It may not be a typical Old West gun duel, but the Polestar 2 has called out Tesla’s Model 3. The saloon-shaped hatchback takes inspiration from the pricier Polestar 1 and the Volvo S series, coming to market as a “premium five-door fastback.”
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath announced that the “Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model.” The Polestar 2 has two electric motors that are mounted on both axles, giving the car four-wheel drive. It has a 27-module and a 78kWh battery pack located in the floor, both of which help with chassis rigidity and reducing road noise by 3.7dB, claims Polestar.
Many have noted Polestar’s similarity to Volvos—which makes sense, as Polestar is a sub-brand of Volvo. “Volvo has a design history defined by comfort, safety, practicality and risk-free nature,” states Ingenlath. “Polestar is not bound by [this]. Polestars will be designed more around the individual, and be more progressive and performance-oriented.” Ingenlath also stated, “Electric cars give us exciting opportunities. The lack of an engine, more compact powertrains and smaller radiators can mean sleeker front styling and roomier cabins. Underbodies will also be cleaner. This improves the aerodynamics, crucial for driving range.”
While the Tesla 3 might be quicker on the draw—production doesn’t start on the 2 until 2020—the 2 will have 402 bhp and 487 lb-ft with a 311-mile range when it steps out onto the street.
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is Back In Production
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation is a 1960 throwback and it made its public debut during the gruelling 24-hour Le Mans in France. Just 19 of these classic vehicles are in production, and each carries a £6 million price tag.
Originally built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the team at Aston Martin Works, the 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations stay true to the originals.
Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the exterior colour matches the original vehicle. Inside, Obsidian Black leather trim covers the pads in the carbon fibre race seats, door cards, headliner and rear environment. Black Wilton carpets bound in Obsidian Black leather cover the floor, stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread.
The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-litre version of the straight-six cylinder petrol engine producing over 390 horsepower. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential.
Further continuation specifications include a full FIA-approved roll cage, and Borrani silver painted wheels and polished lips. Thin-gauge aluminium body panels dress the lightweight tubular frame in a chassis optimised for track work.
Each car is being constructed to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old-world craftsmanship blended with modern engineering and performance enhancements.
A digital body buck has, for instance, been created to allow Aston Martin engineers to examine minute details of the continuation cars. In contrast, the hand-finished body panels are worked from flat sheets of 1.2 mm thick aluminium representing hundreds of hours of craftsmanship using techniques that were commonplace almost 60 years ago.
First deliveries of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato continuation commence in Q3, 2019 preceding what could become the most ambitious and popular continuation to date: the Aston Martin “Goldfinger” DB5 continuation car, made famous by the James Bond film of the same name. This one comes to market in 2020.
2019 Porsche 935 Moby Dick, There She Blows By
You don’t have to be named Ishmael or even Ahab to appreciate the 2019 Porsche 935 Moby Dick, though you will have to be one of the first 77 people in line to get one of these extremely limited-run cars. Inspired by Porsche’s 935/78 racecar, and given the same moniker, the 2019 Moby Dick is a track-only race car, though even that might be hard to find events for since the car is non-homologated.
Porsche recognizes the limited potential use, stating that the car is “geared towards clubsport events and private training on racetracks.”
The 2019 Moby Dick makes use of the current generation 911 GT2 RS powertrain, which consists of a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine capable of 690 horsepower. The engine mates with a rear-wheel drive seven-speed PDK paddle-shift gearbox. That’s less power than the original Moby Dick.
While there’s a discrepancy in that regard, there’s little to complain about in the looks department. The carbon-reinforced plastic body kit mimics the swoops of the 935/78 version. It does have a new wing, and it sports incorporated LED lights.
Being a race car, the interior is minimal. There’s just one seat beneath an escape hatch, and a welded-in cage. Moby Dick sports a Cosworth data logger and a motorsport wheel.
As limited as it is, you’ll pay quite a bit to add it to your stables–£750,000.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Has a lot to Admire
In June, 1919, Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WWI Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. Of the event, Sir Winston Churchill commented, “I do not know what we should most admire—their audacity, determination, skill, science, their aeroplane, their Rolls-Royce engines—or their good fortune.”
Churchill called out the Rolls-Royce engines for a good reason. Just about everything that could go wrong on the flight did, with the exception of the Rolls-Royce engines. The Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII Collection pays homage to the duo—and the engines that carried them.
The Wraith is finished in a colour scheme reminiscent of the Vimy bomber—two-tone gunmetal and Selby grey paint that is dressed up with brass accents. Unlike the bomber, however, the cabin in an exercise in luxury.
The eucalyptus wood used in the dash went through a special “vacuum metalised” process to create gold, silver, and copper inlays that mimics a bird’s eye view of the moon-lit Earth. The custom clock has an “iced” background that references the instrument panel of the plane freezing up.
The headliner of the Wraith also received a special treatment to make it look like the exact nighttime sky of the flight at its halfway point thanks to 1,183 glowing fibres, with brass threads that outline the flight path Alcock and Brown took.
Only 50 of these special edition cars will be made.
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