Mercedes unveiled it’s retro Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow at this year’s Pebble Beach. The sleek new Arrow’s design paid homage to the world-renowned Mercedes W125 that held the public road speed record from 1937-2017.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is an updated version of the W125. While it does have the same design philosophy, the EQ Silver Arrow is made entirely of carbon fiber and sports the EQ lettering of Mercedes sub-brand.
Light strips run along the bottom of the car and connect the low profile headlights. To take the idea of “sleek” even further, the 255/25 R 24 front tires are partially covered. Furthermore, the back 305/25 R 26 tires finish out the “prowler” feel of the car.
Forget the very practical 3D projection of your rear surroundings. Let’s talk about the ability to superimpose a virtual race track on the road ahead of you. Add ghost cars that you can race and see how meshing the virtual with the real creates a whole new reality.
PLUS… you can even configure sound settings so that your “electric” vehicle shirks stealth mode and sounds like a Formula 1 racer, or a V8-powered gas engine. How cool is that?
Driving The Most Insane Concept Car | Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow – Supercar Blondie – YouTube
Too bad this is just a show car. However, it does preview what we can expect from future Mercedes EQ models.
In 2017, Smart displayed their newest invention at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of a musical. Smart is a small vehicle company owned by Daimler AG, the same parent company as Mercedes-Benz. The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is a self-driving intelligent vehicle that will be the future of “urban luxury”. Powered by a 30 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, the ForTwo will be fully autonomous. The vehicle will not be personally owned but rather an alternative means of transportation.
The ForTwo Will Analyze Passenger Compatability
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car will pick up passengers on demand. Similar to Uber Pool and Lyft Line, the ForTwo will allow passengers to “split” expenses. The ForTwo will use advanced technology to analyze passengers Facebook pages for compatibility information. Examples of this include music preferences, Facebook likes, and profile information. The first rider can decline the matching option unlike the second rider. If privacy is a concern, the bench seat turns into a two-part barrier.
“…Cars Should Make Use of Themselves…”
The goal of the ForTwo is to have an autonomous, connected, electric, and shareable vehicle. The purpose of this is to reduce emissions, noise pollution, and traffic in the city. “The basic idea is that cars should make use of themselves in the city” said Dieter Zelsche, chairman of Daimler AG’s Board of Management. At level 5 of 5 on the self-driving scale, the ForTwo will pursue the highest automation specs possible. This car fits in the Mercedes-Benz concept to deliver 10 electric vehicles to market by 2020. Although, this vehicle will most likely never make it to the road.
The ForTwo Stores Passenger Preferences
To help passengers identify the vehicle, the headlights can be customized to a specific color for distinguishability. Once the passenger enters the ForTwo, the car will greet the passenger with their profile picture. The ForTwo will also store preferences such as in-car entertainment, places, and routes. When the ForTwo runs low on juice, it will automatically recharge at the closest recharging station. Another unexpected perk is that the ForTwo can connect and feed the grid as a “swarm battery”. Lastly, the side panels of the vehicle can display news, sports scores, time, and weather information while not in motion.
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is the Future
Overall, the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car is a vision of the future. From its fully autonomous function to its customizability per passenger, it is a leap forward in the automotive realm. The ForTwo Concept is the type of the vehicle that will inevitably replace the jobs of many drivers worldwide. At this level of technology, the vehicle can provide the feeling that it is your own. In the end, the movement of autonomous vehicles will clearly alter the world from what it is today.
Ferrari Pininfarina Battista – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari made a debut of its own. This reveal was equivalent to the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. The Ferrari Pininfarina Battista is a fully electric hypercar at $2.3 million USD. With the debut of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire at the same show, the Pininfarina is a jab at their unveiling. With over 400 more horsepower, this fully electric Ferrari is basically the company’s way of showing off. No offense to the competitors, but wow. Who would’ve expected such an amazing EV Ferrari? This was always a consideration but felt more like a rumor. Now, it’s as true as true could ever be.
