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Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition with 2,304 Electric Motors

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition with 2,304 Electric Motors

Life-Size LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Front Corner - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Front Corner – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

LEGO, known for typical store products as well as large-scale designs, has done it once again. This time, the LEGO Technic design team built a fully functional Bugatti Chiron. Yes, a LEGO automobile that is fully operational! Even furthermore, one that looks exactly like the Chiron sports car. This 1:1 model includes drive functionality via Power Function motor tech from standard LEGO products. Yes, those little electric motors work together to move a full-size vehicle! Although this car would most likely be highly unsafe at any speed, it is quite an amazing feat.

LEGO Technic Design Team

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Headlight - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Headlight – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition was a project given to the LEGO Technic team in Kladno, Czech Republic. Here, the LEGO Technic team works on complex models for LEGO stores and LEGOLAND parks. But, making a functional Chiron out of LEGOs was even a test for them. Beforehand, Aurelien Rouffiange and the rest of the design team recently completed a 1:8 scale Chiron for $349.99. So, it was time to step it up to the next level. With 16 specialists ranging from design to mechanical to electrical fields, this project was tackled with 13,438-man hours. Phew! That is quite an investment of labor and time!

Facts & Specifications

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Rear Corner - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Rear Corner – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition includes over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements. This includes 339 different types of elements for the build. Surprisingly, absolutely no glue was used in the assembly process. With a total weight of 3,307 pounds (1500 kg), this weighs as much as an actual car! So, moving a car like this requires a lot of power, even for low speed.

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Rear Spoiler - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Rear Spoiler – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

“Under the hood”, the Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition has 2,304 Power Functions motors. Yes, it really does! Next, there are 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels. Furthermore, the car fits 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles. Theoretically, the motors work together to produce around 5.3 horsepower. But, on the other hand, the torque equates to 68 lb.-ft. (92 Nm). That torque is how this vehicle gets going. To make it even more insane, the car has a functional rear spoiler and speedometer, both entirely of LEGOs.

An Engineering Feat for LEGO

The Amazing Life-size LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron that DRIVES! – LEGO – YouTube

Overall, the Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition is quite an engineering feat. At the actual 1:1 scale, this car is quite the spectacle. With LEGO pieces in and out, no one expects to see it roll down the track. Although it may not be fast, it is functional. But, for everyone’s interest, these will not be sold due to liability. Life only knows how many people would try “stupid” stunts while driving one of these. For now, it is best to keep cars like this to the company itself. In conclusion, the LEGO Chiron is beautiful and deserves the utmost respect.

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Rear - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Rear – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

 

How Do Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries Work?

How Do Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries Work?

What is an Electric Vehicle?

In modern times, electric vehicles (EVs) are an up-and-coming transportation option. So, this may lead many to wonder – what is an electric vehicle? Well, let’s begin with some basic information. Firstly, an electric vehicle, or EV, is an automobile that runs on electric power. Depending on the type, it can be a hybrid or strictly electrical. The hybrid versions use electric motors in combo with a gasoline engine. On the other hand, strictly electrical vehicles use only batteries and electric motors. These vehicles were questionable years ago but are the way of the future. Using only electricity, these cars are faster and more efficient than conventional vehicles. So, moving forward, this knowledge may lead to the next question – how do electric vehicle (EV) batteries work?

How Does the Battery Work?

So, you’re wondering how do electric vehicle (EV) batteries work? Or, maybe you’re not. Either way, let’s take a dive into the concept. The purpose of any battery is to store energy within a chemical compound inside a physical container. Basically, this begins with an elementary particle – the electron. The electron is a charged particle that allows the movement of energy. Electrons allow for the building of voltage potential; hence a charged battery can motion power to the vehicle. As electrons depart, the battery power dissipates until it can no longer operate at the requested level. To charge a battery, simply plug it into the grid using the correct adapter by the manufacturer.

