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Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept: The New Old

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept: The New Old

A Retro Vision Concept by Mercedes

Commemorating the first vehicle with the Mercedes brand name, the manufacturer recently designed the Simplex Concept. The Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept is basically a remastering of something old. Originally, the initial Mercedes Simplex was available 118 years ago in 1901. Furthermore, the original vehicle sported a groundbreaking and radical front-engine, RWD, and radiator placement design. While this is taken for granted nowadays, back then, it was a masterpiece of future design. Finally, adding to the reasons this car was conceptualized, the original Simplex won races!

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Could Retro Auto Make a Comeback?

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

So, with the Mercedes Simplex Concept seen by the world, could retro automobiles make a comeback? Unfortunately, there is no absolute definite answer. But, the beauty and design of this car can make one wonder… would a modern market be willing to purchase? Sadly, Mercedes does not plan to product the Simplex Concept for the market. Maybe, with enough support by fans worldwide, one manufacturer may be willing to take the gamble. But, realistically, it’ll definitely require a lot of convincing and data. Either way, EuroDrift gives a +1 to the idea of this happening. It would be awesome to revive older designs with new technology.

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes Showcases the Future of Auto Design

2019 Vision Mercedes Simplex – Mercedes-Benz Maybach Fans – YouTube

With the Mercedes Simplex Concept, the manufacturer is showcasing the future of auto design. While the old school, retro style may not hit the market soon, the tech will definitely show up as time continues as usual. Honestly, the Simplex Concept is a piece of art, or a sculpture, more than a car anyway. Displaying a rose-gold 3-D script display grill, leather hood straps, and an overnight bag for the trunk, this car is amazing. And, while the car has top of the line tech, it also has very “old school” design accents. So, who doesn’t want to tie down the hood with leather straps? Or store the groceries in the luggage that acts as a trunk? Either way, hopefully other manufacturers will make some cool concepts as well!

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept: Teasing U.S. Buyers

Volkswagen Tarok Concept: Teasing U.S. Buyers

Is the U.S. Ready for a VW Pickup Truck?

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

At the New York International Auto Show in 2019, VW debuted its second SUV at the show in history. This time, the Volkswagen Tarok Concept was on display. The purpose of this showcasing is to tease buyers in the U.S. From there, VW can decide if to bring the Tarok to the United States… or not. Currently, the Tarok is going to hit production for sales in South America. So, will the Tarok make it to the U.S.? Well, only time will tell. Is there demand for a German pickup truck? Probably… but is it enough?

Turbocharged 1.4-Liter Engine with 147 Horsepower

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Trunk Extension - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Trunk Extension – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Volkswagen Tarok Concept sports a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that offers 147 horsepower. Backing this up is a 6-speed transmission and 4Motion AWD system. This is the same engine as seen in the VW Golf Hatchback. These specs may be a major mistake if joining the U.S. market is a goal. Many pickup trucks sold in the U.S. sport at minimum a V6, but preferably a V8. So, would U.S. buyers consider a 1.4-liter engine? Possibly. With the EV pickup truck battle taking place, smaller engine pickups may catch on… or not. Honestly, this is why the car was put on display as a concept, as nobody knows. Surely, VW will decide in the near future on this car’s production.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

How are the Tarok’s Towing Capabilities?

Volkswagen Tarok – nova picape média concorrente da Fiat Toro – www.car.blog.br –
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As with any pickup truck, it needs to be able to haul quite a bit of weight. So, VW was sure to reach for high expectations. The Tarok can handle 2,271 pounds with 73.2” in freight space. This is due to the foldable panel behind the rear seat. By adjusting the seat, the area in the truck bed can expand quite a bit. So, will the engine deter buyers, or will they embrace this vehicle? Truthfully, only time will tell.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB: “Spacious & Robust” Compact SUV

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB: “Spacious & Robust” Compact SUV

What’s Better than the GLA? The GLB!

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB - Overhead - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB – Overhead – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

At Auto Shanghai 2019, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz made a concept debut to the public. The Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB is being marketed as a “spacious and robust” compact SUV. So… this may make some people wonder, why so many Benz SUVs? Well, the GLB is part of a long chain of high-quality German engineering by Benz to capture the SUV market. Prior to the GLB, Mercedes has sold 6 million SUVs to customers worldwide.

In 2018 alone, SUVs were the strongest segment of the manufacturer with 820,000 units sold. So, Mercedes is simply following a trend of popularity with their SUVs.

Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine with 221 Horsepower

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the Concept GLB sports a 4-cylinder turbo engine. This motor boasts 221 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. For the size of this car, this is a reasonable amount of power. Especially, since there will most likely be an AMG version. But that is likely a year or 2 down the road. The amount of torque backs up the vehicle’s off-road style and vision.

Just as the GLA, this car will most likely have a speed and price aimed at the entry SUV market. But, it’ll probably be a bit more pricey than the GLA, and include enough seating space for 7 occupants. Furthermore, it should be cheaper than the GLC. Lastly, don’t forget about the larger GLE or GLS. Phew! Thinking about it, that’s a lot of dang SUVs!

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Quality Tech with Hints of Off-Roading Capabilities

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB: World Premiere | Trailer – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube

The Mercedes Concept GLB is a pretty awesome vehicle. To top off its SUV body styling, this vehicle also contains high quality Benz technology. Firstly, there are the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps on the frontend, giving it a very modern fascia. Next, there is the MBUX entertainment system, which is also called Mercedes-Benz User Experience. There’s also hints of off-road styling inside to complement the vehicle itself. Overall, the GLB seems like it will sell well on the worldwide market… it’s compact but serves a multi-purpose.

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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

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

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept: Targeting the Tesla Model X

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept: Targeting the Tesla Model X

The European Market Targets Tesla

Throughout the years, many manufacturers thought Tesla wouldn’t catch on – but they were wrong! Now, Tesla is a powerful automotive company. But, the times have changed and other manufacturers are going electric. This now includes Volkswagen. Recently, VW revealed a new concept vehicle that is targeting the Tesla Model X. The Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept is a full-size crossover EV that is fully autonomous. Currently, VW expects to sell this vehicle in the Chinese auto market in 2021. Hopefully, the car will have a cooler name than it does now.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Side with Doors Open - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Side with Doors Open – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

What? AppleSkin Interior? Is That a Joke? Nope!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

One of the most unique features of the Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept is the apple skin interior. Yes, you read that correctly. The ID Roomzz has upholstery made from apple waste that is produced during the apple juice making process. All of the lounge style seats within the vehicle wear VW‘s new AppleSkin material. To complement this material, the seats can rotate up to 25 degrees and fully recline for relaxation. Obviously, this is a mandatory feature in autonomous vehicles. While driving a vehicle manually is an amazing experience, imagine kicking up your feet in rush hour traffic while watch some TV or a movie. Sounds good!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Reclining Rear Seating - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Reclining Rear Seating – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

VW is Pushing Hard for an EV Future

Volkswagen Press Conference at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show – The Wheel Network – YouTube

During the most recent reveal, VW made it clear that their vehicles will follow the EV future. Obviously, as seen in this article, is the Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept. But, prior to that, VW will release an all-electric ID hatchback and a compact crossover in 2020. And, after that, there will be a dune buggy, EV sedan, and the microbus. So, that is proof that VW sees electrical powertrains as the future.

Although, as with all vehicles, mileage is a concern. The ID Roomzz expects a range of 280 miles. While this is almost equivalent to a full tank of gas, vehicles will begin to surpass 300+ miles in the near future. By that, within the next few years. So, VW should aim for a slightly higher mileage, or at least make that motion on future models. Overall, the ID Roomzz is a pretty cool concept vehicle.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Audi E-Tron GT Concept: A New EV for the Streets

Audi E-Tron GT Concept: A New EV for the Streets

The New 4-Door Audi EV Concept

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

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

At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi revealed the E-Tron GT Concept. The Audi E-Tron GT Concept is a new EV for the streets of late 2020. This vehicle is an all-electric AWD EV with a range of around 248 miles. Audi states that a charge to 80% takes only 20 minutes for around 200 miles of driving. With four seats plus front and rear storage space, this car is perfect for a luxurious daily driver. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, so may as well hop on the bandwagon.

Audi E-Tron GT Concept - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

590 Horsepower with Electric Motors

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

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

For power, the Audi E-Tron GT Concept uses 590 horsepower of electric motors. These are found on the front and rear axles. To support the system, there is a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery system. This electrical setup allows the car to reach 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph. Furthermore, the battery can be charged wireless or via an 800-volt charging kit. In combo with a super low center of gravity and rear-axle steering, this car shall handle quite nicely as well.

