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Audi’s Future Plans for the Electric Vehicle Industry

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As years go on the auto industry continues to evolve. Lately many car companies are joining the EV market as it is beginning to grow steadily. Recently Audi has launched a plan to release a new electric vehicle model every year as a way of contributing and trying to make an impact in the EV market. Audi will being to release a new EV model every year beginning in 2018, as it is trying to catch up with its other competitors in this luxurious market.

Audi will begin their new journey by releasing its very first all-electric luxury class SUV, which will be based on the Audi E-Tron Quattro concept. Audi’s plan to release a EV car every year shouldn’t come as a surprise to many as it was plan that was in the making since Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, made the announcement of expanding on the commitment that was made last year by Audi of America president Scott Keogh who stated that at least ¼ of the all Audi cars to be sold in the U.S. will be electric vehicles by 2025.

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Abdul’s Dubai Exotic Car Collection

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If you’re into cars and have ever been on YouTube or Instagram, you’ve probably heard of Alejandro Salomon (a.k.a @salomondrin) or his unreal collection of cars. Just to name a few, Alejandro currently owns a Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, McLaren 675LT, a Brabus Smart car and recently sold his Pagani Huayra 730s to apparently fund his next project.

In recent years, Alejandro has become very popular on social media under the online alias as Salomondrin. In addition to that, Alejandro and his group of car enthusiast friends have formed a group under the name “CUPGang” with the word “CUP” being and acronym and simply meaning: Cars Unite People.

Recently, Alejandro and some of the CupGang members went to Dubai to visit their friend: Abdul (@azzurodino) to get a chance to look at his car collection. The start of his latest episode in the series “Let’s Talk About Cars, Yo” starts with the CupGang wandering through the desert looking for Abdul’s home. Eventually, they arrive at a gate that slowly starts opening, and you get to catch a glimpse of a White Pagani Zonda on the other side.

At this moment, you knew that this was going to be a good episode.

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Say hi to Uber’s first Self Driving Car

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Uber has at last released the very first authentic photograph of the self-driving cars that they’re testing in the city of Pittsburgh, very nearly a year to the day since columnists in that city initially recognized a before model. The car, a cross breed Ford Fusion, is gathering mapping information and also testing its self-driving abilities, and is outfitted with “radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment,” Uber says in a blog entry. Be that as it may, as it gathers information, a prepared driver is constantly in the driver’s seat.

“While Uber is still in the early days of our self-driving efforts, every day of testing leads to improvements,” the company says. “Right now we’re focused on getting the technology right and ensuring it’s safe for everyone on the road — pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers.”

Uber additionally gave a journalist from Pittsburgh’s Tribune-Review a ride in the auto, the first run through an individual from the media has been permitted to see it in operation very close. The columnist, Aaron Aupperlee, had this to say in regards to the experience:

“The car drove itself over the 31st Street Bridge and along River Avenue on the North Side before turning around at the Heinz Lofts. The car will accelerate, brake, steer and perform other basic functions on its own. It switches out of self-driving mode with a loud beep if its sensors detect a car swerving into its lane or it encounters something it does not recognize or know how to negotiate.

The driver can take control of the car at anytime. The car’s sensors detected parked cars sticking out into traffic, jaywalkers, bicyclists and a goose crossing River Avenue.”

It’s the first release is affirmation that Uber is trying its own self-driving innovation in Pittsburgh, notwithstanding a dominance of proof indicating that truth throughout the most recent year. Pittsburgh is the place the ride-hailing mammoth has set up its Advanced Technologies Center, where a group of mechanical autonomy specialists Uber poached from spots like Google and Carnegie Mellon University are chipping away at independent driving innovation.

Likewise, Pittsburgh’s different surroundings make it a decent place for testing, in so far as it introduced a considerable measure of impediments for its robot cars to explore. John Bares, leader of the ATC, told the Tribune-Review that “the city’s narrow and hilly streets, haphazard parking, rainy and snowy weather and aging infrastructure have made [Pittsburgh] a challenging place to test self-driving technology.”

While Google has been the organization that is most straightforward about testing its self-driving car, Uber is the one of the most specialists in the field and are testing early. The supposition is that self-driving cars, when completely prepared, will be at first put to use concerning procuring vehicles. What’s more, Uber, with its iron grasp on the US’s for-contract vehicle business sector, is best situated to benefit on that advancement.

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Is the BMW i3 capable of responding to the threat of the Tesla Model 3 in its market?

