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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 to Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

BMW to Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

What Vehicle Will BMW Debut?

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front – BMW – EuroDrift

“Suffice it to say that this new model will certainly be an emotional addition to the BMW range.” – BMW Statement During Press Release

In 2018, BMW promises to debut an “emotional” vehicle at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Thus, many people are pointing towards the official Z4 model release. In August 2017, BMW brought the Z4 Roadster Concept to the Pebble Beach Concours show. On top of the possible Z4 debut, BMW will also display the new 8-Series. Both cars are part of the new line-up that will hit markets for the 2019 model year. But, there is also no guarantee which car BMW will debut at the show.

The ‘2019’ BMW Z4

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Side - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Side – BMW – EuroDrift

For the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018, there is speculation of a Z4 debut. If this is the case, it will most likely be a 2019 BMW Z4 due to the August timing. The BMW Z4 Roadster Concept officially debuted at Monterey Car Week last year. The expectations are that the Z4 will be offered in an inline-4 and inline-6 engine. The inline-4 starts around 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. As per the inline-6, it should sport around 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. At a price of $50,000 to $60,000, this car will be an impressive, affordable car. Although, in the end, the Z4 does relate closely to the new Toyota Supra. That car won’t hit market until next year.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Interior Perspective - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Interior Perspective – BMW – EuroDrift

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a high-end luxury show at the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. The event is held at the lodge with its prestigious location and rating. Each year, manufacturers bring new cars to display while spectators bring their finest collectible vehicles. General Admission Tickets start at a whopping $325 prior to August 1, and $375 beginning August 1. From there, prices only increase with the next level equating to $825 per ticket. Obviously, this event caters to the wealthy as the base tickets cost more than a Beyoncé concert.

BMW Expects to Impress the Spectators

2019 BMW Z4 Concept – Interior Exterior and Drive – CAR TV – YouTube

Overall, BMW expects to ‘wow’ the Pebble Beach spectators this year. While the 8-Series will be on display at the show, many still wonder what BMW will also bring to the table. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is no joke, so BMW will hopefully make an impressive debut. The ‘2019’ BMW Z4 is a great option for a victory at the show. Many people have been waiting for the revival of the Z4, and no one will be disappointed with this design. In conclusion, time will only tell as the debut will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear Angle - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear Angle – BMW – EuroDrift

Wrecked Porsche 959 Sells for $467,500 at Monterey Auction

Wrecked Porsche 959 Sells for $467,500 at Monterey Auction

Wrecked? Still Worth $467,500!

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort - Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction - Rear Corner - Mecum Auctions - EuroDrift

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Rear Corner – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift

During the Monterey Auction at Pebble Beach in 2018, a wrecked Porsche 959 sold for $467,500. The car, a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, is one of only 249 units produced by the manufacturer. Not surprisingly, many people are in shock as a smashed car racked up 6-digits in value. But, due to its exclusivity, this car is worth it. The Porsche 959 is a Porsche fans dream and wasn’t even legal to drive in the U.S. until 1999. Unfortunately, this car’s damage is from a series of unfortunate events.

The Story Behind the Damage

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort - Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction - Trailer Accident - Mecum Auctions - EuroDrift

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Trailer Accident – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift

The wrecked Porsche 959 that sold for $467,500 at the Monterey auction was in an unlucky accident. The story begins with the car taking a journey in a trailer. From there, things so south quickly. While being hauled, the trailer disconnected from the vehicle. At this point, the car was simply in the grace of life itself. But, with a bang, the car hit a tree sustaining the damage seen in the pictures. Regardless, some people see hope in this car as a possible rebuild. And to that, EuroDrift approves!

The Porsche 959 is a “Thing of Beauty”

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort // Lot F109.1 // Mecum Monterey 2018 – Mecum Auctions – YouTube

Overall, the Porsche 959 is a “thing of beauty”. Worldwide, many Porsche fans hold high regards to this car, even favoring it so. At $467,500, wrecked, this car must hold a lot of value to collectors. Hopefully, one day, the car will be fixed up and ready to hit the road. This would be sure to be backed by applause by Porsche enthusiasts around the world. In conclusion, the wrecked Porsche 959 has a light of hope to become what it once was, or better. Regardless, at least the rear end seems to be running ok!

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort - Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction - Engine Bay - Mecum Auctions - EuroDrift

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Engine Bay – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift

1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa: One of the World’s Oldest Ferrari Race Cars

1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa: One of the World’s Oldest Ferrari Race Cars

One of the World’s Oldest Ferrari Race Cars

The 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa is one of the world’s oldest Ferrari race cars. The 47 Spyder Corsa was built following World War II by Ferrari S.p.A. after Enzo Ferrari left his mechanic and racing position at Alfa Romeo. Recently, a 1947 166 Spyder Corsa with the engine build number ‘002’ was rebuilt by Jim Glickenhaus of Pebble Beach, California. Initially purchased at auction for $770,000 in 2004, this 166 Spyder Corsa was restored with a hefty investment of $500,000. Furthermore, this Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa may now be worth around $8,000,000.

2.0-Liter Supercharged SOHC Colombo V12 Engine

Under the hood, the 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa sports a 2.0-liter supercharged SOHC Colombo V12 engine. This motor produces 128 horsepower and 117 lb.-ft. of torque. In combination with a 5-speed manual transmission, this car can reach around 100 mph. This engine also features two valves per cylinder and 3 Weber carbs. Lastly, the rebuilt model features the build number ‘002’ which makes it the second 166 SC built by Ferrari.

