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NEW GEN LEXUS NX

By: Conan Zhang, Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Overview

Lexus NX is one of the most popular luxury compact SUVs in the United States.

The 2022 Lexus NX model has brought us two unprecedented features: 1) the all-new Plug-In Hybrid Electric (450h+) and 2) the all-new Lexus multimedia interface.

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE was invited to Phoenix to attend the release of the all-new Lexus NX. Its appeal will foster youth, technology, and multiculturalism.

Upon arrival, the team checked into the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (also part of Hilton). The grounds boast lush scenery and majestic mountains as a backdrop. For nearly a century, the lodge has played a prominent role in its habitat. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style offers a generous splash of Hollywood glamor.

With history worth of noting, the Biltmore was opened by brothers Warren McArthur, Jr. and Charles McArthur with John McEntee Bowman on February 23, 1929. The land spans across thirty-nine acres with 700 guest rooms. Amenities include eight outdoor pools, a 92-foot slide with a swim up bar, seven tennis courts, two golf courses and seven restaurants. There is also a fitness center, a children’s camp, a play area, as well as a full-service spa (fee not included).

Services at Tierra Luna Spa were remarkable, creating a place of sensory adventure. Within its walls, arid curative properties have been exploited in a variety of memorable experiences. Spa treatments focused on desert plants, cosmic connectivity, and dynamic recovery.

Performance

When stepping foot into the driver’s seat of the newly designed vehicle, enthusiasts can instantly notice a lower sense of gravity, thus enhancing overall handling and making it appear more aggressive. Moreover, the 2022 NX 350 model has been upgraded to a 2.4L turbo. Thanks to the integrated 8-speed transmission, the car was able to enjoy a smoother riding experience.

This trim level has an input of 275 hp with 317 pound-feet of torque, pushing 0-60mph in a time of 6.6 seconds. It’s over a half-second faster than the last model. These are impressive performances for a compact SUV in its market segment. Not to mention, it gets a combined estimate of 25 mpg.

In addition, the first-ever NX 250 features a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with start/stop function and an eight-speed transmission. The NX 250 model includes FWD and AWD options and a combined MPG estimated by the EPA of 28. The SUV is also capable of producing 203 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque. Since it is a lower-level version than NX 350, the 0-60 mph comes to 8.2 seconds for the FWD version and 8.6 seconds for AWD.

Design

The most noticeable difference of its makeover is the signature spindle grille. While maintaining the overall skeleton of the incumbent, the mouth has become pouty and polished. Furthermore, the newly introduced L-E-X-U-S rear badging rests under the continuous tail-lamp. Say goodbye to the Toyota-like emblem on its boot. The lateral profile, at first glance, closely resembles the current model, but this is not the case. The length, width and height of the body are respectively 4660/1865/1640mm and the wheelbase is 2690 mm. In comparison with the current model, the length and width have increased by 20mm, and the wheelbase has increased by 30mm.
Taking a peek inside, the redesign of the cabin will completely hypnotize you. The new NX uses the Tazuna cockpit concept to communicate more directly and efficiently between the driver and the vehicle. The standard 9.8-inch touch panel can be upgraded to 14 inches. The infotainment unit is considerably taller than the center console, and the edges and corners have an elegant diamond shape. What makes this vehicle more intuitive than its predecessors are the steering commands that are imitated on the head-up display of the windshield. Overall, this vehicle screams ergonomically for drivers and larger passengers with enough space for four to sit comfortably. In addition, Lexus offers a panoramic moonroof that allows extra light to spread through its corridors, making stargazing more accessible than ever. At night, up to 64 selected colors of ambient light can be seen in footwells, center console and door panels.

Technology

The revamped NX marks the introduction of a brand-new Lexus multimedia platform that outperforms its current system, meeting customers’ priority for fast, intuitive on-board connectivity. Operation is as simple as using a tablet, allowing drivers to stay connected to the Lexus interface on an ongoing basis. There is wireless integration of Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Voice Assistant, cloud-enabled navigation with Google Points of Interest (POI), on aerial updates and Digital Key available. Additionally, the vehicle provides integrated streaming from Apple Music and Amazon Music. And their premium audio package features a 17-speaker system equipped by Mark Levinson. This 1800-watt high-fidelity pack effortlessly improves compressed audio, spelling out all your favorite lyrics and instruments.

Highlight: First Lexus Plug-In NX 450h+

Historically, Lexus hybrid models have captured more than 23% of their sales. The bold design and signature make the Lexus NX one of the most popular models among Gen Z and Gen Y affluent drivers. According to Koji Sato, Lexus International President and former chief engineer, electrification is already one of the most important goals for Lexus to conquer. With that, the first plug-in Lexus NX 450h+ has now been released.

The NX 450h+ has an EPA estimated range of 36 miles on electricity alone; the lithium-ion battery made this possible. This electrical system equates to a 2.0-liter motor. When combined with the newly developed hybrid, a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine offers an estimated duration of 6.0 seconds from 0 to 60.

Safety

Safety comes first every time, and Lexus knows it. The Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 makes driving an easy task. Other new features like Curve Speed Management and Intersection Support provide a multi-level protection base. Optional Digital Key and Advanced Park on NX 350h and NX 450h+ models make vehicle access and parking a breeze. After all, a digital key is convenient for customers who use their vehicles in car sharing apps such as Turo.

Price

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for each all-new NX are:

– $37,950 for NX 250 FWD

– $39,550 for NX 250 AWD

– $41,550 for NX 350

– $41,050 for NX 350h

– $55,560 for NX 450h+

– All prices listed are exclusive of $1,075 delivery, processing, and handling fee.

Conclusion

The 2022 Lexus NX is a compact luxury SUV that offers an abundance of powertrains, a competitive edge against rivals like the Acura RDX and BMW X3

With the ability to tow kayaks and jet skis, this all-rounder would be great for a summer getaway to the lake. Additionally, mainly due to its petite chassis, it’s a shoo-in for parking in overcrowded urban areas and city centers.

In short, driving comfort and quiet cabins have always been an attribute of the NX; however, now with its sensual silhouette, and gorgeous lines, it’s best described as a dime piece.

Honorable Mention

The Baby Beast: Lexus IS 500 F Sport

Finally, Lexus introduced the IS 500 F Sport model to consumers in the American marketplace. Although the IS is not a brand-new product, it has been readjusted by engineers with a large facelift and power plant. The new IS model is always perfectly balanced, and the Lexus IS 500 is by far the best Lexus IS model proposed to date.

Lexus engineers have always focused on creating high-performing products for the North American market. As a result, this Lexus IS 500 F Sport is the first in its history. It’s in position to rival the AMG C43, Audi S4 and BMW 340i models.

F Sport IS 500 is the highest level of the IS series and comes well-equipped with a throaty quad exhaust, stiffer steering/suspension as well as 472 hp with 395 lb-ft of torque. The 5.0L engine delivers 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Plus, the all-new Lexus IS 500 F Sport has 19-inch wheels and scuff plates.

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UD Trucks Unveils Euro Five

UD Trucks unveiled a new Euro 5 range for the well-established Quester (heavy-duty) and Croner (medium-duty) trucks. The upgrade also boasts enhanced features that will improve uptime, enhance efficiency, and optimize Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), all while lowering the vehicle’s environmental impact and retaining benefits from previous models.

The new Euro 5 range will be introduced in fast-growing and emerging regions around the world that are moving to adopt more stringent international emission standards in a bid to cut pollution and improve air quality. In most markets, UD Trucks’ new Euro 5 range will be introduced ahead of these regulations to better prepare businesses for the switch to a cleaner fleet.

This latest launch bolsters UD Trucks’ Better Life purpose–to be better for logistics, the planet, people, and business. Better Life drives the integration of sustainability across all of the company’s operations and processes to realize lower environmental impact, higher customer satisfaction, higher profitability, and a better place for people to work and live.

Jacques Michel, UD Trucks International Sales, Senior Vice President, said “In today’s world, sustainability is more important than ever. COVID-19 is also placing more emphasis on a more sustainable approach to driving a post-pandemic recovery. Modern and efficient logistics is vital to keep the world moving in these fast-evolving times, and our latest launch will ensure greater resilience for businesses while ensuring environmental impacts are minimized.”

Ensuring Businesses Stay Competitive in a Changing World with Euro 5

Air pollution is one of the largest health threats facing the world. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) global energy review 2021, global energy carbon emissions are projected to rebound in the post-COVID era to grow by 4.8%. This would represent the largest single increase in over a decade. Emissions from transportation alone are at risk of increasing global emission levels by over 1.5%.

Moving towards cleaner fleets is imperative. Euro 5 reduces NOx emissions by about 43% compared to Euro 4 and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the vehicle through cleaner emissions.

As the first truck manufacturer to introduce Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology in 2004, UD Trucks’ new Euro 5 range features SCR technology to significantly boost environmental protection and fuel economy. With these benefits, SCR technology is proven to be more reliable when compared to other emission control technologies for reducing NOx emissions.

Aside from featuring a Euro 5 system with SCR technology, the new range of Quester and Croner also features a new instrument cluster with real-time fuel coaching. This enhancement provides drivers with immediate and specific feedback on driving techniques that are more fuel efficient.

Michel concludes, “For 86 years, we have grown UD Trucks to be a truck brand of choice for our customers. We are committed to continuing our endless pursuit of bettering lives in the spirit of our ‘Gemba’ philosophy, leveraging smart and sustainable logistics solutions to provide ultimate dependability for our customers, business partners, colleagues and society at large.”

