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.
At the RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction, the “Project Gold” sold for over $3.4 million USD. The prestigious auction was held at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Including the buyer’s premium, the overall price for the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” equates to $3,415,000. That is quite a bit of bank for a 993 Turbo. But, with only 1 unit from production, this car is quite collectible. Fortunately for RM Sotheby’s, the bidder’s determination led to a high sales price.
The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” is a beautiful masterpiece. From interior to exterior, this car is the original, maybe even better. The original 993 Turbo was able to reach up to $200,000 in price, so $3.4 million is quite a bit more. Under the rear hood, this car sports a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine with 450 horsepower. This motor is straight from the 993 Turbo S, rather than the base Turbo. The original manual transmission and AWD make this car a beast on the street. Imagine cruising down the road in this golden yellow metallic 993 rebuild, ah… life goals.
Porsche Classic Strikes Gold!
Project Gold – One and only. – Porsche – YouTube
With the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”, the Porsche Classic team hit the jackpot. Being from the past made this car stunningly unique as well as shows that older vehicles are still amazing. Thankfully, the Porsche parts were waiting to be built for quite some time. But, at $3.4 million USD, it may be smarter to simply buy a Turbo S and paint it gold. It may even be cheaper to include flakes of gold in the paint. But, it wouldn’t be as unique as this car. Overall, the “Project Gold” is an amazing automobile.
Have you ever dreamed of getting into racing? Consider the McLaren 720S GT3, built for ease of service and reliability. At $565,000, McLaren hopes to make the GT3 a first-class, affordable race car.
McLaren 720S GT3 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Earlier this year, McLaren began track testing their first GT race car. It should be ready for the race track in time for the 2019 season.
“It was an incredibly exciting moment for us to see our new 720S GT3 begin the intensive track-based phase of a development program that we are confident will provide our customers with a first-class GT race car,” said Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO.
Like the 720S, the GT3 gets its aerodynamic design from the carbon-fiber MonoCage II monocoque. The integrated chassis works like an eggshell in that it spreads the load throughout the outer skin of the vehicle.
“Developing a race car is about optimizing every component and the lightweight MonoCage II carbon-fiber chassis is the perfect base for this,” said Dan Walmsley, motorsport director, McLaren Automotive.
McLaren pairs the GT3’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and a six-speed sequential gearbox. Handling on the track is smooth due to the racing-spec traction control and ABS systems.
Here’s Why the McLaren 720S Is Worth $300,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube
Safety for the driver was of primary importance. Each GT3 comes with a six-point harness and FIA approved roll cage. The cars also sport carbon-Kevlar racing seats.
Despite the fact that the GT3 and the 720S have very few common components, the inspiration is evident in the overall look and design of the car.
“The McLaren 720S is such a multi-talented road car that we always knew honing its pure racing talents and making a GT3 car out of it would be an entirely natural process – and so it has been. While largely a bespoke machine, the GT3 car is still a McLaren 720S at its core.” – Dan Walmsley, motorsport director, McLaren Automotive.
Yes! The iconic sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin, plans to go public, and for $24 you can own a piece of their company. Well, unless you live in America, that is.
Aston Martin produces one of the world’s most well-known luxury brands. Thanks to James Bond, we will ever view them as luxurious and elegant. Plus, the whole spy thing makes us think of the Aston as high-tech.
(In case you didn’t know: they’ve even made a limited number of the DB5 models with all of those spy gadgets included.)
The news is that the British carmaker plans to begin trading on the London Stock Exchange in October. This would make them the first British automaker to go public.
Unfortunately, American investors will NOT be able to participate in the IPO. The company has chosen not to list its shares in the United States.
Who Owns Aston Martin?
The principal owners of the company are various private-equity firms in Italy, Kuwait, and Germany. It is some of these firms that are selling off their stakes in the company to the public. Daimler, the German group, is not selling.
Aston Martin is not issuing new stock, nor is it attempting to raise additional capital.
Aston Martin says that 25% of the company shares will go to the public. Estimates put this figure at 56,305,622 to 57,380,3000 shares. Also, based on a statement by company executives last week, the cost to purchase a stake in the company should be around $24.
Business as Usual
AutoComplete: Aston Martin starts the paperwork for an IPO – Roadshow – YouTube
Penny Hughes will chair the post-IPO Board of Directors. Penny has served on a number of boards and works as an executive at Coca-Cola. Aston Martin will continue its direction under the leadership of CEO, Andy Palmer. He will also serve as a board member.
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Front Corner – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Worldwide, rumors of a Lamborghini hybrid supercar are spreading. Currently known as the “LB48H”, the concept was recently shown in summer 2018 at a private event in Italy. Beyond this, there is not much info about the vehicle. The biggest tip so far is a resemblance to the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. This Terzo Millennio was basically a fighter jet on wheels. So, the LB48H should be quite a spectacular vehicle. Although no information is 100% confirmed, a decent number of tips have hit the auto news network.
Expectations for Production & Delivery
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Side – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Overall, the Lamborghini hybrid supercar, aka the LB48H, will be arriving before anyone realizes it. As time moves forward, the currently believed production date is quickly approaching. Expectations seem to be that Lamborghini will begin production by the end of 2018. From there, the goal will be to deliver the vehicles by end of 2019 or early 2020. This means it will probably be a 2020 model year. Furthermore, there will be only around 63 units made for market. With this limitation, the car will be quite a collector’s piece. And, at around $2.5 million USD, most people will not be able to afford it, let alone place a down payment the equivalent of a home.
