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Monday, February 26, 2024

Chrysler's Futuristic Leap: Unveiling the Halcyon Concept

New EV - As Chrysler celebrates its upcoming 100th anniversary, the automotive giant is breaking away from its minivan reputation and making a bold leap into the future. Known primarily for producing the Pacifica minivan, Chrysler is unveiling the Halcyon Concept, a sophisticated and stunning roadster with electric power and full autonomous capabilities. This marks a significant departure from their traditional offerings and is a testament to the company's commitment to embracing advanced technology and innovation.
The Halcyon is a sleek roadster with a lot of interesting things to say about Chrysler’s future. (Picture from: TheVerge)
Christine Feuell
, CEO of the Chrysler brand, emphasizes the brand's progressive vision in introducing advanced technology and experiences tailored for real-life applications. The Halcyon Concept serves as a showcase of Chrysler's future direction, especially considering the company's ambitious plan to exclusively sell electric vehicles by the end of 2028.
The Halcyon serves as a demonstration of Chrysler's commitment to incorporating cutting-edge technology. (Picture from: TheVerge)
While the Halcyon is not a production-ready vehicle, lacking specific specifications like battery capacity and mileage, it serves as a demonstration of Chrysler's commitment to incorporating cutting-edge technology. The concept integrates various technologies developed by Chrysler's parent company, Stellantis, including the STLA Brain operating system, STLA AutoDrive driver assistance, and STLA SmartCockpit infotainment system.
The Halcyon boasts a sleek design with a mere four inches of ground clearance and innovative French door-style openings. (Picture from: TheVerge)
Built on Stellantis' STLA Large platform, the Halcyon Concept boasts a sleek design with a mere four inches of ground clearance and innovative French door-style openings. The use of recycled materials, such as crushed and recycled music CDs for the company's wing logo, highlights Chrysler's dedication to sustainability, with 95 percent of the interior crafted from "sustainable" materials.
The Halcyon integrates various technologies developed by Chrysler's parent company, Stellantis, including the STLA Brain operating system, STLA AutoDrive driver assistance, and STLA SmartCockpit infotainment system. (Picture from: TheVerge)
Artificial intelligence plays a pivotal role in the Halcyon Concept, contributing to features like voice assistants, predictive navigation, and online software updates. The vehicle's ability to recognize user preferences and make preemptive adjustments to the HVAC system enhances the overall driving experience.
The Halcyon Concept contributes to features such as voice assistants, predictive navigation, and online software updates. (Picture from: TheVerge)
Chrysler envisions a future where autonomous vehicles play a significant role, and the Halcyon Concept aligns with this vision. Equipped with autonomous features and futuristic elements like a brightness-adjustable glass canopy and Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer Technology, the concept hints at a potential future where wireless charging on the move becomes a reality.
The use of recycled materials, such as crushed and recycled music CDs for the company's wing logo, highlights Chrysler's dedication to sustainability, with 95 percent of the interior crafted from "sustainable" materials. (Picture from: TheVerge)
While experts debate the feasibility of a completely driverless future, Chrysler is positioning itself to be ready for evolving trends. The company acknowledges that achieving full autonomy, especially at Levels 3 and 4, requires significant development work. Nevertheless, the Halcyon Concept exemplifies Chrysler's commitment to staying ahead of the curve.
The Halcyon equipped with autonomous features and futuristic elements like a brightness-adjustable glass canopy and Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer Technology. (Picture from: TheVerge)
Looking beyond the concept, Chrysler plans to reveal its first electric vehicle in 2025, with the Airflow SUV prototype already showcased. Despite discontinuing the Chrysler 300 sedan, the company remains focused on profitability and increasing its brand value. With approximately 133,000 minivans sold last year, Chrysler aims to leverage its revenue for developing a series of electric vehicles and maintaining a prominent position in the evolving automotive landscape.
In conclusion, Chrysler's Halcyon Concept serves as a beacon of the company's future direction, emphasizing innovation, sustainability, and a commitment to staying at the forefront of automotive technology. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, Chrysler positions itself as a key player, ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CHRYSLER | THEVERGE | CARANDDRIVER | CNBC | ELECTREK.CO ]
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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Safety, Style, and Hydrogen: The Allure of Giugiaro VAD.HO

