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Traffic on Memorial Day: Here’s what 37.6 million road trippers can expect How, and if, people travel on Memorial Day weekend can provide a fleeting glimpse at the state of the U.S. economy, or at least provide insight into consumer confidence. The upshot this year: a near record-setting travel despite a rising national gas price.

Nearly 43 million Americans were expected to travel in cars, trains and planes over the long weekend — 1.5 million more than the previous year, according to AAA and Inrix, a global transportation company that aggregates and analyzes traffic data collected from vehicles and highway infrastructure.

That’s the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Orlando, Florida is predicted to be the top travel destination this Memorial Day weekend, followed by New York, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Disneyland’s home Anaheim, California.

“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and higher gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” Paula Twidale, vice president, AAA Travel said in a statement. “Consumer spending remains strong, helped by solid job and income growth. Families continue to prioritize spending their disposable incomes on travel, and near-record numbers of them are looking forward to doing just that for Memorial Day.”

The majority of those, about 37.6 million, will be traveling by car, translating into travel delays on major roads that could be more than three times longer than normal during evening commutes, according to Inrix.

Inrix and AAA predicted drivers would experience the greatest amount of traffic congestion on Thursday and Friday. But even though those soul-crushing traffic jams are now in the rearview mirror, it’s not all clear roads ahead. People do have to get back home, after all.

Major U.S. cities such as Boston and Washington D.C. are expected to experience triple the travel times on Monday compared to a normal trip.

There is a cost to this kind of traffic congestion. The U.S. Travel Association released a survey Wednesday that found that Americans avoided an estimated 47.5 million auto trips due to highway congestion in 2018. That cost the economy $30 billion in travel spending and 248,000 American jobs, according to the organization’s economists.

The survey also found that for each additional hour that traffic adds to a weekend car trip, travel demand drops by an average of about 18 percent.

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Fiat Chrysler-Renault tie up: What the maker of Jeep could gain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault are reportedly in talks that could result in merging vast swaths of their businesses, a move that illustrates the growing desire among automakers to consolidate in an environment of increased regulatory pressure, sales declines and rising costs aimed at bringing next-generation technologies like self-driving cars to market.

Bloomberg, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal have reported on talks of a tie up that could result in Fiat Chrysler eventually becoming part of the Renault-Nissan Motor alliance. For now, the deal doesn’t include Nissan, according to Bloomberg.

FCA declined to comment.

Fiat Chrysler is best known in U.S. for the company behind the Jeep and Ram trucks. Its business is far larger. Fiat, which has a market value of $20 billion, is also one of Italy’s oldest companies and owns brands like Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, and Maserati .

Fiat acquired a stake in Chrysler in 2009. The FCA people know today — which employs nearly 200,000 people — was created when the companies merged in 2014.

It’s unclear what deal between FCA and Renault might entail. Some of those details might emerge as early as Monday when Renault’s board meets.

What’s the upshot for Fiat Chrysler? The automaker, which also owns automotive parts business Mopar, has an unbalanced business. Nearly one-third of its employees are in Europe. And yet, most of its profits are derived from the North America market. Such a tie-up could produce considerable cost savings in Europe.

Those cost savings will come in handy if there’s a downturn in sales — a reality that other automakers like GM and Ford are already preparing for. And it allows the company to potentially collaborate or share costs on the expensive endeavor of bringing new technologies to market such as electrification and autonomous vehicles.

FCA, which operates 46 research and development centers, has invested in advanced driver assistance systems like its highway assist feature offered in its Maserati brand. But it has also relied on partnerships such as the one with self-driving vehicle company Waymo .

Last year, the company announced an expanded partnership with Waymo that will add up to 62,000 more Chrysler  Pacifica minivans to Waymo’s self-driving car fleet. The two companies are also working on ways to license Waymo’s self-driving car technology in order to deploy the tech in cars for consumers.

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The savage genius of SoftBank funding competitors Venture capitalists aren’t supposed to make their portfolio companies battle to the death. There’s a long-standing but unofficial rule that investors shouldn’t fund multiple competitors in the same space. Conflicts of interest could arise, information about one startup’s strategy could be improperly shared with the other, and the companies could become suspicious of advice provided by their investors. That leads to problems down the line for VCs, as founders may avoid them if they fear the firm might fund their rival down the line.

