Lambretta’s New 2018 V-Special Scooter

After years of associating the Italian company with aftershave and t-shirts more than with what it knew to do best, Lambretta got resurrected and finally revealed a new neo-retro scooter. World, meet the V-Special – the brand’s first 21st-century scooter.
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The new Lambretta V-Special should be exactly what you’re looking for if you are a man who likes retro-styled scooters but thinks the Vespa looks more suited for girls.

The design, created by world renowned KISKA (KTM and Husqvarna) in collaboration with the Italian Lambretta community is a synthesis of classic design elements with modern interpretation. The masculine machine is issued with the vibrant type names V50, V125, and V200.

As the name suggests, the V50 version is powered by a 49.5 cc 4-stroke air-cooled engine that puts out a maximum of 3.5 hp. It is Euro4 compliant, has an electric starter and can bring you up to a speed of 45 km/h.

Subsequently, the 125 cc puts out 10 hp while the larger 200 cc cranks about 12 hp. All models use a CVT and a belt driven final transmission.

Only the V50 comes with a rear drum brake, while the other two are fitted with front and rear disc brakes which are commanded via a combined braking system to be more user-friendly. Other features include LED lights, 12 V charger, glovebox, luggage hook, large luggage compartment under the seat, side and main stand, and an LCD instrument panel with Bluetooth connectivity.

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One of the features Lambretta introduces is the double layer side panel. It encompasses an ingenious 1.2 mm steel semi-monocoque architecture inspired by the aeronautic industry. The sides are covered with panels that can be delivered in different shapes and colors. And word is the company will also offer an all-electric version next year.

It looks like some big investments have been poured into the company as the plans don’t stop here. Alongside the contemporary range, Lambretta is working on the re-introduction of its most iconic classics – the GP 200 and the SX 200 in Euro 4 and electric versions.

Lambretta is anticipating on the requests of a segment of die-hard Lambrettisti that wish to extend their collection with upgraded versions. Currently, the global market is flooded with replicas of classic Lambretta’s from China, India, and Thailand.

Lugano-based Innocenti SA, the mother company of Lambretta has recently announced that it will take a strict stance on all copycats and their distributors avoiding free riding on the repute of Lambretta.

 

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The First Victorian Tattoo Queen Cloaked In Ink: The Story of Maud Wagner.

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If you think tattoos are an art form well you can thank Maud Wagner for that.

For a certain period of time, it became very hip to think of classic tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins as the epitome of WWII era retro cool. His name has become a prominent brand, and a household name in tattooed households—or those that watch tattoo-themed reality shows. But I submit to you another name for your consideration to represent the height of vintage rebellion: Maud Wagner (1877-1961).

At the turn of the 20th century, traveling circuses wowed viewers from coast to coast. From highly trained animals to elaborate trapeze acts, there was no shortage of entertainment for a crowd to catch. But for many show-goers, it was the sideshow performances that kept them coming back for more.

One such sideshow performer was a woman named Maud Wagner, who would go on to become the first recorded female tattoo artist in U.S. history.

Born Maud Stevens in 1877, the Lyon County, this Kansas native began her career in the arts as a performer, working as an aerialist, acrobat, and contortionist along the carnival and world fair circuit.

While stationed in St. Louis, where she worked at the 1904 World’s Fair, young Maud Stevens met a tattooist named Gus Wagner, otherwise known as “The Tattooed Globetrotter”.

As the story goes, Wagner allegedly offered to teach Stevens the art of tattooing in exchange for a single date with the circus star. He schooled her in the “hand-poked,” or “stick and poke” method of body modification, which requires little more than a sharp needle, some ink, and a fine attention to patience and detail.

In addition to inking lessons, Wagner also decorated Stevens’ body with his own works of art — so frequently, in fact, that before long she was covered up to her neck in blackwork designs, which only added to the spectacle created by her sideshow performances.

