Ultra-capacitor hybrid radically boosts power and efficiency of lithium batteries

Combining the unique strengths of lithium batteries with crazy-fast charging, carbon ultra-capacitors could save a ton of weight and add significant range and power to electric vehicles, according to Nawa Technologies. Based outside Marseilles, this fascinating French startup is working on a new type of battery it believes could offer some huge advantages in the EV space, among many others... Continue Reading Ultra-capacitor hybrid radically boosts power and efficiency of lithium [Read Entire Story]

Half-car, half-SUV Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury premiers in Beijing

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new Maybach edition of the S-Class as a half-car, half-sport utility crossover. The vehicle is exclusively high end and aims to combine the strengths of both body styles. Mercedes (wrongfully) claims this is a first-of-its-kind vehicle. .. Continue Reading Half-car, half-SUV Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury premiers in Beijing Category: Automotive Tags: Beijing Motor Show 2018 Maybach Mercedes-Benz [Read Entire Story]

Eli Zero is the new NEV on the block

Many people see electric cars as something that's great for getting around town, but not for taking on long highway trips. Well, that's where neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) come in. They're designed specifically for shorter, low-speed jaunts – and the Eli Zero is one of the latest to hit the scene... Continue Reading Eli Zero is the new NEV on the block Category: Automotive Tags: Electric Vehicles Indiegogo Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Four "million-dollar barnfinds" go to auction this week

There's something about a "barn find" that tickles the public's imagination. Hence, it was very exciting to find that there are not one, but three, or maybe even four, million dollar barnfinds going to auction this week, and one of them is the barnfind made famous by Tom Cotter's first book, The Cobra in the Barn... Continue Reading Four "million-dollar barnfinds" go to auction this week Category: Automotive Tags: AC Cobra Amelia Island Concours [Read Entire Story]

$40 million Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic wins Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award

A 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic was last night awarded the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in Paris. Fast becoming regarded as the defacto world championship for concours cars, the Best of the Best Award pits the winning cars from each of the eight most important concours events around the world each year, and has them judged by a panel of experts, creating an annual champion of champions. This year it was predictably the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, one of the world's most valuable [Read Entire Story]

Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Concours 2017 nominees

The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award is a very simple concept: take the winning cars from each of the eight most important concours events around the world each year, and have them judged by an unimpeachable panel of experts, creating an annual champion of champions. The award is in its third year and has understandably become the defacto "world championship" for concours events in short order. The best-of-the-best winner will be announced during Rétromobile in Paris on February 8, [Read Entire Story]

Crowdfunded bubble EV charges ahead

A little over 12 months after launching a crowdfunding campaign to develop a new battery electric city car, Sweden's Uniti has unveiled its first two-seater – the appropriately-named One. There's been a range increase, and the top speed has been bumped up. But it was the odd-looking games controller steering system that stole the show at the startup's production facility in Landskrona, Sweden, last night... Continue Reading Crowdfunded bubble EV charges ahead Category: Automotive Tags: [Read Entire Story]

One-off Land Rover spit-roasts meat off the engine, churns butter at the wheels

When we think of Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations, we think extra-cushy leather interiors, upmarket trim and personalized paint jobs. We definitely don't think of a rolling kitchen fit to prepare gourmet meals on the road. But that's the mission celebrity chef Jamie Oliver laid out for the SVO team. Land Rover responded by building Oliver an extraordinary Discovery that slow-cooks under the hood, churns butter and makes ice cream in special wheel drums, slow-turns a rotisserie out front, [Read Entire Story]

Aventador S Roadster loses the roof, maintains the performance

The Lamborghini Aventador S is a shameless throwback to a time before turbochargers and hybrid-powertrains, with its free-breathing V12 engine and single-clutch gearbox. It also has a fixed roof: good for keeping the rain out, bad for people who enjoy the wind in their hair and unfiltered engine noise. For those people there's now the Aventador S Roadster... Continue Reading Aventador S Roadster loses the roof, maintains the performance Category: Automotive Tags: Aventador [Read Entire Story]

The ultimate glamper: One only Maybach G650 Landaulet expected to fetch $1 million +

One of the 99 cars produced, this Maybach G650 Landaulet will be auctioned for charity during the Zoute Grand Prix in Belgium. The other 98 sold new for €630,000 + VAT in March 2017 when the luxury off-road limousine was first shown and the Laureus Landaulet to be auctioned is expected to exceed a million dollars on October 6, 2017... Continue Reading The ultimate glamper: One only Maybach G650 Landaulet expected to fetch $1 million + Category: Automotive Tags: [Read Entire Story]

Pictorial: Monterey Car Week & Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017

Monterey Car Week has finished and a host of memories have been consigned to history. This year the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion involved the 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, plus we attended most events from the Concours de Lemons, McCall's Motorworks Revival, The Quail Motorsports Gathering and Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance through to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. These are the pick of the pics... Continue Reading Pictorial: Monterey Car Week & Pebble Beach [Read Entire Story]

