FAST ‘N’ CU­RI­OUS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - INSIDE LINE -

BAT­TERY BOOST

Tesla claims its Model S is the fastest pro­duc­tion car you can buy. A new 100kWh bat­tery pow­ers the S from 0-100km/h in a siz­zling 2.7 sec­onds. Fer­rari’s LaFer­rari and the Porsche 918 Spy­der are frac­tion­ally quicker but you can’t buy one. Aus­tralian own­ers can or­der the up­grade but Tesla can’t give a de­liv­ery date or cost.

POWER UP

By 2020, one in five cars sold will have to be a plug-in elec­tric ve­hi­cle (PEV) to meet emis­sions tar­gets, says the World En­ergy Coun­cil. China, now the world’s largest car mar­ket, will need to sell twice as many PEVs as other coun­tries to fill what the WEC de­scribes as the “EV Gap”. Its tar­get for China by 2020 is 5.3 mil­lion elec­tric cars.

HAM­MER HAPPY

The first Shelby AC Co­bra sports car has fetched $18.1m at auction in the US. Built for Car­roll Shelby by Bri­tain’s AC Cars, the two-seater ar­rived in Cal­i­for­nia mi­nus an en­gine in Fe­bru­ary, 1962. Eight hours later, it was ready to roll into the mo­tor­sport his­tory books.

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