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Faraday Future may miss shipping deadline for production vehicle 

Faraday Future, the troubled upstart electric-car company that set out to challenge Tesla, appears to have encountered another setback.

According to a reportfrom the Financial Times on Thursday, Faraday Future is likely to miss a shipping deadline for its first production vehicles. The company initially said it could bring its cars to market in 2017.

Construction was recently halted at the company’s $1 billion North Las Vegas factory. A Faraday Future spokesperson told Business Insider last week that the company is “refocusing efforts” on its upcoming production vehicle in the meantime.

Faraday Future says it will unveil that car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. However, the company’s goal to get those cars rolling off of an assembly line by 2017 is in doubt.

A former Faraday Future employee cited by the Financial Times said the 2017 timeline was “not possible.”

The startup so far has no factory in which to build the cars.

Nevada state officials and Faraday Future executives attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for its inaugural plant in North Las Vegas in April. Business Insider was also there, as was Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval who lauded the project as a “new beginning” and “the next chapter in the Nevada story.”

Although the state of Nevada has offered Faraday Future millions of dollars in tax incentives, state treasurer Dan Schwartz was one of the project’s most vocal skeptics. In several conversations with Business Insider, Schwartz said he doubted Faraday Future had the financial means to complete the project.

The company is primarily backed by LeEco chairman Jia Yueting, who recently expressed surprise that the car business is a costly endeavor. LeEco is also developing its own electric car.

Jia wrote a letter to employees earlier this month saying “We sped blindly ahead … our cash demand ballooned. We got overextended in our global strategy. At the same time, our capital and resources were in fact limited.”

A group of Chinese investors reportedly raised $600 million this monthto help boost LeEco.

A Faraday Future representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Faraday Future may miss shipping deadline for production vehicle

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn review 

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

Rolls-Royce doesn’t come out with new models very often, so the introduction of the 2016 Dawn convertible was a very special moment indeed. The Dawn is essentially a convertible version of the Ghost sedan and Wraith coupe, and is currently the only droptop in Rolls’ lineup. Blessed with a few days of convertible-friendly weather in the Northeast, I hopped in Dawn to see whether this newcomer is worthy of the Rolls-Royce name, and how it measures up to the competition.

NOT A WALLFLOWER

The Dawn certainly makes a strong first impression. With its massive, upright grille and hood ornament featuring Rolls’ mascot, a woman with outstretched arms known as the “Spirit of Ecstasy,” it’s instantly recognizable as a Rolls-Royce. It’s also gigantic, stretching 17.34 feet from bumper to bumper, about the same length as a Chevy Tahoe.

Just because the Dawn isn’t sporty, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fast.

Rolls manages to make this massive convertible look fairly elegant, though. While the body is fairly thick in the middle, the roofline is nice and low, with a steeply-raked windshield giving the Dawn a sleek look. The body has a refreshing lack of excessive details, and the rear-hinged suicide doors are just about the coolest way to exit a car yet devised.

The Dawn attracts plenty of attention, and with it plenty of opinions on its appearance. Multiple bystanders said the car looked handsome, but lacked the style of older Rolls-Royces. I think they might have a point: the Dawn is not a bad looking car, but it may not be a timeless design either.

AN INTERIOR YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE

Thanks to its large footprint, the Dawn has a fairly spacious interior, and a well-appointed one at that. Rolls prides itself on the craftsmanship of its interiors, and the Dawn doesn’t disappointed. Every surface is covered in leather and wood trim that’s a cut above the materials in just about any other car. It’s a shame you have to pay this much (the Dawn starts at around $340,000) for something that actually looks like real wood.

The rest of the interior is just as pleasing as its materials. The seats are so comfortable they feel like they belong in someone’s living room, but also offer plenty of support for cornering maneuvers. The thin-rimmed steering wheel and gearshift and turn signal stalks look great, and are wonderful to operate. Impressively for a two-door convertible, there is also enough room in the back seats for (small) adults.

Rolls also offers buyers a couple of features you won’t find in most other cars. That includes the pair of umbrellas that hide in the front door jambs, and something called a “Power Reserve” gauge. It shows you how much power the engine isnt using, which is a very clever way of showing off.

FUNCTIONAL TECH

You’d be excused for thinking the Dawn was powered by an electric motor.

In an age when many new luxury cars inundate their drivers with tech features that aren’t necessarily helpful, the Dawn is refreshingly simple. A 10.25-inch display screen hides behind a wood panel in the center stack, and is controlled via a rotary knob on the center console, ringed by helpful buttons that allow you to jump to different menus. The setup appears fairly similar to the iDrive system of Rolls parent BMW, but more streamlined.

