Revealed at Auto Shanghai 2019, the futuristic Audi AI:ME is an all-electric hatchback that just might be the perfect city car. The vehicle is powered by a 65 kWh battery pack, paired with a synchronous electric motor located at the rear axle, generating a combined 170 hp. What makes it so good for cruising the streets is its Level 4 autonomous driving system, which enables it to drive itself without driver input. The AI system is “capable of learning and thinking, while also being proactive and personal,” said the company. However, you’ll still find a steering wheel and pedals in case of emergency. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Priced from $210,000, the 2020 McLaren GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 generating 612 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-60 in a mere 3.1-seconds, while topping out at 203 mph. The chassis is a custom MonoCell II-T monocoque, complete with a carbon fiber rear upper structure offering 14.8 cu.ft luggage area below the tailgate and a soft-close function as standard. There’s also 5.3 cu.ft of storage up front for a total of 20.1 cu.ft. Read more for a more detailed video, additional pictures and information.
Mechanic John Bitmead wanted to relive some of his childhood, but wanted more than just the toys he grew up with, like the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. So, he decided to convert a Daewoo Matiz into a life-sized replica of the ride-on toy, powered by an 800cc engine capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph in 17 seconds and top out at 70mph. It took approximately 5-months and $7,000 to complete, since every every detail had to be recreated perfectly, from the yellow roof to glassless windows to the oversized drink holders. Read more for another video and additional information.
Set to be revealed at VivaTech in Paris on May 16, the Citroën 19_19 Concept is an all-electric crossover boasting a 497 miles range, suspended cabin technology (Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, combined with smart active control), and autonomous driving technology. Using artificial intelligence, the concept car is equipped with a personal assistant integrated in the dashboard that takes over the vehicle during autonomous driving phases and interacts with passengers via a predictive and proactive system that anticipates the needs of each occupant. On the outside, you’ll find a transparent double bonnet, a full LED light signature partition, concave rear window, a visible LiDAR system mounted on the roof and a subframe. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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For those who don’t know, the 2020 Toyota Supra is a collaboration between Toyota and BMW and is based on the Z4, but only the chassis and engine are the same. The engine is also tuned differently as well as the suspension. Only the turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine producing 335 hp and 369 lb⋅ft of torque, will be offered in the US. You’ll be able to choose from two trim levels: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium. The 3.0 model has a 6.5-inch center touchscreen multimedia system with Bluetooth and standard Alcantara trimmed seats, while the 3.0 Premium has an 8.8-inch touchscreen multimedia system, standard navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, 12-speaker JBL stereo sound system, wireless phone charging, color head-up display, along with heated leather seats. Read more for a more in-depth first drive video, additional pictures and information.
BMW has unveiled its latest Formula E safety car, and it’s based on the i8 Roadster. Unlike the production model, this special safety car sits 15mm lower to the ground, comes equipped with an FIA-approved roll bar, a new front splitter and of a light bar mounted above the rear wing for better visibility. Other upgrades include GPS communication antennas, a rear view camera, and retaining the standard 228hp 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with a 141hp electric motor for a combined power output for 386hp. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Sure, you could always just buy a Sprinter van conversion or motor home, but Robbie and Priscilla wanted something more cozy. So, they converted a school bus into a modern 210-square-feet home on wheels. It took about 1.5-years to complete, with many issues, like leaky windows, that had to be fixed along the way. The living space now features a host of windows throughout to let natural lighting flood in, white cabinetry, gray laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances and even a cedar tongue-in-groove ceiling. Read more for a short exterior video, additional pictures and information.
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Honda UK’s Project Engineering department wanted to create a Civic Type R unlike any that the internet has seen, so they built “Project P,” and as you may have already guessed, it’s a makeshift pickup truck of sorts. Instead of rear seats, a truck bed was installed, while keeping the Type R body kit and large rear wing. Fortunately, the 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine also stayed, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 6 seconds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
There’s the upcoming Tesla Semi, and then Mack Trucks all-new Mack LR battery electric vehicle (BEV), which has just been unveiled at WasteExpo 2019 in Las Vegas. It’s powered by Mack’s integrated electric powertrain consisting of two 130-kW motors producing a combined 496 peak horsepower and 4,051 lb.-ft. of torque available from zero RPM, with power being sent through a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission and put to the ground by Mack’s proprietary S522R 52,000-lb. rear axles. Read more for another video and additoinal information.
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Software company owner Jim Belosic has been modifying cars since he knew how and his latest project, the “Teslonda,” is still continuing to wow auto enthusiasts and the internet alike. Simply put, it’s based on a 1981 Honda Accord, but with a Tesla subframe as well as drive unit, along with Chevy Volt batteries. The custom-built vehicle may look a bit strange, but its speed definitely makes up for it, as it can accelerate from 0-60 in a mere 2.43-seconds and zip through the quarter mile in just 10.85-seconds. Read more for another video and additional information.