So, how does the battery relate to the electric motor? Well, the battery stores the energy for the electric motor. But it begins with a control scheme. With a full battery, the battery can turn on the controller, which controls power dispersion in the vehicle. The controller determines how much power to send to the electric motor(s), this allows for control of acceleration and velocity of the vehicle. Without the controller, the battery would most likely be sent into full throttle every time the gas pedal is set downwards. So, obviously, a controller allows for proper voltage and current to produce power. Do note, voltage multiplied by current is equal to power. So, an ampere and a volt combine to create a watt of power!

EVs are the Future of Transportation

How does an Electric Car work ? | Tesla Model S – Learn Engineering – YouTube

In the future, EVs will be a normal visual statement on the streets worldwide. A statement of the modern age, of a cleaner future. Obviously, EVs are environmentally friendly, but nothing that exists is free of some type of pollution. For instance, battery production doesn’t help improve the environment, but the lack of gasoline fuel exhaust does. So in the end, the battery’s life and usage will probably outweigh the alternative. Many manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are working toward electric futures. Either way, hopefully this article helps with an understanding of EVs and their battery operation. In the end, can you now answer the question – how do electric vehicle (EV) batteries work? If not… read again!

Note: The featured image is of a 2009 Nissan Leaf EV battery layout as shown on display at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The picture is from Tennen-Gas of Wikimedia.

All-Electric Audi PB18 e-tron at Pebble Beach 2018

All-Electric Audi PB18 e-tron at Pebble Beach 2018

Presentation at Pebble Beach 2018

At Pebble Beach Automotive Week 2018 in Monterey, California, Audi revealed the PB18 e-tron. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is a mid-engine high-performance sports car with electric drive. Broad and flat, this car’s inspiration is the track and wind tunnel. Furthermore, this car has absolutely no comfort features or automation. So, unfortunately, it won’t get you from point A to point B automatically. Regardless, this car is no surprise as the auto market aims towards a mostly electric future. With the PB18, Audi didn’t hesitate to show off at Pebble Beach.

Monocoque Shell for Optimal Driver Placement

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

“We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18. That’s why we developed the interior around the ideal driver’s position in the center. Nevertheless, our aim was to also give the PB18 e-tron a high degree of everyday usability, not just for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.” – Gael Buzyn, Head of the Audi Design Loft in Malibu

Showing up to Pebble Beach Automotive Week, the PB18 came prepared to impress. Starting with the interior, this car features a monocoque shell. This allows for lateral movement of the driver seat and steering system. So, for the track, the seat can sit in a center position just like the McLaren F1. On top of that, if the driver seat is positioned in a typical spot, such as left or right, a passenger seat becomes available. This is possible due to the by-wire design for the steering and pedal layout. Beyond the interior, the car is made of aluminum, carbon, and multi-material composites. Just these two features, the interior and frame, make this car a true race car.

Three Electric Motors & Quattro

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Driving on Track - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Driving on Track – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports 3 electric motors as well as Audi’s signature Quattro. There is one motor in the front with 201 horsepower and two in the rear with a combined 469 horsepower. This means the PB18 has 671 horsepower total on top of it’s 612 lb.-ft. of torque. With boosting, the car can temporarily jump to 764 horsepower to really put the power down. This power setup allows the PB18 to reach 62 mph in slightly over 2 seconds. Fortunately, for traffic situations, max speed can be limited to increase range. Finally, the rear motors are located between steering knuckles driving one wheel each via half-shaft.

Top-Notch Battery System

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Headlights - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Headlights – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

To no surprise, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron has a top-notch battery system. Starting with the battery itself, it is a liquid-cooled solid-state setup with 95kWh. This allows the PB18 to cover 310.7 miles with WLTP. With an 800-volt charging requirement, this car reaches full capacity in around 15 minutes. That is quick, closing on the gap between gasoline and battery refueling. Furthermore, the battery recovers energy while braking as it is primarily used to slow down the car. The hydraulic brake only functions under heavy braking.