ROLLS-ROYCE SPECTRE: FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC CAR

A PROPHECY FULFILLED, A PROMISE KEPT, A REMARKABLE UNDERTAKING UNDERWAY

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS ANNOUNCES FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC CAR, SPECTRE, COMING IN 2023

In an historic announcement, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced today, that on-road testing of its first fully electric motor car is imminent. In announcing this seminal moment for the marque, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said:

“Today is the most significant day in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 4 May 1904. On that date, our founding fathers, Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce, first met and agreed that they were going to create ‘the best motor car in the world’.

“Using the most advanced technology available to them at the time and by applying their remarkable engineering minds, these two pioneers elevated early internal combustion engine cars, from noisy, uncomfortable and rudimentary means of transportation, by setting a completely new benchmark of distinction.

“The cars they created, introduced to the world a true luxury experience and secured for Rolls-Royce the ultimate pinnacle position that it continues to occupy, unchallenged, to this day. The marque has continued to define the very best in internal combustion motoring for more than a century.

“Today, 117 years later, I am proud to announce that Rolls-Royce is to begin the on-road testing programme for an extraordinary new product that will elevate the global all-electric car revolution and create the first – and finest – super-luxury product of its type. This is not a prototype. It’s the real thing, it will be tested in plain sight and our clients will take first deliveries of the car in the fourth quarter of 2023.”

A PROPHECY FULFILLED

“The use of electric motors is not a new concept for Rolls-Royce. Sir Henry Royce was fascinated by all things electrified, and his first venture, named F. H. Royce and Company, created dynamos, electric crane motors and patented the bayonet-style light bulb fitting.

“However, it was Charles Rolls who truly prophesied an electrified future for automobiles. In April 1900 he experienced an early electric motor car named the Columbia and declared its electric drive to be ideal.

“Rolls said, ‘The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration, and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged. But for now, I do not anticipate that they will be very serviceable – at least for many years to come.’

“Charles Rolls’ prophecy has been the subject of constant consideration during the marque’s Goodwood era. But we have not been satisfied that available technology could support the Rolls-Royce experience. Until now.

“Now is the time to change the course of the future of luxury.

“We embark on this bold new future with a huge advantage. Electric drive is uniquely and perfectly suited to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, more so than any other automotive brand. It is silent, refined and creates torque almost instantly, going on to generate tremendous power. This is what we at Rolls-Royce call ‘waftability’.

“At Rolls-Royce, we have been experimenting with an electric powertrain for some time. In 2011 we revealed 102EX, a fully operational all-electric Phantom. We followed this in 2016 with our fully electric 103EX, which represented our vision for the marque several decades into the future.”

A PROMISE KEPT

“These extraordinary products prompted a huge amount of interest in electric powertrain technology amongst our clients. They considered it as the perfect fit for Rolls-Royce. And, over the past decade, I have been repeatedly asked, ‘When will Rolls-Royce go electric?’ and ‘When will you produce your first electric car?’

“I answered with an unambiguous promise: ‘Rolls-Royce will go electric, starting this decade.’ Today, I’m keeping my word.”

A REMARKABLE UNDERTAKING

“Charles Rolls’ prophecy and my promise have led us to a seminal moment for the marque. Rolls-Royce has embarked on an historic and unique undertaking, which today becomes a reality. Our designers and engineers have worked relentlessly to bring us here: we are now ready to commence road-testing of the first all-electric Rolls-Royce in history.

“This fundamental change in our powertrain technology requires that we challenge every single aspect of the product before we offer it to the most discerning and demanding individuals in the world – our Rolls-Royce clients.

“To do this, we have conceived the most demanding testing programme in Rolls-Royce’s history. We will cover 2.5 million kilometres – a simulation of more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce, on average – and we will travel to all four corners of the world to push this new motor car to the limit.

“You will see these test cars on roads, around the world. Look out for them – they will be in plain sight. They will be tested in all conditions and over all terrains on their multi-million-mile journey – that will literally accelerate Rolls-Royce into the future.”

TRULY FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE OF OUR OWN

“In 2017, we debuted Phantom, and with it the marque’s proprietary aluminium architecture: a scalable and flexible spaceframe that would underpin all forthcoming Rolls-Royce motor cars. This unique technology – developed for Rolls-Royce by Rolls-Royce and reserved for the marque’s exclusive use – was created to form the foundation of not just different internal combustion engine models, as it now does with Cullinan and Ghost, but models with completely different powertrains.

“To this end, our forthcoming electric car benefits from the Rolls-Royce architecture and therefore the extraordinary experience of a Rolls-Royce on the road. Free of any group platform sharing strategy, we were able to integrate our plans for an electric powertrain into the architecture’s initial design and ensure that this extraordinary new product meets the extremely high expectations of our clients.”

