British automaker goes bankrupt

Zenos a small British car manufacturer is now bankrupt, and is looking for new investors. You can see details about that on it’s official web-site. We understand if this is the first time you ever heard about the existence of this automaker, there are many small car companies which build small number of sports cars, and it’s pretty hard to keep the eyes on them all.

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Zenos first formed back in 2012 by ex Lotus and Caterham engineers. The first model released was the E10, followed by the ever faster E10 S and E10 R models – all three of which seem like highly entertaining little track-day cars. All three models weigh remarkably little at under 1,600 pounds, and the least-powerful E10 uses a naturally aspirated 200-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

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Expectations for 2017 global car sales

The car market is supported by the stronger global economic growth, and the car sales are showing steady growth. Gains are expected to continue, of course the top will be reached more slower compared to the last few years, but the most important thing at this step is that another annual record is coming. Increased replacement demand in the U.S. will be complemented by a renewed sales upturn in most emerging markets; however, China is the exception, with an expected slowdown.

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In the United States, we see increased replacement demand, growing consumer confidence and attractive financing options, lifting sales for the third consecutive record year. Although purchases are expected to decline in China for the first time since 2008, sales in the rest of the emerging world will lead car sales gains in 2017 and reverse four consecutive years of decline.

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McLaren Super Series and the Pagani Huayra Roadster to debut soon

It’s only January now but we already have found out which are the most expected cars of the year, these are McLaren Super Series and the Pagani Huayra Roadster, both are going to get revealed at Geneva Motor Show.

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But do not despair because these two bad boys are totally worth the wait. Let’s begin with the McLaren Super Series, the replacement for the 650S which, according to McLaren, is not only technically more advanced than its predecessor, it also looks a helluva lot better. It has features like an active wing that extends over the full rear width and dihedral doors with new scoops in them. To be honest though, we’re not excited about the P14 itself, but rather all the amazing variants it will eventually and inevitably spawn over the next few years. We can’t wait to its LongTail version.

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Tesla’s case involving semi-autonomous software gets closed

U.S. regulators said that they did not found any defects in Tesla electric cars after investigating the death of a man whose Model S collided a truck while he was using its Autopilot system, which was the first serious accident involving semi-autonomous software.

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report it will not seek a vehicle recall after conducting a six-month investigation. The crash drew enormous attention and raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention.

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Self-driving cars could put 2M people with disabilities to work

For some enthusiasts, autonomous driving represents a potentially joyless future, perhaps offset by convenience and improved safety. For a large number of people – many who don’t currently drive – autonomous vehicles are an opportunity for equal access to transportation, a principle of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a way for a blind person to get to work, or for a disabled veteran to make it to an important medical appointment. If done right, the quantifiable benefits of self-driving cars for the 57 million Americans disabilities could be enormous.

The Ruderman Family Foundation and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) finds that by removing the sorts of mobility obstacles that driverless cars resolve, it would allow 2 million more people with disabilities to get to work. Every year, autonomous vehicles could save $19 billion in health care costs from missed appointments. But, the paper argues, the developers of the technology and the surrounding policy need to pay more attention to the needs of the disabled and elderly. Furthermore, disability advocates need to organize, and learn more about the autonomous mobility technology. Read more

Meet the Dendrobium — an orchid-inspired electric hypercar!

Singapore may not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking about car manufacturers, but the country will make a splash with its first electric hypercar – the Dendrobium – at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. The car was developed by Vanda Electrics and Williams Advanced Engineering — famed for its work in Formula One racing.

Technical details for the Dendrobium have been kept at a minimum thus far, however it was reported last year that the car could be propelled by four Yasa electric motors — with a total output of 1,500 horsepower and 4,000 newton-meters of torque. It was also previously reported that the car could hit 100kmh from a standstill in under 2.6 seconds, and hit a top speed of 400 kmh. Read more