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Composites

McLaren Readies Lightweight Architecture for Future Hybrid Cars

Produced in-house, the carbon-fiber tub will start underpinning new models next year

Composites

Paint by Supercar Numbers…Big Numbers

Carbon Fiber Finish Adds $443K to $3 Million Koenigsegg Supercar

Hybrid

Legendary French Brand Reborn as $2 Million Hypercar Maker

Classic European nameplates never die, they’re resurrected as high-powered hybrids. 

Hybrid

Porsche Taycan EV Gets Quick Tech Upgrades

New features include a “smart lift” suspension, color head-up display, adaptive charging and OTA subscriptions

Fuel Cells

Startup Teases Fuel Cell-Powered Supercar

The XP-1, which is 9 years in the making, could hit the streets by 2022

World’s Fastest SUV Gets New Look, Adds Fuel Efficiency Tech

Alternating cylinder deactivation system boosts fuel efficiency and reduces emissions

Batteries

Maserati Revs Up Ferrari-Powered Performance Models

Internally developed V-6 waiting in the wings

Materials & Lightweighting

“Ultimate Analog Supercar” Takes Shape

Gordon Murray’s upcoming T.50 gets V-12 power and a super-lightweight design

Materials & Lightweighting

Sustainability Moon Shot

Greater cooperation called for to meet long-term goals

Design

Toyota, Harley-Davidson Nab Top Lightweighting Awards

Electric motorcycles, free-standing seat frames, composite steering knuckles and tension leaf springs

Batteries

Pushing the Limit of Electric Power: 1,400-hp Mach-E

Drifting and dragging with seven motors

Interiors

This Year’s Best Interiors: Quality at Any Price

WardsAuto’s annual list had plenty of variety

Design

2003 Ferrari Enzo Nets Online Auction Record of $2.6 Million

Extravagant impulse buying with the click of a mouse

Batteries

German Startup Targets Electric Hypercar

Can EV racer live up to its hype?

Plastics

Weighing in on Composites

Continental Structural Plastics aims to grow its sales from about $900 million last year to $1.5 billion by 2025.

Propulsion

Save the Environment, Drive a Jeep?

Making a case for adding green credentials to off-road performance

Infrastructure

Lotus Aims to Revamp EV Ownership Models

Partnership with British utility promises new charging infrastructure and smart grid tech

Composites

VW Aero Car from the 1980s

Yes, it is highly aerodynamic. And for a car with 177 hp, fast. But not exactly the stuff of daily driving.

Materials & Lightweighting

13 Suppliers Take Home PACE Innovation Awards

Lightweighting applications to advanced communications and improved visibility

Composites

SGL to Supply BMW Hybrid with Carbon Fiber Battery Case

Supplier touts lightweighting and other benefits

Composites

Lexus GS Brings on the Black. Gloss Black

Limited-edition sport sedan coming this summer to a dealer near you. And there will be just 200 built.

Design

Productive Social Distancing: Configuring a Supercar

The Evija is Lotus’ first all-new model in more than a decade. The new EV is said to be the most dynamically accomplished road car in the history of Lotus.

Batteries

EVs and COVID-19: Low Energy Sales

2020 will not be a good year for global EV sales, research firm predicts

Hybrid

McLaren Eyes Synthetic Fuels

Can the carbon-neutral technology eventually become a viable alternative to electric vehicles?