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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bentley's centennial electric-powered concept car revealed

In order to commemorate its centennial anniversary, Bentley is looking forward the future with the electric autonomous concept car rather than revisiting the past. The British company launched a prototype electric-powered car called the Bentley EXP 100 GT which is claimed to be a zero-emissions transformative concept car. The one-off concept car was unveiled on July 10, 2019 at Bentley's headquarters in Crewe. These concept car imagines an ultra-posh grand tourer for the year 2035. And it's stunning from every angle.
Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car was unveiled at the company's headquarter in Crewe on July 10, 2019. (Picture from: https://cnet.co/2XPiObp)
How's not, the concept of this car is equipped with a tons of luxury on the outside and inside. The carbon fiber and aluminum built low-slung GT resembles a car out of Batman: The Animated Series.

The Bentley EXP 100 GT is a battery-electric vehicle with four motors enabling torque vectoring to make the most of the system's peak torque output of 1,100 lb-ft. These motors allow for a zero-to-sixty mph run of 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (299.34 kph). A horsepower figure hasn't been given yet.
Bentley EXP 100 GT is the future of the luxury marque. (Picture from: https://yhoo.it/2NIkZt9)
Beside that, there're many unique and sophisticated features that are also installed on this car, such as the headlights are very attractive because looks as they blend with the front grill design. And the company said that those massive front grill made of 6,000 LED bulbs, separated by a slim piece of copper, gives the front fascia an unmistakable expression.
Interior view of Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. (Picture from: https://engt.co/30zkXpj)
Actually the Bentley EXP 100 GT is not the Bentley's first all-electric concept car. The automaker has previously launched the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e convertible at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. As reported by Engadget, July 10, 2019, even the interior design combines a spaceship with natural materials including 5,000-year-old copper-infused Riverwood. Bentley stated that all car materials were present to help create a sustainable luxury future. It even has its own 'ethically-aware' fragrance.
Left side view of Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car with its door open. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LjdMOm)
One of the attractions of the Bentley EXP 100 GT is its battery's ability to carry the car running up to 435 miles (700.07 km). The car also has a promising fast charging time, which is only 15 minutes for charging from 0 to 80 percent of the battery capacity.
Then there is also the sophistication of the future that is installed on this car is the application of Artificial Intelligence/AI technology, which is named Bentley Personal Assistant which has many tasks like a butler to serve his master in the mansions. Its task such as charging vehicles, adjusting seats and curating the experience of passengers through biometric information, environmental conditions, etc.

Even it offers several different driving modes for passengers such as Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize. In Enhance mode it is intended to resemble open air driving with a glass roof. Cocoon creates a protective space by blocking other people from seeing inside. While Capture records a trip, and Re-Live plays a trip highlight.

In order to feel the luxury, the Bentley EXP 100 GT is equipped with an autonomous mode. So, when Cocoon is activated, the driver can take a nap without being seen from the outside. Again, this is still a concept. So it's possible there are still design changes or features in the future.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT will probably be able to preview Bentley's first all-electric production model, which has the due date in the year 2025. Bentley also plans to add hybrid powertrain options to each of its models by 2023. The process will begin later this year with the launch of Bentayga Hybrid . It is not yet clear whether Bentley will use the same powertrain in other hybrid models, or something different. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BENTLEY | ENGADGET | CNET | FINANCE-YAHOO | SLASHGEAR | MOTOR1]
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Monday, July 8, 2019

Lightyear One, the world's first long-distance solar-powered car

Back in 2015, a group of students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) managed to make a prototype of a very special electric car named Stella Lux. And what makes it special is its ability to create its own electricity by armed with solar panels, and managed to win the World Solar Challenge in Australia at that time.
Lightyear One, the world's first long-distance solar-powered car. (Picture from: https://engt.co/2FYOReA)
And now their dream seems to be coming true to realize their mission to market solar-powered electric cars that can be legally driven on the streets.  Through an automotive startup company named Lightyear which was founded by them, recently also managed to display a prototype vehicle which is predicted to be the first long distance solar car in the world and named Lightyear One
Lightyear claims these solar cells are 20 percent more efficient than traditional model. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FZz4w9)
This car is designed as a solution to solve problems related to traditional electric vehicles, such as lack of charging infrastructure and dirty methods of generating electricity. For that, One has been equipped with solar cells stretched from the hood up to its roof. Those solar panel stretches for 5 square meters and is covered by safety glass which is rumored to be strong enough so that adult adults can walk on it without causing dents or damaged. 

