McLaren Release Unique Limited Run of Vehicles

McLaren has launched an extra unique model of its 570GT referred to as the MSO Black Collection, which will get extra usual equipment and bespoke options from the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) department.

Super Car maker McLaren has a new, unique model of their 570GT–known as the MSO Black Collection. These special models will also come with special options available. Only 100 of these absolute collectors vehicles will be made.

Inside, there are black semi-aniline leather-based (a harder leather-based subject matter) seats with Alcantara sections and a black Alcantara-wrapped wheel. The external is done in a black paint that’s bespoke to MSO, whilst the key may be completed in an identical color.

No adjustments had been made to the 570GT’s powertrain, so it sticks with the Working automotive maker’s twin-turbocharged three. Eight-liter V8 engine, offering the rear wheels with as much as 562bhp and 443lb feet of torque by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Prices for the 570GT MSO Black Collection get started at £179,950 – £22,950 greater than the usual automotive. First deliveries are due in the summertime.

Jeff Gordon Tops 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Ballot

Jeff Gordon is four-time champ. He started his racing career at an age when many drivers retire. He created a stock car super team. Gordon’s overall work is now the standard by which stock car teams and businesses are measured.

Jeff Gordon, Harry Gant, John Holman, Ralph Moody and Kirk Shelmerdine. These NASCAR super stars represent the five new nominees into the Class of 2019 for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

In Charlotte this January 20 new nominees will be introduced into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. They will be introduced at an event in May. The selection committee represents people from all walks of NASCAR from pit crew members, to mechanics and even fans.

This year’s complete list of nominees features Davey Allison, Buddy Baker, Red Farmer, Raymond Fox, Gant, Joe Gibbs, Gordon, Holman, Harry Hyde, Alan Kulwicki, Bobby Labonte, Hershel McGriff, Moody, Roger Penske, Larry Phillips, Jack Roush, Ricky Rudd, Shelmerdine, Mike Stefanik and Waddell Wilson.

Audi A6 Gets Upgrades

Audi’s new A6 will get a “mild-hybrid technology” upgrade–the upgrades will be significant compared to the old model and will be revealed in Geneva.

Audi said the A6 will be available with the same autonomous driving capability on the A8 sedan and A7 fastback. The sensors bring more active safety functions. No hands-free driving from Audi until legislation changes though.

One feature gets the new model to closer to self-driving, an auto park feature.  On the new A6 is the ability to command the car to self-park via a button on the myAudi smartphone app. The car will follow the command only after everyone has exited the vehicle.

The car will feature two 3.0-liter V-6 engines. These will come in either gasoline or diesel, both fitted with mild-hybrid technology that delivers electric power via a 48-volt belt-driven start-alternator. The lithium ion battery collects energy that would be wasted in braking and helps the car under acceleration which ultimately reduces fuel usage.

BMW to Build Electric Minis for China Market

BMW says it’s in considering electric models of its Mini cars for the China market. This would be the first time the vehicles have been made outside Europe. BMW it has signed a letter of intent with a Chinese manufacturer named Great Wall Motor.

China is the world’s largest market auto market; BMW was able  to account for 560,000 vehicles in that market last year. About 35,000 were Minis. BMW already works with the manufacturer named Brilliance from China.

The company says its main Mini plant in Oxford, England, will start producing the first battery electric models next year.

BMW said making Minis in China wouldn’t call into question its commitment to manufacturing in Britain. They noted they had made “significant investments”, insinuating that they wouldn’t abandon the UK market.

Renault Reports Record Profits

Renault, the French auto company, reported very high profit and sales for 2017. This supports CE Carlos Ghosn’s posit that new government demands will only strengthen the alliance with partner Nissan.

Renault saw 17.4 percent surge in profit–their highest ever at $4.84 billion, a 6.6% revenue. That is up by almost 15%. These results blew analysts expectations out of the water when it comes to Renault’s operating profits.This does not include the recent consolidation with AvtoVAZ in Russia. Manufacturing costs savings increased 663 million euros.

