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Koenigsegg Gemera engineer reveals what a automobile could have looked like

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

The Koenigsegg Gemera has a pattern that will change automotive shapes for years to come. Packaging a 1,700-horsepower hybrid powertrain within a pleasing two-door coupe while progressing 4 organic seats for adults is wizardry. Just ask Bugatti. Although Christian von Koenigsegg has had a thought for years, it took Koenigsegg conduct engineer Sasha Selipanov to assistance him make it a reality.

Selipanov has started his possess organisation called Raw Design House, and a Gemera was a company’s initial vital project. Raw’s Instagram recently expelled a garland of photos and insights from a supercar’s pattern process, including sketches and images of Gemeras that looked utterly a bit opposite from a prolongation model. Here’s what we learned: 

The Gemera’s facial lines are desirous by a strange Koenigsegg CC prototype. 

Clearly referencing a thesis of a strange prototype: a initial front perspective blueprint for a Gemera.

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:08am PDT

The decisive front and back perspective sketches. A automobile with copiousness of certainty and an positive position however though sincere aggression. Gemera’s graphical thesis now complete.

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:17am PDT

At RAW Design House we motionless to demeanour during a strange Koenigsegg CC antecedent for thematic inspiration.

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:07am PDT

The strange thought had gullwing doors, not scissor doors.

The singular thought to build a 4 chair mega automobile has been in Christian’s mind for a prolonged time! Images from Christian von Koenigsegg’s archive…

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:01am PDT

One of a initial proposals was significantly reduction rounded. 

A far-reaching accumulation of pattern proposals were combined over a years… Images from Christian von Koenigsegg’s archive.

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:03am PDT

The car’s tone is a curtsy to a Swedish Air Force.

Geneva car’s tone and trim was initial recognised in these renderings. Paying loyalty to a Swedish Air Force bottom with a pointed grey-green!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 18, 2020 during 6:28am PDT


Lie of a century: beauty is in a eye of a beholder. Nonsense. Beauty is beauty. Unquestionable, fundamental. RAW. #gemera #koenigsegg #aliasautomotive #digitaldesign #hypercars #sashaselipanov #cardesign

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 15, 2020 during 1:46pm PDT

The cabin figure was desirous by an egg, many like other Koenigsegg’s of a past. 

The 4 chair cabin of a Gemera “completes” a egg!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 18, 2020 during 5:12am PDT

Part 2 of a Gemera pattern story: a figure of an egg clearly manifest in a Koenigsegg interiors: protective, cocooning and iconically round. The Gemera takes this to a subsequent level!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 18, 2020 during 5:11am PDT

Development sketches and early 3D model: usually like with a extraneous a routine is RAW and a formula immediate!

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A finish interior with a difficulty defining architecture: a mega automobile for 4 occupants! A cabin that treats any chairman with equal volume of comfort, palliate of use, safety, functionality and entertainment!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 18, 2020 during 5:16am PDT

The Gemera could have looked significantly opposite in a pointed approach interjection to countless tiny tweaks to pieces such as a front and back fascias, a window cut lines, a hood, and a fenders. 

In together with 2D sketches a accumulation of discerning 3D designs were built directly by a designers. A thesis is usually current if it works on a indication and with a technical package.

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:20am PDT

An early proviso finish 3D proposal, right before we constructed a full-size froth ridicule up.

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A full distance indication was used to check proportions and labour a lines. A changed event for a pattern group to work directly with a earthy volumes. Part 2 of a pattern story entrance soon!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:26am PDT

They picked a right one.

A full distance indication was used to check proportions and labour a lines. A changed event for a pattern group to work directly with a earthy volumes. Part 2 of a pattern story entrance soon!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:26am PDT

A full distance indication was used to check proportions and labour a lines. A changed event for a pattern group to work directly with a earthy volumes. Part 2 of a pattern story entrance soon!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 17, 2020 during 6:26am PDT

RAW emotion!

A post common by RAW DESIGN HOUSE (@raw.designhouse) on Mar 18, 2020 during 6:33am PDT

There are some-more photos on a Raw Design House Instagram, though we felt these were a many interesting. Koenigsegg also posted an interview with Selipanov, in that he discusses a routine and talks during length about a Gemera.

WPBlockTalk: A Free Online Event Focused on a Block Editor

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Ready to try a possibilities with a retard editor? WPBlockTalk is a giveaway and live practical eventuality that will move together designers, developers, and other WordPress enthusiasts from opposite a WordPress community.

