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The Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck ($39,990 — $76,900 ) offers the utility of a pickup with the speed of a sports car. It has an angular, cold-rolled stainless steel exoskeleton and ultra-strong “armor glass” that keeps occupants safe while protecting against dents, damage, and corrosion. Payload capacity is up to 3,500 pounds, it can tow up to 14,000 pounds, and it has 100 cubic feet of exterior lockable storage for gear. Three models are available: Single Motor RWD with 250 miles of range, Dual Motor AWD with 300 miles of range, and Tri-Motor AWD, with 500 miles of range and a 0-60 time under three seconds. 

Production is set to begin in late 2021, alongside the “one more thing”: an all-wheel-drive ATV designed to fit perfectly in the bed.

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Ford Introduces The Mustang Mach-E, An All-Electric Crossover SUV

Ford’s first true electric vehicle is here with the Mustang Mach-E, leveraging Mustang branding wrapped in crossover packaging and promising performance to live up to its name. 

The Mustang Mach-E is the first car to wear the Mustang name that doesn’t fit the familiar long-hood, short deck pony car profile, along with current EV styling cues like a grille-less front end and a massive touchscreen interface. The four-door body and raised ride height will no doubt strike a note with purists, but the practicality make it the right decision. 

The spec sheet puts the Mach-E GT, and especially the Mach-E GT Performance Edition, in the realm of Tesla and the European competition, with 0-60 times in the sub-four and mid-three second range respectively. Two battery options will be available at launch, good for 300 miles with the extended-range option. Power figures are 332 horsepower and 417 ft-lb of torque for the base model, with all-wheel and rear-wheel drive available. 

The Mustang Mach-E should hit showroom floors in late 2020 for $44,000+.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.

The 2020 Stingray’s exterior has a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is still unmistakably Corvette. It’s lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from every angle.

A supercar level of craftsmanship, premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing every component of the Stingray. The new location of the engine is truly the focal point for the car’s design. It’s the heart of this next generation Corvette and it sits like a jewel in a showcase, visible through the large rear hatch window. The added attention to detail optimized the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road motorcycle design.  

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, the 2020 Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One racing. Other classic Corvette signatures adapted to the Stingray include a distinctive face that communicates the purpose of the vehicle’s mission, a classic horizontal crease, aggressive front fenders and familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.

Corvette’s structure is built around its backbone: the center tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized manner. By removing unwanted body compliance, Corvette customers will experience the ultimate in ride performance with outstanding lateral grip capabilities. The car has a solid, connected-to-the-road feel with minimal vibrations at high speeds or on long road trips.

The 2020 Stingray’s heart is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise value proposition, as it will start under $60,000. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019. 

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Mattel Unveils San Diego Comic Con Exclusive 1989 Batmobile Set

Mattel is celebrating Batman’s 80th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman with an exclusive Hot Wheels set that will be available at San Diego Comic Con.

The set includes the iconic Batmobile from the 1989 film, along with a miniature die-cast figure of Michael Keaton’s Batman. The set also includes a shell that fits over the Batmobile and replicates the armored version of the car from the film. This set will cost $25 and you can pre-order it from Mattel on Monday, June 17.

In order to receive your pre-sale purchase, you will need to stop by the Mattel Booth (#2945) during regular SDCC hours to confirm your purchase. Mattel will ship your order after the event ends.

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Full Scale LEGO McLaren Senna

Taking nearly 5,000 hours to assemble and requiring nearly half a million bricks to complete, this Full-Scale LEGO McLaren Senna is as impressive as it is fun. The interactive model incorporates the infotainment system, carbon fiber seats, steering wheel, and pedals from the real car, as well as actual McLaren badges and real Pirelli tires. There’s also a start button in the roof, which activates the sound of the car roaring to life.

Overall, it took more than 40 men and women to design and build the model, using 467,854 individual LEGO bricks — so while it might be the same size as the road car, it weighs a full 1,102 lbs more.

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Where Does Batman Buy His Groceries?

If you didn’t know where Batman shops, you do now: He and celebrities like Slimer, Scooby-Doo, the Griswolds, Doc Brown and more—or, more specifically, their cars—make cameos in a new spot from Walmart promoting its free grocery pickup service.

The campaign debuted during NBC’s Golden Globes broadcast last night and featured familiar vehicles from movies and TV shows from the last four decades—including the station wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation, Lloyd and Harry’s Mutt Cutts van from Dumb and Dumber and more. And it’s set to the tune of Gary Numan’s 1979 hit “Cars,”.

Barbara Messing, CMO of Walmart U.S., said the retailer worked with Hollywood studios to ensure that the famous cars looked just like ones on film.

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Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet 

At this year’s gathering of the most magnificent classic cars at Pebble Beach in California, Mercedes-Benz is once again set to present a highlight: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a car which, with its sensual, emotionally appealing design and innovative technical concept solutions, defines the ultimate in luxury of the future. At the same time the two-seater model pays homage to the glorious “automotive haute couture” of hand-finished, exclusive cabriolets.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is designed as an electric car. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 PS). The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA). The elegant cabriolet is set to make its debut at the Monterey Car Week, which will take place on the Monterey Peninsula in California between 15 and 20 August 2017. The final event will be the traditional Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance, which this year takes place on 20 August.

