(Editor’s word: Infrequently, we’ll share a periodic roundup of recent automobile information and notes that our editors suppose can be of curiosity to collector automobile fans.)
In response to the NationalDayArchives.com, July 29 is Nationwide Hen Wing Day, Nationwide Chili Canine Day, Nationwide Lasagna Day, Worldwide Tiger Day, Nationwide Lipstick Day and Nationwide Challenged Champions and Heroes Consciousness Day.
Apparently the oldsters at Mini USA who went to that web site and registered July 24 because the inaugural Nationwide Day of Motoring after which contacted Mini house owners golf equipment throughout the nation so they might stage “self-curated motoring adventures” primarily based at greater than 100 Mini dealerships throughout the nation.
Reportedly greater than 4,000 house owners and their automobiles took half in occasions underneath the “Mini Collectively” banner.
Audi unveils its electrical Dakar entry
Calling it “the stage for an electrifying high-tech take a look at laboratory,” Audi has unveiled and begun testing the RS Q e-tron, which is scheduled to make its debut in January 2022 within the Dakar Rally.
“Audi needs to be the primary automobile producer to make use of an electrified drivetrain together with an environment friendly vitality converter to compete for general victory in opposition to conventionally-powered opponents on the earth’s hardest rally,” the corporate stated.
Added Julius Seebach, managing directdor of Audi Sport GmbH: “The quattro was a gamechanger for the World Rally Championship. Audi was the primary model to win the Le Mans 24 Hours with an electrified drivetrain. Now, we need to usher in a brand new period on the Dakar Rally, whereas testing and additional creating our e-tron expertise underneath excessive circumstances.”
As a result of the rally runs for 2 weeks with each day phases so long as 800 kilometers, “What we try to do has by no means been achieved earlier than,” stated Andrews Roos, head of the Dakar mission for Audi Sport. “That is the final word problem for an electrical drivetrain.”
The corporate famous that there are not any charging stations within the Arabian desert the place the rally will happen, so Audi is equipping the RS Q e-tron with an engine from the German Touring Automobile racing sequence to function “an vitality converter that expenses the high-voltage battery whereas driving.”
Nevertheless, it provides, the axles are turned by electrical motors like these utilized in Audi’s Components E racing automobiles.
Maybe ‘fires up’ isn’t the appropriate phrase?
I needed to snigger when the information launch arrived from AC Vehicles with this headline: “The primary of the electrical AC Cobra fires up.”
“Fires up” is a high-quality time period when utilized to beginning a petroleum-fueled automobile, nevertheless it appears to me it has a unique connotation when utilized to an electrical automobile. Haven’t all of us learn tales about EVs seeming to catch fireplace by themselves?
Anyway, the purpose of the information launch was that the primary electric-powered Cobra continuation automobiles are present process closing growth forward of supply to their house owners. AC says it should construct solely 58 items. The automobiles have an MSRP of £138,000 ($189,800).
Mercedes going electric-only
Mercedes-Benz not solely has revealed the EQS, its first all-electric luxurious automobile, it has introduced that in 2025 it should launch three new and electric-only automobile architectures, and that each one new automobile applications following can be electric-only.
Nevertheless, it provides that it is going to be able to all electrical by 2030 “the place market circumstances permit.”
“Shifting from electric-first to electric-only, the world’s preeminent luxurious automobile firm is accelerating towards an emissions-free and software-driven future,” the corporate stated in its announcement.
“By 2022, Mercedes-Benz may have battery electrical automobiles (BEV) in all segments the corporate serves. From 2025 onwards, all newly launched automobile architectures can be electric-only and prospects will be capable to select an all-electric different for each mannequin the corporate makes. Mercedes-Benz intends to handle this accelerated transformation whereas sticking to its profitability targets.”
“The EV shift is selecting up pace – particularly within the luxurious section, the place Mercedes-Benz belongs,” added Ola Källenius, chief govt of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “The tipping level is getting nearer and we can be prepared as markets swap to electric-only by the tip of this decade.”
The three new automobile architectures coming in 2025 are these for medium-to-large passenger automobiles, vans, and an AMG devoted platform for electrical efficiency automobiles.
The corporate stated it’s persevering with growth of the Imaginative and prescient EQXX electrical automobile with greater than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of vary “at regular freeway driving speeds.”
In the meantime, there may be EQS, which Mercedes says will meet the expectations of S Class prospects and can supply greater than 475 miles of vary.
VW unveils Atlas Cross Sport GT idea
To showcase “the sporty potential” for its Chattanooga-built 5-seat midsize sport utility automobile, Volkswagen of America presents the Atlas Cross Sport GT idea, which went from the meeting line in Tennessee to fanatic Jimmy Orr.
The SUV is completed in Kingfisher Blue, a coloration accessible in Europe however not the US. Orr put in ST Suspension XTA Plus 3 coilovers with color-matched and GT Idea-branded springs, Tarox 8-piston entrance brakes, 22-inch ABT Sport HR Aerowheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport V105 UHP 285/35 rubber, modified chrome exterior trim to gloss black, and added customized GT badging.
The Eisvogelblau exterior coloration was weaved into the inside, which options Recaro Sportster CS seats, customized blue gearshift and security belts. The automobile additionally obtained customized flooring mats, steering wheel and middle console. VW notes that inside supplies are “non-animal primarily based.”
Powering the idea is a model of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder from the VW Golf R, although with an IS38 turbo and extra radiator. The engine sends greater than 300 horsepower to a 7-speed automated gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drivetrain.
What grade for Brabus’ newest Good automobile?
Good might have left the brand new automobile market within the US, nevertheless it’s nonetheless in enterprise elsewhere and German tuner Brabus remains to be souping them up. The newest is the EZ fortwo coupe Racing Inexperienced Version, accessible within the UK for £25,495 ($35,110).
The modified automobiles get LED headlamps, 16-inch Brabus Monoblock XI black alloy wheels, another unique exterior options and a hand-finished Brabus-trimmed inside with Cognac Nappa leather-based seats with diamond stitching. Vehicles additionally get particular Racing Inexperienced Metallic paint and a panoramic glass roof.
The EQ mannequin comes with an electrical motor with a spread of 70 miles and a high pace of 81 mph.
Stellantis will share its design expertise
Stellantis, mother or father of automakers starting from Jeep to Peugeot, Dodge to Fiat, says it should launch the “Stellantis Design Studio” not solely to share design concepts inside its personal manufacturers however to supply design providers to non-automotive shoppers.
The studio can be primarily based on the success of the Peugeot Design Lab and can co-headed by Arnault Gournac, director of that lab, and by Klaus Busse, who’s head of design in that lab and who additionally oversees design for Maserati and for Jeep Europe.
The Peugeot lab has achieved work with Airbus Helicopter, Bombardier, Whirlpool and different corporations.