Monthly Archives: May 2019

Lotus Type 130: The UK’s 1st All-Electric Supercar

Lotus Type 130: The UK’s 1st All-Electric Supercar

Lotus Ends 10-Year Hiatus with All-Electric Supercar

“Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history.” – Lotus CEO Phil Popham

In the current decade, Lotus has been sitting by the sideline with no clear plans for a new vehicle. But, this changes with a new major announcement. The Lotus Type 130 will be the company’s 1st vehicle in the last decade. It will also be the United Kingdom’s 1st electric supercar. So, with this, not only does Lotus plan to break the 10-year hiatus, they also plan to be the first electric supercar from the U.K. The car made its debut at Auto Shanghai 2019 with an expected sale date in 2020. And, for those that don’t know, this will be the first car since the Geely buyout. Geely is a Chinese car manufacturer that also owns Lynk & Co. plus Volvo.

What Engine? How Much Power? Sadly, Not Enough Details!

So, after reading about the Lotus Type 130 all-electric supercar, a question lingers on… what engine and how much power? Well, currently, there’s enough information to elaborate on this topic. Obviously, being an all-electric vehicle (EV), this car should not have any combustion power at all. So, it will most likely sport multiple electric motors. These motors will most likely drive individual wheels, or the front and rear separately. This is the usual design for these types of vehicles. And, a battery compartment will be necessary, probably in the front or rear hood where space was previously in use by a gasoline motor.

Lotus Sets High Expectations for Upcoming Model

Introducing the Lotus Type 130 – Lotus Cars – YouTube

With the Lotus Type 130 all-electric supercar, the manufacturer sets a goal of high expectations. Being the first fully electric supercar from Britain is an accomplishment. Rolls-Royce may not be in the market, but Bentley definitely could be. Bentley builds some great luxury vehicles and will probably try to offer an electric Continental at some point. If not, they’re slacking on the upcoming decade of EVs. But, only time will tell, as not enough info is currently available. Overall, Lotus is coming back from their hiatus and people are looking forward to it!

Koenigsegg Crash Tests Sound Quite Expensive, But Necessary!

Koenigsegg Crash Tests Sound Quite Expensive, But Necessary!

Every Legal Street Car Must Pass Crash Test Analysis

In recent news, Koenigsegg crash tests are in the spotlight. Why? Because Koenigsegg, a hypercar manufacturer, builds a limited number of exclusive models at extremely steep prices. Hence, a crash test in itself can be a multi-million-dollar ordeal. So, how does a small manufacturer handle these extensive costs? Well, by using a one frame method for testing rather than building multiple fully functional vehicles. This will be the topic in the next section of the article.

About one week ago, the APEX ONE YouTube channel put up the video seen below discussing this exact issue. In the video, employees and even Christian von Koenigsegg himself speaks of the testing experience. Check it out below!

One Carbon Fiber Monocoque Frame for Testing Purposes

For testing purposes, Koenigsegg builds one carbon fiber monocoque frame. Then, the manufacturer adds on body panels, crumple zones, and subframes. These three components can be easily replaced, while the main frame would require a lot more funding and work. So, the goal for the company is to build a vehicle to withstand multiple Koenigsegg crash tests. Starting with drop-offs, head-on collisions into tires, and massive speed bumps, the car is pushed to its limit.

Just thinking about these tests can cause distress in any auto fan, especially for lowered vehicle drivers. And, furthermore, it’s difficult to imagine an Agera RS taking such a beating. Finally, the car undergoes more testing such as hammering, slamming, and even an airbag dummy test. Phew! Why must this beautiful car suffer!? For safety! That’s why!

Koenigsegg Hypercars are Legendary Automobiles

How To Crash A $2 Million Koenigsegg Hypercar – – APEX ONE -YouTube

Overall, the Koenigsegg manufacturer builds legendary automobiles. Every single model is unique, limited, and worth a fortune. Owning a Koenigsegg is a car collector’s dream. And, knowing Koenigsegg crash tests ensure the car’s safety, it can be driven once a year for that weekend get together. As most people suspect, driving a multi-million-dollar car carries quite a steep insurance payment. Recently, Auto Insurance Center stated a Bugatti Veyron can run $50,000 a year for insurance. So, this car isn’t probably far off. Hence, most people probably don’t daily drive these cars. A fender bender could cost 6-digits, especially if the damage is extensive. Hands down, these cars are build for the track and tested to handle those conditions.

