New McLaren vehicle architecture now lighter with electrification potential

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McLaren has revealed the new carbon-fibre vehicle architecture that will underpin its new generation of hybrid vehicles – and usher in an era of fully electric supercars, too.

It has been developed in-house at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) near Sheffield, where each tub will also be built before being transported to the McLaren production centre in Woking.

The platform is designed to be flexible so that it can be used in a variety of applications and has been developed specifically to allow for electrification, with the first McLaren using it to be launched in 2021.

McLaren chassis forming process
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The British supercar maker has developed ‘innovative, world-first processes’ that gets rid of unnecessary mass to reduce weight and improve safety. The build sees hundreds of pieces of carbon-fibre cloth cut for each chassis, before being aligned using precise laser technology.

These pieces are then placed in a resin mould where they

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Ask Pinkbike: Fixing Rattling Brake Pads, Best Backcountry Bike, & Are Shock Lockouts Necessary?

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Here at Pinkbike, we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic “Can I have stickers?” to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we’ll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we’ll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.
Best Bike For Backcountry Adventure?

Question: @Bleeder asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country Forum: After riding Lord of the Squirrels last summer, I had to rethink what type of riding do I want to do heading into my 50’s. I still love bike parks, but the big epic rides in the back country are more enticing to me these days. Question is, what’s the best bike for such rides? What climbs like

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RoboSense 80 Laser-Beam LiDAR RS-Ruby Lite Is Officially for Sale, Early-Bird Price $12,800

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SHENZHEN, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RoboSense http://www.robosense.ai/, the leading provider of smart LiDAR sensor, today launched an 80 laser-beam 3D sensing LiDAR ready for customer delivery with early-bird price of $12,800 (limited offer till 31st August, 2020), and standard price of $15,800. The timing of announcing this favorable package also marks the company’s 6-year anniversary. The performance of the RS-Ruby Lite is close to that of the 128 laser-beam LiDAR RS-Ruby, with a vertical angular resolution of 0.1 degrees and 160m@10% ranging ability (with the longest detection range of 230 meters), making it suitable to address medium-and-high-speed autonomous driving applications with a price much more affordable to accelerate the commercialization of smart and safe transportation.

Inheriting The Superb Performance Of The 128 Laser-Beam LiDAR RS-Ruby

The RS-Ruby Lite has inherited the superb performance from the 128 laser beams LiDAR RS-Ruby, whereas, it collects reduced amounts of but essential data of

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McLaren debuts new platform to underpin future hybrids

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  • McLaren just introduced an all-new platform that’s meant for its upcoming generation of hybrid cars.
  • The first McLaren hybrid supercar to use that platform will launch in 2021.
  • McLaren will stop building traditional engines that rely on gasoline by 2030, according to the Financial Times.
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Boutique British automaker McLaren has only ever made two hybrid models. The first was the P1 in 2013. Only 375 were made. The second was the Speedtail in 2018. Only 106 were built. Since then, it’s been gasoline all the way. But that’s about to change.

On Tuesday, McLaren introduced an all-new platform intended to underpin its upcoming generation of electrified supercars. Designed specifically for future hybrid powertrains, the new carbon-fiber platform will ensure the cars are lightweight and safe. McLaren said the first hybrid supercar built on the platform will launch next year. 

The new architecture is

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The ELF Could Replace a Car for a Lot of People

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TreeHugger Sami lives in Durham, North Carolina where they make the ELF, a solar and pedal powered hybrid vehicle that is “specifically designed to get the cycle-challenged out of their cars.” I recently was in Durham and visited Organic Transit with Sami, and got to try out the ELF for myself, as well as getting a factory tour. Here’s background from Sami if you want to catch up: Meet the ELF: An American-built solar-powered trike Organic Transit ELF velomobile now with two-seater option

credit: Dr. Apoorv Agarwal getting out a frame

The ELF is built with as many local components as possible, starting with a welded aluminum frame being handled here by former Ford exec and now General Manager Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, who gave us our tour.

credit: Lloyd Alter/ steering mechanism

It’s hard to photograph this stuff with the busy backgrounds, but basically the components are built up on

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9 must-have classic car accessories

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Owning and driving a classic car can be rewarding, but it helps to know a few tricks.


