Tesla raises price of Full Self-Driving mode to $10,000 now that it’s in beta

Elon Musk warned that Tesla would hike the price of Full Self-Driving now that it’s in beta, and he’s being true to his word. The Verge reports Tesla has raised the cost of the package to $10,000 in the US for both new car buyers and upgrades, up $2,...

This Volkswagen beetle wrapped in matte black is worthy of being Batman’s next ride!

Imagine vigilante Batman driving this hot roadster in Gotham City, with those worthy weapon upgrades to take on the bad blood brewing on the streets. A minimalist look that’s fit for the 21st century, and yes, being open roof does help in getting out of the vehicle if need be. Now that we’ve let loose our imagination, let’s get back to reality for a while. This 1961 Volkswagen Beetle deluxe converted into a roadster with a matte black treatment is the work of Danni Koldal, who’s virtually facelifted the vintage four-wheeler into a hotrod that’s not overdone, still maintains its masculine appeal.

The front windshield has been trimmed down to the bare minimum, giving the ride a mean attitude that matches its personality. The black is contrasted by the silver-white trims on the doors, hood and alloy wheels. There’s a superman logo near the top of the hood and “Superman” etched on the back, so Danni indeed wanted it to be a Batmobile for the modern crime-fighting superhero (though I’m sure Batman will change that or make it a common DC-crime fighting mobile). Those fat wheels also go with the upper body of the Volkswagen that Danni has managed to turn into hot property – we want to own it right away. Interiors carry forward the sleek appeal which shouts out loud for a midnight drive on the freeway. We are already daydreaming, aren’t we?

There’s a lot we would love to know about how this custom job was achieved, and this design leaves us craving for more. Perhaps, that’s what Danni intended – leaving everyone who comes across this roadster, bamboozled to bits!

Designer: Danni Koldal

This Volkswagen beetle wrapped in matte black is worthy of being Batman’s next ride!

Imagine vigilante Batman driving this hot roadster in Gotham City, with those worthy weapon upgrades to take on the bad blood brewing on the streets. A minimalist look that’s fit for the 21st century, and yes, being open roof does help in getting out of the vehicle if need be. Now that we’ve let loose our imagination, let’s get back to reality for a while. This 1961 Volkswagen Beetle deluxe converted into a roadster with a matte black treatment is the work of Danni Koldal, who’s virtually facelifted the vintage four-wheeler into a hotrod that’s not overdone, still maintains its masculine appeal.

The front windshield has been trimmed down to the bare minimum, giving the ride a mean attitude that matches its personality. The black is contrasted by the silver-white trims on the doors, hood and alloy wheels. There’s a superman logo near the top of the hood and “Superman” etched on the back, so Danni indeed wanted it to be a Batmobile for the modern crime-fighting superhero (though I’m sure Batman will change that or make it a common DC-crime fighting mobile). Those fat wheels also go with the upper body of the Volkswagen that Danni has managed to turn into hot property – we want to own it right away. Interiors carry forward the sleek appeal which shouts out loud for a midnight drive on the freeway. We are already daydreaming, aren’t we?

There’s a lot we would love to know about how this custom job was achieved, and this design leaves us craving for more. Perhaps, that’s what Danni intended – leaving everyone who comes across this roadster, bamboozled to bits!

Designer: Danni Koldal

The new Bugatti Bolide’s headlights look suspiciously a lot like the SpaceX logo

Touted as “the most extreme, uncompromising, fastest and lightest” car it has ever made, the Bugatti Bolide seems to marry the best of Bugatti’s technical genius, design expertise, and brand values into one automobile. Bugatti was known for making some of the world’s lightest racecars before being acquired by Volkswagen. Under their new ownership, the company created record-shattering speed-demons like the Veyron and Chiron, but lacked in the one area they shone in back in the day, a light automobile. The Bolide hopes to be a “radically light vehicle” that harks back to the old Bugatti days, but without compromising on the speed, values, and aesthetic standards the company’s set in modern times.

“We asked ourselves how we could realize the mighty W-16 engine as a technical symbol of the brand in its purest form—with solely four wheels, engine, gearbox, steering wheel and, as the only luxury, two seats,” Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement. “Important aspects of our considerations were fine-tuning our iconic powertrain without any limitations as regards the weight-to-power ratio”. The result is a car that almost perfectly walks the balance between form and function, with an aesthetic that is drop-dead gorgeous, but also engineered perfectly for performance.

The car comes with a carbon-monocoque body, engineered to make the overall vehicle lighter than a Mini Cooper. Under the hood sits the quad-turbo W-16, one of Bugatti’s engineering marvels. Couple that with the car’s all-wheel-drive and you have a 1,825 horsepower beast capable of hitting well over 300mph and allowing it to complete a Le Mans lap in 3:07 minutes, faster than any LMP1 car.

A lot of the Bolide’s ability to hit high speeds is a direct result of its fusion of design and engineering. The car’s body is lightweight for sure, but it’s also made to maximize downforce, and comes with a couple of unusual features to increase air-flow and reduce drag. The rear wing and front splitter are both adjustable, allowing them to autonomously reposition themselves based on your speed, but by far the Bolide’s most interesting detail lies in its air-intake on the car roof. Made from a morphable outer skin, the roof’s surface changes based on the speed you drive at. It remains flat at lower speeds, but when you start to pick up pace, bubbles on the roof’s surface inflate to increase its surface-area and allow more air to come in contact with it, optimizing air-flow to the rear wing. To indicate the experimental nature of this new, innovative detail, Bugatti even employed an X-shape in both the headlights and the taillights. The headlights heavily remind me of the X in the SpaceX logo, but I digress… The interiors reinforce the Bolide’s need for speed. If the exterior spots shape-shifting air-intakes and four afterburners, the insides are designed to look like the cockpit of a jet engine, with two racing seats complete with six-point harnesses, a complex steering wheel in front of a digital gauge cluster, and a small panel on the dash with push-button transmission controls and a few other switches.