Besides that those solar panels can produce 20% more energy, and the cells in them can still work "harvesting the sun" even though some of the portion of the panel is covered by shadows.
The Lightyear One is covered with a total of five square meters of solar panels. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FZz4w9)
While the electrical power capacity produced by the panel will vary. Lightyear said the model must be able to create an additional range of 50 to 70 km every day during the summer. While for a year, the company said that the car could produce around 700 kWh of electricity. So after being absorbed, the sun's energy will be directly converted into electrical energy to be supplied to the car's battery. 
Interior view of Lightyear One luxury saloon solar-powered car. (Picture from: https://tcrn.ch/2JruAiM)
According to Lightyear, the speed of producing energy and recharging the battery itself ranges from 12 km per hour. This means that if your car is left under the hot sun for eight hours, the battery has enough power to carry the car for a distance of about 96 km. It certainly doesn't sound too much, but it's still very significant when compared to solar panel technology in general. 

Due to the driver cannot always rely on the sun, One has also been equipped with traditional charging capabilities. In particular, Lightyear said owners would be able to reach a range of 400 km by filling vehicles overnight through regular 230V sockets.

There is no detailed information about the powertrain, but it is stated that One has four electric motors inside the wheel and a relatively small battery. The manufacturer claims that if the configuration will provide 725 km of coverage based on the Worldwide Harmonized light vehicle testing procedure, with 0-100 km/h acceleration capability takes around 10 seconds.
This impressive mileage range is made possible by extraordinary aerodynamic shapes. The company is still working to complete the design, but the current drag coefficient is estimated to be below 0.20. It is an impressive number and can be achieved using aerodynamic wheels, digital mirrors and semi-closed rear wheel openings. One also offers a sleek style and aerodynamic rear that mimics the Volkswagen XL1.
While this car is still a prototype, those Dutch startup plans to launch the production model in 2021. And the first 100 vehicles have been ordered, but there are still 400 more reservation slots available and can be ordered for €119,000 or around Rp.1.9 billion.

If You are interested in having this environmentally friendly vehicle, You able to fill those empty slots by order it now, that also means you participating in the effort to make Our Earth greener... ***  [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LIGHTYEAR | ENGADGET | THE VERGE | TECHCRUNCH]
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Friday, July 5, 2019

The Lotus's first electric-powered car called Evija?

The current electric car market seems to be more promising for most car manufacturers in the world, including Lotus. These British car racing and sports car maker is starting to glance at electric-powered cars to become their newest line up. Reportedly, Lotus will introduce Lotus Type 130 as their newest electric car.
Teaser for LotusType 130 electric hypercar. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2xvZ0L7)
The British company has just revealed a silhouette of a car that is claimed to be Type 130. But the new prototype will be introduced in London on this year. To note, the Type 130 is Lotus's new car after more than a decade of absence presenting a new type of car.

As qouted by Driving Electric, the automaker have moves to trademark "Evija" name in the UK under several trademark classes, ranging from toys to vehicle development. And Evija's name follows Lotus's penchant to make their car branding with names starting by the letter 'E,' and given the impending reveal of the electric hypercar, it makes sense that Lotus would want to trademark the electric-powered car's name.

Currently only a car silhouette is available. Lotus itself revealed the prototype is still being developed. "Type 130 will be the most outstanding Lotus product in our dynamic history. This will mark a turning point for our brand and is a demonstration of our capabilities and what will come from Lotus." said CEO of Lotus, Phil Popham, as reported by NewAtlas on April 17, 2019.

The new electric hypercar is currently doing the rounds under the Type 130 code name, which follows an internal naming practice at Lotus. For example, the original Elite of the 1950s was Type 14, while the current Elise, first launched in 1995, was the Type 111.
Latest teaser for LotusType 130 electric hypercar. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JazvWA)
At present some details of the electric hypercar have been revealed, although Lotus has confirmed that only 130 units are destined to be built, each tends to be order by a 7-digit price tag. Production will be handled at Lotus headquarters in Hethel, England, and the shipments will begin in 2020. And the latest teaser photo released on earlier this month shows a panel that includes a charging port.

The car is being developed to help restore Lotus' image as a genuine alternative to Porsche and Ferrari, which aren't expected to have pure electric models available until the middle of the next decade. New parent company Geely is reportedly spending as much as $2 billion on future developments at Lotus, including potentially increasing its stake in the British firm from the current 51 percent. The remainder is owned by Malaysia's Etika Automotive.

