Sampling the creme de la creme.
Super car club Vivendi lives up to its name, inviting people to come and test drive the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari – all in one day! But this much fun comes with a heavy price tag. Taking part in the Hypercar Holy Trinity 200mph Challenge costs 7,500 pounds per person.
autovivendi.com via worldcarfans.com
Chevy Volt, Porsche 918, McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari.
Video tip I: The new Chevy Volt is not camera shy. Still, Mike Quincy from Consumer Reports sees room for improvement, which he explains in his video report.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
Video tip II: Chris Harris was able to get the Porsche 918, McLaren P1 und Ferrari LaFerrari on one track. Over the course of three days, he collected material for 52 minute long film, also showing how one driver needs to repeatedly catch his breath because of all the power under the hood.
youtube.com via motor-talk.de
McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder, EV battery costs, Formula E.
Video tip: In this episode of “Head 2 Head”, the McLaren P1 goes up against the Porsche 918 Spyder. Which hypercar do you think won the race around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca?
youtube.com via electric-vehiclenews.com
Study tip: The Stockholm Environment Institute has come to the conclusion that EV battery costs are already lower than they were expected to be in 2020. According to the researchers, a benchmark of 230 dollars per kWh could be reached as early as 2017.
cheatsheet.com, nature.com (study)
In his father’s footsteps: Nelson Piquet Jr. from China Racing has won the sixth Formula E race in Long Beach, California. It is his first win in the series. Long Beach was also the place where Piquet’s father had won his first Formula 1 race. Lucas di Grassi came in third and leads the drivers’ standings.
electriccarsreport.com, electricautosport.com, youtube.com (highlights video)
EVs for big and small.
2015 looks to be a great year for electric mobility and LEGO fans. The McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari will all be available for the little yellow guys (and gals). And all LEGO kits include a wrench, because, well who wouldn’t want to look under the hood?
McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder, Nissan Skills Foundation.
Video tip: This is not a drag race! Autocar has the McLaren P1 go up against the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ducati 1199 Superleggera. Despite a warm invitation, LaFerrari did not join the party for unknown reasons.
Reading tip: Nissan will expand the activities of its ‘Nissan Skills Foundation’ in the UK. Children can learn how a Nissan Leaf if build or get a taste of how it is to manage a F1 race team.
Odd one out.
In need for speed? Well, you got plenty of it in this video where the three super sports cars La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder (all of them hybrid), competed at the Assen Circuit in the Netherlands. They were joined in the race by the Koenigsegg Agera R.
BMW i8 commercials, Jay Leno's McLaren P1.
Video tip I: None less than Gus Van Sant has directed this trilogy of ad clips promoting the BMW i8. And he is not the only star who lends its name to the hybrid super-car as the cast includes Sting’s daughter Mickey Sumner and Sam Hazeldine.
autoblog.com (with all three videos)
Video tip II: Jay Leno is the proud owner of the first McLaren P1 in America. Of course he had to take it for a test drive! He even invited McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt to his garage to walk him through everything P1.
youtube.com via cleantechnica.com
Chris Harris drives McLaren P1, Colouring book about EVs.
Video tip: Chris Harris drives the hybrid super car P1, more precisely the pre-production unit XP7, at the Abu Dhabi race circuit and discusses the technology with Chris Goodwin, McLaren’s head of testing and uses rather non-car terms such as: “bitch, classic or girl in the corner.” But see for yourself.
Click tip: A colouring book that answers all the usual (and unusual) questions about EVs in the simplest fashion possible. Sounds good to you? Then help fund this truly unpretentious campaign!
kickstarter.com (campaign) via electric-vehiclenews.com