The Hitch-Hiking Knights

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If you happen to be traveling around the Clare or Galway area today and you see two hitch-hiking knights don’t worry you aren’t going mad! Behind the armour is Brendan and Jack, two members of Medieval Combate Ireland who are trying to raise money to enable them to compete in the IMCF World Championships in Poland next month.

The guys are looking for both sponsorship and an actual lift. They are aiming to hitchhike from Waterville in Kerry to the site of the 1504 Battel of Knockdown, in County Galway. So far they have had great success from the very kind people of Ireland, with the two arriving in Ennis last night and on route to Galway today.

You can follow their story on twitter or Facebook and if you happen to be in the area be sure to help a knight out :)

Best of Luck Guys! 

2016 Kia Optima

This is a sneak peek at the new 2016 Kia Optima, yes this is in fact Kia, stunning right! The 2016 Kia Optima is due to make its official debut at the New York Motor Show in a few weeks time.

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The 2016 Optima picks up from where its predecessor left of, continuing with the bold styling that made  it a success. The new Optima features a coupe style design while actually retaining the family saloon size. The Optima also boasts dramatic squinted headlights and seriously huge wheels, which although look mighty impressive they are not expected to be on the actual production model.

As of yet not much else is know about the Optima. What we do know is it will be available in both petrol & diesel models in the UK & Ireland and there is also rumours of a potential hybrid and sport versions too.

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The Korean brand has undergone somewhat of a makeover in recent years, with the manufacture looking to create a car that will become as mainstream as some of its fierce’s rivals. To achieve this they had to create something that was both affordable and desirable, the 2016 Kia Optima might be just that.

The 2016 Kia Optima is expected to be production ready by the last quarter of 2016.

Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid

This is the Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid, which its Swedish manufacture has described as “the fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever”. Big words, but this is a big car! Koenigsegg_Regera_fronttwist

There has been a huge increase in the production of hybrid supercars in recent years, all the major players have taken a shot a producing the ultimate hybrid supercar… Koenigsegg it appears has put all their efforts to shame!

The Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid is based on the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 which was released last year. It has the same 5.0 litre twin turbo V8 engine, but also has additional electric motors which allow it to generate an extra 700 bhp! That means the Regera Hybrid has a mind boggling 1,500 bhp in total….this allows you to either run the car on pure electric or both, it is this combination that Keoenigsegg say makes it ‘the most powerful production car ever.’ 

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The Koenidsegg Regera Hybrid can be plugged-in just like other hybrids, this action charges the 9-kWh, 620 – volt battery, which the car will switch over too when approaching a charging station in order to drain the battery and preserve its life. Now that’s clever!

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Details? Unfortunately we have very few, we are yet to be told about its exact price or its performance figures, but if we were to take a wild guess we’d reckon that it will be both pricey and fast! If early reports are to be believed the Regera Hybrid will do 250 mph in under 20 seconds and accelerate from 93mph to 155mph in 3.2 seconds!!!!:0

Want one? Well you better act fast, Keoenigsegg say they will only make 80 and if the stats above are genuine you can guaranty that they will be snapped pretty quickly.

The car was officially unveiled last week at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show where it unsurprisingly stole the show.

To see more of the Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qixz92gE5mc

Mercedes F 015 Self-Driving Concept

You may have seen or  heard about the Mercedes F 015 Self-Driving Concept which was recently spotted on the streets is San Fransisco. The Mercedes Benz F 015 is a luxury self driving car which frankly looks more like a prop from a sci-fi film than an actual car.

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The Concept itself isn’t new, it was originally unveiled back in September at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. However curiously has reached fever point now that its was seen driving around the streets of San Fransisco. Rumours suggest that it’s presence was due to a photoshoot/video shoot organised to promote an upcoming event Mercedes are planing in the San Fransisco area, which could mean that news regarding the F 015 might not be that far away.

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The Mercedes F 015 Self-Driving Concept is described by Mercedes as “Luxury in Motion” and it does have some very forward thinking ideas, including; forward facing seats, touchscreen controls, no visible camera’s or radar and no side mirrors. With this concept Mercedes have cemented their design vision for the future, a future in which technology is so well connected that it will eventually become a better driver that any human.

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It is unclear as to whether the Concept seen on the streets of San Fransisco was the actual self driving model or if there was a driver behind the wheel. Rumours suggest that the latter is more plausible given that the Mercedes F 015 Self-Driving Concept is technically not yet road legal under current law.

Mercedes plans to have self driving cars on the market by 2020 however we doubt you will see anything like the Mercedes F 015 Self-Driving Concept on the market for at least 10 years, but hey its nice to dream…

 

2016 Range Rover Evoque cabriolet

It is official. After years of speculation and a teaser at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover have finally confirmed that they will indeed be making a convertible version of their Evoque SUV. It will be called the Range Rover Evoque cabriolet and it will be available in 2016.

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Land Rover are staying very tight lipped for the moment so there are very few confirmed details as of yet, but what we do know is that it will be a drop-top SUV and it will be a production version of the concept that was first unveiled way back in 2012.

The roof is expected to be available in both a soft and hard top, which is smart given the unpredictable summers that Ireland & the UK usually have.

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Land Rover have describe the Range Rover Evoque cabriolet as “the world first premium compact SUV convertible” and they are probably right given that there are very few, if any convertible SUV’s on the market. There was the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet but that has since been discontinued and although it was technically a convertible you couldn’t really label it a premium SUV.

Whether the 2016 Range Rover Evoque cabriolet will be a commercial success or not remains to be seen, however we are looking forward to seeing whats under all that camouflaged later this month when it hits the Geneva Motor Show.

You can see the Range Rover Evoque in action below, driving through the new Crossrail tunnels recently built beneath London.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_Dx2rR2iRc

Volkswagen introduces Side Assist

Volkswagen has introduced a new feature which is part of their proximity sensing technology. Side assist technology alerts drivers of approaching traffic when changing lanes.

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So how does it work? Well when the driver wishes to changes lanes, the system will warn you if other vehicles are too close or if they are in your blind spot. It does this by activating a flashing warning LED light located in the cars wing mirrors. It is thought that this technology can help avoid potentially dangerous situations.

The system will however only alert you when it deems necessary, stationary object or oncoming vehicles will not active the side assist technology. The technology will also ignore vehicles which are further that one lane away. These features are installed to help prevent unnecessary distractions.

Side assist can be activated and deactivated by the driver through a simple push button located within the car. However the technology was primarily designed for use on motorways and because of this it only works with speeds in excess of 40 mph.

To announce the technology Volkswagen enlisted Brazilian digital agency AlmapBBDO to create a tablet ad, which reveals how the technology works while giving the viewers a little but of a scare. Check out the advert below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ee5BMBm78Q&sns=em

Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan

Ladies and Gentlemen this is the flame producing Aston Martin Vulcan and its safe to say it is the craziest car ever made by Aston Martin.

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The Vulcan is a limited edition Supercar, with only 24 expected to be made. Each Vulcan boasts a 7 litre V12 engine which is rumoured to be capable of generating a whooping 800bhp. There is a six speed gear box which has been adapted from the GTE race cars, massive ceramic breaks and a wheel base of 2.8 metres. To keep it as light as possible Aston Martin have made the Vulcan predominately out of carbon fibre.

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The Vulcan is a track only car, which means it is actually not legal on roads. The lucky 24 owners will in turn be offered complementary ‘intensive track driving training’. Aston Martin say that although the training is optional the Vulcan is actually so powerful that they strongly advise that all buyers avail of the training being offered. During the training drivers will get to drive a number of other Aston Martin’s including the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Vantage GT4 and One-77. The course will be thought by former Le Mans winning driver Darren Turner.

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The Vulcan will be unveil at next weeks Geneva Motor show and is unsurprisingly expected to be one of the main highlights!

To see a sneak peek of the Vulcan engine in action, check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktD_ueZtReg

Check out this gravity defying Corsa!

Located in London’s Southbank Centre just next to the London eye is one of the most spectacular parking jobs your ever likely to see.

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This is of course an art installation and it was commissioned by Vauxhall to celebrate their new Corsa which launched earlier this year. The Artist responsible for the gravity defying Corsa is Alex Chinneck, pictured below in-front of his impressive creation.