1904 World's Fair in St. Louis

“Maud’s tattoos were typical of the period,” writes Margo DeMello in her book Inked: Tattoos and Body Art Around the World. “She wore patriotic tattoos, tattoos of monkeys, butterflies, lions, horses, snakes, trees, women, and had her own name tattooed on her left arm.”

When not attracting crowds of her own, Stevens began tattooing her circus coworkers, eventually picking up public clients, always opting to stay true to her hand poked roots despite the fact that electric tattoo machines were widely used by other artists in the industry.

The pair were later married and Maud Stevens became Maud Wagner, as she is still remembered today, more than a half century after her death in 1961. Together, Gus and Maud Wagner had a daughter named Lovetta who would go on to make a name for herself in the world of tattooing as she grew. Despite working as an artist like her parents, Lovetta was denied ever becoming inked by her father — at Maud’s insistence.

A loyal apprentice if there ever was one, Lovetta refused the talents of her fellow artists, permanently renouncing her candidacy as a client with the passing of her beloved dad. If he couldn’t tattoo her, no one would.

Lovetta’s final work of art can still be seen on the skin of legendary California artist Don Ed Hardy, whom she adorned with a rose shortly before her death in 1983.

Rose Tattoo Maud Wagner

Of course, tattooed skin on North American women didn’t start with Maud Wagner. Native cultures, including Inuit tribes living in what is now Alaska and Canada, have been tattooing female members since at least 1576 according to an instance recorded by Sir Martin Frobisher, an English privateer exploring the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage.

A tattooed and mummified Princess found buried in Siberia pushes the date of the first known tattooed woman back even further to the fifth century BC.

Although Maud Wagner certainly didn’t invent the practice of tattooing women — nor did she claim to — her achievements helped pave the way for countless women, whatever side of the needle they may find themselves on, to assert control over their bodies.

Ducati Panigale V4 S

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As good as the hype?

Here marks a brand-new chapter in Ducati’s history. Mark the date, for the Panigale V4 S is about to steal your focus and attention. All £24,035 of glorious, red, Italian sports machinery. Don’t be immediately put off by the price, after all a PCP deal of £255 per month (37 months at 7.1% APR with a £5872 deposit) will see one of these MotoGP-derived road-going motorcycles in your garage. And, how much is that McLaren Senna by the way…£750,000? It certainly makes the Ducati look a reasonable bet to satisfy those with thrill-seeking ways.

Ducati began their press conference by telling us, “With a new engine, frame and electronics the riding experience will be closer than ever to a race bike.”

 

 

Easy to say but did it live up to expectations? Nope, it completely annihilated them and then took those expectations to a quiet place and battered the beejezus out of them. Boy does this thing shift, stop, handle and grip. Let me start by saying this; the new Ducati Panigale V4 S is one of those bikes that once ridden makes you a better human being.

Its feline-like prowess and agility as demonstrated at the International Press Test held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia really puts the ‘cat’ in Ducati – and a very powerful one at that with 214hp @ 13,000rpm hammering your senses. The feeling of coming through the last corner, picking the bike up and, while using some of the outside kerb, ripping the throttle back to the stop, clicking the quickshifter into third, then fourth, then fifth and feeling the monstrous V4 spinning so fast beneath as the clever electronics keep the traction in check as well as both wheels on the ground as it applies maximum power. Yeah, that feeling is one I’ll keep replaying each time I close my eyes.

 

 

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Latest generation digital unit with 5″ TFT colour display

 

A lot of the talk since the official announcement of the liquid-cooled 1103cc 90-degree Stradale motor back in September was around the age-old pinpointing of power. It was only a few years back when 200+bhp motorcycles were introduced to the world and here we were all of sudden trying to comprehend 214hp (translating to 211bhp) in a road bike. But while the headline figures might often be price and power, sometimes weight, it’s the ability of the Panigale V4 to feed the power, stop it again and handle the corners in such a refined manner while at the same time making you feel like your eyeballs are going to burst with its ferocity which is the very clever part. Ducati have created a demure lunatic.

