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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

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

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

One Supercar Brand Says “No” to SUVs

In recent years, supercar brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini have decided to venture into the SUV market. This has been a surprise for many, unlike when Bentley or Rolls-Royce jumped ship. Regardless, even Aston Martin and Lotus are planning SUV models for the market. But, one major supercar company is saying no. McLaren intends to avoid the SUV market, unlike the competition. So, there will be no McLaren SUV arriving in the future. Honestly, avoiding the SUV market is a reasonable option, especially with the pure competition going on between the other companies now.

CEO Mike Flewitt’s Interview with Automotive News

Representation of Interview In Progress - Broadcasting Room - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Representation of Interview In Progress – Broadcasting Room – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Recently, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt spoke with Automotive News about this exact topic. From the conversation, a McLaren SUV seems completely off the table.

”I’m not against SUVs… They are just not what McLaren does.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

This statement makes it clear that McLaren does not vision itself as a SUV company. Within reasonable observance, this statement is true. McLaren succeeds largely at creating vehicles in the supercar realm. Hence, staying within that will allow McLaren to spend more resources on what matters, the newest models to its fleet.

”When we decide to do a product there are three simple tests: It has to be right for the brand and right for the customer base, we’ve got to have the technology to do the best car in class, and we’ve got to make money… An SUV starts to reduce the purity of the brand as a supercar driver’s brand. Secondly, we don’t have the technology. Can you imagine from a standing start if we wanted to go out and do a better car than a Range Rover, or a Cayenne – the billions we’d have to invest? Third, therefore, is we wouldn’t make any money. So, it doesn’t tick any box.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

Obviously, from these remarks, CEO Mike Flewitt doesn’t see a McLaren SUV as a reasonable investment. Firstly, the car is not right for their brand or clientele. Secondly, McLaren feels it will degrade their supercar basis. Thirdly, McLaren doesn’t have or want the technology needed to build a SUV from scratch. Avoiding billions in investment isn’t a bad thing, as this will allow McLaren to invest otherwise. Regardless, there will be plenty of other supercar or ultra-luxury SUVs to choose from.

But… What About Electric Vehicles?

McLaren 720S - MSO Pacific Theme - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

McLaren 720S – MSO Pacific Theme – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Unlike never owning a McLaren SUV, it will be possible to own a McLaren EV in the future. Not surprisingly, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt is for EVs. But, McLaren will need a lot of preparation work in the battery creation realm.

”A McLaren EV has got to be usable… It shouldn’t be that we offer a powertrain solution that compromises. It won’t just be lower emissions, it’ll be a better sports car. We’ve set ourselves half an hour full-on track use. You need to be able to do that without recharge, and when you come in and recharge it needs to recharge in 30 minutes.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

McLaren aims to bring an EV to market, but first, it must be reliable on the track. Not only will they offer lower emissions but aim to build a better car. The goal is to allow a driver 30 minutes of track intensive driving before having to charge for 30 minutes. So, downtime may be a bit longer than simply filling a tank, but electrical wise, this is a very high expectation. Building a battery like this will take high investment, research and development, and more. It most likely will not happen, but companies such as Tesla seem to have a hold on this, so maybe reaching out for some co-operative work isn’t a bad idea… or maybe it is?

No to McLaren SUV, Yes to McLaren EV

We Build Sports Cars, Not SUVs: McLaren CEO – Bloomberg – YouTube

Overall, the decision to avoid a McLaren SUV is reasonable, without a doubt. On the other hand, entering the EV market is a must. An EV will allow McLaren to retain full supercar status while offering a modern take on technology. By avoiding an SUV, McLaren saves billions in investment funding as well as headaches. First generation SUVs tend to arrive with problems, such as the Cayenne 10 years ago. Regardless of this decision, plenty of SUV options will be readily available by Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Lotus. In conclusion, McLaren’s decision to avoid SUVs wasn’t really a surprise anyway.

Below, a picture of the Lamborghini Urus is shown as a representation of the supercar SUVs currently on market.