Warning: Watch the video below at your own discretion. The destruction of such a vehicle may cause nightmares.

How Did North Korea Obtain Luxurious Maybach Limousines?

How Did North Korea Obtain Luxurious Maybach Limousines?

Daimler Claims No Knowledge on North Korea’s Auto Fleet

In recent auto news, spectators have pointed out that Kim Jong-un cruises about on his summits in Mercedes luxury vehicles. As everyone knows, Maybach is basically an even more luxurious Mercedes, at a much steeper price. Daimler AG, the Stuttgart-based company, states that the company has no knowledge on how North Korea obtained these vehicles. Currently, the UN has sanctions in place to prevent North Korea from the sale of luxury goods. This rule includes all luxury automobiles, such as Mercedes-Benz. So, how did North Korea obtain these vehicles? Probably from another country that doesn’t care for the UN sanctions.

Honestly, these vehicles aren’t brand new – so it seems like Kim is riding around in someone else’s leftovers. It could be China, it could be Russia, but honestly, nobody truly knows – except the people involved in the trade. So, let’s not point fingers… yet!

Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard & S62 Models

Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard - North Korea's Kim Jong-un Waving from Limo - Side Window View - REUTERS - EuroDrift

Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard – North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Waving from Limo – Side Window View – REUTERS – EuroDrift

The news surrounding North Korea’s use of Daimler vehicles points towards two specific models. Not surprisingly, both of these models are the crème of the crop – Maybach. Kim Jong-un may not have the newest vehicles, but he has a sense of style. The Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard and Mercedes Maybach S62 are quite phenomenal vehicles. The brand new S600 Pullman Guard starts at a MSRP of $1,600,000. Yes, 1.6 million USD.

But, what about a used model? Honestly, trying to figure out depreciation or collectible value on a vehicle like this is like cavemen developing a rocket ship. It could be possible, but good luck figuring it out.

Traveling Abroad in Maybach Luxurious Vehicles

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un accompanied by running bodyguards on his way to Hanoi – euronews (in English) – YouTube

So, now the world knows – Kim Jong-un travels abroad in luxurious Maybach vehicles. These vehicles were seen in use during meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the same time, North Korea’s “Secret Service” runs alongside the limo, protecting it from any threats. Honestly, that may be one of the most entertaining portions of his arrival. Watching those men sprint alongside the limo while being vigilantly alert is quite amusing. What happens if someone trips? Do they leave that man behind? Hopefully, that doesn’t happen.

Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard - North Korea's Kim Jong-un's Limo Leaving Summit - Rear in Motion - REUTERS - EuroDrift

Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard – North Korea’s Kim Jong-un’s Limo Leaving Summit – Rear in Motion – REUTERS – EuroDrift

Overall, nobody is currently willing to confirm the seller of these fine Maybach vehicles to a sanctioned nation.

Note: All pictures are the property of REUTERS.

Audi E-Tron GT Concept Appearance at Avengers: Endgame Premiere

Audi E-Tron GT Concept Appearance at Avengers: Endgame Premiere

Audi Markets E-Tron GT at Endgame Premiere

At the premiere of the Avengers: Endgame movie, Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark, arrived in the Audi E-Tron GT Concept. This car made its initial debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, it’s impressing the fans of the Avenger films after this flashy appearance. While waiting for the premiere, fans were outside of the theatre, when an E-Tron GT pulled up front. To no surprise, Tony Stark hops out of the car in style. Just as the Avengers: Endgame film, Audi wants to dominate the market. Avengers: Endgame has already broken box office records within its first week. Imagine a few weeks down the road! Shh! No Spoilers!