A final note about the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is that is can wirelessly charge. Yes, you read that correctly, the PB18 doesn’t need a charger cable. While a charging cable is an option, the car can also charge via induction. To charge cordlessly, this requires the Audi Wireless Charging (AWC) system. For this to work, a charging pad with integral coil is placed on the floor where the car will be parked. This connects it to the power supply. For a deeper understanding, this allows an alternating magnetic field to induce an alternating voltage in the secondary coil fitted in the floor of the car, across an air gap. And no, it will most likely not shock you, as that would be an insane liability for Audi.

A Race Car Suspension System

The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports a race quality suspension. Obviously, the system begins with front and rear independent systems. On the front, there is a push-rod setup. As per the rear, there is the typical pull-rod format. Furthermore, in both cases, this works in conjunction with adaptive magnetic ride shock absorbers. Basically, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans racing car serves as the basic architecture for the PB18.

The Future is Here with All-Electric Race Cars

Audi PB18 e-tron – Next-Gen Audi Supercar – YOUCAR – YouTube

With the release on the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron, the future is here. For years, companies and people were unsure of the electric auto market and any potential it held. Now, most companies realize the truth, that electric power is the way of the future. Not only will this allow for cleaner energy usage, but it will also provide better performance. Each year, more and more beautiful EVs are introduced to market. In conclusion, the Audi PB18 is a vision of what to expect on the market in the near future.

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Rear Overview - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Rear Overview – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

BMW M Models to Release as Electric Vehicles (EVs)

BMW M Models to Release as Electric Vehicles (EVs)

An Electric Future for BMW M Models

“For sure, all M vehicles will be electrified by the end of the next decade.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

In recent years, auto manufacturers are moving towards electrifying their lineups. Not surprisingly, BMW must hop on the bandwagon at some point. BMW M models will release as electric vehicles at some point in the next decade. The quote above is a statement from Frank van Meel at a press conference to CarAdvice journalists. So, expecting an electrified M2 or M5 may not be a crazy thought. Either way, electric vehicles (EVs) are the way of the future. So, hopping on board is a requirement for most manufacturers at some point.

A Step-by-Step Process for BMW

2018 BMW M2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Below, a quote by Frank van Meel can be seen discussing a step-by-step process. For BMW, the BMW M model lineup will change with the right technology. Currently, BMW is working on its own hybrid technology. Astonishingly, BMW is designing its own electric motor, gearbox, and platform, from scratch. This is occurring while BMW is working on its fifth-gen architecture that’ll include powertrain options. But, BMW M is not in a rush to electrify the lineup. The BMW M division will await its own “better” technology.

“That’s going to happen step-by-step. The important question is the timing question – what’s the right time for that? If you’re too late then you’re too late, but if you’re too early then you don’t have the ‘straight to the point’ technology.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

Dissatisfaction with Electrical Components

2018 BMW M4 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M4 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

One of the main reasons that the BMW M model lineup is not electrified is the components themselves. Below, Meel can be seen showing disappointment with electrical components. From his perspective, they are quite heavy which will effect weight and power-to-weight ratios. This will obviously lower the overall performance of the vehicle… but maybe not. BMW should look to Tesla for an understanding of EV technology. Why? Because Tesla has a sedan that can reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds. That is faster than most sports cars, including Ferrari and Lamborghini. So, electrical component weight is a poor reason for not advancing the fleet.

“Look at today’s electrification components, they are quite heavy and, for us as a motorsports company, overall vehicle weight and power-to-weight ratio is key.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

The EV Future of BMW

Why BMW is Going All in With Electric Cars – Bloomberg – YouTube

In the future, within a decade, BMW M models plan to release with electrification. Regardless, by 2025, BMW plans to offer 40% electric powertrain models to the market. Electric vehicles are a growing trend and the way for the future. The beautiful sound of engines will be missed, but just as everything else, things change. It is time for the world to accept the future of the automobile. Performance and respect to the environment are both obtained with EVs. In conclusion, BMW is joining the ever-growing EV market with its models, one by one.

