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.


Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

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Updated 13 April 2018
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Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.
“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.
Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.
Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.
The magazine said that under Porsche’s plans, passengers would be able to have some control over the flying vehicle themselves but would not need a pilot license because many of the car’s functions would be automated.
Potential competitors to a flying vehicle made by Porsche would be German start-ups Volocopter, backed by Daimler , Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as US-based Terrafugia and California-based Joby Aviation.