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

The Taycan Numbers Are In!

Finally, Porsche has released specs for the all-new Taycan EV vehicle, previously the Mission E. The Porsche Taycan EV specs are quite impressive. But, first the pronunciation of the name needs to be made clear. Porsche pronounces “Taycan” as “TIE-con”. Yes, it sounds like you are going to a comic con knock-off for ties. Regardless, this car is a beastly EV. To make up for the name, simply refer to the stats below!

Specification Estimates by Porsche

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan EV specs are not exact but are simply expected ballpark numbers. The Porsche Taycan EV sports two permanently excited synchronous motors. These electric motors produce over 600 horsepower. This allows the Taycan to hit 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds with AWD. Furthermore, 124 mph will take around 12 seconds… phew! Lastly, the Taycan will contain a 800 volt battery. This battery will allow the Taycan to complete trips of over 300 miles per charge. Furthermore, a specific charger type will charge for 250 miles in as little as 15 minutes.

A Partnership for an EV Future

Mark Webber drives the Mission E at Porsche’s test track in Weissach. – Porsche – YouTube

With 300 miles per full charge, the Taycan will be capable of completing long distance road trips. But, many people worry about charging stations. Availability was a debate of the past, but not for long. BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, & VW intend to build 400 fast-charging locations by 2020. The goal of this is to ensure charging stations are every 100 miles or so, at least in Europe. Regardless, this will heavily resolve many worries about charging EVs. With this leap in tech, EVs will be able to become a much worthier competitor. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan EV specs are impressive and it is expected to have production info later in 2018.

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Daimler AG vs. Elon Musk: Twitter War

Daimler AG vs. Elon Musk: Twitter War

Daimler AG vs. Elon Musk

In September 2017, a duel between Daimler AG and Elon Musk occurred on Twitter. Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, was called out by Elon Musk about electric car investments. The entire dispute began when Musk posted a story from USA Today. This story discussed Mercedes-Benz $1 billion investment into the electric cars market. This led to Elon Musk stating that Mercedes-Benz should’ve invested more into the market, a recommendation of $10 billion dollars.

Elon  Calls Out Daimler on Twitter

On September 24, 2017, Elon Musk tweeted out “That’s not a lot of money for a giant like Daimler/Mercedes. Wish they’d do more. Off by a zero.” This post, by such a well-known person, immediately caught the eyes of Daimler AG. They responded the next day, on the 25th of September, with a firing back statement.

Daimler “Fires Back” at Musk

Daimler Response to Elon Musk - Twitter - EuroDrift

Daimler Response to Elon Musk – Twitter – EuroDrift

“You’re absolutely right @elonmusk. Here the missing zero: Investing >$10bn in next genE Vs & >$1bn in battery prod…”. In this tweet, Daimler calls out Elon Musk stating that they are investing over $10 billion into the next-generation EVs as well as $1 billion into battery production. Besides the poor quality of grammar in the response, this is seen as Daimler “shooting back” at Tesla’s Elon Musk. After this response, Elon Musk responded with an extremely simple tweet “Good”. In response to another tweet at Daimler, they responded “I am sorry but we’ve announced this investment back in 2016”.

Daimler Addresses Other Tweets with More Backing Information

Another statement by Daimler in response to another tweet is as follows: “the smart was the first #EV in mass-production since 2007. We are working on Evs for over 100 years and we believe in it’s potential”. Although the Smart is the first EV, it is definitely not a top choice for many car enthusiasts. Honestly, it is surprising that Smart still exists today. Regardless, Daimler seems confident about their investment into EV and makes a substantial claim of working with it for over 100 years. Whether or not that is a stretch, Daimler will be pushing forward into the EV market with Mercedes-Benz over the next few years.

   The True Battle of the EVs is Yet to Come

Overall, the Twitter war between Daimler and Elon Musk wasn’t really a true battle. It was simply the fact that Elon wasn’t properly informed of these investments and Daimler aimed to clear it up. This minor dispute led to a spill out of over reacting by the community. Elon was most likely happy to hear that Daimler was investing more into the EV market. In the end, people may say Daimler won this dispute but the true battle of the EVs will occur over the next 5-10 years.

