Fast Lane

Porsche Taycan
Porsche TaycanPHOTOS: AUTO TRADER, BENTLEY, HYUNDAI, JAGUAR, PORSCHE
Bentley marks Sewing Machine Day
Bentley marks Sewing Machine DayPHOTOS: AUTO TRADER, BENTLEY, HYUNDAI, JAGUAR, PORSCHE
One car for each England goal
One car for each England goalPHOTOS: AUTO TRADER, BENTLEY, HYUNDAI, JAGUAR, PORSCHE
Jaguar Vector Racing's battery-powered boat, the V20E
Jaguar Vector Racing's battery-powered boat, the V20EPHOTOS: AUTO TRADER, BENTLEY, HYUNDAI, JAGUAR, PORSCHE
Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai VelosterPHOTOS: AUTO TRADER, BENTLEY, HYUNDAI, JAGUAR, PORSCHE

Porsche Taycan gives Tesla a run for its money

The Porsche Taycan, the road-going derivative of the Mission E prototype, will enter production next year as the sports-car maker's first 100 per cent electric vehicle.

According to Porsche, the name means "lively young horse" and alludes to the energetic steed at the centre of the Porsche crest. The Taycan is shaping up to be a serious rival to the Tesla Model S, with a potential system output of over 440kW, a target range of over 500km and a 0-to-100kmh acceleration timing of under 3.5 seconds.


Bentley marks Sewing Machine Day

Last Wednesday, the British ultra-luxury marque observed the country's National Sewing Machine Day by highlighting the artisanal work done by the 120-strong sewing team in its Crewe factory.

The embroidery department creates bespoke leather designs requested by Bentley buyers. Elaborate embroidery for customised cabins can require up to half a million individual stitches and a few kilometres of thread.

Bentley's purpose-built equipment used for this bespoke work can trace its lineage to the patent received by English inventor Thomas Saint in 1790 for his design of a machine to sew leather and canvas.


One car for each England goal

Auto Trader, Britain's equivalent of Singapore's sgCarMart automotive website, is offering four brand-new cars to be won in a unique online contest during the World Cup.

To stand a chance to win a Jeep Renegade, Fiat Abarth 595, Fiat 500X or Alfa Romeo Mito, contest entrants in Britain have to post a hashtag #AutoTraderGoals on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook once the England football team score a goal.

The contest kicks off on Monday with England's Group G match against Tunisia.


Jaguar electric speedboat sets speed record

Jaguar Vector Racing's battery-powered boat, the V20E, reached an average speed of 142.6kmh across a 1km course on Coniston Water lake in the United Kingdom and broke the previous world record of 123.6kmh, which has stood for 10 years.

The high-performance electric speedboat is a joint project between powerboat company Vector and Jaguar's technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, which has applied some of the technology used in Jaguar's electrically powered Formula E racing car.


Hyundai Veloster will be Ant-Man's new ride

The asymmetrical South Korean sports coupe is co-starring in the Marvel Studios blockbuster Ant-Man And The Wasp, which will hit cinemas next month. Modified for the movie, the Veloster appears to have the power to keep up with the titular superhero in any size or situation.

David Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe