Category Archives: CARS

All things that rolls on four wheels (sometimes three), gas or electric powered.

Better Place’s battery swap gets your EV juiced up in 3 mins

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(credit: Better Place)

long charging duration for electric vehicles is the stumbling block to its adoption. unless you can swap out your battery like you would with a mobile phone. well, Better Place in Israel does exactly that – swapping the low juice battery of the EV for a fresh one, so you can get on with your journey in a snap. the downer is, it is in Israel and it only serves Renault Fluence Z.E. the process is simple: the driver uses a RFID card to access this car wash-looking station, align their car like they would for any auto car wash and the machine will lead the car to the battery swapping spot. the floor underneath car opens up to a pit and the robot below will proceed to swap your juiced out battery for a fresh one – all these are done while you go “hum-ba-dum” as you tap on your steering wheel for about three minutes. not the best solution but it is an intermediary for now before super capacitors or super long lasting battery become a reality. check out the video of the Better Place (with an emotionally-charged soundtrack) in action below. Continue reading Better Place’s battery swap gets your EV juiced up in 3 mins

gorgeous 38′ Talbot Lago T150C-SS to go under hammer

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(credit: shooterz.biz/RM Auctions) 1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe | US$auction | www.rmauctions.com

1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS’s teardrop shape body still looks gorgeous even after more than 70 years. conceived by Figoni & Falaschi, the Talbot Lago’s head turning smooth and sexy curves challenged the otherwise conventional boxy design of that era. this particular fine example here, the 1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe, was built on a shorter competition-bred (denoted by ‘SS’ & ‘C’ in its model number) Talbot chassis and one of the three that sports a factory fitted sunroof. apparently, this example is one of the only eleven examples with second-series “New-York” Figoni coachwork. hence, you will be hard-pressed to find another that’s so beautifully and painstakingly restored. Continue reading gorgeous 38′ Talbot Lago T150C-SS to go under hammer

guess where this 700HP roadster takes its design cue from?

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(credit: Arturo Arino)

this is probably the first car design inspired by crocodiles. check out the images after jump and you will know what i mean. this organic form looking roadster, dubbed the Reptile by its designer Artuno Arino, is so alluring that i find it hard to give it a miss. the Reptile is said to be a hybrid that combines the electric power from a 4-pole electric induction motor and undisputed power from a Wankel (aka rotary engine) 27,000 CC engine that pushes out more than 700 horsepower at 9,000 RPM. it is a concept but thankfully, there are no hub-less wheels here, hence making it a little more practical. Continue reading guess where this 700HP roadster takes its design cue from?

Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition winners

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(credit: Car Design Fetish)

Batmobile has been the fantasy ride for both kids and grown ups alike. the crime-busting superhero’s ride has inspired awesome real life replicas such as the Tumbler, BatPod and even the 60s classic batmobile. as with all iconic things in life, fans have their ideal take of the ride for the Dark Knight – even one that is destined for use when the cape crusader retires. Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition is a testimony of this. the competition saw hundreds of designs from artists from around the world, covering a wide spectrum of genre. Continue reading Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition winners

Mercedes-Benz Zetros Turned Into a Luxurious Hunting Vehicle

hunting in the mountains of Mongolia requires a steadfast transport and usually that would be horses (for Mongolians, i reiterate). however, this pair of businessmen friends decided that the Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 will get the job done more efficiently – probably, the hassle of pitching tents for multi-day hunt and the beating by the elements formed part of the consideration. not one, but two Zetros 6×6 outfitted with special bodies and interior fittings were delivered to Ulan-Bator, Mongolia. one of the Zetros even has a vehicle bay that’s sized to fit a Quad Bike. Continue reading Mercedes-Benz Zetros Turned Into a Luxurious Hunting Vehicle

Fisker Karma first production vehicles to roll off next month

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(image credit: Fisker Automotive) Fisker Karma EVer | from US$88,000.00 | www.fiskerautomotive.com

Fisker Automotive announced on Monday the production of the first Karma hybrid plug-in vehicles which are expected to be ready to ship out to its retail locations in US and Europe to serves as demonstrator models. for those who has put in money for the Karma, you can expect shipment in June and July this year and Fisker expects to fulfill those orders by October. the vehicles will be manufactured in small quantity at Valment Automotive in Finland with production numbers to be slowly ramped up to avoid any production hiccups. makes sense. since there’s no point in rushing and delivering less-than-ideal products. Continue reading Fisker Karma first production vehicles to roll off next month

Artega Sports Electric goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.3 sec

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(image credit: Artega Automobil GmbH) Artega Sports Electric | €150,000.00 | www.artega.de
all electric sports car segment is a fast growing market and the latest to join this segment is the Artega SE (Sports Electric) from the young German automobile maker Artega Automobil GmbH. based on its petrol version Artega GT, the SE (Sports Electric) is powered by two electric motors on the rear axle with a total output of 280 kW (380 horsepower). these two engines run independently of each other, driving the rear wheels. Continue reading Artega Sports Electric goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.3 sec

Porsche starts pre-order for the 918 Spyder Hybrid

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Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid | US$845,000.00 | www.porsche.com

if you are a tree-hugger with huge pockets, you will glad to know that Porsche is taking pre-orders for the 918 Spyder Hybrid. the supercar was first showcased back in the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and was originally destined to remain just as a concept, until Porsche received overwhelming response for this beauty. Continue reading Porsche starts pre-order for the 918 Spyder Hybrid

Smart electric given a glittering disco ball treatment

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(image credit: Smart)

Smart car isn’t the most sought after car in the automotive market but that hasn’t stop it from being put in the spotlight every now and then. this time round, the two-seater Smart electric vehicle is given a glittering ‘disco ball’ look and you will find this one-off unit in Berlin, Germany. you know how a disco ball looks like and that’s how the Smart Discoball (yes, that’s what it is called) looks like – completely covered in reflective glass tiles from the roof down to the hub caps. even the windows are of mirror finish to complete this ultimate discoball on wheels. Continue reading Smart electric given a glittering disco ball treatment

Lotus Exos T 125: a Formula One car that you actually own

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(image credit: Lotus Cars) Lotus Exos T 125 Formula One Car | US$1.1 million | www.lotuscars.com

going on hours of daily cardio while having a severe jet-lag and having to answer dumb questions from the press are part and parcel of a Formula One race car driver. the worst part is, if you crash the car, all eyes will be upon you including those people who fund your adrenalin-driven career. however, there is a better option: the ultimate track-day car inspired by a Formula One race car called the Exos Type 125 from Lotus. heck. it is an old news, isn’t it? well, not if you considered the promised date of of availability is just next month. Continue reading Lotus Exos T 125: a Formula One car that you actually own