Facts About the Audi E-Tron GT Concept

Audi E-Tron GT Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

In late 2020, Audi hopes to sell the E-Tron GT as a new model. This vehicle starts with an all-electric AWD system. This setup allows for a range of 248 miles. And, to make road trips less of a headache, this car can tackle 200 miles on a 20-minute charging time. Wow! To power this vehicle, the E-Tron GT sports electric motors boasting 590 horsepower. Furthermore, to store power, a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery system is in place. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 3.5 seconds. Lastly, the E-Tron GT’s top speed is 149 mph.

Will the Audi E-Tron GT Concept Sell on the Market?

In the past, car “gurus” thought electric vehicles weren’t going to work. They weren’t good enough and didn’t provide enough reason to switch. But, nowadays, EVs are the way of the future! So, many people may wonder – will the Audi E-Tron GT Concept sell on the market? The answer is – YES! Just take a glance at the Porsche Taycan. Porsche was definitely hesitant to jump into the EV game. Now, they’re enticing it. The Taycan is so popular, that Porsche is opening a factory just to tackle the demand. So, if Audi does a similar thing, it will most likely do very well. Plus, this car looks absolutely stunning. So, how could one go wrong?

Audi E-Tron GT Concept - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Wealthy Saudi Arabian Rents Entire Mall to Shop in Aston Martin

Wealthy Saudi Arabian Rents Entire Mall to Shop in Aston Martin

Real or Fake News!?

Recently, a security guard that works for a mall in Saudi Arabia made a video showing an Aston Martin driving inside the building. During the video, the guard mentions that he’s heard the mall has been rented out. So, speculation begins – did somebody rent the entire mall to shop in their Aston Martin? Maybe yes? Maybe no? Could it simply be a movie set taking place in the mall? Nobody truly knows, at least in the news spectrum. But, surely, the real story will arrive at some point. Until then, let’s enjoy this bizarre and rare scenario!

Driving an Aston Martin in a Shopping Mall

”I am a security guard at Al Qasr Mall and they’re saying someone rented out the entire place. Look, he’s even cruising here in his car. Looks like he’s super rich. May God grant us the same” – Security Guard at Al Qasr Mall

So, someone may have truly rented an entire mall to drive their Aston Martin inside while shopping. So, you may be wondering, where could this take place? Well, sources state that it was at the Al Qasr Mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For those that don’t know, Riyadh is the capital and most populous city of the country. So, there are plenty of wealthy businessman in the region. Hence, this probably isn’t a complete shock to this part of the world. This city is like the Dubai of Saudi Arabia, but were not here to debate or compare.

How Much Would It Cost to Rent an Entire Mall?

Al Qasr Mall - Interior - Riyadh in Saudi Arabia - Dar Al Arkan - EuroDrift

Al Qasr Mall – Interior – Riyadh in Saudi Arabia – Dar Al Arkan – EuroDrift

So, now for the real question – how much would it cost to rent an entire mall? Well, this is not easily found on Google like most estimates. But, why not take a jab at it? The guess is that this would cost anywhere from as little as $10,000 up to $50,000. To restrict access to tons of customers, this person must’ve been filling a blank check. This leads to even more questions – What? Why? How? When? Well… at least there’s an Aston Martin in the picture. But, either way, it is quite the story. Maybe there will be an actual answer someday. Until then, let’s speculate and see who wins the guessing game!

Al Qasr Mall - Exterior Corner - Riyadh in Saudi Arabia - Dar Al Arkan - EuroDrift

Al Qasr Mall – Exterior Corner – Riyadh in Saudi Arabia – Dar Al Arkan – EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E: The 1st Fully Electric Aston

Aston Martin Rapide E: The 1st Fully Electric Aston

The Aston Martin Rapide E is Fully Electric!

For Aston’s 1st all-electric model, the company chose the Rapide. Hence, the birth of the Aston Martin Rapide E came to be. This fully electric vehicle is a beast, regardless of not including the typical V12. The company engineered the Rapide E with an 800-volt battery system. So, it definitely does not lack in capabilities. And, to make it even more stunning, the company enhanced the exterior with optimal styling and newly designed aluminum wheels. Furthermore, this Aston includes all three driving modes: Agile, Controlled, and Beautiful Balanced Drive. So, even though the V12 spirit may be missing, it still drives the same! (At least, theoretically!)

