Máté Petrány / Road&Track So far this March, we have established that the man behind the world's fastest car, Christian von Koenigsegg, loves Adrian Newey's Aston Martin Valkyrie, and also thinks that Volvo's design team is beating the Germans at every angle. He is particularly fond of the Polestar 1 hybrid coupé.Perhaps more importantly, Koenigsegg's headcount has also gone up to 165, and the company is looking to hire another 60 people in the coming months, at a rate of one per week. This is all so that they can establish a one car per week cycle, which is an ambitious goal considering that Christian would be happy if they ended 2018 with 28 cars finished, despite an initial target of 38. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Máté Petrány / Road&Track The company will double its production floor by relocating some WW2 warplanes from an old hangar next door, but in the meantime, Koenigsegg will also finalize the replacement of the … [Read more...] about Here’s How Koenigsegg Sees the Future
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The Audi R8 e-tron represents the future of supercars, so it only makes sense it would do away with something as conventional as a rear-view mirror. The low-volume battery-electric supercar will feature a digital rear-view mirror when it goes into production late this year. A 7.7-inch screen displaying an image of everything going on around back will be perched where a rear-view mirror is normally mounted. The lightweight screen features AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode), which is similar to what’s used on cell phones. Thanks to a small, lightweight camera located inside a housing at the top of where the rear windshield usually is, drivers will be able to see a much wider field than an average rear-view mirror would show. The housing is heated so it won’t freeze over, and the driver can dim or deactivate the mirror at any time. Audi has already used the rear-view camera system in the R18 e-tron quattro and R18 ultra race cars that ran at this year’s … [Read more...] about See the Future: Audi R8 e-tron Gets Digital Rear-View Mirror
How many of us have said, “If I had started racing when I was five, I’d be a NASCAR champion by now?” Unless our parents had the foresight and the wherewithal to get us into a kart or small scale car at a young age, most of us had to wait until our desire and our finances converged. At that point we tend to jump head first into any sort of race car and learn everything the hard (and expensive) way. There are a number of places where the next generation of racers are being cultivated and taught the responsibilities associated with racing. One such facility is the Ambassador Racing School in Wimauma, Florida. Debi and Ray Garcia founded the school in 1995 when they built a 1⁄9-mile banked track literally in their front yard. Ray likes to say that he trains “mechathletes”—part mechanic part athlete. Ray and Debi provide year-round training in their fleet of racing karts and USAC .25/Quarter Midget machines for racers ranging from 4½ to 17 … [Read more...] about Ambassador Racing School – Debi And Ray Garcia Can See The Future Of Racing…in Their Own Front Yard
The future has arrived. Back in the September issue of STREET RODDER, we told you about eight incredible under-construction cars that would be making their appearances in the months to follow. We called them “Street Rods of the Future.” Not exactly the prophecies of Nostradamus, but more of a sneak preview of some cool rides. Each of these vehicles was in-progress at various shops around the country. We had photographs of each of them in bare metal, which we published in that issue. Even so, it’s exciting when the cars we called “Street Rods of the Future” become the street rods of the present. One of those eight cars is this screaming orange 1955 Chevy 150 two-door sedan. It’s one of the most recent projects out of Ironworks Speed & Kustom in Bakersfield, California. When Rodger Lee, the owner of Ironworks, started the project several years ago, it was not commissioned by any customer. Rodger had discovered the car on craigslist and bought it in … [Read more...] about This 1955 Chevy Was Once a Glimpse Into the Future. Now It’s Here!
Sunjay Kapur, CEO of the Sona Group, reveals why he divested the entire equity stake in Sona Koyo Steering Systems to longstanding partner JTEKT Corp, the new focus on precision forgings, growing the bevel gear business and diversifying into electric axles, as also what he thinks is the big challenge of the future — talent acquisition and retention. Sona Koyo recently exited its 30-year joint venture with power steering major JTEKT Corp of Japan. It’s the first strategic decision taken under your leadership. What will be the fallout for the Sona Group?Sona Autocomp Holding entered into an agreement, with its longstanding technical and financial collaborator JTEKT Corp to sell its entire 25.12 percent stake in Sona Koyo Steering Systems for Rs 419 crore. Sona Koyo manufactures steering systems for passenger cars and utility vehicles in India. It also supplies steering assemblies to Maruti Suzuki and several global automakers including Toyota, Tata Motors, … [Read more...] about ‘We are now also developing e-axles as we see the future in electric mobility.’
