Watch a Porsche Taycan Get Smashed Up in Crash Tests

One of the biggest misconceptions about electric cars is that they’re unsafe. Without a big engine up front, the theory goes, there’s nothing between you and the crash. Now, Porsche joins Tesla in proving what we already knew: that’s a bunch of nonsense.

In fact, proponents argue that it’s easier to design a safe electric car because you don’t have to design the crumple zones around a rigid block of metal that can’t enter the passenger compartment. The whole front end of the car can crumple away, making it easier to dissipate energy.

That’s not to say that all electric cars are automatically safe, but now we know that the Porsche Taycan is. While American testing bodies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety haven’t yet released crash test videos of the Taycan, it’s just been through the battery of Euro NCAP tests.

It received scores of 85 percent in adult occupant protection, 83 percent in child occupant safety, 70 percent in vulnerable road user (cyclist and pedestrian) protection, and 70 percent in safety assist technology. Overall, the Taycan was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating.

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Ford Transit Custom PHEV Orders Temporarily Closed

As soon as customers were finally able to order a plug-in Ford, then they weren’t.

Reports from customers in Germany indicate that the order books for the Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid (and its passenger Tourneo Custom Plug-in Hybrid version) are temporarily closed.

Ford started to accept orders in late September only in a few European markets and it seems that despite the premium price (compared to conventional version) demand exceeds production capacity.

“Now it seems that Ford is currently not taking any new orders. A letter from Ford customer service to an affected customer was made available to our German colleagues at electrive.net. The letter states that “due to capacity bottlenecks […| the production of the Ford Transit Custom panel van Plug-in Hybrid has been stopped for the time being”. The letter said that the customer’s contract partner will inform them as soon as “availability is restored”.

We believe that Ford’s approach is currently quite limited and even a relatively small number of orders (three- or four-digit) might exceed the planned production run.

Hopefully, next year Ford will step up its game and not force customers to wait. Ford needs to increase production and availability, which ultimately should lead to lowering the prices.

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Transit Custom Hybrid Plug-in

As a reminder, here we post the specs of both versions:

Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid specs:

  • up to 56 km (35 miles) of NEDC all-electric range
  • total range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles)
  • 13.6 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located under the load floor, covered with 8-year/160,000 km warranty
  • front-wheel-drive
  • Peak output: 92.9 kW of power (at 9,000 rpm) and 355 Nm of torque (1-2,250 rpm)
  • series-hybrid driveline configuration with 1.0 liter EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender
  • charging in 2.7 hours (240 V, 32 A)
  • full cargo volume offered by the standard van (6.0 m3)
  • 1,130 kg of payload
  • CO2 emissions of 60 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 2.7 l/100 km

Ford Tourneo Custom Plug-in Hybrid specs:

  • up to 53 km (33 miles) of NEDC all-electric range
  • total range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles)
  • 13.6 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located under the floor of the passenger compartment, covered with 8-year/160,000 km warranty
  • front-wheel-drive
  • Peak output: 92.9 kW of power (at 9,000 rpm) and 355 Nm of torque (1-2,250 rpm)
  • series-hybrid driveline configuration with 1.0 liter EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender
  • charging in 2.7 hours (240 V, 32 A)
  • 8 seats
  • CO2 emissions of 70 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 3.1 l/100 km

Source: electrive.com

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Peugeot: 96% Of Brits Could Make Christmas Trip In EV On Single Charge

Go green, Christmas tree green.

As Christmas draws nearer many will be taking to the roads to visit friends and family. With that in mind, Peugeot has revealed that most of those journeys can be completed in a single charge of an electric vehicle.

The French manufacturer found that 96 percent of Brits will be covering less than 220 miles to visit loved ones this festive period, with nearly two-thirds covering under 100 miles. On average, the distance motorists will cover to visit friends and family is 79 miles. Londoners will cover 122 miles on average, while drivers in Northern Ireland will drive just 59 miles. 

Peugeot sells the all-electric e-208, which has a range of 217 miles, meaning that most people could do their festive driving on a single charge in the battery-powered hatchback.

Peugeot’s research shows that two thirds of drivers will be stopping at least once on their Christmas travels, and the e-208 supports 100kW rapid charging, with an 80 percent charge taking just 30 minutes, meaning that plugging in while stopping could add another 173 miles of range to their car. 

Electric cars however only account for 1.4 percent of new car sales in the UK, more more than a third of those surveys by Peugeot said they’d be happy to do all of their driving over the festive period in an electric car.

