Autos

Airstream Unveils the eStream Electric Trailer Concept

Thor Industries’ luxury caravan brand, Airstream, known for its rounded aluminum campers, has introduced a first-of-its-kind eStream electric trailer concept. Exteriors resemble a sleek space pod with a rounded silver shell, black tinted windows, gradient front and rear lights, and light bars across the laterals while interiors display a modern aesthetic with staggered bedroom, kitchen, and living room areas equipped with a TV, microwave, and fridge. Solar panels on the roof allow the eStream hosts to operate off the grid for up to two weeks while enjoying the electric-powered amenities. Performance-wise, the eStream is equipped with a built-in electric drivetrain that pushes itself forward while being towed and packs a total of 80 kilowatt-hours of energy in its batteries, producing...

For BMW, the Future of Automotive Goes Beyond Electrification

There’s a misconception that electric cars are reserved for fintech bros driving Teslas in Silicon Valley, or that people who own a Nissan Leaf eat only what they drive. It’s an industry clouded in conspiracy theories, often driven by ideologies about oil companies stopping the progression of electrification (Who Killed the Electric Car?, for instance, looks into this further); however, there are plenty of other reasonable justifications as for why the electric vehicle (EV) industry is yet to boom like we thought it would have, taking our 2012 pipedreams into consideration. For Kai Langer, Head of BMW i design and a cognoscente of the electrified automotive world, the global infrastructure needs to evolve before EVs can truly take over. “Infrastructure has to change dramatically, but then,...

Hoonigan’s Latest Gymkhana Ride Is a 900HP 1983 Subaru GL Wagon

Hoonigan has now unveiled its latest vehicle for the upcoming Gymkhana: the 1983 Subaru GL Wagon. Unveiled in a new video over on its YouTube channel (which you can check out down below), driver Travis Pastrana introduces the latest car to join Gymkhana 2022, showing off a beautifully-liveried 1983 Subaru GL Wagon fully kitted out for the job ahead. While not much about its specific specs and tuning were provided, Pastrana says it pushes out roughly 900 horsepower, which is a whopping 10 times more than the wagon’s original model back in 1982. The driver also says that its boxy exterior will give him more control when jumping in the air and provide a better peripheral view around him as well when navigating through obstacle courses. Not much else is known about Gymkhana this year at ...

Porsche Releases Special Edition Targa 4 GTS Commemorating 50 Years of Porsche Design

Porsche Design has just marked its 50th anniversary with the release of a special project encompassing a new 911 Targa 4 GTS, a restored Targa S 2.4, and two new timepieces. While the 911 Targa 4 GTS’ performance specs remain relatively unchanged — it still packs a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo flat-six engine (473 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque), Porsche Traction Management (PTM) AWD, and the choice of either an 8-speed PDK transmission or 7-speed manual. Updates include an 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus, seat belts in Slate Gray, and the Sport Chrono Package with a Porsche Design Subsecond Clock. Limited to 750 examples, the special edition Targa also sees Satin Platinum details on the 20/21-inch center-locking 911 Turbo S wheels, the Targa bar and PORSCHE DESIGN logos on the doors. ...

Lamborghini’s Carbon Fiber Space Key Unlocks a Limited-Edition NFT

The Italian marque Lamborghini is renowned for its supercars such as the Huracán and Aventador, but now it wants to expand into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with the Lamborghini Space Key. Developed in collaboration with a yet-undisclosed artist, the Lamborghini Space Key is a piece of advanced carbon fiber that was sent to the International Space Station in 2019, and once it landed back on Earth, Lamborghini tested the carbon fiber composite before making it a part of this special key. Speaking on the composite and subsequent NFT, Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said: “Innovation is a deeply rooted part of the Lamborghini DNA. As a leading company for carbon fiber composite materials within the automotive sector, we pushed boundaries two an...

This Porsche Carrera GT Just Sold for a Record-Breaking $2M USD

Earlier this month, the auction site Bring a Trailer sold its most expensive car ever — a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT for $1.9M USD — and now it hasn’t just smashed its own record, it has broken the record for the most expensive Carrera GT ever sold, totaling $2M USD. The Carrera GT, which originally cost $448,300 USD, has been going up in price ever since it was first released. Just a few months ago in September 2021, a 2004 example sold for $1.3M USD — and that was only the beginning. Much like other modern classics, as well as most Porsches in general, prices for pre-owned rarities are only going up as people turn towards cars that are more geared towards driving and purity, something the Carrera GT excels in. It does this thanks to it packing a naturally aspirated 5...

