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Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar

Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar Debuts in North America

The Battista represents a new reality for electric car desirability in cities, in suburbs and on circuits

Automobili Pininfarina launched its stunning pure-electric 1,900hp Battista hypercar in North America – just one year after the company was introduced at the 2018 Rome Formula E race. Shown in the days leading up to the New York Auto Show, the production-ready model was debuted during an exclusive, invite-only event at Studio 525 in Chelsea by Michael Perschke, CEO and Luca Borgogno, Design Director.

During the event, one of only 150 Battistas, painted in a stunning Grigio Luserna satin-grey carbon with Blu Iconica design accents, was on display. The world-first car was revealed to an excited audience of car collectors, supercar owners, business leaders, automotive influencers and members of the media.

To celebrate its arrival in the world’s biggest market for both supercars and electric cars, a new film of the Battista in action, driving through the streets of New York has been released.

“The Battista’s arrival in New York is a proud moment for the entire Automobili Pininfarina team, as we can finally begin to bring the next generation of hypercars to discerning customers throughout North America” said Perschke. “We’re quite confident that this is the car that makes the United States fall in love with ultra-high-performance electric vehicles.”

Pulling from traditions of Italian design and European engineering, alongside the latest in cutting- edge technology, the company is entering a previously unoccupied market segment with great potential. The new demand for high performance zero-emission vehicles, driven by the increasing emissions regulations in the urban centers of major global cities, puts the Pininfarina Battista at the forefront of a growing trend in the ultra-luxury automobile market.

The Battista’s showing in New York coincides with the beginning of Pininfarina’s search for strategic partners to execute the next phase of its development plans. Following the enthusiastic reception of the Battista, Pininfarina plans to launch a full range of high-end, zero emissions SUVs, broadening its consumer reach in the luxury electric vehicle market.

Deliveries of the Battista to North American clients begin in late 2020, with over half the allocation already reserved.

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Jaguar Land Rover Unveil North American Debuts

Jaguar Land Rover Unveil North American Debuts at 2019 New York International Auto Show

British automaker showcases its largest model and powertrain line up to date

Jaguar Land Rover has showcased its largest model and powertrain lineup to date from both brands at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

The show, held from April 19 – 28, will serve as the stage for the North American debut of the newly refreshed 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan and the 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition, as well as the second U.S. auto show appearance for the all-new next-generation 2020 Range Rover Evoque.

The 2019 New York International Auto Show also serves as a milestone in the company’s commitment to electrification, as all electrified Jaguar and Land Rover powertrain options currently offered will be showcased on the stand. In addition to the all-electric (BEV) 2019 Jaguar I-PACE; mild-hybrid (MHEV) 2020 Range Rover Evoque; and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 2020 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the new mild-hybrid (MHEV) inline six-cylinder Ingenium engine debuting in the 2019 Range Rover Sport demonstrates the brand’s continued push to offer an electrified option in every one of its models that are new or significantly redesigned from 2020 onward.  

The Jaguar brand will display a number of vehicles from its current lineup, including the new 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan, 2019 Jaguar XJ50 limited-edition 50th anniversary luxury sedan and 2020 F-TYPE sports car. The brand’s ‘PACE’ family of SUVs will also be on view, including the new high-performance 550HP 2019 Jaguar F-PACE SVR; the all-electric 2019 Jaguar I-PACE; and 2019 Jaguar E-PACE compact performance SUV.

Land Rover will showcase the latest from its lineup of premium SUVs, including the complete Range Rover family: Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, and the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque. The Discovery family will also be represented by the Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport.

Homecoming

Today, Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.

Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.

In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”

Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.

“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.

Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Parkwood Entertainment

Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

Cinturato CA67 Tire

PIRELLI EQUIPS THE ‘GULLWING’ MERCEDES WITH THE CINTURATO CA67, THE VERY FIRST MODERN SPORTING TIRE, AT THE HISTORIC MILAN-SANREMO RACE

The Cinturato CA67, now part of the Collezione range for classic cars, pioneered Pirelli’s Perfect Fit strategy by creating a bespoke tire for every car: the hallmark of the current P Zero family

The Pirelli Cinturato CA67 will equip the ‘gullwing’ Mercedes 300 SL; an emblematic car at the 2019 tribute to the historic Milan to Sanremo race. The Cinturato is the first sporting tire in modern history as well as Pirelli’s longest-standing brand, which represented the company on posters and in adverts for decades. Pirelli’s Cinturato was born as “tread pattern 367” and then sold by the Italian firm under the CA67 name from the early 1950s. Now this tire is back at the latest tribute to the famous Milan to Sanremo road race: one of the oldest motorsport competitions in Italy, where Pirelli is a sponsor. In this 11th running of the event, which gets underway from the Monza circuit near Milan on March 28, Pirelli returns one of most potent symbols of mass motoring to the road: a result of the economic boom of the 1960s.