“Christmas is a time many of us hit the road to see our loved ones. Though we will all be covering great distances in the coming weeks, our research shows nearly every driver in the UK could do their Christmas journey in a full-electric all-new Peugeot e-208,” David Peel, managing director of Peugeot UK. “Drivers would not only save money on their Christmas journey but also significantly cut emissions.”

“With the launch of the e-208, Peugeot is fully committed to ‘unboring the future’ and providing drivers with the option to ‘choose your Peugeot, choose your powertrain’, as our new hatchback is available with a range of efficient petrol, diesel and EV powertrains across the range.”

 

Average distance travelled to see friends and family this Christmas according to Peugeot

Region

Average distance travelled to see friends and family this Christmas (miles)

London

122

South East

94

South West

81

North East

81

East Midlands

78

Yorkshire and the Humber

76

East Anglia

75

Wales

75

Scotland

71

West Midlands

71

North West

71

Northern Ireland

59

Average

79

Gallery: Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208

Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
Festive driving in the Peugeot e-208
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Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car

Lewis wants to know what’s taking so long.

Building the upcoming $2.7 million Mercedes-AMG One Hypercar hasn’t been easy, but based on the test car it should be worth the wait. In case you haven’t heard, Mercedes dominated the 2019 F1 season winning the 2019 Constructors Championship by a healthy margin. Fresh off his 6th F1 championship, Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton decided to visit the Mercedes-AMG One team to see what’s taking so long. 

Based on the footage, the team is hard at work track testing their newest hypercar in everything from full-electric mode to all-out race-pace. The Mercedes-AMG One is powered by a road-going version of the W10 Mercedes F1 car’s 1.6-liter V6. If you can imagine, getting a temperamental F1 engine to handle road driving is no easy task. 

For starters, the Mercedes-AMG One’s engine was initially designed to idle at 5,000 rpm in the Mercedes F1 car. Then there’s the issue of starting this engine. F1 drivers don’t have the luxury of turning a key to fire up their engines. Instead, these well-engineered divas need to be slowly warmed up via an external water pump and cranked to life via an external starter. 

Gallery: Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car

Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car
Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car
Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car
Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car
Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car
Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car
Lewis Hamilton Checks Out Mercedes-AMG One Development Car

Unlike Lewis’ W10 F1, car there won’t be a team of engineers to keep the Mercedes-AMG One running. Taking an F1 engine and putting it in a road car is probably even harder than stuffing a road car engine into an F1 car. Engineering such a specialized drivetrain to handle the sloppy world of road driving has turned out to be even harder than Mercedes-AMG initially anticipated. 

Regardless of the engineering hurdles, the Mercedes-AMG One looks the business on track. According to Lewis, the Mercedes-AMG One sounds just like his F1 car on the inside and since nobody is inviting me to drive the Mercedes F1 car we’ll take his word for it.

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CEAT Launches Gripp XL And Zoom X3 Tubeless Tyres At India Bike Week 2019

CEAT Tyres has announced the launch of its new tubeless range of tyres – Gripp XL and Zoom X3 at the ongoing India Bike Week 2019. The new Gripp XL tubeless tyre has been designed to offer ‘Superior Grip’ on kind of all-terrains and features an angular block pattern for better traction. The Gripp XL tyres also come with wider groove width between the blocks that provide better water channelling and superior wet grip, and these are exclusively launched for all Royal Enfield motorcycles.

The new CEAT Zoom X3 series, on the other hand, comes in two options – the Zoom X3 and Zoom X3 F Tubeless, and these are designed to offer ‘Superior control at High Speeds’. The Zoom X3 rear tyre Zig Zag Centre Groove that helps with better straight-line stability with a wiping effect on wet roads improved aquaplaning, good water channelling, and improved traction on wet & dry roads. The Zoom X3 F for the front tyres come with a continuous circumferential groove in the shoulder and enhance ride and handling and sharp cornering ability. The tyres have been designed for bikes above 150+ cc like the Pulsar 220/180/160, Avenger, and the Apache series, among others.

Speaking at the event Amit Tolani, Chief Marketing Officer, CEAT said, “Our vision is to make mobility safer and smarter every day and we are proud to be associated with India Bike Week 2019 as the Safety partner. We are also very glad to present our new Tubeless range of Gripp XL and Zoom X3 tyres, which are designed, by keeping in mind the customer preference for tyres that provide superior control and stability on all terrains.”

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Mazepin quickest as Abu Dhabi F2 test ends

Carlin driver Nikita Mazepin topped the timesheets as Formula 2 post-season testing concluded in Abu Dhabi.

Mazepin recorded a 1m50.473s in the opening minutes of Saturday’s morning session, and would not be deposed from first place for the rest of the day’s track action.

