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The McLaren 2050 MCLExtreme

McLaren 2050
The futuristic McLaren with self-healing tyres.
Image: McLaren

McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT), the sister company of the Formula One team, has unveiled a futuristic concept car that we probably wont see on the track until 2050.

That is quite some time to wait for the all-electric vehicle currently named the 2050: MCLExtreme. The McLaren team collected opinions from its F1 fans in order to come up with ideas for the model “which features an on-board artificial intelligence co-pilot, an electric battery that can be folded away and self-healing tyres,” says the Mail Online.

MAT hasn’t just thought about producing a futuristic car, its team has also given a great deal of thought to the way human driver performance may develop, what racing tracks might look like in 2050 and how the Formula 1 experience might have changed for fans of the sport.

The MCLExtreme is a 500km/h rear-wheel-drive electric car powered by a “foldable battery moulded to the aerodynamic package,” McLaren announced. Futuristic designs like this are nothing new for the firm, which has been working on way out ideas since 2015 when it released images and designs for its MP4-X.

In its press release for the MCLExtreme, McLaren said: “Staying true to the sport’s mission to be road relevant, we don’t expect race cars to fly by 2050. Flying road cars equals more aerial congestion, more noise pollution and probably more accidents.” It also added a topical note, saying, “If you think drone sightings at airports cause wide-scale disruption, well… you know the rest. With the emergence of high-speed underground transportation portals, such as Virgin Hyperloop One, building underground networks that shift large volumes of traffic in less time is more probable.”

It also appears that Formula One fans are not in favour of flying cars and race tracks in the air, and this has influenced McLaren’s approach.

The model also has contractible side-pods that alter depending on the natural conditions. McLaren said, “Taking inspiration from nature, the MCLE features sidepods that expand and contract like the gills of a great white shark,” adding, “They turn it into a 500 km/h bullet on the straights, but expand as the car enters braking zones and corners to provide stability and control.”

And, as might be expected, McLaren has given it lots of Artificial Intelligence (AI) features: “Drivers may be connected to AI via a symbiotic link in the helmet and sensors within the race suit. The AI learns and predicts the driver’s preferences and state-of-mind.”

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Porsche 718 Cayman returns firm to racing

Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche returns to rally racing!
Image: Motor Authority

The Porsche 718 Cayman is set to bring the German automobile maker back to rally racing. Last week, the company announced that it plans to develop a purpose-built car that resembles the Cayman GT4 concept car unveiled last August. Back then, Motor Authority writer Viknesh Vijayenthiran wrote, “Should production go ahead, expect Porsche to offer a 718 Cayman-based rally car designed to meet R-GT classification, which the concept was built to. The class is designed for production cars with two-wheel drive and already features Fiat Abarth 124 Spider and Lotus Exige-based cars.”

What we now know is that the car Porsche intends to take up the challenge of the R-GT class will not be based on the previous 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Instead it will be related to the latest 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport launched in January 2019. It sounds confusing, but it isn’t really when you think about it. The new race car is simply modelled on the latest edition of the 718 Cayman. According to Porsche it has a “3.8-litre flat-6 engine will sit mid-ship and it make 425 horsepower.”

Those attending the Porsche Winter Event held before the GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria were able to see the new concept car, which has been designed for drivability and sustainability; two key factors in Porsche’s rally car engineering philosophy.

Why has Porsche decided to return to rally racing? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that during the 1980s, Porsche was a leader in this sport with its 911 SC RS and 959 Group B models. It seems that such was the Porsche fan enthusiasm for the concept model shown in 2018 that the firm decided it was time to get back into competitive motor sports. Plus, the customer racers who race the car in the R-GT class will have the chance to tap into a little bit of that greatness when the production rally car is ready for the 2020 season. Would you like to drive a Porsche rally car? It would be an offer that it would be hard to turn down!

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The Amphi-X supercar

Fast on the road and like a speedboat on water.
Image:Bei Chen Nan/Solent News

The Amphi-X is the latest in automobile innovations. With concepts for flying cars and walking cars emerging, it seems there is a trend for keeping cars of the future off the roads. So, it’s no surprise that somebody has designed an amphibious supercar that will take you where you want to go by water.

The Amphi-X is an electric powered supercar, which “would reach speeds of more than 260 mph (418 km/h) on land and an average speed of over 90 mph (145 km/h) in water, the same as a modern speed boat,” according to the Mail Online.

Bei Chen Nan, who designed the car as part of his final year industrial design project at Monash University in Melbourne, said of his vehicle: “The vehicle’s size and dimensions were inspired by the exotic sports car, the Lamborghini Aventador or Bugatti Veyron, to give it the aesthetics of a supercar.”

The car will allegedly cost in the region of £2.6 million ($3.4 million) and promises to be “cutting edge” on both road and water. With this price tag, it is clearly targeting super-rich clients, as it costs the equivalent of a luxury speed boat.

The Amphi-X is built to seat four people and is made of carbon fibre and aluminium. Its creator claims it would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph/100 kmh in 2.4 second. While its nearest competitor on land is the Bugatti Veyron, it also aims to offer an equally high speed on water.

Previous amphibious vehicles have always looked utilitarian and clunky, but the Amphi-X is a sleek creature. Mr Nan was inspired by a Top Gear article that stated, “the current designs of amphibious vehicles were shameful and better designs should be created.” He added, “This was one of the key points of why I wanted to blend both the features of a boat and car into an aesthetically appealing amphibious vehicle.”

Powered by a lithium-air battery, the canopy of the vehicle would also be made from special solar cell glass, which would charge the battery even as it moved. It also has a unique tyre design, which the designer says would enable it to travel over any terrain as well, as move in any direction, which means that parallel parking could become a thing of the past.

How will it operate on water? The car’s wheels would retract on entering the water and be driven by a high-powered propulsion system similar to a jetski.

Mr Nan hopes hi scar might be in a james Bond film one day, but until then he is looking for investors to make his idea float.

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The Mercedes Benz EQB electric crossover

Mercedes Benz GLB
Spy shots of the Mercedes GLB-EQB.
Image: SB-Medien/Motor Authority

The Mercedes Benz EQB will join the new Mercedes Benz GLB SUV that is launching this year, according to an Autocar report. The GLB is a compact SUV with a 2.0-litre hybrid petrol/diesel engine and has “larger wheels to house uprated brakes, a larger air intake on the lower front bumper and a redesigned grille pattern echoing that of other AMG models,” says Autocar.

However, much of the focus is on its new partner the pure electric EQB. According to Mercedes Benz, the EV model will have a range of up to 310 miles/ 499 km and will feature an aerodynamically optimised GLB-based body.

The GLB and its EQB sibling are set to rival the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX. The GLB is the eighth model to be based around Mercedes-Benz’s MFA II platform. Furthermore, the GLB combines rugged exterior design elements from the iconic G-Class with the upright appearance of the GLS. It also has a rather angular look, but this is deliberately intended to provide it extra interior space, to make it a serious contender in the compact SUV market. Buyers will be able to choose between a standard five-seat and optional seven-seat layout, which does sound appealing for families and parents car-pooling on the school run.

The Mercedes Benz EQB, while based on the GLB, will produce zero emissions and will still be considered part of the German manufacturer’s EQ sub-brand for electrified cars. The EQ sub-brand is home to all of Daimler’s future electric cars, which debuted with the EQC crossover launch last October. Apparently, Mercedes also plans to produce EQA and EQS models to join the EQB.

According to Motor Authority, “The EQB will separate itself from its GLB cousin with distinct front and rear styling.” It is also likely to have distinct wheels and some other adaptations to make it more aerodynamic.

Mercedes plans to offer 10 electric cars by 2022. A few will be electric versions of existing nameplates, such as the e-Sprinter van, but most of them will come under the EQ designation. Nobody is sure when we will see the Mercedes Benz EQB, but it is likely that the GLB will debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Rolls-Royce sales surged in 2018

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan off-roader is already set to boost sales in 2019.
Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce enjoyed a bumper 2018 with record-breaking sales of 4,107 of its luxury cars in 2018. It is the highest number of models sold in one year in the 115-yer history of the famous firm.

According to Rolls-Royce, sales have risen because ultra-wealthy customers are commissioning bespoke versions, viewing the investment as similar to buying a work of art.

As a result, the British company is optimistic that 2019 will be an even better year for sales, especially as the Cullinan—a super-luxury off-roader—will go on sale this year.

However, the firm is facing the challenge of Brexit, as are other UK-based motor manufacturers. Whilst Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW, it has told the government that it will always retain its British roots, and as the year started it has upped its contingency measures in case there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit. According to the Mail Online, it is “preparing quite intensively,” and is storing parts as well as preparing to fly in key components by plane.

For those concerned that the famous marque might move to a European base, CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos insisted that this would not happen and that it will not be moving its manufacturing outside of the UK. He said the idea of moving the car maker abroad was a ‘complete no-go for me’. He added, “Rolls-Royce belongs to Britain. We are committed to Britain. Rolls-Royce is part of what I would call the British industrial crown jewels.It is an in-built brand promise even for our customers worldwide to be proudly built in Goodwood.”

According to Rolls-Royce’s sales data, nine out of 10 Rolls-Royces in 2018 were exported to 50 countries amid “buoyant customer demand across the model range.” North America accounted for 30% of sales, Europe and China for 20% each, Asia for 15% and the same percentage in the Middle East. Within Europe, the UK is the strongest market and sales here rose by 10% in 2018.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost limousine topped the sales charts, closely followed by the Dawn cabriolet and the Wraith fast-back, with the latest flagship Phantom described as “a major growth driver.”

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