AN ITALIAN STORY: EMANUELI, THE TIRE WIZARD

The Cinturato was the first radial tire made by Pirelli and also the first to have an overtly sporting character, having been initially designed to equip the Alfa Romeo range. The tread compound was extremely resistant to high temperatures and cuts, while the radial canvas structure with crossed belts ensured extra rigidity. This in turn made the tire feel more precise and well-suited to the first sports cars of the modern age. The father of this patented product was Luigi Emanueli from Milan: a master of technology and a renowned tire wizard; to the point where he is now remembered as the creator of the Cinturato. But before becoming the most long-standing brand in Pirelli’s range, the Cinturato had to earn its fame in an age (the 1950s and 1960s) when comfort was prioritized over performance. It was the start of the era of specialization that we know today, and manufacturers were beginning to produce the first true sports cars. However, for a ground- breaking tire like the Cinturato CA67, it wasn’t always easy to shake off the dominance of established tires with more conventional structures, such as the Stelvio and Sempione. It didn’t take long for the change to come. Already by 1954, the CA67 had become the public face of Pirelli, with its distinctive silhouette and tread pattern representing the company at trade shows and in adverts. The CA67 remained part of the range until 1980, and today it is available as part of the Pirelli Collezione family. This is where enthusiasts can find tires that combine classic looks with modern technology and materials, helping to retain each classic car’s all-important originality. The Cinturato brand, of course, never went out of production. Today, it’s still available with the P7: one of Pirelli’s tires with the greatest number of homologations.

THE FIRST MADE TO MEASURE TIRE

Sporting performance and customization remain key hallmarks of Pirelli’s DNA today, and this became well-known thanks to the Cinturato. “Tread pattern 367” heralded the start of Pirelli’s Perfect Fit strategy, which represents the focus of the Milanese company and helps it stand out from competitors, especially with the P Zero range. As a result, makers of premium and prestige cars can rely on tires that are precisely tailored to every individual model. The Cinturato CA67 was the forerunner of a family of tires with specific applications, modified to perfectly suit the vehicles they are fitted to. As the name suggests, a Perfect Fit that inaugurated the unique made-to- measure approach that still characterizes Pirelli tires today.

 

2019 BUICK ENVISION

by Vaughn Lowery x Tara McDonough

As of late, we had the chance to witness some of the most brilliant talent in Division 1 college basketball conquer the court during March Madness. Exactly like we saw Gonzaga and Texas Tech soar during the championship, we are seeing a fresh new imprint emerge within the auto industry, Buick. State of the art technology at an arms reach coupled with a feisty yet responsive 2.5L 4-cylnder engine. Starting at $32,990, the Buick’s Envision is certainly poised to become a leader within the luxury compact SUV market, sprinting towards perfect with the manufacturer’s potent DNA underneath it’s skin.

PERFORMANCE
The Buick Envision’s 2.0L turbo engine offers increased vehicle performance of 252 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine and transmission updates produce 0-60 mph acceleration just under a half-second quicker than the 2018 model. The nine-speed automatic transmission matched with 2.0L turbo models and single-rate brake booster allows for improved overall performance which requires less effort. This model highlights a few firsts for Buick such as its first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and first Active Twin Clutch AWD system.

EXTERIOR
New front and rear fascias, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and grille design set this Buick apart from its predecessors. Efficiency-enhancing features including active grille shutters and a structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength steel, and an aluminum hood. The frame is offered in Envision, Preferred, Essence, Premium I and Premium II trims – in FWD and AWD configurations. Lighting upgrades across all trims include HID headlights standard on 2.5L models, bi-functional LED headlamps on 2.0L turbo models and LED wing signature lights on every model.

INTERIOR
The Buick Envision cabin is made up of Dark Galvanized leather-appointed seats with Ebony interior. Front seats are power-adjustable in eight ways and the sliding, 60/40-split rear seat offers the flexibility of more legroom for those occupying the second row. Also available for the second row are kneeling cushions which enable a flatter load floor while he seat is folded. The interior is equipped with tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls. These features combined with an in in-vehicle air ionizer for better air quality and active noise cancellation makes the Buick the perfect ride. For easy usage, Buick implements their first english stop/start deactivation switch and passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start

TECHNOLOGY
The Buick shines even brighter when it comes to its new tech enhancements. Accompanying standard inclusions such as heated and ventilated seating, a premium bose sound system, voice command and WiFi hotspot, the Envision implements next-generation wireless charging with wattage capability for fast and efficient charging. Another stand out is the Teen Driver feature which allows parents to set controls, review driving habits and encourage safe driving habits even when they are not in the vehicle.