SoftBank shatters that norm with its juggernaut $100 billion Vision Fund plus its Innovation Fund. The investor hasn’t been shy about funding multiple sides of the same fight.

The problem is that SoftBank’s power distorts the market dynamics. Startups might take exploitative deals from the firm under the threat that they’ll be outspent whoever is willing to take the term sheet. That can hurt employees, especially ones joining later, who might have a reduced chance for a meaningful exit. SoftBank could advocate for mergers, acquisitions, or product differentiation that boost its odds of reaping a fortune at the expense of the startups’ potential.

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It’s no secret that BMW Motorrad has a big-bore cruiser in the works. And the teaser campaign has been inspired—with spectacular scratch-built bikes from Custom Works Zon and Revival Cycles showcasing the mighty new powerplant.

The Germans have finally revealed their own prototype: the BMW Concept R18. It’s long, low and devastatingly beautiful.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
BMW invited us to Lake Como to watch the Concept R18 reveal at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este. It’s a classy affair, with seersucker jackets and Panama hats for miles. But even in the midst of high fashion and exotic classic cars, the R18 shone brightly.

When we first heard that BMW were working on a cruiser, we immediately had visions of the BMW R 1200 C Montauk—and shuddered. But thankfully, BMW didn’t look to the American market for design inspiration this time.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
Instead, they cast their eyes back to their own past. “There is so much history in BMW,” says design head Edgar Heinrich, “we just don’t always use it. What you see here is one hundred percent BMW—even if it’s a segment we have not been in before.”

BMW drew most of their inspiration from the iconic R5—a bike that Edgar cites as one of his all-time favorites. There are hints of the R50 and later R60/2 too, but looking at the lines and details of the Concept R18, it’s the R5 genes that dominate.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
It’s not just pitched as a retro though; BMW’s hope is that it’ll stand alone as a timeless motorcycle in its own right. The lead designer on the project, Bart Janssen-Groesbeek, says: “Not everyone can be nostalgic about the 30s.”

That whopping boxer motor is a standout feature. BMW are tight-lipped on specs, but we do know that it’s air- and oil-cooled and has a capacity of 1,800 cc. And it’s beautifully finished, with a mix of glass bead-blasted and polished bits.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
A production version of the R18 would need an air box, but on this concept, two polished intakes supply air via a pair of lust-worthy Solex carbs.

And even without an air box or complex electronic package, the motor still looks complete.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
You can see clear shades of the R5 in the Concept R18’s faux hardtail frame; an elegant design that shows off the rear shock without ruining any lines.

The exposed drive shaft is another killer touch—which will make it onto the production bike—along with the interface between the final drive hub and the rear of the frame. And with a 21” front and 18” rear wheel, the stance is just perfekt.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
The hits continue: a classic teardrop fuel tank, a solo seat, and neatly abbreviated fenders. The paint scheme is spot on too—the classic Bavarian combo of piano black and double white pin stripes. Except here, there’s a little flake in some sections of the paint, which Edgar says was to give the bike “a modern edge.”

BMW parked the R18 next to an R5 at the event, and it was uncanny how many details matched up. The BMW Roundels on the tank and engine breastplate are of the vintage variety, and the exhaust is a killer modern take on the fishtails of old Beemers. The grooves in the R18’s headlight lens faintly mimic those on the R5, and even the bend of the handlebars looks similar.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
Finishes are top shelf throughout—but that’s to be expected. Because even though BMW generated the design, it was Ronna Noren [below, second left] of Unique Custom Cycles in Sweden who physically built the bike. Bart actually made fortnightly trips to the UCC workshop to stay close to the project.

Edgar and Bart say that the emphasis was on building some simple and analog—a motorcycle where everything is in full view and nothing’s tucked away.

Ronna Noren of UCC and the Concept R18
A production version of the Concept R18 is expected to roll out in the second half of next year, and obviously it’s going to look a little different. We do know that the motor and frame are production-ready as they stand, but there’s sure to be a little more clutter.

That said, Edgar [below] is adamant that the homologation items that go on the R18 will be easy to take off too. The man’s passionate about customs, and refers to it as the sort of bike he’d build while tinkering in his garage (and wishes it could ship with the Solex carbs attached).

We grabbed a few minutes with him, for a deeper insight into BMW’s thinking.

