Category Archives: Motoring

Mercedes-Benz Concept: IAA – Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile

The Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) is two cars in one: an aerodynamics world champion with a Cd value of 0.19 and a four-door coupé embodying irresistible design.   The study, which celebrated its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, switched automatically from design mode to aerodynamic mode when the vehicle reaches a speed of 80 km/h, whereby numerous aerodynamics measures alter the shape of the vehicle. Inside, the “Concept IAA” continues the design line of the S-Class and S-Class Coupé, offers new touch-based functions and provides an idea of what the interior of a business saloon might look like in the near future.

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The rise of a supercar race champion!

Josh Anderson, currently third in the Aussie Racing Car Championship, is racing in the Super Ute Series at Bathurst 1000 for the first time.

“I’m really excited to have a go at Bathurst. It’s one of those difficult tracks you have to respect. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s something I’m looking forward to,” Anderson said.

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FIA Gran Turismo Championships 2019

The fourth World Tour event of the FIA Gran Turismo Championships 2019 Series kicked off today at the spectacular Red Bull Hangar-7 amidst the backdrop of exotic planes and race cars. Day One featured the Manufacturer Series, where 36 drivers representing 12 teams vied for glory. In the end, it was Mercedes-Benz that reigned supreme in Salzburg, taking home its second consecutive World Tour victory of the 2019 season.

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3 key things that set the course for Hyundai’s interpretation of future mobility

With the start of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), which takes place from 10 to 22 September, Hyundai Motor provides exclusive insights into the future of mobility. The brand is showcasing 45, a full electric concept that envisions its forthcoming EV design direction. Hyundai Motorsport is also launching its first electric racing car, the Veloster N ETCR. Meanwhile, the automaker is also celebrating the public world premiere of the All-New i10.

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BMW X6: The first car in the world painted in Vantablack (Interview)

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain.

The Frankfurt Motor Show running from 12-22 September will provide the backdrop for the world premiere of the third-generation BMW X6 (fuel consumption combined: 10.7–6.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 243–159 g/km)*, the car that established the Sports Activity Coupé segment a good ten years ago.   At the event, BMW will also present a spectacular one-off vehicle with a Vantablack® VBx2 nanostructure paint finish that highlights the expressive design language and confident, dominant and muscular appearance of the new BMW X6 to perfection. This exclusive show car is the result of a collaboration between BMW and Surrey NanoSystems, the inventors of the Vantablack technology.

The BMW X6 is the first and only vehicle in the world to feature a Vantablack VBx2 paint finish.

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The future of servos: Switching from gas to electrical charge stations

The first ever petrol / gas station was invented in the 19th century.   As motoring continues its evolution into energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, a century of service stations will begin to fade out slowly as the uptake of electrical powered vehicles is set to rise over the next decade.    “Australians have traditionally been early adopters of new technology, but we’re lagging when it comes to Electrical Vehicles (EVs).”  said CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth, “This research shows that we can increase the uptake of EVs in a way that benefits drivers as well as the environment.”

Model availability, registration fee reductions, procurement targets and fuel efficiency standards will be key drivers for the uptake.  The availability of charging infrastructure, while not found to be a driver, is a barrier to EV uptake.  “The reality is that the transition to EVs is inevitable.” continues Learmonth,  “We’re already seeing vehicle makers confirm they will stop producing pure internal combustion engines over the coming years.   At the same time, we’re seeing dramatic improvements in vehicle charging networks, creating the essential infrastructure to support electric vehicles.  These measures can deliver a material improvement on our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as take our vehicle fleet into the 21st century.

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Porsche Taycan adds Apple Music built-in

The first purely electrically powered sports car from Porsche, the Taycan, is enjoying significant attention worldwide.   The vehicle will not be presented to the public until September and its final design is not yet known; nonetheless, there are more than 20,000 people around the world with serious interest in buying one of their own, as the company has confirmed at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The Mission E concept study, from which the Taycan emerges, in action

The hype continues to build as die hard fans are drip fed tidbits.  This week Porsche announced they’ve teamed up with Apple Music to create the first fully integrated music streaming experience inside the much-anticipated Porsche Taycan.

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