Some tech-savvy buyers might be disappointed at the lack of a digital display in the gauge cluster, as on numerous other cars. Instead, Rolls included a thin display beneath the gauge cluster for things like the odometer reading and idiot lights. The main analog gauges look great though, better than any computer graphics. Unfortunately, the chrome trim does become a bit blinding in direct sunlight, and both digital displays tend to wash out. That’s a bit of oversight on Rolls’ part, especially in a convertible.

NO SOUND, PLENTY OF FURY

The Dawn is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12, a massive engine that sends 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. But you’d be excused for thinking it was powered by an electric motor.

That’s because, in keeping with Rolls tradition, the Dawn is uncannily quiet. Only a slight murmur from the engine and some minor road noise apparent as it whooshes along. Virtually no mechanical noises can be heard with the top down, and when it’s up, the Dawn’s interior is pretty much sound free. In fact, it’s basically sensation free: the suspension does such a good job of absorbing bumps that you could run over a peasant and never know it.

This means the Dawn is a supremely comfortable car, but not a sporty one. The driving experience is certainly satisfying, but this isn’t a car built for attacking twisty roads. Still, despite being tuned for comfort, the Dawn didn’t exhibit body roll in corners, the steering provides a decent amount of feedback, and the brakes perform fairly well at the unenviable task of stopping 5,644 pounds of car.

Just because the Dawn isn’t sporty, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fast. Rolls says it will do 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Given the size of the engine and the amount of weight it has to push around, the Dawn’s 563 hp doesn’t initially sound that impressive. But whenever you need to get moving in a hurry, it delivers, whisking you away on a smooth and steady stream of torque.

OUR TAKE

The 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn is a fast and fabulous convertible with impeccable road manners and a luxurious interior. It emphasizes traditional luxury-car attributes at the expense of performance and value.

What are the alternatives?

The Dawn has very few direct competitors, but one of them is arguably the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Like the Dawn, it’s a big, luxurious, four-seat convertible. The S-Class is much less expensive and boasts a greater array of tech features, but isn’t in really in the same class (pun not intended) as the Dawn when it comes to interior quality, and generally doesn’t feel as special.

The Bentley Continental GT is arguably the Dawn’s closest rival. Where the Rolls focuses on quietness and comfort, the Bentley is genuinely sporty, with more responsive steering and brakes. It’s also quicker to 60 mph, and has a higher top speed.

The Bentley may be more of a hot rod than the Rolls, but it’s an older design, and that shows in a somewhat lower level of refinement, and less-sophisticated tech offerings. The choice between the two basically depends on whether you want to emphasize performance, or luxury.

How long will it last?

The Dawn is an-all new model, so it should remain up to date for quite some time. It’s based on the Ghost sedan and Wraith coupe, both of which have been around for a few years, but given the length of automotive development cycles, don’t expect a redesigned model to usurp the Dawn for a while.

Should you buy it?

If you have the money, and prefer serene cruising to maximum-attack driving, then the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn is for you. It may not be the sportiest or most practical car, but the Dawn certainly lives up to the Rolls-Royce name.

 

Source: 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn review

Is This What the New Ferrari F12M Will Look Like?

By; Will Sabel Courtney
Is This What the New Ferrari F12M Will Look Like?
Is This What the New Ferrari F12M Will Look Like?

Barring some unforeseen natural disaster, Ferrari will in all likelihood reveal its successor to the F12berlinetta early next year. Mysterious camouflaged prototypes have already been seen roaming the streets of Maranello, covered almost from stem to stern.

Rather than wait several months to find out what lies beneath that cloak, however, one graphic artist has taken it upon himself to take an educated guess at what Ferrari fanatics are calling the F12M will look like, based on the handful of spy photos available, ferrari’s current design language, and some of the best intelligence from the world’s Ferraristas.

Milanno, as he’s known on FerrariChat, agreed to share his renderings with The Drive. The revised exterior has been inspired by the stylistic alterations Ferrari made to the F12’s four-seat gran turismo sibling, the GTC4Lusso, as it metamorphosed from the FF into the current model. His F12M has four taillamps in back instead of the two large ones from the current model, with the trianglular style elements of the rear restyled to match the smaller-diameter lamps.

Likewise, the “Aerobridge” located between the front wheelwell and the door has been revised to send air backwards instead of downwards, with the door restyled to match the change in air flow for a cleaner look. Overall, it bears a bit of a resemblance to the 550 Maranello of the 1990s…which, in our books, is no bad thing.

