Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Mike Hanlon

Clockwise from top left: the 550 hp Mercedes Benz AMG E63 S Wagon, the new Jaguar XFR-S Sp...

The superwagon class gained an extra competitor overnight with the news that Jaguar will produce an R-S branded "estate car" with a 542 hp, 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake will cost GBP82,495 (USD$137,700) and will become a direct competitor for the 560 hp Audi RS 6 Avant, 556 hp Cadillac CTS-V, and the 550 hp Mercedes Benz AMG E63 S Wagon.  Read More

The respective presidents of Yamaha Motor and Gordon Murray Design at the launch of the MO...

More details have emerged on the development of the Yamaha MOTIV.e city car concept which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. The MOTIV.e will be offered with several drivetrains, including an electric version, and EV specialist Zytek will supply a purpose-built ultra-high-speed motor for the project. The 25 kW Zytek motor spins to 15,000 rpm and comes with advanced thermal management and control integration. The unit has been designed to cut cost, weight and size and this appears to have been achieved as the motor weighs just 13 kg, the gearbox just 11 kg and the inverter just 7.5 kg.  Read More

PICTORIAL: Round 1 World Superbike Championships - Phillip Island

The first round of the World Superbike Championships was held at Phillip Island on the weekend with strong indications that the 2014 championship will be won on one of five bikes: an Aprilia RSV4 1000, a Kawasaki ZX-10R, a Ducati Panigale, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 or a Honda CBR1000RR.  Read More

Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the pa...

Lotus Motorcycles has released the first images of its new lightweight C-01 superbike, produced by a collaboration of motorsport veterans led by Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa, with support from the Holzer Group, all under license from Group Lotus plc. The bodywork has been crafted by Daniel Simon while the bike's geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles, not to mention F1 and LMP2 cars. So apart from the name that carries so much gravitas, the team behind it comes with serious credibility too. The 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike.  Read More

Flying Machine's F-One 3D-printed titanium bicycle

It’s only ten days since we wrote about the titanium 3D-printed Empire Cycles MX-6 Evo mountain bike, a one-off machine designed to show what can be done with additive manufacturing. This article however is not about a one-off bicycle, but a bespoke, made to measure titanium bicycle manufacturing process that’s getting underway at Flying Machines in Perth, Australia. Each customer is measured, and the dimensions are then used to calculate the exact geometry required and the titanium parts are printed. It is anticipated that the entire process will enable finished bikes to be delivered inside three weeks, at a cost of US$3150.  Read More

Clockwise from top left: The featherweight Hastur 620cc Streetfighter; lightweight 250cc H...

Hero MotoCorp CEO Pawan Munjal called the slew of new motorcycles his company showed at the recent New Delhi Auto Expo "the dawn of a new era," and it wasn't just PR speak. Faced with continuing to sell 600,000 bikes a month while replacing Honda's technology by the end of the year, Hero unveiled an astonishing new range including a 620-cc street-fighter, a 250-cc sports bike, a 35 kg electric bicycle, a fuel-cell bike with maglev wheels and advanced telematics, a superscooter and a 240 mpg hybrid scooter. Read on for all the details.  Read More

Brammo is scaling up its global dealer network and by the end of 2014 the Empulse and Empu...

Brammo has updated its Empulse and Empulse R for 2014 with a 4.5 kg weight reduction, new instruments and a set of continuous-compound Continental SportAttack2 tires. In most other respects, the Empluse is identical to last year's model though it now meets EU regulations and distribution will begin in the UK and Europe soon. The 2014 Empulse runs to US$17,000 and the R model will cost an extra $2000.  Read More

Hero Motocorp suddenly seems more than capable of replacing Honda's technology, it also se...

Hero Motocorp’s RNT hybrid turbo-diesel-electric motorcycle prototype might well begin a new phase in the development of the motorcycle as an all-purpose utility vehicle offering life solutions well beyond just mobility, particularly in rural areas and the developing world where the scooter is both the family car and an all-purpose haulage vehicle. Its 150 cc diesel engine produces 35 Nm of torque at just 1600 rpm, with an optional turbocharger which will double both those figures. A 1.3 hp electric front wheel motor gives the bike two-wheel drive. The RNT’s generator can output 1500 W of 230V electrical power continuously, making it ideal as a portable power source, and the LED headlight unclips to offer a portable and powerful light source. Large flat loading surfaces front and rear plus numerous mounting handles indicate a long overdue rethink of how the scooter is used in many parts of the world.  Read More

Vespa's 150 TAP (Troupes Aéro Portées) was designed to be dropped into battle by parachute...

For motorcyclists wishing to balance the inequities of the road-going pecking order, this could be the perfect mount. Vespa's 150 TAP might only be good for 40 mph, but the integrated M20 light anti-armor cannon shoots 75 mm rounds capable of penetrating 100 mm of armor from four miles.  Read More

The Wokart  (Photo: Wokart)

The Wokart is a featherweight asymmetric catamaran with a centrally-located 70 hp outboard motor that's designed to have the driving characteristics and power-to-weight of a go-kart. The automotive seating and controls make it just like driving a car ... and in four years of development and testing, no-one has flipped one over. Production begins next month and at €20,000 it offers all the fun of a PWC with a fraction of the environmental footprint. Unlike most toys, a horsepower upgrade is as simple as bolting in an 85hp motor, which makes it "unsuitable for the general public," a nice way of saying, "you can't handle this."  Read More

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