Some things are resistant to change, others less so. In Ferrari’s case, there are a few paths that the company has said it will never walk down – the SUV is one you’ll keep hearing, and the other has to do with an extra couple of doors on a car.The last has been reiterated countless times by key personnel at the automaker, both past and present. No dilution of the ideal, no wavering of the cause. As such, the idea of a production four-door Ferrari (the oddity that was the Pinin concept from three and a half decades ago doesn’t count) is very much a dead-end street. The persistence in standing its ground in such a manner is admirable, considering that doubling up the bodyshell apertures would undoubtedly bring about a much higher adoption rate, as a certain Teutonic competitor would happily point out. Still, there was a time when turbocharging wasn’t a particularly choice route either for the automaker, but that seems to have been embraced fondly enough, … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Ferrari GTC4Lusso in Italy – refining the act
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Oil is a finite resource, something we cannot enjoy forever, certainly not at the rate the world is burning today. Downsizing is the “in thing” of the auto industry today, which is producing smaller, more frugal combustion engines alongside hybrid powertrains. What then is the future of a brand like Rolls-Royce, renowned for mega luxury cars with equally big V12s? Back in February 2010, Rolls-Royce announced the birth of its 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric. As its name suggests, the Phantom EE is a battery powered version of Goodwood’s flagship Phantom, built not to preview an upcoming production model, but to spark debate, and give us a glimpse of what could be the future. Throughout 2011, the fully functioning and drivable Phantom EE will tour the world to give owners, VIPs, the media and enthusiasts the chance to experience an electric Rolls, gathering feedback for the company in the process. One fundamental question the Phantom EE poses is: … [Read more...] about Rolling in electric – We drive the battery powered Rolls-Royce 102EX a.k.a. Phantom Experimental Electric!
Assetto Corsa players have received a fair amount of goodies this month. Yesterday saw the much-anticipated launch of the 1.14 update on PS4, and today brings the latest car pack DLC to the original PC version. The Ready To Race Pack introduces ten new cars into the fold. These new machines cover a broad spectrum, ranging from a lightly-fettled Audi TT to two full-blown Le Mans prototypes. Players can grab the pack from Steam now, where it lists for $7.99/£5.99/€7.99. There’s been one notable change to the pack since it was first teased last week. Unfortunately, the liveries first shown for the Maserati MC12 GT1 will be unavailable in Assetto Corsa, at least officially. Modern liveries require a developer to jump through a lot of legal hoops. Due to this, the car will run without the iconic Vitaphone livery. While the PC community will undoubtedly crank out a user-generated replacement in no time, the same solution will not be available for console … [Read more...] about Assetto Corsa ‘Ready to Race’ Car Pack Out Now on Steam
Exploring the beautiful Himachal in the Scorpio has made us a big fan of this Mahindra 4WD SUV We all spend most of our time every day behind a computer screen as that has sort of become a habit that a day without the fingers on the keyboard seems difficult to digest. But this also causes people stress and we all need a break from work. Planning a vacation can be a daunting task but not if you decide to go on an expedition with Mahindra Adventure. Among a slew of events every year, one of them is the Himalayan Spiti Escape which is 10 days long and needs little planning from your end. Mahindra does everything from providing the car (new or old Scorpio 4WD) to arranging stay and food for participants (they only need to pay for the fuel). For this particular event, the cost is Rs. 1.50 lakhs for two people. MotorBeam was part of the 2016 Himalayan Spiti Escape. There were around 20 cars – 1 Mahindra XUV500 (Advance car), 1 Mahindra Legend (Lead car), 1 Mahindra Thar (Float car), 1 … [Read more...] about Himalayan Spiti Escape In Mahindra Scorpio 4WD – Report
► Life with our plug-in hybrid S-class► Can petrol-electric limo pay its way?► Georg Kacher's long-term test diary There is no denying that a long-wheelbase S-class sends the wrong message to the Save the Whales generation. But even hardcore Greens prick their ears when this 2140kg electroboat glides past them, almost noiselessly, majestic yet earth-friendly. The aha-effect is then confirmed by the full-scale PLUGIN HYBRID farewell lettering on the bootlid. I have learned to read minds in this car, in particular the mimic transition from ‘here comes Kroesus’ to ‘a millionaire with a social streak, good luck to him.’ It’s in town, in E-mode, below 40mph, when what is now sold as 500e makes captain courteous feel most content with himself. After all, he is at the helm of the world’s most environment-friendly luxury car this side of a Tesla Model S charged with CO2-neutral electricity. And yet this can only be the starting point of … [Read more...] about Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid (2015) long-term test review
