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Beep Launches Yellowstone’s First Autonomous Shuttles with Local Motors

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Beep – a provider of multi-passenger, electric, autonomous mobility solutions – today announced the launch of Yellowstone National Park’s first-ever autonomous shuttle program, called T.E.D.D.Y. (The Electric Driverless Demonstration in Yellowstone), in partnership with Local Motors, a leader in the design and manufacturing of autonomous vehicles. The T.E.D.D.Y. project, an ode to Teddy Roosevelt, will enable the National Park Service to test the feasibility and sustainability of autonomous mobility and better plan for the future of transportation.

“Beep is proud to have been selected by the National Park Service to provide transformative mobility at the country’s first national park. Our safety centric approach is a vital component in our planning, management and oversight of the operation to ensure we are providing visitors with a safe and sustainable mode of transport while enjoying the park. Our team spent several weeks onsite leading up to the start of the program conducting rigorous route testing, as well as training first responders and frontline workers in order to protect and preserve all that Yellowstone has to offer.” – Joe Moye, Beep CEO... more

Aftermarket Buzz

Right to Repair South Africa welcome NADA pledge

The pledge by the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) to support the Competition Commission Guidelines when they come into effect on 1 July has been welcomed by members of Right to Repair South Africa (R2RSA), a Section-21,… more

Automotive stalwart returns to South Africa as CEO of KLT Automotive & Tubular Products SA Pty Ltd

Ashok Thakur, who has been involved in international business in Africa for the past 25 years, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KLT Automotive and Tubular Products SA Pty Ltd, South Africa. Thakur (60) took up the position of… more

Compensation Fund Exposed - Incompetence, dysfunctionality and mass fraud

NEASA applauds parliament’s public finance watchdog, Scopa, for not only refusing to further tolerate the Compensation Fund’s total incompetence and dysfunctionality, but actively tightening the noose around the Fund’s corrupt… more

Mobility Beat

WeBuyCars says online car auctions are growing in popularity

Used-vehicle retailer WeBuyCars has launched a first for the South African motor market: an online car auction for the consumer, as a natural progression of the boom in online sales the company has seen since the start of the pandemic. “We are… more

Volta Trucks confirms the German debut of the full-electric Volta Zero

Following the recent announcement of the Volta Zero’s Italian introduction, Volta Trucks has confirmed that the world’s first purpose-built full electric 16 tonne commercial vehicle will also make its customer debut in Germany from 14 to 25… more

Renault Group creates Renault ElectriCity: the electric industrial pole of Northern France

Renault Group and the representative trade unions have signed an agreement giving birth to Renault ElectriCity, the new legal entity grouping together the sites of northern France: Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz; With an ambition of 400,000 vehicles… more

Motoring

H6 Generation 3 hits South African shores

What is a symphony? Well a symphony is an elaborate musical composition for a full orchestra. What is the all new HAVAL H6? An elaborate mobility composition for any driver. The all new HAVAL H6 is the latest incarnation of a product that has… more

The all-new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

Signature BMW driving pleasure and sporting elegance brought together with modern functionality: The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé is poised to build on the success of its predecessor with this blend of qualities plus well-conceived enhancements… more

Women's World Car of the Year promotes 24 June as International Women Drivers' Day

24 June is a day of celebration. International Women Drivers' Day, an initiative promoted by the Women's World Car of the Year, aims to draw attention to the importance of women in the automotive world. Just three years ago on 24 June, the ban… more

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The most beautiful F1 car?

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux

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This week marks the anniversary of the only Grand Prix victory for Dan Gurney’s Eagle when the American driver won the 1967 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps.

Introduced at the start of the 1966 season, the Len Terry-designed Eagle is regarded as one of the most striking F1 cars ever built. Although it was initially fitted with a 2.7-litre Coventry Climax engine, the car was designed around the 3-litre V12 Gurney-Weslake powerplant which was used in Gurney’s historic win.

The victory still stands today as the only win for a F1 car built entirely in the USA. It is also one of only two wins for an American-licensed constructor in F1 – the other win being scored by the Penske team.

In 1967 the Eagle-Weslake racers were fast but lacked reliability. While Gurney or part-time teammate Bruce McLaren managed to qualify on the front two rows of the grid for all eleven of the season’s Grands Prix, only two race finishes were recorded. Both, However, were in podium positions.

There were other successes in ‘67, notably a win for Gurney at the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.

That said, Gurney’s Spa victory would prove to be the high point of his F1 career, as the talented American thereafter refined his focus and that of his All American Racers (AAR) team on American IndyCar racing.

Photocredit: motorsport.com

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AutoZone comes aboard as Julian's Ford Focus GTC title sponsor

AutoZone a leading distributor & retailer of quality auto parts has teamed up with Julian van der Watt in South Africa’s premier national Global Touring Car championship. The company was unveiled as van der Watt's title partner on his WCT… more

Pajero Sport rules the roost in the Mountain Kingdom

After six months renowned 4x4 expert still amazed at performance and off-road abilities Pajero Sport not daunted by high altitude and extreme conditions Mitsubishi continues to deliver on its promise to “Elevate your Journey” During winter… more

Thrilling desert duel expected for Ford Castrol Cross Country Team

The two Ford Castrol Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) EcoBoost-powered Rangers are raring to go for round 3 of the SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) Competitors will face approximately 930km of racing over three days, with the event based in… more

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