Ultimate Valkyrie

With a claimed of the most powerful non-turbocharged production engine, Aston Martin is busy preparing the finishing touches for its upcoming Valkyrie hypercar. Developed by Cosworth, the engine is a 6.5-liter V12 with 1,000 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to a Rimac-sourced battery-electric system, total output will increase to 1,160 hp and 663 lb-ft. That V12 will rev to an insane 11,100 rpm. And like a Formula 1 car, the Valkyrie will gather energy from braking via a KERS-style boost system.

It all sounds delightful, and according to The Supercar Blog, Aston Martin is also planning … Continue

Ford Recalling 1.46M Focus Vehicles

Ford Motor is recalling 1.46 million Ford Focus cars in North America to fix a defect that could lead to stalling. The recall affects the 2012 through 2018 model-year Focus with 2-liter GDI and 2-liter GTDI engines.

Ford warned that customers should keep their fuel tanks at least half full until their cars are fixed. The issue stems from a defective canister purge valve that could become stuck in an open position, causing deformation of the fuel tank.

In certain instances, the defect could cause the Focus to stall and then not restart or have difficulty restarting. Car owners may … Continue

Getting a Tesla Repaired in Norway is Painstakingly Slow!!

Originally posted on Bloomberg

After a fender-bender with his Tesla Model S last February, Tor Havard Wiig figured he’d be back on the road within a week or two. Five months on, he’s still waiting on parts—and he’s ready to sell the two-year-old car.

The delay and scant communication from Tesla Inc.show “there’s a lot lacking there,” said Wiig, a 43-year-old technology consultant in the Norwegian coastal city of Bergen. “I never expected it to take so long to fix such minor damage.”

As Tesla sales boom in Norway, customers are grousing about a dealership network and service operation … Continue

The Polestar-Tuned 2019 Volvo S60 Is Going to Be Extremely Rare. It’s Already Sold Out.

Repost from Car and Driver.

All 20 of the 415-hp sedans slated for the U.S. were reserved in 39 minutes.

When we first learned about the new Volvo S60 last week, we were especially intrigued about the hybrid “Polestar Engineered” version. For the 2019 model year, Volvo will offer this 415-hp sedan exclusively through its Care by Volvo subscription program for $1100 a month, which will include 15,000 annual miles, service, maintenance, and insurance. Oh, and it’s only going to bring 20 of them to the U.S.

That means, statistically, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing a 2019 Ford

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Volkswagen and Audi car infotainment systems hacked remotely

This is a repost from Sophos Security blog by 

Volkswagen and Audi car infotainment systems hacked remotely

It may have escaped the notice of prospective buyers, but cars have recently become a bit of a target for security researchers.

The latest example of this challenge sport has arrived from researchers at Dutch pen-testers Computest, who decided to see what security woes they could uncover in two 2015 models, the Volkswagen Golf GTE and an Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, both made by Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG).

True to their hunch, with a bit of hunting they eventually found … Continue

The Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers of 2018 By J.D Power. Is Yours On The List?

The J.D. Power 2018 Vehicle Dependability Study has been released, with overall vehicle dependability improving 9 percent from 2017. In its 29th year, the study measuring the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the past 12 months by original owners of 2015 model year vehicles. A lower score reflects higher quality since that means there were fewer problems experienced per 100 vehicles.

The overall industry average went from 142 PP100 to 156 PP100 this year, an increase of 14 points.

Continuing to be problematic for owners is in-vehicle technology, including audio, communications, entertainment, and navigation. The category … Continue

Subaru Of America Celebrates 50th Anniversary.

Wow, 50 years already.  2018 marks the 50th anniversary from a little known Japanese automaker that started with humble beginnings in North America. The current lineup is anchored by three all-wheel-drive crossovers that remain in strong demand. Subaru has achieved 74 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.

That hasn’t always been the narrative for Subaru, a car brand created by the Japanese industrial conglomerate formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries. Since its start here in 1968 as an importer of a quirky microcar called the 360, Subaru has fought — and usually won — a slew of uphill … Continue

When Litecoin Meets F1

With all the recent news of cryptocurrencies reaching their new heights.  A Chinese millionaire purchased a fleet of retired F1 cars with Litecoin. The buyer scooped up the fleet of rare Formula One (F1) cars, valued at around £4m in total.

The sale of the four-car collection was orchestrated by Dadiani Syndicate, the UK’s first marketplace to offer luxury assets solely for payment in cryptocurrency.

The flagship car of the bunch is the 2011 Sauber Ferrari C30, raced by Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez in the 2011 F1 season. Kobayashi achieved fifth place with the car at the Monaco … Continue

BMW and Porsche work together to enable 15-min electric car charging at 450 kW charge rate

BMW and Porsche are currently working together and with other major automakers, like Mercedes and Ford, on an ultra-fast (350 kW) electric car charging network in Europe.  But now they want to lay the foundation to improve the charge rate to 450 kW in order to enable quicker electric car charging.

BMW is leading the project through the “FastCharge” consortium in partnership with other companies like Porsche, Allego and Siemens. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure supports the project with a  € 7.8 million grant, which is supervised by the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Organization

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Kobe Steel Scandal

Update:  The Kobe Steel scandal now expands to 500 customers from the original estimate of 200 including subsidiaries.  The subsidiaries are mainly position in Asia.  Three in China, one each in Thailand and Malaysia and four in Japan.  The company supplies metal components to industries where safety is vital including car, train and aircraft producers.

Original:  For anyone out there driving a Honda, Toyota, Subaru, GM, Nissan and  Kawasaki vehicle, or might be flying on a Boeing airplane. Listen up.

Kobe Steel , a leading Japanese steel producer announced early this week that it had falsified data relating … Continue