Topics to expect:

  • Building a retard editor: what it takes to rise a retard editor, what facilities are on a roadmap, and how we can contribute
  • Developing blocks: impulse and ideas for building your possess tradition blocks
  • Designing with blocks: learn some-more about regulating blocks to make absolute and versatile layouts and templates

If you’re ardent and extraordinary about a destiny of WordPress, afterwards this Apr 2 eventuality is for you!

If you’re bustling that day, don’t worry — all a talks will also be published on WordPress.tv for we to watch (and re-watch) whenever we like.

In a meantime, join a WPBlockTalk email list for registration details, orator and report updates, and more. We demeanour brazen to saying we online!

Tesla Launches A New Track Package And Track Mode V2 For The Model 3 Performance!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

How is Track Mode V2 Better Than V1?

Track Mode was initial rolled it out 2018. Track Mode V1, as it was called, would automatically raise energy smoothness to boost performance.

You can use several sliders to adjust a energy smoothness sent to a front or back axle, as good as fortitude assist, and regenerative braking.

Tesla invited a few bloggers to check a Track Mode out and we can see how radically a package + program combo changes a approach a automobile handles. Doing donuts and flapping looks easy, but, there are chances that identical runs over a prolonged duration of time could impact a battery’s life. Even a association records that a “high-performance wheels and tires might impact your range.” To take caring of this, to an extent, compressor overlock and post-drive cooling options are also supposing so that we can optimize a opening but vouchsafing it impact a battery’s life in a prolonged run. Other than this, a latest program also includes:

  • An Accelerometer
  • A G-force Meter
  • Real-Time Telemetry
  • Satellite Maps
  • Video Recorder
  • Option to select a start and finish line during a circuit so that a path timer can record accordingly

What Do You Get In Tesla’s $5,500 Track Mode Package?

As for a opening parts, a Track Mode Package was indeed leaked final year in a company’s partial catalog. Now, however, it’s official, and it will include:

  • 4 x 20″ X 9″ Zero-G Performance wheels
  • 4 x Tesla Logo Center Caps
  • 20 x Lug Nut Covers
  • 4 x 245/35 ZR 20 XL Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tires
  • 4 x Tire Pressure Sensors
  • 1 x Front And Rear High-Performance Brake Pads
  • 1 x Track-Focused Brake Fluid

Final Thoughts

Tesla has also pronounced that a package is “only concordant with Model 3 Performance Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive with a Performance Upgrade,”. The software, on a other hand, should be accessible on all a Performance models. The smoothness of a package is approaching to start in Apr this year.

If we possess a Model 3 Performance, will we opt for this $5,500 package? Share your thoughts with us in a comments territory below.

This ‘tattooed’ Lexus UX is a initial of the kind, and we adore it

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Lexus consecrated a initial “tattooed” automobile ever, and it’s selected the UX as a tattoo artist’s canvas. Art cars and special projects locate a eye sometimes, though this sold plan is one of a many intriguing works of art on a automobile we’ve seen in a prolonged time. The routine that tattoo artist Claudia de Sabe went by to interpret her prophesy onto a UX is what we’re unequivocally meddlesome in here.

Since a UX is apparently a steel car, de Sabe indispensable to use a Dremel apparatus to cavalcade divided a vacant white aspect paint, exposing a unclothed steel underneath. Those painstakingly drilled lines were used as a settlement for a art holding shape. She had to be unerringly accurate in her work. After all, there’s no sorcery eraser for drilling into a car’s steel physique panels. Spending that most time free-drawing with a Dremel is complete and perfectionist work, too. Comfortable positions are tough to come by, and a trip could be disastrous.

After a settlement was drilled in, de Sabe switched to automobile paint and brushes. The koi fish and waves were embellished on by hand, and afterwards finally, de Sabe used bullion root to emanate highlights in a paint and give it a stronger 3D effect. To strengthen a artwork, a covering of lacquer was applied, creation it probable to expostulate this UX on a road.

From a formulation stages to a finished product, Lexus says it took 6 months. The in-studio work from de Sabe (and her tattoo artist father who assisted her work) took place over 5 eight-hour days.

“My categorical impulse for a pattern of a automobile was only all a pleasing pattern that I’ve seen in Japan, in a temples, ukiyo-e prints, all of that artistic background,” de Sabe says.

Tattooing a automobile isn’t inexpensive either, as Lexus estimates this bespoke work would cost “upwards of £120,000” (about $140,000). Lexus done a video featuring de Sabe explaining her work and display a “tattooing” in progress. It’s value a discerning watch, so check it out below.

Testing a 2020 Subaru Lineup in Canadian Winter

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Recently we were invited to knowledge a 2020 Subaru models in snowy off-road conditions and put a all-wheel expostulate complement and technologies by a wringer.

