May 2018 GLOBAL NEWS
LONDON CONCOURS TO HIGHLIGHT WORLDCLASS SUPERCARS
2018 Event Celebrates Speed…
From June 7 – 8, the 2018 London Concours will bring together an elite collection of legendary speedsters in celebration of the event’s central theme—speed. The event, to be held on the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company, will spotlight more than 70 exceptional examples of rarity and performance, with names like Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari and Aston Martin taking center stage.
Among those included in the mix: a 1968 Lamborghini Miura S, considered the world’s first supercar; the 1995 McLaren F1, world’s fastest car for 13 consecutive years, from 1992 to 2005; the 1996 Ferrari F50, part of an illustrious list of Ferrari’s flagship cars; and the 2011 Aston Martin One-77, regarded as one of the rarest Aston Martin’s ever produced. www.londonconcours.co.uk.
The 1995 McLaren F1, which set a record of 240.1mph, retained the title of world’s fastest car from 1992 to 2005.
POLESTAR UNVEILS ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE CAR
Swedish Automaker To Begin Polestar 1 Production In 2019…
Polestar, the official Volvo Cars performance subsidiary and brand, debuted an early production version of its new Polestar1 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Known for developing high-performance cars based on Volvos, Polestar 1 is the company’s first electric performance hybrid, which combines a powerful electric drivetrain with additional boost and backup of an internal combustion engine. Production of the high-end performance car, aimed at competing with Tesla vehicles, is expected to begin in 2019.
“With over 7,000 people interested in owning a Polestar 1 since its reveal, we are extremely encouraged by the passion shown for our product,” said company CEO Thomas Ingeniath. “We will now take the next steps towards delivering this beautiful car to our customers.”
The Polestar 1 electric performance hybrid combines a robust electric drivetrain with additional boost from an internal combustion engine.
BRITISH ORGANIZATION ADVOCATES EXTENDING DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
Road Safety, Fewer Accidents Cited As Benefits…
RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has launched a campaign that would bring lighter evenings all year long throughout the UK. According to RoSPA, when clocks are set back in autumn, bringing darker evenings, more pedestrians are killed or injured during the peak hours of 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The safety charity proposes a trial single/double summer time (SDST), which would see the clocks move forward an extra hour, while still retaining daylight savings.
“We’re calling for a trial period of SDST to demonstrate the benefits it would bring,” said Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety. “When twilight and early-evening darkness occurs during the afternoon school run and rush hour, it creates dangerous conditions.” Other benefits noted include an extended tourism season, as well as a reduction in crime.
TWO ICONIC ITALIAN COMPANIES CREATE INNOVATIVE SOFT TOP MATERIAL
Fabric Maker Dainese Collaborates With Automaker Pagani Automobili…
Dainese, a leader in motorcycle protective gear with extensive know-how in the world of technical fabrics, has collaborated with Pagani Automobili, a manufacturer of high-end sports cars and carbon fiber components, to create an innovative soft top material for the Italian automaker’s Huayra Roadster.
Inspired by the first flying machines designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, and by contemporary architectural and engineering works, the soft top is a combination of High Elastic Modulus Carbon Fiber components developed by Pagani and technical fabric developed by Dainese. According to the recent announcement, as the soft top is closed, predetermined folding areas allow the fabric to follow the folds of the structure, much like Japanese origami. “The soft top was conceived as a lightweight, resistant tensostructure, in which every single element contributes to carrying out the overall function through tension,” said Horacio Pagani, the company’s chief designer. www.paganigroup.com. www.dainese.com.
The new soft top Pagani Huayra Roadster debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show.