Weird ONES - In the realm of modern car concepts, the Giugiaro VAD.HO stands out, resembling something fresh out of a Hot Wheels collection or a futuristic remote control car one might gift to children during the festive season. A distinctive feature of the VAD.HO is its utilization of the same V12 engine found in the BMW Hydrogen 7, coupled with BMW's 7-speed SMG transmission. The intriguing question arises: a hydrogen-powered V12?
The Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept crafted by Italdesign, and unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
Contrary to initial impressions, the VAD.HO incorporates a BMW Hydrogen fuel cell that powers a hybrid-electric drivetrain, a characteristic shared by most hydrogen cars. The V12, on the other hand, is likely to be conventionally powered. Unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and crafted by Italdesign, the Giugiaro VAD.HO exudes a futuristic aeronautic spirit seldom witnessed in the realm of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
The Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept exudes a futuristic aeronautic spirit seldom witnessed in the realm of hydrogen-powered vehicles. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
This tandem two-seater vehicle presents an unusual seating arrangement, with both the driver and rear passenger positioned on the left side. However, this design flexibility allows for the hydrogen ICE powertrain, located on the right side, to be adapted based on the driving country. The tandem configuration accommodates the challenges posed by the powertrain's significant scale and the required gas tank for the hydrogen propulsion system, typically available only in a cylindrical shape.
The Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept presents an unusual tandem two-seater with both the driver and rear passenger positioned on the left side. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
The closed cockpit design of the Giugiaro VAD.HO boasts futuristic, ergonomically crafted seats, featuring two joysticks on the driver's armrests and drive-by-wire technology that seamlessly integrates with the gaming enthusiast's sensibilities. The joysticks, strategically positioned on the armrests, assist the driver during curves and other demanding driving conditions.
The Giugiaro VAD.HO's closed cockpit design features futuristic, ergonomically crafted seats, equipped with two joysticks on the driver's armrests, seamlessly integrating drive-by-wire technology tailored to gaming enthusiasts. (Picture from Supercars.net)
For the rear passenger, joystick envy is a non-issue, as they also possess a joystick to control two monitors embedded in the back of the driver's seat. This setup enables both driver and passenger to access essential data, including views from cameras mounted on the sides and rear of the vehicle. The data serves various purposes, from parking assistance to nighttime infrared driving, and even interactive communication with roadside infrastructure such as stoplights, when such features become available.
Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept incorporates a BMW Hydrogen fuel cell that powers a hybrid-electric drivetrain, a characteristic shared by most hydrogen cars. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
Safety is a paramount consideration in the Giugiaro VAD.HO's design, featuring four-point seat belts, a roll bar to which the glass cockpit dome attaches, and front and umbrella airbags. The vehicle proudly showcases a new "G" logo then, serving as the company's fresh marketing signature. 
In essence, the Giugiaro VAD.HO is not merely a hydrogen-powered concept car; it represents a harmonious blend of futuristic design, innovative technology, and a commitment to safety. As we peer into the future of automotive innovation, the Giugiaro VAD.HO stands as a testament to the evolving landscape of smart and sustainable mobility. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ITALDESIGN.IT | VADHO IN FACEBOOK | SUPRECARS.NET | HYDROGENCARSNOW | CARREVSDAILY ]
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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