BMW Motorrad head of design Edgar Heinrich and the Concept R18
EXIF: Did you deliberately set out to design a bike for the American market, or is this a thoroughly ‘pure’ BMW?

Edgar: From the marketing side there is this request: ‘There is a huge market, and for a long time we haven’t really put a foot in the American market with our bikes.’ I mean there is the GS and there is the RR, but in the big chunk where the cruisers are, we don’t have the right bike.

Then there are different ideas on what to do—maybe we do a bike like this, or like that, and we find out that it doesn’t work. If we want to interfere with this segment, we need to do it in our way. That was pretty clear.

Ronna Noren of UCC and the Concept R18
There were several ideas to do something like a Harley, but that that’s not our way. So either we do it in the right way, or we don’t do it at all. That was about the time we did the R nineT. And I think we also got a bit more confident about this thing, because we saw the nineT really works well.

We started with this big boxer engine, and we looked back in our history. We condensed the icons, and took those icons with ‘very BMW’ DNA, and transferred them into these modern types.

The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este
You mention the R5 as an influence, but there are clearly shades of bikes like the R50 and R60/2 here too. Was it a combination of a few bikes that led to the Concept R18 design? Basically, yes. But the R5 to me is kind of a hero bike, I don’t know, I just love it. This is why, three years ago, we did the R5 Hommage, when the bike turned 60 years old.

To me, the R5 nowadays is still a very modern concept. It has everything which is still valid in the, let’s say, cruiser segment. You have this very typical triangular frame, you have the teardrop tank, and of course there’s the fork, which was new in those days for the R5.

The proportion, the gesture, the basic elements, they were all there. This is why I love the R5 so much, and we really tried to achieve similar DNA, and the similar feeling of it.

Design sketch for the 2019 BMW Concept R18
It’s quite clear from the line of the frame, and the ‘fake’ hardtail layout, that this is an all-new frame design for BMW. Was that an interesting challenge? Everything was interesting. Not only the frame, but also putting in the linkage, and the engine itself. If you take elements off the bike—like the frame, the engine, the tank, and the fenders—the rest still has to look good. Not like some part is missing. So it’s a very different design.

If you do a modern bike, it usually has an integrated, flowing line. Like a GS, for example. Take one part out, and something is missing. On a bike like this, semantics are very different. A ‘tank’ is a tank, an ‘engine’ is an engine, a ‘seat’ is a seat.

It must look like you can take something out, and you can put something else in. So this customization idea is always present in the bike. So you talk of single units making up a bike, and not of an integrated form.

New BMW 1800cc boxer engine-12
Did this particular motor start with all the extra bits you’d need for production (like an air box) already on, and then get stripped back for the project? That’s exactly how we did not do it. If you put the engine on a stand, it has to look like a masterpiece of metal. And then you add the other stuff. And that was intentionally done with the carburetor thing—we wanted to show that this engine looks in itself as a holistic thing.

You can take stuff off and it still looks good. That’s intentionally done.

Ronna Noren of UCC and the Concept R18
UCC did the actual construction for you, but did Ronna have any design input? Definitely. We’ve known Ronna for a long time and he’s a super expert, so of course we have chats. I have to give great credit to Ronna, I love working with him, and he also appreciates working with us. Because he has freedom.

We sit together and discuss how could we do this, how could we solve that. He has great influence and cool ideas. He’s an expert on the custom scene—he’s in the middle of the ‘in crowd,’ basically. I’m super happy we have him in the team.

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The BMW Concept R18 motorcycle, star of the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este

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Either Audi Loves The R8's V10 Or Batteries Still Aren't Ready While the TT as we know it is about to go the same way as the Volkswagen Scirocco, the R8 evidently still tugs on a few senior board members’ heartstrings…

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Automoblog Book Garage: The Life: Monaco Grand Prix
  • Set against a magnificent backdrop, Monaco is among the most glamorous races in the world.
  • The culture has inevitably inspired the Formula 1 event, along with those who dare to race there.
  • Author Stuart Codling walks us through the race’s unique history in The Life: Monaco Grand Prix.
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  • Monaco is a stupid, insane race. People say that now, but it was crazy back when Antony Noghès dreamed up the idea 100 years ago, and it’s crazy now. The Monaco Grand Prix is best captured in one of my favorite racing stories. In 1978, then rookie Nelson Piquet raced at Monaco for the first time. He had a rep as both a young hot shoe and a young hothead. He was brave and impetuous, and cocky as only a Brazilian racer can be.

