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Nowadays, BMWs are comfortable, premium and filled with all sorts of amenities. But that wasn’t always the case, because the journey that has turned it into a successful company was arduous and built on some models that wouldn’t even be considered in today’s game, such as the Isetta.

Made under license in several countries, the bubble car was supposed to be cheap and easy to run. The word safety was not yet known to car makers when it came out in the 1950s, and the only things inside are the steering wheel, gearshift lever, pedals and a couple of switches to operate the windscreen wiper, lights and heater.

Read Also: BMW’s Tiny Isetta Helped To Smuggle Nine People To Freedom During The Cold War

Those tiny kidney grilles are not fake, as some might assume. And they don’t cool the engine either, simply because it rests at the back.

Unsurprisingly for a tiny vehicle made almost seven decades ago, the Isetta packed a very small engine, with the Isetta 300 depicted in the video below featuring a 300 cc single-cylinder motor producing 13 horsepower. There is no 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time because… well, it cannot go that fast, and the maximum recommended cruising speed is, apparently, 46 mph (74 km/h) in fourth gear.

So, how does the world look like from inside the Isetta in 2020? Quite fun, for the most part, and slow, but you can find out all about that in the review that follows.

 


When driving in wet conditions, it’s important to always pay extra attention as unexpected things happen all too frequently. The driver of the Subaru Ascent in this video clearly missed this memo.

This clip appears to have been filmed by one of the rear-facing cameras of a Tesla Model 3 and captured the moment a white Ascent slammed into the rear of a Toyota Tacoma in what looks like a truly devastating impact.

The clip shows that the orange Tacoma was slowing down due to a traffic jam on the highway. Had the driver of the Subaru been paying attention, they would have noticed that traffic ahead was slowing and started to apply the brakes to come to a safe stop. Evidently, they weren’t.

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As the Tacoma slows to a crawl, the white Subaru approaches quickly without any signs of braking. It’s not until the final few moments that they applied the brakes, but by then, it was too late and the driver had no way of avoiding the Tacoma.

The moment of impact sees the front end of the Subaru slide under the rear of the Tacoma, pushing the rear of the pickup truck into the air and throwing debris across the road. When the Toyota comes into view of the Tesla’s front-facing dashcam, the full extent of the damage becomes clear: it has been absolutely destroyed.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured in the crash.

 

Electromods are increasing in popularity and they’ve been embraced by everyone from Aston Martin to Jaguar.

However, they aren’t for the faint of heart as many projects involve scouring junkyards for batteries and electric motors, and then piecemealing everything together.

That’s obviously less than ideal, so Zero Labs has come up with the “world’s first complete electric platform developed specifically for transforming the most beloved classic gasoline and diesel vehicles into clean energy heroes.”

Also Read: All Hail The World’s First Battery Electric Classic Ford Bronco

At its heart is a skateboard-like chassis that can be modified to fit a number of classic off-roaders including the Ford Bronco, International Scouts, Toyota FJs and a variety of Land Rovers such as the Series II and III. The company also said the platform will support the Ford F-100 and F-150 as well as other vehicles in the future.

Full details will be announced at a later date, but the platform has a floor-mounted lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 85 or 100 kWh. The base battery provides a range in excess of 200 miles (321 km), while the 100 kWh battery increases that to more than 235 miles (378 km).

The platform features an independent suspension, a regenerative braking system, and a rear-mounted electric motor that develops 296 hp (200 kW / 300 PS) and 243 lb-ft (330 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a dual motor powertrain that gives vehicles all-wheel drive as well as 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS). Speaking of options, buyers can order an air suspension and Brembo brakes.

While classic bodies simply sit atop the new architecture, there will be some minor modifications inside the cabin. In particular, vehicles will be equipped with a digital instrument cluster that is a faithful recreation of the original gauges.

Production is slated to begin next year and each Classic Electric Platform will include “full labor for disassembly, prep, conversion and testing.” The big unknown remains pricing, but none of this sounds cheap.

 

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