Lotus is known to have not released a new model since releasing Lotus Evora in 2008. Since then, the British automotive company has only produced special editions of several existing models, such as the Elise 20th Anniversary, Elise Sport, Elise Sport 220 and so on.
If Lotus is committed to presenting an electric car, of course in the next few months there will be a number of specifications related to Lotus Type 130. Let's wait, how will Lotus present its first electric car in the last 11 years. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LOTUSNEWATLAS | DRIVING ELECTRIC | MOTOR AUTHORITY]
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Thursday, July 4, 2019

An all-new American 1,000-horsepower electric supercar hopeful

At present the development of electric-powered vehicles looks increasingly massive. This can be seen by the increasing number of electric-powered vehicles produced by the world's automotive manufacturers. Apparently this also aroused interest from Drako Motors Inc, a Startup EV company based in Silicon Valley to participate in producing an electric-powered supercar. Recently they gave a teaser video of the upcoming supercar called Drako GTE.
A front fascia and headlights teaser image of all-new American electric supercar called Drako GTE. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FQ77H6)
The American automotive manufacturer has repeatedly claimed that Drako GTE is an extraordinarily luxurious and powerful supercar. Even according to the company, the car will be able to accommodate four passengers and carry their luggages "luxuriously" in tandem. On the strength side, Drako Motors plans to make this supercar driven by an ultra advanced, fully electric quad motor architecture and capable of running at around 1,200 horsepower of power and 6,490 lbs-ft of torque and also has a top speed of 206 mph.

Do note, Drako is really talking about wheel torque, not torque as it's typically measured. Wheel torque is calculated with drive ratios and isn't just what the powertrain creates total. Just like when Tesla bragged about their second-generation Roadster which has torque of up to 7,000 lbs-ft, but in reality, the marketing department just wanted to make some eyes widen.
Drako Motors team posed with a prototype car with all-wheel torque vector drive system at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2015. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RSsz2M)
Drako Motors is actually not a completely new company. They have been around for several years (founded 2013), but have worked quietly to build the GTE. In 2015 startups built a prototype to show off the all-wheel torque vector drive system. They even went further by doing running test on those prototype at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and succesfully completed a lap in 7:49.

Apart from confirmation that we will see a car, we have no other information about this car now. Only a very short teaser video that shows the front fascia and headlights. We can't even comment its design on super-fast video display, but we know that Lowie Vermeersch, a former Pininfarina director is the person behind the looks.
Well, it's good if we wait until August 16 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during 2019 Monterey Car Week, where Drako Motors plans to debut their car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DRAKO MOTORS | MOTOR AUTHORITY]
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

An old-Mercury Coupe able to run in silence

The modern electric vehicles era does not mean making fans of classic retro cars stop to end with their unique hobbies. A number of companies look at this as a future business opportunity by providing an electric drive system that can be adopted by classic cars as a substitute for their old-rusty engines.
Now, this 1949 Mercury Coupe able to run in silence thanks to its new electric motors. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RCd9zU)
For an example is Zelectric Motors which provides a modern electric-powered drive system to be installed on the 'ordinary' cars. Besides Zelectric Motors, apparently there is a Los Angeles-based company named Icon, which through its Derelict program that takes classic vehicles in almost every era to be transformed into a more practical and more modern car, without changing the outer appearance to maintain the character that it possesses.
The battery control section and Tesla modules are wrapped in aluminum casing and are designed in such a way as to resemble the V8 engine configuration. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NbqsbU)
As a result, it becomes a vehicle that is very contrasting, rusty on the outside but can glide quickly without noise and pollution. And this time Icon took the base of the 1949 Mercury Coupe as their 'victim'. This vehicle was taken from the original owner in the Southern California region. The exterior is left as it is, which looks like it just came out of a dusty warehouse after several decades of silence.

Nevertheless Icon seriously handles the interior behind the rusty body. All parts of the body stripped down, and replace all components made of rubber. Previously, Icon carefully adds silencer and combining the body parts of the vehicle without repainting.
Icon followed the same pattern of "new equipment, classic looks" inside, using vintage-appropriate fabrics and leathers. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NbqsbU)
The chassis section was updated through assistance from Art Morrison Enterprises as well as replacing old braking system with the Brembo braking devices. While the biggest modification is of course done on under its hood. Yes, the old engine was removed and replaced with an electric drive system whose design was assisted by two electric vehicle solution companies named Stealth EV and Zelectric Motors.

