Beautiful New Photos of Bugatti Chiron Revealed

Bugatti has released a series of stunning photos of its new premier sportscar, the Chiron, ahead of its official unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show, which begins this Wednesday. The Bugatti Chiron, which is priced at a whopping €2.4 million, is “electronically limited” to a top speed of 261mph, and can hit 125mph in 6.5 seconds, will be limited to only 500 models.

“The development brief for the Chiron can be summarised in one sentence and is probably the shortest in the history of the automobile: we want to make the best significantly better,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, which is owned by Volkswagen, said during the supercar’s unveiling last October. “The Chiron will set new standards in every respect. We will continue to produce the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car. This is the claim of Bugatti and our customers.”

“The feedback from our customers concerning the Chiron is outstanding,” Dürheimer added. “Our order book is steadily filling up. More than 100 customers have already ordered the Chiron despite the fact that they have had no opportunity so far to experience the fantastic driving properties of the Chiron.“

But enough chat. Enjoy the majesty of the Bugatti Chiron:

Tesla Supercharger Catches Fire

Tesla cars are well-known sites all around the world now with the Model S being known as a rather amazing piece of technology. The electric sports car contains a ludicrous mode which can accelerate 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, a rather impressive sight. The S model, however, is getting some bad attention in Norway when it went to top up.

Tesla’s electric cars are known for being the first step into reliable and everyday usable cars, however, a particular owner got a surprise during a routine action in Norway. After pulling up the a supercharger station, and inserting its plug for the lithium-ion battery pack, the vehicle caught fire. The owner was not at the car when the incident happens so no one was harmed, but as you can see from the image above, the car was not so lucky.

While people are quick to argue and debate over what could have caused this user one Reddit user, bjornnyland, was quick to point out that this was a temporary station which actually delivered 13kW more than a standard station, which typically deliver 105 kW. After stating that he had used the charging point several times and that it had stopped on more than one occasion, he was quick to state that it may or may not have had something to do with the fire.

DM Blade – The 700bhp 3D Printed Supercar

Introducing the world’s first 3D-printed supercar, the DM Blade. This car is an absolute monster of a vehicle, with so much power that the creator claims he’s managed to pull wheelies in it!

“I’ve done wheelies in it. I’ve lifted the front wheels going up a hill in fourth gear by four or five inches,” says Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories.

This isn’t just a one-off either, or at least the creator hopes they can create a limited run of them in the near future, with a street-legal version of the Blade expected within the next 18-months; we’re not surprised that a car that pulls wheelies up hills isn’t street legal.

Not every part is 3D-printed of course, but a lot of the components are, helping create unique shapes and lightweight designs that make this car so unique. The car uses 70 3D-printed aluminium alloy nodes, with the biggest taking up to 4-hours to print.

“The chassis is like the motherboard, you just plug whatever components you like in,” Czinger says. “As a result it’s easy to adapt the system for anything from a two-seater to a pick-up truck.”

Weighing in at just 630KG, with a 700bhp engine that’ll take it from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds, this is the kind of 3D-printing that’s easy to get excited about!

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Ferrari to Build Spaceships?

The most famous supercar manufacturer in the world could be set to venture into the realm of spacecrafts. Flavio Manzoni, Design Director for Ferrari, has revealed a series of beautiful high-concept illustrations for a retro-futuristic spaceship.

“It all started as a bit of fun,” Manzoni said. “At first it was a sketch, or rather, a series of sketches, then [it developed] into a rendering.”

Manzoni revealed that he has been fascinated by space travel since his childhood in Sardinia. “I lived in a six-storey building, with a large terrace at the top. I thought that one day a UFO would land there. It disturbed me a little, but I was curious.”

The sleek, aerodynamic design recalls the LaFerrari Formula 1 car in its front fin, but its overall design bears more than a passing similarity to J-type 327 Nubian royal starship from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Aptly, much like George Lucas, Manzoni was inspired as a child by Flash Gordon.

Image courtesy of Wookieepedia.

“I tried to imagine something that can fly into the future, since there will be less and less space available on the ground,” Manzoni says. “And I focused on creating a little craft that’s different than my childhood dream, when I thought that a car of the future would slip on a cushion.”

Manzoni was coy over whether the designs were a bit of fun or pointed to a future in which Ferrari builds spaceships, preferring to speculate about extraterrestrial life. “I think it’s possible that there are other beings in the universe – more or less evolved – but I also think it’s really difficult to intercept. What if they were living with us already? Perhaps our brothers of the cosmos have done as the first Europeans who conquered the Americas: when the mission ended, they returned home.”

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Meet The Electric Supercar – For Kids

Want your little boy or girl to be the coolest kid in the neighbourhood? South Korean company Henes has announced the F870 – the electric supercar for kids.

This thing really is a miniature supercar, including shock absorbers, coil-spring suspension, differential steering, a leather racing-style seat and a and a 7-inch Android tablet entertainment system. It also has something a real supercar doesn’t have – remote control. Yes, while you may be to old to fit in this thing, you can control it via a dedicated Bluetooth Controller.

The currently yet-to-be released F870 will set parents back anything between $895 and $1,000, perhaps a reasonable price considering the usual cost of similar yet low-tech electric ride-ons. Still, it is rather garish isn’t it?

Source: The Verge

Lamborghini Launches $6,000 Smartphone

What’s that? You can’t afford to buy that Lamborghini Aventador you’ve been pining for? Well, now supercar fans can have the next best thing: Lamborghini is releasing its own Android smartphone. Kind of.

The $6,000, leather-and-steel 88 Tauri smartphone is made by Torino Lamborghini which, despite sporting the same font and bull logo, is only tangentially-related to the sportscar manufacturer. The company is owned by the son of the Lamborghini car company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. Though, when you’re paying six grand for a phone, that’s just semantics.

The 88 Tauri is limited to 1,947 units, making owners part of a very exclusive club. But you’re not just getting a fashion accessory, since Torino Lamborghini proudly proclaims that the handset is capable of taking “the most luxurious selfie in the world.” You don’t get luxurious selfies with a Galaxy S5, that’s for sure. The phone also has 5-inch 1080p screen, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB storage.

The 88 Tauri goes on sale in late December.

Source: The Verge

Electric Supercar Sets 7 Minute 56.234 Second Time On The Nürburgring

Mercedes-AMG has set a new world record for electric cars by blasting their way around the legendary circuit in under eight minutes, making their new electric car the new leader for electrically powered production cars.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is now the first car in the world to have broken the frighteningly quick 8 minute barrier at the Nürburgring, which is damn impressive given the course is 13 miles long and features some of the most demanding corners in race track history, a course that has taken many lives over the years due to its alarming complexity and scale.

The new car from Mercedes clocks in at a whopping 751hp, which was able to propel it around the track in 7 minutes and 56.234 seconds.

Ola Källenius, chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said: “Mercedes-AMG impressively shows the potential of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with this new record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Mercedes-AMG is the first vehicle manufacturer to have circled the Nordschleife in under eight minutes with an electrically powered series production vehicle. This record run is further proof for our constant innovative vigour.”

The car is powered by a series of four electric motors, with one close to each wheel, this setup is effectively the same as four wheel drive albeit with each wheel powered individually. The car was able to hit 62mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 155mph (limited).

This isn’t even a “one off” model either and the car is available for a whopping £353,863, so long as you don’t mind driving on the left only.

It’s impressive to see just how far electric car technology has progressed and if the future really is electric vehicles then we really need a high end electric car motorsport to push the technology further, this  AMG is definitely a step in the right direct, green and blazing fast.

Source and image courtesy of Telegraph