Autos: various highlights from 2013
Three million miles and still rolling
On 17 September 2013, the 1966 Volvo P1800 Irv Gordon has passed the 3 million miles, or 4.828 million kilometers! For sole proprietors and non-commercial purposes, that is unheard of.
An expensive parking
Last summer, the parking space the most expensive in the UK - and possibly the world - was priced at £ 300,000. The location (see photo), which measures 231 square feet, is located in the Hyde Park area of London. Note that in the area, most homes cost between $1.5 and $20 million.
Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, when the Porsche Carrera GT in which he was seated on the passenger side, hit a lamppost and a tree before bursting into flames. The death of the star from the Fast and Furious films sparked a wave of empathy on a global scale.
Source: Universal Pictures
In spring 2013, Suzuki announced it was withdrawing from selling cars in Canada. The Japanese manufacturer said that it wanted to focus on the division of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
Like the wind
This Super electric car, the British team Drayson Racing, achieved a new world record speed this summer. The prototype, named Lola-Drayson B12/69 EV and led by Paul Rudd Drayson, has reached the milestone of 326.8 km/h.
Source: Drayson Racing
Tesla maintains the flame
The manufacturer Tesla Motors aced the crash tests, but the batteries of some of its cars ignited. The owners of a Model S...
Source: Tesla Motors
Ferrari 52 million
However, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R is not the car that wins the prize ... This fall, a beautiful 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO was auctioned for a whopping $52 million dollars! The Brit who won the bid would not identify himself.
In July 2013, at an auction, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R found a buyer for the sum of $29.6 million. The former Formula 1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio won two GP aboard this unique and sporty race car.
It was not rolling strong for Fisker Automotive
In March 2013, financial troubles soared for Fisker Automotive, and disagreements among its leaders in adopting strategies have forced the company to hire a law firm to prepare for bankruptcy. In November, Hybrid Technology LLC seized the assets of the U.S. automaker, in order to revive the brand. The production of the Fisker Karma, a luxury plug-in hybrid vehicle, ended in 2012.
Source: Fisker Automotive
A bracelet with engine oil
Some people can be inspired by anything that relates to the automotive field. Among the creations that catch the attention include a bracelet filled with engine oil, and an original jewel signed Aka Jewellery.
Source: Aka Jewellery
Security according to Volvo
Volvo is known for its avant-garde security systems. In the spring of 2013, the manufacturer has unveiled the world premiere of a prototype called Outer Protective Envelop. Its principle is simple: when sensors detect an imminent collision, the airbags deploy around the vehicle for added protection.
At the dawn of the era of autonomous vehicles
Volvo - as well as other players in the industry - have been investing for several years in the field of autonomous driving. Recently, the manufacturer announced that it would launch next year, a pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden. If all goes as planned, a little over 2,000 autonomous vehicles will survey the city in 2017. To begin, a few prototypes will mingle with others on the road.
James Bond and the Lotus Esprit
The famous amphibious Lotus Esprit that was used by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, was sold for a total of just over a million dollars. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, is the one who won the auction. This is a person who has never seen a movie featuring 007, and who had bought the collection object for $100 in 1989.
Source: United Artists
In March, Ford apologized shortly after the release of this advertisement promoting the Ford Figo in India. This design featuring Silvio Berlusconi and three women tied to the back of a vehicle sparked anger and indignation. Two other ads have also circulated, one involving the Kardashian sisters and Paris Hilton, and the third, F1 drivers.
Source: Ford Motor Company
Autonomous flying car
In May 2013, Terrafugia has supplied details of its TF-X, a fully automated electric hybrid flying car. As for the two-seater Transition - the first prototype of the U.S. company - the wings of the aircraft can fall back to allow it to travel on land routes. It is planned for 2021.