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

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

Welcome to the Future of Audi

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

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

With the Audi E-Tron GT Concept, Audi shows the future of the company. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, and most manufacturers will follow the trend. On top of being environmentally friendly on a power level, the car has recycled fibers for the interior. This takes it even further in being a “green” car. Although 248 miles isn’t the best in the industry, the car is quite stunning. It kind of looks like an Audi A7, to be honest. Overall, the E-Tron GT Concept is a display of what is to come in the years to come.

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

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

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

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

 

McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

The Third Ultimate Series Model for McLaren

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

McLaren, previously known for the F1 GTR and P1 GTR, is currently working on a concept dubbed the Senna GTR. The McLaren Senna GTR Concept will be the third ultimate series model, completing a trio. Obviously, the first vehicle of the series is the McLaren F1 GTR. Secondly, there is the McLaren P1 GTR. Now, there will be the McLaren Senna GTR. The Senna GTR will provide the “purest connection between car and driver” according to the McLaren website. Supposedly, it will also be the “most track focused McLaren yet.”

McLaren F1 GTR & P1 GTR

McLaren F1 GTR - Side - 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User PSParrot - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren F1 GTR – Side – 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User PSParrot – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Now, it is only right to discuss the McLaren Senna GTR Concept predecessors. Firstly, there is the McLaren F1 GTR. This vehicle is famous for its victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans event. It beat the competition with less power, and no expectation to come out on top. With a BMW 6.1-liter V12 engine, this car took the lead. This motor boasts 592 horsepower, which was plenty to win. Overall, the McLaren F1 itself is a legendary car, let alone the more sophisticated GTR version. The McLaren F1 GTR was the first in the ultimate series lineup.

McLaren P1 GTR - Front Corner - 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User Matthew Lamb - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren P1 GTR – Front Corner – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User Matthew Lamb – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The next predecessor to the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is the McLaren P1 GTR. This vehicle is very recent, being only a few years past production. Yet, it still is one heck of a supercar. The P1 GTR was built to celebrate the F1 GTR victory from 1995. Except, this time, the car boasts 986 horsepower, almost double of the F1 GTR. The power arrives from the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Those specs alone show the difference in the power of cars in the last 20 years. This power allows the P1 GTR to reach 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds with a limited top speed of 217 mph.

Breakdown of Senna GTR Concept

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Lastly, it is time to go over the focus of this article, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. Under the hood, the Senna GTR sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 814 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. This may be less than the P1 GTR, but it will be faster around the track, which is more important. Also, noteworthy, the Senna GTR is slightly more powerful than the street-legal Senna. And yes, the Senna GTR is a track-only car. The Senna GTR made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Finally, the Senna GTR is said to be the quickest McLaren lap time outside of Formula 1.

Expectations High for the Senna GTR

The Fastest Selling McLaren Ever! NEW McLaren Senna GTR – Mr JWW – YouTube

Overall, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is quite a beastly vehicle. Built for the track, this car will be the best McLaren performing vehicle to date. And, truth be told, it is just the beginning. McLaren will be continually working to battle competitors in the supercar realm. First, there was the F1 GTR, then the P1 GTR. Now, it will be the Senna GTR. From there, who knows what is next… well, maybe the CEO and design team at McLaren. Otherwise, nobody knows. In conclusion, the Senna GTR is an amazing car that will stun people for years to come.

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: The pictures of the McLaren Senna GTR Concept are the property of the McLaren manufacturer.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

An All-Electric Autonomous Van

As life moves into the future, brands such as Mercedes-Benz are attempting to shape the way for humanity. Recently, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic was shown to the public. The Urbanetic is an autonomous van concept that runs on battery-electric. The purpose of this vehicle is to help reduce congestion via a 24/7 runtime for passenger hauling services. With the Urbanetic, Mercedes aims to contribute to a whole new segment of mobility. This includes a capacious, comfortable, efficient, and sustainable design. But, this car, truly begins its prowess from its battery-electric platform.

Battery-Electric Platform Design

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Hauling Riders on Bridge - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Hauling Riders on Bridge – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic begins with its battery-electric platform. This system is the way of the future and provides green commuting accessibility. With a battery system, the car can run on a regular schedule, simply charging every time it is necessary. As battery-operated vehicles become more popular, the battery charging time has dissipated. Recently, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron made its debut as a sports car to charge in 15 minutes flat via 800-volts. Obviously, quick charging will be necessary to make this van concept worthy of transportation purposes. But, even furthermore, is the fact this car can alternate between cargo and people-moving within minutes.

