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You Will Soon be Able to Buy a 3-D Car

07/10/2015

Local Motors announced this week that they will be releasing two 3-D printed cars models for sale next year. The startup based out of Phoenix, is credited for creating the world's first 3-D printed car in September-- not to be confused with the first 3-D printed supercar the Blade

The design for the vehicle named ReLoad Redacted was submitted to Local Motors' Project Redacted Challenge by Kevin Lo. It boasts a "flexible foundation that can support many different styles and technology options", according to the contest press release. The ReLoad will come in two models: the Swim and the Sport. Lo's creations were deemed supreme through a voting process that utilized the Local Motors community and a panel of judges including SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak and Jay Leno.

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ReLoad Swim, credit: Local Motors

According to Local Motors, the ReLoad Redacted will operate on a battery and fall between $18,000 and $30,000, though the final sale price has not yet been released. These vehicles are not yet highway legal, however. That giant leap into the mainstream auto industry is projected to occur by the end of 2016, as reported by Fox News. ReLoad Redacted is on pace, though, to make its worldwide debut in November 2015 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. 

 

For more about SEMA, check out this clip from the 2013 event when Chip Foose, Wayne Carini and other Velocity stars tried to predict the future of cars. 

McLaren Prototype Release Party

07/06/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

I had the good fortune of being on the receiving end of an invitation to go check out the pre-release party for the brand new McLaren 570-S.  The star-studded event was held at the Longview Gallery on 9th St. NW in Washington DC.

And of course, what do you think the first thing we see in front of the gallery?

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The first of five McLaren 650S models that were on site!  This British supercar delivers 671 hp to the rear wheels.  Starting around $270,000 for the coupe and $283,000 for the convertible, this speedster will dominate a highly competitive market with a finite number of potential consumers.  

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How the Blade is Made will Blow Your Mind

06/29/2015

The future of auto manufacturing is here thanks to startup company Divergent Microfactories. Enter the Blade, the first ever supercar to employ 3D printing technology. Its as efficient as it is sleek and powerful.

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Divergent Microfactories

Divergent Microfactories, based out of San Fransisco, employed a 3-D printer to create the groundbreaking chassis of this jaw-dropping supercar. Aluminum joints called Nodes connect to aerospace carbon fiber tubing to form the Blade's chassis. The structure utilizes approximately 61 pounds of aluminum and 41 pounds of carbon fiber, according to the manufacturer. In total, the chassis weighs a mere 102 pounds. But fear not skeptics, the chassis has undergone the appropriate testing and is actually industrial strength. The construction of the chassis, however, has a striking resemblance to your old K'NEX set and takes less than an hour by hand.

The Blade's revolutionary skeleton allows for a 90 percent reduction in the vehicle's overall weight-- it tips the scale at 1,388 pounds. The new lightweight infrastructure and its 700HP bi-fuel engine allow the vehicle to accelerate at enviable speeds, reaching 60 mph in just 2.2 seconds. 

The goal, however, is to widen the usage of the Node design and technology to sedans and pickups. Divergent Microfactories hopes this process will not only revolutionize automobile construction, but also encourage a reduction in emissions.

“Society has made great strides in its awareness and adoption of cleaner and greener cars. The problem is that while these cars do now exist, the actual manufacturing of them is anything but environmentally friendly,” said Kevin Czinger, founder & CEO, Divergent Microfactories. 

According to an analysis published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology the construction of gas-powered cars produces approximately 14,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide, which is 17 percent of its lifetime emissions. Electric cars are not perfect either: the study found that their production produces 30,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide.

Need another Super Car to drool over? Check out when Chasing Classic Cars spotlighted a rare '88 Porsche. 

Racing at leMans - amazing machines they are

11/24/2013

Racing At leMans - Amazing Machines They Are

Ken Visser

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I started to do some research on a blog about the Porsche 917, one of the most successful and dominant race cars in history.  As I was going thru my photos, I came upon quite a few examples of successful leMans racers and have decided to pursue that storyline.

leMans, one of the toughest races on the planet.  24 hours of straight up racing on a mix of public and racing circuit roads.  Participants have to balance fuel, brakes, mechanical durabilty, tires as well as fatigue.  In 2010 the winning Audi covered 3,360 miles on the Circuit de la Sarthe.  

We are talking 6 times longer than the Indy 500 and 18 times longer that a Formula One Grand Prix race. Heck, from New York to LA its 2,792 miles!  Can you imaging running at top speed on the Mulsanne Straight at 3 am, checking your mirrors for a prototype approaching at 200 plus MPH, flashing its lights?  And I thought the DC Beltway was stressful during a Friday night rush hour...

To make matters even more tense, the race takes place in June with soaring temperatures and the ever present threat of rain.  Race cars don’t use air conditioning so the interior temperatures can get excruciating,  This is why you see roadsters competing, like our 59 Aston Martin DBR1 from the Simeone Museum.  Let's take a look.

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1958 Aston Martin DBR1 chassis 3 as presented by the Simeone Museum at the 2013 Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance

This spectacularly shaped 58 Aston Martin DBR1 has been lovingly maintained by the esteemed Dr Fred Simeone, an avid and astute collector of amazing historic competitive automobiles.  His collection is housed in the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum near the Philadelphia airport.  

Aston Martin won the World Championship and a win at leMans with a small team of 4 DBR1 race cars.  Caroll Shelby helped win at leMans in 59, turning out to be one of his last outings as a race car driver due to a heart condition.

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Velocity is Going to SEMA: And We’re Bringing Friends

11/02/2013

VelocityLivePosterWe will be roving the massive showroom floor looking for what might be on car lovers’ holiday lists this year, tweeting out the latest news via @VelocityTV1 #SEMA and providing more in depth coverage here. We can’t wait to see what the manufacturers are rolling out this year…we’re thinking lots of technology but that’s just us.

Plus, we are bringing our friends to SEMA – the hottest automotive experts on TV. We'll have them in our booth and walking the show floor when they can. Here's the line up of our friends:

Chip Foose, Chris Jacobs, and Arianny Celeste from Overhaulin’

Mike Brewer and Edd China from Wheeler Dealers

Wayne Carini, from Chasing Classic Cars

Jessi Coombs from All Girls Garage

Ray Evernham, from AmeriCarna

Dan Short, from Fantomworks

Mike Seate, from Café Racer

Lou Santiago from Car Fix

 

 

Plus, we'll have some of our experts as special guests on a panel on Wednesday. We are partnering with our buddies over at Rev3’s to bring you video of the panel just as soon as our fast fingers can upload it here. Why would you want to see this panel? You'll get wisdom from:

Ray Evernham, Wayne Carini, Chip Foose, Chris Jacobs, Mike Brewer, Edd China, and Jessi Coombs,

 

These people are the real deal and will be telling us where they see the trends heading and talking about their love of cars. It’s absolutely amazing to have all these automotive experts with their wisdom in one room. We are just as excited as you are!

So, keep an eye out for all our posts, tweets, and video from Sunday, November 3 through Friday, November 8.

Are you one of our fans who happens to be attending? We’d love to see you at the panel on Wednesday, November 6th. Check the program for more information.


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