Nissan GT-R/C races at Silverstone without a driver

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The Nissan GT-R /C
Updated 19 November 2017
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Nissan GT-R/C races at Silverstone without a driver

Nissan GB has created the ultimate remote-control car for gamers — the Nissan GT-R /C. Celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out in Europe, and marking 20 years of Nissan involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series, the one-off project car was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock 4 controller. A few millimeters of button or joystick movement are all it takes to unleash the GT-R’s full power. The remote-control vehicle is capable of a top speed of 196mph. The GT-R /C was
put through its paces around Silverstone’s National Circuit     by NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which had been given special permission to operate at a low altitude.
 With the recent destruction of a major haul of fake spare parts by authorities in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, premium aftermarket supplier ACDelco is highlighting the dangers of purchasing counterfeit parts and warning Middle East customers to be vigilant. While fake parts may often be less expensive to buy, the cost can prove to be far higher in the long run, and not just financially. Imitation parts typically do not last as long as genuine parts. These parts are not built to a particular car’s specifications, which can also lead to mechanical problems and breakdowns. Worst of all, fake auto parts are not made to exacting standards, which can have significant safety implications, especially when buying parts such as brakes.
 Electric vehicles will get a boost with pan-European charging network IONITY’s launch of 400 High Power Charging (HPC) stations by 2020, making long-distance journeys easier. Based in Munich, the joint venture is led by Chief Executive Officer Michael Hajjesch and has a growing team, set to number 50 by the start of 2018. “The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. It will provide customers with fast charging and digital payment capability to facilitate long-distance travel,” Hajjesch said. A total of 20 stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120 km. Throughout 2018, the network will expand to more than 100 stations, each one enabling multiple customers to charge their vehicles simultaneously.

Model year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first production of the Chevrolet truck, and Chevrolet Middle East celebrated this milestone with the launch of the 2018 Silverado Centennial Special Edition at the Dubai International Motor Show. “The Silverado is an icon in the region and as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet Trucks, we are proud to bring the Centennial Edition to the Middle East. This special edition Silverado is a fitting nod to the rich heritage of Chevrolet trucks globally, and we look forward to sharing it with our most loyal Chevrolet fans in this very special year,” said Ahmed Soudodi, head of Brand, Chevrolet Middle East.


Tesla production leader Doug Field exits company

Tesla produced 5,000 of its Model 3 cars, along with a combined total of 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicles. (AP)
Updated 03 July 2018
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Tesla production leader Doug Field exits company

SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla on Monday confirmed that the head of Model 3 production, who went on leave after chief executive Elon Musk took over his duties, will not be returning.
The departure of engineering senior vice president Doug Field came as California-based Tesla appeared to have finally hit a self-imposed goal of cranking out 5,000 Model 3 electric cars in a week.
Tesla co-founder Musk fired off a Twitter post over the weekend saying “7,000 cars, 7 days.”
In a note to investors on Monday, Analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities said that in the preceding week, Tesla produced 5,000 of its Model 3 cars, along with a combined total of 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicles.
Tesla has been under pressure to increase production to show it can operate profitably and at the kind of scale needed to be considered a major auto company.
Musk has been managing the Tesla production line, which has been rejiggered to pump out cars faster.
Field will not be returning to the company, according to Tesla.
“After almost five years at Tesla, Doug Field is moving on,” a company spokesman told AFP.
“We’d like to thank Doug for his hard work over the years and for everything he has done for Tesla.”
Tesla announced in June that it was cutting nine percent of its workforce to enhance profitability, but said the move would not affect an ambitious production ramp-up of its Model 3 sedan.
The job cuts are part of a company-wide restructuring to address excess staff in some areas due to the company’s speedy growth, Musk said in an email to employees.
The cuts concern salaried staff but not production workers and will not affect Model 3 output targets, said Musk, who characterized the downsizing as an acknowledgement of the need to focus more on costs.
“Given that Tesla has never made an annual profit in the almost 15 years since we have existed, profit is obviously not what motivates us,” Musk said in the message.
“What drives us is our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable, clean energy, but we will never achieve that mission unless we eventually demonstrate that we can be sustainably profitable.”
Shares of Tesla closed the formal trading day down 2.3 percent to $335.07 but regained some of that ground in after-market trades.