 

 

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The ‘S’ version is fitted with a top spec Öhlins TTX 36 shock absorber

 

Not-so-humble beginnings

Back in 1988 Ducati bought us their first V-twin (or L-twin as they preferred to call it) sports bike; the 851. Harnessing a 95bhp, water-cooled 4-stroke, 4-valve desmo engine, the bike was introduced initially as a racing prototype and was an instant success winning the second ever WSBK race in ‘88 and then the title in 1990. It’s successes were put down being grippier in the corners with the ability to punch out of them faster than its more powerful rivals.

A V4 race bike didn’t appear until 2003 when the Desmosedici four-stroke bike MotoGP initially under the guidance of Lois Capirossi and Troy Bayliss who went on to finish fourth and sixth in its debut season. Ducati have raced the V4 configuration since, yet here we are having waited 15 years for a V4-based production road bike from Ducati. You could say; it’s been worth the wait.

The new Stradale engine has been inspired by the Desmocedici MotoGP engine, “the V4 configuration was the most ideal for what we were searching for”, said Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicalli.

 

 

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Specially developed Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres keep the 211bhp in check

 

It’s been rotated backwards by 42 degrees (like MotoGP) and has the same 81mm piston bore too, the maximum permitted by MotoGP regulations. It didn’t need to be amended, after all its peak power is made at a whopping 13,000rpm. The engine is still a stress member of the chassis and doesn’t require a balancing shaft which is beneficial for weight saving, after all with two extra cylinders over the 1299, the Panigale V4’s motor weighs just 2.2kg more, at 64.9kg. To put that into context, the brand-new cast aluminium front frame (based on GP technology), sub-frame and single-sided swingarm weigh a total of 11.2kg. The magic, also derived from its MotoGP genes (specifically the GP15), and seen for the first time on a Ducati road bike is a crankshaft which rotates in the opposite direction to the wheels, reducing the gyroscopic effect leading to less wheelies, faster turning and a quicker change of direction.

The new bike has a more racing focused weight distribution than the 1299 Panigale S and 1098 S and has 10mm higher foot pegs than the 1299 for extra ground clearance for optimum lean angles – which says something about how the technology has developed to keep the bike and rider the right way up.

 

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A more race focussed weight distribution than previous bikes allows MotoGP levels of lean

 

And that includes a new generation of Electronically adjustable Ohlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable forks and TTX36 shock unit accompanying the Smart EC 2.0 which continuously analysed the bikes behaviour for optimal performance, from grip, weight transfer, brake support, turn-in geometry. While the Bosch Cornering ABS EVO system is split into three modes to ably accessorise each riding mode – front only, slide by brake, road/low grip.

That tech is in turn supported by a pair of superb new boots from Pirelli. Their Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres (rear: 200/60 ZR17. Front: 120/70 ZR17) have been created especially for the Panigale V4 and have a new compound, tread design and slick shoulders offering a better contact area, aided by a 16mm wider diameter at the rear and 1mm wider on the front.

 

 

Taming the beast

Trundling down pit lane for the first time and the four sounds similar to a twin, burbling away thanks to the characteristics of its firing order. The first session I spent in the ‘Sport’ riding mode, one of three and in between Street and Race, while I got used to the bike and circuit. All the settings can be manually over-ridden using the two menu function buttons on the left handlebar via the new 5” hi-res TFT dash but with the traction light warning me that some mph’s were being soaked up, I soon switched to ‘Race’ which keeps wheels on the ground while somehow applying all of the bikes vast array of clout.

The power of the V4 is extraordinary – the speed at which it generates the forces to propel both it and you along is astonishing and thank goodness the upgraded Brembo-assisted brakes are equally as powerful and ably assist the accompanying engine braking, demonstrating a willingness to slow just as excited as it is to launch out of each corner. If you play cricket, golf or even football the exciting bit is smashing the balls as hard as possible hoping it goes in the right direction. A tap for a single run, a putt or a backwards pass don’t give you the same thrill. Thankfully Ducati has found a way to offer the permanent feel-good moments throughout any ride with a stunning concoction of metal, aluminium, plastic and electronics. Who knew motorcycle riding could be this rewarding.

