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Few street-legal cars are as extreme as the Ariel Nomad, and if you like the regular versions, then you will definitely love the new Nomad R range-topper.

It uses the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powering the 2015-2017 Honda Civic Type R, with a supercharger bolted on. As a result, it delivers 335 brake horsepower and 243 pound-feet (329 Nm) of torque.

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That may not sound like much, considering that we have hatchbacks that are way more powerful, but this is a very light vehicle, so the 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint takes a mere 2.9 seconds, whereas flat-out, it will do 121 mph (195 km/h). Other highlights include the six-speed manual transmission with pneumatic shifts and rear-wheel drive with limited-slip differential.

As we’ve come to expect from lesser versions, the Nomad R is very, very engaging. It brings smiles both in straight-line acceleration and around corners, although to get the most out of it, you will have to work the steering, as there is not much weight over the front wheels because the engine lies behind the seats.

There are only two things that keep enthusiasts away from it: the first is the starting price of £77,400 in the United Kingdom, or $102,460 at the current exchange rates, and the second is the limited production run of just five examples. As Henry Catchpole notes in his review, this is the most intense road car he’s ever driven – and it should come with free yoga lessons, because you will need to stretch out even after a short drive and clear your mind before setting off again.

 


EV startups are a dime a dozen and the latest is California’s Elation Hypercars.

Created by Carlos Satulovsky and Mauro Saravia, Elation intends to become the first company to produce an electric luxury hypercar in America.

Elation’s first model is dubbed the Freedom and it was developed thanks to the “brightest minds in the Argentinean racing industry.” While that sounds slightly odd, the company said their team of engineers has worked in “Formula One, at the 24 hours of Le Mans, and several other European racing divisions.”

Also Read: Pininfarina’s Battista Is A 1,874 HP Electric Hypercar Gunning For Glory

The car certainly looks the part as it features a striking exterior which is vaguely reminiscent of the Lotus Evija. The company didn’t go into many specifics, but the renderings suggest the Freedom will have a carbon fiber front splitter, a ventilated nose and aerodynamic side skirts. We can also see gullwing doors, an active rear wing and a massive diffuser.

Moving into the cabin, there’s a “fighter-jet inspired cockpit” with a digital instrument cluster, a minimalist center stack and what appears to be exposed carbon fiber. The company also said customers can personalize the cabin with premium leather, precious metals and gemstones.

The Freedom is slated to ride on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis which weighs approximately 180 lbs (82 kg) and incorporates a T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack. The latter will be available with capacities of 100 and 120 kWh, they will allow for ranges of around 300 – 400 miles (483 – 644 km).

The base model is slated to have three electric motors that produce a combined output of 1,414 hp (1,054 kW / 1,434 PS). Elation also plans to offer a quad motor variant with around 1,903 hp (1,419 kW / 1,929 PS). One of these, presumably the latter, will be able to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in approximately 1.8 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 260 mph (418 km/h).

If electric vehicles aren’t your thing, the company is also promising a Freedom Iconic with all-wheel drive and a 5.2-liter V10 engine which is paired to a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. The powertrain is apparently sourced from Audi and the company says it will produce 750+ hp (559+ kW / 760+ PS) and 490 lb-ft (664 Nm) of torque. This setup will allegedly enable the car to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds, before topping out at 240 mph (386 km/h).

The Freedom has a base price of $2 (£1.5 / €1.7) million, while the Freedom Iconic will begin at $2.3 (£1.7 / €1.9) million. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the model will be launched and there’s no guarantee the Freedom will be anything more than some fancy renderings.

 

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GM’s OnStar has been keeping drivers and their vehicles safe for nearly 25 years, and now they’re branching off into the insurance business.

Dubbed OnStar Insurance, the new offering promises to leverage the company’s “unique understanding” of GM vehicles to provide a “secure, fair, personalized and easy-to-use digital insurance experience for drivers.”

The insurance will be launched later this year and initially available to GM employees who reside in Arizona. However, it be offered to additional customers and the general public in early 2021.

Also Read: GM Highlights Two Decades Of OnStar Connectivity

While GM is adopting a slow and cautious rollout, the company has big plans for OnStar Insurance in the future. In the next few years, they imagine policyholders who have an accident can be immediately connected to dealers who can provide “speed-of-light damage assessments, estimates and loaner car arraignments.” The ultimate goal is to get you back into your own car as soon as possible.

The company also envisions leveraging OnStar technology to promote safer driving habits. GM said this will include “proactive recommendations” which could potentially earn customers discounts.

This is one of the more interesting aspects about OnStar Insurance as the company can offer personalized plans based on your driving habits and how far you travel. The company alluded to this as they promised to take “biased judgement out of insurance shopping by focusing on factors within the customer’s control: individual vehicle usage and rewarding smart driving habits that benefit road safety.”

In a statement, OnStar Insurance Services President Andrew Rose said “We aim to be an industry leader, offering insurance in an innovative way.” Rose added, “GM customers who have subscribed to OnStar and connected services will be eligible to receive discounts, while also receiving fully-integrated services from OnStar Insurance Services.”