Autos

Hyundai Unveils the Long-Awaited IONIQ 6 EV

More than a year after the South Korean automaker unveiled its IONIQ 5 crossover, Hyundai has finally unveiled the IONIQ 6, a new fully-electric sedan. Inspired by the original Prophecy concept that was shown back in 2020, the IONIQ 6 takes on an extremely streamlined design, placing great emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency. While most other cars in the market have on average a drag coefficient ranging from 0.25 to 0.3, Hyundai’s latest creation comes in at just 0.21, thanks to a whole range of smart features such as its low nose, active air flaps, wheel gap reducers, optional slim digital side mirrors, an elliptical wing-inspired spoiler, a slight boat-tail construction, and separation traps on both sides of the rear bumper. With no stone left unturned, the automak2er even made its ...

Red Bull Announces F1-Style RB17 Hypercar

Shortly following the official debut of the ​1,063 HP Mercedes-AMG One, Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the high-performance engineering department of Red Bull Racing Group, has announced the first details of its new Formula 1-inspired hypercar, dubbed the “RB17.” The RB17 will be Red Bull’s first-ever production car — designed, developed, and manufactured entirely in-house. While specific technical details have been kept under wraps for now, Red Bull has revealed that the two-seater will be powered by a V8 hybrid engine producing over 1,100 BHP and designed around a carbon-composite tub featuring “the most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car.” “The RB17 marks an important milestone in the evolution of Red Bull Advanced Te...

Open Road: Mercedes-Benz EQE

Mercedes-Benz has cracked the electric car code. With the EQA, EQB, EQC, EQS, and EQV under its belt, the German marque now introduces the EQE – the E-Class of the range, following the EQS as its electrified S-Class. Like its bigger brother, the EQE looks – and sounds – like it has arrived from the future, proving again that Mercedes-Benz has its finger on the EV pulse for the long run as it continues to make electric cars that are strong enough to convert any self-confessed petrol head.  Traditional motorists live in a time of hardship – petrol prices are rising, electric charging infrastructures are developing, and EVs are becoming the sensible option for anyone looking to carry four people and plenty of luggage in comfort and style with an abundance of power at the ready.  The Mercedes-...

1016 Industries Crafts a Carbon Fiber Body Kit for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Continuing its work in creating exquisite kits for coveted supercars, 1016 Industries has now crafted a carbon fiber Ferrari SF90 Stradale. Now carrying a blacked-out exterior with pristine, contrasting white accents, the Ferrari is equipped with a range of new body panels to emphasize its already sporty design. A front splitter gives the vehicle a more aggressive look, complemented by flap vents on the hood and sleek approaches to the side skirts. The rear is now occupied by a massive diffuser that works in tandem with the expanded rear spoiler as well as one installed on the end of the roof. You’ll also find new star-spoke alloy wheels from 1016 Industries down low to round out the look. Only produced in small numbers, the carbon fiber body kit from 1016 Industries will go for roug...

Volkswagen Previews Brand’s Very First Electric Sedan Concept

Volkswagen has now unveiled its first fully-electric sedan, giving automotive enthusiasts a preview of what’s to come. Named the “ID. AERO,” the new concept model will be making its way stateside as well as to the European and Chinese markets in the beginning of 2023. While the automaker hasn’t unveiled exactly how much power output the car will have, it did say that it’ll utilize the MEB Platform shared by other ID family models and carry a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can provide roughly 620 km or 385 miles of range. Aesthetically, the sedan takes on a similar design language as its siblings, which currently include the ID. 3, ID. 4, ID. 5 GTX and ID. 6 in China. A Polar Light Blue Metallic exterior is paired with a glossy black roof, while full-leng...

BMW M Vows to Keep Manual Gearboxes Alive For the Foreseeable Future

As the automotive industry continues to shift toward electrification and more technologically advanced vehicles, the days of manual transmissions have long seemed numbered, but now BMW M boss Frank van Meel has expressed his desire to keep the gearbox option alive for driving enthusiasts. Speaking to Autocar, the executive explained that almost 50% of all M2 sales opt for manual gearboxes and that fans of the brand love the option because it gives them a bigger sense of control over the car, despite the transmission making little technical sense to produce given modern technologies. “From a technical viewpoint, there’s little reason to save it,” van Meel says. “It’s heavier, it’s slower and you get worse fuel consumption than the alternative. But the customer and th...