 

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The accuracy of the bike’s turning capability made me grin, or possibly gurn, inanely at every corner during the first track session. It has a knack of being able to hit a spot on an apex the size of a kitten’s lip, is easy to manage and is fast without having to fight with it. During every track day I’ve ever done, I’ve always come away thinking ‘I could’ve taken so-and-so corner much better’. The same goes for every section of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo on this day and because the bike had everything under control, I wasn’t sure where the limits were, nor did I fancy finding them. With the security blanket of its advanced Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension and steering damper, Cornering ABS, Slide Control, Traction Control, Wheelie Control and other magical wizardry, my bravery was boosted with every extra angle of lean or twist of accelerator.

It offers a sensation like no other road bike. Ferociously quick with 214hp at your beck-and-call yet smooth in its application. The huge rev range makes a big difference compared to the twin though it sounds very similar. Stood in pit lane listening to the throng of V4s thunder past at full chat and you’d be forgiven in thinking it was a World Superbike.

The inertia from the twin cylinder version from the barky jolt in acceleration and then again in engine braking is nullified with the four-cylinder version.

 

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The way it spins-up pummelling through the revs from 7500 to 13,500 in what feels like the blink of an eye genuinely takes your breath away – a 15-minute track session proves how unfit I am. But let’s come back down to earth for second – is this hyperbike usable on the road? In a world that seems to get stupidly more health & safety conscious and liability-laden, here we have a piece of extraordinary engineering capable of doing extraordinary speeds with extraordinary grip. It has a power to weight ratio of 1.10 hp/kg, compared to the 1299 Panigale S of 1.03, for goodness sakes, so those inevitable car vs bike videos are going to make interesting viewing. It’s a testament to the ambition of Ducati’s engineers and their partners in Bosch, Pirelli and Ohlins because the evolution in the way the electronics look after you, making the Panigale V4 an easier bike to ride fast. Simple to say and even easier to realise the extremity of its potential ability on track but here is a machine whose power is delivered and then taken away in a comforting, reassuring and stable manner that can be transferred to road riding. Sure, like all sports bikes the riding position accentuates weight onto wrists but you don’t buy a 214hp motorcycle to ride to Tesco. Although if you did then you’d be the envy of all the shoppers.

The overall package has taken some of the very best engineering and technological developments from the red bikes of MotoGP gods Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo and their WSB counterparts in Chad Davies and Marco Melandri and applied them into a road bike. Yeah, a bike for the road, with Desmo service intervals of 15,000 miles. Barely believable but also the stuff of dreams for track day hero’s.

 

 

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Panigale V4 S makes 1.10hp/kg compared to the 1299 Panigale S’ 1.03hp/kg

 

Adding some bling

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I was invited to ride an even more special bike; the Ducati Panigale V4 accessorised version. Replacing the treaded tyres for SC1 slick Pirelli’s and the stock exhaust for a full titanium racing Akrapovic system including a remapping of the wheelie control and traction control algorithms removed 7kg yet added an extra 12hp up to 226hp.

Oh my. The pre-warmed extra sticky rubber took the already excelling grip to a new level while the extra power to weight ratio (now 1.20 hp/kg) was a sensation that my brain could scarcely comprehend. There comes a point where my ability becomes null-and-void, it’s all about hanging on. Literally. Physically. It begs the question, how extreme will motorcycle engineering become?

Domenicalli added, “This new engine and bike is really taking the company to a new dimension”. He’s not wrong. I feel like a better human being.

