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Sure, there’s Tesla apps for both iOS and Android, but they do have their limitations. What if Elon Musk decided to release a smartphone designed to accompany his company’s vehicles? Introducing the Model P. Its sleek exterior is finished in a glossy red, and instead of a hole-punch or teardrop display, there’s a cutout that resembles a Tesla Model S / X front grille, while carbon fiber adorns the charging port area. Read more for additional pictures and information.
What happens when you combine a 1960 Porsche 356B T5 with a 1990 Porsche 964 C2? Emory Motorsports 1960 Porsche 356 RSR. Think of it as a hot rod-inspired Porsche that wouldn’t look out of place in Mad Max. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four generating 393 horsepower, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, this 1,950 pound vehicle features hand-formed nose / tail bodywork, an aluminum deck lid, and one-piece aluminum hood. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Want to try out the new Tesla Arcade yourself, even without owning one of the company’s vehicles? Just head on over to a showroom between now and June 30th. That’s right, Beach Buggy Racing 2, which was unveiled in Los Angeles at E3 2019, can be tried out in-person, complete with steering wheel control. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, it’s “a kart racing game where you can careen, blast and launch your way through 22 tracks. Players can recruit new drivers (see if you can find our favorite) and use the steering wheel controls for the most immersive gaming experience,” according to Tesla. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Byton has just released new images of its M-Byte electric crossover’s interior, showcasing the wraparound dashboard display that measures 48-inches across in all its glory. That’s not all, it boasts two additional screens as well, includinng a 7-inch driver tablet and an 8-inch Byton Central Touchpad placed between the front seats. The 48-inch Shared Experience Display (SED) has physical buttons rather than it being completely touchscreen. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Inventor and YouTube sensation Simone Giertz was tired of waiting for Tesla’s official all-electric pickup truck, so she bought a new Model 3 and went to work. To kick off the project, they hacked off the back of the Tesla 3 by first removing the back passenger seats and replacing the with a truck bed. “The truck itself is going to be great, but the process is going to be scrappy AF,” said Giertz. Read more for a 30-minute making of video and additional information.
The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 has been officially unveiled, and its powered by a variant of the 911 GT3 naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine that produces 414 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds while topping out at 189 mph. Inside, you’ll find a short throw shifter, GT Sport steering wheel, Alcantara upholstery, Sport Seats Plus and brushed aluminum or painted trim. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Domino’s Pizza has partnered with Nuro, a robotics company transforming local commerce, for an autonomous pizza delivery platform using the custom unmanned vehicle known as the R2 later this year. They will use Nuro’s unmanned fleet to serve select Houston Domino’s customers who place orders online. “We are always looking for new ways to innovate and evolve the delivery experience for our customers. Nuro’s vehicles are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey,” said Kevin Vasconi, Domino’s executive vice president and chief information officer. Read more for a video and additional information.
How about an autonomous electric vehicle with an integrated hot bath? Introducing the Honda Onsen. When the door opens, you’ll see that one half is a normal bench seat facing backwards, but step into the other part? It’s a gimbal-stabilized, watertight cylindrical cell that can be used as a high-tech hot spring of sorts, complete with a massage jet-equipped seat. Getting too steamy? There’s an outlet to funnel the steam out of the cabin. Read more for additional pictures and information.
You may not have heard of Mil-Spec Automotive, but they’re the one company bringing back the Hummer H1, and most recently, to Jay Leno’s Garage. These included a four-door satin black model as well as a soft-top one, both powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel generating 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, mated to Allison six-speed automatic transmissions. Other features include: new aftermarket wheels and an onboard air system which. Even more impressive, these can run on biofuel and achieve up to 20 mpg. Want one? Prices start at a whopping $218,000+. Read more for this week’s selection of fascinating images from around the web.
Based on on a new platform, the Honda e’s exterior design by Yuki Terai pays homage to the first generation Honda Civic and is about the same length as the Honda Fit. A 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery sends powers to the rear wheels and can be charged using a Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger – up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. When fully charged, you can expect a 124-mile range, which is plenty of city cruising.