His effort was still three tenths short of what Louis Deletraz (Charouz), the pace-setter during the first two days, had managed on Friday, the Swiss driver’s 1m50.124s thus ending up as the best effort from the three-day test.

Behind Mazepin, Ferrari junior Callum Ilott was second for UNI-Virtuosi, trailing the Russian by just three hundredths of a second.

Deletraz made up the top three on the day, ahead of MP Motorsport’s Ralph Boschung and DAMS’ new recruit Dan Ticktum.

The five drivers were alone in dipping below 1m51s on the day, and had all recorded their best times in the morning session.

Teams were denied the chance to attempt one final qualifying simulation in the afternoon, as sudden drops of rain late on ensured there would be no last-gasp improvements.

Mick Schumacher was thus quickest in the afternoon for Prema, but his 1m51.569s was over a second slower than what Mazepin had managed.

The German himself had been four tenths faster in the morning, making up the top 10 behind fellow Prema teammate and fellow Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman, Carlin’s Red Bull protege Yuki Tsunoda, Renault-backed UNI Virtuosi driver Guanyu Zhou and Charouz’s Pedro Piquet.

Results to follow

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Lewis Hamilton: Max Verstappen calls Mercedes for F1 drive

Six-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton says all his rivals, including Max Verstappen, call Mercedes boss Toto Wolff about driving for the team.

Mercedes made history this year with an unprecedented sixth consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ title double.

Hamilton is the king of Formula 1 right now, finding himself in the golden seat of the sport, but that means every driver is calling Mercedes boss Wolff to try and take Hamilton’s place.

The 24-year-old was speaking at the FIA’s end-of-season awards where he was presented with the World Championship trophy – he was on stage after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and the Briton said that he and every driver was calling Wolff about a Mercedes seat with the 2021 driver market wide open.

“It’s an interesting time because there’s a lot of drivers who are seeking positions everywhere,” said Hamilton.

“I’m talking about the calls Toto gets from every driver, including the one who was up here just recently, asking to come.

“Everyone is trying to leave their team to come to where we are. Which is an understandable thing because everyone wants to win, they all want to be a part of a winning formula.

“But I don’t think it’s a stressful thing at the moment. There’s always a clear pathway of communication between myself and Toto. There’s never been any secrets and that won’t change.”

Although Hamilton hasn’t thought about his plans for 2021 in too much detail, he stressed that he’s very happy at Mercedes and believes no other team has the same “elements” in place for their kind of success.

“I love where I am and I love the people that I work with,” said the six-time World Champion. “So it’s really difficult to walk away from something you love as much as I do.

“The team, the organisation, all the way through to the bosses.

“I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13 so it’s really hard to imagine myself anywhere else.

“What we’ve built in the last seven years, obviously Mercedes has been working longer than that, it’s dominant, it’s a strong force.

“I think it’s taken us time to build that, the strength in depth, the consistency we have. It’s not something that’s come overnight.

“The other teams currently don’t have the elements we have in place. And it takes time to build those things.”

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Watch Ferrari's Upcoming Hybrid Supercar Get Chased by a Motorcycle Around Maranello

UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube.

Due out at the end of the month, Ferrari’s upcoming  V-8 hybrid supercar has been spotted once again. The heavily-camouflaged prototype here is being chased around the hills of Maranello by the GoPro-wearing rider of a Yamaha Tracer 900 touring bike. Even when pursued by an agile motorcycle, the mid-engined Ferrari appears to be quite the capable canyon-carver, getting away from the Yamaha routinely and with ease. Considering all that’s been rumored about the electrified Ferrari, that’s hardly a surprise. 

Ferrari boss Louis Camilleri previously said that the company’s new hybrid offering would be more powerful than the front-engined, 789-horsepower 812 Superfast. It’ll allegedly use an evolved version of the LaFerrari hypercar’s hybrid system, approach 1,000 horsepower, and sprint to 60 miles per hour in two seconds dead. The car will likely use a V-8 instead of a V-12, like the LaFerrari and 812 do.

Even though its name and final design remain a mystery for now, its general shape is said to hark back to the company’s 330 P3/4 Le Mans racer. What’s more, FerrariChat forum members speculate that the car may be called “BB,” an abbreviation of Berlinetta Boxer and not “baby” as seen in countless misguided Tinder messages.

For those sick of staring at spy footage of this car’s rear end, we get a glimpse of its face (albeit heavily disguised) at around 5:00 into the video. Ferrari’s new license-killer is expected to debut May 31. Expect it to seat two, come in red and probably yellow, and be really freakin’ fast.

h/t: FerrariChat

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