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This is really something entirely new. The combination of new technology and master pilot is absolutely amazing.

A 100% electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S versus 911 GT3, AMG GT R, BMW M2 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Like a video game but for real.


 
This is really something entirely new. The combination of new technology and master pilot is absolutely amazing.

A 100% electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S versus 911 GT3, AMG GT R, BMW M2 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Like a video game but for real.


Impressive and quick but boring at the same time........just can't imagine a quick car without a decent soundtrack to go with it ......Formula E lacks excitement because they all sound like a hoover .... no pretend noise playing through the car's speakers (and many with proper engines do) is ever going to do it for me .

Esoteric question .....does an electric car have a soul in the way a performance car with an engine does ?
 

Hohenidoom

Clanker
Esoteric question .....does an electric car have a soul in the way a performance car with an engine does ?
I'd have said my horrid current daily could never have soul, it's a small four-banger than doesn't like doing anything bar making a dreadful din. Yet, over time, it has.

Anything has soul if you will it to have. Apart from gingers.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Impressive and quick but boring at the same time........just can't imagine a quick car without a decent soundtrack to go with it ......Formula E lacks excitement because they all sound like a hoover .... no pretend noise playing through the car's speakers (and many with proper engines do) is ever going to do it for me .

Esoteric question .....does an electric car have a soul in the way a performance car with an engine does ?
Aside from the safety considerations of near-silent vehicles moving around the streets, anything that makes the sound they do when pulling away should have the accompanying sound of milk bottles moving in the crate for added realism
 
I'd have said my horrid current daily could never have soul, it's a small four-banger than doesn't like doing anything bar making a dreadful din. Yet, over time, it has.

Anything has soul if you will it to have. Apart from gingers.
But it still has a small infernal combustion engine ........ it's this that gives a vehicle soul .....not a leccy motor .
Gingers ? jury's out on that one ;-)
 
Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

The gorgeous looking Maserati GranTursimo.
Published by: Mark Tisshaw, AUTOCAR magazine, on Thursday 16 JULY 2020.

New Maserati Ghibli Hybrid begins brand's electrifed era

Executive saloon is first to receive mild hybrid system, with Quattroporte and Levante expected to follow.


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The electrification of the Maserati brand has begun with the launch of a mild-hybrid version of the Ghibli.

The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid replaces the V6 diesel and mixes a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system for a combined 325bhp and 332lb ft.

Maserati claims the drive-train offers the performance of a V6 petrol but with 25% fewer CO2 emissions (from 192g/km) to be on a par with a V6 diesel. Fuel economy is from 33.2mpg, although both figures are subject to final homologation.

The new drivetrain allows the Ghibli Hybrid to cover 0-62mph in 5.7sec and reach a top speed of 158mph. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The 2.0-litre engine is modified from its installation in Alfa Romeo models, with a new ECU and tweaks to produce more torque. It’s mated to a 48V system comprising a belt-driven starter/generator that recovers energy under braking and deceleration to charge a battery in the boot. This in turn powers an eBooster that fills in the torque gaps before the turbo spools.

Maserati has opted for this 48V mild-hybrid system over a plug-in hybrid primarily to avoid increasing the weight.

“We investigated it, but to add value, you need a 50km [31-mile] range,” said Maserati’s electrification boss, Corrado Nizzola. “But that means a big battery in the boot and a weight distribution issue.

“On engine power you have more weight and on EV mode less power. For Maserati, the 48V system is the best solution.”

The styling has been subtly tweaked to mark the Ghibli Hybrid out from its non-electrified stablemates, including a new front grille design, blue trim detailing and an exclusive Grigio Evoluzione grey colour. Maserati has also tweaked the exhaust to ensure it makes the “unmistakable sound” of a Maserati engine without being artificially enhanced.

Two trims are offered: the sportier GranSport and the more luxurious GranLusso.

The Ghibli Hybrid is offered with the firm’s latest MIA infotainment . It runs the new Android Automotive system, which, Maserati claims, is faster than its previous infotainment system. It is operated through a higher-resolution 10.0in touchscreen with voice control for certain functions.

