By now, manufacturers (at least mainstream ones) have made it clear that the days of the manual gearbox are coming to an end. Shifting the gears yourself and working a third pedal will eventually become a lost art. Although we see it mainly in modern cars, this process actually started a while ago and some cars (or specific versions of them) that should have come with a manual gearbox were deprived of it.
Brooks from DragTimes brought two of his best vehicles on the drag strip for a face-off. The contenders are a Tesla Model S Plaid and a McLaren 765 LT. The Plaid is invincible, but the McLaren is no slouch. The 765 LT was the quickest production car to a quarter-mile before the Plaid arrived, taking just 9.3 seconds at 150+ mph. So, this will be an interesting match-up. From the looks of it, the Plaid might claim the bragging rights, but could the McLaren score some upset victories?
The Peugeot Oxia is a high-performance supercar concept that the French Automaker conceived back in the late 80s. It pays homage to the company’s past and certainly was a technological revelation well ahead of its time. It was a supercar that would have gone up against cars like the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 had it actually gone into production.
To put that into perspective, the hi-tech Oxia had north of 600 horsepower, along with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. These specs might seem normal now, but back in the ’80s, they were unheard of. Let’s dwell a little deeper to find out just what the Oxia was all about.
Manufacturers are hard at work, transitioning to fully electric vehicles, and Porsche has already come up with a strategy that would allow for the gradual electrification of its existing lineup. Last year, Porsche gave us the Taycan – its first fully electric production vehicle. It was a good exercise, which showed that there was indeed interest in a high-performance EV from Porsche. With this in mind, the German carmaker is already implementing its strategy to electrify its whole existing lineup by 2024.
The long-awaited Nissan Z has finally been unveiled. With that out of the way, many wonder, what’s next? We know there will be a NISMO version at some point and, no doubt, there will be a facelift in a couple of years, especially if they make it as long as the 370Z (I hope not). Nissan has a rich racing history and the Z is a big part of it, which is why independent automotive designer and illustrator, JONSIBAL is introducing a JGTC-inspired version of the new Z.