Will Lamborghini Shock the World?
Designing the future: Lamborghini Terzo Millennio – Lamborghini – YouTube
When the Lamborghini hybrid supercar hits markets, it will be a determining factor for the company. With many brands jumping into the hypercar realm, competition is increasing more than ever. So, by joining the market, it will only up the requirements to compete. But, the question is, will Lamborghini be able to beat out Koenigsegg, McLaren, and the other manufacturers? Well… nobody truly knows. But, within the next 2 years, Lamborghini will receive appraise or disapproval from the world. Until then, let’s enjoy the current hypercars already at play.
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Rear – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Note: All of the pictures and video for this article are of the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. These ARE NOT pictures or video relating to the “LB48H”.
For the 2018 Range Rover Sport, the company decided to take on the Dragon Challenge. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge encompasses Tianmen Mountain Road in the Hunan Province of China. This road incorporates 99 hairpin turns on 7 miles of mountainside road. Usually, this road is strictly in use by ECO buses. Furthermore, to reach the summit, there is a 999-step staircase. This staircase leads to “Heaven’s Gate”, a natural rock arch in the mountainside. Mythically, this location is thought to be where the mortal world comes into contact with the world of the gods.
Specifications of the Range Rover Sport
2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – Tianmen Mountain Road – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge requires quite the vehicle to complete. The 2018 Range Rover Sport SE starts at a price of $68,750. In this deal, a 3.0-liter motor is included that produces 254 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows it to reach 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. Furthermore, the Sport has a top speed of 130 mph. Finally, to optimize the hill climb, this car features different modes for functionality. These range from Terrain Response levels to Mud and Ruts mode.
Completing the Dragon Challenge
2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Side Perspective – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
”The Dragon Challenge is the hardest challenge I’ve ever been involved with because I can’t categorically say that we will succeed.” – Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience Special Projects Expert
To complete the 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge, the company decided to use driver Ho-Pin Tung. He is a Le Mans 24 Hours winner and driver for the Jaguar Formula E Racing team. The first step was to tackle Tianmen Mountain Road’s 7-miles of 99 hairpin turns. In Terrain Response 2 mode, the SUV maneuvers better, allowing to complete it with ease. But, that was not the major challenge. The largest challenge was tackling the 45-degree angle of the 999 step staircase to “Heaven’s Gate”. In Mud and Ruts mode, the Sport was able to accomplish this feat. This made the Range Rover Sport the first car that made it to “Heaven’s Gate” in only 22 minutes and 41 seconds.
Who Will Accomplish the Challenge Next?
Range Rover Sport | Dragon Challenge – Land Rover Deutschland – YouTube
After such a feat by Range Rover, it is only a certain amount of time before contenders step up to the plate. Obviously, this depends if China officials allow it to take place again. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge is quite impressive, showing the capabilities of the SUV. With many different modes, the Sport can handle everything from hairpin turns to off-road adventures. Although it is a bit pricey, this car is definitely worth it for those who can afford it. The Maserati Levante was aimed at the Sports level of market, but probably can’t accomplish this type of feat. But, nobody truly knows, so maybe they should try it sometime. In conclusion, the 2018 Range Rover Sport is a beastly SUV showing the power of the Land Rover company.
2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Land Rover Manufacturer 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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
Recently, Aston Martin announced a decision to build 25 James Bond DB5 models. Previously, a few years ago, Aston built a limited amount of DB4 GT models. Now, after its success, Aston aims to redo the legendary DB5. In the James Bond film Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 makes it debut to fame. On a further note, EON Productions will be involved in the new builds of the car, which is the company that produces the Bond films. This is an exciting time for auto enthusiasts and collectors. Owning one of these models may not withhold the treasure of one from the past, but a new one will still be stunning, and well worth it.
Basis for the Goldfinger DB5
Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Ferrari Pursuit Action Scene – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift
The 25 James Bond DB5 models by Aston Martin will have a basis on the original car. This car was built by Aston Martin Works years ago. But, there will be alterations to improve quality and reliability. These cars are meant to be authentic reproductions of the Goldfinger version of the car. So, this means the exterior will be Silver Birch paint. Furthermore, the car will have additional functioning gadgets such as revolving license plates. These are gadgets seen in the James Bond film, making this car even more unique.
Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer
Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery Posing – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift
”The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud, and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years… To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.” – Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer
Obviously, there is a major connection between 007 and Aston Martin. This venture started years back and continues even today in newer films. Recently, another 007 film was announced to be in the works, bringing back the current actor Daniel Craig. Previously, when the Silver Birch DB5 made its debut, Sean Connery was 007. At the time, he did a fantastic job and fulfilling the role. This movie made a major link between James Bond and Aston Martin. A DB5 with 007 gadgets built in the same factory is absolutely a collector’s dream. With a limited run of 25 units, this car will be a tough purchase to find, for almost everyone.
Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery with View – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift
The MSRP is $3.5 Million USD
GOLDFINGER – Bond Car Chase Through Furka Pass in Switzerland – virtualee2000 – YouTube
In conclusion, the Aston Martin James Bond DB5 models will be quite a spectacle. With a MSRP of $3.5 million USD, this car targets only the wealthy. Only 25 customers will be lucky enough to get their hands on this specific build. But, even furthermore, this car will not be street legal. So, basically, it becomes a display piece for the living room. But, who wouldn’t want a James Bond DB5 as the centerpiece inside their house? Aston expects to deliver these vehicles to customers starting in 2020.
Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Posing in London – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift