βš‘ Technology.

Love it, leave itβ€”this week, more than one story has approached an aspect of future technology.

For example, BMW is marketing some bizarre, virtualish character that does its own horrible AI art and posts it to social media. Toyota’s newest Prius is being reviewed, and for the first time in my lifeβ€”now that so many cars are hybridsβ€”it’s just a car.

Audi is cross-pollinating departments to develop AI-generated concepts, though they’re farther along than BMW Dee’s designs. This is just the start, mind you.

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BMW β€’ via Twitter

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Every time I watch the McMurtry Automotive SpΓ©irling do anything, I don’t believe it. Having Matt Watson from carwow do a detailed technical overview of the car (with a lead engineer present for the nitty gritty) helps in the believability stakes…

I now know the car is essentially the footprint of a ’60s Formula 1 car (cramped)β€”albeit with much more power and fans for ground effects. One of the reasons the SpΓ©irling is so quick is its system of fans that give full downforce from a standstill.

↬ I broke the 1/4-mile world record in this new HYPERCAR! β€’ carwow


✱ Know of obscure / old / weird automotive footage? Point me in the right direction…

Neta E β€’ via Car News China

Personal coupes are coming back! What else would you call a 4,000-lb + electric four-seat car?

Headline specs are impressive, and no doubt the Neta (brand) E (model) with dual motors and all-wheel-drive would shrug off its 1,950 kg curb weight and launch hard enough to put a Dodge Viper in the rearview. But…like…many cars can do that now.

As Car News China notes, it’s the world’s first production electric 2+2 coupΓ©. That means China has left the β€œEVs = economy cars” growth phase and there’s now a business case for cars with more power, more range (up to 580 km) CLTC, and less practicality.

Just…don’t look at those shutlines…

❍ Neta E Is A Pretty 456 HP Electric Coupe From China β€’ carnewschina

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