French Startup Quarkus Takes on Pikes Peak Challenge

BEAST Candidate - In the realm of sports car development, innovation often stems from established giants in the automotive industry. However, there are instances where the underdogs make a splash, and one such contender is the French startup, Quarkus Automobiles. This car company is defying expectations by venturing into the competitive world of mid-engined sports cars.
The French startup, Quarkus Automobiles is defying expectations by venturing into the competitive world of mid-engined sports cars called the Quarkus P3. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Quarkus set its sights high, announcing its participation in the renowned Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The company plans to utilize this challenging race as a testing ground for its latest creation – the Quarkus P3 sports car, boasting an impressive 296 horsepower. Adding to the intrigue is the involvement of Pikes Peak record holder, Romain Dumas, offering his expertise to enhance the car's performance.
The Quarkus P3 sports car boasting an impressive 296 horsepower takes on Pikes Peak Hill Climb Challenge. (Picture from: Carthrottle)
The Quarkus P3 has remained somewhat enigmatic since the automaker debut in 2020. Unlike many render-based car companies that often promise much but deliver little, Quarkus has set reasonable goals. The car is equipped with a mild hybrid 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 296 horsepower. What may seem modest is offset by the P3's featherweight construction, with a chassis composed of carbon, kevlar, titanium touches, and a 100% carbon fiber body, limiting its weight to just 600 kg (1,323 lbs). The result is a remarkable power-to-weight ratio, standing at 4.5 pounds per horsepower or 493 horsepower per ton.
At the Pikes Peak Hill Climb event in June 2024, the Quarkus P3 sports car will be driven by Bruce Jouanny, an experienced racer with nearly two decades of competitive experience. (Picture from: Carthrottle)
Taking the wheel at Pikes Peak in June 2024 is Bruce Jouanny, a seasoned racer with nearly two decades of competitive experience. Jouanny expresses his enthusiasm for the challenge, stating, "This is a legendary race and fits perfectly with the development of the Quarkus P3. We often talk about life-size tests; we couldn't have dreamed of anything better than Pikes Peak."
Romain Dumas, the Pikes Peak conqueror in 2018 with VW ID R, supports the development of Quarkus P3, anticipating its impact on the challenging Pikes Peak Hill Climb race this June. (Picture from: Carscoops)
CEO Damien Alfano acknowledges the audacity of the plan. He states, "To start the Pikes Peak challenge, while the first development prototype has just been presented, is clearly absurd. No 'startup' manufacturer has done this." Despite the seemingly ambitious nature of the project, Alfano emphasizes Quarkus's philosophy of believing in dreams without limits and sharing the adventure with customers and partners who share the same passion.
The Quarkus P3 has a lightweight contruction because its 100% carbon fiber body is built on a chassis made of carbon, Kevlar, a touch of titanium, which limits its weight to just 600 kg (1,323 lbs). (Picture from: Carscoops)
Romain Dumas, the seasoned racer who conquered Pikes Peak behind the wheel of the VW ID R back in 2018, lends his support to the Quarkus project. This backing raises hopes that Quarkus will indeed make a mark in the challenging Pikes Peak race come June. Let's wait and see.
In conclusion, Quarkus's journey to Pikes Peak exemplifies the spirit of daring to dream big and pushing boundaries. While skeptics may doubt the capabilities of a small startup, the passion and determination behind Quarkus may just defy expectations and establish them as a force to be reckoned with in the world of sports car innovation. As they navigate the twists and turns of Pikes Peak, Quarkus is not just chasing a victory; they are racing towards the realization of their automotive dreams. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | QUARKUS AUTOMOBILES | CARTHROTTLE | CARSCOOPS ]
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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Pagani Huayra R Evo Unique Supercar Powered by 900 HP

New Long-tailed Beast - Pagani Automobili, the renowned Italian supercar manufacturer, has once again raised the bar with the introduction of its latest masterpiece – the Pagani Huayra R Evo. This exquisite creation is an enhanced version of the Huayra R lineup, featuring a distinctive open-top design, aptly termed a targa. Boasting a staggering maximum power output of 900 horsepower, Pagani claims that this new iteration surpasses the ferocity of its predecessor, the Huayra R track car, which made its debut in 2021.
The Pagani Huayra R Evo is an enhanced version of Huayra R featuring a distinctive design, aptly termed a targa. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The genesis of the Huayra R Evo can be traced back to a moment of inspiration experienced by the visionary Horacio Pagani while watching a Formula Indy race in Nashville. A testament to meticulous craftsmanship, this marvel took approximately two years to complete, a timeframe justified by the manufacturer's pursuit of performance levels akin to the current Le Mans Prototype 2 race car.
The Pagani Huayra R Evo is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship that took around 2 years to complete. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Pagani has not only pushed the boundaries of performance but has also incorporated notable improvements. The addition of a pop-out roof panel enhances aerodynamic downforce when removed, resulting in a remarkable 45% increase from the standard configuration. Impressively lightweight at 1,060 kg dry, the Huayra R Evo showcases Pagani's commitment to achieving the perfect balance of power and agility.
The genesis of the Pagani Huayra R Evo can be traced back to a moment of inspiration experienced by the visionary Horacio Pagani while watching a Formula Indy race in Nashville. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The introduction of the "codalunga" (long tail) design element involves extending the front splitter by approximately four inches, seamlessly integrating and supporting the air intake for the cooling system. The rear end, now 7.5 inches longer, features a central stabilizer fin supporting the large rear wing, along with integrated struts. This meticulous redesign contributes to a substantial 45% increase in downforce. The open-top configuration further elevates total downforce by 5%, thanks to increased front and rear vertical loads.
The Pagani Huayra R Evo featuring with the "codalunga" (long tail) design element involves extending the front splitter by approximately four inches, seamlessly integrating and supporting the air intake for the cooling system. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Under the hood, the Huayra R Evo houses the formidable V12 R-Evo enginea naturally aspirated 6,000 cc V12 configuration. This powerhouse, enhanced with a redesigned intake manifold, new camshaft, and reconfigured exhaust system, delivers an awe-inspiring 900 horsepower and 567 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque. The bespoke six-speed sequential gearbox, a result of collaboration with HWA AG, weighs a mere 176 pounds.
The Pagani Huayra R Evo has 7.5 inches longer's rear end, coupled with a central stabilizer fin supporting the large rear wing, along with integrated struts. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Ensuring a comfortable ride, the car features a forged aluminum alloy double-wishbone suspension, helical springs, and electronically controlled shock absorbers. The addition of a new heave damper further enhances controllability

