Just a couple of years ago all of the top speed and acceleration competitions were mostly conducted between gasoline guzzling four-wheelers, while electric cars, maybe with the exception of Teslas, were laughed at for their lack of power and slow speeds. But it does seem the days of internal combustion domination are coming to an end since all-electric autos are confidently entering the top speed and acceleration competition.

Nio EP9

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The Chinese manufacturer NextEV proudly calls their Megawatt electric hypercar the fastest in the world. With 1341 horsepower output, and it does show some spectacular performance.

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From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified. The company made the announcement at its inaugural Tech Fest, a series of debates and a free public exhibition about the future of mobility.

  • Commitment to electrification demonstrated with new electric models from Jaguar’s past, present and future at inaugural Tech Fest event
  • Past – iconic Jaguar E-type now electrified for the 21st century
  • Present – all-new electric Jaguar I-PACE Concept, the SUV that combines a supercar silhouette with sports car performance, goes on sale next year
  • Future – visionary FUTURE-TYPE virtual concept imagines autonomous, connected, electric and shared mobility for 2040 and beyond
  • Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest takes place at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
  • Free-to-enter festival open from Friday 8 September to Sunday 10 September

Jaguar E-type Zero

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The electric Jaguar E-type Zero future-proofs one of the world’s most famous cars. Acclaimed by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”, the E-type now combines breathtaking design with electric power for the first time. E-type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain for 0-60mph in just 5.5sec. It was engineered by Jaguar Classic at the company’s new Classic Works in Warwickshire, UK.

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If you think Land Rover has gone soft, then you need to check out the new Discovery SVX developed by the Special Vehicle Operations team. The 525-hp supercharged V8 means the SVX can keep up with just about anything and probably could crack 150 mph. But it’s also good at going slowly. Land Rover says the Discovery SVX has improved approach and departure angles, a locking rear differential, and knobby high-sidewall tires for slogging through the mud.

Want to go even more slowly…in reverse? Nestled in the rear bumper between the tow hooks, the concept SUV has a winch with a conspicuous orange hook—though it might not make it to production.

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The ZR2 rolls on 31-inches tires, and it’s brawnier than the standard Colorado on which it is based. Specifically, the ZR2 is 3.5 inches wider and sits 2 inches higher. The ZR2’s advanced Multimatic DSSV shock technology is something normally seen on supercars. In this application, the tech is tuned to let the ZR2 excel at both rock-crawling (just remember to lock both the front and rear differentials) and high-speed desert blasts.

An optional turbodiesel has a sophisticated exhaust brake to save the brakes while towing—and it doesn’t rattle off a Jake-brake staccato to let the next town know you’re coming.

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The best thing about the 2019 Raptor is the new Jump Mode. When a 2019 Raptor goes airborne, it detects the wheels are off the ground and automatically cranks up the compression damping, helping the truck to avoid bottoming out when it comes back to earth. The rest of the time, the system constantly tailors the damping of the new Fox Live Valve shocks to match driving conditions.

A new “trail-control” is a sort-of cruise control for off-roading that can be adjusted from 1 to 20 mph and lets the driver focus on steering inputs while the truck moves at a constant speed. When set to 1 mph, the system can slowly pulse power to the wheels, which helps to rock the truck out of sand if it’s stuck.

Besides optional Recaro seats and a few small changes, the rest of the Raptor remains the same, with a 450-hp twin-turbo V6 feeding power through a 10-speed transmission.

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The Volkswagen Group cleaned up at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2016, despite being engulfed by the diesel emissions scandal.

Top prize went to the Audi A4 3.0 TDI 218 Sport, while the Group (which consists of VW, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley and Bugatti) was victorious in nine of the 19 categories. Audi has now won the coveted title three times – more than any other manufacturer.

The only prize for a British car maker went to the Land Rover Discovery Sport in the Large SUV category.

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Cars from Jaguar Land Rover have been given starring roles in the upcoming James Bond movie.

A Jaguar C-X75 concept, plus a Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender Big Foot will all feature in SPECTRE, the 24th movie in the Bond franchise.

The Jaguar C-X75 will star in a spectacular car chase sequence through Rome with an Aston Martin DB10 driven by James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

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