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DRIVE ME TO THE MOON: GM’s “Moonshot” Hummer Features Nods to Apollo 11

Written by Nicole Ellan James

2023 NEW ORLEANS AUCTION – 2024 GMC HUMMER EV SUV EDITION 1 VIN 001 – NO RESERVE

While General Motors’ all-electric Hummer may not actually be exploring the moon any time soon, the initial GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 showcases a distinct lunar aesthetic. The design team, operating under tight deadlines, enthusiastically embraced the challenge of creating a game changing electric vehicle and likened it to a “moonshot” endeavor, drawing parallels to NASA’s historic Apollo 11 lunar mission. This sense of a daring leap fueled the creativity within the design studio, resulting in playful space-themed surprises woven into the design details of the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV Edition 1 – VIN 001 of which is selling with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction, September 28-30, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Draped in the distinct Moonshot Green Matte exterior paint, a bespoke option reserved solely for the SUV Edition 1 variant, the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV stands out with its celestial allure. Inside, the Lunar Shadow-themed interior envelops occupants, adorned with Tech Bronze accents meticulously reminiscent of the iconic Apollo lunar module and the pioneering Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Interestingly, General Motors Defense Research Laboratories played a pivotal role in providing wheels, motors and suspension components for NASA’s first LRV on the moon during the Apollo 15 mission.

However, incorporating Apollo-inspired elements within the Hummer EV’s design is not confined to these aspects alone.

Enhancing the auditory experience, the metal speaker grilles of the Hummer EV’s high-end Bose 14-speaker premium sound system feature a unique touch: a topographical map of the moon’s famed Sea of Tranquility, hallowed ground for the momentous Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 1969. The design goes a step further, incorporating a boot-print motif, paying homage to the indelible footprints Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left on the moon. This subtle yet profound lunar tribute extends its reach to the rubber floor mats and the lining of a pass-through compartment within the central console, creating a cohesive lunar surface pattern throughout the vehicle’s interior.

The captivating space exploration motif finds further expression within the dashboard displays, which immerse the observer in graphics portraying the Hummer EV gracefully traversing the rugged terrains of both the moon and Mars. Activating the launch control mode – aptly dubbed “Watts to Freedom” by GM – unleashes a symphony of power as the system channels its might into a swift 0-60 mph surge in approximately 3.5 seconds, courtesy of the dynamic three-motor e4WD propulsion system. The trio of electric motors seamlessly combines to yield an estimated 830 horsepower and 11,500 ft/lbs of torque, an undeniable testament to its prowess.

During the transition to Watts to Freedom, interior visual and audio cues orchestrate a “pre-launch countdown” sensation. These cues include distinctive auditory elements emanating from the speakers and captivating screen animations. As the Hummer EV readies itself for its thrilling launch, a deliberate two-inch descent ensues, purposefully lowering its center of gravity to enhance stability and performance during this electrifying acceleration sequence.

Expanding the driver’s vista beyond terrestrial confines, the Hummer EV introduces a captivating connection from Earth to the moon through its innovative Infinity Roof. This panoramic feature embraces open-air driving through its modular, translucent Sky Panels, generously affording occupants an unobstructed gaze at the expanse above. At a moment’s notice, these removable and transparent Sky Panels adeptly tuck away within the eTRUNK located at the vehicle’s front, ensuring seamless convenience.

Distinguishing itself further, the 2024 Hummer also boasts the cutting-edge iteration of Super Cruise driver-assistance technology. This advanced system encompasses hands-free driving capabilities and the seamless functionality of Automatic Lane Change, empowering drivers on over 400,000 miles of compatible roadways across the United States and Canada.

This VIN 001 vehicle was delivered to Crown GMC/Hummer in New Orleans and sent directly to Barrett-Jackson’s New Orleans Auction site. It has accumulated 23 actual miles.

The 2024 Hummer EV SUV, with its lunar-inspired design elements, groundbreaking technology, and the fusion of innovation and homage to space exploration, is a remarkable testament to automotive engineering and human ambition. From its captivating Moonshot Green Matte exterior to its interior adorned with lunar motifs, every detail reflects a harmonious blend

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DRIVE ME TO THE MOON: GM’s “Moonshot” Hummer Features Nods to Apollo 11
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/drive-me-to-the-moon-gms-moonshot-hummer-features-nods-to-apollo-11/
Published Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 16:53:19 +0000

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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/speedvette-raw-power-comes-alive-with-gms-ls3-engine-no-reserve-2024-scottsdale/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000

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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000

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