A NEW NAME: A NEW LEGACY

“This Rolls-Royce is the fulfilment of a prophecy and it represents a promise kept as we embark upon a unique undertaking. It is the beginning of a new legacy for our brand. In that spirit, we have decided on a completely new name for this car. A name that is as powerful and evocative as the nameplates that have served us so perfectly for the past century – names like Phantom, Ghost and Wraith. It’s a name that perfectly fits the ethereal and other worldly environment within which our products exist – a name that we have reserved especially for this moment: Spectre.

“Spectre is a name given to otherworldly beings synonymous with great power and apparition; creatures of an alternative realm that make their presence felt through fleeting manifestation. A spectre forces the world to pause. It dominates the space it occupies. Then, as quickly as it appears, it dissipates, leaving a wake of exhilaration, energy, and intrigue.

“This name perfectly matches the extraordinary Rolls-Royce that we are announcing today – a motor car that makes its presence felt before disappearing into a world inaccessible to all but the very few. As a quintessentially British brand, we have selected the British spelling, however the meaning is universal.

AN EXTRAORDINARY FUTURE

“With this new product we set out our credentials for the full electrification of our entire product portfolio by 2030. By then, Rolls-Royce will no longer be in the business of producing or selling any internal combustion engine products.

“Spectre is the living fulfilment of Charles Rolls’ Prophecy. My Promise, made on behalf of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, is kept. Now we begin a remarkable undertaking. I am proud that we will continue to propel the world’s most progressive and influential women and men into a brilliant, electrified future.”

Find out more about Spectre here.

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New Pirelli Colezione Tire

A new Pirelli Collezione tire is available for owners of the legendary Mini. Pirelli Collezione is a family of tires designed for the world’s most iconic cars built between 1950 and 1980, which unite vintage looks and modern technology.

A Classic Tire with Future Technology

For all the different versions of the classic Mini (including the cars built under licence by Innocenti) Pirelli has recreated the Cinturato CN54 in 145/70 R12 size, which was originally launched in 1972. This is a radial tire with a tread pattern design and sidewall that is similar to the original, but packed with modern technology. In particular, this includes the latest compounds to offer increased grip and road holding on wet surfaces, for improved reliability and control without compromising the original style. During the development of this tire, Pirelli’s engineers worked with the same parameters that the original vehicle designers used, to perfectly complement the suspension and chassis settings of the Mini back when it was new by referring back to original materials and tire designs housed in the Pirelli Foundation archives in Milan.

Pirelli and Mini: A Long Story, Made in Italy

Pirelli started the design of a Cinturato tire for the Mini, with a tread pattern named 367F, back in 1964. One year later, the Mini’s success reached Italy and Innocenti obtained a licence to produce the cars in its Lambrate factory near Milan, with production continuing until 1975. In 1976, Pirelli developed tires for the Mini 90 in 145/70 SR12 size and Mini 120 in 155/70 SR12 size. For the sporting versions of the car, such as the Innocenti Turbo De Tomaso, Pirelli made its special ‘wide series’: radial tires with a wider tread pattern and lower side walls compared to traditional rubber. In the 1980s, Pirelli made the P3 for city cars–which equipped the entire Mini family including the Red Flame, Check Mate, Studio 2 and Piccadilly special editions. Mini was reborn in 2000 under BMW’s wing, and Pirelli homologated the Eufori@ Run Flat tire for the new car: a product that was synonymous with reliability as it was able to drive for 90 miles at a maximum speed of 50mph even when completely flat, thanks to a special construction able to support the entire car’s weight.

Pirelli Cinturato: Technology and Safety

The “fabulous new tire with its own safety belt inside” was how Pirelli described the Cinturato when it was launched, a tire that introduced the radial structure and went on to equip the world’s most significant cars for more than 70 years. With the introduction of the Cinturato CA67, CN72 and CN36, Pirelli invented the concept of the sporting tire for the road–which was needed to provide as much grip as possible for epoch-defining supercars such as the Ferrari 250 GT and 400 Superamerica, Lamborghini 400GT and Miura, Maserati 4000 and 5000. By the mid 1970s, the next big revolution had arrived in the shape of the first Cinturato P7, with its zero-degree nylon belt and a super low profile. The first cars to use it on the road were the Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo, Lamborghini Countach and De Tomaso Pantera. The P7 was followed by the P6 and P5: the predecessors to the P600 and P700 in the 1980s, with improved control when it came to wet grip and cornering. By the time the 1990s came round, the P6000 and P7000 were on the market, improving control and performance still further. In 2009, the Cinturato P7 name made a comeback, headlining on its ability to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as its use of ecological materials, plus improved handling and braking. The very latest Pirelli Cinturato P7 is even better, more efficient and more sustainable, with an intelligent compound that adapts itself to ambient temperatures and driving conditions.

Pirelli Collezione

The Pirelli Collezione family was born with the goal of preserving automotive history through tires that serve a dual yet complementary purpose: maintaining the look and driving feel of the original versions, but improving efficiency and control thanks to modern technology and production processes. The range is filled with legendary names, from the Stella Bianca, first launched in 1927, to the Stelvio, as well as the more recent Cinturato P7 (1974), P5 (1977), P Zero (1984) and P700-Z (1988).  The images, plans and other materials supplied by the comprehensive Pirelli Foundation archive played a fundamental role in reproducing these tires. The Foundation has kept all documents relating to the design, development and production of every Pirelli tire over the years. Pirelli Collezione tires are available from specialized classic car tire dealers, such as Longstone Tires, as well as from Pirelli’s flagship P Zero World stores in Los Angeles, Munich, Monaco, Dubai and Melbourne.

Mini: An Icon of Style and Design Since 1959

The Mini Minor 850 was the first model designed from scratch by the British Motor Corporation and it was initially sold by two different brands: Austin and Morris. It had two different names to match: the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. The car was designed by Alec Issigonis as everyday transport, but its application for motorsport was soon spotted. In 1961 the first Mini Cooper appeared, which triumphed in Rally Monte-Carlo two years later. This was the era in which the ‘minicar’ phenomenon had well and truly arrived in Italy as well, with room to maneuver and parking spaces in short supply compared to the number of cars on the road. This caused something of a conceptual re-think of the way cars were designed. Production of the Mini in Italy began with the Mini Minor 850, before moving onto the Cooper 1000 and then eventually the Mk2, Mk3, Mini 1000 and Mini 1001. The Italian versions of the Cooper met with great success, as they offered better trim levels than the British versions at a lower price. As the 1970s approached, British Leyland (the successor to BMC) made two decisions. Firstly, they were going to turn Mini into a distinct stand-alone brand, and secondly a new Mini Clubman luxury version would be introduced. In 1984, there were various mechanical modifications, such as front disc brakes, to keep the car up to date. By 1997, the Mini name had been acquired by BMW. In 2019, Mini celebrated the brand’s 60th anniversary, with the exclusive Mini 60 Years Edition introduced.

Green Car by Mina Tocalini

Newport Car Museum Named Travelers’ Choice

Tripadvisor®, the world’s largest travel platform, has recognized the Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth, R.I. as a Travelers’ Choice™ Award winner for a second consecutive year and further distinguished the Museum as ranking among the top 10% of attractions worldwide in 2021.

“We have our incredible staff and docents to thank for this,” said Newport Car Museum Founder Gunther Buerman, “and of course we thank our fans from around the globe for spreading the word about their positive experiences here. If there is an overriding theme in the reviews, it’s that this is a happy place where everyone is welcome. The Museum’s design appeals to all, not just automobile enthusiasts; it’s an art gallery, not a spruced-up parking garage.”

“I know the past year has been extremely challenging for tourism businesses. The Travelers’ Choice Awards highlight the places that are consistently excellent–delivering quality experiences time and time again even while navigating changing customer expectations and new ways of working,” said Tripadvisor’s Chief Commercial Officer Kanika Soni. 

The Newport Car Museum first opened its doors in 2017 and won almost immediate recognition from USA Today as one of America’s 10 Best New Attractions. The count for the Museum’s private collection of rare and coveted cars has grown to over 85, and the visual art galleries for these now number six: one each for World Cars, Corvettes, Ford/Shelby, Fin Cars, Mopars, and American Muscle Cars. In addition, visitors enjoy an equally fascinating Gift Shop, sometimes referred to as “the Seventh Gallery,” and a recently added Pop-Up Porsche Exhibit in the Museum’s Thunderbird Ballroom.

Fall Events 

Upcoming at the Newport Car Museum’s iconic “Big Red Building”: Hoods Up Weekend (September 11-12, October 9-10, November 13-14), where engines on all the Museum’s cars are revealed for inspection; AutoFest 2021 (Sunday, October 3), with over 500 show cars, vendors, food trucks, music, valve cover racing, and more; German Car Weekend (October 9-10), where those showing their German car keys at the door receive admission discounts; and various car club visits, where the public is invited to join gatherings of like-minded car lovers in the Museum’s massive parking lot (where parking is free).

All events are posted on their website and on Facebook and Instagram.

Aiways U5 – Feel the Energy

E-Cannonball 2021 – the Aiways U5 SUV “feels the energy”

Aiways takes part in the top-class E-Cannonball rally through Germany with the battery-electric U5 SUV

Influencer and model Nicola Cavanis drives an Aiways U5 and takes her 860,000 followers with her for the journey from Berlin to Munich

Aiways U5 SUV – safe, efficient, and comfortable

Sales partner Euronics is the main sponsor of the event and is sending another Aiways U5 SUV to the start

A factory standard Aiways U5 SUV, a team from Euronics, and a private customer team will enter the now legendary E-Cannonball rally on Saturday, 25th September in Berlin.