Production of the new car will begin in September, with UK models arriving soon after, although it’s available to order now, priced from £58,220.

The mild hybrid system is expected to be rolled out soon to the Quattroporte and Levante. The firm will announce plans for its first fully electric model in September alongside the launch of its new MC20 sports car.


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Launch video for the yoof, rappers, and drug-dealers . . .

 

endure

GCM
But what does it sound like? That's the true measure of a Maserati...
 
Published by: Mark Tisshaw, AUTOCAR magazine, on 16 July 2020.

Treasures of the Alfa Romeo museum as the firm turns 110.

As the storied Italian marque marks a major birthday, we take a look at its most significant models, celebrated in its official museum in Milan.


25 June 2020 marks the 110th birthday of Alfa Romeo.

The Italian marque has a storied history and has made a host of celebrated models. As part of its rejuvenation in recent years as one of the jewels in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles crown, Alfa reopened its museum in Arese. Located about 7 miles north of central Milan, the collection is spread over three floors and is a magnificent reminder of some great cars. These are the highlights of our visit . . .

Spoiler alert . . . You have to get to slide number 14, before the 156 appears . . .

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You have to get to slide number 14, before the definitive Alfa Romeo WHEELS appears . . .

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And . . . . The compact, front-wheel-drive Alfasud was one of the most commercially successful Alfa's ever made . . . I did NOT know that . . . !!

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Follow the link for plenty more "porn" to satisfy the Alfa aficionado

 
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endure

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That Nuvola is stunning

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Published by: Richard Dredge, AUTOCAR magazine, on 16 July 2020.

Origins: First cars of the world's most famous car makers.

Where they started - the origins of more than 50 car makers are charted here . . .

Karl Benz built the first car in 1885, and since then many thousands of companies have sprung up trying to make a name for themselves.


But few have survived and here we take a look at how some of those survivors (plus a few that didn't make it) got started. Sometimes things are a lot more convoluted than you think though, with some companies claiming two (or even three) first cars . . . [slide show]

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Published by: Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club, on 17 July 2020.

TV comedian Steve Coogan sells historically significant E Type

A very exciting Jaguar E Type is to be offered for sale at the forthcoming Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction from the highly desirable collection of TV actor and comedian Steve Coogan.


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This particular car is very special indeed. It is one of the first 92 right-hand drive cars produced and one of the 56 used by the dealers as demonstration cars. This E-Type was the first one that went to Scotland in July 1961, to Jaguar Edinburgh. The dealers were forbidden to sell these cars until the September.

On the 8th September 1961 chassis number #62 was registered to its very first owner in North Berwick who kept the car until 1978 when it was sold to its second owner who resided in Edinburgh. It was later sold to its third Scottish owner in Fife and returned to Edinburgh for its fourth owner. By spending much of its time in Scotland 062 kept a very low profile.

In 2016 Silverstone Auctions sold the car, having been coaxed out of Scotland and now identified as one of the 92 original cars. An eagle-eyed Quentin Willson, himself a former owner of an early E-Type took note of the car’s sale and with his friend Steve Coogan set about acquiring the car for Steve’s rare and desirable collection of classic cars.

During #62’s lifetime it had undergone some restoration but in 2017 XK Engineering were commissioned to carry out a full nut and bolt restoration of this very rare and early flat floor E-Type. This project was to take two years and was fully documented by Classic Cars magazine.

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Most importantly this rare early E-Type still retained its matching body, engine and cylinder head as well as Moss gearbox. The detail of this car didn’t stop there, it still had its full flat floor, split throttle linkage, rear view mirror, bonnet louvres and the all-important outside bonnet latches. These unique features making this car stand out as one of these very early cars.

The restoration process was to the highest standards possible, it could be described as forensic the level of detail that went into it. It was finished in its original colour of Sherwood Green with a green leather interior and French Grey roof. As a result of this detail, the car on offer is quite possibly the best you could find, exquisite in detail with a full history file, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and now a unique opportunity to own a genuine concours winning British icon estimated at £300,000 to £350,000.

 
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NSP

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Saw this little beastie go by yesterday...

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NSP

LE
This trundled past me on the A30 on my way up to the moor a few years back, too...

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