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Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen’s Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

After 31 years of not participating, Volkswagen is taking aim at the Pikes Peak hill climb record. To do so, VW is building an electric race car with hopes of accomplishing this goal. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place at Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs. The 2018 hill climb event will occur on June 24, 2018. By this date, VW hopes to build a car that will defeat any and all competition.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

In the year 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began taking place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. At a length of 12.4 miles, this hill climb takes drivers up a total of 4,700 feet in height to reach the peak. The summit of Pikes Peak is slightly over 14,000 feet above sea level. Back in 2016, the hill climb record for a modified electric vehicle was 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds. For this record, driver Rhys Millen drove a e0 PP100 vehicle. In the same year, the Tesla Model S set the record for a production vehicle climb at 11 minutes and 48.264 seconds.

Statement by Dr. Frank Welsch of VW’s Board

“The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races,” stated Dr. Frank Welsch, a VW board member. “It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technology.”.

VW Sets Target for Electric Vehicles

This statement by Frank Welsch is a signal that VW is aiming to leap forward in vehicle technology. By succeeding at Pikes Peak, VW would improve their reputation in the auto community. This is definitely a necessary requirement after the entire diesel emissions fiasco. Welsch hopes that the Pikes Peak program will provide VW with a gain of knowledge in the electric vehicles realm. Volkswagen aims to release an EV crossover in 2020 as well as revive the Microbus as an EV for 2022.

Volkswagen is Determined to Win


Overall, Volkswagen is aiming to obtain the Pikes Peak record. A victory like this would prove beneficial to a company that had a dip in reputability in the last few years. The fiasco may have injured VW’s reputation but a leap forward into the electric cars could prove beneficial. If VW is able to make competitive EV vehicles, it will join in on the competition of the future. Brands such as Mercedes already have major goals for electric vehicles meaning. In June 2018, the world will have their eyes set on VW as they attempt to obtain the Pikes Peak record.

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition: The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition: The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been an extravagant, iconic SUV since its debut in 1979. Initially starting with I4, I5, and I6 motors, the car has grown to become a rare spectacle. Currently, the G65 AMG sports a V12 motor that turns this SUV into a true beast. Unfortunately, Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, has decided it is time to let go of the prized V12 option. So, unfortunately, Daimler is releasing a final version called the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition.

MSRP of $252,690 with 65 Limited Editions Worldwide

While the non-AMG G-Class starts at a MSRP of $122,400, the Final Edition is expected to cost around $252,690. Yes, 2 times as much as the base model. This price is not 100% official in the United States yet, but sources state the value was obtained from Mercedes-Benz. Limited to only 65 worldwide, the G65 AMG will have 30 for sale within the U.S. very soon. Obtaining one of these limited SUVs will be difficult and may be reserved for Mercedes top customers.

Symbolic Matte Bronze Trim

The Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition’s attractiveness begins with a matte bronze trim on the exterior. The matte bronze trim can be seen on the front bumper, mirrors, and wheels. On the inside, black Nappa leather is accented by carbon fiber with interwoven bronze accents. Even the passenger handle has a specialty badge for those “oh shit” moments. At least, your passenger can hold on for dear life in style when you accelerate this beastly SUV.

6.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V12 with 630 HP and 730 Lb.-Ft. of Torque

In the engine bay, a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 boasts an obnoxious 630 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the SUV to hit 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. Mercedes-AMG limits the SUV to a top governed speed of 143 mph, faster than anyone needs to go in a SUV. Considering the G65 has the same engine as a S65, the true top speed can be expected to be around 170-180 mph. Now it only makes sense that they limited it… going that fast in a SUV would probably prove deadly, very fast.

The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition is a farewell to the G-Class and it’s V12 engine. Mercedes plan is to replace the G-Class with an all-new, similar vehicle with smaller engine options. Don’t worry, smaller engines don’t signal the loss of enormous power as many manufacturers have proven in the last few years. Regardless, the G65 Final Edition is a mean machine that can go through 2 feet of standing water and climb 27 degree slopes. On top of that, the G65 can tilt 20 degrees sideways before it may tilt over. In the end, the G-Class was an iconic symbol of wealth through the years and it’s lifetime has come to a demise.

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Audi vs. BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz

In 2018, competition between European automobile manufacturers is still the norm. From Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz, these competitors are always attempting to overwhelm their counterparts. In this article, we will compare the 2018 Audi RS5, BMW M4, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Each car, with its own unique design, has pros and cons. Below, the comparison will determine the true winner of this battle.