 

 

 

Ducati Panigale V4 Variants Explained

 

The main features on the standard Ducati Panigale V4 are:

  • fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston Forks
  • fully adjustable Sachs monoshock
  • Sachs steering damper
  • Electronics package with six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (which measures roll, yaw and pitch angles) includes:
    • ABS Cornering Bosch EVO – three levels
    • Ducati Traction Control EVO includes the new ‘spin on demand’ feature
    • Ducati Slide Control – with two settings
    • Ducati Wheelie Control EVO
    • Ducati Power Launch – three levels
    • Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO
    • Engine Brake Control EVO
    • Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO
  • The two direct-access buttons on the left-hand switchgear can be set to adjust either traction control, wheelie control, slide control or engine braking
  • 3 x riding modes (Race, Sport and Street)
  • 16 litre aluminium tank
  • 5” full –TFT dashboard
  • Full LED headlight
  • Two seater configuration kit
  • Braking system with new Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers
  • Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres (200/60 at the rear)
  • Pre-setting for Ducati Data Analyser + GPS and Ducati Multimedia System

 

While on the V4 S the same features apply except:

  • Suspension and steering damper with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 system
  • Öhlins NIX-30 forks
  • Öhlins TTX 36 shock absorber
  • Öhlins steering damper
  • Aluminium forged wheels
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Cast Magnesium alloy front sub frame

 

And on the V4 Speciale the same features as the V4 S except:

  • Carbon fibre front/rear mudguards
  • Machined-from-solid top yoke with identification number
  • Alcantara seat
  • Dedicated handle grips
  • Adjustable foot pegs
  • Carbon fibre heel guard
  • Carbon fibre swinging arm cover
  • Racing articulated levers
  • Racing fuel tank cap
  • Brake level protection

Supplied kit:

  • Full racing titanium Ducati Performance by Akrapovič exhaust system
  • Racing screen
  • Plate holder removal kit
  • Machined-from solid mirror replacement plugs
  • Ducati Data Analyser+ GPS (DDA + GPS)
  • Bike cover
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Ducati Panigale V4 Technical Specifications

 

  Panigale V4 Panigale V4 S Panigale V4 Speciale
PRICE £19,390 £24,035 £34,995
Engine Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Displacement 1,103 cc 1,103 cc 1,103 cc
Bore X stroke 81 x 53.5 mm 81 x 53.5 mm 81 x 53.5 mm
Compression ratio 14.0:1 14.0:1 14.0:1
Power 157.5 kW / 214hp (211 bhp) @ 13,000 rpm 157.5 kW / 214hp (211 bhp) @ 13,000 rpm 157.5 kW / 214hp (211 bhp) @ 13,000 rpm
Torque 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm
Fuel injection Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. Variable length intake system Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. Variable length intake system Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. Variable length intake system
Exhaust 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes
Gearbox 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1 Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1 Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1
Ratio 1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24 1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24 1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 16; Rear sprocket 41 Chain; Front sprocket 16; Rear sprocket 41 Chain; Front sprocket 16; Rear sprocket 41
Clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch
Frame Aluminum alloy “Front Frame” Aluminum alloy “Front Frame” Aluminum alloy “Front Frame”
Front suspension Fully adjustable Showa BPF fork. 43 mm chromed inner tubes Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode
Front wheel 5-spokes light alloy 3.50″ x 17″ 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.50″ x 17″ 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front tyre Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Aluminum single-sided swingarm Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminium single-sided swingarm Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel 5-spokes light alloy 6.00” x 17” 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6.00″ x 17″ 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6.00″ x 17″
Rear tyre Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear) 120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in) 120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in) 120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in)
Front brake 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO 245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO 245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Instrumentation Last generation digital unit with 5″ TFT colour display Last generation digital unit with 5″ TFT colour display Last generation digital unit with 5″ TFT colour display
Dry weight 175 kg (386 lb) 174 kg (384 lb) 174 kg (384 lb)
Kerb weight 198 kg (436 lb) 195 kg (430 lb) 195 kg (430 lb)
Seat height 830 mm (32.48 in) 830 mm (32.48 in) 830 mm (32.48 in)
Wheelbase 1.469 mm (57,8 in) 1.469 mm (57,8 in) 1.469 mm (57,8 in)
Rake 24,5° 24,5° 24,5°
Front wheel trail 100 mm (4 in) 100 mm (4 in) 100 mm (4 in)
Fuel tank capacity 16 l – 4.23 gallon (US) 16 l – 4.23 gallon (US) 16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)
Number of seats Dual seats Dual seats Single seat
  Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration
Standard equipment      
  Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Sachs steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Auto-off indicators Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO with Ohlins suspension and steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Lithium-ion battery, Auto-off indicators, Marchesini aluminium forged wheels Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO with Ohlins suspension and steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Lithium-ion battery, Auto-off indicators, Marchesini aluminium forged wheels, Carbon fibre front/rear mudguards, Machined-from-solid top yoke with identification number, Alcantara® seat, Dedicated handle grips, Adjustable foot pegs, Carbon fibre heel guard, Carbon fibre cover swinging arm, Racing articulated levers, Racing fuel tank cap, Brake level protection
Additional Equipment      
  Passenger seat and footpegs kit Passenger seat and footpegs kit Ducati Performance by Akrapovic Titanium full-racing exhaust system, Racing windshield, Machined mirror block-off plates, License plate mount removal plug, Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Paddock bike cover
Ready for Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft
Warranty (months) 24 months unlimited mileage 24 months unlimited mileage 24 months unlimited mileage
Maintenance (km/months) 12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months 12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months 12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months
Valve clearance adjustment (km) 24,000 km (15,000 mi) 24,000 km (15,000 mi) 24,000 km (15,000 mi)
STANDARD Euro 4 Euro 4 Euro 4
CONSUMPTION/EMISSIONS 41mpg – CO2 165 g/km 41mpg – CO2 165 g/km 41mpg – CO2 165 g/km
Source Michael Mann

