Daily Archives: September 12, 2018

Former F1 team owner aims to develop flying taxis within four years

The idea of the flying taxi is the fever dream of rich entrepreneurs looking to be "first." The latest rich entrepreneur interested in developing the "Jetsons"-like form of transportation? Former Manor Marussia F1 team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick founded Ovo Energy to challenge the British electric utilities in 2009. In 2015, he became the owner...

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BMW M launches M Town digital community for gearheads

BMW's M division has a new appropriately titled home in M Town. The company announced on Wednesday that M Town has opened its gates as a digital community for owners of BMW M cars. M Town's theme is "where too much is just right." The motif follows BMW's launch of the "Too Much" ad campaign, and M Town interweaves original content inside a fictional town...

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Jensen Button’s McLaren P1 for sale

It's not terribly often a McLaren P1 surfaces on the pre-owned market. Now one is available and it the first owner is a former Formula One champion. Jenson Button's P1 is for sale via Steve Hurn Cars, which explicitly lists its connection to Button. The British racing champion won the 2009 F1 World Championship driving for Brawn GP. He retired his seat in...

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North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year jury announces 2019 semifinalists

The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year jury announced its official list of semifinalists for its 2019 awards on Wednesday. The list includes 14 cars, 12 SUVs, and three pickup trucks. The NACTOY jurors aimed for a maximum of 12 finalists in each category, but voting by the 60-member jury made up of automotive journalists from various...

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Porsche rolls out two new short-term loan rental programs

Porsche wants to bring its ownership experience to as many drivers as possible, even if that means ownership only lasts a few hours. On Wednesday, the brand announced two new short-term loan programs that will launch as pilot programs in the United States: Porsche Drive and Porsche Host. Both follow Porsche's car-subscription service, Porsche Passport...

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2018 Goodwood Revival: Polishing the past, preparing for the future

Color slowly fades from sunset at the Goodwood Motor Circuit like an aging photograph. The sun sets low on the southern England horizon like the high desert. Bright yellows edge toward a brassy orange, tip toward a sultry red, and effortlessly disappear from the day. The pits and paddock drip with spotless Ferraris dressed in red, curvy McLarens in midnight...

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Here’s a 1973 Ford Bronco after a 1,500-hour restoration

With Ford working on a new generation of the Bronco for 2020, interest in the nameplate has seen a major resurgence in recent years. That's seen the price of classic Broncos shoot up along with demand for restoration services. One of the best in the business is Velocity Restorations of Pensacola, Florida, and it's just completed a 1,500-hour restoration of...

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Gordon Murray Design’s iStream Superlight tech can cut car weight in half

British engineering outfit Gordon Murray Design has touted its iStream construction for a few years, but the latest iStream Superlight method doubles down on the architecture's core principles: it can cut a car's weight in half. Compared to traditional stamped metal, the iStream Superlight method results in 50-percent weight savings when producing a...

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Nissan buys stake in e.dams Formula E team

Nissan will enter the Formula E Championship when the 2018/2019 season kicks off in December. It will be the fifth for the electric car series. Nissan isn't going it alone however as the automaker will partner up with successful team e.dams, which in previous seasons was partnered with Nissan's alliance partner Renault. Renault is exiting Formula E to focus...

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Major classic car dealer and restorer JD Classics hits financial troubles

Classic car sales have been on a tear for the past decade but that hasn't insulated one of the biggest names in the business from becoming insolvent. British firm JD Classics, a dealer of classic cars but also an expert restorer and organizer of classic racing events, entered administration on Friday, a process similar to bankruptcy protection here in the...

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