Cargo-Van Body Functionality

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Cargo-Van Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Cargo-Van Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic, the functionality can be altered for multiple purposes. This begins with a cargo-van functionality option. The rear of the van can provide 353 cubic feet of space. This allows for 10 pallets at once, obviously wit the help of 12-feet of load space. So, this van can handle traditional cargo transport as well as last-minute deliveries. But, this isn’t the only way the space can be allocated for usage. Not surprisingly, this car also features a people-moving function as well.

From Cargo-Van to People-Mover

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic not only allows for cargo usage, but also people transport. With the large allotment of space in the rear, this vehicle can handle up to 12 people. Furthermore, this car keeps in mind the pedestrians outside of the vehicle. On the front and sides, this car lets civilians know that the vehicle is aware of their presence. This allows bystanders to feel comfortable crossing in front of the vehicle at an intersection. So, while keeping passengers comfy, it is also keeping pedestrians safe. It won’t be surprising in the future when services such as “Uber Pool” end up providing a Urbanetic-style van to transport people at cheap rates.

Autonomy & Electric are the Future

Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility for Urban Areas – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube

As the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic shows, autonomy and electric motors are the future. From the Audi PB18 e-tron to the Vision Urbanetic, manufacturers are moving forward to the next stage of auto engineering. Initially, Tesla led the way for worldwide companies, but now everyone is joining in on the action. What was once a quiet, unsure market, is now the way for all. The sound of the motor may be missed, but will still be available, as gasoline cars will most likely never be fully outlawed. Regardless, transportation will become efficient and reasonable moving forward. One day, these type of vehicles will rotate major cities, running passengers to destinations far and wide.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Different Setup Options - Front Corners - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Different Setup Options – Front Corners – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Fully Electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at the Royal Wedding

Fully Electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at the Royal Wedding

Fully Electric Jaguar E-Type for the Royal Wedding

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were officially married at Westminster Abbey in London. Royal weddings are very important milestones in British history. Due to the marriage, Prince Harry became the Duke of Sussex. As it was a very special occasion, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works built a unique car. At the end of the wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove off in a fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This car was built by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works with Rimac engineered tech. From the interior to the exterior, the E-Type Concept Zero is an amazing modernization of a car from the past.

XK330-4 Electric Motor with Zero Emissions

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Electric Motor - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Electric Motor – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero sports a XK330-4 electric motor with zero emissions. Exact details on power are not readily available due to an NDA between the manufacturer and JLR. On the inside, there is modern tech throughout. Firstly, there is a carbon fiber console and dash with digital gauges and a touchscreen display. The touchscreen seems to offer music as well as info about the electrical system. Complementing the carbon fiber is a metal and wood steering wheel. Furthermore, there is leather seats as well as a modern shift knob on the console. Lastly, the car wears LED headlamps, a touch of modernization on the exterior.

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Electric Motor Bay - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Electric Motor Bay – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Quote by Mike Goodbun (Global PR Manager)

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Dashboard - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Dashboard – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The following statement is by Mike Goodbun, the Global PR Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The statement discusses the cooperation between Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works and Rimac.

“Our Classic Works team built this car and engineered in conjunction with Rimac Automobili in Croatia, for some of the electrical expertise. So, we supplied them a brief, and have worked with them to develop this driveline in a way that meets our intensions for the reversibility of the conversion. It gave us the performance we needed, and builds on kind of the best of both, really: our expertise with classic cars and their experience with electrification technology.” – Mike Goodbun (Global PR Manager at Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations)

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Interior - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Interior – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

A Tragic Ending & A New Beginning

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart Windsor Castle in classic open-top sports car – The Royal Family Channel – YouTube

Overall, the fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero is an amazing vehicle. Unfortunately, there is a tragic story about the previous owner. A Jamiroquai musician previously owned the vehicle and recently passed due to cancer. After death, the car was sold by the widow. But, a new beginning sprout from this as the car is now in possession of the Duke of Sussex. The car’s value is approximately £350,000 ($468,989.85 USD). In conclusion, modern tech in old cars may have initially seemed like a bad idea, but this proves otherwise.

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Gas Tank Mod for Charger - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Gas Tank Mod for Charger – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

 

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