2018 Audi RS5

The 2018 Audi RS5 was released to market in June 2017 in Europe. At a MSRP equivalent of $85,495, the RS5 has aimed at a higher market target. The 2018 RS5 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 compared to the previous 4.2-liter V8. This new motor produces 450 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi estimates the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. With that number, the RS5 leaps forward into the realm of true sports car accelerations.

2018 BMW M4

Next, the 2018 BMW M4 is available in a coupe and convertible build with MSRPs of $67,195 and $75,695, respectively. For this analysis, the coupe will be considered the competitor. The M4’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. With the Competition package, the M4 boasts 444 horsepower, slightly closer to the RS5. This power allows the M4 to hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the RS5. Lastly, the M4 has a top speed of 163 mph.

2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Lastly, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe still offers the lustful V8 engine at a MSRP of $75,500. With a 4.0-liter AMG V8 twin-turbo, the C63 S Coupe delivers 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Already, Mercedes has around 50 horsepower more than the competition. This power allows the C63 S Coupe to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Unfortunately for Mercedes, the 50 extra horsepower didn’t do its homework. With a governor, the C63 S Coupe has a top speed of 180 mph. Usually, the governor is a sign that it can go, indeed, faster.

The Comparison

In comparison, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe has the highest amount of winning parameters. First, the C63 S Coupe sports a V8 with 50 more horsepower than the competition. Although this doesn’t win the 0-60 mph run, it will win at top speed, considering it hits 180 mph with a limiter. The Audi RS5 takes last place on the 0-60 mph run only by 0.1 seconds. For MSRP, the BMW M4 is the cheapest automobile followed by the AMG C63 S Coupe and the RS5. Note, the RS5 value is an estimation based on it’s value in Euros, so U.S. price may be slightly lower.

Winner: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe comes in first place in the is competition. It may not be the most environmental friendly, but in a competition of speed, this car wins. Second place can be considered given to the BMW M4 which can hit 60 mph just as fast as the AMG V8. It is also almost $10,000 less at MSRP. In last place, the Audi RS5 came in close, but not close enough. Behind by only 0.1 seconds on the 0-60, the RS5 ends up being the slowest accelerator here. The RS5 does come in second place for top speed though. In the end, the AMG C63 S Coupe takes the victory home for the 2018 model year.

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.

Porsche Passport: Car Subscription Service for $2,000 Minimum per Month

Porsche Passport: Car Subscription Service for $2,000 Minimum per Month

Porsche Car Subscription Service

In 2017, Porsche is bringing a brand-new car sales concept to market. Starting in the Atlanta area, Porsche will run a new pilot program that offers car subscription services called Porsche Passport. For $2,000 minimum per month, a Porsche subscriber will have access to any Porsche model they desire, whenever they desire it. Basically, with the subscription service, a subscriber will be able to load an application and request a different model whenever they please. This is an interesting take on profitability and I think this may be the future of auto leases.

Starts November 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia

Starting next month, in November 2017, Porsche will offer the subscription service in Atlanta. With a base price of $2,000 per month, this includes sports cars and SUVs. Porsche refers to this as “white-glove” service and plans to provide a flexible schedule to all subscribers. Porsche teamed up with Clutch Technologies, LLC to bring this concept to life. Porsche’s Strategy 2025 is a reason that this concept is being rolled out. Their plan is to appeal more to customers’ desire and to provide the experience of each Porsche sports car.

Starts at $2,000 per Month

For $2,000 per month, the driver will have access to models including the Boxter, Cayman, and 6 other models. At $3,000 per month, the plan increases the number of cars to 22 models including a Cayenne E-Hybrid. The subscription includes detailing, insurance maintenance, registration, and vehicle tax. There is also a $500 activation fee as well as a credit check for people to access the Porsche Passport app. The application will be placed on Android and iOS.

Audi on Demand & Care by Volvo

In San Francisco, Audi runs “Audi on Demand” which is somewhat of a concierge rental service. There is also a plan by Volvo for “Care by Volvo” which is another subscription service. Volvo will not debut this until early 2018 but it will include the new XC40 SUV.

Is the Market Ready for Car Subscriptions?