Electric Vehicle Sales Surpass Diesel for First Time in Europe

For the first time in history, it’s been reported that sales for electric cars have exceeded diesel car sales in Europe. According to a Financial Times report citing research from leading Berlin-based analyst Matthias Schmidt, 20 percent of cars sold in the EU and Great Britain were fully electric while sales of diesel vehicles, including hybrids, have fallen below 19 percent. Diesel cars previously accounted for over half of all new cars in Europe as recently as 2015. Gasoline cars are still the majority, accounting for 40% of current car sales, but their numbers are also on the decline. Government subsidies have made EVs more attractive over the years as buyers grow increasingly eco-conscious, and more facilitating infrastructure such as charging stations have been erected around E...

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GRMN Yaris Is a Hardcore Japan-Only Hot Hatch

Toyota’s GR Yaris debuted back in January 2020, and has since appeared in various guises from a low-power spec to one covered in a face mask-inspired paint job, and now the Japanese marque’s Gazoo Racing division has unveiled the ultimate Yaris thus far — the GRMN Yaris. Limited to just 500 editions with all heading exclusively to Japan, the GRMN has been treated to rigorous fine-tuning derived from tests conducted by performance drivers, who in turn evaluated what needed to change to make the GR Yaris an even more formidable JDM hot hatch. The result is nothing short of impressive. Aside from a “Circuit Package” and “Rally Package” aesthetic makeover that introduces everything from BBS rims to 18″ brakes and Bilstein shock absorber with adju...

Aston Martin Teases the “World’s Most Powerful Luxury SUV”

Aston Martin on Tuesday teased a revamped DBX model that is billed to be the “world’s most powerful luxury SUV.” “Change is coming,” the automaker wrote on Twitter, alongside a short visual of the new car. “Power talks.” Change is coming.Power talks. The world’s mostpowerful luxury SUV. 01.02.22#AstonMartin#NewSeatOfPower — Aston Martin (@astonmartin) January 18, 2022 At the time of writing, most details about the vehicle are still under wraps. The video includes shots of the model’s wheels and carbon-fiber body components, though it does not provide a full look at the car. While existing DBX models enlist engines from AMG, reports from Motor1 state that the forthcoming SUV will be equipped with Aston Martin’s twin-turbo V12. Additional...

Subaru Shows Off All-Electric STI E-RA Race Car Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru revealed an all-electric race car at the Tokyo Auto Salon over the weekend. The STI E-RA concept car produces 1,073 horsepower through its Yamaha electric motors and includes torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive setup was built per FIA’s E-GT motorsport regulations, which will set the grounds for an electric sports car racing championship kicking off in 2023. The model of the car features cutouts that will aid in pulling air out from under the wheel wells, as well as a front splitter and high-rise rear wing. Subaru said in a press release that it built the race car to gain “experience and training of new technologies in the world of motorsports in this carbon-neutral era.” It also wants the STI E-RA to break records in 2023 with a six-minute and 40-secon...

Jetson Has Made a Flying Car That Runs 63 Miles per Hour and Doesn’t Require a Pilot’s License

Swedish startup Jetson has designed a personal electric aerial vehicle that doesn’t require a pilot’s license to operate. The Jetson ONE is a compact, futuristic-looking flying car that has a top speed of 63 miles per hour and eight electric motors that collectively generate 102 horsepower. And according to Federal Aviation Administration rules, “no pilot’s license is required to fly the Jetson, because it weighs less than 250 pounds and has a top speed of less than 55 nautical miles per hour,” CNET reported in an interview with Jetson’s founders Peter Ternström and Tomasz Patan. The aluminum and carbon fiber vehicle, which is controlled via a three-axis joystick, takes off vertically and can run for a continual 20 minutes. It features safety precautions such as emergency controls, a...

Lexus Taps JAOS for an “OFFROAD” LX 600

Lexus has now unveiled a new offroad kit for the LX 600 SUV over at the Tokyo Auto Salon, created with the help of Japanese tuning house JAOS. Aptly dubbed the LX 600 “OFFROAD,” the new option features an extensive body makeover tailored to take on any harsh terrain you’ll encounter. The vehicle receives upgraded parts from lightweight infusion-molded CFRP including its front and rear bumper skid plates and fenders, while mudguards, an exhaust muffler cutter, side steps and door handle protectors round out the rest of the enhancements. 20-inch 10-spoke Enkei forged rims now take over down low, complete with a Titanium Gold finish for a sportier aesthetic, paired with hefty 285/55R20 Tokyo Open Country A/T Tires for more traction. Performance-wise, the two automakers have ...