SAFETY
Premium trims include the Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Following Distance Indicator. Also included are Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and the Driver Confidence Package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Surround Vision and Front Automatic Braking.

Look no further in your search for a top of the line SUV; the Buick Envision combines scientific advances with luxury and comfort in this new model. This sleek front runner caters to all levels of drivers from beginners to experts looking for the latest in the auto industry, going beyond expectations.

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Mitch Evans Wins First Formula E Race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Rome

Mitch Evans made history for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, claiming the team’s first ever ABB FIA Formula E win in Rome. It is Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.

During a qualifying session plagued with intermittent rain showers, an impressive performance from Mitch saw the Kiwi driver clinch P2 from Super Pole. Teammate Alex claimed a ninth place qualifying, before being penalised for exceeding the maximum power limit and started at P21.

An early collision at turn 17/18 caused a pile up of several cars and brought out a red flag.

Mitch drove confidently at the restart and managed to overtake Andre Lotterer with Attack Mode at turn 11 for the lead of the race. Despite Lotterer activating Attack More a lap later, the Kiwi driver defended well and held onto his first win in the series.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the Paris E-Prix on 27 April.

Mitch Evans commented about the win:

“This feels beautiful. It was a fantastic race. The first few laps were tricky in the wet. After the red flag I just wanted to stay steady. From early on I felt comfortable and my energy management was ahead of target so we decided to use it when it mattered. I wanted to use Attack Mode when Lotterer didn’t have it to gain that power difference. We had great pace from the beginning, so I really felt confident out there today.

It’s been years since I had a win, so this really feels amazing. I’m so happy for the team, for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing for all their hard work and to Jaguar Land Rover for their support over the past three seasons. This has really come at a great time.”

DROGO D110

With the final season of Game of Thrones starting this weekend, Arkonik have named their latest build in honour of their favourite character. Drogo, Khal of Khals may be gone, but he is certainly not forgotten!

This Defender will shortly cross the sea to conquer the rocky mountain trails and canyon lands of western USA. Arkonik Defenders are undefeated in their dominion over other off-road restorations and DROGO will continue to lead the charge. This Coniston Green D110 is ready for a nomadic life beneath sun and stars, equipped with Baja Designs® LED spotlights and Trucklite® twin-cat headlamps. The Front Runner® roof rack will carry everything required, whilst the Terrafirma® suspension with 2” lift-kit and Safari® wading kit are ready for whatever terrain lies ahead.

Toyota Alludes to All-New 2020 Highlander

Toyota Partners with Brooklyn Artist to Create Illusion Ahead of NY Auto Show

Toyota has partnered with with augmented reality artist Michael Murphy to create an out of this world illustration that will have people guessing if what they are seeing is real at all. The 3D illusion of the fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander will be debuted at the New York International Auto Show. as well as in the sky, projected on buildings throughout the city, on April 17.

Watch how it all came together in the time lapse video here.

The project took Murphy nearly 2 months to create in his Brooklyn studio. He painted each piece of the illusion by hand and later worked with a team to place the 200 pieces carefully to have them appear as if floating in air, reminiscent of a giant mobile.

The installation capitalizes on the design elements of the Highlander that will be sure to stand out. The piece captures the model’s power in a modern and sophisticated way.

Check out the 3D illusion in hidden areas all around New York City, online here, or on a livestream of the press conference here.

About Michael Murphy

Augmented reality artist Michael Murphy creates full-blown 3D illusions from pieces of paper and poster board. Ohio-born and working in New York City, Murphy’s “Perceptual Art” installations, can be seen around the world. His pieces play with viewers’ perception and forces them to investigate further.

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Camaro ZL1 Convertible

by Tara McDonough x Vaughn Lowery

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

At the starting price of $67,500 the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible combines a beautiful exterior with the amenities and power to back it up. With a roof that folds down in under 20 seconds and the ability to go from 0-60 MPH in 3.5 seconds, any average drive can turn into a carefree cruise in the sun or the last lap of the Daytona 500. The Camaro ZL1 convertible is the high-speed drop-top to beat.