Mercedes-AMG Project One to deliver on the dream of an F1 car for the road

Rumblings about the Mercedes-AMG Project One have been around for a while now, but details about this mysterious racer for the road have been hard to come by. We know just 300 will be built, and we know they're all accounted for, but details about the powertrain have been hard to come by... until now. The Quail, part of the annual Monterey Car Week, was used to show the world what lies beneath the Project One's skin – it's time to prepare for a road-going Formula 1 car... Continue Reading [Read Entire Story]

Wedge-shaped Ken Okuyama creation channels ’70s supercar style

Ken Okuyama is currently one of the most exciting names in vehicle design. Even if you ignore his work on trains and tractors, Okuyama has a resume to make most vehicle designers green with envy, having been involved in shaping the Chevrolet Corvette (C5), the Porsche 911 (996), and taking the lead on the Ferrari Enzo during a stint with Pininfarina. Having unveiled the Kode 57 during Monterey Car Week last year, the talented designer has this year whipped the covers off a dramatic new creation [Read Entire Story]

Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach

In many ways, the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a continuation concept, taking the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016, and removing the top. It is so much more than that thanks to the spectacular interior... Continue Reading Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach Category: Automotive Tags: 2017 Monterey Car Week Maybach Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Maybach [Read Entire Story]

BMW lets the California air in with Concept Z4 Roadster

A year after BMW ended production of the second-generation Z4, a new Z4 has made its debut at Monterey Car Week 2017. The striking Concept Z4 Roadster wears some of the creased, angular bodywork previewed on the Concept 8 Series on its compact roadster body, creating an open two-seater that begs equally for straight, open strips of traffic-free desert road and furious, bluff-hugging twists high above smashing waves. .. Continue Reading BMW lets the California air in with Concept Z4 [Read Entire Story]

Speedster and Shooting Brake to round out Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato lineup

The design partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato started with the DB4 GT Zagato in 1960, and has been sporadically rekindled over the intervening six decades. It spawned the Vanquish Zagato Coupe and Volante last year, but the designers clearly had more to give, because Pebble Beach will play host to another creation. Meet the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, which will be followed by a Shooting Brake... Continue Reading Speedster and Shooting Brake to round out Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato [Read Entire Story]

Infiniti handcrafts a retro-futuristic dream in the electric Prototype 9

Infiniti has completely unwrapped the stunning retro-futuristic Prototype 9 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Inspired by classic Japanese racers, the car blends stunning proportions with a modern electric powertrain to create one of the most interesting concepts we've seen this year. .. Continue Reading Infiniti handcrafts a retro-futuristic dream in the electric Prototype 9 Category: Automotive Tags: Concept Cars Electric Vehicles [Read Entire Story]

Acura to debut 2018 RLX and its hybrid sports car design at Monterey

Acura's 2018 RLX is meant to reflect the automotive brand's new design direction through the company's flagship sports sedan. The 2018 RLX will make its public debut at the upcoming Monterey Automotive Week in California on August 15-19, showcasing the complete redesign of the vehicle... Continue Reading Acura to debut 2018 RLX and its hybrid sports car design at Monterey Category: Automotive Tags: 2017 Monterey Car Week Acura Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

The 100 most valuable cars for sale at Monterey Car Week

Our regular Monterey Car Week auction preview lists no less than 113 cars with estimates exceeding $1 million. Pictures, links to auction descriptions, all the key info precised... Continue Reading The 100 most valuable cars for sale at Monterey Car Week Category: Automotive Tags: 2017 Monterey Car Week Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Bentley BMW Bonhams Bugatti Delahaye Ferrari [Read Entire Story]

Infiniti retro-modern race car and other killer concepts coming to Pebble Beach

Each August, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance welcomes an astounding collection of classic and modern automobiles. Just take a look at what was on show last year to see for yourself. At this month's event, Infiniti plans to walk the line between classic and modern, presenting a vintage race car fully updated with electric technology and modern design language. The prototype open-top racer will be joined by concept debuts from a several other luxury automakers. .. Continue Reading Infiniti [Read Entire Story]

2017 Monterey Auction Preview 1: 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 (Chassis 1)

The press release calls it "the most important Aston Martin ever produced". Only five were made and between them they won the 24 Hour of Le Mans, 1000 km Nürburgring and World Sportscar Championship. In short order, the Aston Martin DB (David Brown) lineage then produced the fastest road car in the world three times in a row (DB4, DB4 GT and DB4 GT Zagato), then became the dream car of a generation with James Bond's gadget-festooned DB5. It's a Boy's Own story, and it started here - the Aston [Read Entire Story]

Zus tire monitor sends slow leak alerts to your smartphone

Deflating tires are at best an inconvenience and at worst a real danger, but often a leak doesn't reveal itself until much of the pressure is gone. That's why we have recently seen a few tire pressure monitors that ping your smartphone when air begins to escape. But a new solution from car accessory maker Nonda promises to fill in yet more of these blanks, with what it says is the first tire monitor made specifically to monitor slow leaks... Continue Reading Zus tire monitor sends slow leak [Read Entire Story]