Braking prowess is provided by the CCM-R auto-ventilated carbon ceramic brakes and custom racing pads. Furthermore, the Huayra R Evo rides on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear rims, enveloped in Pirelli P Zero Slick tires (280/680 R19 at the front and 345/725 R20 at the rear).
Under the hood, the Pagani Huayra R Evo houses the formidable V12 R-Evo engine – a naturally aspirated 6,000 cc V12 configuration. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Stepping inside the cabin, occupants are greeted by seats clad in fire-resistant material, equipped with six-point safety belts and carbon fiber headrests featuring special protection to mitigate serious injuries in case of an unfortunate incident. Pagani's commitment to global markets is evident as the Huayra can be configured with left or right-hand steering depending on the region. | uTiVEBUc49o |
In conclusion, Pagani's Huayra R Evo stands as a testament to the brand's unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive excellence. This masterpiece seamlessly combines cutting-edge technology, aerodynamic precision, and raw power, offering enthusiasts a driving experience like no other. The Huayra R Evo is not just a car; it's a symphony of engineering brilliance and artistic finesse, destined to leave an indelible mark in the world of high-performance automobiles. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PAGANI AUTOMOBILI | ID.MOTOR1 | AUTOBLOG ]
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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Sneak Peek: FN's Electric Resurgence with Stylish Sportscars

Forgotten ONES - In 2011, the automotive landscape was abuzz with excitement as whispers of Bullet, a revolutionary electric supercar from Bristol Cars, circulated. However, this enthusiasm was met with a stark reality—the recent insolvency of the iconic British automaker. 
The FN Namir electric concept car designed by Giugiaro Design, and debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: WhichCar)
Fast forward to 2013, and Bristol Cars, now under the ownership of the Kamkorp Group, which also possesses Frazer-Nash Research, the brains behind 2009’s impressive FN Namir electric supercar concept, is on the brink of unveiling its very own electric supercar—a model slated for production.
The FN Namir electric concept car while sat on display at the 2010 Concorso d'Eleganze Villa d'Este. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
The name Frazer-Nash Research recalls the legacy of Fraser Nash, a British automaker from the 1920s that, after manufacturing just under 500 chain-driven cars, shifted its strategy to importing BMWs. This seems to be an endeavor by the inactive brand to stage a comeback, pivoting its focus towards hybrid-electric drivetrains and introducing the FN Namir. Meaning "tiger" in Arabic, this car is the outcome of a collaboration with the Giugiaro Design, infusing vitality into the once-dormant automaker.
The FN Namir electric concept car featuring four electric motors, lithium-ion batteries, and the distinctive Wankel rotary engine. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
Reports from Autocar suggest an extended-range electric setup, featuring four electric motors, lithium-ion batteries, and the distinctive Wankel rotary engine. Drawing inspiration from the Namir concept, crafted by Giugiaro Design, the final aesthetic may reflect its influences. The anticipated performance is alluring, mirroring the Namir's capabilities—298 kilowatts (400 horsepower), a 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph.
The anticipated performance is alluring, mirroring the Namir's capabilities—298 kilowatts (400 horsepower), a 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
​​As we already know, the Wankel engine, once heralded as the future, faced setbacks. However, in the realm of hybrid vehicles, its compact size regains relevance as an electric car range extender. British company's venture promises a seamless blend of performance and sustainability, all wrapped in a sleek package.
Making its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Fraser Nash Research's creation left enthusiasts hungry for more details. The festival could herald a triumphant return, spotlighting innovation and resilience. FN's electric supercar stands poised to redefine its legacy, captivating with power, design, and sustainability.
However, the global automotive community's anticipation appears unfulfilled, as the car, to this day, has not progressed beyond the concept stage, remaining in the prototype phase. The worldwide wait continues, prompting automotive enthusiasts to ponder: will FN's electric marvel transition from concept to reality on the roads? The question hangs in the air, leaving enthusiasts in suspense, eagerly anticipating the next electrifying chapter in Fraser Nash's journey. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOCAR | ULTIMATECARPAGE | WHICHCAR | MOTORAUTHORITY | CHANNELEYE ]
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Friday, February 9, 2024

