Daily Archives: August 7, 2018

2019 Audi e-tron first ride: pulling all the brakes

Ignore the flashy, high-tech vehicle wrap, a cross between pixelated camouflage and hunting orange. The 2019 Audi e-tron is a non-event from inside, and that's just what its maker intended. When it goes on sale next year, the e-tron electric crossover SUV will be the anti-Tesla. Its conservative crossover SUV shape will draw no more and no less...

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Mercedes-AMG forms eSports racing team

Four gamers have caught the break of a lifetime as the inaugural members of Mercedes-AMG's newly founded eSports team. On Tuesday, the company announced the Mercedes-AMG Petronas eSports team will enter the 2018 F1 eSports Series. eSports, or electronic sports, are a form of organized video game competition featuring numerous players, many of them often...

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Steve McQueen’s family sues Ferrari over special-edition 70th anniversary cars

Last year, Ferrari celebrated 70 years since the unveiling of its first sports car and part of the celebration included 350 special edition cars in various liveries to mark significant moments for the company. Allegedly, the "Steve McQueen" livery never had the McQueen family's blessing. According to Courthouse News Service, the heirs of Steve McQueen filed...

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Elon Musk considering taking Tesla private, TSLA stock trading halted

Elon Musk shook both the Internet and financial industry Tuesday as the man in charge of Tesla [NYSE: TSLA] tweeted about taking Tesla private and buying back the stock at $420 per share. The first tweet was posted at 12:48 pm EST stating his interest in taking Tesla private at $420 per share, and went on to say the funding to do such a thing has been...

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Ford fitting line workers with bionics to help build cars

Ford is channeling the $6 Million Man for its latest technological achievement. After partnering with Ekso Bionics, Ford now offers the EksoVest for employees to reduce worker fatigue and lessen the chance of injury on the job. The EksoVest is an exoskeleton that provides lift assistance from 5 to 15 pounds per arm. Workers suit up and immediately receive a...

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Teens failed to steal car because it had manual transmission

A woman in Nashville, Tennessee, was saved by the grace of three pedals and a gear selector. Two teenage carjackers attempted to steal a woman's vehicle at a Kroger parking lot only to find it didn't have an automatic transmission. The two teens, ages 15 and 17, grabbed the woman's keys as she exited her car and approached the grocery store. Both boys...

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Land Rover to introduce new modular platform starting with redesigned Defender

Land Rover is in the process of redesigning its Defender after the previous model ceased production in 2016 following a run that lasted more than three decades. It was thought the new Defender would ride on the modular platform known as the Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) found in the Discovery and Range Rover models. However, Autocar reported on...

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New Wiesmann sports car coming in 2019

After ceasing operations in 2014 due to insolvency, Germany's Wiessman and its collection of retro sports cars was brought back to life a year later by a couple of Indian investors based in the United Kingdom. They brought on Mercedes-Benz veteran Mario Spitzner to run the revived company, which is based in Wiesmann's traditional home of Dulmen, Germany and...

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Adrian Newey explains why Aston Martin’s Valkyrie has a V-12

It might seem odd that Aston Martin chose to go with the relatively old-school choice of a big V-12 for its Valkyrie hypercar at a time when rivals are downsizing to turbocharged V-8s and even V-6s. Recall, Mercedes-AMG's Project One packs a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6, albeit one nicked from the automaker's Formula 1 car. In an interview with Autocar...

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BMW M explains how to use its dual-clutch transmission

Do you remember when BMW was self-described as the Ultimate Driving Machine? Those days are long gone but BMW still cranks out a few hits. It's nevertheless clear that BMW's core demographic has changed, and thus the automaker has to put out a video explaining how to use its own dual-clutch transmission. While you have the likes of Honda instilling a love...

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