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept: An All-Electric SUV

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept: An All-Electric SUV

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept

In the second half of 2018, Jaguar will introduce an all-electric SUV into the auto market. Currently labeled the “I-Pace Concept”, this vehicle is the ultimate electric performance SUV. Back in early 2016, Jaguar filed trademarks for the “I-Pace” and “I-Type” designations. In the fall of 2016, the 2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept was revealed to the public. This comes after Jaguar’s vision to move forward into the upcoming electric auto era.

400 Horsepower & 516 Lb.-Ft. of Torque

The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is a preview of the upcoming production of an I-Type series within the company. As Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, it has specifications that won’t disappoint. Jaguar states that the car will have around 400 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of instant torque. This will allow the electric SUV to hit 60 mph in only roughly 4 seconds. That is pretty quick, even faster than a handful of V8s currently on the market by other manufacturers.

Next-Generation Technology

Within the Jaguar I-Type, there will be next-generation technology. Jaguar’s intention with technology is to make a vehicle that is intuitively connected. This will allow drivers to keep attention on the road while handling other tasks. There will also be four screens within the car. This includes two center console infotainment touchscreens and a screen behind the steering wheel. The last screen is considered a full-color heads up display that reveals key information to the driver via the windshield.

Zero Vehicle Emissions

On top of this next-generation technology, there will also be zero vehicle emissions from this SUV. Yes, a powerful SUV that can outrun a V8 and produce no emissions. The only constraint is that the I-Type will need a recharge after about 220 miles. This isn’t a terrible amount for a usual daily commute, but on a road trip it may be a hassle. Regardless, Jaguar makes a sprint into the next realm with this SUV.

Buy the Jaguar I-Type in the Second Half of 2018


Overall, the Jaguar I-PACE Concept is a look into the future of the upcoming I-Type. In the second half of 2018, Jaguar enthusiasts will be able to own this modern feat of technology. With a 0-60 of 4 seconds and 400 horsepower, this SUV doesn’t hold back. The instant torque is sure to throw you back in your seat while full out accelerating. In the end, this is just the beginning of Jaguar’s foothold in the electric auto market.

Visit a Grand Theft Auto V Garage in Real Life

I Are you a fan of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V video game? Have you ever wondered what a Grand Theft Auto V Garage would look like in real life?

Who wouldn’t want to walk through one of the beautiful 10-car garage showrooms found in the game? Most upscale properties across Los Santos showcase the 10-car garage. This provides the owners with a private showroom for the vehicles stored inside.

Los Santos is based on modern day Los Angeles for those who aren’t familiar with the game.

Bringing the Grand Theft Auto V Garage to Life

Thanks to effspot, a well-known automotive YouTuber, we have the opportunity to see what a GTA V garage would look like in real life.

His video starts out with a cruise in the stunning Jaguar F-Type SVR. That alone is enough to excite most people, but then the vehicle speeds over to the garage. Once there, you can see the sheer awesomeness of this man’s set-up.

The garage may not be shaped exactly as it is in the video game but it’s the closest I’ve seen yet. I’m still waiting to see a garage built specifically like the video game’s design.

Upon entering the garage, you see a stunning collection of automobiles.

This garage houses treasures that any auto enthusiast would love to own. Initial estimates value this car collection worth millions of dollars.

After leaving the garage, the video continues to a shop where they spot a beautiful, carbon fiber Koenigseggseggsegg… the Koenigsegg CCX.

If you look closely, you can spot other vehicles in the garage, including a few Lamborghinis.

Hold on to Your Dream of a Grand Theft Auto V Garage

Overall, Manny’s garage is like visiting a Grand Theft Auto V garage in real life. From the design of the garage itself to the fleet of vehicles within, this is a true auto enthusiast’s dream. Although owning a collection like this in real life is only a dream for many, we can all live out our fantasies inside the game.

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