Ferrari Pininfarina Battista – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Four Electric Motors with 1,873 Horsepower
Ferrari Pininfarina Battista – Four Electric Motors – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The Ferrari Pininfarina Battista doesn’t sport the usual mid-engine Ferrari V8. This time, the company takes it a major step forward. Rather than a combustion engine, this car contains four electric motors. These motors are capable of producing 1,873 horsepower. Furthermore, with zero emissions! Wow, that is quite the accomplishment. Ferrari is shaping a pathway for the future. Although there’s nothing wrong with a Ferrari V8, it was time for the company to venture forward. With this setup, Ferrari is preparing well for the upcoming majority EV era. Combustion engines are amazing feats of engineering, but everything comes to an end.
Ferrari Pininfarina Battista – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Ferrari Pininfarina Battista – Top Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
So, is the Ferrari Pininfarina Battista worth $2.3 million? Yes! While the MSRP says so, this car is probably worth it. This car has an amazingly stylish exterior with a powerhouse EV setup. How could one go wrong? Electric motors deliver instantaneous power, so there’s no more delays on the throttle! This car will surely hit 60 mph in most likely under 3 seconds. The plan for the company is to release the model in the 2020 year. Depending on the release period, it may be a 2020 or 2021 model. Pininfarina came through with another phenomenal design. Overall, the Battista is an amazing accomplishment and deserves the utmost respect.
Everyday in the United States, people are taking their driver’s license tests nationwide. So, now the has come, and you’re wondering – “How do I pass a U.S. Driver’s License Test?”. Well, the purpose of this article is to provide basic info and tips on the process. But, it is up to the individual to expand beyond this article with actual driving lessons and other reading options. Driver’s license requirements also vary state by state, so be sure to check prior to taking the test. While reading is an option, it is also important to complete classes via the DMV, school, or a third-party option. This will better prepare the learning driver for the road test on exam day.
The purpose of the road test on exam day is to assess the abilities of the driver. Each passing driver must be able to drive safely while following all relative laws. A DMV test examiner will ride in the passenger seat and grade the experience. This is almost guaranteed in all 50 states, so don’t get the hopes up that it is not a requirement. Starting at age 16 in many states, or older in others, a driver may begin preparing for the driver’s license test. Usually, a permit is the first task in moving towards a license. Furthermore, most permits allow a learning driver on the road with a licensed individual over 18 years of age. Obviously, this is the optimal time to prepare for the exam and learn the ways of the road.
This way, driving the BMW of your dreams will be one step closer!
Skill Requirements for Driver’s Exam
On exam day, the DMV test examiner will evaluate the driver on a multitude of driving tasks. Firstly, the driver must show an understanding of the functionality of the vehicle. This usually includes:
Light Operations (i.e. Headlights)
Mirrors & Windows
Turn Signals & Hazards
So, be sure to simply understand the basic functionality of the car. But, be aware, reverse cameras may not be allowed on the test. So, prepare as if backup cameras aren’t in most modern cars. That is one technological component that some states may allow, while others not. So… once again, be sure to check with the local state in which the test will take place!
As per driving skills, the DMV test examiner will evaluate the driver’s capabilities across a broad spectrum of driving tasks. These tasks include:
Braking at Lights and Stop Signs
Driving Thru Intersections
Highway (Enter, Exit, & Passing) [Depends on State!]
Overall Control of Vehicle in Roadway
Turning (Left, Right, & 3-Point)
Beyond the above list, it is necessary to know how to read and react to all road signs. Also, do note, messing up on one of the above tasks may not result in failure. But, be sure to do the best possible. This way, the chance of failing is at a minimal level. Hopefully, “How to Pass a U.S. Driver’s License Test 101” provides useful info to you in your pursuit of a license!
Lastly, never give up! Keep going! This way, when the opportunity to drive a Lamborghini arises, “no” isn’t an answer!
Next Step Towards a Driver’s License!
How to Pass Your Drivers Test – The Secrets! – Vehicle Virgins – YouTube
So, after completing the proper preparation and requirements, it’s time to apply to take the test. Firstly, an appointment needs to be made with the DMV. This can be done online or over the phone, depending on the state. Secondly, simply continue to prepare and keep an optimistic mindset. Even if the first attempt is a failure, it is not the end of the world. Learn from the mistakes and hit the road again! Practice won’t make perfection, but close enough! Thank you for taking the time to read “How to Pass a U.S. Driver’s License Test 101”!
