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Bugatti Crossover with 1,000+ Horsepower May Head to Production

Bugatti Crossover with 1,000+ Horsepower May Head to Production

Bugatti Crossover in Consideration at Manufacturer

Recently, Bugatti is seeking to add a second model to their lineup alongside the Chiron. With rumors spreading across the market, Bugatti has two possibilities. One of the biggest considerations is a Bugatti Crossover. While not a full-out SUV, it would be similar to the Urus, but more compact and lightweight. It’d also sport a ton more power than the Urus, as well as the upcoming Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. So, if given the green light by Volkswagen Group, a crossover could come to market from Bugatti. It’s basically a revival of the Royale in ultra-luxury limousine style crossover.

Although the CEO of Bugatti, Stephan Winkelmann, is against SUVs, that doesn’t rule out the crossover. To back this up, Winkelmann actually oversaw the development of the Urus. So, building a similar crossover wouldn’t be a complete surprise. There’s also consideration of a 2-door crossover sports car. Depending on VW’s decision, Bugatti will move forward with either car, or neither. For all anyone knows, VW will decline both choices, leading to chaos amongst Bugatti news outlets.

Over 1,000+ Horsepower via V8 & Electric Motors

So, as with most Bugatti models, this car will boast an obnoxious amount of power. If the Bugatti Crossover is to become a reality, this car would probably sport the Urus’ motor. This is a 641 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Furthermore, the engine would receive backup from an electrical motor to reach a goal of over 1k horsepower. In combo, these engines would make this vehicle one of the most powerful crossovers in the world.

Who Doesn’t Want a Bugatti Crossover?

If Bugatti Divo and Lamborghini Urus had a baby – Jimmy Huynh – YouTube

So, who doesn’t want a Bugatti Crossover? Well, surprisingly, there’s people that probably don’t. But, most of us auto enthusiasts do. Obviously, only time will tell if it will happen… or not. Regardless, expect a possible Bugatti unveil at an upcoming auto show… maybe. Furthermore, manufacturers are moving into a greener, fully electric future. So, using electricity to help power this vehicle is basically a requirement. And, the market has already shown electric vehicles (EVs) are popular. Although, some people may need help moving on from their gasoline engine. But many drivers are already ready and willing to do so.

Bugatti Crossover SUV - Rear Corner - Unknown Creator - EuroDrift

Bugatti Crossover SUV – Rear Corner – Unknown Creator – EuroDrift

Note: The images and video for this article are not official by Bugatti. Hence, the pictures and video only represent possibilities for design – by outside sources. For the real design, await Bugatti’s unveil in the upcoming future. Currently, the crossover is only an idea awaiting approval. Thanks for understanding!

Volvo XC40 Fully Electric SUV: Announcement Expected Q4 2019

Volvo XC40 Fully Electric SUV: Announcement Expected Q4 2019

Volvo is Ready for the EV Market!

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

During the 4th quarter of 2019, Volvo is expected to announce a major electric vehicle. The Volvo XC40 fully electric SUV will most likely be the star of this unveil. With the manufacturer’s goal to reach 50% of sales in the EV market by the mid-2020s, this will be a grand start for the company. Volvo is aiming to sell the Polestar 2 beginning in 2020. So, this car may go alongside it, or slightly after it… only time will tell. Currently, a plug-in hybrid version of the XC40 is already in production. But, to take it to the next level, a fully electric version is in the works.

Specs of the Plug-In Hybrid Version

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

So, before diving into the fully electric version, let’s take a look at the Volvo XC40 Plug-In Hybrid model. This version sports a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower. Furthermore, there is an electric motor boasting 82 horsepower. In combo, the hybrid sports 262 horsepower. But the electric motors are known for torque, leading to 313 lb.-ft.! Wow! For the torque to touch the ground, there is a 7-speed auto transmission. To back up this setup, there is a 9.7-kWh lithium-ion battery to store power. This version of the car can reach 60 mph in only 7.3 seconds. Lastly, on battery alone, this car can cover around 34 miles.

