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What better way to kick off the 24 Hour Le Mans Season Opener than by driving the new safety car, a Porsche Taycan Turbo, from the automaker’s experience center in Hockenheim? That’s exactly what happened, using the vehicle’s battery-electric all-wheel-drive drivetrain with a permanent-magnet synchronous motor on each axle generating 671 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to Porsche Destination Charging, making sure the Taycan is charged was a breeze. Guests of selected hotels, golf courses and marinas can also access these 1,000+ charging points across 20 countries.
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All the way back in 1897, electric cars existed and found their first commercial use as taxis in Britain as well as the United States. Unfortunately, internal combustion engines (ICE) in the first decade of the 20th century took away the advantages that electric cars had due to their quicker refueling times, and cheaper production costs. However, if electric race cars existed in the 1940s, it would probably look something like Alex Baldini’s Helvezzia Tipo-6.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles partnered with eClassics to create the “e-BULLI,” based on the T1 Samba Bus. Underneath the unassuming shell, the team swapped out its four-cylinder boxer engine for a new 61 kW electric motor generating 82 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, mated to a one-speed gearbox that enables it to top out at an electronically limited 81 mph.
Polestar is set to debut an all-new concept at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next week, and it’s called Precept. Unlike the automaker’s other production vehicles, the “1” and “2”, this one has a Polestar SmartZone instead of a traditional grille, representing a shift from breathing to seeing. This area now houses technology for safety sensors and driver assistance functions.
This followup to the 2019-2020 Formula E World Championship race car, Formula E’s Gen2 EVO has mostly all-new bodywork, complete with a redesigned front wing and a delete of the pieces located above the wheels for more aerodynamics. In the back, the rear wheels are now exposed and no longer covered, while a shark fin as well as a freshly-designed diffuser provide extra downforce.