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As stated in part one of this series, almost every manufacturer has joined in on “The Green Promise,” a move to complete electrification of road cars and trucks within the next 20 years. While some manufacturers are taking it slowly, others are already phasing out their gas-powered cars.

In recent years, as well, electric hypercars and supercars have become a reality. It started with a few concept cars making their way into the public eye, and then the announcement in 2017 from Lotus Cars that they were planning to make the fastest electric car, ever, with the Lotus Evija. This brought many other manufacturers out of the woodwork, and suddenly, the electric hypercar race was on. And you know what they say about competition and benefits the customer!

However, while the super-exclusive hypercar segment war rages, it is in the normal and luxury segments, the “actually affordable” parts of the market, that the most development seems to have been made. It is also where, in truth, many of the more exciting announcements during Monterey Carr Week were located. However, this being Sports Car Digest, we’re going to look at everything from an affordable car to the biggest and best hypercars that use only batteries and electric motors.

udi Skysphere Concept

Audi Skysphere Concept

Audi Skysphere Concept

Audi, and by association Volkswagen, have been the biggest European proponents of full electrification since it became financially viable to produce electric vehicles. In fact, they discontinued the R8 V10 supercar in favor of the new 2022 e-Tron GT, its fully electric replacement. They have already released all-electric versions of their Q series SUVs, and it is rumored that the next A-series and S-series cars will be a fully electric executive sedan with an S model to compete with the Porsche Taycan.

Audi Skysphere Concept

Audi Skysphere Concept

However, this doesn’t stop the designers and engineers at Audi from thinking well into the future. While electric cars are the next logical step, research and development has been ongoing around the world in the past decade towards autonomous driving. Most cars these days that have an autonomous driving system, and there are very few of them, have what is known as level 3 autonomy. This means that the car can drive itself, but requires a human to be present and aware at the controls so they can take over if the system fails to detect something, or indicates that human intervention is required.

Audi Skysphere Concept

Audi Skysphere Concept

The Skysphere Concept is what Audi hopes that their first level 4 autonomous car will be like. Level 4 is where the car will literally drive itself, and require minimal, if any, human intervention. This is where the whole “sphere” part of the name of Audi’s concept comes from, as the focus of the concept is on the driver’s sphere. If the driver wants to actually drive the car, they select so in the car and the whole e-coupe will actually transform, shortening itself to a 4.95-meter long sports grand tourer with front and rear wheel steering, sports suspension settings, and loads of power from the all-wheel-drive.

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Future: Electric Supercars & Hypercars From Monterey Car Week
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-future-electric-supercars-hypercars-from-monterey-car-week/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 22:01:05 +0000

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REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod

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REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod

Written by Nicole Ellan James

2024 PALM BEACH AUCTION – 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Resto-Mods have surged in popularity within the collector car community, and it’s easy to see why. These vehicles, characterized by their classic appearance combined with modern upgrades, encompass everything from sleek bodywork to advanced technology and powertrain enhancements. In recent years, the appeal of Resto-Mods has skyrocketed among buyers, with Corvettes standing out as constant favorites within this category.

The fusion of yesteryear’s charm with today’s innovation presents enthusiasts with an enticing combination of nostalgia and exhilaration. Resto-Mods embody this harmonious union, delivering the timeless allure of vintage aesthetics alongside the excitement of modern driving experiences. They serve as a compelling tribute to automotive history, capturing the essence of bygone eras while embracing the advancements of the present day.

Imagine a stunningly restored 1960s Corvette, now boasting a fuel-injected powerhouse, enhanced suspension and state-of-the-art infotainment system. This is precisely the transformation custom builder Jeff Hayes orchestrated with this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Resto-Mod, a project finished in October 2022.

Under the hood, an LS3 V8 engine rated with 540 horsepower is the starting point. The LS3 is known for its formidable power and relentless performance. Paired seamlessly with a 4L70E automatic transmission, this dynamic duo ensures smooth acceleration with precise shifts, for what’s sure to be an incredible driving experience.

