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 the same 750 hp electric car as last year, with fearsome acceleration and a range of 500 kilometers (311 mi) but visually, the car achieves so much more. The end result was on show yesterday at Pebble Beach 2017, and as can be seen, it is far grander than most roadsters could hope for.
The big, 555-hp option is a leap up from the already large 520-hp figure Nikola had been using since first revealing its plans in 2016, and both are quite far beyond the current power levels of other performance UTVs. The UTV market still has plenty of models with double-digit power figures, and the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R is claimed to be the most powerful factory-built side-by-side out there right now with its 172 hp. The Polaris RZR XP Turbo follows closely behind with 168 hp, and we had a pretty damn good time in a Yamaha YXZ1000R with a mere 90 hp on tap. Needless to say, 555 hp is a crazy leap up the power ladder.
Faraday Future, a company dedicated to building electric vehicles but often stymied by cash problems, has apparently answered one its biggest questions: where its cars of the future will be built. The company has acquired a 55-year-old former Pirelli factory in Hanford, California, around 200 miles north of Los Angeles.
If this car lives up to its potential, it will be a foundational revolution in the sport of drag racing. Its 1,000-volt, 5,000-odd horsepower motor might fall short of the peak power figures of the Top Fuel cars, but it’ll generate more than 17,000 pound-feet (23,049 Nm) of torque from zero RPM, has more “power strokes” per revolution, and should use its muscle in a far more controllable way than the combustion cars.The team believes it won’t take long to beat the Top Fuel cars at their own game, under their own rules, and the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) has agreed to let the Top EV car race alongside Top Fuel cars once it’s sanctioned.
Today’s two top-level Le Mans Prototypes, the Porsche 919 and the Toyota TS050 (shown above), use hybrid drivetrains to offer staggering performance. Soon, LMP1 cars will be required to use even more electric propulsion. In a new set of regulations announced today, the World Endurance Championship (WEC) governing body revealed that it will require LMP1 hybrids to run portions of races on electric-only power starting in 2020.
According to Cook, there are three vectors of change intersecting: autonomous driving, electrification of the auto and ride-sharing. From our thematic investing lens, this is where Disruptive Technologies meet the Connected Society.Cook revealed that his company is focusing on autonomous systems, referring to it as a very important core technology that is probably one of the most difficult AI (Artificial Intelligence) projects to work on. Apple has hired over 1,000 engineers to work on the technology and just this April secured a permit from the California DMV to test three self-driving sports-utility vehicles.The company is clearly also focused on the ride-sharing vector of change, as last year Apple invested $1 billion –
Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric supercar built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St Hallen to be checked over revealing a fracture to his knee. Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we’d like to thank the paramedics on sight for their swift response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.