Could The Porsche Mission E could rival the Tesla Model S?

Porsche’s Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars

Porsche's Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars

Over the last year, Porsche continually hinted at their latest project rivaling Tesla’s Model S as the premier electric sports vehicle. Thanks to some new specs surfacing from a recent leak, the world now has some specific points of comparison.

The Mission E is set to come in three models, all ranging in horsepower with a max offering of 670 horsepower. The top model can go 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. This is a second slower than Tesla’s Model S P100D which can hit that speed in just 2.5 seconds. The top Mission E model will also hit 155 mph as its maximum speed.

Porsche's Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars
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Porsche's Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars
Source: Youkeys/Flickr
Porsche's Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars
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Some of the most impressive specs come from its four-wheel-drive module. Automobile Magazine’s Georg Kacher detailed more of the handling while on the track:

“The front-wheel-drive module reportedly delivers 160 kW/215 hp at 16,000 rpm with a constant peak torque of 221 lb-ft. At full boost, Porsche can briefly claim some 325 lb-ft. There are two different specifications in the works for the rear-drive unit. While the base motor is rated at 240 kW/322 hp and 251 lb-ft, the performance version is good for 320 kW/429 hp and 406 lb-ft, sources say. The two-speed transmission is being developed to allow for full-throttle upshifts, and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential will be an option.”

But how does it stack up as an electric vehicle and not just a sports car? Reports say that the Mission E will be able to drive up to 310 miles on a single charge. This outperforms the Tesla Model S and its 294 miles per charge. Charging is also relatively fast, even when compared to Tesla’s charging units. The Mission E can reach 80 percent of its battery capacity after charging for just 15 minutes. The Mission E also offers up multiple ways to charge the vehicle thanks to a new charging base.

For the engineers behind the car, balancing performance with electric efficiency was a challenge, but it was one they were willing to take on.

In an interview with Express, Mitja Borkert, Porsche’s Director of Exterior Design, said, “This concept was a truly fantastic challenge for us, because it’s our first electric sports car.”

The actual interior of the car boasts a sleek, minimalist design and responsive features. For example, reports mentioned that the Mission E can even track a driver’s eyes and readjust the dashboard to emphasize what a driver wants to see.