Inside, Milanno made fewer changes to the existing F12berlinetta’s cabin. The biggest change he made is to add a large touchscreen on the passenger’s side of the cabin, which, as you can see, runs Apple CarPlay in his rendering. (As the two-seat V-12 models are expected to remain on the sportier end of the Ferrari lineup, we don’t expect the F12M to grow an iPad-like central touchscreen like the one seen in the GTC4Lusso.)

We likely won’t know until next February what the F12M really looks like—or what it’s actually called. But don’t be surprised if those first press shots wind up looking a fair bit like this.

The Drive
The Drive
The Drive
The Drive

Source: Is This What the New Ferrari F12M Will Look Like?

This Camouflaged Ferrari 488 Challenge’s Glowing Brakes Are Mesmerizing

The Ferrari 488 GTB may be turbocharged, but its 3.9-liter V8 still screams all the way up to 8000 rpm. And with 661 horsepower on tap, it’ll launch to 60 mph in three seconds flat and do the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds. Keep your foot down, and the 488 will keep pulling all the way up to 205 mph.

Needless to say, the 488 GTB is already a ridiculously quick car. Like the 458 Challenge that came before it, the next logical step is for Ferrari to turn it into a race car for its Challenge series. And from what we can tell, that’s exactly what you see testing in the video below.

The humongous wing is a new addition, and the car’s front end appears to have a much more aggressive aero package. And while it doesn’t sound quite as good as the old naturally aspirated 458 Challenge, it still sounds fantastic, but it might be a bit too quiet.

Considering how complete this test car looks, we suspect Ferrari won’t make us wait much longer for the official reveal.

Source: This Camouflaged Ferrari 488 Challenge’s Glowing Brakes Are Mesmerizing

The Ford Bronco Is Definitely Coming Back​​, UAW Boss Reports

By; Aaron Brown,

Source: The Ford Bronco Is Definitely Coming Back, UAW Boss Reports

This $2 million Swedish hypercar will give Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche nightmares

By; Benjamin Zhang,Koenigsegg Regera 2(Koenigsegg Regera.Hollis Johnson) 

Source: This $2 million Swedish hypercar will give Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche nightmares

Ferrari reveals fastest convertible ever, and a super-fast family car – Sep. 29, 2016

How a Rolls-Royce might look in 2114

Ferrari went to extremes when it unveiled two new cars at the Paris Motor Show Thursday.

One was a less expensive version of the practical GTC4Lusso model, which is a four-seater. The other was a convertible version of the LaFerrari hybrid extreme supercar.

The convertible supercar, called the LaFerrari Aperta, costs $2.2 million. But it was still sold out even before Ferrari (RACE) announced, back in July, that it would debut in Paris this month.

The Aperta is available with a standard cloth top plus an optional removable carbon fiber hard top. It has the same V12 hybrid drive system as the hardtop coupe version. With an output of 750 horsepower, the V12 engine is the most powerful engine ever used in a Ferrari road car. And that’s not even including the additional power from electric motors. All together, the system produces 950 horsepower.

ferrari GTC4Lusso paris

Ferrari’s more pracitical GTC4Lusso model.

The convertible also has the same 217 mile-per-hour top speed as the hardtop LaFerrari. It’s unusual for a convertible to be able to go as fast as a hardtop car due to the compromised aerodynamics. With the roof open but its side windows up, the Aperta is just as aerodynamic as the hardtop car, according to Ferrari.

Only 209 of these cars are being produced, including nine that are being kept by Ferrari.

Ferrari also unveiled Thursday the GTC4Lusso T, a car meant for practical daily use. It’s a V8-powered version of a car that had previously been available only with Ferrari’s famed V12 engine. The turbocharged V8 produces 602 horsepower compared to the V12’s 680 horsepower. But it will still get the car from zero to 60 miles an hour in under 3.5 seconds, only slightly slower than the V12.

Ferrari engineered the V8 version to provide a more fun and exciting everyday driving experience even at relatively low speeds, said Nicola Boari, Ferrari’s director of product marketing. Since it’s intended for those who want a Ferrari they can really drive all the time, it’s expected to bring new customers into the “Ferrari family,” he said.

Prices will start at about $260,000, about $40,000 less than the V12 GTC4Lusso. That’s still not cheap but this is, after all, a Ferrari.

Source: Ferrari reveals fastest convertible ever, and a super-fast family car – Sep. 29, 2016

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