Kia Sportspace Concept might preview some design elements for the next-gen Optima, but for now the Korean brand is keeping the focus on this somewhat sporty looking wagon on display at the Geneva Motor Show. Its shape is designed specifically to appeal to European tastes, and the styling comes from the company's design studio Frankfurt, Germany.Despite the European design ethos, there's no mistaking the Sportspace as anything but a Kia. Up front, it features a sharper version of the brand's familiar tiger-nose grille that runs horizontally to link the LED headlights. However, the major visual focus for the concept is the long roof and angled rear hatch. The designers even pitch the D-pillar forward for a slightly more sporty style.The interior almost appears to come from a completely different model. The combination of black upholstery with carbon fiber trim and large pieces of anodized aluminum makes it look like a very dark place for a drive. Kia is apparently trying to appeal to the … [Read more...] about Kia Sportspace Concept is a big, red wagon that previews the future
Capitalism is just fine with me, but I have to say I was put off just a little by the glut of corporate cross-marketing tie-ins yesterday to Oct. 21, 2015, the date in the future to which Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel in the second Back To The Future movie.Not that I have anything against the BTTF franchise: the trilogy is clever, charming and obviously inspires passionate fandom. Christopher Lloyd is crazy gifted in a Jonathan Winters manner and I have no objection to him making a few bucks appearing in ads with Michael J. Fox. Fox has a family to support, too.I’m not naive and many of yesterday’s marketing efforts, from Nike’s self lacing shoes, to USA Today’s headline about Marty’s arrest only reflect product placement deals in the original films.Maybe it was just the glut, the shear volume of BTTF references and spinoffs, that got to me. Either that or I didn’t realize that I had an opportunity to exploit the situation with my own BTTF post. … [Read more...] about The Morning After: ‘Back To The Future II’ DeLorean Time Machine
The Tesla Model S is neither new nor surprising anymore. When the electric sedan entered the market in 2012, it shattered perceptions of electric cars and proved electric motoring viable.Since then, Tesla has established itself as the go-to brand for geeks and early adopters. We’ve driven the Tesla Model S before, so there’s no need to talk about its most obvious features. But recent events make this a great time to talk about its second-most-important feature: Autopilot.Is Tesla’s autonomous system any good? Can it be dangerous? How far is it from being truly autonomous? And, besides that, how did the Model S improve over the last few years?Disclosure: The car, insurance, and a full battery of electrons were provided by Czech company Business Lease, which imports Teslas into the Czech Republic. It was a European version of the car, which may or may not be different from those found in the United States and … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S 85D European Review: The Future or the Killer?
To paraphrase Andy Williams (or Johnny Mathis, depending on your personal preference), it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.Next week, TTAC will be bringing you live coverage from the floor of the North American International Auto Show in glorious downtown Detroit, including the exciting reveal of the … umm … come on, Bark, think. I know something exciting will be revealed, right?Just kidding. We’ll see the new BMW M2 coupe, and a bunch of incredibly exciting crossovers. Regardless, it will be hard for this year’s big show to match the excitement of last year’s event: there’s no Ford GT painted in an unobtainium shade of blue and no Shelby GT350R doing smoldering donuts around it. But it’s still NAIAS, and that still means something.Or does it?A case could be made that NAIAS isn’t even the most important car show taking place in January. With the ever-changing technology present inside our cars today (and its … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: What’s the Future of the Car Show?
Despite paying lip service to the growing — but still minuscule — electric vehicle market, automakers do love piston engines. The companies that built their current empires around internal combustion engines take comfort in the technology, finding stability and solace in the seemingly timeless act of burning fuel in exchange for power.Batteries and electric motors? We understand those too, the companies claim. It’s not a new thing, after all.What automakers don’t particularly trust is a new type of engine that could squeeze record mileage out of a tank of gas, for less cost, while still using a moving piston with fuel injectors, intake valves and exhaust valves.An Israeli company claims it could double the range of vehicles for little cost, if only automakers would adopt its technology. According to Agence France-Presse (via phys.org), the Tel Aviv-based Aquaris Engines is in talks with Renault after developing a horizontally oriented single-piston … [Read more...] about Low-Cost Piston Engine of the Future Could Be Doomed by Lack of Interest