Category Archives: Famous Cars

How racing technology from Formula E is changing perspectives on EVs

Motorsports has always been a way for manufacturers to develop and test out new technologies, and these technologies have constantly impacted the cars on our roads. High-level motorsports – such as Formula One, and more recently Formula E – has always been a way of testing new technologies for road cars.

Mahindra is just one such example. Having been a manufacturer of electric vehicles for 18 years, according to team principal Dilbagh Gill, being a part of the racing series has helped jump-start their experience with more powerful vehicles and to plan for a new round of more upscale consumer EVs. The motorsport has further exposed Mahindra to carbon fibre and composites construction and applications.

Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series and has become a way for technology partners such as Williams Advanced Engineering, as well as manufacturers including Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and BMW to develop new solutions for electric road cars. James Barclay, team director at Panasonic Jaguar Racing explains: “ABB FIA Formula E has been central to Jaguar Land Rover’s move towards electrification…The Formula E programme will generate tangible R&D benefits, with the technology developed and lessons learned on the race track helping to accelerate the electrification of future Jaguar Land Rover road cars.”

Changing Perspectives:
Formula E is not only leading the development and adaptation of the technology we see in our road cars, but it’s starting to change perceptions of electric vehicles by showcasing that if electric racing cars look that cool, then consumer electric cars can be just as impressive. The sport is showing people that electric cars aren’t boring or slow.

The Tesla Cybertruck

The latest and 6th vehicle to join the Tesla family was unveiled on November 21st, 2019. The all-electric pick-up truck immediately turned heads and garnered some gasps with its unique design that looks to be something straight out of an 80’s sci-fi film and belongs on an alien planet. Aptly named “The Cybertruck”, Tesla will be releasing it’s one-of-a-kind truck in 3 different price ranges, each with varying degrees of specs.

According to Tesla, the Cybertruck is designed with a nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, where every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armour glass; making this truck’s body tougher than any other car on the market. The smooth monochrome exoskeleton puts the shell on the outside of the car providing the driver and passengers maximum protection.

Claiming that the Cybertruck is “Better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car,” Tesla promises more versatile utilities such as 3,500 pounds of payload capacity and adjustable air suspension, a 6.5-foot long bed with a rolling cover that can slide up and down and even an advanced 17-inch touchscreen with an all-new customized user interface. Tesla also states that the Cybertruck’s top-end model with Tri Motor AWD can accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds and up to 500 miles of range.

The Cybertruck is available for pre-order right now for a fully refundable $100 to get in line. Production is expected to begin in late 2021, with Single Motor RWD production expected to begin in late 2022. Tesla has also added the availability of the full self-driving capabilities for an extra $7000, where you can pre-order the software that will allow the truck to drive itself.

So, if you see yourself driving around in this “other-worldly” vehicle in the near future, go right ahead and place your pre-order here!

Famous Movie Cars: Where are they now?

When it comes to movies, there’s something for everyone. Movies let us live out our imaginative fantasies that most of us will never live in real life. And while most films focus on the actresses and actors, there are those famous few when the plot relies on a required prop – the car!

We’ve compiled a brief list of famous films that included an equally famous vehicle and where are those cars today.

1. James Bond 007’s Aston Martin DB5
The cars featured in the James Bond franchise are just as famous as 007 himself. The films’ legacy of famous cars and gadgets can be traced back to one car – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 the spy drove in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The original movie car sold at auction in 2010 for $4.6 million. And I think fans can collectively agree that there is never gonna be a Bond car as glamorous as the 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

2. The Ford GT40
With the release of the latest film Ford V Ferrari, it takes us back to the iconic car in the film Le Mans (1971). Three versions of the GT40 were built and two of them still exist to this day. The Chassis P/1074 that starred in the film was sold for $11-million to a private collector in August 2012, Rob Kauffman, an entrepreneur and owner of RK Motors. Not only did he restore it to look like it did at Le Mans, but it runs like it did, too. Kauffman even brought the car back to the French racetrack in 2018 and drove the circuit.

3. 1970 Dodge Charger
You can’t think cars in films without thinking about The Fast and The Furious franchise. While every single movie has a bunch of great cars, there is only one that takes the spotlight – the1969 Dodge Charger R/T driven by lead character Dominic Toretto. Nicknamed “Tantrum” the car was featured in multiple films in the series. It’s now up for sale at a Chatsworth, California dealership named Fusion Luxury Motors.

4. Bumblebee’s Chevrolet Camaro
Back in 2007, fans where mindblown to see their beloved childhood Autobots in their live-action movie counterparts in The Transformers. And everyone (yes, everyone) instantly fell in love with Bumblebee. Thanks to the Autobot choosing to transform into the unmistakable yellow and black striped Chevrolet Camaro, the car earned a starring role. The Camaro’s sudden fanbase saw a boost in sales which even led to Chevrolet introducing its own Bumblebee Edition cars. All 4 Bumblebee Camaros were recently sold as a group at a charity auction with the final bid coming in at $500,000.

5. “The Love Bug” Herbie
When you think ‘Beetle’ you think of Herbie and vice-versa. The Volkswagen Beetle found instant fame in a series of successful Disney films as a vehicle called Herbie “The Love Bug”. The iconic design and the lovable character of a racing car with a mind of its own, made the car hugely popular and unforgettable for decades to come. This car was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction on April 14, 2018 for $128,700, going on to become the world’s most valuable Volkswagen Beetle for a second time.

Herbie the Love Bug\

6. Audi R8 – Iron Man Series
It’s safe to assume that Iron Man is everyone’s favourite Avenger. Who didn’t love watching Tony Stark evolve and grow as a character throughout the series of films. But little do viewers realize that along with the growth of Tony Stark, happened the growth of the Audi R8. The Audi brand became synonymous with the famous superhero ever since the beginning of the Iron Man movie series when Marvel established early on that Tony Stark’s go-to car was the Audi R8. The first-generation Audi R8 came to be known as Iron Man’s ride with different versions of the car being featured across the franchise: the Audi R8 Spyder in Iron Man 2, the Audi R8 e-tron Iron Man 3, and the second-generation Audi R8 featured in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and in Captain America: Civil War.