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Neuron Offers Modular Versatility With The T.ONE All-Electric Utility Vehicle

All-electric vehicles have been focusing on sedans, supercars, and the occasional SUV every once in a while. However, after the debut of the Tesla Cybertruck, it looks like there’s an upsurge in demand for zero-emission workhorses. While Elon Musk’s latest project is evidently futuristic, the aesthetics is not everyone’s cup of tea. Hence, competitors are now in full gear to deliver alternatives that will appeal to the masses. Neuron is a Los Angeles, California-based company that is stepping up the plate to give us something remarkable. The T.ONE certainly has the looks, but we want to find out if it has what it takes to back it up.

We love how Neuron is not going overboard with the design. It seems to be an adequate blend of modern with a just a splash of cutting-edge to its appearance. Nevertheless, the star of the show here is the modular nature of this vehicle. The company is marketing the T.ONE as an adaptable platform that will service whatever the buyer needs. Depending on your fancy, you can customize your EV exactly the way you want it.

So far, Neuron is providing some samples on their official webpage. We find it cool that the company can adjust the cab for three or four passengers (including the operator).  Meanwhile, you want to sacrifice some cargo space, the T.ONE can be modified to accommodate up to six people. Equally notable are the configurations available such as a van, truck, or as a hauler for gooseneck trailers. The company has yet to divulge more about its electric powertrain, mileage, and performance.

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Death Machines Of London Introduces A Custom Two-Wheeler Called The Kenzo

Lately, we have been mostly featuring cars to a point wherein we might have overlooked some awesome two-wheelers out there. Hence, we are going back to check what we are missing out on. Boy, we are so glad we did because we almost skipped out on a jaw-dropping custom build. The bike in question is the Kenzo – an outstanding project from Death Machines of London. The donor model is a 1977 Honda Goldwing GL1000, but with a little magic, turns into a svelte samurai that will cut down those in its way.

With a team from a shop with a name like Death Machines of London doing work on an old-school ride, you can expect badass results. Making their mark in 2016, the company credits its success to its founders, Ray Petty and James Hilton. The team really knows how to mix vintage aesthetics with a splash of modern and futuristic. The Kenzo manages to look like a healthy mix of everything alongside a distinctly Japanese vibe about it.

As its name suggests, this custom 1977 Honda Goldwing GL1000 is a tribute to Kenzo Tada. After spending forty days travelling by rail and by sea, he finally participated in the 1930 Isle of Man TT. The Kenzo features overlapping metal panels of its bodywork reminds one of a Samurai’s armour. Moreover, there other elements that add to its theme, which makes it even more alluring. Even the paint is a custom mix, which Death Machines of London is calling Titanium Samurai. Powering this warrior is a 40-year-old 1000 cc flat-four engine, which still runs like new.

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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition Is An Exciting Tribute To Supersonic Flight

Aston Martin is a brand that makes some of the world’s sexiest supercars. Not only that but the British marque also has ties with the James Bond franchise. This makes its machines some of the most desirable ones out there. Once in a while, carmakers create limited-edition models that become highly collectible for certain individuals. We’re happy one was recently in the news and it surely does not disappoint. This is the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition and it looks ready to go supersonic.

For our readers who can still remember a little bit of history behind this awesome tribute, good for you. Meanwhile, let’s get the others up to speed, shall we? Aston Martin is dedicating this exclusive ride in memory of the only supersonic passenger plane that was in service. This remarkable airliner had a seating capacity of up to 128 passengers and boasted a maximum speed of double the speed of sound.

Aston Martin pays homage to the aircraft that was eventually grounded for good in 2003. What the designers came up with is to give the interior and exterior a familiar detailing that resembles the livery of the turbojet. While it’s mostly in white, there are other elements such as British Airways colours that add a little contrast.

Meanwhile, a silhouette of the Concorde sits on top of the carbon fibre roof. Moreover, the diffuser and strake likewise bear the same outline of the passenger aircraft. Finally, the cabin features luxurious Alcantara on the headliner, Mach Meteor embroidery, and a special pair of paddle shifter. According to Aston Martin, these are fashioned from titanium sourced from the compressor blades of the Concorde. Only 10 examples of the DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition will be available for purchase.

