Tesla promises $25,000 EV, batteries as part of vehicle structure

Tesla late on Tuesday hosted a Battery Day event in Palo Alto, California, where CEO Elon Musk laid out many of the company’s future plans.

In the near term is the introduction of the new Model S Plaid which will cost $141,070 and can already be ordered on Tesla’s website. It’s due in late 2021 with over 1,100 horsepower, a range of more than 520 miles, a top speed of 200 mph, and 0-60 and quarter-mile times in less than 2.0 and 9.0 seconds respectively. Those figures are all superior to those promised by Lucid for its range-topping Air Dream Edition.

Looking further outward, Tesla will completely redesign its battery cells and take over some production duty from current supplier Panasonic whose shortage of cells in the past have slowed production at Tesla. Tesla’s new cell design, referred to as “4680” cells, promises five times the energy, six times

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The Acura TL and TLX: History, Generations, Specifications

Acura TL First Generation

The Acura TL was introduced in 1996 as a replacement for the Vigor, which sat between the compact Integra and the flagship-ish Legend. The TL was initially offered as the 2.5TL and 3.2TL, the former with the Vigor’s unusual 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, while the 3.2TL had the Legend’s 200-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6. Both engines were mounted longitudinally, though the TL was front-wheel-drive. Unlike other Acura models of the time, the first-gen TL was not offered with a manual transmission.

Acura TL Second Generation

The second-generation TL appeared in 1998 for the 1999 model year, now exclusively in 3.2 TL form with a 225-horsepower transverse-mounted V-6. For 2000 the TL’s four-speed automatic was replaced by a troublesome five-speed. The TL was facelifted for 2002 and a new 3.2TL Type-S model boosted power to 260.

Acura TL Third Generation

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Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin form NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as driver

NBA superstar Michael Jordan and current NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin announced Monday plans to field their own team in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, with up-and-coming driver Bubba Wallace already signed on a multi-year contract.

Jordan is the current owner of NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and will be majority owner of the new NASCAR team which will field a single car. He and Hamlin purchased the charter from Germain Racing.

Hamlin has long been connected to Jordan through a sponsorship deal involving the Jordan Brand shoe line, and the two have been close friends for several years after first meeting at an NBA game.

“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” Jordan said in a statement. “The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to

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Who Will Build the First Production Manual Transmission Electric Car?

The “flippening” of cars happened, to a tiny bit of pomp, in late 2019—the first year electric cars outsold manual transmission-equipped cars. The first, but certainly not the last, right? Perhaps the manual transmission’s death isn’t imminent, but already here; just 1.1 percent of cars were sold with manuals in 2019. By Miracle Max’s standards in The Princess Bride, that’s definitely “mostly dead.” But there may be a bellows to fill the lungs of the manual transmission, even as the transition to electric cars continues—in the form of the electric car itself, provided there are enough congregants in the Church of the Third Pedal.

Why Would You Want a Manual EV?

Electric cars these days typically don’t have transmissions, but rather some arrangement of gearsets and differentials yielding a single-speed gear reduction that handles everything from crawling around a parking lot to highway speeds and beyond.

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Head of EV startup Nikola steps down amid fraud allegations

Nikola, a startup working on battery- and hydrogen-electric trucks, announced Sunday that its executive chairman and founder, Trevor Milton, has stepped down.

The company also named current board member and previous General Motors vice chairman Stephen Girsky as its new chairman, effective immediately.

The moves come just days after it was reported that both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission were probing Nikola over allegations of fraud brought up by investment company Hindenburg Research earlier in September.

Hindenburg Research, which called Nikola an “intricate fraud” in a report published Sept. 10, has gone as far as to claim Milton falsely claimed to have proprietary technology, and that the company used mockups in its promotional videos instead of functioning vehicles.

Nikola Badger

Milton owns 20% of Nikola whose share price at one point valued the company higher than Ford. This is despite Nikola never having delivered an

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American Car Brands—Besides Ford—to Race Le Mans

Few American race cars are as revered as the Ford GT, which earned motorsports immortality thanks to its podium sweep at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans (as depicted in the film Ford v Ferrari). Its endurance racing legacy was revived with the launch of the latest-generation, EcoBoost-powered Ford GT racing program, one that scored a breakout class win at the 2016 Le Mans race—50 years after Ford’s signature triumph in 1966.

Although it’s the most legendary American Le Mans car of all time, the Ford GT is far from the only one to compete and win at the French endurance race. The land of the red, white, and blue has a rich heritage of building racers to race in the other land of the red, white, and blue. Some were developed by mainstream automakers, others by independent outfits, with results ranging from spectacular failures to checkered-flag

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