Along the route from Brandenburg, Berlin to Munich, this year’s participants will be making scheduled pitstops in Mühlhausen / Thuringia and in Bayreuth / Bavaria. The E-Cannonball is an endurance drive during which each participant tries to achieve the optimal ratio between driving speed / energy consumption and charging speed/battery size. The deciding factor will therefore be the individual teams’ tactics to find the ‘sweet spot’, meaning drivers will not be able to rely on the engine power or battery size of their EVs. Instead, the most efficient driving style, route selection, availability of charging stations, and traffic conditions will be the deciding factors.

The factory standard Aiways U5 SUV will be driven for the first time by Nicola Cavanis. The young woman from Munich, who is usually seen on the catwalks of the fashion world for Louisa Models, is looking forward to this ambitious task in a battery-electric vehicle. “I am really looking forward to this exciting challenge, especially driving more efficiently and economically. But I also have respect for the length of the journey and for the unpredictable roads and conditions,” said the 22-year-old model. “Of course, I will take my 860,000 followers with me on the trip, I am grateful for any helpful tips and will report regularly from the car,” continues the ambitious influencer.

Dr. Alexander Klose, Executive Vice President of Overseas Operations for Aiways said: “I am thrilled that three Aiways U5 SUVs are taking part in the E-Cannonball, particularly as one is a customer team.  It shows that we are on the right track with our range of vehicles and that our brand is growing in popularity among the EV sector. We pride ourselves on offering an affordable entry point into the electric vehicle market, especially since we are a young brand.  As we bring a new product to the European market each year, we hope to continue developing our customer base.”

Klose continues: “Nevertheless, I keep my fingers crossed for all the teams on the trip and wish them all success. Everyone should have enough incentive: after all, when else could you show your taillights to the former Formula 1 driver Heinz Harald Frentzen, who is also participating?”

From € 35,993 * the Aiways U5 SUV offers a convincing price-performance ratio, covering  400 km on a single charge. On longer journeys, such as the E-Cannonball, the Aiways U5 SUV will be able to recharge its battery from 30% to 80% in just 27 minutes. The bright and spacious interior of the Aiways U5 SUV will also impress on this long-distance journey. The SUV has been designed to offer the best-in-class space ensuring a comfortable ride for all passengers, the cabin alone provides up to 970mm of legroom. All safety features of the Aiways U5 SUV are operated easily and intuitively on the large, central infotainment screen. Innovative driver assistance systems including the lane departure warning system, the blind spot warning system, and the emergency braking assistant come as standard.

Euronics has been the exclusive German sales partner of the Aiways U5 electric SUV since 2020, making them the first electric retailer in Germany to sell electric vehicles as well as offering additional services. Euronics’ sponsorship of the E-Cannonball expands their brand awareness and aptitude in the field of electromobility.

“The Aiways U5 electric SUV is very important for Euronics and our commitment to electric mobility. As its exclusive sales partner, we are thrilled to be going on the e-mobility offensive again this year and to show that the driving range of electric cars has long ceased to be a problem, ”says Phillipp Neuffer, Head of Multichannel Marketing at EURONICS, who is also at E-Cannonball attends.

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Winner of Hot Wheels Legends Tour

The winner of the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Houston live event stop has been announced.

Michael Tran of Houston, Texas will go on to compete for a chance to have his fully customized 2007 “Soo Sik C6” Corvette become the next Garage of Legends inductee and made into a 1:64 Hot Wheels die-cast toy sold around the world.

About the “Soo Sik C6” Corvette:

The Houston-winning “Soo Sik C6” Corvette started life as a factory 2007 Corvette. It is now anything BUT. In true garage spirit, Michael Tran, a Houston-native, custom fabricated an entirely new body AND interior for his C6 Corvette. The only original components remaining are the frame and the engine, which now makes roughly 1,000 horsepower thanks to a pair of rear-mounted turbos. Having built custom cars since 1998, Tran also fitted the “Soo Sik C6” with custom wheels, exhaust and a one-of-a-kind headlight design to complete the vehicle’s winning looks.

Judges for today’s Houston Hot Wheels Legends Tour live event included:

Bryan Benedict, Design Director Hot Wheels and Matchbox Die-casts

Matthew Gabe, Lead Designer, Hot Wheels Packaging

Trae tha Truth, Houston Rapper, Activist, Record Executive and Angel By Nature Charity Founder

Bill Carlton, Ekstensive Metal

Tim Donelson, Ekstensive Metal

Sean Tajipour, West Houston Muscle

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Papdakis Racing Toyotas Dominate in Formula Drift

Rockstar Energy Toyota driver Fredric Aasbo scored victory in St. Louis after an all-Toyota, all-Nitto Tire Final battle with teammate Ryan Tuerck. The one-two finish narrows the points standings as the Formula Drift series returns to California for the final two rounds of the season.