Hopefully, this article helps with the pursuit of a driver’s license and brings you one step closer to driving that Ferrari one day!
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.
In recent news within the United Kingdom, a BMW 3-Series driver receives 3 months in jail for using a laser jammer. Yes, that was read correctly. Somehow, someway, a laser jammer can equate to jail time and a stiff fine. Unfortunately, Michael Twizell, 58 of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, learned the hard way. Firstly, laser jammers are illegal as their purpose is to interfere with speed signals. Police and speed cameras use laser to obtain the speed of a vehicle. By disrupting the signal, the driver disallows the police to read a speed. So, obviously, its purpose is to avoid speeding tickets. Hence, the law deciding it illegal to use while driving. So, to rub it in even more, the court decides a fine of $1,900 shall go along with the jail time. Honestly, that just seems quite ridiculous… a fine would’ve been enough in itself. It’s another modern day story of throwing away taxpayer money.
Statements by Traffic Constable Andy Forth
Due to the BMW 3-Series laser jammer jail time debate reaching big news, the Traffic Constable Andy Forth made statements:
“To use a device which is capable of interfering with police speed measurement is clearly as shown today a very serious matter… Drivers may face a custodial sentence for using such a device this way.” – Traffic Constable Andy Forth
So, obviously, the Traffic Constable sees this as a legitimate, serious problem. In the end, it is hard to dispute the use of a laser jammer. Where legal, simply use a laser and radar detector. It’ll offer information on detection. In most places, laser jammers are illegal. So, hence, check local laws and simply buy a detector.
“North Yorkshire Police will continue to investigate similar allegations when people use these devices to interfere with the normal course of justice… I advise anyone who may have a similar device fitted to their vehicle to think about the consequences of using such a device and strongly recommend that they remove it from their vehicle to avoid a future prosecution.”– Traffic Constable Andy Forth
With such strong emphasis on cutting down on laser jammers, it may be smart to disconnect or remove a laser jammer if there’s one installed on a vehicle. The jail time is definitely not worth the risk, it’ll be a less fine to simply speed about daily. But, this is not something EuroDrift promotes or advises. Be sure to follow the legal rules of driving on roads based on location. Cities, states, and countries can have different laws and punishments. Be sure to understand this well before hitting the road!
Jail Time & $1,900 for Laser Jammer
How Radar Detectors & Laser Jammer Work – The Speed Channel – Radar Busters – YouTube
Laser jammers seem like a great decision for a fast driver, but think again. 3 months in jail and a $1,900 fine are definitely not worth it. Why not just follow the speed limit and not worry? Well… many of us can ask the same question but won’t. In reality, a speeding fine is definitely easier to fight in court and cheaper on the pocket. Be sure to understand limits, as passing a certain speed can lead to loss of license and more. But, going 5 mph over the limit will probably not yield this punishment. Some states, such as PA, don’t ticket for up to 5 mph over. But, beyond that, it is a risk. So, speeding in the 720S may seem like a good idea, but save it for the track! Overall, simply put, don’t bother with a laser jammer, just buy a radar detector where legal.
Disclaimer: EuroDrift DOES NOT promote speeding or the use of illegal devices. Be sure to check local laws for speed and device limitations.
At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Alfa Romeo revealed a limited edition 4C. The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition is basically a 4C, but better. Although it is the same mid-engine 2-seater vehicle with the same power, it has many enhancements. The production will take place in Modena, Italy with a limit of 15 models. Yes, only 15 models will be made by Alfa Romeo. At a starting price of $73,495, this car is equivalent of a maxed-out coupe or base spider. Unfortunately, the coupe will no longer hit production after the 2018 model year. But there are plenty on the used car market at a reasonable price.
Engine & Modification Specs
In the rear hood, the 2010 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition sports the typical 1.7-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. This motor boasts 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Since the car is so light, it reaches 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. If worrying about top speed, the 4C can reach 160 mph. This also requires a thanks to the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Although a bit rigid on shifts, it is quite a fun car to drive. Lastly, don’t forget about the manual steering!