Those two supporting companies decided to use two electric motors without transmission. As a result the latest project named '1949 Mercury EV Derelict' is able to spew a total power of 400 hp (298 kW) with a maximum torque of 637 Nm. The car's electricity supply is taken from Tesla battery with a capacity of 85 kWh which makes these classic car can be driven as far as 150 to 322 km. And its maximum speed can touch the number of 193 km/hour.
Icon has strived to update key pieces of this 1949 Mercury Coupe while keeping the exterior look true to age. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NbqsbU)
The battery module is deliberately spreaded around the vehicle with the aim for better distribution of weights. This car is equipped with a CHAdeMO 125A fast charge plug pinned behind the front license plate holder, plus a Tesla Supercharger plug located behind the cover of the original fuel-cap.
What is quite amazing is the display behind the hood. The battery control section and Tesla modules are wrapped in aluminum casing and are designed in such a way as to resemble the V8 engine configuration. Even the parts of the cable are deliberately wrapped in woven cloth to stay true to the vintage look.

The same pattern is also applied to the interior through classic fabrics and leather. While other interior fittings also carry the 'new equipment with a classic look' theme. While to open and close the car's windows are now more practical with the addition of power window. Meanwhile to activate it by using the old window lever so as not to ruin its classic impression. Likewise with digital instruments that are deliberately made with a classic looks, including the buttons that are still made in the old-school style.
And Icon has been shown off these classic Mercury EV at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas held on November 6 to 8, 2018. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ICON | NEW ATLAS]
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Friday, June 28, 2019

Peek at the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster figure

In 2019 maybe some of you ask, What is the latest sports car from Mercedes-Benz? Yes, this year the German automotive giant is launching their newest sports car of Mercedes-AMG GT series called the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster.
Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XC62N5)
The Mercedes-AMG GT series is one of Mercedes-Benz's mainstays in the supercar arena. Specially, the row of cars in the Mercedes-AMG series is fairly complete, ranging from a two-door coupe, four doors, to the latest is a roadster.

Apart from the fact that the roof can be opened and closed, there are still a number of other things that make the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster was special. The roof used by the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster consists of three layers of fabric material with a lightweight frame. To support the sporty appearance of the exterior, Mercedes-Benz offers a choice of rim size of 19 or 20 inches, and using yellow colored brake calipers.
Interior view of Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XC62N5)
If the exterior of the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster look more special, it doesn't happen when we see the interior. The Mercedes-AMG GT R cabin is very identical to another AMG GT series. Starting from the dashboard model, details, to cabin material, everything is exactly the same as other AMG GT models.

Turning to the technical sector, it turns out there is no difference between the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster and the GT R coupe which is the basis. The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster relies on a 4.0 L V8 engine capable of spewing out power up to 577 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
Rear side view of Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XC62N5)
The engine with those great-number of  power is combined with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission technology. The combination of high-performance engine and deft transmission that it uses, makes the Mercedes-AMG claimed to be able to reach speeds of 100 km/h from zero in 3.6 seconds, and has a top speed at 317 km/hour.

Although using an identical of the engine and transmission with the GT R coupe, but there are several technologies on the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster that are made to make this car more enjoyable while driving, as well as sharper and precision handling.
Some of these technologies include dynamic engines and transmission mounts, titanium exhaust and carbon fiber torque tubes, track-focused suspension, active rear-wheel steering, and limited slip rear differentials that are fully controlled via electronic devices.

For those of You who are attracted by the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster figure, You seems to have to buy it immediately. Because the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is only made as many as 750 units worldwide. Thus, if the 750 unit quota has been sold out, then Mercedes-Benz will no longer made this GT R Roadster. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ]
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

BMW revealed a new two-seater plug-in hybrid coupe concept

As we mentioned in the previous article, that the German automotive giant is preparing the latest hybrid car (here). And as technology continues to innovate, drivers will be able to choose whether they want to drive or be driven by autonomous system in the future.

