There is no better way to express your love of super cars than a visit to the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year, for those who were lucky enough to be there, a plethora of super cars were on display.
The supercar paddock at last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed with some of the latest hypercars and track-only supercars on the market. Before and after running up the hill climb, this is where the likes of the Ferrari FXX K, Koenigsegg One:1, McLaren P1 GTR, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Aventador SV and more, took a break, giving the public a chance to check them out up close.
See more images and read more about it, here.
The Renovo coupe is sleek, fast and all-electric. That’s 0-60 in just 3.4 seconds and a full charge in 30 minutes.
Oh, and did we mention it’s an American automobile? Yeah.
This may be an electric car, but the power it produces is bordering on Bugatti Veyron territory. The Coupe uses twin sequential axial-flux electric motors sending power to the rear wheels of the car (note that the car has no forward gear ratios, just drive and reverse), with the motor producing an astounding 500+ horsepower combined with 1000 lb-ft of torque. With instantaneous power delivery, the Coupe will go from 0 to 60 mph in the 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 120 mph.
Flashback to 2007. The world got its first glimpse of the Rinspeed sQuba; an electric car which could drive on the land, then splash into a lake and dive underwater. Granted, the driver had to flood the cabin to submerge the car, but if was ok for James Bond (if you don’t know what we’re talking about go rent The Spy Who Loved Me right now.)
Anyway, the car was supposed to hit the market in 2008, with a base price of around $1.5 million (that was the cost of the prototype.) Well, 2008 came and went and the car is still not much more than a cool video on YouTube and a flight of fancy for the engineers, Swiss company Rinspeed.
Now the Fed’s are getting into the debate about driverless cars. Turns out that driverless cars might be, according to the FBI, a great tool for criminals.
You can read more about the new debate here.
While you’re reading enjoy this video of driverless cars from Google.
Not so long ago, when electric vehicles were being touted as a true alternative to fossil fuel powered vehicles and said to be “the” next big thing, all eyes turned toward China and it’s burgeoning middle class. If anyone was going to start buying electric cars, it was thought, it would be Chinese consumers.
Fast foward a few short years and the truth is out: Chinese consumers, like just about everyone else in the world, prefer fossil fuel powered cars. Or they don’t believe electric vehicles are reliable enough or safe enough or worth the added investment required to park one in the garage.
Last year China sold just a handful, 7,000 to be precise, electric vehicles. The Chinese government has said it wants 500,000 EV’s on the road by the end of next year. Either people will be force marched to dealerships or car companies will have to try harder to sell them, because the trend is not leaning in their favor when it comes to meeting the goal.
China is already the world’s largest manufacturer of electric bicycles and electric tricycles, but no less than 13 automobile manufacturers in China offered 18 different models of electric automobiles in 2013.
Two years ago, on June 28, 2012 the China State Council passed the New Energy Automobile Industry Development Plan for 2012 to 2020. The goal of the plan? To have 500,000 electric vehicles on the road by the end of 2015 and five-million electric vehicles on the roads by the end of 2020. Yet in 2013, Chinese automobile manufacturers sold just 6,900 highway-speed electric passenger automobiles and 1,247 plug-in hybrid automobiles. (We’ve got detailed lists available below). This number doesn’t include electric buses, which will play a big role in electric vehicle growth in China, but if sales numbers for passenger automobiles continue in this manner, China’s 2015 half-million EV goal will be very difficult to achieve.
Practically one year ago the drivers of some of the world’s most awesome suped-up racers set off for the 2013 Gumball Rally in Copenhagen. Check this awesome race video and get ready for the 2014 rally!
In 1963 Ted Pritchard decided to show the world that steam power was every bit as good as gasoline power. So, he converted a 1963 Ford Falcon to run on steam and proved his point.