Overall, car subscription services may be a great way to “lease” vehicles. With access to multiple models at any time, the service is sure to attract many. While at the same time I’d love to own a Porsche, I’d also love to get a chance to drive each model. This method could also be used to allow customers to “test” the cars and could lead to purchases. The cars may not be fully loaded or customized to your liking, it’s still a great deal. In the end, the market will let us know if subscription car service is a go… or not.

Szechaun Sauce for 2004 VW Golf Mk4: Deal or No Deal?

Szechaun Sauce for 2004 VW Golf Mk4: Deal or No Deal?

McDonald’s Szechaun Sauce

In 1998, McDonald’s officially created “Szechaun” sauce as a promotional item for the Disney movie “Mulan”. Not too long after, the condiment was removed from McDonald’s menu. On October 7, 2017, McDonald’s brought back the Szechaun sauce in a limited supply. As a result, chaos ensued as fans of the hit TV series “Rick and Morty” showed up in bulk numbers at McDonald’s nationwide to try the sauce. The reason for this is because the TV show had an episode in which Rick goes through the drive-thru and mentions the oh-so-great Szechaun sauce. This led to an insane value for a packet of Szechaun… even a 2004 VW Golf Mk4.

2004 VW Golf Mk4 for Szechaun Sauce

This high demand and low supply led to frantic TV show enthusiasts and a skyrocket in value of the sauce. On eBay, Szechaun sauce could be bought for around $280. Yes, $280 for a small packet of sauce. On the other hand, one girl was so lucky that she was offered an early 2000s VW Golf for a packet of sauce. Rachel Marie of Macomb, Michigan posted on social media about her sauce for trade. Duane Kimmel, the owner of a 2004 VW Golf, posted that he would trade the vehicle for the sauce. As one would suspect, Rachel was quick to accept the offer.

“Thank you for the insane trade on the VW Golf Mk4 for the legendary Szechaun Sauce Duane Kimmel, I hope you got lost in the sauce!” – Rachel Marie via Facebook.

Szechaun Demand Due to Rick and Morty

Leading to this trade, a series of events occurred that drafted the way to her success on the trade. First, the Adult Swim TV Show “Rick and Morty” featured the Szechaun sauce in an April 2017 episode. Not long after, TV show fans took their hope of Szechaun sauce to Change.org. On the website, a petition was created asking McDonald’s to bring it back. This led to McDonald’s offering to bring it back on October 7, 2017. With only 20 packets per restaurant, McDonald’s hoped to cover the demand for the day. But, they were wrong… so wrong.

$280 for a Packet of Szechaun Sauce… or a VW Golf Mk4

Overall, McDonald’s Szechaun sauce was brought to us by McDonald’s for Disney’s “Milan” and brought back for “Rick and Morty”. Consequently, chaos ensued at restaurants nationwide due to the low supply. Due to this, fans were willing to pay $280 for a packet, and even a 2004 VW Golf. Luckily, for Rachel, she was able to trade the sauce for that VW Golf. In our view, that’s one hell of a deal – for Rachel.

 

$4.2 Million Ferrari F12 TRS: Drag Racing at Air Field

$4.2 Million Ferrari F12 TRS: Drag Racing at Air Field

$4.2 Million Ferrari F12 TRS

The Ferrari F12 TRS, with a value of $4.2 million, is one of Ferrari’s ultra-exclusive Special Projects cars. The Special Projects program by Ferrari provides the most steadfast customers with access to rare specialty vehicles. Ferrari has already decided to limit production to only 7,000 models per year. Although manufacturing is down, Ferrari is offering a high-level of personalization options for their cars. The Ferrari F12 TRS is no exception, and at $4.2 million, you’d better get what you’re expecting.

6.3-Liter V12 with 720 Horsepower & 508 Lb.-Ft. of Torque

The Ferrari F12 TRS sports a 6.3-liter V12 engine producing 729 horsepower and 508 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the F12 TRS to hit 62 mph in only 3.1 seconds. The motor also allows for a top speed of around 211 mph, plus some. The F12 TRS’s basis is an extension of the F12 Berlinetta. It shares the same powertrain and performance specs as the Berlinetta.

Extreme Open-Top Sports Barchetta

The F12 TRS was developed due to a client’s request for an extreme open-top sports Barchetta. A major initial inspiration for the project is the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. This car is pays homage to the legendary 250 Testa Rossa’s spirit as well as the “TRS” title. Rumors of a KERS-style hybrid system aren’t true as the vehicles basis is the F12 TRS. From exterior to interior, the F12 TRS is a beautiful collector’s car.

