Jaguar XE SV Project 8 DetailedJaguar has released technical details regarding its new super-saloon, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, set to debut fully at tomorrow’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The XE SV Project 8 is based on the XE sedan, with many custom carbon fiber and aluminum body panels both separating it from tis plebian brother, and adding to the overall performance of the car. This performance is epic, as the Project 8 is the most powerful road-going Jaguar ever made.
This record power comes from a supercharged 5.0L V8, which sends 592bhp and 516lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a paddle-operated, non-sequential 8-speed automatic gearbox. All of that go means that the Project 8 can accelerate to 60mph in 3.3secs, with the car roaring all the way to its top speed of 200mph. To handle this power, the rest of the car is suitably beefed up. The body, as mentioned, has been thoroughly massaged to aid in cooling and downforce. One cool, unseen, example of this is the completely flat underbody of the car. The suspension is suitably racey, with height being adjusted manually. The engine and transmission can be tweaked using the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics settings. To haul all of this down from speed, Jaguar is introducing their new Carbon Ceramic Braking system, as well as F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings.
If you want one, act quickly as only 300 will be produced, all by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). All 300 will be produced in left-hand drive, an odd decision considering Jaguar is a British company, where they drive on the right-side of the car. Look for the full debut at Goodwood tomorrow, June 30th 2017.
2018 Buick Regal Receives a HatchThe Buick Regal is a car oft-forgotten, which is something Buick seeks to rectify with their entirely new 2018 Regal Sportback and TourX models. The mostly ‘meh’ sedan of previous years is entirely gone, replaced with two distinct models, each sporting a rear hatch. The Regal Sportback is almost Audi A7-esque in its appearance, featuring four days and a steeply-sloped hatchback. The overall look results in a coupe-like profile, with four doors, and not much hint of the useful hatch in the rear. The Regal TourX is more unashamed in the usefulness of its body-style, featuring a long station wagon rear, and the almost required black cladding along the lower body.Both cars are powered by the same 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, with the rest of the driveline dependent on options. All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Subaru Outback-baiting Regal TourX, while it is an option on Regal Sportback models. AWD TourXs and Sportbacks are equipped with an 8-speed automatic, while FWD Sportbacks have a 9-speed automatic unit. Pricing starts at $25,915 for a base Sportback, rising as high as $34,640 for an AWD-equipped top-tier Sportback. TourXs—with their standard AWD—begins at $29,995, rising as high as $35,945 for a fully loaded model.
Look for the new Regals this fall.
Oscar Mayer Creates the Wiener-FleetGrowing up in America, it is almost impossible to avoid the Wienermobile. For those of you who do not know what that is, don’t worry, it is not the plot to some dark story. The Wienermobile is actually a giant hotdog-shaped truck, built by Oscar Mayer as a publicity stunt, fully capable of delivering and serving warm, fully prepared hotdogs. For decades, the Wienermobile was the sole Oscar Mayer-branded vehicle, however the large hotdog-shaped truck is today joined by the newly announced ‘Weiner-Fleet’. This fleet comprises six vehicles, including the truck: these are the WienerDrone, WienerRover, WienerCycle, and the WienerMini.
Going down the list, the WienerDrone is capable of delivering a single warm hotdog, as well as flying to a height of 1200ft, for a total flight time of 15mins. The WienerRover is an off-road capable, remote-controlled ground-drone, capable of delivering 6 warm hotdogs over most terrains. The WienerCycle is a fairly standard scooter, with a hotdog warming sidecar and backbox. The exact hotdog capacity of this vehicle, as well as the WienerMini, are not specified. The WienerMini is a Mini chassis which has been transformed into a mini Wienermobile, the original Oscar Mayer vehicle. In terms of hotdog carrying capacity, the original Wienermobile—this one produced in 2012—can carry 27,000 hotdogs, ready for consumption.
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