Withdrawal from classic motorsport and into formula e

Last day, Mercedes-Benz announced that it was leaving the DTM and entering Formula E and now Porsche will also follow the approach. Both manufacturers are giving classic motorsport the fatal blow in two series. The DTM without Mercedes can almost already pack up and Porsche is withdrawing from the LMP1 program in return, so Toyota is (currently) alone there.

Mercedes-Benz is withdrawing from the DTM

First a look at Mercedes-Benz, which with all works teams are saying goodbye to the German Touring Car Masters at the end of the 2018 season. With just under a year off, you will then start the 2019/2020 Formula E season. Whether this is about marketing or really a consistent development goal, everyone can imagine for themselves. Because as Toto Wolff himself says “The years in the DTM will always remain a large part of our motorsport history”, the DTM also lives from the participation of the Stuttgart-based company. You only have to think back to the time when it was extremely hot a few laps on the Nordschleife. And now, according to Jens Thiemer, the main thing is to “demonstrate the performance of our attractive battery-electric vehicles from the EQ technology brand.” The question that arises is whether it will be the most expensive marketing campaign of all time?

Why apple carplay gets in its own way

The list of vehicles that support Apple CarPlay is long. Now more than 100 pieces, including common models from Audi, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Suzuki, Seat, Skoda, VW and Volvo. But effectively this does not help us, since practically nothing has changed since the introduction of Apple CarPlay. MirrorLink (Android) has long outstripped the system, because more is possible with it. The reason CarPlay is stagnating is Apple itself.

It’s not like the developers aren’t making an effort. Apart from Spotify, there is no support for other (globally) used apps. Mainly, among 12 examples, apps from the American app store for Apple CarPlay are mentioned. The reason for the stagnation is Apple itself. Because Cupertino does not react to the developers. There are several proven examples, for example from the podcast player Castro, whereby Apple does not respond to the developers’ inquiries.

The new mercedes-benz e-class

The sedan and station wagon are refreshed first. The new E-Class from Mercedes-Benz is kept young with the latest technology. The new versions of the coupé and convertible follow a little delayed. In addition to the classics such as a little change to the front and rear apron, the designs are also simplified. The Avantgarde Line, which was previously subject to a surcharge, is now the basic version for the exterior and the halogen headlights are giving way to the full LED headlights as the standard variant. Multibeam remains optional in any case.

The new mercedes-amg m 139 4-cylinder turbo engine in detail

The new 45 range from Mercedes-AMG is powered by a completely newly developed 4-cylinder turbo engine. What exactly the engine brings in the respective models is still a secret, but there is now a precise technical insight into the new unit. As the successor to the M 133, the M 139 comes in two power levels. As a “normal” basic model with 387 PS (480 Nm) or as a massive S model with 421 PS (500 Nm).

Liter output of 155 kW even surpasses super sports cars

This means that the smallest unit from Mercedes-AMG not only surpasses super sports cars in terms of liter output, but also exceeds its own V8 engines. With 155 kW per liter, it not only easily outperforms the C63 S with 93.75 kW per liter, but also makes the top athlete AMG GT R appear weak with 107.5 kW per liter. It is clear that the demands on the durability of the smallest engine from Affalterbach are immense. In order to provide the well-known guarantee, the M 139 is also built according to the “One Man, One Engine” philosophy.

Seat el-born gives the prospect of the first fully electric Spanish

The message about Seat el-born is confusing. Because, on the one hand, Seat is already talking a lot about series production, which, by the way, will take place in Zwickau, on the other hand, it is “just” a concept vehicle. In any case, the study shows how Seat envisions electromobility in the future. The model is already based on the MEB, the VW Group’s electrical construction kit.

Seat el-born should “probably” go into series production in 2020

The name of the study, which is unlikely to go into series production, refers to a trendy district in Barcelona. The vehicle is intended to bring together electrification, autonomous driving, shared mobility and connectivity. The Spaniards designed the model themselves in Barcelona, ​​and it will later be built at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, which in future will only produce electric vehicles. Series production for the vehicle is expected to be in 2020.