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The E-Tron Sportback Is Audi’s Sportier Take Of Its All-Electric SUV

The push for electrification is moving at a faster pace these days as more carmakers jump on the bandwagon. The research continues as engineers come up with new battery technology and energy-efficient electric motors. Of course, Tesla is still paving the way for others to follow, but some are capable of holding on their own. Audi is a premium European marque that is inching its way into the all-electric market. The e-tron Sportback is its latest attempt and boy does it tick all the right boxes.

So what makes this zero-emission ride bring to the table? Let’s start off with the aesthetics, which look absolutely gorgeous. It boasts a sloping roof, which exudes a fastback vibe and gives it a sportier appeal than the regular e-tron SUV. Well, it does imply that form the name alone, but you have to see it to appreciate the sleeker form. Visually, Sportback is more appealing than its cousin, but it’s dual-motor powertrain still manages to deliver 402 horsepower.

Torque is variable and starts off at 413 lb-ft but goes up to 489 lb-ft after toggling on Sport mode. This allows the e-tron Sportback to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 5.7 seconds. The numbers look impressive and the mileage it gets is likewise something to talk about. The regular e-tron squeezes out 204 miles from its 95-kWh lithium-ion batteries. Meanwhile, the sportier model manages to draw out more at 277 miles. These numbers are tested under WLTP standards. According to Audi, the aerodynamics of the new model is a contributing factor to its range.

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The Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo Is The Digital Hypercar Of Our Dreams

If you spend your time browsing automotive news, it gets to a point wherein the designs seem uninspired. It’s either sloping curves, sharp angles, LED lighting, and others more. However, after stumbling upon an image of the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo, we are genuinely awestruck by its aesthetics.

What’s even more amazing is that anyone with a copy of the critically-acclaimed driving game can take it for a drive. Unfortunately, it will be virtual of course. Despite existing in digital form only, fans of the Italian marque are praising the vehicle’s impressive form factor. Additionally, the spec sheet is equally notable as well.

This hypercar apparently made its debut at the Gran Turismo Championships World Finals. The show was held in Monaco and saw some of the world’s best players compete in the FIA sanctioned event. Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi was also in attendance as Automobili Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali took the covers off the life-size mockup of the Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo.

The single-seat cockpit features a virtual instrument panel that the system projects in front of the driver. Lamborghini is taking the hybrid V12 powerplant from the exclusive Sian. According to the carmaker, this will give the hypercar around 808 horsepower at its disposal. Players can use it to race in the virtual tracks of the Sony-exclusive racing title.

The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo will make its debut in Gran Turismo Sport around spring 2020. Moreover, this partnership would likely feature the vehicle in other events for next year. The game is famous for featuring some of the most jaw-dropping concept cars over the years and will continue to do so in the future.

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The Telsa Cybertruck Is An Emission-Free Utility Vehicle Built Like A Tank

Back when there were rumours about Telsa making an all-electric pickup truck, we all had our own idea of what it would look like. The company’s goal is to innovate, so it’s easy to assume that it will behave a futuristic aesthetic. Others speculated it to take some elements from existing Tesla vehicles with a bit of tweaking. YouTuber Simone Giertz even went as far to create her own tesla pickup. With some elbow grease and Model 3 as the donor vehicle, she gave us the Truckla. Thankfully, Elon Musk had no plans to keep us in suspense and finally unveiled the Cybertruck.

You heard that right, the company is calling their first-ever emission-free pickup truck the Cybertruck. To be honest the name actually fits given its futuristic and angular form factor. The liberal use of flat surfaces with sharp corners makes it look like a polygon model of a car from older game systems. Laugh all you want but take note that this machine packs a lot of power.

Tesla really knows how to push the envelope when it comes to design and performance. it is practically a tank with its cold-rolled stainless steel body panels and Tesla armor glass. During the demo, the body was able to withstand the swing of a sledgehammer. Testing the ballistic-grade windows was a different matter because it cracked but remained intact. Nevertheless, Musk claims it is still a prototype and the engineers will work out the kinks before launch.

Buyers can opt for a single-motor, dual-motor, and tri-motor configuration. Each trim promises a range of 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles respectively. The Tesla Cybertruck is heading to production late next year. Meanwhile, those who want more can look forward to an all-electric ATV that fits perfectly in the pickup’s bed.

