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Bugatti Bolide’s new air scoop

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The new Bugatti full track car has some amazing new features, for example massive roof air scoop with a different and unusual design. The engineers from Bugatti were inspired to create this new scoop by a simple golf ball.

As we know golf balls are surprisingly aerodynamic. They can travel twice as much as a smooth ball because of the dimpled surface. Dimpled surface creates turbulence on the ball, allowing air to adhere and it reduces drag as a result.

Bugatti’s engineer experimented with “golf ball surface”, adding dimples to the cooling channels of a titanium brake calipers that Bugatti designed, developed and 3D printed. Bugatti’s Bolide stays smooth, but when it reaches a higher speed, the roof scoop with grow dimples. This includes about 60 individual elements that can be fully activated when the car is moving above 74 mph (miles per hour).  Their maximum height will be 10 millimeters.

Bolide will have 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine, with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel-drive system form the previous model, Bugatti Chiron. The new Bugatti will have 1,824 horsepower and astonishing 1,365 pound-feet of torque on 110-ocatne racing fuel.

Bugatti says that the Bolide can hit 310 mph which is about 499 kph. Current lap record on the La Mans’ de la Sarthe racetrack was set by Toyota TS050 Hybrid at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, Bugatti says that their Bolide can do the lap 10 seconds faster which is 3:07.1. Also Bugatti claims that the Bolide would lap the legendary Nurburgring in 5:31.1, sadly the record would not be broken because the best time on this track belongs to Porshe 919 Hybrid Evo set in 2018 with a time 5:19.55.

What do you think about Bugatti? Overpriced, good, or bad? Let me know in the comments.

Android system with Google apps already built-in in ford and Lincolns

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Ford company announced that is has come to a deal which will last 6 years with Google to put in the future Fords and Lincolns, Android operating system.

As a part of the deal Google will take care of cloud services for Ford. They will provide the car company with access to Googles experience with big data, also with AI data analytics. This is not only for customer services but also to improve operations.

The first Fords and Lincolns with Android operating systems we will see in 2023.

Car companies are relaying more on other operating systems rather than their own. It would definitely be more expensive to come up and create your own system.

Ford and Lincoln are not the only ones who sign up with Android. Other brands like Audi, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volvo and Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance are also using Android in their operating systems.

Operating system will run in the back end while the brands designs are used for key apps, like the infotainment system. Sync infotainment system is a great example of that because Ford already did that. The app runs on Blackberry’s QNX operating system. Ford and Google already have plans to create a new version of Sync to be able to run on Android.

Google’s mapping and other media and voice activation apps will already come build-in. It’s also a great opportunity to add many Google and third-party apps.

Ford also announced that the company is working on new apps for client who is already using Google’s cloud. Some of them include new retail experiences, for example a new offer for a car and trade-in. It will also say in real time how much maintenance is required for your car.

How do you feel about companies like Google entering and making deals with automakers? Let me know in the comments.

Porsche: synthetically fueled cars can be as clean as EVs

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Porsche executive told British car magazine Evo that the car on synthetic fuel could be as clean as EVs.

First let’s focus what are synthetic fuels. Synthetic fuel is a liquid or gaseous fuel derived from a source such as coal, shale oil, tar sands, or biomass, used as a substitute for oil or natural gas.

Dr. Frank Walliser, Porsche vice president of GT cars and motorsport, at the launch of the 2022 911 GT3, said that synthetic fuels will deliver an 85% reduction in carbon emission. Walliser also said that the new synthetic fuel should be ready for testing in 2022, and also that this fuel can be used in all of Porshe’s current engines without any modifications.

This new synthetic fuel will come from a pilot plant in Chile named Haru Oni. Wind-generated electricity will be used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. To produce methanol, which can be used to create synthetic gasoline, diesel or kerosene aviation fuel, hydrogen will be companied with CO2 from the air.

Porshe said that Haru Oni will produce about 130,000 liters or 34,340 gallons of fuel by 2022, raising up to 55 million liters every year by 2024, and 550 million liters by year 2026. About 40 % of the new fuel produced will be gasoline.

Porshe also adds that the use of synthetic fuels is a way to keep the classic cars on the road. About 70% of all cars that Porshe has made are still on the road.

No company has ever produced synthetic fuel on a commercial scale. Only Audi has made a small about of synthetic diesel. The worst part about this fuel is the price. Right now, the cost of synthetic fuel is 10$ per liter which is equivalent to about 37$ per gallon. Porshes CEO, Oliver Blume said that the researchers are working on reducing the price to 2$ per liter. No matter what it will still make synthetic fuel more expensive then todays gasoline.

