By Joseph Wilson The Associated Press Sat., July 14, 2018 AMIENS, FRANCE—Every cyclist at the Tour de France, from title favourite Chris Froome to the lowliest support rider, has Sunday circled on their calendar. That’s when the world’s greatest bike race leaves behind the smooth asphalt and hits the tricky and often treacherous cobblestones. Riders will try to stay upright as they bump and bounce their way over 15 cobbled paths scattered along 22 km of the 156.5-km course of Stage 9 from Arras to Roubaix, near the Belgian border. For four-time champion Froome and most of other title contenders, the ride over the cobbles is about surviving. The top riders who fight for every second on normal roads usually prefer losing time to risking a fall that could knock them out of contention. As Movistar veteran Alejandro Valverde puts it, “You can’t win the Tour on the cobbles, but you sure can lose it.” Article Continued Below There … [Read more...] about Tour de France cyclists brace for rocky roads in Stage 9
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caption The solar road in Jinan, China. source Getty Images China is starting to find more success with solar highway projects than the US. Proponents of solar roads say that they provide a way to generate solar power without paying for additional land. Critics say that solar roads do not generate enough power for their cost, since the solar cells do not tilt toward the sun. Both countries face challenges, like reducing the cost of installation and repairs. China holds the unusual title of being both the world’s biggest carbon-emissions emitter and the largest investor in solar energy. In 2017, the country poured $126.6 billion into the solar industry – a 30% increase from the year prior – in an effort to reduce urban pollution, a problem that has become a health epidemic in many Chinese cities. Most of China’s solar megaprojects manifest as massive farms in open fields or … [Read more...] about China could beat the US in a race to get solar power from highways
source Benjamin Zhang Business Insider took a Rolls-Royce Dawn on a road trip through New Jersey. The Dawn convertible shares a platform with the Ghost sedan and Wraith Coupe. We were blown away by Dawn’s power, smoothness, and unique driving experience. Over the past 15 years, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a company with more than a century’s worth of heritage and brand equity, has completely reinvented itself under BMW ownership. This reinvention was not conducted in a way that abandons tradition – because that would be foolish- but rather by embracing it while injecting a heavy dose of modernity. In other words, rather than slapping the brand’s badge on a run-of-the-mill luxury car, they decided to build honest-to-God Rolls-Royce motor cars with the latest chassis, engine, and infotainment technology money can buy. First, there was the flagship Phantom limo. Then came the … [Read more...] about I took a $400,000 Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible on a road trip through New Jersey — here’s what it was like
We drove the Cadillac and the Lincoln, two of the oldest and most prominent nameplates to ever emerge from Motown. The Lincoln Continental starts at $44,560. But our highly optioned AWD Black Label edition test car starts at $65,070. The Cadillac CT6 starts at $54,095. The top-of-the-line Platinum edition we tested starts at $88,295. Both cars are superb, but the CT6 has an edge. Cadillac and Lincoln are two of the oldest and most prominent nameplates to ever emerge from Motown. And yet, they are two brands looking to reestablish themselves as the last word on American luxury. On one hand, Cadillac has gone for a striking, trendy yet artistic persona, going as far as moving its headquarters from Detroit to the uber-chic cobblestone streets of Soho in Manhattan. On the other hand, Lincoln has gravitated toward a more traditional suave and sophisticated feel. And no two cars show off the contrasting styles … [Read more...] about We drove the 2 best American luxury cars money can buy — and the winner is clear
With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favour of the big rigs that mint them money.Chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV around Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. The profit boom that’s followed has emboldened Detroit’s other CEOs to consider snuffing out sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala.“The industry thought Sergio was a mad man when he did that, and now he looks like a genius,” said Jeff Schuster, an analyst with LMC Automotive. “He paved the way for everyone. Now, with the Detroit brands, virtually every car is under review.”A slew of sedans on the floor of this week’s North American International Auto Show may well be missing or on death row by the time the industry gathers again next year in Detroit. U.S. automakers … [Read more...] about Has the car reached the end of the road in Detroit?