    When he came back from his first practice laps, he shut off the car, climbed out, removed his gloves, and pulled off his helmet and balaclava. A mechanic asked, “Well Nelson, how was it?” with a grin.

    “How was it? How was it?” answered Piquet, his eyes like saucers, “It’s like flying a helicopter around my living room!”

    And, as near as I and author Stuart Codling can tell, that’s as accurate a statement as any.

    Inside The Complexities of The Monaco Grand Prix

    At around 250 pages, The Life: Monaco Grand Prix by Codling is not all that big, but, like its subject, comes packed with exquisite detail, lovely images, and tons of entertaining stuff. Far from your usual dry racing book that’s comprised mainly of stats and figures (and a few expanded race reports), Codling’s book is actually about two things: how the race evolved and Monaco itself.

    And Monaco itself is more like a person than a place. Dripping in personality and details, connivance and treachery; history, compromises, loves, and apathies; Monaco is, as I’m sure Mr. Piquet would agree, the worst place to hold a car race; but somehow, it is also the best place to hold a car race. If you were to try this anywhere else – and many have, on the streets of Detroit and Vegas and Miami and such – it would either fail or be mediocre. But here, on this little rocky outcrop wedged between France, Italy and the deep blue Mediterranean, it works.

    Codling goes into wonderful, but not too deep, detail as to why. This strange mix that’s all Monaco: princes and pirates and gambling and, improbably, race cars and drivers. It’s an amazing read that shows how much is different, yet inexorably, how little has changed.

    Monaco was not immune to the creeping social, economic, and cultural impacts of war. Chapter four is one of the most interesting parts of Codling’s book.

    Some Things Are Merely An Illusion

    What’s the difference between Nuvolari and Caracciola and Chiron in the 1930s; Prost and Mansell and Senna in the ’80s? Schumacher and Hamilton and Vettel today? When you think about it, not all that much. Oh sure, “safety” is much improved these days – just look at some of the shots in Monaco Grand Prix to confirm that. But c’mon, safety is pretty much a hope and a prayer, even today.

    The margin for error then, as now, is zero.

    There are a couple of small runoff areas, but mainly, all you’ve got is your skill between you and a rock wall; or a steel barrier, or the deep blue sea. What, you think someone crashing into the harbor was just in John Frankenheimer’s movie? Tell that to Alberto Ascari or Paul Hawkins.

    One of the most successful drivers to have been born in Monaco, Louis Chiron came from less privileged stock versus many of his contemporaries. While most drivers were scions of the aristocracy or of “new money,” Chiron parlayed his many talents to pull himself up by the bootstraps.

    Living The High Life

    There’s other points of interest along the way in Codling’s book. He looks in on Monaco as a movie backdrop and how it’s a playground for the rich and famous, as well as the very rich and very famous. How can you talk about Monaco and not talk about Grace Kelly? How can you talk about Grace Kelly and not talk about Monaco?

    Off the circuit, Monaco is a 24-hour spectacle of high-rolling pursuits, expensive boats, private jets, penthouses, and celebrity parties. From the Casino de Monte-Carlo (James Bond anyone?) to clubs like Amber Lounge, Jimmy’z, and The Black Lounge, Monaco is the epitome of wealth and opulence. Because of stories like Kelly’s and those of other royalty, like Count Wolfgang von Trips, Monaco is a fairy tale come to life.

    Yet, it is also a fairy tale come to life because of the just-as-improbable, working-class stories of kids who raced go karts; and guys who worked as mechanics being honored by kings, not the other way around.

    Driving It Home

    Monaco is a stupid and insane race and, as Codling so ably points out, we need a certain amount of stupidity and insanity in our lives. It allows paupers to live like kings and princesses, and for royalty to see what really matters in life: courage, skill, desire, fair play, and honor.

    Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He is the author of  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz

    This picture of Grace Kelly in a sports car appears just before chapter one. Photo: Marka.

    The Life: Monaco Grand Prix by Stuart Codling
    • Series: The Life
    • Hardcover: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Motorbooks (April 16, 2019)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0760363749
    • ISBN-13: 978-0760363744
    • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.8 lbs.

    Price at the time of this writing: $22.10 (Kindle) or $21.53 (Hardcover) on Amazon.