Being an exclusive 4C, this car has quite a list of differences from the base versions. Firstly, there is a Misano Blue Metallic paint job. Secondly, the intake and rear diffuser are in piano black. Thirdly, there are Italia stickers on the flanks. Fourthly, there is an aluminum trim dashboard with a “4C Spider Italia” logo. Fifthly, lets jump into the standard tech. On top of the cruise control and rear park sensors, this car has a backup camera. From experience, driving a 4C in reverse definitely needs a backup camera. Views from the car in the rear are a bit poor, especially with the low reach of the diffuser.
The Finale of the 4C
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia will be an uncommon sight | Chicago 2019 – Roadshow – YouTube
Basically, the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition is a finale of the 4C. With the 4C subbing out over the next few years, a new model will hit the streets. Many look forward to the change, while others will stick with a 4C. At this point, the 4C is basically becoming a collector’s car. Although it hasn’t held value too well, it is still an awesome car. The Italia LE will most likely be more valuable, especially down the road. If not already sold out, now is the time to ask a dealer. In conclusion, the 4C Spider Italia LE is a pretty sweet car.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Cruising/Exhaust – Valley Forge National Park – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift
In reality, many people still idle the engine of their car to warm it up in the winter. But, is this truly a reasonable idea? Modern science and engineering suggest “no”. So, many may be wondering, why is idling the engine bad for the car? There are three main points to answer this question. Firstly, this is detrimental to modern engine design. Secondly, it is a waste of gasoline. Hence, it is a waste of hard-earned cash. Thirdly, and finally, the environmental damage is real. Truthfully, modern vehicles need less than 10 seconds in cold climates to drive safely. So, why keep warming up the car? Manufacturers such as Porsche will agree.
Deeper Explanation of Three Points
Detrimental to Modern Engine
So, why is idling the engine bad for the car? Let’s begin with a deeper look into each answer. Firstly, it is detrimental to the modern engine. Why? Because these engines can function safely in less than 10 seconds of warming up. Simply put, this is thanks to modern engineering. So, if the car is going to be on idling for more than 10 seconds, shut it off.
Waste of Gasoline
Secondly, idling the car is an epic waste of gasoline. Why throw away hard earned cash? Gasoline equals money, it cannot be purchased without it. Each second that the engine is on, it requires gasoline to operate. The gasoline is ignited in the engine by the spark plugs. This allows for combustion to take place. This combustion is what allows the vehicle to physically move and power itself. Do note, the bigger the engine, the more fuel burns. A V8 will burn more than an I4 in idle.
Thirdly, idling the car is bad for the environment. The environment is a necessity in life, without a thriving environment, human life will not thrive. So, why degrade the quality of the planet? Visibly, worldwide, climate change is ruining the planet and human life. Automobile engines produce carbon dioxide, known for damaging the environment. It is a major reason for the entire problem of global warming. Many will argue that it is a lie, or it causes less damage than a cow. But, truthfully, numbers add up. Regardless of other realities and falsities, it’s smarter to only use the engine when necessary. To avoid this, simply buy a modern EV!
Be Smart, Don’t Idle Then Drive!
Americans Have No Idea How Much Fuel Idling Uses – Engineering Explained – YouTube
So, now a question for the reader, why is idling the engine bad for the car? Hopefully, this article provides a clear reason why. Why damage the engine, waste gas, and destroy the environment? Idling the car is a waste of time. This may not be true for older generations of automobiles but is true of modern times. Modern engines use modern engineering, which removes the need for idling. Companies such as BMW allow drivers to start up and drive off in the winter. There’s no need to idle for 2 minutes. In conclusion, simply put – don’t idle a modern vehicle!
Over the years, people with high performance braking systems, particularly on European cars, complain about brake squeal issues. One major manufacturer with this dilemma is Porsche. But, according to Porsche, brake squealing is rarely a sign of trouble. It is actually quite inevitable. The concern with Porsche brake squeal noise is not restricted to one manufacturer, but any using performance braking systems. Thankfully, Porsche uploaded a video to YouTube in which engineers explain the propensity for squealing. Even with top-of-the-line brakes, the squeal can occur due to corrosion, humidity, and/or temperature. Let’s dive a bit deeper below!
