Jaguar Land Rover loses Defender ruling against Sir Jim Ratcliffe – The Times

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is locked in a battle with JLR over using the shape of the Defender

Jaguar Land Rover has lost an attempt to trademark the shape of its old Defender 4×4 after a long-running battle with tycoon Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Ineos boss Ratcliffe, who plans to make a new off-road vehicle in south Wales called the Grenadier, challenged JLR’s retrospective bid to trademark the Land Rover Defender’s shape. Britain’s biggest car-maker stopped building the Defender in 2016 at Solihull in the West Midlands after 67 years because it did not meet modern environmental and safety standards. It has only just started making the new Defender in Slovakia, inspired by the old vehicle but using the latest technology.

Ratcliffe, who is third on The Sunday Times Rich List with £18.2bn, has long admired the Defender and made no secret of his…

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1 killed, 2 injured in three-vehicle Poweshiek County crash – Local 5 –

POWESHIEK COUNTY — An Oskaloosa woman is dead after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 21 Tuesday morning.

Emergency services were called to the 4700 block of Highway 21, about two miles north of Deep River, just after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The crash involved two cars and a semi truck, according to the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say a car driven by Matthew Morgan, 59, of West Des Moines ran into the semi driven by 69-year-old Grinnell resident Richard Mortensen.

Mortensen then lost control of the semi and hit a third car, driven by 55-year-old Teresa Sue VanZee of Oskaloosa.

VanZee was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morgan and Mortensen were transported via ambulance to Unity Point Hospital in Grinnell.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Ajlani Drakuma Is The Bugatti-Slaying Hypercar With 1,200 HP – HotCars

Say hello to the Ajlani Drakuma, a 1,200-hp hypercar that may or may not ever be built.

There are a lot of boutique carmakers in the Middle East that are very interested in making ludicrously fast and powerful vehicles. One supposes that when the average family sedan is a 400-hp Mercedes-AMG, then in order to impress anyone you really have to go all-out.

We already know about the Devel Sixteen, a 5,000-hp hypercar that looks like it came from outer space, but that’s been in development for the past half a decade and shows no sign of ever seeing a true production car.

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And here we have the Ajlani Drakuma, another hypercar from the UAE that debuted at the Dubai Motor Show. Unlike the Devel Sixteen, this car has a reasonable 1,200 hp from a mere twin-turbo V8 rather than 5,000 hp from a 12.3-L quad-turbo V16. At least, we assume. There’s a lot about the Drakuma that’s still being tinkered with.

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In an interview with Top Gear, company founder Bashar Ajlani said that the prototype unveiled in Dubai isn’t anywhere near production. However, when it does enter production, the Drakuma (which is Dragon in English) will be “Pagani-inspired,” mostly because it will be made in very small quantities and be held to the utmost standards.

Ajlani Dragon
via Ajlani

Horacio Pagani, Ajlani says, is one of his automotive idols “because he does not compromise when it comes to quality.”

We know the Drakuma will have a carbon fiber body and that it’s doors will spread like “dragon’s wings” eventually, but everything else is a question mark. The Drakuma’s windows are blacked-out so we have no idea what the interior might look like, and whatever images the company has produced are all of the exterior.

We also don’t know pricing or when we can expect to see a production model. Just like the Devel Sixteen, it’s a car being built on its own schedule, whatever that may be. And just like that schedule, who knows if it will ever attain the notoriety of a car named Pagani.

(Source: Top Gear)

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New Middle-Eastern Hypercar Is A 1200-HP Monster – CarBuzz

Say hello to the dragon-inspired Ajlani Drakuma hypercar.

The 2,012-horsepower Aspark Owl wasn’t the only absurdly powerful hypercar that debuted at the Dubai Auto Show this week. After last month’s teaser, Middle-Eastern-based company Ajlani Motors has presented its new hypercar called the “Drakuma” with a design inspired by “the soul of the dragon.” No, we haven’t heard of them either.

The company was founded by Bashar Ajlani, who told Top Gear he is inspired by Pagani. “Horacio Pagani is one of my idols, because he does not compromise when it comes to quality,” he told Top Gear.

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The car’s striking styling is inspired by Lamborghini, with an aggressive front that features ‘fangs’, large side air intakes, a wide stance, low roof, and doors that open out “like dragon’s wings.” There are no photos of the interior available, but the Drakuma has room inside for two occupants. Ajlani is investigating options for the chassis, but the body will be built from carbon fiber to keep the car light.

Powering the Drakuma is a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 producing 1,200 horsepower, but performance estimates haven’t been detailed.

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There is a catch, however. The car on display is simply a design prototype built over five years to showcase the founder’s dream of becoming the next Pagani. That means the car is still a work in progress and the company is looking for investors to fund the project. While some Middle Eastern manufacturers like W Motors have delivered on their promise with the Fenyr SuperSport and Lykan Hypersport, there are many that haven’t. Remember the Devel Sixteen with its wild V16 engine generating 5,000 hp?