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

50% of Volvo Sales in EV Market by 2025

The 2019 Volvo XC40 Is the Coolest Volvo in Decades – Doug DeMuro – YouTube

By 2025, Volvo is hoping to have 50% of its sales in the EV Market. That is quite a goal, and a smart goal at that. The Volvo XC40 fully electric SUV will have zero emissions and be purely electric. It will use the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) as the Polestar 2. For those that don’t know, Volvo’s parent company is Geely. Geely also owns Lotus and Lynk & Co. Hence, some of these subsidiary companies share architecture and parts. With the XC40 being the 2019 European Car of the Year, this car has a great opportunity to allow Volvo to enter the EV market smoothly.

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Bugatti La Voiture Noire: One Model for $18.9 Million!

Bugatti La Voiture Noire: One Model for $18.9 Million!

Debut at 2019 Geneva Motor Show

At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti made one of its biggest debuts to date. The Bugatti La Voiture Noire stunned the crowd as a single model limited edition. At $18.9 million USD after taxes, this car is quite amazing. The Noire is one-off vehicle inspired by Jean Bugatti’s legendary 57SC Atlantic. Unfortunately, the 57SC Atlantic went missing during the pre-WWII era. Regardless, this Bugatti is an absolute masterpiece that remembers a historic model.

1,500 Horsepower W16 Engine

Bugatti La Voiture Noire - Front Corner - Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti La Voiture Noire – Front Corner – Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

To no surprise, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire packs some major power. Under the “hood”, is a 1,500 horsepower W16 engine. More figures are yet to be known, but this engine is an absolute powerhouse. This has been quite the year at Geneva as the Noire isn’t the only 1,000+ horsepower reveal. But, this has also been seen as somewhat controversial. Why? Because many people wonder why these vehicles are not fully electric, or at least hybrid. But, to each their own!

Bugatti La Voiture Noire - Side - Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti La Voiture Noire – Side – Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

Sometimes, a car needs to pay homage to its heritage and stick more traditional. The Noire is a great example of why. With only one model on the street, the emissions will probably be less than a cow produces. Especially, with the minimal time it’ll actually see the road. But, obviously, EVs are and will be the future. There is no exception to this rule. It’s better to start adapting now rather than when it’s too late…

Wow! $6.4 Million USD in Taxes!

€16.7m BUGATTI LA VOITURE NOIRE – World’s Most Expensive New Car! – Shmee150 – YouTube

As with every luxury good, there are taxes on Bugatti models. At these prices, obviously it’s not cheap. With a MSRP of $12.5 million USD, taxes alone skyrockets the price to $18.9 million USD. What? Why? How!? Yep, that is no joke. A whopping total of $6.4 million USD in taxes. With that money, the owner could buy a Divo, which comes in slightly under $6 million USD. Or, maybe two Chiron models at slightly under $3 million per unit. Either way, whomever buys this car is paying as much in taxes for this one vehicle as 610 average families in the U.S.. So, in the end, having money doesn’t really mean tax exemption. But, there’s no reason to dive into a dispute!

Bugatti La Voiture Noire with 57SC Atlantic - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti La Voiture Noire with 57SC Atlantic – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Regera Drives Thru In-N-Out Burger

Koenigsegg Regera Drives Thru In-N-Out Burger

Hitting the Drive-Thru in Style

Recently, a spike in hitting the drive-thru in style is occurring worldwide. Firstly, there was the McLaren P1 GTR at McDonald’s. Now, there is the Koenigsegg Regera at In-N-Out Burger. YouTube channel Whitesse JR has a video displaying this unique event including the time beforehand. To make this even crazier, Christian Von Koenigsegg is at the wheel himself!
The Regera is a limited production plug-in hybrid sports car. The initial unveil was at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. As per a fun fact, Regera means “to reign” or “to rule” in Swedish. With over 1,500 horsepower, this car does rule the road. Now, let’s dive a bit deeper into the Regera!