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When Elon Musk revealed his latest tesla design, the Tesla Model 3, it caught the eyes of many people as it drew a demand of 400,000 reservation just before the chance Musk had to get back into his leather chair and continue to pet his white cat. Blofeld-ian tendencies aside, the Model 3 stands out as it is offering desirable automotive proposition. Having designed such a master piece, the Model 3 is becoming a threat to the BMW I3 as its sales are being affected by this new automotive proposition. Thus, to compete against the Tesla Model 3, the BMW I3 has updated itself for it to stand a chance against the new and upcoming Tesla Model 3. However, the question is that does it actually stand a chance against the Tesla Model 3?

Well some believe that it does for the following reasons.

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Aston Martin DB11 Revealed at Geneva 2016 Motor Show

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In Aston Martin’s attempt to redesign the whole company by introducing a brand new engine, design and electrics, the DB11 comes as a big step towards their mission. However, many questions arise when such a company performs a huge makeover. Have they got it right? Can all the new elements they have put into this redesign of the company come and work together for it to bring in new success to the company?

Aston Martin did not exaggerate when they called the DB11 “the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003”.

But, for us to understand why Aston Martin feels that the DB11 will bring in so much success to the company, it is only right we look into the specs of this beast. First off, the engine is a V12 that is mounted in the front of the vehicle and runs through an eight speed auto gearbox. This may seem like a simple engine, but what may come has a surprise is that this engine was created by Aston Martin themselves. Furthermore, the DB11 produces 608bhp and has a torque of 516ft which comes from the 5.2liter two turbochargers it possesses. Unlike many other competitors, Aston Martin chose to add their new turbos to the DB11 without a smaller engine. Having taken such a bold move to retain their bigger engine while adding on new turbos, the effect of how powerful the DB11 should be noticeable in its increases of the low and midrange torque. That being said, this beast should be able to pull from nothing on its way to a top speed of 200mph, while also being able to pass 62mph just 3.9sec after launch.

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Apple Cars

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Apple Inc., has been working furtively on a car, is pushing its group to start generation of an electric vehicle as ahead of schedule as 2020, individuals with inside information of the matter said.

Automakers normally put in five to seven years building up a car – the time frame of the task’s aggressive objectives could have the auto world seeing a battle between Apple and Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co. Both automakers are focusing on a 2017 arrival of an electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a solitary charge and cost under $40,000.

“That’s the inflection point — the proving ground — that brings on the electric age,” Steve LeVine, writer of “The Powerhouse,” a book about the car battery industry, said on Bloomberg TV Thursday. “Now you have Apple coming in and this is critical mass. Was GM really going to be able to match Tesla? Apple can.”

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2016 Gumball 3000

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The highly anticipated annual car rally known as the Gumball 3000 has formally commenced its 3,000 mile car fest. As has been standard in past years, David Hasselhoff waved off the 90 participants from the insane auto race’s starting line, as a horde of mutant vehicles thundered off toward Belfast and a ship to Scotland on their approach to Istanbul.

Both Gumball and the opponent One Lap of America rally owe their motivation to the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, a cross-country race arranged via Car and Driver supervisor Brock Yates in the 1970s to protest the law of a national 55 mph speed limit. Gumball 3000 began in 1999, and it gets more and more crazy every year.

Here are some of the highlight cars from this year’s rally:

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Mazzanti EV-R destined to reach 250mph

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It’s very common to see many smaller supercar manufacturers, ones that aren’t very well known, come along and build a car looking to make a big impression on the rest of the world and compete with the supercar giants. Noble, Zenvo and Rezvani all are example of small supercar companies who had made ridiculous cars attempting to steal the giants’ thunder. These kinds of companies have made HUGE inroads in technology and design, showing that even small companies can really give the giants a run for their money. However, they don’t really seem to be getting any more popular. If you walk out to the street and ask any person what kind of supercar they would buy, you’ll get the normal answers: Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mclaren, Lamborghini. Not a single person would name off one of these smaller companies.

But let’s not forget, Bugatti wasn’t very popular many many years ago. However, when they finally created the record smashing Veyron in 2005, the whole world had their attention. All of the sudden, every kid in the sixth grade was having dreams about owning a Veyron.

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Drake’s Whips

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Drake’s newest album Views is clearly raking in a lot of cash. The Canadian rapper, who was just recently recognized by Forbes as the fifth wealthiest rapper with a $60 million net worth just added two mind blowing new cars to his undoubtedly awesome car collection: a McLaren 675LT and a Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible, both in white. He’s one of the first to get the Dawn, which the manufacturer calls “the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built.”

When the supercar appeared a year ago, the McLaren 675LT, it seemed like an obvious return to McLaren’s hustling legacy. It gloats a 666 horse power twin-turbo V8 engine, which can dispatch it to 62 mph in only 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. It’s unquestionably not the sort of car you use to pick up your grandmother from the retirement home with.

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