From safety recalls to climate change protests at the Frankfurt Motor Show – performance, safety, and emissions are in the spotlight this week.
Porsche launches its first electric sports car
Last week Porsche introduced the Taycan, it’s very first fully electric sports car. With a 0-60 time of just 2.6 seconds and 750 horsepower (Turbo S) it has stats to rival many of the brands petrol models. As reported by Wired, the 4-door sports sedan has an 800 volt battery – a first for the EV industry – and can charge to 80% in just 22 minutes using one of the high powered chargers Porsche is installing at its dealerships.
Porsche says owners can expect a range of 279 miles for the Turbo model and 256 for the Turbo S. Chassis engineer Ingo Albers said “It’s faster, it’s smoother, and the performance is better. The traction control is up to 10 times faster than on a normal Porsche.”
GM recalls over 3 million pickups and SUVs
General Motors suffered a blow this week when it announced that it’s recalling some 3.5 million SUVs and pickup trucks after reported brake failures. Some 113 accidents, 13 injuries and hundreds of complaints are attributed to the problem, reports Auto News. It marks one of the largest recalls of the past 5 years in the US. The problem centers around the vacuum pump in the break, which reportedly loses power making it harder to press the brake.
GM told the National Highway Traffic Association that it expects only 2% of the recalled cars to have a problem, and that will be a straightforward fix. The NHTA’s investigation has shown that the company was aware of the problem back in 2015 but hasn’t made any major moves towards fixing it until now.
Frankfurt Motor Show Hit by Protests
The Frankfurt Motor Show – Europe’s flagship automotive event – was hit by huge protests on its opening day this past Saturday. As reported by CNN, thousands of climate change protesters descended on the city and staged a protest march past the event site. Placards were seen reading “STOP SUV,” and “SUV not cool”. According to police, some 15,000 people attended the march. In a statement released before the march, Greenpeace Germany said “Despite the unavoidable effects of the climate crisis, manufacturers at the IAA continues to present a majority of cars that burn petrol or diesel.”
In response, the outgoing head of the VDA (German Automobile Association) which organizes the event, Bernhard Mattes, said he could not promise the show would return to the city in the future, according to the Financial Times. Mattes announced his surprise resignation on Thursday – the same day the event was opened by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Bentley to produce 12 new 1929 “Blower Bentley” replicas
From re-issued Beetles to Jaguar E-Types, reviving classic cars is always a hit with superfans. But just how far back to go? Bentley is heading 100 years into the past to produce 12 editions of the famous “Blower” Bentleys, developed by racing driver Sir Tim Birkin, as reported by Top Gear. The original car was created to beat the competition at Le Mans in 1930. Although the car didn’t win the race, it quickly became a classic – and now almost a century later Bentley is hoping to capitalize on its legacy with the new models, set to retail for a seven-figure sum.
To produce the cars, Bentley plans to dismantle one of the original Blowers before scanning each piece to create a 3D mold of the car.