2018 BMW X2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW X2 – Front – PAS 2018 – 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

 

2018 BMW i3 & i3s: “It’s Electric!”

2018 BMW i3 & i3s

The i3, BMW’s small electric car, is receiving an overhaul for the 2018 model year. The first major part of the news is that there will be an i3s model with additional power and a sportier styling. Secondly, the vehicles will both be offered with a mileage extender. On top of this, the BMW i3 and i3s will have the new iDrive 6 system with Apple CarPlay. This may not seem like much but it is a step forward for the i3 electric car.

125 kW Electric Motor with 168 Horsepower

The BMW i3 sports a 125 kW electric motor producing 168 horsepower on the base model. The i3’s base battery option is a 21.6-kWh (Kilowatt Hours) lithium-ion battery pack. There is also an optional battery pack of 33.2 kWh to increase range by 33 miles. The base battery has 60 Ah while the larger battery has 94 Ah (Amp Hours). This causes the 60 Ah range to be 81 miles (130 km). For the 94 Ah, the range is 114 mi (183 km), a 33 mile difference. If the range extender is opted for, the i3 base battery mileage drops to 72 miles while the 94 Ah drops to 97 miles. The difference is made up with a 0.6-liter twin cylinder engine known as the range extender.

2018 BMW i3 Base Model

For the BMW i3, it has been 4 years since its introduction. Now, the i3 has 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the i3 can complete 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The top speed of this model is 93 mph. The base model MSRP is $44,450 while the range extender package ups the bill to $48,300.

2018 BMW i3s

For the BMW i3s, it is a brand new version of the i3 to be introduced for the 2018 model year. The i3s has 184 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. This leads the i3s to hit 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the base i3. The top speed of the i3s is 100 mph, 7 mph faster than the base i3. The enhancements that place the i3s over the i3 include modified motor controls, tapered roller bearings, 20” wheels, sports suspension, and the Driving Dynamics Control System. Both the i3 and i3s are equipped with the iDrive 6 system integrated with Apple CarPlay.

BMW i3 is the New SMART Car

The 2018 BMW i3 and i3s are a step forward for the electric model. The four year old i3 had an overhaul while the i3s was introduced to the market. The i3s should attract customers looking for a cheap, sporty electric vehicle. Some may say it isn’t the prettiest car, it is BMW’s version of the SMART car. Overall, the 2018 BMW i3 and i3s should benefit BMW’s placement in the electric car market.

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo: A Record Setting Track Car

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo: A Record Setting Track Car

Porsche’s Hybrid Engineering Marvel

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is truly an engineering marvel. Starting with the Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, this car is setting records worldwide. Surprisingly, this car is even faster at the Spa than Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 F1 car. Wow! The biggest victory for Porsche is the Nürburgring Nordschleife record of 5:19.55 on June 29, 2018. This means this car is the fastest at the Spa and the Nordschleife, talk about competition! From inside out, this car is truly an amazing vehicle.

1,160 Horsepower Hybrid!

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo - Setting Record on Nürburgring Nordschleife - Front Corner - Porsche Twitter - EuroDrift

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo – Setting Record on Nürburgring Nordschleife – Front Corner – Porsche Twitter – EuroDrift

With a combustion engine and electric motor, the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo produces 1,160 horsepower. The engine itself, a 2.0-liter turbo V4 engine, produces 720 horsepower. While, the electric motor produces 440 simultaneous horsepower. This much power allows the car to reach a top speed of 229 mph. In combo with quite a few race-oriented features, this car is a beast. There’s a reason the 919 is a 3-time Le Mans winner… high quality Porsche engineering!