The Beastly Regera Sports Car

Discussing horsepower, the Koenigsegg Regera is a beast. With over 1,500 horsepower, this car boasts around 700 electrical horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. The rest is from its powerhouse twin-turbo V8 engine. The electrical power is possible thanks to the support of a 4.5-kWh 800-V flooded liquid cooled battery. Obviously, this sports car is no joke. Furthermore, the 2018 Regera has an estimated MSRP of $2,000,000. Wow! Imagine driving a vehicle worth as much as a 5,000 plus square foot house with enhancements. Furthermore, in the In-N-Out drive-thru. Overall, the Regera is truly a stunning collector’s vehicle.

The only way this would be more ridiculous is if it was the Naked Carbon Regera.

“Two Milkshakes!” – Mr. Koenigsegg

In-N-Out Drive Through With a Koenigsegg Regera! – Whitesse JR – YouTube

Well, the main fact of the story is that a Koenigsegg Regera driven by Mr. Koenigsegg himself drove-thru In-N-Out. But, it’s time for the most important part of the story. What did Christian Von Koenigsegg order? Well… unfortunately, just two milkshakes. What!? How did he not step it up and grub down on a 4×4, aka Quad Quad, from the Not-So-Secret menu? Or, even just a Double-Double? Either way, the Regera is an amazing sports car. Hence, it is an honor to witness one absolutely anywhere.

Note: The featured image is the YouTube thumbnail from Whitesse JR‘s video.

How Do Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries Work?

How Do Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries Work?

What is an Electric Vehicle?

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

How Does the Battery Work?

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

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

EVs are the Future of Transportation

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

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

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

Mercedes-Benz to Unveil Next-Gen CLA at CES 2019

Mercedes-Benz to Unveil Next-Gen CLA at CES 2019

A New Generation for the CLA

With the fresh upcoming year of 2019, manufacturers will introduce technology that’ll be the anticipation of the next decade. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mercedes-Benz plants to unveil the next-gen CLA. Not surprisingly, a few other vehicles will be on display at the Benz CES booth, all new to the United States. Mercedes intends to showcase the most technologically advanced automobiles it has ready to unveil. With the date approaching, Mercedes shared a teaser as seen at the top of the article. This is the roofline of the new CLA. The car should look like an a-class with a 4-door, coupe roof style setup.

Hopes for the Next-Gen CLA

With the next-gen CLA, the first hope is for better rear headroom. Previously, this car was known for rear headroom issues. Furthermore, this car will sport the MBUX infotainment system. This provides the driver with AI-powered assistance. This includes language commands as well as “identifies operation requests on basis of movements”. This statement seems to mean that the driver will be able to use hand or body motion to control the vehicle. This is not new, as BMW seems to be onto the same project.

The CLA Won’t Be Alone!

Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) World Premiere | CES 2018 – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube

With the next-gen CLA, Mercedes plans to display the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV. On top of that, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic Concept will be there too. The EQC electric SUV aims to offer customers with 402 horsepower and 564 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the electric batteries shall allow it to drive for around 280 miles before requiring recharge. It won’t be surprising if Benz begins to offer hybrid versions of typical cars, including the CLA. With the upcoming decade of 2020 to 2030, manufacturers will probably make the shift to hybrids and EVs. In conclusion, anyone in attendance at CES 2019 should be looking for the Mercedes booth!

How Does an Exhaust System Work?

How Does an Exhaust System Work?

The Functions of an Exhaust System

In modern times, most people have driven or ridden in a vehicle. With automobiles, the debates of pollution and sound become alive. But, sometimes both of these can be down to the car itself. In this article, the goal is to help with a common question: “How Does an Exhaust System Work?”. Well, the exhaust begins with four main functions. These functions are:

  1. Direct Fumes Away from Cabin & Passengers
  2. Improve Fuel Consumption (MPG)
  3. Improve Performance (HP/TQ)
  4. Noise Amplification or Reduction (Usually Reduction)

With the exhaust handling these functions, its purpose is quite diverse. While it keeps passengers from breathing harmful gases, it also can add power and improve fuel consumption. Furthermore, all exhausts have a tone… hence noise is amplified or reduced via the muffler or silencer design. Finally, the layout of an exhaust system can depend on engine size, manufacturer, and/or model.

