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Bolt, LEAF, and Model 3 Comparison

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The Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF have seen a decline in US sales during 2018 while the Tesla Model 3 continues to ramp up.  If you’re considering one of these electric cars, take a look at this side by side comparison Edmonds did earlier in the year.

Jaguar I-Pace – Full Review

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The first US destined Jaguar I-Pace was recently delivered to a family in Florida.  Here’s an older video from Driven Car Reviews who got an early look at the new, all-electric powered offering from Jaguar.

For more our the Jaguar I-Pace, check out their official home page.  https://www.jaguarusa.com/all-models/i-pace/index.html

LEGO Bugatti

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The Vision – A LEGO Bugatti Chiron

Quite simply, a full scale LEGO Bugatti.  LEGO decided to back up their statement for their LEGO Technic series about “Build for Real”.  The vision?  They had a team build a 1:1 scale of the Bugatti Chiron.  The LEGO built car can even drive and is powered by LEGO Technic Power Function motors.  This makes your typical LEGO set build look extremely elementary.

The Build

This build was done at the LEGO facility in Kladno, part of the Czech Republic.  Designers at this facility specialize in creating complex models that are displayed at Lego stores and the LEGOLAND theme parks across the world.  For this project they had a core team of 16 individuals.  These individuals logged over 13,000 hours to create the car, one piece at a time.

You can find out more information on this insane LEGO Bugatti Chiron build at http://lego.build/forreal

Missed Your Chance at a Boring Company “Not a Flamethrower”? Consider Building One!

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Safety First

Always take proper safety precautions around fire, this article is not intended for children.  I’ve used blow torches/weedburners for many years now. They can make it much easier to start bonfires and to get rid of weeds growing in gravel driveways, etc.  Whenever fire is involved, always play it safe.

Boring Company Not a Flamethrower

If you’ve followed Elon Musk at all, you probably heard about his announcement to raise funds for his Boring Company through some merchandising. Elon has referred to the movie Spaceballs before and likely got some ideas from the merchandising scene.  Originally 50,000 hats, and then came Flamethowers which were initially presumed by many to be a joke, but it wasn’t…

Porsche Mission E Concept Test Drive

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Driven Car Reviews takes the Porsche Mission E Taycan Cross Turismo Concept Electric vehicle on a test drive!

New Tesla Model S/X Interiors Coming

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Electrek has an article which includes concept renderings of the direction the interior of the Tesla Model S and Model X may be headed.  It’s a direction towards a more minimalistic interior which takes similar queues from the Tesla Model 3 and may also reduce production cost.

What are your thoughts on this new interior design?  Comment below.

Exclusive first look at Tesla Model S and Model X interior refresh: going spartan like Model 3

VLF Automotive

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VLF Automotive might be a luxury automotive manufacturer you’ve never heard of, but it has some familiar faces from the automotive industry.  VLF was co-founded by Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villereal.  Lutz spent most of his career with General Motors, but with a handful of other automotive manufacturers including Chrysler when the original Dodge Viper was developed.  Henrik Fisker joined VLF Automotive in 2016 and is a renowned designer in the industry.

Starting a new car manufacturing company is no small feat, what will the future hold VLF?

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Tesla + Atari = TeslAtari? (No console required)

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Tesla Touch Screen - Atari 7600 (Console merely sitting there and not connected)

Elon Musk had tweeted back in August about Atari games coming as “Easter Eggs” in the Tesla v9.0 update. The over-the-air update started rolling out on October 5th, our vehicle was queued up on October 13th. The games that are part of this update are Asteroids, Centipede,

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Initial Atari games released on Tesla software update v9.0

Elon also mentioned the possibility of Pole Position which would be controlled through the Tesla steering wheel, it didn’t make it into the initial v9 release, but perhaps in an upcoming minor version update.

More to follow including game play footage.

LEAF battery in an S-10

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Putting Nissan LEAF Battery Modules Into A Chevrolet S-10 Truck – Video

Inside EV’s featured an article on an S-10 built by Jay Summet who retrofitted his S-10 which was previously converted to an electric vehicle and upgraded the previous 20 lead-acid batteries with 48 lithium-ion modules from a wrecked Nissan LEAF.

Tesla Model 3 – Motor and Gear Box High Endurance Test

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Elon Must recently tweeted about a 1 million mile test conducted on the Tesla Model 3 motor and gear box.  I assume this was a fatigue test done in a lab, but the limited details seem impressive…