The sculpture is called Pick yourself up and pull yourself together and features the new Vauxhall Corsa suspended upside down on 15 metres of arching tarmac, with no visible support.

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“Alex Chinneck’s work is astounding, he’s an amazing British sculptor who creates illusionary structures with the most in-depth engineering and design. Above all, the astonishing rip curl embodies the fun people have driving the much-loved Vauxhall Corsa.” – Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams said of the piece. 

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The gravity defying Corsa is on display until the 25 of Feb, walk under… if you dare!

Apple Car?

Rumours have been swirling lately about the possibility of an Apple Car, this is due to the publication of two articles in the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times both of which heavily suggest that Apple are in fact in development of a car. Apple themselves have not responded to any of the speculation, but they never do, they are famously secretive when it comes to future products and we don’t expected them to change now.

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The idea of an Apple Car might have seemed outlandish a few years ago, but today not so much. As we have seen in the past few years the relationship between the technology sector and the automotive industry is intensifying. Technology is becoming a major factor in our decision making when it comes to buying a car and this is partly due to Apple.

With the introduction of the iPod, iPhone and later the iPad the public has become increasingly familiar with Apple Products, not to mention reliant. This new found reliance has fueled huge growth in the areas of personal technology and its integration to our existing lives. Taking all this in to consideration, an Apple Car might not be such a far fetched idea after all.

So what do we know:

  • Apple are rumoured to be developing of an electric car in a project they’ve dubbed Project Titan.
  • The Apple Car should it ever be go into production, will be electric. We know this is because of Apple’s long history with eco friendly materials and their continued interest in renewable energies.
  • Development of an electric car would put the company in direct competition with other popular electric car manufactures, this has made some people suggest that a buyout of Tesla could be on the cards in the future.
  • Apple have recently hired a number of people who have perviously worked in the automative industry and a number of former Tesla employees.
  • It may in-fact rival Google as a self driving car… well Apple is a software and technology company after all.
  • An Apple registered people carrier has been spotted driving in the US. The car is fitted with a number of camera’s and sensors, this could be being use for the development of an Apple rival to Google Street View or it could be something else.
  • Rumours suggest that these “leaks” are actually coming from Apple themselves, this is to ensure that Apple investors are aware of the companies intended direction, without the company having to make a direct statement. This suggestion comes as Apple share prices hit an all time high and its market capital just rose beyond $700 Billon in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Apple are notorious for their design, software and technology integration. All these elements are seen as extremely valuable in the automotive market.
  • They have $180 billion in cash in the bank, plenty of money to compete at the highest level.
  • And probably most importantly of all, Steve Jobs always wanted to make one!

However, even if the rumours are true the likelihood of us seeing or hearing about an Apple Car anytime soon, are slim! Rumours suggest that Apple have only recently begun development and given this, an official rollout would be years away at the very least!

Nissan unveils glow-in-the-dark Leaf

Nissan has unveiled the first manufactured car ever to come with glow-in-the-dark paint. The Nissan all electric Leaf is the car in question and it looks..well a bit mad actually.

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The paint on this glow-in-the-dark Leaf is called Starpath, it was invented for Nissan by Hamish Scott and it is actually quite an impressive piece of technology. During the day the paint absorbs UV energy, thus enabling it to glow at night. Impressively it can glow for up to ten hours from one single day of UV absorption.

Nissan is very proud of this technology because unlike other versions of glow-in-the-dark paint their’s is fully organic.. It hard to imagine that any paint is actually fully organic, but I guess we will have to take their word for it. Nissan also claims that the paint job itself can last up to twenty five years..which is impressive!

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This isn’t the first time Nissan have introduced a technology based paint. Last year they also created a hydrophobic nano paint know as the Ultra-Ever Dry which is a self cleaning paint. This paint works by not allowing anything to dry onto it, it does this by repelling most oil and water based liquids.

Like the self cleaning paint above, Nissan actually has no plans to offer the glow-in-the-dark paint to its customers, not yet anyway. Instead it was designed to spread the importance and ability of solar energy.

To see the glow-in-the-dark Leaf in action, checkout the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKj2sEpg1xg