Control of Toxic Gases

Porsche Exhaust - Rear Undercarriage - Max Pixel - EuroDrift

Porsche Exhaust – Rear Undercarriage – Max Pixel – EuroDrift

When asking “How Does an Exhaust System Work?”, the concept of exhaust emissions comes into play. When an engine runs, it produces a total of 6 gases as emissions. Unfortunately, 3 of these gases are toxic: carbon monoxide, nitrogen monoxide, and nitrogen oxide. So, an entire design arrives around this to attempt to minimize the release of these gases into the atmosphere. Also, it obviously works to keep these gases away from the driver or passengers of the car. These gases are dangerous and can be harmful to animals, the environment, people, and plants.

How Do Emissions Exit the Car?

Car Exhaust - Rear of Automobile - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Car Exhaust – Rear of Automobile – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Again, when asking “How Does an Exhaust System Work?”, the gas must be filtered in some manner, correct? Right! First, the exhaust manifold collects gas from the cylinder head acting as a funnel. Next, the gas travels to the catalytic converter, where applicable. For instance, electric vehicles (EVs) do not have catalytic converters when there are no gasoline engines. Well, on the other hand, hybrids do for the engine portion of power. At the catalytic converter, the harmful gases are removed prior to moving on. Finally, the final gases pass through downpipes to the exhaust’s muffler or silencer. The purpose of this part of the exhaust is to filter sound, or amplify it. Manufacturers tend to remove sound while aftermarket companies amplify it.

Hopefully, That Helps!

How Car Exhaust System Works – Automotive Basics – YouTube

So, hopefully this article helps with the question: “How Does an Exhaust System Work?”. Covering the basics of gases to release via the exhaust tips, this article covers a decent portion of the process. The goal of this is to provide readers with a simple understanding of the system. Obviously, there is more that can be for discussion such as details on specific designs or layouts, temperature effects, and more. But, that is something for another time. Overall, the exhaust system plays a vital role on all gasoline vehicles.

Note: The featured image is by Clément Bucco-Lechat of Wikimedia Commons.

Volkswagen Considers Partnership with Ford for U.S. Production

Volkswagen Considers Partnership with Ford for U.S. Production

VW Considers Manufacturing in U.S.

Surprising to many, Ford and Volkswagen have become close friends in recent years with big plans in mind. Ford and VW are already partners for commercial vehicles, but there are quite a few other possibilities going to take place. No, VW will not have equity in Ford. But, the two companies will work together to benefit each other. This won’t be the first-time automakers from separate continents came together for both to benefit. For more details, expect a public statement sometime in January of 2019. For now, this article will cover what is known so far.

The Known & the Unknown

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

While it is already known that Ford and Volkswagen work together on commercial vehicles, the rest is not set in stone. There are quite a few possibilities to take place between the companies. Firstly, VW may build Ford vehicles in Europe. Secondly, Ford will build a Ranger style pick-up for VW. Now, VW has interest in building units at Ford’s U.S. plants. Why you may ask? Most likely due to current threats from the Trump administration. Trump has threatened European manufacturers with tariffs that would ruin their sales in the U.S.. Although an extremely dumb decision, European manufacturers have reason to worry. With a firecracker like this, who knows what will come next.

What Will Come of Ford & VW?

Volkswagen may use For manufacturing plant, in talks with Tennessee for new plant – CNBC Television – YouTube

Many people wonder, what will come of the partnership between Ford & Volkswagen? But, only the future will tell. Recently, VW CEO Herbert Diess spoke to reporters in Washington, D.C.:

“We are building an alliance with Ford which will strengthen Ford’s position in Europe because we will share platforms… We might use Ford capacity here in the U.S. to build cars for us.” – VW CEO Herbert Diess

With a statement like this, Ford and VW will most likely work together in some way, if not all. There is also a possibility that VW will build a second plant. The CEO has stated that VW is in “quite advanced negotiations in Tennessee but there might be other options as well.” In conclusion, the Ford and VW relationship could make for a beautiful friendship between major companies.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is the property of the Volkswagen manufacturer.

