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Classic Car Roadtrip: 1968 Renault 8 Gordini – Lisbon To Algarve In Portugal

In the late 1960s, Portuguese racing driver Heitor de Moraes took his Renault 8 Gordini from Corsica to Poland, rallying all across Europe. Now, the ocean blue car has found a new owner and a new sportive duty – carrying surfboards in style from Lisbon to the Algarve.

22 January 2021

The year was 1968: six years before the so-called ‘Carnation Revolution’. Life in Portugal at that time could be tough. Not for Heitor de Moraes, though: this was the year he became the first owner of a pretty special blue car. Fast-forward to 2020, and another chapter of the car’s history was written, with its third owner also driving it along the curving roads of southern Portugal. Only this time, with surfboards on the roof.

The car was purchased from Timeless Garage in Lisbon (which had carried out a full restoration) and that’s why the story you see in the pictures starts there. A few days later, after some small mechanical corrections and a surfboard roof rack installation, the real mission began: the blue car hit the curves of the Algarve once again. It quickly became clear that even after more than 50 years, Amédée Gordini’s great engineering talent still shines through.

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Electric Vehicle: ‘Mobilize EZ-1 Prototype By Renault’

Groupe Renault has revealed a new two-seat urban mobility vehicle designed called the EZ1-Prototype, which recalls the Twizy and will be the first machine offered under its new Mobilize mobility brand.

The Mobilize business venture is intended to help lead Groupe Renault’s efforts to break into new mobility, energy and data-related services, which it anticipates will become increasingly profitable in future years. It will focus on developing both hardware – with a range of purpose-built vehicles – software and services, such as car charging, subscription and finance schemes.

Mobilize is developing four purpose-built machines that will focus on ride-sharing and last-mile delivery services. The first is the EZ-1 Prototype, which “exemplifies the goals of the Mobilize brand” by putting “service at the heart of vehicle design”. 

Designed as a shared-use urban mobility vehicle, it takes cues from mobility concepts previously shown by Groupe Renault but has been honed for real-world use. Users will be able to rent by time or distance on a pay-per-use basis.

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Classic Cars: Restoring The ‘Finest Jaguars’ At CKL Developments In Engand

“It’s a privilege to work with these fantastic cars,” enthuses James “and we benefit from incredible craftsmen and Chris’ vast experience. These are important cars, looked after sympathetically. When we restore cars, we’re careful and fastidious in retaining the soul, but we also understand that cars evolve”.

In keeping with the colour British Racing Green, CKL Developments prides itself on being understated, not flashy. Inside a pristine brace of high-roofed, modern industrial units near Hastings, in Britain’s East Sussex countryside, you’ll find cars that are maintained to be enjoyed, driven and raced.

CKL is not, the team is at pains to point out, a museum. It’s the absolute authority on Jaguar-engined sports cars of the ’50s and ’60s and looks after some of the most historic and important British cars of that era, sympathetically restored, preserved of soul and performing at their zenith. The team can service, restore, repair, prepare, race, build, sell, store and transport your pride and joy as required.

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Car Review: Top 10 New ‘2021 Luxury SUV’s’ (Video)

In this video: the all-new 2021 models from SUV Luxury Class that will be smoothly sailing on the motorways across the globe.

Detailed list of all vehicles that appeared on this #AT_New_Cars video:

BMW iX: http://www.bmw.co.uk/en/all-models/bmw-i/iX/2020/highlights.html Unlike the compact iX3 crossover that is not destined to arrive to the US, the upcoming IX flagship will be the brand’s global EV, built on a dedicated architecture with 118-inches long wheelbase. In terms of size and functionality, the iX is comparable to BMW X5 and X6, offering electric AWD capabilities and lounge-like seating for 5.

Bentley Bentayga: bentleymotors.com/en/models/new-bentayga.html The world’s original ultra-luxury SUV is the current money-maker for the British brand that balances formidable power with hand-crafted perfection of the interior. The new generation of the Bentayga will be sold in three powertrain options.