Time will ultimately tell if the Drakuma makes it to production, but Ajlani intends to build 99 examples with lots of scope for customer customization. The next logical step will be to make a working prototype to demonstrate the car’s performance.

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Glickenhaus Considering 900-HP Road Legal Hyper Boot For 2020 Baja – Motor1 US

It would compete in the top category and aim for an overall Baja 1000 win.

We’ve followed Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus for a few years now. Several concepts were revealed in that timeframe, everything from sports cars to race cars, and the off-roader featured here affectionally known as the Boot. SCG said it was going to race the Boot at Baja, and in fact, it recently won its category while beating the factory-backed Ford Bronco R. It seems SCG owner James Glickenhaus has tasted blood, because he wants to go back next year to claim an overall win. And he’ll need a more powerful Boot to do it.


In the Facebook post above, Glickenhaus explains how team SCG won its Baja 1000 category. Admittedly, the Bronco was the Boot’s only competitor in this street-legal group, but conditions were reportedly quite treacherous for this year’s Baja event. Team Bronco ultimately succumbed to the conditions, but the Boot maintained a slow-but-steady pace to not just finish the race, but actually drive back to the hotel for a party. That’s seriously impressive.

Claiming an overall Baja win next year, however, will be much harder. The SCG team finished first in its street-legal class this year, but with an overall time of 33 hours and 59 minutes, it was the second-to-last vehicle to cross the line. By comparison, the winning team in a Ford Raptor trophy truck completed the sprint in just 16 hours and 10 minutes. Perhaps that’s why Glickenhaus mentioned a 900-horsepower (671-kilowatt) “Hyper Road Legal Boot” that would compete in the Baja’s top category. It would have full-time four-wheel-drive with 42-inch tires and presumably some significant suspension changes, and yes, it would still be road legal.

That sounds like a pretty tall order, but SCG delivered on the current Boot in a big way. We must also point out that Glickenhaus says they might build this bonkers hyper Boot, so nothing is confirmed right now.

Gallery: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Boot And Expedition

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SCG Boot Four-Door Getting Weird Interior Layout With Cool Baby Seat – Motor1 US

Back seat passengers will have a clear view of the jumps they’re about to hit.

It seems Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is freshly charged after scoring a Baja 1000 victory with the Boot. The quirky off-roader certainly has worldwide attention at the moment, and while much of the coverage is related to galavanting over rugged terrain at high speed, a fresh Facebook post from SCG boss James Glickenhaus focuses on another quirky aspect of the Boot – its four-and-a-half seat interior layout for the upcoming four-door model. Wait, what?


Okay, this is really just a four-seater, but it’s impossible for us to not absolutely love the matching car seat that mounts atop the expansive rear console. With such a position, baby has the best seat in the house and let’s be honest – that’s a seriously cool baby seat by itself. We aren’t convinced that child protective services would be keen to hear about high-speed off-road adventures with the youngest family member in tow, but for daily trips around town, it looks like a neat way to travel.

Of course, the other bit of news here is the rest of the Boot’s unconventional seating arrangements. The front seats are pushed inward against the center console, while the rear seats are mounted further apart on a raised floor. Glickenhaus says the design gives rear-seat passengers much better visibility outside the vehicle, which can help folks who get car sick. We suspect that’s especially true if the driver happens to take a “short cut” back home that involves crossing open terrain at high speed. But even for benign shopping trips, this seems like a great way to travel.

In the post, Glickenhaus explains that this design isn’t set in stone just yet. We’ve seen the two-door Boot in action, but the four-door version hasn’t been completed just yet. Plans are in place to have 20 Boots with two- or four-door models on the road next year.

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PODCAST: Catching Up With Jim Glickenhaus – Dailysportscar

Supercar and off-road vehicle constructor Jim Glickenhaus returns to the Marshall Pruett Podcast to discuss the new FIA World Endurance Championship Hypercar class where his Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus team will compete later in 2020, progress and timelines for the SCG 007’s first test, and the Glickenhaus Boot, which recently felled Ford at the Baja 1000.

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Rinspeed sQuba Is The Submarine Lotus Elise You Forgot About – Motor1 US

Dive! Dive! Dive!

Rinspeed is known as one of the makers of the most interesting concept cars, wowing people with design and technology. From their autonomous hybrid sports cars to their awesome V8 powered hovercraft, for more than 40 years, Rinspeed has come up with some wild but entertaining ideas on the future of mobility. But did you know that Rinspeed also came up with the world’s only completely functional diving car? In this video by Barcroft Cars’ Ridiculous Rides, we take a look at the vhhicle inspired by James Bond’s 1977 movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, in which a pursued James Bond takes his heavily modified Lotus Esprit underwater to evade his enemies. 