Safe as standard- volvo v90 test

The new big Swede for Germany is finally here. After the XC90 and the S90, the successor to the large 70s station wagon is ready for the first test. The Volvo V90 test shows the slightly different side of the Swedish station wagon. Still spacious, but the van has been given shape. A rather elegant rear section adorns the upper middle class car. But that’s enough against the established competition?

Volvo V90 test makes it clear Safety is a Swedish trademark

The Volvo V90 makes one thing very clear: safety is a top priority with it, and it comes as standard. Neither the Audi A6, the E-Class, and probably not the new BMW 5 Series, have so much safety technology ex works. Of course, something could be expanded here and there if the wallet allows it. In particular, the partially autonomous Pilot Assist (works up to 130 km / h) is nowhere near as standard in the competition. With the help of markings, the Volvo V90 stays on track. The hands must (still) stay on the steering wheel, but the path to autonomous driving is clearly defined. The technology in the Volvo, on the other hand, could use a little more sensitivity in its execution. The steering interventions are often rough, fast and do not directly convey the typical Volvo feeling of security.

Rumor- next ford focus rs as a mild hybrid with over 400 hp

The unveiling of the new Ford Focus is still ahead of us, as the first rumors of the successor to the Focus RS are already boiling up. The fourth generation of the Focus RS should – logically – have more power, but also be a bit cleaner due to the 48-volt hybridization.

Focus RS MK4 expected from 2020

The third generation currently puts 350 hp and 440 Nm on the road, based on the 2.3-liter ecoboost four-cylinder. The third generation also brought us a lot of fun with its fantastic sound and, last but not least, the drift mode. But – as always – more of everything is planned for the successor. It should come in two years, i.e. 2020. And that with over 400 hp and more than 570 Nm of torque. Also thanks to a 48-volt system on board.

Ride with dieter glemser in a 1970 mercedes-benz c 111

In 1969 Mercedes-Benz presented a vehicle that, according to reports at the time, could hardly save itself from orders. With the C 111, unfortunately, only an experimental vehicle in wedge shape and GRP construction was shown that should definitely never reach the series state. The cost would simply have been too high, as well as a sales price that could do justice to the development costs.

At that time it was a three-disc rotary engine with 280 hp that made the first version stand out. A year later, Version II was presented at the Geneva Motor Show. Changes could be seen, but the wedge shape remained unmistakably. This time under the bonnet a four-disc rotary engine that was capable of a peak output of 350 hp. Mind you in 1970!

Notchback meets suv- vision mercedes-maybach ultimate luxury

Sensual clarity. This is what the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury should show us, but above all the last two names. As part of Auto China 2018 in Beijing, a combination of sedan and SUV will be shown that is guaranteed not to be seen before. And this relates less to the wickedly exclusive interior and more to the unusual bodywork.

Three-box design of a notchback sedan drawn as an SUV

The three-box design, as Gorden Wagener puts it, primarily shows a notchback sedan with more ground clearance. The vision is particularly emphasized by elements typical of Maybach. For example, the two-part bonnet, the partition in the rear window or the large grill and the many chrome trim elements. The Far Eastern destination of China was primarily taken as the cornerstone for this study, with an “attractive automotive, cultural dialogue” in mind.

New mercedes-benz glc- first impression and sitting practice

Mercedes-Benz is continuing the successful history of the GLK over a length of 4,656 mm. Instead of a K, the rear is adorned with a C, which suggests that this mid-range SUV is the C-class among SUVs. A few more are to follow in the expandable SUV model range. How the increase in length of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC is reflected in the interior is clarified by the first seat test at the world premiere in Metzingen.

It’s called an SUV in a tailor-made suit, and that’s probably not just due to the presentation at Hugo Boss. This tailor-made suit from Stuttgart looks like a double-edged sword. Depending on your personal preference, the new GLC can be equipped for use in rough terrain or in the stylish AMG-Line version for urban traffic. At first glance, the off-road package primarily evokes memories of its smaller brother, the GLA, which is nowhere near as high off-road capabilities as the GLC.