The BMW Group like not wanting to miss from other automotive manufacturers in an effort to fulfill those desire above, made them recently introduced a new two-seater plug-in hybrid coupe concept named BMW Vision M NEXT to express its views on how to enjoy driving in the future and autonomous driving experience. It was also stated, that these new concept coupe is inspired by their previous 3 production cars, BMW i8, M1 and Turbo.
BMW Vision M NEXT concept shown off side along with the previous SUV concept, BMW Vision iNEXT (seen on back) in the exclusive #NEXTGen event at the BMW Welt, Munich, Germany. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RzTQqM)
The BMW Vision M NEXT concept car has made its debut at the exclusive #NEXTGen event at the BMW Welt, Munich, Germany. The event is also a showcase of BMW Group's excellence in the fields of design, autonomous technology, connectivity, electrification and mobility services. On the event, BMW Vision M NEXT shown off side along with the previous SUV concept, BMW Vision iNEXT. 

"BMW Vision M NEXT provides a glimpse into the future about a sporty driving experience," said Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design.
Front-left side view of BMW Vision M NEXT concept in the exclusive #NEXTGen event at the BMW Welt, Munich, Germany. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2X6arUn)
"BMW Vision iNEXT illustrates how autonomous driving is set to change the lives of our vehicles, BMW Vision M NEXT shows how advanced technology can also make the driving experience purer and more emotionally attractive. In both models, the focus is strong on the people inside. The design and technology of this vehicle makes the 'EASE' and 'BOOST' experiences more natural and intense," Adrian added.

BMW Vision iNEXT and BMW Vision M NEXT are the vehicle represents a prototype version of the concept of future experiences of BMW "EASE" and "BOOST."
Right side view of BMW Vision M NEXT concept in the exclusive #NEXTGen event at the BMW Welt, Munich, Germany. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RzTQqM)
EASE covers all experiences during the trip when the vehicle assumes its own driving task. Here, the vehicle is converted into a living space on four wheels, and passengers can feel safe and comfortable. From rest and relaxation, through talking, interacting, and enjoying entertainment in the car, to maximum concentration - the experience offered with the EASE concept varies according to the needs of residents.
Rear view of BMW Vision M NEXT concept in the exclusive #NEXTGen event at the BMW Welt, Munich, Germany. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RzTQqM)
While BOOST is a manifesto of the ultimate active driving experience. The EASE and BOOST concepts are supported by the same size as the building blocks for the future of the BMW Group, which consists the innovation fields of Autonomous, Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES).
The actual driving experience at the BMW Vision M NEXT is just as interesting as its outward appearance. The PHEV Power drive system offers a choice between electric drive all-wheel drive and pure rear wheel drive, with power derived from an electric motor and the power of a four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 600 hp power output, maximum speed of 300 km/hr Those engine also allows BMW Vision M NEXT to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just three seconds.
There is also a BOOST+ mode that provides additional strength on each pedal kicked. The maximum distance when driving in full electric mode is 100 km - more than enough to complete most trips purely by electric power. This means that BMW Vision M NEXT is a sports car that will also be suitable for use in the city center with zero emission zones in effect in the future. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOCAR | MOTOR1]
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

GM collaborated with Michelin develop a puncture-proof tires

The airless tires are considered modern automotive design solutions are constantly being developed and are likely to be used in the vehicle mass productions for the next five years.
A puncture-proof tire prototype called the Unique Puncture-proof Tire System (UPTiS) as collaborated result of Michelin and GM. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Fi6Ufl)
One of the developments was carried out by Michelin, a French tire manufacturer collaborated with one of American automotive giants, General Motors (GM). Both of them developed a special airless tires called the Unique Puncture-proof Tire System (UPTiS) designed by Michelin.

Those collaboration project to study the use of puncture-proof tires that do not need air pressure, including testing in the 'real world', will begin at the end of these year. GM and Michelin will project the introduction of airless tires in GM's passenger vehicles can be done in 2024.
A puncture-proof tire prototype called Michelin UPTiS being tested on the Chevrolet Bolt electric-powered car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Fi6Ufl)
"UPTiS is the ideal match to advance the automotive industry in the future and a great example of how consumers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supply partners," said Steve Kiefer, GM's senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Airless tires design eliminates the general risks of conventional tires such as puncture or deflated. Thanks to that ability, the driver of the vehicle can avoid potential accidents.
Airless tires are designed similar to conventional tires. However, we can understand that these tires do not need air because on the open wall it shows a unique structure as a buffer. The structure has many uses, including dampening shocks.

