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Owner restores converted 1967 VW Microbus, replacing EV motor with gas engine

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 19, 2022 11:10 PM CST

This particular 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus has a unique story, as previous owners implemented engine swap from gas to electric. The new owner, however, decided to restore it with a gas-powered engine once again - and what a project it turned out to be.

 This 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus has gone through a lot, especially recently. The EV motor to gas engine is complete (All images courtesy of <a href="https://bringatrailer.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Bring a Trailer</strong></a>)

This 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus has gone through a lot, especially recently. The EV motor to gas engine is complete (All images courtesy of Bring a Trailer)

Bring a Trailer received the bus in March 2021, acquired as a non-running electric vehicle project - and the current owner removed the electric drivetrain in favor of a 1,750cc flat-four engine with a four-speed manual transaxle. The engine has dual carburetors and a fuel system and engine bay sheet metal was added.

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Vietnamese automaker VinFast announces VF 6 and VF 7 EVs for the US market

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 19, 2022 8:18 PM CST

During the 2022 LA Auto Show, Vietnamese automaker VinFast unveiled the VF 6 and VF 7, two electric subcompact SUVs that will be available in the United States. These two new models will join the VF 8 and VF 9 midsize vehicles that VinFast announced last year - and is now shipping a small number to customers.

VinFast likely is a company you've never heard of, but the Vietnamese startup will have a handful of EVs in the US market by the end of 2023 (Image Courtesy of: Car and Driver)

VinFast likely is a company you've never heard of, but the Vietnamese startup will have a handful of EVs in the US market by the end of 2023 (Image Courtesy of: Car and Driver)

An Eco and Plus trim will be available for both the VF 6 and VF 7. The VF 6 Eco has 174 hp with 184 ft-lb. of torque, while the Plus trim has 201 hp with 228 ft-lb. of torque. Meanwhile, the VF 7 Eco has 201 hp with 228 ft-lb. of torque - the VF 7 Plus has a bit of extra power, with 349 hp and 368 ft-lb. of torque.

The VF 7 includes a front light bar with animated LED effects, a "muscular" rear stance with fender accents, and rear signature lights.

Continue reading: Vietnamese automaker VinFast announces VF 6 and VF 7 EVs for the US market (full post)

27North's Ascender 30A expedition truck appears ready to handle the apocalypse

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 19, 2022 3:00 PM CST

In case there is a zombie takeover or some other apocalyptic nightmare, 27North wants to have you prepared with the Ascender 30A.

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27North chose the 2023 Ford F-550 4x4 because of the ideal chassis to customize to their liking. The 30A is powered with the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine - providing the power required to tow - and support the massive 16,000 lb truck.

The camper design includes a dining room, a kitchen including a cooktop, fridge, bed, and shower. When it's time to tidy up, campers can find a built-in vacuum cleaning system. A full 1200-watt solar charging system - using six solar panels - offers engine-driven back up.

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A closer look at the 1,000 hp 1981 Ferrari 308 with a Honda K-series engine

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 19, 2022 11:15 AM CST

This customized 1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi with a Honda K24 engine took 16 months to complete, but it really is something else. The car was shown off during SEMA Show 2022 at the start of November. Mike Burroughs originally set off to become the first person to complete a K-swap engine in a Ferrari. Here is a full look at the work done by StanceWorks:

As Burroughs told Jalopnik: "The car was super clean inside and out and in decent mechanical shape. I felt a little bad at first about cutting it up, but at the end of the day, there's a reason these cars are still among the cheapest Ferraris out there. They're gorgeous, but they're just not that good in stock form."

The custom "Ferrari 244 GTK" got rid of the 3.0-liter 8-cylinder original 308 engine and used Honda's supercharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder K-series engine. Removing the engine with just 38,000 miles and switching to a 4-cylinder helped make the car significantly lighter.

Continue reading: A closer look at the 1,000 hp 1981 Ferrari 308 with a Honda K-series engine (full post)

Hyundai unveils the N Vision 74 concept, a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid concept

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 19, 2022 8:30 AM CST

Korean automaker Hyundai has shown off its N Vision 74 concept car, a car powered using a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid architecture.

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The new concept is a throwback homage to the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept that was shown off in 1974 - and features such as the surfaces, dynamic-proportioned profile, B-pillar design, and other features have transferred to the new hybrid concept. Even though it never made a production car, it was a valuable learning experience for the Korean company.

The fuel cell can output up to 95 kW, and is mounted in the front, while the battery lowers height and center of gravity while located in the bottom. The hydrogen tank is 9.3 lbs. with a stack of net 85 kW - max of 95 kW - with a refueling time of five minutes. The concept car has a maximum speed of 155+ mph, with a 373+ driving range, according to Hyundai.

