Throughout The Car Industry
The 2014 Chevy Volt will feature a few very minor option updates, but outside of that, the only thing new on it is the price. The next generation of the Volt promises a much more thorough series of upgrades, including much improved all-electric range, according to comments from GM CEO Dan Akerson. It still won't be a rightful "electric vehicle," the way GM insists on describing it, but it will be one step closer.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Technology, Videos
Tags: Chevy, Volt, green cars, hybrids, MPG,
The "LeFerrari" is one of the worst names ever conceived for a vehicle. And that's a damn shame because the car promises to be one of the most awesome exotics of our generation. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso cashed in on that promise in a short video clip that takes us in and out of the LeFerrari.
Tags: Videos, Ferrari, supercars, LeFerrari, racing, Fernando Alonso, F1 driver
Every year, famous Italian design houses, like Pininfarina and Bertone, scramble to build sporty concept cars for auto shows and events throughout the year. They all seem to rally particularly strong for the annual Geneva Motor Show. This year, one of those design houses, Italdesign, went beyond the obvious sports coupes and roadsters, designing something truly unique—an off-road supercar. The aptly named Parcour concept, envisioned as both a coupe and roadster, brings luscious, red curves to the off-road segment, or is that brute utility to the supercar segment? Italdesign vice chairman Fabrizio Giugiaro clues us in in a new video.
Tags: Italdesign, concept cars, concepts, design studies, off-road, super cars
We were expecting the debut of the BMW i3 electric city car this year, but we weren't expecting it for another two months. BMW will jump the gun, debuting its very first electric car on July 29.
Tags: BMW, electric cars, EVs, videos, new cars, i3
Volvo has been working to make itself an automotive technological leader. Over the past few months and years, it's demonstrated or discussed upcoming technologies like car-to-car communications, the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), and self-charging EV highways. In its latest demonstration, Volvo shows us a car that can park itself.
Tags: Volvo, technology, autonomous driving, self-parking, self-driving cars
The Porsche 918 Spyder, one of the first of a number of upcoming green supercars, is being readied for launch later this year. During the development process, Porsche managed to string a one-minute clip of video together showcasing hot weather testing in Valley of Fire, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Stuttgart shows what has come of nearly one million miles of testing.
The McLaren P1 is one of those supercars that is just fun to look at, especially when it's in action. Unfortunately, McLaren didn't see fit to bring it to the New York Auto Show for us American folks to see in person. So we'll just have to be content watching it carve its signature into the snow and ice of northern Europe.
Prior to introducing its latest special edition, Bugatti put the "world record" into the World Record Car Edition by blazing into the books with a 254-mph run recorded by TÜV, the independent German organization for Technical Inspection and Certification. The record was for the fastest convertible in the world, and Bugatti got it done in the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. This week, Bugatti released the video evidence of the world record run. Reading about the world record was interesting, but watching it unfold before your eyes is much better.
Posted In: Exotics, Racing, Videos
Tags: Bugatti, Veyron, world records, videos, Grand Sport Vitesse, roadsters
The National Off Road Racing Association (we'll call 'em NORRA from now on) announced last week that for the first time ever an all-electric off-road vehicle would race in its Mexican 1000 hot rod race, which is underway now. The rally, which is open to vintage and alternatively fueled vehicles, provides an interesting test bed for EVs, which suffer from range issues and performance problems in extreme weather - say 1,200 miles of hot, mouth-cottoningly dry desert in Baja. The SR1 EV1 truly has its work cut out for it.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Racing, Special / Limited Edition, Technology, Videos
Tags: Ev, electric vehicles, racing, off-road, Baja, baja, baja 1000, electric car, electric vehicle, ev, general tire mexican 1000, national off road racing association, norra, off-road, rally, sr1
Imagine for a second soaring 20 feet over the ground, peering at the hard asphalt below through the upside-down windshield of your car. Now imagine that that car was one of the tiniest minicars on Earth. That doesn't sound too enticing, does it? But that's what French driver, skier and stuntman Guerlain Chicherit put himself up to. MINI is calling it the world's first unassisted backflip by car.
Ever wonder what goes into the most expensive of hypercars to warrant seven-figure price tags? Koenigsegg is getting ready to show us in a new video series called Inside Koenigsegg. The nine-part series premieres on the DRIVE YouTube channel tomorrow, January 8.
The purpose of the new series is to step inside Koenigsegg's Angelholm, Sweden headquarters and look at what makes a supercar super. The series sets out to explore the "outer limits of innovation in the automotive industry" and how that innovation "within the highest echelon of sports car manufacturers" affects the rest of the automotive industry. Company founder Christian Von Koenigsegg will serve as host.
Posted In: Exotics, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: supercars, videos, Koenigsegg, hypercars, car design, sweden, Agera, Agera R