Day: February 20, 2020

Williams’ George Russell: New F1 car outperforms last year’s ‘scary’ car

BARCELONA — George Russell was first on track for the start of Formula One pre-season testing on Wednesday and sounded positive afterwards as his Williams team set about banishing the ghosts of a dire 2019 campaign.

This time last year the struggling former champions did not have a car to test, finally turning up at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya three days late.

They finished the season last, despite having the same engine as champions Mercedes, and with only one point for their efforts from 21 races.

Russell, a rookie last year, indicated that one morning had already gone a long way to restoring his confidence.

“Definitely the general handling of the car is much better,” the 22-year-old Briton told reporters.

“From lap one today I had confidence to push the car to the limit whereas last year it wasn’t

Jaguar Land Rover unveils Project Vector mobility concept

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a concept vehicle, Project Vector, that the company heralds as preview of future urban transport. The Project Vector is an EV, naturally, and is built on a skateboard chassis with all mechanicals under the floor. That provides for maximum space efficiency in the city-sized vehicle—JLR says it’s roughly four meters long, which would make it about half a foot longer than today’s Mini Cooper hardtop. It also allows for reconfigurability.

The interior is accessed via dual center-opening sliding doors on one side. Four individual seats appear to be mounted on tracks and are shown facing in the same direction, but JLR also says the vehicle can be adapted for delivery use (presumably with most of the seats removed).

Project Vector is described as “autonomous-ready,” but for now it has a steering wheel and

This cleaning gel is a sticky, squishy way to clean your car

Keeping your car interior clean is a constant challenge. Even the most diligent among us cut corners on your average car wash and interior scrub down. Sure, maybe you vacuumed the seats and picked up the receipts off the floor, but did you really do everything you could? One of the biggest steps that’s easily missed during interior cleanings is dusting your dashboard and air vents. Those vents are blowing air directly into your face, shouldn’t they be as clean as possible?

Luckily, there’s a strange new detailing tool shooting up the Amazon ranks for precisely this purpose: Cleaning Gel. It’s actually, exactly what it sounds like. The sticky, greenish goop can be used to clean just about any dusty surface in your car. Just take a handful of the Flubber-like substance, stick it on anything that looks like it

AeroVironment, Know What You Drive want to teach the masses about plugging in

AeroVironment is working with KnowWhatYouDrive on an initiative to help consumers learn about how electric vehicles and charging systems work.

• Free online course explains the differences between electric vehicles, types of charging

• Test your electric vehicle IQ and instantly earn $25, $50, or $100 coupon codes for an electric vehicle charging station and installation

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) is working with Saginaw, MI-based KnowWhatYouDrive on an initiative to help educate consumers about the functions and benefits of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging. KnowWhatYouDrive has created a free online resource where visitors can learn about electric vehicles and test their knowledge against others, then earn up to $100 off an AeroVironment charging station installation after completing a simple, four-question survey about electric vehicles. The web address for this helpful new resource is

KnowWhatYouDrive founder and Michigan native

Ford will pay at least $30M under proposed transmission settlement

Ford has proposed paying at least $30 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by owners of Fiesta and Focus cars equipped with defective dual-clutch transmissions, according to media reports. A federal judge is scheduled to consider final approval at a hearing Feb. 28.

The lawsuit represents nearly 2 million current or former owners of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-16 Ford Focus equipped with a dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmission. The plaintiffs allege that the transmission, known internally at Ford at DPS6, is prone to slipping, jerking or shuddering while changing gears, sometimes causing the vehicle to decelerate or unexpectedly go into neutral and causing many customers to pay for multiple costly repairs.

In addition to the cash payment, the settlement would reportedly outline an easier path for customers to get compensated in a buyback program for defective cars.

2020 Hyundai vehicles to come with 3-year/36,000-mile free maintenance

Hyundai used the Super Bowl spotlight to show off its “Smaht Pahk” feature on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, but there was one other commercial that ran before the game even started. This one highlighted Hyundai’s new complimentary maintenance program, good for three years or 36,000 miles.

Luxury automakers are typically the only ones to offer free maintenance programs that are this extensive, and in many cases they don’t even last as long as Hyundai’s now does. So long as you purchase a 2020 model year Hyundai, and it was done after February 1 this year, you’ll be able to take advantage of the program. It covers oil changes, filter changes and tire rotations in that timespan — the program applies to both purchased and leased vehicles. The commercial that introduced the program ran during pregame, but it wasn’t