Acura MDX: acuranews.com/en-US/releases/release-06084e8576c5c1f596d075dacd0164bd-2022-acura-mdx-to-make-world-debut-dec-8 Positioned as a new flagship in Acura’s crossover range, the 4th generation MDX lifts styling cues from the recently refreshed TLX sedan, and just like the former, even offers a performance-focused Type S version.

Genesis GV70: media.genesis.com/NEWS/genesis-previews-second-suv–the-gv70/s/42c832f4-69e3-460b-8039-0efb19e49d15 Genesis is not wasting time when it comes to exploring new market niches, so after barely launching the GV80 SUV, the company is already on track for starting production of the all-new GV70 crossover.

Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 Carlex Yachting Edition: carlexdesign.com/pl/limitowane-edycje/mercedes-benz-g63-amg/yachting-edition The latest version of the AMG G 63 is a true beast and a generously equipped SUV right from the assembly line. However, the Polish-based Carlex Design can make your G-Wagen look posher than a ten-million yacht.

Infiniti QX55: http://www.infinitiusa.com/infiniti-news/blog/infiniti-qx55-crossover-coupe.html Despite the completely shared platform with the QX50, the Infiniti QX55 fastback SUV actually borrows styling cues from the striking mi-size FX model that was in production between 2003 and 2017.

Land Rover Discovery: media.landrover.com/news/2020/11/new-discovery-efficient-powertrains-enhanced-connectivity-and-more-comfort-versatile For 2021, the British carmaker boosts the Land Rover Discovery with new tech, reshuffled powertrain portfolio and a fresher front fascia.

Range Rover 50 Years: landrover.com/explore-land-rover/range-rover-fifty/index.html The fiftieth anniversary of the model is commemorated by commissioning 1970 limited edition units worldwide, each individually numbered and carrying a special “Fifty” script lettering. The Range Rover 50 is based on the highest Autobiography trim.

Genesis GV80: genesis.com/us/en/2021/genesis-gv80.html 2021 Genesis GV80 is making a debut outside of its home market, and as a part of it, arrives to the United States. Here, the mid-size gets a stock 2.5L Turbo inline 4 making 300 horses, but the 3.5L twin-turbo V6 is destined to become the buyer’s favorite mill squeezing out 375 hp through an 8-speed automatic to all four.

Aston Martin DBX: astonmartin.com/en/models/dbx Throughout its existence, Aston has filed for bankruptcy 7 times and in March 2020 was aiming straight for its 8th. But thanks to the combined efforts of Lawrence Stroll and other shareholders, a half a billion pounds cash injection saved the company yet again, so the arrival of the DBX is back on track.

Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine: kia.com/worldwide/vehicles/carnival.do Despite being labeled as a minivan, the Carnival AKA Sedona in its current form looks like a confident 7 seat crossover, or as Kia calls it a “Grand Utility Vehicle”. In South Korea, the fourth generation of the model will be offered in a luxurious Hi-Limousine version.

Technology: Tesla Battles Nio In China – Charging Vs Battery Swapping (Video)

Gone are the long waits at charging stations: Chinese electric-vehicle startup NIO is pioneering battery-swap systems, challenging Tesla and other rival car makers. Here’s how NIO and Tesla are racing for the world’s largest EV market in China.

Photo illustration: Sharon Shi

Future Of Safe Driving: ‘Infrared & Iris Sensors’

The SEAT Smart Quality team uses Eye-Tracker glasses to track the driver’s gaze through infrared sensors, cameras and algorithms. Knowing where users are looking helps to achieve a more intuitive and secure interaction with devices such as infotainment.

This technology will have applications in other areas such as the design of mobility apps. Infrared light sensors, high resolution images and a sophisticated algorithm. All this technology is used to find out exactly where people are looking.

As we drive, the road must obviously be the main focus. That’s why it’s key to safety to be able to locate everything we’re looking for on the central console of the infotainment system at a glance, from the navigation system to the air conditioning or the radio.

