Cars Retro hot hatch supertest: 19 legends driven

12:15  24 november  2021
12:15  24 november  2021 Source:   classicandsportscar.com

Hot Wheels wants a new car to immortalise in die-cast form

  Hot Wheels wants a new car to immortalise in die-cast form The Hot Wheels Legend Tour is coming to the UK, looking to create a new die-cast hero from the best classic, custom, or race car.It marks the second time the event has come to the UK, hunting for the most outrageous or impressive builds.

Polestar 2 © Provided by Motoring Electric Polestar 2

Regenerative braking recovers kinetic energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. In electric cars, some of this energy can be harnessed by the motor for re-use. In theory, you should get more miles per charge.

This video produced by Bosch provides a visual demonstration of how regenerative braking works.

When the driver of an EV brakes, the electric motor switches from powering the wheels to generator mode. The generator then converts a portion of the kinetic energy into electricity, which is stored in the battery.

In a pure electric vehicle, drivers will see an extended range, while hybrid car drivers will experience lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system

  Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker systemIf you've opted for Sonos over its competitors, of which there are several, then you've come to the right place. This feature is all about making sure you get the most out of your Sonos system.

It’s worth noting that regeneration doesn’t replace the traditional brakes. Before coming to a complete stop, or in an emergency situation, the standard disc brakes will take over to bring the car to a halt.

Is it as simple as that?

In short, yes. If you’ve ever been on the dodgems, you’ll know that a bumper car starts to slow when you release the ‘go’ pedal. It’s a similar story in an electric car, albeit with – hopefully – fewer opportunities to crash into your mates.

It takes a while to get used to regenerative braking, but once you do it becomes second nature. The fact that you’re improving the car’s electric range only adds to the feeling of satisfaction.

Regenerative braking is one of the key parts of eco-driving. Used effectively, it will improve your efficiency and allow you to travel further. For example, if you’re going downhill, easing off the accelerator pedal will activate regenerative braking, helping to offset the energy required for climbing the next hill.

The greatest African XI in football history is absolutely stacked with legends

  The greatest African XI in football history is absolutely stacked with legends Salah, Drogba and Weah are three of the greatest African footballers in historyIt's never been a secret that the Egyptian is one of the best players in the world, but his astonishing start to the new campaign - scoring 15 goals in just 13 games - has made everyone sit up and take notice.

Regenerative braking settings

a car parked on the side of a road: Jaguar I-Pace © Provided by Motoring Electric Jaguar I-Pace

In most electric vehicles, it’s possible to configure the regenerative braking via the car’s touchscreen media system.

In the Jaguar I-Pace, for example, you can select one of two settings: low or high. In the low setting, the deceleration is similar to the gradual braking effect you’d experience in a standard car. The Jaguar will travel further before stopping when the accelerator pedal is released.

In the high setting, you’ll experience a greater level of deceleration from the moment you release the pedal. There’s a similar system in the BMW i3, with BMW claiming the brake energy recuperation can increase driving range by up to 25 miles.

In theory, you can do more driving using nothing but the accelerator pedal. This is sometimes referred to as ‘one-pedal driving’.

Nissan Leaf e-Pedal

a close up of a cell phone: Nissan Leaf e-Pedal © Provided by Motoring Electric Nissan Leaf e-Pedal

The Nissan Leaf takes the concept of ‘one-pedal driving’ to the next level. It features a so-called e-Pedal, which allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal.

Volvo drag racer from Somerset to be recreated as Hot Wheels toy

  Volvo drag racer from Somerset to be recreated as Hot Wheels toy Built by Lee Johnstone from Somerset, the custom Volvo P1800 racer will be immortalised as a diecast model by Hot Wheels.The radical Volvo, known as ‘Ain’t No Saint’, has claimed victory in the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour.

In the Leaf, the pedal itself is a standard affair – e-Pedal mode is activated via a switch on the dashboard. With the e-Pedal engaged, the pedal feels much firmer, allowing you to make more precise inputs.

It takes a while to get used to, but once you do you’ll find yourself spending more time in ‘one-pedal’ mode.

Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan could provide a glimpse of next-generation regenerative braking systems. It’s called Porsche Recuperation Management (PRM).

A front-mounted camera monitors the road ahead. If it sees the way is clear when you release the accelerator pedal, it will coast for longer. If there’s a car in front, it switches to regenerative braking.

a car parked on the side of a road: Porsche Taycan © Provided by Motoring Electric Porsche Taycan

Porsche says that up to 90 percent of the braking will be achieved via regeneration, but it wanted to present a more relaxed approach for high-speed driving. In other words, a sudden jolt when lifting off on a German autobahn is far from ideal.

Amazingly, Porsche also says that you could achieve up to a third of your electric range exclusively from recuperation. With regenerative braking from 124mph to zero, up to 2.5 miles of range can be recovered.

Drone-style flying Renault 4 created for 60th anniversary

  Drone-style flying Renault 4 created for 60th anniversary The AIR4 concept car demonstrates a futuristic, airborne version of the classic Renault 4L. Sadly, you can't buy one.Made between 1961 and 1992, more than eight million examples were sold in more than 100 countries.


Regenerative braking is another bonus feature of electric car ownership. Although you’ll never recover all of the energy consumed moving the car forwards, harvesting some of it will increase your range.

The amount of energy recovered depends on the electric car in question, your driving system, the regeneration settings and the outside temperature.

As an aside, with regenerative braking, you’re not producing any brake dust, which means you’re a little closer to achieving 100 percent zero emissions.


What happens if an electric car runs out of battery charge?

How do I drive an electric car with one pedal?

What are the downsides of second-hand electric cars?

The post What is regenerative braking – and why do electric cars use it? appeared first on Motoring Electric.

Soap theme tune writer Tony Hatch reveals he is still composing at the age of 82 .
He was awarded his OBE at Windsor Castle.The pianist and creator of the Emmerdale theme tune was given the royal accolade for services to music and charity, at a ceremony hosted by the Princess Royal.

usr: 1
This is interesting!