you beyond the beaten path. But none of them compare to the Scrooser.