The Mission E is also set to start at £55,000; that’s roughly £8,000 less than what the company had originally expected.

Michael Mauer Director of Style for Porsche said, “This is Porsche’s answer to questions about the future of electric mobility — our Porsche Mission E.”

Oh, and one more clever feature noted in the Mission E? A lap timer — just in case you ever forget you’re driving a sportscar.

“Why not?” project engineer Michael Behr said in an interview with Automobile Mag. “This car is smog-free but is also a hoot to drive thanks to the low center of gravity, the dedicated air suspension, and the precise steering. Make no mistake: This is a proper Porsche through and through.”

Fisker Debuts £97,000 Luxury Electric Car with Impressive 400-Mile Range

Fisker Debuts $130,000 Luxury Electric Car with Impressive 400-Mile Range

After months of doling out the specs, Fisker finally unveiled their EMotion electric vehicle

Fisker finally released its EMotion all-electric vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas after months of giving away nearly every spec regarding the car.

The specs, however, remain impressive and can rival other headline-making EV releases coming from CES. The current price tag averages £97,000 each, but the company claims the car will have a range of over 400 miles. That even edges out the Hyundai Nexo’s range announced earlier during CES. The price range matches those of its predecessor — the Fisker Karma.

Fisker Debuts $130,000 Luxury Electric Car with Impressive 400-Mile Range
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Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. said that he was pleased regarding the launch and ultimately the future of EVs around the world.

“We are truly entering a new era in the way the world thinks about vehicles, the way EVs are charged and the way personal consumer electronics are powered – with Fisker Inc. now clearly at the forefront of that revolution through our worldwide launches at CES. With the EMotion, we’re introducing edgy, dramatic and emotionally-charged design/proportions – complemented with technological innovation that moves us into the future. That design balance is what has made the Fisker brand emotionally connect with our consumers.”

Fisker Debuts $130,000 Luxury Electric Car with Impressive 400-Mile Range
Source: Fisker

And while Fisker said that he hopes the new startup will gradually introduce the vehicle to the EV market, he said the EMotion could hit the US first. He said it “will be produced in the United States at a location to be announced during the second half of

Fisker Debuts $130,000 Luxury Electric Car with Impressive 400-Mile Range

Source: Fisker

Fisker Debuts $130,000 Luxury Electric Car with Impressive 400-Mile Range
Source: Fisker

 

In conjunction with the vehicle’s launch itself, Fisker also debuted the company’s solid-state battery. He said that battery would give an electric car over 500 miles of range in a one minute charge. That would significantly outperform current electric cars on the market — including Tesla. (And, for another point of comparison, the Hyundai Nexo promises 370 miles and just a 5-minute charging time.)

There’s an important element to note regarding the charging times, and that issue all boils down to the actual promise involved. The Fisker Inc. press release said “The Fisker EMotion has been proportioned to accommodate an advanced high-energy density, patent-pending battery pack and cooling system. It can be charged through the vehicle’s proprietary UltraCharger™ technology, charging over 100 miles in nine minutes.”

That means that it takes nine minutes for the vehicle to reach 25 percent of its charge, a claim easily mistaken when compared to other EVs on the market.

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We’ve also made the seemingly impossible, possible with our scientists spearheading the breakthrough in Flexible Solid-State battery technology – which is the next generation in charging everything from your personal cell phone to enabling mass adoption of electric vehicles due to unprecedented ranges and lighting fast charge times,” Fisker said. “We’re incredibly excited to showcase working solid-state batteries and the vehicle, in-person, on such a massive global stage. Fisker Inc. is about breaking barriers, leading in automotive technologies and ultimately creating the most desirable, functional futuristic electric vehicles.”