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Owning and driving a classic car is easier now than it ever has been. You can find parts for all but the most esoteric models, thanks to the internet. And it’s easier than ever to get advice on finding a mechanic or fixing things yourself. Still, classic cars have special needs and as someone who’s had a few — currently (and likely forever) my W108 Mercedes-Benz — I’ve found some of the best products to help keep your classic going.

These are all products that I’ve personally had experience with (except for the halon fire extinguisher, knock on wood-paneled dashboard) and have found to be helpful in a variety of situations from breakdowns to basic weekend afternoon car care.

Read more: Best tire shine spray and gel for 2020 

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Which Cars Have the Best Ambient Lighting? (And What Is It?)

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Ever wonder if you could turn your car’s interior into a full-on light show? Well, that’s now possible because many modern vehicles offer cool ambient lighting, even on non-luxury cars. Keep reading to find out what ambient lighting is, as well as what cars have the best ambient lighting systems.

What Is Ambient Lighting?

The feature  utilizes interior lights mounted around the cabin to enhance the design and maybe even soothing driver and passenger. In addition to the foot wells, some ambient lighting systems often illuminate the door and dash trim, cupholders, climate control vents, and speaker surrounds. Some cars provide the option to tailor the color of the ambient lighting and a few even allow the lighting to pulsate in time with the audio system for added customizability.

Every automaker does ambient lighting differently. Some are subtle like in certain Nissan, Infiniti, Honda, and Acura products. On the other

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How Climate Friendly is Bike Sharing? It’s Complicated

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In Oklahoma, where modern bike sharing began, they’re called Tulsa Townies. In New York, they’re CitiBikes. In Denver, bike sharing is called B-Cycle. In Washington, D.C., the program is Capital Bikeshare.

These brightly colored bikes and their riders, often seen braving a gauntlet of impatient taxis, city buses and delivery trucks in dense urban areas, are nearly ubiquitous in these cities, granting commuters the freedom to leave their cars behind and get to their destination on their own schedule without having to walk far or take a bus or train.


Denver B-Cycle bikes at a docking station.
Credit: Jeremy Crantek/flickr

Though bike sharing in other forms has been around for decades, automated electronic bike sharing systems are a recent invention, and they’re spreading quickly through the country’s biggest cities. New York’s CitiBike program, which began in May 2013, counted 8.7 million riders in its first year.  

Several things are nearly

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I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

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Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

Photo: Raphael Orlove

Less than a mile into the trail, I crossed over a little plank bridge, over a small hump and then KERSNAP. I knew something was wrong, it just took me a minute to realize that two rather important parts of my bike had completely detached.

Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

I didn’t quite expect to love this bike, an ‘87 Schwinn Cimarron I venmo’d a guy $150 for across the country and had shipped home. The bars looked wrong. The drivetrain looked wrong. It didn’t come with eyelets on the fork, like Cimarrons are supposed to. But once I got the thing, put it together, started bombing park trails here around Brooklyn with it, I started to fall for the thing. It felt like a tough little bastard, and I couldn’t stop trying to bunny hop it off of every curb I could, launch it off of every jump

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Towing company illegally auctioned off Marine sergeant’s car while she was deployed, DOJ alleges

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Justice Department attorneys have filed a lawsuit against a Tampa, Fla., towing company, alleging the company illegally auctioned off a Marine sergeant’s car while she was deployed to Okinawa.

The company, Target Recovery Towing, Inc. and Target Recovery & Transport, Inc., is accused of violating federal law by auctioning off the 2011 Nissan Versa belonging to Marine Sgt. Jennifer Eunjung Ko, without first getting a court order, according to the complaint filed Aug. 18 in federal court in Tampa. The actions were in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the complaint alleges.

And although Ko, whose last name is now Wilbur, no longer had possession of the car, she still was responsible for the car payments, and continued making those monthly loan payments to her lender. She was in Okinawa for about two years, from February, 2017 until February, 2019. In June, 2020, she left the Marine Corps.

“Imagine

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