The Bolide was created as a grand tribute of Bugatti’s car-making prowess and its racetrack domination ever since the Type 35 in 1924, which went on to achieve over 2,000 victories in just 6 years since its production. Designed to inherit the race-track legacy left behind by its ancestor, the Bolide hat-tips Ettore Bugatti’s own genius in creating lightweight race-machines a century ago. The Bolide weighs a mere 1,240 kilograms (2733 pounds), and is currently only a race-track concept. Whether the Bugatti Bolide will go into series production is something that has not been decided yet.

Designer: Bugatti

Consumer Reports says Tesla Autopilot is a ‘distant second’ to GM’s tech

Tesla has taken another bruising for the quality of its driver assistance tech. Consumer Reports has conducted (via Reuters) a driver assistance study where Tesla’s Autopilot placed a “distant second” to GM’s Super Cruise, with a Model Y scoring 57 v...

EPA tests show Tesla’s 2021 models are even tougher to beat on efficiency

Tesla’s claims of extended range on its 2021 EVs might be more than marketing bluster. As Electrek reports, the EPA has released MPGe (miles per gallon of gas equivalent) ratings showing the 2021 Model 3, X and Y variants topping the regulator’s elec...

Harley-Davidson unveils a stunning e-bike that pays homage to their iconic 1903 design!

Harley-Davidson’s journey started more than a century ago putting power to two wheels – surviving the great depression, and evolving new ways to hit the roads in style. The motorcycle brand is synonymous with two-wheeled motoring in virtually every corner of the planet and the test of time has eventually urged the brand to branch out into a new e-bike division aptly named the Serial 1 Cycle. Going back to the roots when the first-ever motorcycle, the Serial Number One, was crafted in 1903 – Harley-Davidson has again risen like a phoenix to resurrect the way the world moves!

Inspired by the pioneering spirit of Harley’s heritage, the spin-off brand sprung out of the company’s skunkworks Product Development Center has crafted Serial 1 Cycle. This at a time when the demand for e-bikes is rising exponentially in the US and other parts of the globe. Obviously, Harley will have to go head-butting with trusted e-bike names like Giant, and Trek; while also make their way past the expanding brands like Rad, Pedego or X-Treme Electric Bikes. Add to this the iconic automotive brands, the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes who are also looking to dominate the e-bike segment.

According to Harley Davidson, Serial 1 initiated with “a small group of passionate motorcycle and bicycle enthusiasts working with a single focus to design and develop an eBicycle worthy of the Harley-Davidson name.” Now that things have kicked-off, the first electric bicycle is going to be launched in March 2021 which is not necessarily going to look exactly like this iteration, as this one is a styling exercise, but the production version will retain most of the design cues.

The company hasn’t either given any details about the specifications of the electric bicycle but from the look of it, there is a mid-drive motor and belt-driven system that is reminiscent of the Gates Drive setup that Harley uses on belt-driven electric motorcycles like the LiveWire. There are still many unanswered questions left to ponder over – what battery capacity will the production model carry, the power generated from these batteries and ultimately the cost? For now, we can bask in the nostalgia of Harley’s grandeur with this design that leaves a lot to be desired when it will finally hit the showrooms!

Designer: Serial 1

Custom Yamaha XSR700 with a wooden body is giving me major longboard vibes!

It’s unusual for the body of a modern-day motorcycle to be made out of wood, but the ‘Hommage’ a custom Yamaha XSR700 by George Woodman, isn’t your usual bile. Designed to absolutely turn heads, the Hommage takes inspiration from the old race motorcycle with a complete full fairing made of carving wood.

The Hommage’s full fairing is made bespoke of beech wood, with an overlay of fiberglass and resin to keep it stable (similar to the process used to make wooden surfboards). The spectacular-looking wooden body was laid on the existing chassis, and manually finished by hand with a grinder and various sanding-discs to bring out the wood’s grain and unusual texture that shapeshift with the bike’s organic curves.

“The Xsr 700 base was already upgraded with many performance parts like Ohlins in the fork and for the rear spring, rear set by Gilles.Tooling, KN filters, Rizoma Fuel tap, Xrace exhaust, Diablo SuperCorsa tires , ABS system off, etc…” says Woodman, who was accompanied by Jérome Lopez of Colorside who finished the Hommage with its paint-job. It’s honestly unthinkable, the number of hours that went into manually finishing the bike’s organic body with all its curves… and if your eyes are affixed on this beauty’s natural wooden body, I’d urge you to take a second to admire the rolled-leather seat… or better still, the Jeep headlight that’s fixed at the front!

Designer: GeorgeWoodmanGarage

Waymo and Daimler team up to develop self-driving trucks

Daimler is clearly eager to expand its plans for self-driving trucks. The automotive giant is teaming up with Waymo to develop trucks capable of level 4 autonomy, or full self-driving in specific conditions. The early strategy will focus on a modifie...