Ferrari F12 TRS is a Majestic Vehicle


Overall, the Ferrari F12 TRS is a beast of a machine at a hefty price of $4.2 million USD. Limited in sales, the F12 TRS will rarely be seen by the public’s eyes on the street. Fortunately, for everyone, a video of a F12 TRS at an air field has surfaced on YouTube as seen above on this page. Now, everyone can enjoy the prowess of this majestic vehicle. In the end, the Ferrari F12 TRS is any Ferrari lover’s dream.

Porsche 911 GT3: Dyno Testing at Fabspeed Motorsport

Fabspeed Motorsport 2017 Open House & Exotic Car Meet

At the Fabspeed Motorsport 2017 Open House & Exotic Car Meet, a Porsche 911 GT3 placed on the dyno. The beautiful purple 911 GT3 is a stunning vehicle with amazing performance specs. From its sporty design to its Fabspeed enhancements, this 911 GT3 roared on the dyno. As spectators surrounded the vehicle, ear plugs were handed out to prepare the guests for the scream of this beastly machine. Without the ear plugs, you could honestly expect ear pain and temporary hearing loss… no joke.

Porsche 911 GT3 Specifications

The current Porsche 911 GT3 starts at a MSRP of $143,600.00 (121,648.53 Euros). With 500 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque, the 911 GT3 can hit 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds with PDK. With a manual transmission, the 911 GT3 hits 60 mph in 3.8 seconds… a 0.6 second difference. The vehicle sports a rear wheel drive system connecting to a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. This engine allows the 911 GT3 to hit an astonishing 197 mph on the track.

The length of the 911 GT3 is 179.6 inches with a width of 77.8 inches. It is 50 inches tall and has a wheelbase of 96.7 inches. This vehicle has a 0.3 drag coefficient and weighs about 3,153 lbs. Surprisingly, the car has a 4.4 cubic foot luggage compartment and a 16.9-gallon fuel tank. These specifications lead to an overall phenomenal performance machine.

The Porsche 911 GT3 is a Powerhouse on Wheels

Overall, the Fabspeed Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 is a powerhouse on wheels. With the additional mods, the GT3 roars louder than a lion on the dyno. In the video, a few dyno run tests are shown without a true perspective of the extreme decibels produced by the sports car. If you look in the background, you can see spectators who didn’t have hear plugs attempting to cover their ears as much as possible. Experiencing this Porsche 911 GT3 screaming in the shop was a once in a lifetime experience.

Pagani Zonda 760 LM Roadster: Getting Rained “In” at the Track

Pagani Zonda 760 LM Roadster

The Pagani Zonda 760 LM Roadster, a car worth over 3.5 million euros, was spotted on the track. Unfortunately, it started to rain while the car was on the track with the top open. Obviously, this led to rain getting into the interior. Basically, the Zonda 760 LM Roadster was being rained “in”. For a car of this value, that is not the best way to treat it… but, nature is out of the driver’s control.

7.3-Liter AMG V12 Engine with 760 Horsepower

The Pagani Zonda 760 LM Roadster sports a 7.3-liter AMG V12 engine producing 760 horsepower. The engine is coupled with a sequential manual transmission. As expected, the V12 has a purr of its own. The 750 LM Roadster can hit 60 mph in only 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. This car was inspired by Le Mans prototype race cars. Compared to other Zondas, this car has new headlights, extended wheel arches, and a vented hood.

Minivan & Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

On the track with the Zonda filming it were a used minivan and a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. The Gallardo Spyder is obviously very unique in its own way while the minivan… well that’s that. In the video, the Zonda can be seen on the track when it starts raining with the top open. This is definitely not a circumstance to be stuck in within such an expensive vehicle. Luckily, the driver was able to deal with the situation easily.

Hopefully, the Interior Wasn’t Damaged…

Overall, being stuck on the track with an open top Pagani Zonda 760 LM Roadster in the rain isn’t anyone’s goal. Well… maybe a few. On the other hand, the beauty and power of the Zonda 760 LM Roadster display the elegance of a true race car. A Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and a Pagani Zonda 760 LM Roadster at the track sounds pretty exciting in itself. In the end, let’s hope the interior of the Zonda wasn’t damaged by the unforeseen circumstances.

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