electric vehicle enthusiast, there can only be one answer: the annual Refuel event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the second year I've been fortunate enough to attend – thanks to an invitation from Speed Ventures, the outfit behind this battery-powered extravaganza – and both times it's rocked my socks. EV West around this iconic race track, I declined. This act of heresy is on par with the Pope refusing to enter the pearly gates, content to watch the faithful file in from the vantage point of purgatory.I could have even just taken their awesome electrified BMW M3 for a few quick rips around the new autocross course, but I balked at that too. And for all this, I am sorry. So, very, very sorry.Sure, I had a long list of excuses. I was suffering from a freshly-broken rib that might been made taking hard corners confined by a six-point harness more than a little painful; I was jet-lagged, operating on three hours sleep, four nights in a row; I was also physically … [Read more...] about Refuel 2014: the best way to spend a summer’s day in California
Welcome to CAR Magazine's coverage of the 2012 Geneva motor show. Our motor show team is at the Salon International de L'Auto in Palexpo, Geneva, and will be reporting live from the auto show to bring you all the new car news, analysis, photo galleries, comment and gossip from Switzerland. Follow the CAR Live Blog here, and we'll update it throughout the next 24 hours. NB this is written in blog format, so start at the bottom and work your way up! All times in Central European Time (1 hour ahead of GMT), reports by Tim Pollard (TP) and Stephen Worthy (SW). Click here for CAR's A-Z of every new car launch at the 2012 Geneva motor show.TUESDAY 6 MARCH 20124.27pm: Coming to an endCAR Magazine is about to meet up for a debrief at the end of a manic day. We're travelling light on bodies in Geneva, as it's magazine press week so there won't be many of us meeting up. There are still a few missing models which we'll add in the next 24 hours, and we hope to record a video … [Read more...] about Geneva motor show 2012: the CAR Live Blog & breaking news
Introduction • Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5 • Part 6 • Part 7 • Part 8 After installing a junkyard-centric, street-sign-based instrument panel and 20-pound “pullout sound system,” I hit the streets on my post-college-graduation job search. After all, with a newly-minted degree from the University of California in hand and the Bay Area from San Francisco to Concord, Santa Rosa to San Jose as my search area, I’d soon be raking in sufficient Benjamins to install a 6-71-blown 427 in my Chevy, right? Short answer, learned after several hundred increasingly grim job interviews: no. I really feel for today’s recent college grads, since I had it easy compared to what you poor 22-year-old, in-student-loan-debt-up-to-your-nodules bastids are facing… but still, with no income other than the occasional junkyard-wrenchin-fer-cash gig and death-to-soul office temping (more on that later) showing up for me, I … [Read more...] about 1965 Impala Hell Project Part 7: Disc Brakes In, Massive Slacker Couch-Surfing Expedition Enabled!
From the March 2013 Issue of Car and Driver Boldness is science fiction’s most important plot device. Heroes fearlessly warp into voids in machines that can travel light-years without refueling, gallantly confronting new challenges and achieving ones once unimaginable (until somebody in Hollywood imagines it). There’s never any hesitation when you have total confidence in the technology. And the movie-franchise potential. But that’s Star Trek, and those guys don’t make the lease payments on their own starships. This is the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid people-mover, an urban shuttlecraft that asks you to be bold with your family’s transportation needs and to do so entirely at your own considerable expense. The $33,745 Energi joins an exclusive list of pioneering hatchback plug-in hybrids, including the $32,795 Toyota Prius plug-in and the $39,995 Chevrolet Volt, with muscled-up battery packs and extension cords for wall … [Read more...] about 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
2016 BMW i8 1.5-liter turbocharged, DOHC I-3, direct injection, CVVT, (228 horsepower; 236 lbs-ft)AC synchronous electric motor (128 horsepower; 184 lbs-ft)7.1 kWh Lithium-ion battery, 3.7 kW 120/240V chargerSix-speed automatic (rear), two-speed automatic (front)28 city/29 highway/28 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)31.1 (Observed, MPG)Base Price: $141,695*As Tested: $143,695** Prices include $995 destination charge. “Looks like sex, goes like stink” is the usual supercar mantra, but BMW’s guru was humming a different tune when penning the i8.You see, the i8 isn’t just a sexy car with “butterfly doors.” It’s also a production prototype of sorts styled after BMW’s 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics concept.Most supercars have exotic engines with high cylinder counts and drink premium gasoline at an alarming rate. BMW’s mission with the i8 was to make an efficient supercar and at the same time production-test … [Read more...] about 2016 BMW i8 Review – The ‘Affordable’ Plug-In Supercar