As mentioned above, Porsche brake squeal is not limited to one manufacturer, but many. Companies including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have come across this dilemma as well. Brake squeals occur when the energy of motion converts to hear in minute vibrations. From there, the heat dissipates via the braking system. This generates the beautiful nose of brake squealing.
In this event, the rotor basically acts as a speaker for the microscopic vibrations, known as stick slip. With large rotors and pads, the pad pressure distributes differently, leading to squeals at low speed. To put it simply, every material in existence is subject to vibration when acted on by a force. This creates what is commonly known as coupled frequencies. Although manufacturers test materials for friction and vibration, the squeal is typically unavoidable. But, the focus is on minimization, which Porsche is constantly working towards.
Brake Squeal is Typical for HP Brakes
Brake Squeal Explained – Porsche – YouTube
Unfortunately, brake squeal is typical for any high-performance brakes. Porsche brake squeal is no different, with considerably the crème of the crop braking systems. People buying sports cars want high horsepower and torque, but that comes with the price of the squeal. Is the squeal worth it? Yes. Is it annoying? Yes. Porsche actually adds masses to the braking system in attempt to minimize squeal. Furthermore, these systems have 4 times the stopping power necessary for the strongest Porsche motors. In conclusion, the brake squeal issue is known and manufacturers will continuously work to minimize it moving forward.
In modern times, speed cameras are becoming more and more apparent in society. Although many people receive tickets from these devices, they may not know, how do speed cameras work? The purpose of a speed camera is to detect the speed of a vehicle on a roadway. This begins with choosing a proper location and setting up the equipment. Once chosen, the camera detects speed and takes digital photos of violators. Depending on the region, the camera may take pictures after a certain threshold above the limit. For instance, the speed limit may be 35 mph, but the camera may not snap unless a vehicle passes 40 mph. Depending where legal, radar detectors are for sale to detect these devices for drivers.
To answer the question, “how do speed cameras work?”, let’s begin with the devices. Speed cameras detect speed via detectors embedded in the road, or via radar signal. For the detector route, technicians must install the device. From here, the device detects the speed between two points. This is because velocity needs an initial and final point of calculation. Next, the camera will calculate the speed using a scientific equation, then determine if to snap a photo.
If the camera uses radar, the device sends a signal to the vehicle. The signal bounces off of the vehicle and returns. By calculating the gap of the signal, the camera can determine speed. Basically, the camera first sends a signal towards the vehicle. This begins the calculation. Then, the device awaits a return signal, which provides a time gap. Lastly, the time gap goes into an equation to determine speed. As mentioned above, radar detectors are available to detect these devices, allowing speeding drivers to avoid tickets. Note, speeding illegally is NOT something that EuroDrift supports!
Keep in mind, the camera itself is usually inspected every 90 days for functionality. Furthermore, the device on the ground, if in use, is tested at least once a year. This ensures optimal performance of the system, making it tougher to debate a ticket. Although some people say it is easy to win in court, that is not always the case. Either bring a lawyer, or know how to debate the topic, but there will be no tips for that in this article… sorry.
Photo Information & Security
How do we know red-light and speed cameras work? – Department of Justice and Community Safety – YouTube
After the photo is taken, it is digitally stored in an encrypted location with high security. This protects the image itself from alteration or obtainment. The images are then used in court, if necessary, to prove who is speeding. Each individual image contains a ton of info. This includes the date, time, location, direction, speed, and vehicle information. As per the vehicle info, the photo allows for determination of the color, type, make, and plate. Even in a multiple lane situation, detectors work very well. If there is more than one lane, more than one radar or ground detector is usually used. This way, there is no confusion between each individual lane. In conclusion, hopefully this articles covers the topic of “how do speed cameras work?”.
A final word of advice, don’t end up like the British tourist in Dubai who obtained $47,000 in violations within 3 hours…
Note: The featured image of the article is by Mariordo of Wikipedia.