Another advantage of the airless tires is not wasteful material while to be produced, eliminates the need for spare tires, and lasts longer than conventional tires.
Michelin explained that if the airless tires are used massively, they have the potential to reduce the use of raw materials such as rubber and also cut waste. Mentioned, if it can be done then 20 percent of used tire waste can be reduced. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS]
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Valhalla is official name for Aston Martin AM-RB 003

As we have discussed in the previous article (here), the hypercar of collaboration result between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Adrian Newey, previously known as the codename 'AM-RB 003,' is now officially named Aston Martin Valhalla.
Valhalla or the Viking warrior’s paradise was taken as the official name for Aston Martin AM-RB 003 hypercar. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ITZ9gL)
The 'Valhalla' name was taken from ancient Nordic mythology for the Viking warrior’s paradise, as well as joins a legacy of Aston Martin models with names starting with the letter 'V,' which also includes V8, Vantage, Virage, Vanquish, Vulcan, Valkyrie and the Volante designation for convertible models. 
Aston Martin Valhalla or previously known as 'Project 003' aka AM-RB 003 concept car shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TKBG96)
"The Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention. They do it because they always capture emotions or tell a story," said Andy Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Group.

Valhalla will use a newly-developed in-house hybrid turbo V6 engine which are claimed to be capable of spraying up to 1,000 horsepower. That means the car will indirectly become an All Wheel Drive driven car. The engine used is different from the engine used by the Valkyrie which uses a 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine.
Only 500 unit of Aston Martin Valhalla will be made and used a newly-developed in-house hybrid turbo V6 engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TKBG96)
Not up to that, Valhalla also has a fairly light weight, which is no more than 1,350 kg. This figure is obtained thanks to the use of light materials, such as using a monocoque chassis made of carbon fiber material. If so, this car only takes 2.5 seconds, to accelerate from rest to 100 km/h and will be able to reach topspeed up to 350 km/hr.

As quoted from Jalopnik, Valhalla will be joined as one of the British famous 007's spy agent vehicles in his still-untitled 25th movie. If true, the Valhalla appearance follows in the footsteps of its predecessor Aston Martin V8 Vantage which is also one of the vehicles used by James Bond in 1987's The Living Daylights.
According to an official report of Aston Martin website on Wednesday, these hypercar will be produced in limited numbers, which is only 500 units. And for those of you who are interested in having it, chances are that this British hypercar will be sold at nearly $2 million. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ASTON MARTIN | JALOPNIK | CARSCOOPS]
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

You can relax while hot water soaking in these car's cabin

The combination of autonomous technology plus electric powered vehicles opens up the possibility of creating unique features that might not have been thought of before. This can be seen in the unique concept car called Honda Onsen.
You can relax while hot water soaking in these Honda Onsen concept car cabin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZxXgNo)
This concept car is a creative work of a South Korean automotive designer named Hanbeom Lee who seems to be inspired by hot spring baths in Japan which also happens to be called Onsen.
Interior detail of Honda Onsen concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZxXgNo)
In dimensions, the concept car is actually a relatively small city car. The car concept has a size just a little bigger than Volkswagen Golf. Even so, the embedding of an electrically powered drive system that has minimal components makes the cabin space more spacious. Full autonomous driving technology also makes the car unnecessary the human intervention to operate it when used.
Interior plan of Honda Onsen concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZxXgNo)
The progress of autonomous technology which is increasingly progressing itself is projected to make people have enough free time when traveling. It seem Hanbeom Lee think that among those free times, the one that definitely attracts the car passengers is the hot bath and the Onsen design facilitates that desire.
Key technology/structure study of Honda Onsen concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZxXgNo)
The car design consists of two partitions with two seats facing each other. Cylindrical cell-shaped rear partition with 'gimbal technology' which makes it completely sealed from the front row seats and able to accommodate water in certain volume.
Interior of Honda Onsen concept applied Gimbal technology. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZxXgNo)
By simply pressing the button, hot water can flow out to a certain maximum extent. With this capability, the car passengers who want to relax on their long trips or got badly traffic jammed, they can move to the rear row seats for hot showers. And while on those activity can do it alone or together with a partner.
Honda Onsen concept is a kind of sharing car that can be used in Beppu, the world's largest hot spring recreation city. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZxXgNo)
Unfortunately, it was not explained whether Honda would consider realizing this Honda Onsen later. Well, do not be too hopeful, because until now there's no Honda's official statement about this concept car, moreover about time when the car will be realized.

Surely the idea of ​​taking a hot bath while on traveling is quite an interesting thing. Especially in the countries that have a long distances traveling tradition by using vehicles or can be used as the on-line sharing vehicles to transport tourists toward the recreation areas. Look Valhalla.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BEHANCE | CARSCOOPS]
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