Fierce Competition for Competitors

The 919 Tribute Tour: On-board record lap, Nordschleife. – Porsche – YouTube

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is fierce competition for the competing companies. With so much power, this car is tough to beat. Not surprisingly, there are a ton of other high-quality features. Firstly, there is a power steering system in tune with the racing mindset. Secondly, there is a 4-way brake-by-wire braking system. Thirdly, a ton of downforce is generated by the rear diffuser, rear wing, and undertray. This is known as the Drag Reduction System (DRS). With these features, on top of the power, this car is a record setting machine. Overall, this hybrid will be a legendary track car of the period.

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo - Nürburgring Nordschleife Record Breakdown - Porsche Newsroom - EuroDrift

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo – Nürburgring Nordschleife Record Breakdown – Porsche Newsroom – EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta: Auction Expects $8.5 Million

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta: Auction Expects $8.5 Million

Aperta at RM Sotheby’s Auction

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - Front - RM Sotheby's Auction Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – Front – RM Sotheby’s Auction Picture – EuroDrift

On January 17, 2019, a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta will auction in Arizona at a RM Sotheby’s event. This open-top hypercar is one of only 210 total units. Firstly, there is a Nero Daytona paintjob with red accents on the exterior. Secondly, as per the interior, it reigns in high quality Italian materials. This car has maintenance records from Ferrari of Beverly Hills. On top of this, this Aperta has only 1,500 miles. Obviously, this is a major bonus as dealers maintain well-kept records. This is especially important for cars such as the LaFerrari Aperta. Furthermore, at auction, this car is expected to reach 6.5 to 8.5 million USD.

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - Front Corner with Roof - RM Sotheby's Auction Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – Front Corner with Roof – RM Sotheby’s Auction Picture – EuroDrift

Brief History & Specs Breakdown

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - Side - RM Sotheby's Auction Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – Side – RM Sotheby’s Auction Picture – EuroDrift

The 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta was first unveiled at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. The debut was at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Prior to this, all 210 units were pre-sold to pre-selected owners. Yes, Ferrari had to select you to get one of these cars, not the other way around. Under the hood, the Aperta has a 6.2-liter V12. This engine works in combo with a 120-kW electric motor to produce 950 horsepower. Finally, this allows the Aperta to compete with the crème of the crop of hypercars.

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - Engine Bay - RM Sotheby's Auction Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – Engine Bay – RM Sotheby’s Auction Picture – EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - Rear Fender Badge - RM Sotheby's Auction Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – Rear Fender Badge – RM Sotheby’s Auction Picture – EuroDrift

Who’s Willing to Spend $8.5 Million?

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta launch video | Paris 2017 | PistonHeads – YouTube

So, at the 2019 RM Sotheby’s auction in Arizona, who’s willing to spend $8.5 million USD? Because, that person is likely to drive the 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta home. And, this person will not have to be pre-selected by Ferrari. So, this will be the first person outside of that loop. The Aperta is an absolutely stunning car that draws attention. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be surprising to pass $8.5 million USD. Overall, the LaFerrari Aperta is a collector’s dream with limited owners.

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - Interior - RM Sotheby's Auction Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – Interior – RM Sotheby’s Auction Picture – EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - Rear Corner - RM Sotheby's Auction Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – Rear Corner – RM Sotheby’s Auction Picture – EuroDrift

First Regera Delivered in Koenigsegg Naked Carbon

First Regera Delivered in Koenigsegg Naked Carbon

Koenigsegg Delivers the First KNC Regera!

Koenigsegg Regera - Koenigsegg Naked Carbon - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Regera – Koenigsegg Naked Carbon – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Recently, Koenigsegg delivered the first Regera to a customer in ‘naked’ carbon fiber. Yes, instead of paint, or even coated carbon, this car has straight-up carbon. Koenigsegg Naked Carbon, or KNC, has no coating, lacquer, or varnish. Furthermore, the thin layer of epoxy is removed via polishing by hand. If whomever strokes slightly more than necessary, the weave structure could be ruined… phew! That’s a ton of pressure on the people, or person, who handle this task. With Regera meaning “to reign” or “to rule” in Swedish, this person definitely reigns the carbon world. Not surprisingly, the raw carbon style looks absolutely stunning!