Victory at the 1947 Turin Grand Prix

The engine in the 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa allowed Ferrari to win the 1947 Turin Grand Prix. The 166 SC is an iconic showcase of race car styling in the late 1940s. Although not powerful in today’s terms, this car was a beast of a machine at the time. You may also be wondering what happened to the ‘001’ model of the 166 Spyder Corsa. Unfortunately, the ‘001’ model was lost in an accident.

Current Market Estimation of $8,000,000 Value


Overall, the 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa is the one of the world’s oldest Ferrari race cars. Worth an investment of $1,270,000, the 166 SC may now be worth around $8,000,000. The old frame and motor collaborate to create a unique collector’s car. The 166 Spyder Corsa is a beautiful, rare spectacle that is truly a one-of-a-kind vehicle. In conclusion, the Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa is the definition of an original Ferrari.

Note: The picture and video are of 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa race cars, not 1947 models. The above mentioned ‘002’ model is a 1947 vehicle.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Side - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Side – BMW – EuroDrift

In August 2017, BMW revealed the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. From front to rear, the new BMW Z4 displays an aggressive styling. This combines with a low suspension to make this an extremely sporty-looking car. The front and rear of the 2018 Z4 seem to be similar to the 8 Series Concept. The new Z4 has the usual twin-kidney grilles plus massive air intakes.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear Angle - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear Angle – BMW – EuroDrift

Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, & Z4 M40i

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

As with BMW’s other models, the Z4 is expected to be offered in quite a few options. The model lineup will probably contain the following options: Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, and Z4 M40i. The 2018 BMW Z4 sDrive20i will sport a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor producing 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Z4 sDrive30i, the same 2.0-liter engine should produce around 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Lastly, the Z4 M40i should have the same in-line six motor as the 340i producing 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. Unfortunately, there will be no true BMW Z4 M model.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

“Trio of Large Air Intakes”

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front Air Intakes - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front Air Intakes – BMW – EuroDrift

BMW states the “trio of large air intakes are a nod to the powerful engine further back”. On the front end, large air intakes create an aggressive, angry appeal. These large air intakes are beneficial to the engine as more air flow will reach the actual intake system of the vehicle. As usual, BMW proudly displays its kidney style grills of which it has become known for. On the rear, the styling attempts to give it a wider feel creating the overall sensation of a low, long, and wide vehicle.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Exhaust & Taillight - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Exhaust & Taillight – BMW – EuroDrift

iDrive, Infotainment, & Two-Tone Leather

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Interior Perspective - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Interior Perspective – BMW – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept has the standard infotainment system as well as the iDrive controller. To complement this, a two-tone interior welcomes the driver and guests. In the base model, BMW is installing 6-speed manual transmissions. For an upgrade cost, the Z4 can arrive with the 8-speed ZF Auto Box transmission. On the exterior, the new BMW Z4 will arrive with 17” standard wheels and have optional 18” and 19” wheels.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Dashboard - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Dashboard – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Two-Tone Seating - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Two-Tone Seating – BMW – EuroDrift

MSRP Expected to be $50,000 – $60,000

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front – BMW – EuroDrift

Overall, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept was built to impress the crowd at Pebble Beach. With its new styling, the Z4 increases its appeal on the worldwide market. The MSRP should be similar to the previous Z4 model ranging between $50,000 and $60,000. This sports car has a reasonable price tag which will allow people with the dream of having a sports car to do so. In the end, the new BMW Z4 should be on the market as a 2018 or 2019 model.

 

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Front - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Front – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Side - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Side – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With sport cars sales flagging, several of the European performance car companies branched out into the SUV market. At the forefront of this movement was Porsche. Since 2002, Porsche has enjoyed great success with its popular Cayenne SUV. Lamborghini took notice of the Cayenne’s success and announced plans to produce their SUV, the Lamborghini Urus starting in 2018.

 

Taking the Urus from Concept to Reality

“It’s going to change the landscape of the company,” said Alessandro Farmeschi, COO of Lamborghini during an interview with Business Insider.

Lamborghini unveiled the Urus for the first time as a concept car at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Since then, they have tweaked the design and made modifications to the engine. The actual production model will sport a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as opposed to Lamborghini’s traditional V10, originally included in the concept vehicle.

The Urus will be thrown into a SUV market already stiff with competition. It’s true that high-performance luxury SUVs remain in high-demand in the United States. However, American car manufacturers, such as Cadillac, currently dominate the market.

In addition to the Cadillac XT5 crossover, the Urus is forced to compete with Jaguar, Maserati, Bentley, and even Rolls-Royce who has announced plans for their SUV. The lone holdout is Ferrari, who denies any plans to jump in the pool.

 

Lamborghini Markets to a New Demographic

Though late to the party, the Urus is not the first of Lamborghini’s attempts to broaden their market base. The Huracán supercar, along with the Aventador hypercar, are non-traditional Lamborghinis designed to reach a different type of driver.

The Urus is not Lamborghini’s first SUV. In the late 1980’s, the company built its first 4-wheel model, the LM002. Designed to look and function as a military vehicle, the LM002 never really received the response that the company hoped to gain. In the end, only 328 of the cars made it through production.

The difference between the Urus and the LM002 boils down to styling. Even though the Urus qualifies as an SUV, the designers kept the sleek, powerful look of a Lamborghini sports car. It is one of the most aggressive looking daily drivers on the market.

Not only does it have the lines of a sports car, but it also drives like one. The Urus concept version topped 205 mph making it the world’s fastest SUV.

 

The Urus Comes as a Hybrid

For eco-conscious consumers, Lamborghini plans to offer a version of the Urus as a hybrid. They will build the hybrid using VW Group’s MLB-Evo platform.

While the Lamborghini Urus is a step into new territory for the company, there is hope that it will take the company in a new direction. Demand is high for luxury performance SUVs and Lamborghini hopes to grab their slice of the pie with the Urus.

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

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