    About The Author

    Stuart Codling’s and James Mann’s previous Motorbooks title, Art of the Formula 1 Race Car received the “Best of Books” award from the International Society for Vehicle Preservation’s International Automotive Media Awards competition. He worked in Motorsport and automotive writing for more than a decade, before joining F1 Racing magazine in 2001. Codling appears as an F1 expert on various media platforms, and calls Farnham, Surrey, England home.

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    The BMW 750i Is An Unsung Super Saloon Hero I’d Have Over An M5 With a 523bhp mated to a relatively soft chassis, the 750i offers up old-school super saloon thrills, even though it probably isn’t meant to

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    Inbound From Mexico: Volkswagen’s Tarek/Tharu Crossover Will Eventually Make It Here Since supplies of Volkswagen’s held-over Tiguan Limited dried up last year, the brand hasn’t has a truly entry-level crossover with which to tempt cash-strapped Americans in need of both German heritage and cargo capacity. A new small CUV initially planned for just North American buyers quickly became a global effort, as VW couldn’t gamble its […]

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    Racing To The Clouds: The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb always delivers the thrills, but this year an especially amazing bike will join Colorado’s ‘Race To The Clouds.’ It’s a heavily modified factory entry from Zero, with almost 70% more torque than a Ducati Panigale V4R superbike.

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F aims to set the fastest time in the Open Heavyweight class, and it’ll go head-to-head with the biggest names in the industry. The current record is 9 minutes 49 seconds to the top, and was set in 2017 by Chris Fillmore on a KTM Super Duke 1290 R.

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    The Race To The Clouds tends to be associated with fire-breathing, custom-built four-wheelers and European rally cars, a reputation cemented by the incredible short film Climb Dance, documenting Finnish rally driver Ari Vatanen breaking the record in a turbocharged Peugeot 405 in 1988.

    But it actually has a strong history of electric power.

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    EVs starting racing in the early 80s, and last year Romain Dumas broke the 8-minute barrier for the first time in the electric Volkswagen I.D. R.

    Next month, it could be Zero’s turn for glory. The Californian company no longer builds bikes for nerds, and the all-new SR/F has serious performance creds. In showroom form it has 110 horsepower and, more importantly, a stonking 140 lb-ft of torque. That compares well to the 83 lb-ft of the Ducati Panigale V4R.

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    The factory’s ‘Blue Sky’ race program has wound this up a notch, under the tutelage of Eddie Smith, Zero’s Mechanical Design Engineer.

    “I’ve literally been going up that mountain all my life,” says Eddie. “Sure, for a long time it was playing hours of Gran Turismo—but I actually got an invite to compete back in 2011, when it was still mostly dirt.”

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    There are a lot of other race helmets on the desks at Zero, and the competitive fires burn hot within those walls. Fueled by a desire to push the SR/F beyond its theoretical limits, Eddie assembled a team to see how far they could go.

    There were no dedicated full-time team members, or ‘factory level’ budgets. So Eddie had to pull in a few favors. Some of the flashier components to grace the otherwise stealthy black SR/F are rare Showa Balance Free forks and shocks, as used by the factory Kawasaki WSBK team—plus Dymag forged aluminum wheels. These all provide crucial weight savings, as well as added eye candy.

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    Form follows function in the cockpit, where AMA racer Cory West [bottom image] has the advantage of two bar-mounted brake levers. This allows for better rear brake modulation while banking deeply into right hand turns—a design element made possible thanks to the clutchless design of Zero Motorcycles’ direct drive electric motor.

    Custom rearsets were developed to accommodate the unique swingarm pivot, which is concentric with the motor output shaft. Harnessing that power and directing it into the rear wheel is a Gates carbon belt drive, which allows lag-free throttle control.

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    The real action is in the software, though. Zero have uploaded custom race firmware that will push the stock motor and battery beyond the usual conservative thresholds. Top speed is the same 124 mph (200 kph) as the showroom bike, but Pikes Peak is all about acceleration out of corners—and you can bet this machine will test the Pirelli slicks to the limit.

    A custom chromoly steel subframe lifts the rider an inch or so, and also adds to the weight reduction. According to Eddie, the bike weighs around 50 pounds less than stock, which puts it in the 435 pound ballpark—around 197 kilos. Removing the charger from the bike has helped too.