Koenigsegg Regera - Koenigsegg Naked Carbon - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Regera – Koenigsegg Naked Carbon – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Some Specifications on the Regera

Koenigsegg Regera - Koenigsegg Naked Carbon - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Regera – Koenigsegg Naked Carbon – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Koenigsegg Naked Carbon Regera is quite a phenomenal vehicle on the outside. But, let’s also take a look “under the hood”. The Regera sports a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Furthermore, there are (3) total electrical motors. These include (2) YASA 750 R motors and (1) YASA P400 motor. Together, the engine and electric motors produce 1,500 horsepower! Furthermore, all of this power works in combo with a Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission, a 1-speed fixed gear setup. So, there is no “granny shiftin’, not double clutchin’ like you should” (Dom in The Fast and the Furious) in this car. Finally, this car has a 4.5 kW-h liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. This battery can run solo for up to 22 miles. Do note, this battery is more so for the electric motors than actual driving distance.

Koenigsegg Regera - Koenigsegg Naked Carbon - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Regera – Koenigsegg Naked Carbon – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Naked Carbon FTW!

2018 Koenigsegg Regera – Jay Leno’s Garage – YouTube

The Koenigsegg Naked Carbon Regera is a winner. This car is absolutely striking on the exterior with a powerhouse system inside. With 1,500 horsepower, this car competes with the crème of the crop. To handle this power, the car has (3) traction control settings: Normal, Track, & Wet. Obviously, each of these have a purpose. Let’s make sure not to forget the Koenigsegg Agera RS or the “Ragnarok“. Overall, the Koenigsegg Regera in KNC is another amazing delivery by the Swedish company.

Koenigsegg Regera - Koenigsegg Naked Carbon - Rear Logos - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Regera – Koenigsegg Naked Carbon – Rear Logos – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: All photos are property of the Koenigsegg manufacturer.

BMW Vision iNEXT: “A Visionary Driving Experience”

BMW Vision iNEXT: “A Visionary Driving Experience”

All Electric, Highly Automated “SAV”

BMW Vision iNEXT - Overhead - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW Vision iNEXT – Overhead – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

BMW is working towards leading the future into the next generation of auto design. With the BMW Vision iNEXT, the company shows their dream for the next stage of the market. The BMW Vision iNEXT is an all-electric, highly automated, and fully connected sports activity vehicle (SAV). Although “SAV” is a new term, it is something that may become more popular moving into the next decade. On top of being an EV, this car features other design implementations that promote spaciousness. The purpose of these future car designs is to showcase a new level of relaxation while commuting to and from anywhere.

A Breakdown of Design

BMW Vision iNEXT - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW Vision iNEXT – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The BMW Vision iNEXT is a vehicle that receives all of its power from electric motors. Obviously, these motors work in conjunction with a battery. But, unfortunately, there is no available information on these types of specs yet. But there are a few design decisions that stand out. Firstly, the windscreen seamlessly combines with the panoramic roof. This creates an “open” feel to the cockpit of the car. Secondly, the car contains artificial intelligence as it learns every time it is driven. Thirdly, the car provides a digital display on demand, leaving distraction to a minimum for the driver. Finally, the interior has hand-woven Jacquard fabric with fine wood.

BMW Vision iNEXT - Passenger Seating - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW Vision iNEXT – Passenger Seating – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Future of Cars is Coming!

The BMW Vision iNEXT – In Arcadia – BMW – YouTube

As manufacturers race to win the EV challenge of the current decade, cars such as the BMW Vision iNEXT show what is possible. With these designs, the future of cars is coming! And it is moving fast, with Mercedes ready to release a full line-up of EVs by the mid-2020s. BMW, an obvious competitor, is also facing off with its own line up of “iNext” vehicles. Even Audi is targeting the upcoming market with the e-tron models. Overall, electric vehicles will be the common car of the future.

BMW Vision iNEXT - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW Vision iNEXT – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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