Beneath its sleek exterior, this Corvette rests upon an Art Morrison sport chassis, renowned for its exceptional strength, agility and precision engineering. This high-performance foundation offers modern stability and handling, allowing the Corvette to carve through corners with confidence and command the road with authority. Bringing this Resto-Mod’s performance to a smooth halt are 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes. Whether you’re pushing the limits on the open road or cruising through city streets, these brakes can deliver consistent and reliable braking performance, providing peace of mind and control in almost any driving scenario.

Finished in Bright Red paint, the exterior of this Corvette is complemented by a Saddle Brazilian leather interior.

Completing the look are striking Schott wheels, which accentuate the classic lines of the vehicle while adding a touch of contemporary flair. The wheels are wrapped in custom red line tires that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also ensure a smooth and responsive ride.

Step inside, and you’ll find a sanctuary of modern comfort and convenience seamlessly integrated into the classic design. The interior of this Resto-Mod features a Vintage Air system, ensuring the climate inside the cabin is comfortable regardless of the weather outside. A cutting-edge AM/FM Bluetooth stereo system delivers crystal-clear sound, allowing you to soundtrack your journey with your favorite tunes wirelessly. Other amenities include power steering and power windows for modern convivences.

This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette is selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Register to bid today to take this one-of-a-kind Resto-Mod Corvette home with you.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/reviving-legends-the-timeless-transformation-of-a-66-corvette-resto-mod/
Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:23:35 +0000

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ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America

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ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE

After World War II, the United States saw an unprecedented surge in economic prosperity – and a newfound fascination with cars. The 1950s saw families moving out of the cities and into the suburbs, meaning a vehicle was pretty much a necessity for a commute to work. The automobile also signified freedom for the average American – a chance to hit the open road to explore via the burgeoning highway system (hello, Route 66!). Car culture flourished: drive-in movies, drive-thru restaurants and car clubs popped up everywhere.

This era saw the United States become the world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles – by the end of the 1950s, one in six working Americans were employed either directly or indirectly in the automotive industry. The decade began with some 25 million registered vehicles on the road; by 1958 there were more than 67 million.

American car designers let their imaginations run wild, and the advent of the jet age proved to be a major influence. As a result, Fabulous ’50s cars were resplendent with chrome, tailfins, chrome, wings, chrome, turbines, chrome and afterburner taillights. Did we mention chrome?

Ford, GM and Chrysler – known as the “Big Three” automakers at that time – led the way in automobile production during the 1950s boom. Vehicles forever emblematic of the decade of their creation include Chevrolet’s Bel Air and Corvette, Cadillac’s Eldorado, Ford’s Thunderbird and Fairlane, and Chrysler’s New Yorker. But smaller entities made waves, too – as evidenced by cars like the Kaiser Darrin roadster with its unique pocket doors and DeSoto’s impressive Adventurer – some of which even came with built-in record players.

Highlighted here are just a small sampling of the fantastic cars from the Fabulous ’50s that will be headed across the auction block during the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. See you there, Daddy-O!

1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE

Pictured above and previously owned by renowned Kaiser Darrin collector Bob Adams. Powered by an original 2.6-liter Straight-6 engine backed by a 3-speed manual transmission with fourth-gear overdrive. Mechanically sorted, including redone brakes and full tune-up.

1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

Recipient of a frame-off nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. Powered by a Hilborn electronic fuel-injected 383ci stroker engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Modified frame, custom interior and smoothed firewall. 28 miles since completion.

1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

Powered by an LS2 V8 engine paired with a 4L60E automatic transmission. Recipient of a full frame-off restoration; now rides on a Roadster Shop chassis. Everything from the top to bottom has been improved.

1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER – NO RESERVE

Powered by a factory 345ci HEMI V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Equipped with power brakes, power steering, Continental kit and a Highway HiFi 45 record player under the dash.

1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a new Wegner LS3 427ci V8 engine mated to a Stage-4 4L80E Performance automatic transmission with a billet converter. Has an Art Morrison Tri-5 frame, multi-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, Vintage Air and a custom Alpine stereo.