“I love this place,” said Aasbo after coming out on top in the Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra in St. Louis. “I think it was clear for everyone to see that Ryan had me tonight—until he didn’t anymore—and hats off to Ryan and the team for a fantastic performance this weekend.”

Aasbo and Tuerck were the drivers to beat in St. Louis and they delivered an incredible show of skill in the opening corners of their Final battle. But a misstep from Tuerck saw him tap the wall with his Gumout/Nitto Tire/Mobil 1 Toyota Corolla hatchback and the battle win went to Aasbo. Their one-two result was a repeat of last year’s St. Louis performance—a mighty debut in their debut outing as teammates.

“To see both Fredric and Ryan line up for the Final together is very rewarding,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis. “Both sides of the tent came together to make it happen and it is great to see everybody with champagne in hand at the end of the night.”

The St. Louis win narrows the points gap at the top of the championship and both drivers are in the hunt for the title with just two rounds to go. Aasbo currently sits third—just 19 points off the lead. Tuerck is a close fourth. The victory brings Aasbo’s record-setting career wins tally to 16. The road to the podium was not easy for either driver, and a new track configuration at World Wide Technology Raceway led to close battles, door-to-door contact and one-more-time calls throughout the competition.

Aasbo qualified third on Friday and advanced past Kyle Mohan Saturday in the opening round, then Wataru Masuyama in the Top 16. He took a one-more-time battle to advance past veteran Mike Essa in the Great 8. Aasbo lined up against long-time rival Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Final 4, but the battle was cut short after a mechanical problem for the Ford driver saw him concede the match.

Tuerck first faced Jonathan Nerren, then Chris Forsberg, before meeting Alec Robbins in the Great 8. In the Final 4, he flew through a battle with Dylan Hughes to advance to the Final, where he lined up against Aasbo for the deciding match.

“That’s twice we’ve met as teammates in the Final here in St. Louis,” said Tuerck. “It’s always a good time when you’re battling somebody you trust and who you know has a great car under them. It was awesome and I can’t be mad at second place.”

In addition to the Driver’s championship race, the Papadakis Racing team is leading the charge for manufacturer partner Toyota, which has the Formula Drift Auto Cup title within reach. Partner Nitto Tire leads the Tire Cup.

Next up for the Papadakis Racing Toyota team is a return home to Los Angeles for an exciting Round 6 on the Streets of Long Beach September 17-18. The season finale takes place at Irwindale Speedway October 22-23.

Last season saw Aasbo and Tuerck score a combined seven podiums in eight rounds of competition, including three outright wins. The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2004 and is the most winning team in Formula Drift history, earning the 2015 title with driver Fredric Aasbo, as well as back-to-back championship titles with driver Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008.

Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control. In the Formula Drift series, drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan the sport has rapidly grown to one of the most popular youth-oriented motorsports in the world. Here in the United States, Formula Drift events routinely host capacity crowds, while livestreamed multi-platform broadcasts attract millions of online viewers.

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The Fourth Annual Exotics on Las Olas

The 4TH annual Exotics on Las Olas (ELO4), the premier automotive exotic car showcase to be held in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, November 7th from 11am – 4pm, with the gracious support of the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Known as the largest car and family-friendly showcase event in South Florida, with over 40,000 spectators expected to attend this free event with over 250 vehicles from a highly selected and curated collection will be displayed on Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 11th Avenue. The event provides a unique view of the rarest and most coveted automobiles in the world and talks with car enthusiasts and owners of these incredible and elegant pieces of machinery that are the ultimate luxury symbol.

“We were thrilled to bring Exotics on Las Olas back for a 4th year said Floyd Rag,” Co-Founder of Supercar Saturdays Florida which Kicks off this fun-filled Supercar weekend on Saturday, Nov. 6th with a Private rally at 9:00am, with Sunday, Nov. 7th as the main attraction–Exotics on Las Olas. “Car enthusiasts are excited for the largest turnout of vehicles on display according to early registration,” says Rag. “This year will be the largest event to date.”

Guests will preview some of the rarest, most expensive vehicles during the show including, but not limited to the following Hyper-cars: Bugatti Chiron valued at $3.6 million; Ferrari Monza SP2 valued at $2 million; Ferrari Enzo valued at $1 million; Pagani Huayra Roadsters valued at $3 million each; Koenigsegg valued at $3 million; Porsche 918 valued at more than $1 million; McLaren Sennas and P1, valued at $1.3 million each; Hennessey valued at $3 million and a Glickenhaus SCG valued at $460.000—presented by RennHaus, and Corsa7 Motorsports, The 2021 event will feature several categories of vehicles, such as race car row, classic car row, million-dollar row, Supercar row and dealer row.