Canadians adore to exaggerate about a ability to tarry unpleasant winters, and carrying a right automobile to do so can make a disproportion between streamer into open with a grin or a large correct bill. It was a ideal eventuality to find out if Subarus are done for Canadians in mind.

Updates for 2020 models

You’ll have to unequivocally flicker to mark a changes on a 2020 Impreza, though it stays a automobile to kick in a shred when it comes to all-weather prowess. The Crosstrek gains utterly a few new quadruped amenities as customary or options this year, including involuntary meridian control on all trim levels. What you’ll unequivocally wish for Canadian winters is a exhilarated steering circle that comes with a Limited model, though it’s a pricey step adult from a bottom version.

The Legacy and Outback accept a slight extraneous refresh, though a vital captivate is a interior redesign that unequivocally bumps adult a reward feel of a cabin. The bigger straight 11.6-inch infotainment shade is where a eyes initial go on a new design, though a use of softened materials, lead trim pieces, and sculpting of a lurch and doorway panels all come together to emanate a many softened sourroundings to be in.

Changes to a 2020 Ascent and Forester are mild. Both get a customary “Rear Seat Reminder” warning to assistance we remember a groceries we left on a behind seats. On a Forester, a adaptive journey control now allows for lane-centering and a tire vigour monitoring complement now reports pressures from any particular corner.

SEE ALSO: 2020 Subaru Outback Review

Crosstrek into a wild

The day began in a Pure Red Crosstrek Limited, charity a other drivers on a track a acquire contrariety to a differently dour winter morning commute. It’s a automobile that’s easy to get immediately staid and gentle in. Before environment off, we was reminded to be punctual and arrive during a initial exam plcae for 10AM.

Despite being taller than a sister car, a Crosstrek drives many like an Impreza. The additional few inches of highway clearway proves a indicate when gliding over a chunks of sleet and ice dirty conflicting a road. Steering is not as approach and telepathic as it could be, though a very-compliant cessation done for a still and gentle float to a initial exam location. Apple CarPlay, exhilarated seats, and a exhilarated steering circle also contributed to a many some-more relaxing expostulate than expected. After interlude for a brief coffee break, it was transparent we had veered too distant into relaxing and was now using late – after being told privately to be punctual.

The 2.0-liter fighter had no consolation for my stress in being a final to arrive, and conjunction did a other cars pity a two-lane informal roads we took. On a track where we prayed to a heavens for a plain centre line to break, any sanctified possibility to change down and pass never unequivocally felt like a certain thing. Everything solely my blood vigour seemed to be negligence down. After starting to get a small wearied of my angst, we beheld no one else seemed to be in as many of a rush as we am. Maybe 152 horses would be adequate for all of a ‘nice’ drivers who don’t feel a need to pass each automobile in front of them. Maybe a contented CVT could be ideally adequate for ‘nice’ drivers cruising along during accurately a speed limit. If Canadians are general champions of ‘nice’, afterwards in this approach Subarus do seem to be done usually for us.

Testing a boundary of Subaru’s AWD

After brushing off a contrition of being final to arrive, we snuck in line to get a eventuality to trounce a 2020 choice during a initial exam location. The Crosstrek done easy work out of a snowy slaloms and puncture braking sections, though we weren’t there to simply make a approach around a course. Our pushing instructors switched off a traction control and speedy removing a tail finish to come around. It roughly felt like a slight disaster to not grasp during slightest some conflicting steering lock. Even a large three-row Ascent felt gentle being tossed around a roughly-plowed corner. At no time – not even on a bravest laps – did a cars leave we wanting some-more control.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Subaru Forester Pros and Cons: Road Trip Edition

An paper to off-road

After nearing during a second exam plcae and warming adult with some prohibited chocolate, we took to a off-road march set adult around a scenic estate. With high elevations and knee-high sleet in spots, it’s not accurately a form of route you’d wish to take on though correct tires and all-wheel drive. Whereas in a initial exam we were speedy to spin off electronic pushing assists and toss a cars around in a snow, this apportionment of a eventuality would impersonate a severe pushing conditions and intensity troubles Canadians could face on winter roads.

Even a Impreza, though carrying a belligerent clearway offering on Subaru’s taller models nor a X-MODE apartment of record had no issues plowing a approach around a course. Subaru application models are offering with X-MODE’s fast of technology, that includes climbing assistance as good as Hill Descent Control. Even before we had a possibility to worry about plummeting down a high decline, a brakes are practical automatically to keep a automobile going usually downhill underneath 20 km/h. At this point, we were not during all endangered with shifting into a snowbank though rather looking to get ourselves to lunch as fast as possible. A daub on a gas expelled control of a automobile behind to us.

SEE ALSO: Subaru Impreza vs Legacy Comparison

Subaru: a Canadians of a automotive world

If there’s something Subaru knows softened than creation all-wheel expostulate vehicles to tackle fraudulent conditions, it’s removing people to adore them. Owners soap-box about trustworthiness and safety. EyeSight Driving Assist Technology is now offering on many models and includes adaptive journey control, lane-keeping, and pre-collision braking to quietly expostulate that indicate home.

The non-turbo engines might not have a many urgency, a steering isn’t utterly as pointy as a competitors, and a CVT decides for itself when it wants to do things. But a razor-edged sports automobile is not what we would wish when highway conditions get challenging. You wish a automobile that has your behind when a highway conditions get difficult, and keeps your family safe. It’s no consternation Subaru owners are spooky with their cars. Subarus are a Canadians of a automotive world.

2021 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Hybrid Have All a Angles

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Longer, lower, wider: Hyundai has left thespian with a seventh iteration of a Elantra compress car.

Revealed during a possess eventuality in Hollywood, a Elantra is a noted depart from a stream car. Out goes a odd-fitting face and tail diagnosis that always felt designed for a automobile a distance up. In comes a uniquely-surfaced, fractal-like pattern that has us meditative of changed gems, or old-school 3D automobile models. There are positively hints of a new Sonata, yet it isn’t a same-sausage, different-length arrange of design.

The 2021 Elantra sits on a new platform, with a 107.1-inch wheelbase, adult 0.8 inches over a prior model. Total length is also up, by 2.2 inches, to 184.1 inches nose-to-tail. It’s wider too, by an inch. That creates it longer and wider than any of a Asian competition, while a Mazda 3 usually shades it by 0.2 inches between a axles. Hyundai has shaved 0.8 inches off a Elantra’s tallness however, restraining a Honda Civic as a lowest in a class. The Korean automaker promises that notwithstanding a chopped roofline, many interior measure have indeed increased.

Premium interior offers copiousness of tech

We’ve seen a large pull towards some-more reward compress automobile interiors from a likes of Nissan and Mazda. Hyundai’s seen it too, and a Elantra is a multi-faceted riposte.

It starts with an accessible dual-screen setup that houses both a instrument row and infotainment within a singular square of glass. Both units are 10.25 inches across, charity high-def, customizable information. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, yet in a shred initial they’re both wireless. The Elantra’s complement also supports dual coexisting Bluetooth connections.

A healthy voice approval underline is standard, with drivers wanting to press a steering wheel-mounted button. Also enclosed is customizable mood lighting, with 64 accessible colors.

If that all sounds—and looks—a tiny like Mercedes’ A-Class, well, we suppose Hyundai wants we to make that association.

The customary 8.0-inch shade is, well, reduction easy on a eye, as we can see above.

The 2021 Elantra will use Hyundai’s digital pivotal technology, most like a 2020 Sonata Hybrid. It uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, permitting owners to share their automobile but vouchsafing go of a earthy keys. It is usually accessible with Android phones.

Hyundai is including a far-reaching operation of customary reserve systems as partial of a SmartSense suite. This includes brazen collision-avoidance, line keep assist, line following assist, automobile high beams, and a motorist courtesy warning. Optional additional aids and reserve facilities embody adaptive journey control, line centering assist, blind-spot monitoring, back cross-traffic alart and line change assist.

Elantra Hybrid joins a lineup

For a initial time a Elantra will be accessible as a hybrid. It facilities a 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and a 32 kW electric motor. A lithium-ion-polymer battery sits underneath a back seats, with a 1.32 kWh capacity. Combined outputs are 139 hp and 195 lb-ft. Instead of a common CVT, a Elantra Hybrid runs a six-speed dual-clutch.

If this sounds familiar, it’s since it appears to be a same setup as a Ioniq Hybrid. There’s usually one tiny difference: a Ioniq’s battery is a somewhat incomparable 1.56 kWh unit.

Hyundai is targeting a total 50 mpg for a Elantra Hybrid. The Toyota Corolla hybrid—which also borrows a drivetrain from a purpose-built model, a Prius—has an EPA approved 52 mpg total rating.

Gas-powered Elantras (SE, SEL and Limited) will hang to a informed 2.0-liter engine of a stream model, with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. The usually accessible delivery is a CVT. During a live display Hyundai reliable an N-Line Elantra is in a pipeline. The concomitant press recover talks about a lighter quell weight of a new automobile and a lower, some-more driver-focused seating position, so it sounds like there’s a good bottom here for that.

The 2021 Elantra will go on sale in a fourth entertain of this year. Stay tuned for a full pricing and specs closer to that date.