 “We must guarantee the minimum interaction time with the screen, and to do this the information must be where users intuitively and naturally look for it” says Rubén Martínez, head of SEAT’s Smart Quality department. To accomplish this, they now have an innovative system.

Collections: The Amazing Classic Cars Of Germany’s Michael Fröhlich (Video)

From 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds – that’s how fast the Elektrus can accelerate, making it one of the fastest electric cars in the world. It’s just one of the many exceptional cars in Michael Fröhlich’s collection. The German multi-millionaire collects and designs cars of all types; from vintage vehicles to curious custom-builds that more resemble works of art. He even owns one of the Queen’s old Rolls Royces, but he’s deliberately letting that fall apart…

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Classic Cars: The ‘1955 Chevrolet Bel Air’ (Video)

The 1955 Chevrolet (sometimes referred to as ‘55 Chevy) is an automobile which was introduced by Chevrolet in Autumn 1954 for the 1955 model year. It is considered a huge turning point for the manufacturer and a major success. It was available in three models: the 150, 210, and Bel Air.

The ’55’s top trim offering was the Bel-Air, which had more chrome than the 150 or 210. The Bel-Air, 210 and 150 model could be bought as a four-door, or could be bought as a two door with a post between the front and rear passenger windows, known as the two-door sedan.

The Bel-Air or 210 model could also be had as a two door with no post between the side windows. This was known as the sport coupe, or better known by collectors as “the two door hardtop”. Since this model had no post between the two side windows, it had a shorter roof and longer rear deck than the two door sedan had. Chevy also offered a convertible, with the same shorter roof and longer rear deck as the sport coupe, and it was offered in Bel-Air trim only.

1955 also saw the introduction of the Bel Air Nomad, a sporty two-door station wagon which featured frameless door glass and elongated side windows. The unique roof design of the Nomad came directly from the 1954 Corvette Nomad, a “dream car” designed to be shown at auto shows as a concept sport wagon. Although regarded as one of the most beautiful station wagon designs of Fifties, the Nomad sold poorly, partly due to its price tag (one of the most expensive models in the Bel Air lineup) as well as its lack of four doors. Also the Nomad’s two-piece tailgate design was prone to let excess rainwater leak through to the interior.

The ’55 offered a wide array of colors. One solid color, which was standard for the 150, could be had for the 210 or Bel Air…or nineteen different two-tone color combinations were also available.

Top Short Film: ‘Gullwing’ – Story Of ‘Most Iconic Car Of All-Time’ (Video)

Animated and Directed by:  João Elias

Have you ever seen a car spreading its wings? Now you do.

This is a full cgi shortfilm featuring the most iconic car of all time, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, at least in my opinion…
I always loved this car, and when I first started this project, I didn’t just wanna make a car rolling by in the desert, I knew there was a bigger story to make, it had to fly. Following its name legacy, I dived deep in this crazy rollercoaster of assembling car parts, raging though the desert of Bonneville salt flats, in order to build a full chassis so the flying body kit could land. After this, the rest is music. A symphony of a few animated shots of this beauty gloriously riding through the desert, creating clouds of smoke through the landscape while hearing that amazing engine roaring.

This is “Gullwing”.

Music: Evan Macdonald.
Sound design: João Elias

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (chassis code W 198) is a two-seat sports car that was produced by Mercedes-Benz as a gullwinged coupe (1954–1957) and roadster (1957–1963). It was based on the company’s 1952 racer, the W194, with mechanical direct fuel-injection which boosted power almost 50% on its 3-litre overhead camshaft straight-6 engine. Capable of reaching a top speed of up to 263 km/h (163 mph), it was both a sports car racing champion[4] and the fastest production car of its time.

Max Hoffman, Mercedes-Benz’s authorized United States importer at the time, inspired the 300 SL and correctly perceived an American market for such a car. The company introduced the 300 SL in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York City instead of in Europe to get it into U.S. buyers’ hands sooner.

SL is the short form for “super-light” in German, Mercedes’ first use of the designation, referring to the car’s racing-bred light tubular frame construction.

The 300 SL was voted the “sports car of the century” in 1999.