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LEGO x Top Gear App-Controlled R/C Rally Car

Batmobiles, Bugattis, and Beetles have all been part of the LEGO car world to our everlasting delight, but they’ve added their first app-controlled vehicle, and it’s a Top Gear-branded rally car. On top of its…

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Is An All-Electric SUV With A Pony Car Pedigree

To be honest we are still reeling from being blown away by one of Ford’s latest projects – the Mustang Lithium. This all-electric bad boy was on show at the SEMA 2019 floor boasting 900 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. On top of the jaw-dropping performance numbers, there is another intriguing secret. The fact that comes with a six-speed manual transmission leaves us impressed. Unfortunately, it appears to be a concept with no word of a production model in order. However, a close alternative you might want to consider is the Mustang Mach-E.

It’s great to see the automotive industry finally adapting to what the environment needs. Emission-free alternatives are probably the most sustainable form of transportation in our current situation. The Mustang Mach-E is essentially a great platform for those who want the pony car aesthetics, minus the carbon footprint. Buyers can opt for a single-motor trim with rear-wheel-drive or the dual-motor version with AWD. Personally, we would go for the former for the sake of range, but the latter promises more power.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E runs on a 75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. The standard trim produces 255 horsepower with 306 lb-ft of torque with a range of 230 miles. Meanwhile, the dual-motor variant manages up to 429 lb-ft of torque, but the range drops down to 210 miles. This five-seater is a capable all-electric SUV with a comfortable cabin minus the rumble of a combustion engine. Aside from the plush leather upholstery, another notable element is the 15.5-inch infotainment display. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Entertainment is likewise remarkable with a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

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The Aspark Owl Is A 2,012-Horsepower Japanese All-Electric Hypercar

EV technology continues to evolve as we begin to see more brands break into the market with rides that defy expectation. Even top-tier automobile brands are coming up with jaw-dropping entries. So far, we’ve seen the likes of the Porsche Taycan, Pininfarina Battista, Lotus Evija, and so much more. It appears the verdict regarding all-electric supercars and hypercars is that we just can’t get enough. As such, we want our readers to gawk with us at the Aspark Owl.

Not many people know it outright, but this incredible machine is Japanese in origin. The country’s outstanding love affair with high-performance automobiles are worthy of our respect. Let’s begin by looking at the numbers, which gives us an overview of its capabilities. The Aspark Owl relies on four electric motors to get from point A to point B.

What’s astounding about this configuration is the promise of 2,012 horsepower alongside a whopping 1,475 lb-ft of torque. Testing shows an insane 0-60 mph acceleration of just 1.69 seconds with a top speed of 250 miles per hour. Let us remind you that this is already beyond the concept stages. In fact, the data comes from a production version of the all-electric hypercar.

Speed alone is nothing when dealing with all-electric transportation. Thus the Aspark Owl is equipped with a massive 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. The range would depend on how aggressive the driver can be, but a safe estimate would be up to 280 miles. Despite using a generous amount of carbon fibre, it weighs a hefty 4,200 pounds. Nevertheless, it makes up for it in looks and performance.

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The Lister SUV-E Is A Souped-Up Jaguar I-Pace We Want To see More Of

If there’s one thing we would like to say about the automotive industry is keep up to good work. Of course, we are talking about the surging demands for eco-friendly transportation. Thus, manufacturers have no choice but to supply the machines its consumer’s want. The sustainable vehicle movement is the driving force behind top brands producing battery-powered rides. A great example would be in the form of the Lister SUV-E, another stylish concept that we can’t wait to see on the streets.

What most of the EVs consumers see are from the likes of Tesla and other distinguished marques. Lister is ready to shake up the market. To make it stand out from the usual suspects, the SUV-E is receiving a tuning package that will impress its’ critics. Starting off with a stock Jaguar I-Pace, the engineers gave it a weight reduction service. This allows the engine (in this case, the electric motors) to be more efficient.

The use of carbon fibre panels, titanium forged wheels, and carbon-ceramic brakes to give the SUV-E outstanding acceleration. According to Lister, the 0-60 mph time is half a second better than the original, which is an impressive feat. Meanwhile, another upgrade that adds an awesome touch is the exhaust sounds.

Since electric motors are virtually silent, most people can just hear a hum during operation. Similar to what other manufacturers are doing, adding a recorded playback of a traditional combustion engine should add to its appeal. Visually, Lister did a fine job of customizing the SUV-E. We hope to see more awe-inspiring projects like this in the near future as well.

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