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Supercar Blondie reveals the insane tech inside new electric BMW iX SUV

Published: 11/Nov/2020 16:28

by Kieran Bicknell

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more advanced by the day, and BMW’s latest design, the iX, looks set to be their most high-tech ever. YouTuber Supercar Blondie gets her hands on their new SUV, and explores the incredible tech inside the iX.

Supercar Blondie is one of the world’s most successful car YouTubers. Having amassed an extraordinary amount of viewers across her social media, she has a fantastic platform for showcasing the latest technology used in car design.

In her November 11 video, she unveils the all-new BMW iX SUV for the first time. A fully-electric SUV, the iX looks like it’s been sent from the future, and has enough tech inside it to back up that claim.

Supercar Blondie explores the BMW iX

The first thing that strikes you is the massive ‘grille’ on the iX. Because this is an all-electric EV, it’s not actually a grille at all. Called the ‘intelligence panel’ it houses a number of sensors such as those for the adaptive cruise control system.

BMW iX
YouTube: Supercar Blondie
The iX represents a step towards BMW becoming an all-electric brand.

However, its party piece is that it is self-healing, only requiring the application of heat to ‘heal’ itself of stone chips and minor scratches.

For the first time in a BMW, the traditional steering wheel has been ditched for a hexagonal one. Designed to add more space to the already minimalist cabin, the steering wheel sets the tone for the futuristic interior.

The instrument panel is a one-piece, freestanding, curved display screen that stretches across the car. Containing all the information from speed to navigation instructions, the design emphasizes the width of the interior and offers excellent visibility for the driver.

Buttons are also a thing of the past with the iX, thanks to all-new ‘shy’ technology. Controls are integrated directly into the faux-wooden surfaces of the interior. The controls in this particular model are also crystal, which SB thinks are “awesome!”

BMW iX range and power

The giant glass panoramic roof houses ‘electrochromic shading’ technology. This means that it can ‘close’ itself to block out sunlight, without the need for traditional fabric blinds or shutters.

Unusually for an SUV, the ‘tub’ of the car is made from Carbon Fiber to keep the weight as low as possible. This is the sort of technology that is usually reserved for high-end supercars and hypercars, so BMW has left it exposed to show it off.

Two electric motors producing 500hp (equivalent) power the iX, with a total range of just over 370 miles. 0-60 is taken care of in under five seconds, thanks to the instantaneous torque from the electric motors.

With deliveries expected to start during 2021, it will be interesting to see how well BMW’s all-electric iX is received. One thing is for sure though, Supercar Blondie seemed to love it!

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Jeremy Clarkson’s impressive car collection is a petrolhead’s dream

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:34

by Kieran Bicknell

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Petrolheads around the world will recognize the name Jeremy Clarkson. Once part of BBC’s Top Gear and now the host of the legendary Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour alongside May and Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson naturally owns quite a sizable car collection, along with a few surprises.

Jeremy Clarkson will go down in history as one of the biggest personalities that any car-based TV show will ever be linked to. Naturally, his years at the helm of various car shows, along with his history in journalism, has led him to owning an impressive collection of cars.

It’s not just cars in Jeremy’s garage, though. Having taken on his farm during 2019, he also owns a number of unusual machines, including a rather strange Lamborghini. Here are our highlights from Clarkson’s incredible collection.

Ford GT Clarkson
YouTube: Seb Delanney
Clarkson loved his Ford GT, but annoying electrical issues resulted in him returning the car to Ford.

Jeremy Clarkson’s supercars

Of course, Clarkson has a number of performance cars and supercars in his car collection. One of the most famous cars in his collection was the Ford GT, which he actually sent back to Ford after a well-documented issue with the alarm.

He also has a well-known love affair with AMG’s products. His first was an SL55 AMG roadster, though it wasn’t to be his last. Clarkson has also owned a number of other AMG-badged cars, including a CLK63 Black Series.

Given his history around supercars, Clarkson has owned more than most people would ever dream of having. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Ferrari 355 GTS
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG SL55 AMG Roadster
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Series
  • Aston Martin Virage
  • Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
  • McLaren 675LT
  • Ford GT
  • Lotus Elise 111S

Classic Cars in Jeremy Clarkson’s collection

Jeremy Clarkson The Excellent
Instagram: @jeremyclarkson
The Excellent is a custom Mercedes SL Roadster

It’s not just the latest-and-greatest cars that are in Jeremy’s collection. There are also a number of classic cars in his fleet, including one of the most iconic BMWs ever made, as well as some vehicles from his time on Top Gear and The Grand Tour.

The most unusual car in Clarkson’s collection is undoubtedly ‘The Excellent.’ Created as part of a challenge on The Grand Tour, it is a lifted Mercedes SL convertible mated to a Land Rover chassis.

Alongside ‘The Excellent’ he also owns the gorgeous Alfa Romeo GTV6 that featured on the Scottish special episode during Season 2. He even knew that he’d own it after filming, saying during the show “generally when we finish these jobs these cars end up, I don’t know where. But I know where this will end up; At my house.”

CSL Batmobile
YouTube: Car Throttle
The most iconic classic in Clarkson’s collection is the BMW 3.0 CSL.

Finally, the standout car from the collection is one of the most iconic BMW’s ever designed – the 3.0l CSL. Nicknamed ‘the Batmobile’ due to its massive rear wing, the CSL is the first true performance BMW, and is an appreciating classic.

While he doesn’t own all of them anymore, the full list of classics that Jeremy is known to own is impressive:

  • BMW 3.0l CSL
  • Alfa Romeo GTV6
  • Mercedes SL ‘The Excellent’
  • Ford Escort Cosworth RS
  • Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser Limousine
  • VW Golf GTI
  • VW Scirocco

The weirdest car in Clarkson’s collection

While his crazy Grand Tour creations are certainly odd, most people wouldn’t expect Clarkson to own a certain Lamborghini. In this case, it’s a tractor for use on his farm – how very un-clarkson!