PERFORMANCE

The Camaro owes its incredible velocity to its 6.2L engine and supercharged V8. The fast-shifting model boasts a 650 hp and 650 lb.-ft of torque, the option of standard six-speed manual transmission or 10-speed automatic, and a maximum speed of 195 MPH. Brembo performance brakes ensure that even the fastest rides can be kept under control. Working hand in hand with the automatic transition are magnetic ride control, limited slip differential and exhaust dual mode performance. Custom Launch Control allows for optimized acceleration and Line Lock to lock the Camaro’s front wheels and enable the rear wheels to spin for maximum grip. The annual fuel cost comes out to $2,800 at 6.2 gallons per 100 miles and 16 MPG combined city and highway performance. The exhaust notes are music to the ears of any car enthusiast, mimicking the sounds of thunder and lightning. The quad exhaust can be compared to the Jaguar F Type SVR, but the Camaro comes in first place. Any driver will feel like a winner in this drag-race style convertible.

EXTERIOR

The Camaro ragtop has a hard tonneau top that reclines by remote activation for easy access and a frame that sits low, comparable to the Lamborghini Huracán. Aerodynamic enhancements like a front air dam, splitter and a carbon fiber hood extractor, along with a carbon fiber rear wing, help reduce lift and increase downforce to keep ZL1 glued to the track. The exterior is equipped with HD headlamps and tail lamps with LED signature and 20” wheels made of forged aluminum for a clean and forceful look. The styling screams power and appears much more refined than its predecessors.The rear end adopts fresh taillights and a revised bumper.

INTERIOR

Despite its roaring engine, the Camaro’s cabin has the quietest interior noise which pairs comfortably with Recaro leather trimmed bucket seats and suede seat inserts. The momentum and performance of the car pulls drivers in and the race inspired Recaro seats keep them there, snugly in place for a wild ride. The styling and refinements are reminiscent of German auto options. Front seats can be heated and ventilated and cuff the body tight on fast paced drives.

SAFETY

The Camaro not only comes equipped for speed, but for safety as well. It’s Stabilitrak stability control includes traction control combined with rear cross traffic alert, park assist and side blind zone alert. Owners are not only safe from driving mishaps, but battery rundown and theft as well.

TECHNOLOGY

Besides coming supplied with standard options such as voice recognition, Apple carplay, 4G LTE wifi hotspot and wireless phone charging, the Camaro includes an enhanced Performance Data Recorder. With the Data Recorder drivers are able to view real-time performance data in order to analyze technique and improve driving abilities. Any driver can train themselves for professional racing. Other notable additions include Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 software, newly standard forward-collision warning and one of the best Bose sound systems in its class. If the noise cancelling cabin didn’t drown out the Camaro’s thunderous motor, then the concert-like sound experience would definitely do the trick.

The Camaro Convertible ZL1, with its bold rear styling, upgraded technology and insane performance, is equally at home on the road, track or drag strip.

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ARKONIK DEFENDER × ASAP

Beat the waiting list. This Defender is available for immediate delivery

With over 200 vehicles exported to North America, we have perfected the art of balancing authentic restoration with modern day comforts. To celebrate our ten-year anniversary in 2017, the Arkonik team curated DECADE. Fast forward eighteen months and we are pleased to unveil this completely restored and reimagined, one-of-a-kind Defender.

Beat the waiting list: DECADE is available for immediate delivery, straight to your doorstep!

Decadent gold accents complement the custom Santorini Black bodywork, including the trademark hinges, KBX® Signature grille and wing-top air intakes. Hand-painted pinstripes have been added along the flanks and under the bulging Puma hood. The distinctive theme continues inside with sumptuous black leather upholstery and gold fluting. DECADE is currently at Arkonik headquarters, ready and waiting to embark on a new adventure.

EXTERIOR

• Bodywork in Santorini Black with gold fleck

• Gold pinstripe & hinges

• Kahn® 1945 18″ alloys with gold lip

• BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires

• Puma hood with Arkonik badge

• KBX Signature grille with gold mesh

• Bumper with gold-rimmed DRLs

• Trucklite® Twin-Cat LED headlamps

• Gold KBX wing-top air-intakes

• Satin Black chequer plate

• Arkonik® Raptor Black steering guard

• Ebony Fire & Ice side steps

• NAS rear step

INTERIOR

• Ruskin Inside™ Supersoft Black leather with gold fluting & stitch

• Recaro® Cross Sportster CS heated front seats

• Central lock box with 12V & twin USB port

• 3 Premium high-back centre row seats

• Matching leather dash & door cards

• Moto-Lita® 15″ black leather steering wheel

• Black anodized gear knobs & door furniture

• Orange LED lighting package

• Pioneer® sound system with Apple® CarPlay & reversing camera display

• Air conditioning