Mazzanti Evantra Pura: Unleashing Italian Elegance with American Power

Road BEASTMazzanti Automobili, a beacon of innovation in the automotive world since its establishment in 2002, continues to redefine excellence. The introduction of the Evantra supercar in 2013 marked a significant milestone, next is Evantra Millecavalli, and in 2021, the journey of evolution has now led to the unveiling of the Mazzanti Evantra Pura.
The Mazzanti Evantra Pura seamlessly marries European elegance with the raw potency of American muscle, and debuted at the 2021 Florence Biennale Festival in Florence, Italy. (Picture from: TopGear)
Displayed with pride at the illustrious 2021 Florence Biennale Festival in Florence, Italy, the Evantra Pura seamlessly marries European elegance with the raw potency of American muscle. Departing from its predecessor, the Evantra Pura opts for a 6.2-liter V8 sourced from the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8, tuned to unleash an astounding 761 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque. This powerhouse is artfully coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Mazzanti Evantra Pura chassis maintains Mazzanti's unwavering commitment to quality and performance. (Picture from: TopGear)
Setting the Evantra Pura apart is its remarkable agility, owing to a significant 198-pound weight reduction compared to the original Evantra. This weight-saving measure propels the car from 0 to 60mph in an exhilarating 2.9 seconds, with a top speed reaching an impressive 360km/h.
The Mazzanti Evantra Pura crafted with a high-tensile, box-section steel frame and chrome molybdenum, the lightweight construction enhances the car's nimble handling. (Picture from: TopGear)
The chassis of the Evantra Pura maintains Mazzanti's unwavering commitment to quality and performance. Crafted with a high-tensile, box-section steel frame and chrome molybdenum, the lightweight construction enhances the car's nimble handling, reducing its overall weight by 90 kilograms compared to its predecessor.
The Mazzanti Evantra Pura's cabin elevates the driving experience with a larger portrait touch screen for the infotainment system and a racing-style steering wheel display. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Standard features include front and rear MacPherson strut suspension, with the option for enthusiasts to choose a fully adjustable suspension system for a personalized driving experience. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, equipped with 14.9-inch discs and six-piston calipers in the front, along with 14-inch discs and four-piston calipers in the rear, ensure precise and powerful stopping capabilities.
The Mazzanti Evantra Pura rolling on OZ Racing wheels wrapped in Michelin tires (255/35R19 at the front and 315/30R20 at the rear), the Evantra Pura not only delivers exceptional performance but also exudes a sleek aesthetic. (Picture from: TopGear)
Rolling on OZ Racing wheels wrapped in Michelin tires (255/35R19 at the front and 315/30R20 at the rear), the Evantra Pura not only delivers exceptional performance but also exudes a sleek aesthetic. Inside the cabin, Mazzanti elevates the driving experience with a larger portrait touch screen for the infotainment system and a racing-style steering wheel display.
The Mazzanti Evantra Pura powered by a 6.2-liter V8 sourced from the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8, tuned to unleash an astounding 761 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque. (Picture from: TopGear)
A hallmark of the Evantra Pura is its driver-centric design. Mazzanti ensures that each driver experiences a bespoke fit, configuring the driving position based on individual measurements. Even the gear shift distance is customizable, adapting to the unique shape of the driver's hands.

While specific pricing details remain undisclosed, reports suggest that the Mazzanti Evantra Pura starts at an impressive $800,000 or approximately Rp. 11.3 billion. Production is limited to a mere five units annually, adding an exclusive touch to this already exceptional supercar.
In its essence, the Mazzanti Evantra Pura stands as a testament to the brand's unwavering dedication to innovation and performance. With its striking design, potent engine, and personalized driving experience, this limited-production supercar promises to captivate automotive enthusiasts worldwide. Embrace the thrill of the road with Mazzanti's latest masterpiece—the Evantra Pura. A symphony of power, precision, and exclusivity, this extraordinary creation invites enthusiasts to partake in a journey beyond the ordinary. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FARANTUBE | TOPGEAR | ID.MOTOR1 | CARSCOOPS ]
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