Porshe isn’t the only car brand that is looking forward to synthetic fuels. For example, BMW is investing in startup Prometheus Fuels, and in 2022 McLaren will also be testing synthetic fuels.

What do you think about synthetic fuels and car brands heading towards them? Let me know in the comments.

All new Electric Hummer. The Legend is back with 1000hp and crabwalk?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe history of Hummer is unique and interesting. It started in the late 1970s with HMMWV model, which won a US Army tender for a car for military. First prototype was made in 1980, but it gained popularity in 1991 during the Operation Desert Storm. In 1999 General Motors bought the company. Everybody wanted a Hummer in 2000s. Due to high gas prices and environmental activist, in 2009 Hummer declared bankroupcy. GM tried to sell it a Chinese company. Now American producer is writing a new history for Hummer.

First Hummer H1 had a big Detroit Diesel engine which is closely related to a truck’s engine. It had a 6,2 L engine, but in its last year of production, Hummer changed to a new Duramax engine, with a huge 6,6 L capacity and 300hp.

New Hummer EV is completely different. It is undoubtably a more technologically superior and stronger model. Powered by 3 electric motors with a total of 1000hp it can reach 560km on a single charge, according to the producer.

Customers will have access to revolutionary charging stations, with a power 350 kW, enabling nearly 100 miles of range in 10 minutes of charging. Because of that it can go 0-60mph in only 3.0 seconds. This is a very impressive time; in comparison, 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider reaches 60mph in 2.9 seconds, just a 0,1 second faster!

In addition, this electric pickup truck will come with 35-inch wheels on 18-inch rims, and with new crabwalk feature, your car will even have the ability to move sideways. It also has air ride suspension to rise approximately 6”.

Another feature that is very helpful is EV’s cameras. In your modern vehicles you have a backup camera and sometimes in the front.  In this all new Hummer you have UltraVision- 18 camera views. All cameras a waterproof. They are placed low to see beyond skid plates. Also some cameras include a wash function and lens protection.

In contrast to Hummer H1, new EV model will be flooded with electronics. Interior will have 13,5-inch and 12,3-inch screens. Back window will be remoted electronically. Windows from the big panoramic roof can be removed and hidden in the front trunk.

At this moment you cannot get the Hummer EV because the reservations are already full. If you were lucky to reserve one, the start of production will take place in ZERO Detroit/Hamtramck plant of GM in late 2021. First Hummer will be out on the street in spring 2022. All the Hummer EV edition one will be the same. With 3 electric engines, only in white color interior. GMC announced that they will also create other hummers with less horsepower in 2023 and 2024.

The latest version will be EV2. Price will be around $79.995. For EV 1st edition you must pay $112,595. They price is higher because it has 1 more motor, 100 more-mile range, 375 more horsepower, and 4,100 more LB-ft of torque.



For those interested I will link the video to the crabwalk feature.






Record the Police by saying “Hi Siri, I’m getting pulled over”

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn today’s world we see police violence every day. Cell phone videos of many racial police acts have disturbed many people worldwide. It can happen any minute of the day so everyone should be prepared

Unlocking you phone and turning the camera on, can take few seconds when we stress. With this Siri shortcut you can save some important few seconds.

When the shortcut has been created on your iPhone, all you got to say is “Hi Siri, I’m getting pulled over.” Your phone will automatically  pause the music that is being played, and will start recording a video from your phone’s front camera. It can also send your location and copy of the video to an emergency contact, this requires a confirmation that will popup on your phone. 

Robert Peterson is the one who has created this shortcut. It was published in 2018, and it has been updating since then. The app is getting more attention after the death of George Floyd on May 25th, when a police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Installing this can bit complicated. You have to have iOS 12 or newer, as well as the Shortcuts app. When you will have all that, you need to use Safari web browser, others don’t work, to access the link to download the shortcut. 

For this program to work you need to be able to share location and load unverified shortcut access. Some other permissions may be needed to. Its’s best to do a practice run before using it for real, so everything will be working as it should. 

Unfortunately there is no Android equivalent to this Siri one. Many other programmers are working on developing a similar one for different software. 

There are also other apps to record interactions with the police.  For example “Mobile Justice.”There are many reviews on the internet comparing these two apps.  The Siri shortcut is better, because it doesn’t crash and after many updates it’s just getting better and better. On the other hand the “Mobile Justice” keeps crashing and freezing.