Aston Martin Rapide E - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

800-Volt Battery System & Electric Motors

Aston Martin Rapide E - Powertrain Diagram - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Powertrain Diagram – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The AM Rapide E sports an 800-volt battery setup with two electric motors at the rear. Firstly, the 800-volt battery system boasts carbon fiber and Kevlar casing. Furthermore, it has a 65-kWh capacity. And, where there used to be a V12, there’s now over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells in a bespoke battery pack. Now, as per the electric motors, there are two rear units. Combined, these offer a beastly 604 horsepower and 701 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Rapide E to reach 155 mph top speed.

Aston Martin Rapide E - Charging Battery - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Charging Battery – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Electric Future is Coming!

Aston Martin Rapide E: Goodbye V12, Hello EV | Carfection 4K – Carfection – YouTube

With Aston Martin joining the fully electric realm, the auto industry moves even closer to an EV future. Beforehand, many companies already have vehicles planned for the next decade, changing the car world forever. These companies include Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and more. But, the AM Rapide E is an absolutely amazing EV. Although the roar of the V12 may be missed, the car will have the same sports car spirit. And, the electric motors produce a ton of torque, way more than the V12 was going to provide. Overall, the Rapide E is Aston’s entry into the electric car realm.

Aston Martin Rapide E - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Who Invented the Traffic Cone?

Who Invented the Traffic Cone?

Simple Design Increases Traffic Safety

In the early 1940s, Charles D. Scanlon invented the traffic cone that is known worldwide today. He was a painter for the Street Painting Dept. in Los Angeles when the idea arose. This idea probably came about due to the lack of safety while painting in the street. Surely, many accidents happened prior to this invention. Surprisingly, the first traffic cones were actually used in the UK in 1958 for the M6 motorway.

Now, traffic cones are widely used by companies and people worldwide. But, the actual patent for the traffic cone was approved in 1943. So, it took nearly 15 years before the UK willingly put the cones to use on the M6. This year, it’s been almost 60 years of traffic cone safety! And, to make it even better, cars are safer than ever! This is due to the newest tech in the auto industry such as fully autonomous EVs.

Traffic Cones Widely Used for Traffic Management

In modern times, the traffic cone is widely used for traffic management. By placing cones on the road, cars become aware of the upcoming hazards or dangers. Furthermore, cones redirect traffic around construction zones and other obstacles. Sometimes, traffic cones are in use in neighborhoods to warn of children at play. So, if a cone is in the street, always be sure to figure the situation and drive accordingly. Usually, a cone signals that the driver should use extreme caution ahead.

Not surprisingly, nowadays, the US Federal Highway Administration requires traffic cones while working on roadways. This is clearly written in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

The Traffic Cone Defines Safety on the Roadway

Road Cone Placing Machine Is Safer And More Efficient – Tech Insider – YouTube

Overall, the traffic cone defines safety on the roadway in the roadwork industry. From rerouting traffic to preventing accidents, traffic cones are an amazing invention. Sometimes, it’s important to take a look at the little things – the ones taken for granted. The traffic cone is a perfect example of one of these items. Without it, who knows how many people would’ve died working on roadways? Charles D. Scanlon’s idea has probably saved many lives since it came to be in existence. And, now with autonomous vehicles, safety shall only get better! In conclusion, let’s tip a hat to Mr. Scanlon on his highly protective invention.

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

A Fully Autonomous EV Concept by Audi

As with the recent trend, Audi is continuing its path towards the fully autonomous EV future of the auto industry. For the current ongoing Shanghai Auto Show, the Audi AI:ME made its debut to the public. Specifically, this car is targeting “megacities” where large populations live in vast cities with high traffic. Being fully autonomous, electric, and customizable, this car is pretty cool. But, no one will technically own one of these cars. The goal for Audi is to market these vehicles as shareable and short-term rentable. In reality, not only will less vehicles on the road benefit city traffic, it’d probably keep a lot more money in people’s pockets. Parking garages in major cities in the U.S. can easily charge a few hundred dollars to park monthly.