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    The looks get a fillip too, with custom composite bodywork replacing the stock plastics. This comes from designer Tom Zipprian, with new pieces 3D printed in-house specifically for the event and reinforced with carbon fiber.

    The mandatory number plates are neatly integrated, but it’s still recognizably an SR/F—albeit less ‘busy.’

    The Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle
    The Pikes Peak SR/F should be a legitimate contender on race day. Eddie is quick to note that there’s one more accessory needed to complete the picture, though—a podium finish.

    We’ll be tracking the race results with interest.

    Zero Motorcycles | Facebook | Instagram | Images by Kevin Wing

    AMA racer Cory West with the 2019 Pikes Peak Zero SR/F electric racing motorcycle

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    Tesla to cap charging at busy Supercharging stations at 80% Tesla will be updating some of its supercharger stations to impose limits on how much a car can be charged in a single period. The new limits will allow users to only charge up to 80% at busy stations.

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    Can You REALLY Live With The World’s Smallest Sports Car? ]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 10:40:57 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Autos How McLaren's Indy 500 Nightmare Began With A Missing Steering Wheel Fernando Alonso's high-profile failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 was largely down to a series of baffling errors by his McLaren team, beginning with team boss Zak Brown having to go and find the car's steering wheel

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    Fiat 500 Celebrates Individuality In ‘Lose The Labels’ Outdoor Campaign By Krow
    Fiat is promoting two limited editions of its iconic 500 model in an outdoor campaign ‘Lose the Labels’, celebrating nonconformity and expressing your own individuality. krow Communications created the campaign to support the 500 Rockstar and 500 Star models.
    The idea behind ‘Lose the Labels’ is to challenge conformity over individuality. Taking perceived wisdom of what you have to look like, or how you behave head on. As the 500 breaks away from the homogeneous looks of cars in the A segment and expresses its individuality, the first executions in this campaign look at labels in fashion and celebrates people’s own individual style over the myth that to be chic, you need to follow the obvious trends.
    There are two different executions. In one, a self-possessed man poses casually next to the 500 Star under the headline ‘Dedicated follower of nothing’. The other shows an equally confident woman next to the 500 Rockstar, with the headline ‘Individuality has no catwalk’.
    The posters are running across DOOH and OOH channels across the UK, including major sites in London, Birmingham and Leeds. The outdoor campaign breaks on the 20 May with other channel activation to follow.

    Kate Barrett, Fiat Brand Communications Manager, said: “We’re launching this campaign because we wanted to evolve the 500 from being the ultimate fashion accessory into something new and different from the category. This campaign brings to life the individuality of the car, which we believe will resonate with the audience.”
    Nick Hasting at Krow Communications, said: “The Fiat 500 gets offended by the merest suggestion that it’s part of the ‘A-segment’ herd. It has a style all of its own, recognised in particular by like minds.”
    The 500 Rockstar and 500 Star models are part of the new Fiat 500 range.
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    Creatives Nick Hastings & Georg Thesmann
    Business Director Emma Christmas
    Account Director Rosie Morahan
    Agency Producer Mark Coldham
    Photographer Max Oppenheim
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    Ready For An Autonomous Robot Army?

    A group of young Americans are visiting China and walking down the street together and are approaching a large plaza with a gathering of people.  Behind them, they hear a low rumble and turn around to see an armored truck that is deploying swarms of armed drones. They fly over their heads and right over the crowd releasing a payload, and the entire gathering falls to the ground.  Everyone is dead.

    If you think this sounds like a movie plot, think again.

    Recently a Chinese defense company unveiled a new armored truck, based on the Russian Tiger vehicle, capable of conducting precisely this type of scenario.  Would anyone survive a swarm of armed drones?

    How deadly could this be?  

    It is a system that is designed to eliminate enemy targets located out of line-of-site.  Additionally, these drones have the capability to identify the location of its target, but then it can instantly destroy them.  

    The tactical truck is a multipurpose all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle known as the YJ2080 that is being manufactured by Beijing Yanjing Motor Company – BYMC. It acts as the “mother ship” that can steer the drones to work simultaneously to converge on a single target.

    Each truck carries 12 drones, 4 of the drones are used for reconnaissance activities while the other eight have payloads of deadly four pound explosives. These drones will travel up to 110 miles per hour.

