We will deliver a digest of weekend news. This time, we will deliver topics such as VR, EV, and autonomous driving related to the Goodwood Festival of Speed being held in the UK.
Muscle Car + EV = Charge Mustang
UK EV venture Charge Automotive has unveiled Carge Mustang, a “Muscle EV” that is not a wolf in sheep’s skin, but a Mustang’s Gawa on the EV, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. Unfortunately, the exhibited car will not be demonstrated, but according to Charge, the maximum speed is 240km / h and the 0-60mph acceleration is less than 4 seconds.
The cruising range of the 64kWh battery is 200 miles (about 322km), which is inferior to recent mass-produced EVs such as the Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf, but the officially licensed 1960s Mustang macho styling is sufficient. It has a motivating appeal to buy.
Its appearance must be American and road warrior, but the details such as the redesigned lights and the replacement of the emblem with that of Charge instead of Ford are the machines of the 2010s, and above all, there is no thick engine sound.
However, when it comes to automobiles in the 1960s, it is difficult to smoke or leak water or oil, and the owner has to make it a hobby not only for driving but also for maintenance that is covered with oil. not. Even if the Gawa is 50 years ago, the Charge Mustang is a simple EV, so it may be recommended for those who want to balance powerful driving and environmental awareness. The price is 300,000 pounds (about 40,700,000 yen). It is the same as other supercars in that we, the common people, have nothing to do with it.
Alejandro Agag, who runs the FIA Formula E Championship, and Gil de Ferran, a former IndyCar champion and now McLaren F1 sporting director, are planning an off-road version of EV motorsport “Extreme E”. Was announced earlier this year. About half a year after that, the machine “Odyssey 21” for Extreme E was released at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.
The series will probably host series battles in the desert areas, glaciers and rainforests that are most likely to be affected by climate change, as the series implies.
The machine was developed by Spark Racing Technology, who was also in charge of designing the Formula E machine. The car body is a combination of a steel pipe frame made of niobium alloy and a huge wheel with a diameter of 940 mm. Although it weighs 1650kg, it accelerates from 0 to 100km / h in 4.5 seconds. Furthermore, according to the presentation material, it is possible to climb a gradient of 130%. Teams participating in the Extreme E series will use this one-make machine, but it is also possible for the team to make their own improvements.
The series is scheduled to start in 2021, and Extreme E will load each machine and battle the world, so purchase the huge cargo liner RMS St Helena that was retired in 2018, make it a transporter, and depending on the event, a floating paddock We have clarified the concept of
What is worrisome while thinking about amateurs is that a large number of spectators will come to the event held in a harsh environment? The place. Outdoor events in scorching deserts and sub-zero glaciers are likely to require more than just holding, but also the safety of the spectators.
Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced earlier this year that they will work together on the development of autonomous driving technology, revealing in April that they are developing Level 4 autonomous driving on the Autobahn that allows autonomous driving without driver intervention. I made it. In addition, the self-driving car is planned to go on sale in 2024.
Although this technology has an automatic parking function as well as an autobahn, a driver is required to board in case of emergency (fully automatic driving is level 5).
The two companies are based on BMW’s autonomous driving campus near Munich and two autonomous driving test centers owned by Daimler, and are developing by exchanging 1200 autonomous driving development engineers. In its release, BMW states that it is focusing on “from driver assistance systems, including sensors, to building a joint data center for data storage, management, processing, and functional and software development.”
BMW is aiming for Level 3 autonomous driving in 2021, and Mercedes is developing autonomous driving technology in urban areas with Bosch. The two companies are planning to discuss a partnership not only for the launch of Level 4 autobahn vehicles, but also for robot taxis for urban areas.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from July 4th to 7th, is a true automobile festival where rare one-off supercars and vintage cars from all over the world gather. However, there is a fierce battle for parking lots outside the venue every time (?).
Red Bull Motorsport has released a video (with significant exaggeration and arrangement) of the seating battle between the two cars heading for the Goodwood Festival.
The cars that will appear are the race-spec Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2 and Kamaz, a Russian military truck maker known for participating in the Paris-Dakar Rally. Urakan will be driven by New Zealand drift racer “Mad” Mike Whiddett, and Kamaz will be driven by exclusive driver Eduard Nikolaev.
The topic of EVs and climate variability is also important, but when it comes to this part, let’s put that aside, tire squealing, intense smoke, trampling on the well-maintained lawn, and breaking fences. The correct way to enjoy it is to enjoy the real thrill of a rough “car”. I’m looking forward to seeing the ending of the video, but I’m also paying attention to Goodwood and the many cars parked in the parking lot.
Samsung and U.S. stunt driver Van Gittin Jr. show off their splendid drifting at the Lincoln MKZ, commonly known as the “S-Drone,” modified for remote control at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. did.
The system was developed by Designated Driver, a startup in Portland, Oregon, using Vodafone’s 5G line and a drive controller located miles away from the Goodwood Festival venue to remotely control live action. I’m showing you.
The completely blindfolded S-Drone is equipped with two Galaxy smartphones, a camera and a sensor on its roof, and conveys the image from it to a remote driver. However, when it comes to drifting, even a one-second video delay can upset the balance of the car body and cause a crash. That is covered with the power of 5G.
The video was taken a few days before the Goodwood Festival of Speed started, but it is said that the demonstration run is actually being carried out during the holding period. The Goodwood Festival is broadcast live on YouTube, so if you play it like a BGV, you can enjoy various cars such as precious cars, super expensive cars, and new cars of the self-driving electric race car Roborace .