The Best Exhibits at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022

Goodwood Festival of Speed is a landmark occasion in every car nut’s calendar. It’s a time for automotive brands, tech companies, industry experts and enthusiasts to come together and see the latest and greatest from each marque, and this year’s event was no exception. In true Goodwood style, it was a weekend of high-octane adrenaline fuelled by burger vans, energy drinks and the intoxicating smell of engines revving or cars blasting up the Goodwood hill climb, and for HYPEBEAST this was bolstered by our ride there, a track pack-equipped “Lantana Purple” McLaren 720S. On the morning of FOS, HYPEBEAST drove to McLaren’s Technology Center for a whirlwind tour of the manufacturer’s most iconic cars – displaying everything from three McLaren F1s to a spectacle of Formula 1 cars and modern clas...

‘Fast X’ Reunites Han With Mazda RX-7 From ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’

F9 marked a momentous reunion for Sung Kang‘s Han, who came back from the dead to join Vin Diesel and his other old crewmates, but with Fast X currently in production, another reunion is now in store for the beloved character. Sharing the sentimental news over on Instagram, Sung posted side-by-side photos of himself standing by the iconic yellow and black Mazda RX-7 FD he first drove in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. As most fans would remember, it was the very vehicle that Han met what the audience believed to be his fateful death in the 2006 film in a fiery crash. Returning to the franchise years later, it turns out that Han’s death was planned and faked by Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody, subsequently allowing him to link up with his old crew once again. “Good ...

LG Expands Reach in EV Charging Industry With Latest Acquisition

LG has now bolstered its position within the electric vehicle charging industry with its latest acquisition of AppleMango, a South Korean firm specializing in the technology. While no specific purchase price was publicly announced, LG reveals it has acquired a 60% stake in AppleMango, and will be leveraging the latter’s technology to create “fully-featured” EV charging stations that combine real-time control and management with a user-friendly interface. The company also highlights its strength in manufacturing IP-rated outdoor digital displays with “sturdy, dust and waterproof enclosure[s].” LG’s new acquisition will also expand its reach within the EV market as a whole, where the company already produces battery cells, electric motors, inverters, and m...

See Formula E’s All-Electric Gen3 Racing Car in Action

Formula E unveiled its all-electric Gen3 racing car in April, announcing it as the “world’s first race car designed and optimized specifically for street racing.” Engineers and sustainability experts at FIA and Formula E collaborated on the vehicle to make it the fastest Formula E car, with a top speed of 200 miles per hour (322 kph). It’s reportedly the most efficient formula racing car as more than 40% of the energy it uses during a race is produced by regenerative braking. Ahead of its official debut in Season 9 of the ABB FIA World Championship, Formula E has shared the first video of the Gen3 on the racetrack. Hailing from Indian automotive manufacturer Mahindra, the M9 Electro Gen3 was tested out on the track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Nick Heidfeld take...

Koenigsegg Founder’s 2021 Toyota Hot Hatch Up For Sale

Collecting Cars is offering a Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch that belonged to Christian von Koenigsegg. The 2021 model was first registered in Sweden in December 2020 and has two previous owners, one of which was the Koenigsegg founder. The car is powered by a turbocharged 1.6l three-cylinder engine, generating 261bhp delivered to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. With just 6,667 miles on the clock, the Yaris had its first service this month, with Toyota carrying out an oil and filter change. This example was ordered with Toyota’s Circuit Pack which includes front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, uprated ‘GR Circuit’ suspension and red brake callipers. Painted in metallic Precious Black, the car sits on 18-inch forged alloys wheels while the interior features b...

The Polestar 5 Will Carry New Electric Powertrain Pushing Out 884 Horsepower

The Polestar 5 is now slated to make its public debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and the electric vehicle maker has now revealed that the highly-anticipated model will be receiving a brand new powertrain pushing out a whopping 884 horsepower. To complement the car’s “unique bonded aluminum chassis,” Polestar has designed a new powertrain that’s currently under development in Sweden, where the automaker’s sibling company Volvo resides. The setup will consist of two motors, with the one at the rear tapping into an 800-Volt architecture. Combined, the motors will churn out 884 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. “The new powertrain we are working on will set a new brand benchmark in our high-performing cars,” said Polestar CT...