Aston Martin Valkyrie Nears Production According to Instagram Post

Aston Martin Valkyrie Nears Production According to Instagram Post

Aston Martin Uses Instagram to Tease Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie - Concept in Fall of 2018 - Overhead - Manufacturer Instagram Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Valkyrie – Concept in Fall of 2018 – Overhead – Manufacturer Instagram Picture – EuroDrift

Recently, Aston Martin shared a post on Instagram displaying the Valkyrie nearing production status. This post is basically a teaser to what is to come in the near future. While it is nearing production, the expectation is late 2019 or early 2020. Currently, Aston plans to build 175 road legal Valkyries, plus 25 track-only versions. Back in July of 2017, Miles Nurnberger made a statement about the Valkyrie:

“… 95% of the way there.” – Miles Nurnberger

It has been quite some time since this statement, but it may be a sign that the Aston Martin Valkyrie is finally ready to consider motion forward. Though, do note, quite a few things are changing for the production version.

Changes to the Valkyrie During Concept Stage

Aston Martin Valkyrie - Concept in Fall of 2018 - Interior - Manufacturer Instagram Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Valkyrie – Concept in Fall of 2018 – Interior – Manufacturer Instagram Picture – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Instagram post shows a bit of changes since the previous concept. First, there are alloy wheels shown on the car, whereas the previous concept has carbon fiber. But, the car is being offered with that exact optional aerodynamic carbon fiber wheel cover set. Secondly, the exterior has revised side skirts as well as a lighting elements in the vent behind the front wheels. Thirdly, the blue to black paint job is beautiful, but it is most likely in use to cover some of the design. This means there may be more changes to the car that can be seen easily from the photos. Finally, the interior flaunts a few extra buttons and more seat padding. Carbon fiber still governs the interior though.

Who Wouldn’t Want to Own a Valkyrie?

Jump Inside the Aston Martin Valkyrie! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150 – YouTube

Truthfully, who wouldn’t want to own an Aston Martin Valkyrie? Well… someone. But, most of us car lovers would love to own it. With it’s hybrid drivetrain, this car sports 1,126 estimated horsepower. This is a combo of electric and gasoline elements producing power. The motor itself is a Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 engine. That in itself could make this a hypercar, but electrical motors can take it even further. The Valkyrie will set Aston Martin history as the first hypercar by the company. In conclusion, Aston Martin is really stepping up in the sports car and hypercar realms of the auto industry.

Bugatti Considers Entering the Sedan Market

Bugatti Considers Entering the Sedan Market

Venturing into New Terrain

The new Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has stated that the company is considering a second model to sell alongside the popular Chiron. Bugatti has considered entering the Sedan Market but tends to favor the SUV body style instead.

“It’s clear that if we do something different from a super-sports car like the Chiron, then it would not be enough just to be in love with one type of car…We would look at every body style and regional demand and not put our money into something that is fading”. 


Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti CEO

His reference to “something that is fading” was towards the saloon, or sedan as they are known in non-European markets. Apparently, there has been a decline in sedan sales in the European market, while SUVs have seen an increased demand.

It’s true that prior to the arrival of their new CEO, the company worked on the idea of a four-door sedan using the Galibier name. However, indications are that the market would better support an SUV body style.

Breaking into the SUV Market

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift
Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Winkelmann has experience in the SUV market. He was part of the conception of the Lamborghini Urus SUV which has been launched.

Bugatti is not the only car manufacturer whose looking at the possibility of a new SUV. Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley also want a piece of the action. Ferrari project, known as Purosange, will feature plug-in hybrid technology and be the fastest vehicle of its type. This could make competition for a Bugatti SUV even stiffer.

Timeline for the Next Bugatti Model

2016 Bugatti Royale INTERIOR 5-door Fastback Bugatti Veyron? Bugatti Sedan Commercial CARJAM TV HD – YouTube

Whether sedan or SUV, it does look as if the new Bugatti model is not the only project for the Volkswagen Group. It may have to take a backseat to their electric vehicle and autonomous technology development. However, with the current popularity of the Chiron, their priorities could change.

By the way, LEGO built an awesome Chiron model, check it out here!

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