Renault aims to maintain this operating margin of 6% or higher in 2018–despite currency changes that could damage them. This strong showing financially may help Ghosn from a closer relationship with Nissan based on pressure from the French government.

 

Nissan to Release “Leaf” Model in Asia-Pacific Market

On Tuesday Nissan reported it would launch their new, all electric version of its very popular Leaf in 7 Asian and Pacific markets. They even hinted at looking into several other markets with the success of the Leaf being so wide spread. At the moment electrics don’t represent much of the SE Asian market. This is often due to affordability and lack of recharge stations.

Low emission vehicles are the future and automakers are all making their bid in markets the world over.

Japan’s number 2 car maker, Nissan, will bring the Leaf to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

Ex Google engineers resent Nuro auto-delivery vehicle

Startup Nuro.ai has come up with $92 million to create test models of a car that no human, supposedly, will ever be seated inside. The “R1” is a low-speed delivery vehicle that would open its hatch via an app when it reaches its destination. Nuro.ai hopes for a legal fleet of road-ready R1s by 2022.

The proposed app wold not only provide a code so customers can get their goods, but provide tracking information on the vehicle for the customer. Nuro is also considering integrating facial recognition into the app and car system.

 

The L.A. has already sorted the necessary permits to test the cars from the state DMV. R1s will hit the road for trial this year. The car will rely on very little human input according to Nuro. It would rely heavily on complex mapping, cameras, radars and other devices for navigation.

The company was found by ex-Google employees Ferguson and Zhu

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https://www.theverge.com/

Musk/Tesla’s Bold New Financial Plan

Elon Musk of Tesla Inc. received a new compensation plan from his company with payments depending largely on the company’s stock prices.  Tesla is also about to report on massive cash losses, however. The plan is much the same as it has been: when Tesla’s stock goes up, Musk owns more of it

The big surprise is the company’s projections–its market value, they think, will increase by 12 increments. They say starting at $100 billion and going as high as an astonishing $650 billion. The surprise, the company’s current market value rests at only $59 billion.

However, Musk, maybe more so than the company, is taking all the risk. If the company hits none of its goals, Elon Musk doesn’t get a thing. Musk’s mental investment is hard to gauge. Already being a billionaire, Telsa’s success isn’t wrapped up in, necessarily, in the Chief Executive Musk’s financial well-being.

 

 

Ferrari 488 “GTO” Photo Leaked!

While the “leak” of Ferrari 488 GTO just wouldn’t have been complete w/o a photo leak. Well, that’s now been rectified via this image, which is currently doing the rounds on social media.

The quality isn’t great, but some things are crystal clear: it is a newer, so-called “hardcore” imagining of the 488. The front end bearing most of the redesign. The diffuser, rear spoiler, front bonnet and bumper are all carbon fiber. Newer images reveal the bonnet with deep vent, refereed to as an S-duct.The side blades are of particular interest, at the front of the forward wheels. The aggressive new skirt adds to the “hardcore” make over. And one cannot forget the all-important racing stripes.

The new 20-inch wheels are 40% lighter. The engine has its origins in the V8 488 Challenge racer.

What a NAFTA Renegotiation Could Mean for Car Prices in the US

The Trump administration’s goal for car sales in the US is for each car sold to have parts that are 85% regional. Under the current NAFTA deal, 62% of parts come from N. America. Of the 85% of regional parts the president and his team want 50% of them to be sourced in the US. Canada and Mexico see this as a deal breaker.

The Center for Automotive Research predicts a 450,000 unit loss of sales on imported light vehicles if the 35% percent tariff proposed by President Trump were enacted–this 35% tariff would apply to all vehicles not meeting content and manufacturing requirements.

IHS/Markit claims that 1.8 million vehicles produced in Mexico in 2016 were sent to the U.S. sales market. Experts say the U.S. simply doesn’t have the capacity to take on that level of manufacturing. Automakers would be forced to look elsewhere for their needs and would then have to pay the tariff. This would add anywhere to $5k-$15k to the sticker price of a new car. This could well result in a dangerous slump in the automotive business.