The curved basic body of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet boasts a sporty, stretched design which is characterised by powerful structural elements in conjunction with the sharp feature line. This side feature line defines the upper vehicle body, from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle through to the rear. With the luxurious interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz demonstrates a new synthesis of intelligence and emotion. Also, the designers have combined the unique tradition of the brand with a hitherto unknown high-tech experience. The user experience also combines ultimate luxury with intelligence.

Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive. The flat battery sits in the underbody. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 PS). This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0–100 km/h in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 250 km/h) but also a range of over 500 kilometers according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA). The quick-charge function is also visionary: as a result of DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometers.

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Ninebot Electric Gokart

Winner of a 2018 Red Dot Design Award, the Segway Electric Gokart was engineered for one thing: fun. Its clever design uses a Segway miniPro as its rear wheels and propulsion system, making it useful even after the race is over. 

Made to drift, it accommodates a height range of 4′ 5″ to 6′ 3″ , has a maximum load of 220 lbs., and can accelerate from 0-12 mph in just 2 seconds, with different riding modes capping the top speed at 5, 10.8, or 15 mph. 

Connect your Gokart to the app via Bluetooth to display driving speed, cruising range, and fault reminders of the Gokart in real-time. You can also access the new rider tutorial, control lighting, set driving modes, update firmware, and more.

Battery life ranges from 8 to 12.4 miles, depending on driving mode, and the collapsible design means it will fit in most trunks.

Preorder from Indiegogo for $1,149.

 

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Taschen Is Releasing A $30,000 Ferrari Book

Designed by Marc Newson, this luxury edition offers unrestricted access to hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari archives, and from private collectors, to reveal the full story behind the Cavallino Rampante. Featuring a complete appendix of the company’s victories, this massive tome is elevated by a sculpture evocative of the 12-cylinder engine, topping off a production unparalleled in scale.

Few are the men and brands that have come to define a century. For seven decades and counting, the Italian powerhouse founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1947 has made an indelible red mark on popular culture and enraptured fans and collectors across the globe.

Synonymous with beauty, excellence, and unmatched desirability, the Cavallino Rampante lives on as the driving force in high-performance Gran Turismo, the conqueror of impossible challenges.

A project conceived in close collaboration with Ferrari, this massive tome is a veritable collector’s piece. A production unparalleled in its scale, it features exclusive content from the Ferrari archives and private collections around the world, bringing together hundreds of unseen photographs and documents to reveal the unique story behind Ferrari’s victories, its protagonists, and its legacy.

Limited to 1,947 signed and numbered copies, the handcrafted leather-bound and hand-stitched Collector’s Edition is enclosed in a Ferrari motor–inspired case designed by Marc Newson. Made of cast aluminum, the chrome has been sandblasted with powder to preserve the metal’s natural feel, while the top of the case has been finished using Ferrari’s own red varnish, the same as that used on their engines.

This Art Edition (No. 1–250) is elevated by a sculpture evocative of the 12-cylinder engine in hand-bent, flared chromed steel, also by Newson. Made of chromed steel, the bookstand’s legs were joined together using tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, a process that produces stronger, high-quality welds, typical in the automotive industry.

Art Edition (No. 1–250), with a sculptural bookstand by Marc Newson, each signed by Sergio Marchionne, John Elkann, and Piero Ferrari.

A production unparalleled in scale, this massive tome is a veritable work of art to be prized by fans and collectors across the globe. Offering unrestricted access to hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari Archives and those of private collectors, this unique work reveals the full story behind Ferrari’s protagonists, its victories, its past, and its future.

Click HERE for more info.

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First Ever Life-Size & Drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Is A Pioneering Piece of Engineering and Design

Testament that with LEGO Technic you can build for real, this non-glued, fully-functional and self-propelled LEGO Technic model can fit two passengers inside and accelerate to over 20km/h.

Perfectly recreating the organic design lines of the world’s fastest production car – the iconic Bugatti Chiron – the LEGO Technic life-size model pushes the boundaries of what LEGO builders imagined was possible to build in LEGO elements.

The model is the first large scale movable construction developed using over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements and powered exclusively using motors from the LEGO Power Function platform. Packed with 2,304 motors and 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels, the engine of this 1.5 tonnes car is generating 5.3 horse power and an estimated torque of 92 Nm.

Equipped with a rear spoiler, speedometer, front and back-lights, detachable steering wheel and brake pedal, all fully functional and built of LEGO Technic elements, the model is a dream come true for any LEGO fan. Building it required the use of 339 types of LEGO Technic elements, and over 13,000 work hours of development and construction.

Building a one of a kind LEGO Technic life-size car is one part of the task. Testing if it can drive is another. And what better location than the same place where the real Chiron was first tested – Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany – a unique facility built to handle speed.

One weekend afternoon, the LEGO model took off and accelerated to everyone’s joy and amazement. And while it may not match the original Bugatti Chiron’s mindboggling 420 km/h speed, the LEGO Technic’s power function motors have managed the impressive performance to propel it to a little over 20km/h – ultimately making the ‘Build for Real’ idea truly complete.

Andy Wallace – the driver behind the LEGO Technic Chiron – former racing driver with multiple wins of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona, as well as many other races, and today official Bugatti pilot, said:

“When I first saw the LEGO Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail. In fact from about 20 metres away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a LEGO car. I can only imagine how much time and effort went into making this model.” “Driving the LEGO Chiron was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a LEGO car!”

See more here – http://lego.build/forreal

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