Gallery: Rinspeed sQuba Is The Submarine Lotus Elise You Forgot About

In 2008, the Rinspeed sQuba was unveiled at Geneva. It was based on a Lotus Elise, but with totally reworked internals and some exterior modifications to make it usable on the road and above and underwater. Yes, the sQuba is totally road legal, featuring lights, seatbelts, and regular tires. It also has a pair of propellers poking beneath its rear bumper, and an interior totally designed to get wet and dry off quickly. Instrumentation is also modified extensively to provide driving and diving information, such as speed, depth, and battery capacity. The sQuba is totally electric powered, and has a set of oxygen tanks and necessary piping for the pair of masks and regulators for the driver and passenger. Exterior pods allow the sQuba to propel itself by pushing water, and the rear propellers allow it to manuever left or right. The open top is necessary to save weight and provide a unique open diving experience. It’s so seamless that you can actually drive into the water with minimal fuss. 

If you’re looking at ordering one of these cars, you unfortunately cannot. There exists only one working iteration, and while a ton of interest was generated when it was revealed, with some wealthy and willing customers ready to get their hands on one, Rinspeed has admitted that the amount of engineering put into the sQuba would not scale properly if production numbers would increase. And with the actual working prototype costing about $1.5-million to build, this car might go down in history as a one-off toy for the ultra-rich only. 

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  • New Retail Partner in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Karma Partners with Callisma Automotive Group, Opens Karma Sweden
  • Karma’s Growing European Retail Presence Supports Company’s Global Expansion Plans


IRVINE, Calif. (December 13, 2019) – Karma Automotive, the Southern California-based creator of luxury electric vehicles and high-tech incubator, announced today its growing market expansion into Europe with its newest retail partner in Stockholm, Sweden.

Karma Sweden will further the brand’s international growth plans, as its global retail network remains on track to expand to five continents in 2020. Operated by leading luxury group Callisma, Karma Sweden is the third retailer to join Karma’s burgeoning European operations, with sites in France and the Netherlands added earlier this month.

“Karma continues to align with partners and retailers such as Callisma, who exhibit our goals of personalized customization and outstanding customer experience alongside Karma’s distinct design and technology offerings,” says Rogier Kroymans, Karma’s VP European Sales and Network Development.

Founded in 2003 by brothers Fred and Charlie Mannerfelt, Callisma is Sweden’s premiere retailer of both luxury automobiles and yachts. Callisma represents a selection of Europe’s most bespoke and iconic vehicles, providing its wide network of car enthusiasts, collectors, private traders and contacts with first-class customer service.

“We are pleased to be amongst the first retailers in Europe to offer Karma’s luxury electric vehicles,” says Fred Mannerfelt, CEO, Callisma. “We believe our customers will find Karma’s luxury electric Revero and its vision of a high-tech, sustainable future both special and substantive.”

Stockholm is one of the cleanest cities in the world, in part due to Swedish commitment to the January 2018 Climate Act, which bound the country to reach net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2045. Sweden has already spent the last two decades decarbonizing its energy supply, investing heavily in renewable energy, including wind and solar. Presently, only a quarter of Sweden’s energy comes from fossil fuels.

All Revero vehicles are built largely by hand at Karma’s Innovation and Customization Center (KICC), a $100 million manufacturing facility in Moreno Valley, Calif. Karma owners are invited to experience the natural landscapes that inspired their vehicles through Karma’s VIP California Experience Tour, which allows Karma customers to partake in a three-day curated program with oceanfront accommodations at a Southern California luxury resort and a guided tour of KICC. The experience furthers Karma’s philosophy ownership should be memorable and special, connecting owners with the pioneering technology and craftsmanship behind their vehicles.

The 2019 Revero is Karma’s original luxury electric vehicle powered by dual electric motors. It features an efficient four-cylinder turbocharged engine which powers an on-board electric generator and enhances overall vehicle performance. Karma Sweden will offer a strictly limited number of examples of the automaker’s luxury electric 2019 Revero in line with the company’s international expansion plans, ahead of future products arriving in the region.


Meet Karma Group


As our name implies, Southern California-based Karma Group is more than just a car company. Although we are best known as a creator of soul-stirring luxury electric vehicles, Karma has emerged as a high-tech incubator offering innovators a perfect platform to prove their emerging technologies. Founded in 2014 with nearly 1,000 people worldwide, Karma is reinventing the traditional retail-based automotive business model to create non-traditional value by opening its engineering, design, customization and manufacturing resources to other companies looking to speed product development, access new technology, or make their products more luxurious. Every Karma vehicle is created with great individual care and world-class craftsmanship at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center in Moreno Valley, Calif. We are backed by a patient and well-funded shareholder committed to sustaining Karma’s long-term future through the creation of a global, all-electric vehicle platform that will serve as the foundation for many different models starting in 2021.


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