Car & Automotive

Lucid Air, the $150,000 electric car challenging Tesla

Tesla considers itself the electric car technology leader, but there’s a new competitor emerging to vie for that title.

The company is Lucid Motors, a start-up in Newark, Calif., near Silicon Valley. The car is the Lucid Air, an ultra-luxury ride with advanced battery technology that sets itself apart with posh accoutrements and a market-leading range of 400 miles — more than 500 miles in a special edition. The base model matches the top range on the Tesla Model S and the special edition exceeds it by 100 miles. It also boasts a top speed of 200 mph, should anyone need to drive that fast. The Model S tops out at 155.

Unveiled online Wednesday, the Lucid Air “might finally rival the Tesla Model S … and challenge Elon Musk and his team,” said Jessica Caldwell, an executive director at auto market researcher Edmunds.

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Brabham BT62R Debuts As Road-Legal, Everyday Race Car

Featuring the most powerful non-turbo V8 on the market.

The reports from May last year were correct. Brabham has modified the BT62 race car to become street-legal “in selected markets” and the car you see in the gallery below is the final product. According to the automaker, it is still (nearly) as capable as the actual race car but can finally be driven on public roads.

Gaining the R suffix to reflect the transformation into a vehicle that can be driven on a regular basis, the BT62R comes equipped with a modified exhaust system that meets the restrictions for public use. There’s also an adjustable suspension and an optional air conditioner plus a heated windshield. A set of new Eagle F1 SuperSport tires and a modified aerodynamic package round off the changes.

“Launching the BT62R is a great achievement for the team at Brabham Automotive,” Dan Marks, CEO

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Motorious Pulls Ahead To Pass Competition In Collector Car Scene

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Alexa shows that Motorious now outranks many major online publications.

A Press Release sent out this morning confirms that Motorious.com pulled ahead of competing websites in popularity as a collector car site, as sourced by Alexa Rank. Alexa is an Amazon-owned system shows that Motorious.com is now the most popular car collector site in the United States. Motorious is a unique site that works with some of the biggest names in automotive sales in the world to curate a prestigious classified section, while also running as an automotive online publication.

Image Via Speed Digital LLC

Like golf, the lower the rank, the better, so Motorious’ 588 places it in a great spot, beating it’s closest competitor with a score of 607.

“I’m proud of what the Speed Digital and Motorious team has accomplished in a short time-frame,” said Speed Digital CEO Neil

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Car industry no longer growth engine of German economy

Germany’s mighty car industry, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, is no longer the engine driving the country’s economy.

“For the first time in a decade, the auto industry is facing noticeable personnel adjustments and will initially fail as a growth engine for Germany,” says a new study by the German Economic Institute (IW), reported exclusively by Handelsblatt.

The results of the IW study are likely to hang over the meeting on Tuesday this week between the German government and the heads of the countries powerful car companies and automotive suppliers.

Already before the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, the automotive industry was struggling with overcapacity, as well as the need to invest billions to switch to electrification, and get their fleet emissions down in the face of tough new EU emissions standards.  

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