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General Motors believes EVs will be profitable by 2025, with lots in pipeline

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 19, 2022 7:34 AM CST

General Motors hopes modifications to its battery and vehicle assembly facilities will produce at least 1 million electric vehicles each year. The US automaker wants to have 30 EVs available to consumers by 2025 while trying to catch up to Tesla - on the sales charts and ability to produce vehicles.

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It's hard to convince automakers to jump fully on board with EVs, as many automakers are manufacturing and selling EVs at a financial loss. However, GM plans to sell entry-level EVs for around $30,000, in addition to its higher-end luxury SUVs and trucks.

Hopefully, individual EV sales will provide "low- to mid-single digit" profits in three years, with GM able to benefit from costs spread over multiple new EV models. The automaker also shows hope for when the clean energy tax credits shared through US federal Inflation Reduction Act kick in.

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Audi chats more about Ken Block's customized S1 Hoonigan electric race car

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 19, 2022 3:15 AM CST

German automaker Audi is sharing more details about the electric Audi S1 Hoonitron, a racecar designed for rally driver Ken Block. Audi recently shared how the custom car was built for Block, as part of "The journey to Electrikhana." Take a closer look at the one-of-a-kind S1 Hoonitron:

Block worked with the Audi Sport division to design an EV able to meet his unique driving needs. Inspiration from the 1980s led designers to create an aerodynamic vehicle with modern technology. The carmaker needed to create a car that can use features from rally and circuit racing - and successfully combine them in an EV platform.

The Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron drivetrain is all-wheel drive and fully electric - with front and rear axles powered by a motorsport. The front and rear axle electric power distribution can be adjusted to the driver's intended driving - with the electric motors able to reach upwards of a whopping 28,000 rpm. That's up to 3,000 Nm of torque individually on each axle.

Continue reading: Audi chats more about Ken Block's customized S1 Hoonigan electric race car (full post)

A closer look at the 2024 Chevrolet Trax, a revamped SUV with $21,495 price tag

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 18, 2022 12:00 PM CST

The 2024 Chevrolet Trax is an affordable new SUV that features five trims, all of which start at less than $25,000 MSRP. Chevy hopes to win over customers that are looking for the versatility of an SUV but the practicality of a sedan - and believes the Trax is packed with enough technology and features. Here is a brief vehicle walkaround done by Autoblog:

The Trax has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine responsible for 137 horsepower and generating 162 lb-ft. of torque - so you might not take anyone off the line, but that really isn't the focus of a Trax anyway. It's the same engine platform currently used by the Trailblazer, along with an identical base engine.

The side profile was lowered four inches from previous models, while the wheelbase added six inches to reach 106 inches.

Continue reading: A closer look at the 2024 Chevrolet Trax, a revamped SUV with $21,495 price tag (full post)

Introducing the Drako Dragon, a $290,000 luxury EV with a whopping 2,000hp

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 18, 2022 9:30 AM CST

Drako Motors has unveiled the Drako Dragon SuperSUV, a super pricey $290,000 electric car that is insanely fast. The American luxury sports manufacturer wants to ramp up production but isn't in a big rush to push a car that isn't fully prepared.

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The quad motor powertrain with Drako DriveOS NanoControl creates a massive 2,000 hp that leads to an extremely fast driving experience. The car accelerates 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 9 seconds, and a top speed of more than 200 mph. The full carbon fiber design structure of the Dragon allowed it to reduce overall body weight by 50% - but Drako promises twice the structural rigidity.

Drako was able to apply positive and negative torque to each individual wheel, a level of control that simply isn't achievable with a single-engine vehicle using regular mechanics. The front wing is designed for aerodynamics enhanced with reduced drag and proper downforce.

Continue reading: Introducing the Drako Dragon, a $290,000 luxury EV with a whopping 2,000hp (full post)

Learning more about the Sono Motors Sion, an actual affordable solar-powered EV

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 18, 2022 6:15 AM CST

Automaker Sono Motors hopes for success with its $25,000 Sion, a solar-powered electric car for auto markets in Europe and the United States.

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Sono developed its own polymer-based solar technology, which makes up the integrated solar half-cells collecting energy. There are around 450 cells spread across the doors, hood, roof, and pretty much everywhere they could be placed. Solar power leads to around 70 miles of driving range per week - which is why a lithium iron phosphate electric battery also is available. Each charge of the BYD battery is good for a 190-mile drive range.

Drivers have access to real-time data through an app running on the Sion's dashboard - control power sharing, solar power generation levels, and other information is available to the driver.

Continue reading: Learning more about the Sono Motors Sion, an actual affordable solar-powered EV (full post)

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