Electric cars have been the talk of the automotive world for several years now. But it is in these past months were car brands started telling the world their plans in regard to this issue. Big brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini have said that they will not make electric cars. This is a controversial matter and these company's have taken their stance. The other notable company to make a stand is Jaguar, but they went a completely different way.
But Jaguar Land Rover’s have announced much more electricity for their future. They also announced that by 2020, every single model they make will have a hybrid option. The shift to electric will start next year when the Jaguar’s first fully electric SUV, the I-Pace, comes.
In addition to this the car maker also plans to make electric SUV racing series using 20 I-Pace SUVs. They plan to take the SUV's to their special vehicles operations unit to make the big family cars race ready. The series will race on the same tracks that Formula E competes on. It will have 10 races spread across Formula E’s fifth season, which starts in late 2018.
The company is clearly preparing for the future as governments across the world start narrowing down on an electric future, and are being smart showing they will be a part of it.
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ASTON MARTIN FUTURE CARS:
Aston Martin has confirmed the production of what they call the RapidE, their first all electric car. Williams Advanced Engineering has been confirmed as the lead engineers on the project. Aston plans production in 2019, and the car will be based on the Rapide AMR. Around 2 years ago Aston revealed the concept behind this car, and two short years after they have announced its production. They plan a small 155 vehicles to be made, it will serve as Astons learning curve into the world of low or zero emission cars. Aston say, "RapidE will deliver four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain replacing the six-litre V12 engine." More information is still to be released but what we can say is that this all electric drivetrain will give Aston drivers a new expirience... and soundtrack.
NOW the big question arrives, is this just talk or actually happening? As Jordan says in the video, are Aston pulling a BMW or are they doing what they say? I guess we will find out. I personally though after looking into it believe they will go through with it because of this: THE ASTON MARTIN VALEKRIE which Williams Engineering is also making, so who knows!
In less electrifying news Aston also announced the arrival of their soft top DB11 Volante:
Lets look at the stats, with the 4-litre AMG twin-turbo V8 the DB11 has over 500bhp. This allows it to go from 0-60mph in less then 4.1 seconds and get to 100mph in less then 9 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 187mph.
Several people will think, can a ragtop stand with these incredible speeds? Well not to worry, Aston has said the ragtop has been tested to the extreme during the development process including 100,000 tests using weather chambers to simulate years of use in the harshest environments on earth. The car was also taken to Death Valley and to the Arctic Circle. The roof can be put up or down in just 16 seconds from the key or from in the car at up to 31 mph. AND, don't worry the ragtop wont spoil the looks of the car as it comes with three color options and several other interior choices to make!
The Volante weighs 110kg more then the hard top at 1,870kg dry.
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Ariel the same company that made the Atom have said they are making an electric hyper car which will have 1200HP. This coming right around the same time as Aston Martin announced the Valakyrie and Mercedes announced their Project One. The thing is, with Mercedes and Aston we can believe them as they have done similar things in the past and have so much experience that it seems reasonable for them to be able to do something like this. With Ariel it's a different matter, seeing as most of the world doesn't know them and those who have only know the Atom. And although the Atom is an amazing car, we don't see evidence of their ability to do something this big. Don't misunderstand me, I love Ariel, and really hope they manage this project, it just seems harder for me to believe.
Autocar reports the car, codenamed P40, will be coming in 2020, and will have a 0-100 time of just 3.8 seconds. My car goes from 0-10 in that. It will be four-wheel drive. The company has said they think it will be the fastest accelerating supercar ever made. By the way, so you understand how amazing this 3.8s is, the LaFerrari does the same thing in 4.7s. They say it will have a 0-60 of 2.4s and 0-150 in 7.8 seconds, going on to a top speed of just 160mph. According to Autocar its electric drivetrain will produce 1180 bhp and 1328 lb-ft of torque. Each wheel will have its own electric engine, similar to the Mercedes AMG electra or the Rimac Concept One. The P40 is expected to be able to run 15 minutes flat out on a track, and have a 100-120 mile range.
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LAST ZONDA EVER!
Pagani have rolled out what they promise is the last edition of the Zonda supercar. It was revealed earlier this year at the Concours d'Elegance and is called the HP Berchetta. HP standing for the founder Horacia Pagani's initials. They have said that they will only make three of these, one of which will go to his personal collection.
The Berchetta will be powered by a 7.3L V12 Mercedes-AMG engine, producing... well they have not actually told us. But a previous Zonda with a 6L V12 AMG had 800HP and 538lb of torque so we can expect quite a lot of go, easily estimated at or over 900HP. This is very close to the Mercedes Project One and I am wondering how they will compare.
Pagani began making the Zonda in 1999, since they have made at least nine different variants. They also made many one-off examples produced for wealthy customers, including the Zonda HH Zonda MD, the names of both of which reflect the initials of their buyers. They say this is the last one, but I for one wont believe it until I see it.
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LAST BUT NOT LEAST WHAT WILL BE A FUTURE MODERN CLASSIC!?
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