Audi AI:ME - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

168-Horsepower Electric Motor with 65 kWh Battery

Audi AI:ME - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Audi AI:ME will sport a 168-horsepower electric motor. This will work in conjunction with a 65-kWh battery. Not surprisingly, this is the same as the Volkswagen I.D. that will be releasing as well. And, to the disappointment of possibly many, this car is built to travel between 12 and 47 mph. Yep… that was read correctly. This is because most major cities are so dense with traffic, that these speeds aren’t far off anyway. Heading on a road trip won’t be optimal in this car but getting around a “megacity” shouldn’t be a problem.

Why not kick up your feet and take a ride? It sounds a lot better than sitting in the driver seat doing absolutely nothing anyway but waiting. Most people in busy areas know how it is… gas, pedal, gas, pedal, gas, PEDAL! Why’d that guy slam the brakes! Jeez!

Audi AI:ME - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Commuting in a Relaxing Environment

Audi AI:ME – could this car spawn an all-new A2 EV? – carwow – YouTube

As with most fully autonomous vehicles, the steering wheel and pedals aren’t necessary to get around. So, to no surprise, the Audi AI:ME’s steering wheel and pedals retract away for additional space. To top it off, a picnic type table pops out for use during the journey. Depending on the passengers preferences, the lighting and seat config can be altered for max comfort. This includes power retraction of the rear seats. Furthermore, this car has active dampers for a comfortable ride.

As per the final notable attribute, this car has a body of aluminum, plastic, and steel. Yes, plastic! As long as its safe, this car will be awesome for the city people.

Audi AI:ME - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Tesla Explodes in Shanghai Parking Garage Next to an Audi

Tesla Explodes in Shanghai Parking Garage Next to an Audi

Tesla Explosion Damages Audi in Shanghai Parking Garage

Recently, in a parking garage in Shanghai, China, a Tesla Model S randomly exploded unexpectedly. Although Tesla seriously believes these EVs explode less than typical cars, it does happen. Moreover, it tends to happen on camera more often than not. But that isn’t a red flag that the car isn’t reliable. Tesla builds great quality vehicles of the future, now. As with any car, problems are something that happen to almost everyone at some point. But, truthfully, not everyone has a Tesla that randomly explodes while in a parking garage. To no surprise, this is not too far from where Tesla is building the Gigafactory 3. So, that leaves some people wondering… but that’s not of interest here.

Ah! The Poor Audi! Why!? How Could This Happen!?

Audi & Tesla in Parking Garage - During Tesla Model S Explosion - CNBC - EuroDrift

Audi & Tesla in Parking Garage – During Tesla Model S Explosion – CNBC – EuroDrift

After watching the video, some may feel sorry for the Tesla – but what about the Audi? And the parking garage? From the video, it seems the explosion leads to fire damage on the Audi next to it. Furthermore, the video doesn’t show what happens to the garage itself. Typically, fire damage can be critical on any structure, regardless of material. So, on top of a totaled Tesla, there’s a damaged Audi and parking garage. And, this doesn’t even show any other cars that may have been affected by this explosion. Hopefully, the Tesla owner has insurance, because they’re probably going to need it! Overall, EVs are actually quite safe, so don’t let this deter the consideration to buy one.

Is Parking Next to a Tesla Safe? Yes.

Tesla to investigate apparent Model S explosion in China – CNBC Television – YouTube

In the end, this scenario may leave some people wondering, “is parking next to a Tesla safe?”. Well, yes it is. Why? Because most Tesla models don’t explode, and that’s a fact. Take a look around, there’s Tesla models cruising every major city worldwide. So, it is quite reliable. Unfortunately for the Audi owner, their car was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And, that can happen to anyone. So, parking next to a Tesla isn’t a bad idea… just make sure to have insurance! Just kidding, but insurance is required by law anyway. And, to really think about it, the car wasn’t even active on the road – it was in a parking garage with nobody inside. Overall, this is most likely just a miscellaneous outlier in data rather than a serious issue, so don’t be afraid of EVs!