1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Recipient of a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. Powered by the factory 390ci engine paired with a Hydromatic transmission. Rides on a custom air-ride suspension with AccuAir controls. Also has a JL Audio system built into the car for a modern feel.

1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a modern 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Features modern amenities with all power options, removable hardtop, custom interior and a custom-finished engine bay. With 400 miles since the build completion.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/road-trip-to-coolsville-cars-from-the-1950s-represent-an-incredible-automotive-era-in-america/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 20:56:34 +0000

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Legendary Rock Band Night Ranger to Open for Foreigner, Performing Live at Barrett-Jackson’s “Rock the Block” Concert Presented by Arizona Lottery, January 19

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Legendary Rock Band Night Ranger to Open for Foreigner, Performing Live at Barrett-Jackson’s “Rock the Block” Concert Presented by Arizona Lottery, January 19

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ December 20, 2023 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is proud to announce that multi-platinum rock band Night Ranger will open for Foreigner at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural “Rock the Block” presented by Arizona Lottery on Friday, January 19, 2024, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

For the first time in its storied history, Barrett-Jackson will host this opening-night concert, infusing the excitement of live music into the electrifying weeklong automotive lifestyle celebration, adding a dynamic new dimension to the renowned event. Tickets for “Rock the Block” presented by Arizona Lottery start at $59 and are available online at Barrett-Jackson.com.

“Pairing these two iconic rock bands, Night Ranger and Foreigner, to kick off our world-renowned Scottsdale Auction is sure to be an unforgettable occasion,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We are committed to raising the bar year after year and providing an incredible experience for our guests, and our new ‘Rock the Block’ concert is the perfect way to jumpstart the excitement for our nine-day automotive lifestyle event at WestWorld.”

Night Ranger have earned widespread recognition that includes both multi-platinum and gold status with a long list of best-selling albums including Dawn PatrolMidnight Madness7 WishesBig Life and Man in Motion. Their popularity is fueled by an impressive collection of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature classics such as “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” among many others.

The band that makes up Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Eric Levy (keyboards) and Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars).

Following the “Rock the Block” concert featuring Foreigner and Night Ranger, Barrett-Jackson’s flagship 2024 Scottsdale Auction will run Saturday, January 20, through Sunday, January 28. Featuring approximately 2,000 collectible cars, trucks and SUVs, the prominent event serves as the epicenter of the automotive universe every January. In addition to the exhilarating action where hundreds of world auction records are set every year, the automotive lifestyle event also features hundreds of sponsor and exhibitor displays, Hot Laps and Thrill Rides with leading automotive manufacturers, off-road experiences, driving experiences in some of the market’s latest vehicles and live music throughout the week.

The first weekend also kicks off with QuikTrip Family Day on January 20 when children 12 and under receive free admission with an accompanying adult. Family Day will also feature STEM Fest presented by Honeywell and the introduction of all 50 contenders for the esteemed custom car competition, the Barrett-Jackson Cup presented by Castrol. Sunday, January 21, will also feature the second installment of the Future Collector Car Show (FCCS) presented by Meguiar’s at Barrett-Jackson. A family-friendly concours-style event, the FCCS will feature vehicles that best represent the future of the collector car hobby, with the goal of celebrating the cars we love today and the future collectibles of tomorrow.

In addition to “Rock the Block” concert tickets on sale, advance tickets to the 2024 Scottsdale Auction are available here. On Location, Barrett-Jackson’s official hospitality partner, is offering several immersive Barrett-Jackson Experiences for guests to join the action on the auction block, enjoy premium hospitality and connect with like-minded enthusiasts like never before. To learn more about On Location’s offerings for “Rock the Block” and the Scottsdale Auction, click here.

Automotive enthusiasts interested in registering to bid may do so here and those looking to consign their own collector car may do so here.

Join Barrett-Jackson’s online conversation with #BarrettJackson and #BJAC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: Legendary Rock Band Night Ranger to Open for Foreigner, Performing Live at Barrett-Jackson’s “Rock the Block” Concert Presented by Arizona Lottery, January 19
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Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 15:45:44 +0000

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