Maserati unveiled its first supercar in 15 years Wednesday. With a body made largely from lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum, the new MC20 can hit a top speed of 202 miles an hour and go from 0 to 60 in under three seconds.
Prices for the car will start at about $210,000.
Unlike Maserati’s last supercar, the MC12, which cost almost $800,000 and stopped being produced in 2005, the new MC20 was entirely developed by Maserati, including its unusual 630-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine.
Ford has developed a racing version of its electric Mustang Mach-E crossover capable of 1,400 horsepower.
The automaker plans to use the prototype vehicle as a proof of concept for the performance of all-electric vehicles.
Ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electric vehicles worldwide including the Mustang Mach-E, through 2022.
It’s a vehicle that should help generate continued interest in both the upcoming production version of the Mach-E, which is slated to be available later this year, and the $11.5 billion Ford said it’s investing in electric vehicles worldwide.
The car is a 10,000-hour collaboration of Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, which builds upgrade packages for Ford models, such as the Mustang, F-150 and Ranger. The Mach-E 1400, which Ford called a one-off, was built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body in white at RTR’s facility near Charlotte, N.C.
Ohio EV startup Lordstown Motors revealed its first electric pickup truck, the Endurance, for the first time today at an event that featured Vice President Mike Pence.
The truck, which is aimed at the commercial market, will start at around $52,500. It’s powered by four in-hub electric motors that give it not only all-wheel drive but the ability to independently deliver differing amounts of torque to each wheel, which especially helps when driving off-road or in poor conditions.
But other than that, very little is known about the Endurance. Despite unveiling a prototype version on stage, the company is keeping mum on practically all of the relevant specifications. Nothing much was said about the battery pack, range, charging time, or performance during the hour-long event…
“There are a lot of noteworthy things about the Koenigsegg Gemera, one of the craziest vehicles to come out of the Sweden-based high-performance car manufacturer. It’s insanely quick, it produces 1700 hp, it seats four, it even has anchor points for child seats. The most exciting feature about the Gemera, however, is its infotainment system, which is inspired by the Tesla Model 3.”
Tesla is updating several aspects of the electric pickup for the production version compared to the prototype unveiled last year.
Earlier this week, Musk was asked what the biggest change is to Cybertruck from prototype and he responded that Tesla “reduced the size by ~3%,” made the “center line more level,” and “lowered the window sill height.”
In the winter it’s important to that
everything is working as normal. If it is not, you might walk out to your car
one morning and find it doesn’t start. It’s especially likely on a very cold
morning. There could be another reason for the drained battery, such as the
lights being left on it, but whatever the reason, car batteries do get run
Warning! Not all Cars are Alike!
A word of warning though, it is vital that
you check the procedure in your manual carefully before attempting it. What
follows is merely a guideline, because auto makers sometimes crowd the battery
into a space that won’t allow you to access both posts. So, you may need to verify
the exact procedure for your model of car.
Also worth noting, you would not jump start
an electric car, but if you are attempting to jump a car with an electric car,
you’ll need to follow the specific directions for that vehicle.
Before attempting to jump a car make sure
the battery isn’t completely dry, frozen, corroded, leaking, or damaged.
Never let the metal leads touch each other,
and never hold the leads by the metal parts.
Boosting a car battery (also known as a
safety jump) is done by attaching red and black cables correctly. You may think
that both sides of the dead battery should be attached to the live battery in
the other car but if you do that it will cause an explosion.
First, clamp the plus (red) wire
to the dead car battery by clipping it onto the metallic + post (aka terminal) at
least 30cm up the post from the battery top.
Second, connect the plus (red) wire
to the donor car (the live battery) by clipping it onto the metallic + post (aka
terminal) at least 30cm up the post from the battery top.
Third, clamp the black, negative
wire to the dead car battery in similar fashion.
Forth, clamp the black,
negative wire to the live (donor car) battery.
You then start the engine of the car, obviously
the donor car, and let it idle and feed electricity to the dead car’s battery
for a few minutes. The car with the dead battery will not start straight away
after a boost; it is more like a car starting in cold weather. If it still
doesn’t start you may need to start pushing it, or revving the engine on the
There is a possibility for complications
for the car which is being boosted, such as having their battery drained. It
could even cause some kind of electrical issue with your battery. It is vital
that you check the procedure carefully before attempting it.
The Electrical Charge Gauge
In some cars the dashboard may have a gauge
for the alternator. This gauge will indicate what you might think of as
electrical pressure (not a technical term), when a boost is taking place. These
could be found in various places such as near the radio slot or on the “side
pillar” near the driver. It is similar in looks to the speedometer.
Functionally, most of the time you’ll easily start the car and not engage with
this gauge, but if you aren’t able to start your car this gauge may help in
Then there is the turbocharger. It consists
of two small fans, one called the turbine and one called the compressor. To
make things simple, a turbocharger steels the energy found in a crankshaft. Not
all cars and trucks have turbochargers as they are rough on your fuel economy.
They also make the engine much more complex than it would be otherwise.
Turbochargers are more typically found in
sports cars, and race cars, but if you have one it makes it harder to get a
Here’s The official Recommendation from The
Kicker—carry a portable jumper with you, to avoid needing to jump a stranger’s
vehicle engine to engine.
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