Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

auto transport. vehicle transport, car transport,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.

Big Muscle From Apache

Back in 1959 the idea of having a pickup truck that could go around corners was simply ludicrous. These trucks were meant to haul farm equipment, construction supplies and tow stuff, not shred corners and pull lateral-g’s. Owner Wes Drelleshak has always liked trucks, however he’s always had a special affinity for one in particular – a 1959 Chevrolet Apache with the rare Fleetside bed. He bought it with the intention of making it his daily driver, but then something happened…

The World’s First All-Electric Supercar

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.

Whatever Became of the Rinspeed sQuba?

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.

Roadster On The Track In Indy

HOT ROD’s Thom Taylor takes a vintage Indy Roadster around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the 2013 Indy 500. Driving the Bill Akin-restored Bowes Seal Fast roadster, built by Quinn Epperly, and raced to 6th place by Johnny Boyd at the ’59 500, Thom runs with other historic Indy roadsters racing around the track on Carburetor Day before the Indy 500 race.

China EV Market Dwindling

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.

 

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Comming (Very) Soon

Toyota revealed a hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric vehicle at CES 2014, along with the announcement that it’ll be hitting the market sometime next year! Annie spoke to Toyota’s Fuel Cell Group senior engineer Jared Farnsworth about the project, including fueling the vehicle, testing the vehicle, and the obstacles that stood in their way while developing the tech.