Electric Cars

Where Transportation Meets Technology

08/31/2015

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The next big technological breakthrough is always around the corner. What starts in a think-tank as a mere "what if" moves to production then eventually into to the market. Each time, the envelope is pushed a little bit further and others fight to uncover something more efficient, more intelligent, more exciting. 

To keep track of all the changes and to help explain it all is Translogic, a web series from Autoblog.com. The show, hosted by Aussie Jonathon Buckley, navigates the latest in transportation technology and explores where mass transit, concept cars, electric vehicles and new transportation converge. It's everything you need to stay on top of what's trending.

Take for instance, when Buckley hopped on a Lightning LS-218. This revolutionary bike boasts a top speed of 218 mph -- keep in mind the Hennessey Venom GT maxes out at 270 mph. The model enlists a 150 kW electric motor to supply 200 horsepower and some serious torque. 

If you like what you see, you're in luck! Translogic is branching out from the internet and joining Velocity's Wednesday night programming. Tune in and get an exclusive look at the coolest technology invading the industry.

Read the full press release here.

American Dream Cars

08/20/2015

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. 

When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration.  Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments.  I thought I would start with Muscle cars.  

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The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.  I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance.  You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.

This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it.  Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65),  Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires.  The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.

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The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues.  The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny.  375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew. 

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OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool.  It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire.  The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie.  Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.

 

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Wayne Carini Visits the Elegance at Hershey

08/04/2015

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. 

The Elegance at Hershey just held it's fifth iteration at the Hotel Hershey.  This is a top notch concours d'elegance featuring Pebble Beach quality modes of transportation.  And where ever you have a collection of fine automobiles like this, you have a good chance of Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars showing up in something befitting the occasion.

And what day isn't brightened by the genuine smile of Wayne piloting a rare beast on a fine lawn?  (or brick path)

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Here we see Wayne Carini pulling up in his 1933 Ford-Auburn "Louis Special" Roadster. The radiator is a cut down unit from a L-29 Cord.  The fenders were apprehended off of an Auburn.  The power comes from a 37 flat head 221" Ford.  David R Addison put this all together and then raced the Ford-Auburn at Bonneville in 47 and then again at the Pebble Beach road races.  The car was "discovered" in a container in California back in 2004.  It was restored and took a class award at Pebble in the late 90's.

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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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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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