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Carbon-Fiber Ferrari 250 GT Replica Greenlit for Production

  • A U.K. company called GTO Engineering is planning to build a modernized version of a Ferrari 250 GT.
  • The car will be built around a carbon-fiber body shell and use a V-12 engine.
  • Expect a price well north of $1 million.

    UPDATE 2/24/2021: GTO Engineering says interest has been high enough to see Project Moderna greenlit to make production. The company confirms that the finished car will weigh under 2200 pounds and have both a naturally aspirated V-12 engine and a manual gearbox, and that the finished version will use both carbon and aluminum bodywork. GTO has also released more renderings of both the car’s exterior and of the magnificent quad-cam V-12 that will power it.

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    Project Moderna

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    Project Moderna

    In September, we were lucky enough to drive a near-exact replica of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione built by GTO Engineering in the U.K. The car was entirely special,

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    Tesla Briefly Halted Model 3 Production in CA over Parts Shortage

    • Tesla halted the Model 3 production line at the Fremont factory for two days due to parts shortages.
    • Other automakers have been feeling the pinch of a semiconductor shortage that’s caused production delays.
    • Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared information about the shutdown via Twitter but did not elaborate on what parts may have caused the issue.

      Tesla isn’t immune to supply-chain issues. On Twitter, CEO Elon Musk announced that the Model 3 line at the Fremont, California, facility had been shut down for two days, Monday and Tuesday of this week, and had restarted production on Wednesday, February 24. The reason for the shutdown, according to Musk, was “parts shortages.”

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      The Tesla CEO didn’t elaborate on what parts had

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      Aptera EV Trike Gets Big Bucks, Inches Closer to Production

      • Aptera, the startup aiming to make a three-wheeled electric vehicle, just got $4 million in funding.
      • That brings it closer to actual production, slated for the end of 2021.
      • The ultra-efficient three-wheeled two-seater promises 1000 miles of range.

        Electric-trike maker Aptera finally has what it needs to really get going: money. Last week the company announced it had closed on $4 million in Series A funding. “Aptera’s continued momentum has now garnered it over 7000 vehicle reservations in just over two months, totaling a quarter-billion in orders,” the company’s news section read.

        It goes on to say Aptera has moved into a new production design facility in the tony Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, just east of La Jolla. (Aside: Dr. Seuss lived in La Jolla and would probably have approved of the Aptera’s shape.)

        The shape, like everything on the vehicle, is squeezed for efficiency. It has

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        Meritor to Begin Commercial Electric Powertrain Production in 2021

        TROY, Mich., Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced that production of its 14Xe™ all-electric, fully integrated, commercial electric powertrain for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles will begin mid-2021.

        Meritor received the first Class 8 truck production contract for electric powertrains in the industry in early 2020. Part of Meritor’s Blue Horizon™ advanced technology portfolio, the 14Xe ePowertrain is the only electric powertrain for Class 8 trucks ready for production, bringing the industry a zero emission, best-in-class, premium solution.

        “The 14Xe ePowertrain has been tested in various conditions around the world with several OEMs, vehicle types and applications, so we can offer the industry a proven electric powertrain technology,” said T.J. Reed, vice president of Global Electrification for Meritor. “In January 2020, we announced our agreement with PACCAR to be its non-exclusive supplier of electric powertrains. One year later, we are nearing production and preparing to

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        Nissan Ariya EV Revealed in Production Form, Arrives in the U.S. Next Year

        • The 2022 Nissan Ariya is a new electric crossover model similar in size to the Rogue.
        • It promises up to 300 miles of range and a starting price of $40,000.
        • Nissan says it will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2021.

          Last year, Nissan showed the Ariya concept and said it would bring this new electric crossover model to production soon. Now the company is fulfilling that promise by showing the production 2022 Ariya, which looks remarkably similar to the concept car both inside and out. The Ariya also claims up to 300 miles of driving range on a single charge, and Nissan says it will start at around $40,000 when it goes on sale in the U.S. late next year.

          Both one-motor and two-motor configurations will be available. The single-motor version offers 215 horsepower, 221 lb-ft of torque, and front-wheel drive, while the dual-motor version makes a

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