Fisker Debuts $130,000 Luxury Electric Car with Impressive 400-Mile Range
Source: Fisker

 

Fisker, like other electric vehicles being showcased at this year’s CES, will have to contend with the fact that charging stations are limited throughout the United States and other countries. But, like other EV automakers, Fisker remains hopeful that normalizing electric vehicles leads to infrastructure that supports their growth as a market.

Stanisław Skalski

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Stanisław Skalski (1915 – 2004) was a Polish fighter ace of the Polish Air Force in World War II, later rising to the rank of Brigadier General. Skalski was the top Polish fighter ace of the war and the first Allied fighter ace of the war, credited, according to official lists, with 18 11/12 victories and two probable. Some sources, including Skalski himself, give a number of 22 11/12 victories. In October 1942 he was given command of the Polish Fighting Team (PFT), or so-called “Skalski’s Circus” – a Special Flight consisting of fifteen experienced Polish fighter pilot volunteers. During its two months on operations, the Polish pilots had claimed a total of 26 German and Italian aircraft shot down.

Stanisław Skalski died in Warsaw on 12 November 2004.

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POL Krzyż Walecznych (1940) 4r BAR.PNG Cross of Valour (Poland), four times
POL Polonia Restituta Kawalerski BAR.svg Order of Polonia Restituta, Knight’s Cross
POL Order Krzyża Grunwaldu 3 Klasy BAR.svg Order of the Cross of Grunwald, 3rd class
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanisław_Skalski

THE CONQUEROR OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAILER

You know those houses that seem to go on forever and ever, and you always find a different cool feature in every room. Well the Conqueror Overland Adventure Trailer series are all just like that, only they’re portable, and built like a tank.

Checking Out The Conqueror Overland Adventure Trailer

This thing has everything, and I mean everything. Like a big kitchen? You got it! Like an outdoor wine holder too? Don’t worry, you’ve got it! The Conqueror Overland Adventure Trailer series has everything you could possibly need to enjoy an adventure in luxury and more besides.

Conqueror off-road Camping trailers have been safari and outback tested for over 25 years in the harsh and unforgiving environments of Africa and Australia, so we already know that they’re rugged and can withstand anything that you’re likely to put them through.

Unlike some of the more rustic trailers that we’ve looked at, there’s no wood in this build whatsoever. Conqueror don’t want their builds to get damp and then rot, so the main construction of the chassis is CNC cut and bent 3 mm steel.  Other critical strength parts are made of thicker material and laser cut for precision fitting.

Conqueror Overland Adventure TrailerRemember how the Vintage Overland Trailer didn’t have room for a kitchen sink? Well this beast has room for two, plus a pull out hob, plenty of food prep space, and an outdoor toilet and shower area further round the back.

Conqueror Overland Adventure Trailer

The inside living area is pretty nice too. There’s a double bed up in the pop top sleeping area, and a TV for those that like to really feel at home on the road. The interior definitely gives off that military inspired vibe, which I guess isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea..

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I Have The Power!

Your not going to be without juice in the Conqueror Overland Adventure Trailer. It features a Neutron 12 Intelligent Power Management system with Smart Phone apps-110v (which has gotta be good, right?) There’s 3 LED lights fitted inside, 2 Hella Plugs, 2 battery boxes with circuit breakers for extra safety, and an Anderson plug with 16mm wire connected to batteries for vehicle or solar charging.

The trailer holds a 130l water tank too, which is plenty for cooking and showering on the road.

Final thoughts…

You can park the Conqueror Overland Adventure Trailer anywhere and everything is ready to roll. It’s easy to operate and set up, but it would be a little but inconvenient in wet and windy weather. It’s ok saying it’s been tried and tested in Africa and Australia, i.e two hot countries, but I’d like to see this do a stint in the Lake District in the middle of Winter to see how it holds up.

The whole build is outdoors orientated; it prompts you to cook outdoors, to shower outdoors, and basically spend a lot of your time using the exterior features. If you like sitting on the pull out bed by the coal fire then this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re already in the market for an adventure trailer than you can’t go wrong with the Optimus Prime of all off road vehicles.

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