Daily Archives: September 4, 2018

World’s best 1977 Lotus Esprit visits Jay Leno’s Garage

It's rare to find one-owner classic cars. Time marches on and aging automobiles have to make way for more modern machines. That's the case most of the time, but not so for Detlef Claudius. He's owned his bright yellow Lotus Esprit since he bought it new back in 1977. Detlef owns the car with his son Jason, and the two recently visited Jay Leno's Garage with...

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Apple patented haptic seats and sunroof

Apple filed to patent more than 2,000 ideas last year, and we'll likely never see many of them reach daylight. But, automobile patents are becoming more common from the technology giant. The most recent patents, both awarded in the last couple of weeks, involve a trick sunroof and haptic-feedback seating. Filed with the United States Patent and Trademark...

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Rabbit Edition hops into 2019 Volkswagen GTI lineup

Volkswagen is digging back into its archives for a special-edition Golf GTI. The Rabbit Edition will join the GTI lineup for 2019. The brand hasn't released pricing or fuel economy estimates for the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and note the vehicle pictured above is the 2018 Golf GTI. However, we do have some basic information on what to expect. Outside, VW will...

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Spurred by Tesla, Koenigsegg aiming for 250 mph in 14 seconds

Koenigsegg currently produces the world's fastest production car in the Agera RS, but the company isn't stopping there. Especially not after learning how quickly the 2020 Tesla Roadster will accelerate. Speaking to Top Gear in a Friday report, founder and namesake, Christian von Koenigsegg, told his employees Tesla "put the gauntlet down" when it declared...

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McLaren F1 supercar can now be certified by the factory

McLaren built 106 examples of its iconic F1 supercar from 1993 to 1998. That includes 71 versions for the road, 28 for the racetrack, and seven prototypes. McLaren wants to make sure each of these cars remain in tip-top shape and is thoroughly documented. The new McLaren F1 Certification program has arrived to do just that. The company announced the launch...

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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC: 200-mile luxury electric SUV debuts

The luxury brands have been late to the electric revolution but that's about to change as a flood of new models arrive in the coming years, particularly from the German brands. Mercedes-Benz alone will launch 10 electric cars by 2025, one of which is the EQC small SUV that made its debut Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden. Mercedes' parent company Daimler has...

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BMW teases Vision iNext electric SUV

BMW is cranking up the hype machine for its forthcoming Vision iNext concept. The luxury brand published images and video on Monday, both of which begin to show off the electric SUV's look. Immediately, we're struck by a massive and elongated representation of BMW's iconic twin-kidney grille. The Vision iNext's dramatic grille is outlined in blue LEDs and...

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2019 Audi e-tron enters production, full reveal coming Sept. 17

Audi's first volume electric car, the e-tron, is almost here. Production of the first customer example, finished in Catalunya Red, was completed on Monday at the car's plant in Brussels, Belgium, a high-tech facility where automated transport systems bring the batteries to the assembly line just in sequence. The e-tron will be unveiled to the public on the...

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McLaren F1 team picks 18-year-old Lando Norris as new driver

McLaren confirmed Monday that 18-year-old Lando Norris will drive for its Formula 1 team in 2019. The British youngster is already a test and reserve driver for the team and a contender in the 2018 Formula 2 Championship, where he currently ranks second. He will replace current McLaren F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne who will step down from the team at the end...

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Apple’s self-driving car program sees first traffic accident

Apple is developing self-driving technology using a fleet of nearly 60 Lexus RX 450h crossover SUVs fitted with various cameras and sensors used to guide the vehicles. One of the vehicles was involved in an accident on August 24, California's DMV confirmed in a traffic accident report, the first for the tech giant's self-driving program. According to the...

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