The Eliica (or the Electric Lithium-Ion Car) is a battery electric vehicle prototype or concept car first shown in 2004 and designed by a team at Keio University in Tokyo, led by Professor Hiroshi Shimizu. The 5.1 m (17 ft) car runs on a lithium-ion battery and can accelerate from 0100 km/h (62 mph) in four seconds (faster than the Porsche 911 turbo at the time). In 2004, the Eliica reached a speed of 370 km/h (230 mph) on Italy's Nardò High Speed Track. The team's goal is to exceed 400 km/h (250 mph), breaking the record set by today's street-legal gasoline-powered vehicles.
Pundits criticized the 996's styling a great deal, largely because it shared its headlamps— indeed much of its front end, mechanically— with the less expensive Boxster. The 996 had been on the drawing board first and was a more advanced car in some respects, but the cost-cutting seemed inappropriate for an expensive car. Otherwise, the Pinky Lai-penned shape followed the original Butzi Porsche design very closely; the Carrera model had a 0.30 Coefficient of drag. The interior was further criticized for its plainness and its lack of relationship to prior 911 interiors, although this came largely from owners of older 911s.
Cars of the Future [Full Documentary]
Car Technology of the Future
One perspective of what automobiles of the future might be capable of.
Since this is a few years old now, how have our perspectives changed?
Please discuss bellow:
New Electric Cars Are Better
Just showing off some of the cool new electric cars and putting to rest
some of the myths out there. When people think of electric cars, typically
they think of older ugly slower models, lead-acid batterys, and BS
propaganda they've read slamming the "electric cars"(as though they all
carried the exact same attributes)
The battery technology has changed(and will change even more when nanowire
battery becomes common), the speeds have changed, the climate versatility
has changed, the prices are changing, the car companies are changing...
everything is changing for the better. I expect to see a lot more support
for EV's during and after 2010.
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Mini Cooper vs Porsche Carrera S 997
When production of the classic Mini ceased in 2000, BMW (the new owner of
the brand) announced the successor to the Mini—which is variously called
the "BMW MINI" or the "New MINI". The brand name for the new car is MINI
(written in capital letters)
In 2004 the 911 was heavily revised and the 996's replacement, the 997,
was unveiled in July. The 997 keeps the basic profile of the 996, bringing
the drag coefficient down to 0.28, but draws on the 993 for detailing. In
addition, the new front fascia is reminiscent of the older generation, with
the traditional "bug eye" headlamps. Its interior is also similarly
revised, with strong links to the earlier 911 interiors while at the same
time looking fresh and modern. The 997 shares less than a third of its
parts with the outgoing 996, but is still technically very similar to it.
Initially, two versions of the 997 were introduced— the rear wheel drive
Carrera and Carrera S. While the base 997 Carrera produced 325 PS (239 kW)
from its 3.6 L Flat 6, a more powerful 3.8 L 355 PS (261 kW) Flat 6 powers
the Carrera S. Besides a more powerful engine, the Carrera S also comes
standard with 19 inch (48 cm) "Lobster Fork" style wheels, more powerful
and larger brakes (with red calipers), a more sporty suspension, complete
with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) which allows for
electronic adjustability of suspension settings, Xenon Headlamps, and Sport