Sponsors include: Warren Henry Auto Group, Lamborghini/Bugatti Broward, McLaren Palm Beach, Champion Porsche, Fort Lauderdale Collection, Excell Auto Boca Raton, DuPont Registry, The Creative Workshop, Hanna Boys, Florida Luxury Properties, Haute Living, Hagerty, Motorcar Gallery, Ikonick Collection, ModFind, VP Racing Fuel, Haute Auto, GV Auto, Mantfu, Luxury Leasing, Coastal Elevator’s, HGreg Luxury Cars, Ticket Clinic, Ecophant Auto and SavageGarage. The Wounded Warriors Relief Fund will also be the non-profit beneficiary of the event.

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Car Maintenance with FixMyCar

Routine Maintenance Every Car Should Keep Up On

Get your oil changed at your house, FixMyCar comes to you

Our vehicles are one of the largest expenses we have in life, and we want to get the most out of them. According to Consumer Reports, people should be able to get 200,000 miles out of their vehicle, because of the way they are built today. One of the most important factors in being able to do that, however, is making routine maintenance a priority. Every vehicle needs routine maintenance in order to help with the longevity and overall user experience. 

We all want the most out of our vehicles, but many people tend to neglect things like routine maintenance, explains Prashant Salla, founder of FixMyCar. If you keep up on this then you are greatly improving your chances that your vehicle will last longer, thus saving you money in the long run.

Most people tend to stick the owner’s manual in the glove box or take it into the house and they forget about it from that point. When they do that they may not be aware of what routine maintenance things should be done. Even if they did look through the owner’s manual there is a good chance they will forget about it. Here is a list of routine maintenance that every car should keep up on:

  • Oil changes. Getting routine oil changes is one of the most important things one can do to help a vehicle last longer. The oil and filter should be changed every 3,000 miles, unless you have a newer vehicle that recommends more mileage in between them. Some newer vehicles have longer intervals.     
  • Remember tires. It’s important to have good tires in order to keep the vehicle moving along well, but also to help keep everyone in it safer. There should be a routine check of tire pressure and depth, and tires should be rotated regularly. It’s also important to make sure your vehicle has good tires since they are the only contact with ground. 
  • Fluids. Fluids are the blood of your vehicle. Making sure the level & condition of all fluids like engine oil, transmission oil, coolant & brake fluid is in good condition & is above the level recommended will make your vehicle last longer. 
  • Outside clean. If you want to protect the exterior of your vehicle it’s important to keep up on detailing it. This will help to provide a protective barrier from the elements, and it will keep it looking good. 
  • Roll with the seasons. There are seasonal issues that need to be addressed to ensure cars are running well in the snow, heat, etc. Having a seasonal checkup is a good way to have these issues addressed. Get it checked before you go a long drive to avoid any issues. 

It’s important to not ignore issues that come up, such as if something doesn’t smell or sound right, added Salla. The sooner you have issues taken care of the better it will be. Keeping your car in good running condition will help preserve it longer, thus saving you a lot of money over the years. A car is a lot like a human body, preventative care is essential.

Consumer Reports also says that if someone does get 200,000 miles out of their vehicle it could potentially save them $30,000 or more. The average vehicle will take around 15 years to rack up that many miles. 

FixMyCar specializes in providing maintenance & repair services outside your house. Not only is it convenient to get your car fixed outside your house or office but also affordable than taking your car to a dealership FixMyCar’s model doesn’t have the high overhead that shops do, so their  prices tend to be 20-30% lower than dealership or repair shops. Plus, it has been designed to allow mechanics to make a higher salary & have a good work-life balance      

Services being offered by FixMyCar include diagnostic issues, such as the car not starting, check engine light on, strange noises, or not being sure what is wrong with it. Other services include battery and starter replacement, brakes and light engine repairs, routine maintenance, such as oil changes, and used car inspections for those who are purchasing or selling a car. They recently launched a FixMyCar Oil Change Membership. Members enjoy peace of mind where they no longer have to worry about scheduling and getting oil changes. FixMyCar reminds and performs oil changes outside their members’ houses or offices as part of their membership offering. 

The company was founded by Salla in 2018, after he received an initial $250,000 in funding capital from a stranger he met at a bar. Later, he secured another $1.6 million in investor funding, including from the likes of Marc Randolph from Netflix’s founding. Salla came to America in 2012 from India, where he was earning $100 per month. In the Detroit area, he earned his master’s degree in automotive engineering, and has flourished in the industry. In addition to revolutionizing the auto repair industry, he is a great example of an American immigrant success story.

Currently, FixMyCar is serving the areas of Detroit, Dallas, and Houston. They are also moving into Austin, and eventually plan to have services being offered around the country. To learn more about FixMyCar, visit the site.

About FixMyCar

Founded by Prashant Salla, FixMyCar is a mobile mechanic service that is revolutionizing the automotive repair industry. Founded by Salla in 2018, the company has locations in several major cities in two states, with plans to continue expanding nationally. Salla is an immigrant from India who has been able to achieve the American dream since moving to the country in 2012. To learn more about FixMyCar, visit the site.