    China also has a fleet of Blowfish A2 fully autonomous drones they hope to use to perform multi-faceted combat missions such as targeted precision military strikes on enemy targets. Some of the features include fixed-point timing detection and fixed-range reconnaissance, and targeted precision strikes.  Chinese defense company, Ziyan, is manufacturing these and equips them with two payload options.

    They are exporting some of these armaments to Middle East combat zones in countries with which they are allied.

    Is this the beginning of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race?

    China sees Artificial Intelligence as being the center of the future of intelligent wars, including using this technology in a cluster environment to completely change the current command structure of the military.

    Yes, Chinese military circles are not only thinking about this, but they are actively drawing up plans for autonomous robot armies.

    Do we need to be developing the same type of weapons? Or should we work with allies to prevent these countries and their military forces from developing such systems?

    After all, the Chinese are saying these are for use behind enemy lines — but who is the enemy?

    For the U.S., China is a bigger and more robust enemy that we have ever faced, and we have met some big rivals, like the Soviet Union.

    Are we ready for an autonomous Chinese robot army run by an AI cluster like “The Borg”?


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    This Aston Martin V8 Zagato Prototype Is A Rare And Quirky Treat One of three V8 Zagato prototypes is up for sale, but you'll need over half a million quid lying around to snag it

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    Royal Enfield 650 Twins to get a price hike soon – Report Sat, 25 May 2019 04:20:41 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Autos Hyundai N division to set shop in India within three years, i20 N coming? Sat, 25 May 2019 04:00:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Autos 2019 Suzuki GSX-S150 with new features revealed in Indonesia Sat, 25 May 2019 02:28:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Autos Next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 and i20 could come with 1.0L T-GDI engine - Report Sat, 25 May 2019 01:47:36 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Autos BACK TO THE FUTURE. BMW Motorrad Concept R18

    The cat is finally out of the bag. When we say cat, we mean big black purring panther. We caught a glimpse of the BMW 1800cc boxer engine in Austin, Texas last month at the Handbuilt Show. Revival Cycles did a stellar job showing off this beautiful 1800cc boxer engine in the titanium framed ‘Birdcage’. Now here is the highly anticipated BMW Motorrad Concept R18 in all its glory. Launched at the very fitting Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, this R18 concept motorcycle has put a modern twist on BMW’s classic boxer engine design from the 60s and the classic lines of the BMW R5 from the 30s.

    As soon as you lay eyes on the bike, it screams BMW. With its unmissable boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft and stunning drop-shaped fuel tank, it has all the makings of a BMW modern classic. Everything has a purpose and everything is proudly on display. “The biggest challenge in the design is to render everything visible. Every part has a functional purpose. There are not many who would dare to take such an absolutely honest approach,” says Bart Janssen Groesbeek, designer of the concept bike.

    The lines on this concept bike are seamless and make a classic silhouette – very similar to the vintage R5. From the steering head, to the tank, straight along the frame and under the seat to the rear back wheel – they all flow better than Italian Prosecco at the Concorso d’Eleganza.

    The new prototype flat-twin engine is the highest capacity boxer motorcycle ever produced. BMW Motorrad have consciously designed it to look like the flat twin engines they used to build, only with a much larger displacement and modern air/oil cooling.

    Germans being Germans, they made sure the devil was in the detail of this big prototype boxer: the engine block and transmission are made of glass bead-blasted aluminium, as well as hand-polished aluminium components, belt guard and valve covers. They also chose Solex dual carburettors, which are similar to those on the classic BMW 2002 cars – which is a nice tip of the hat to the brand’s heritage.

    Another visual focal point is the exposed, chrome-plated universal shaft that connects the back wheel to the drive. We love how there are no covers anywhere on the bike, which proudly puts all the engineering on show. In addition, all the electronics have been simplified to nothing more than the starter and lights.

    Just like everything else on the R18, the colour is classic BMW with a slight modern twist. The black paintwork on the tank and fork have a metallic shimmer, which adds to a more custom look and feel. A more vintage white, which has been hand-applied on the fork and fuel tank in combination with the black base colour, represents the BMW of old.

    With all the restrictions and laws different countries impose on motorcycle manufacturers these days, we just hope the R18 gets the green light to go into production and comes out of the BMW Motorrad factory looking as close as possible to this wonderful concept.

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