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A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

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Here’s a good piece of trivia for you: What’s the fastest commercial airliner in operation? As of Sunday, the answer might be “the Boeing 747″—not bad for an airliner that first entered service 50 years ago. On Saturday evening at 6:47 pm ET, British Airways 747-400, tail number G-CIVP, took off from John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport in New York. It landed at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 4:43 am local time—a crossing time of just 4 hours and 56 minutes, and a new record for subsonic aircraft.

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Of course, the venerable jumbo had some help. Neither Boeing nor BA have rolled out a surprise engine upgrade, but Storm Ciara—a weather disturbance currently rearranging British landscapes—gave the plane a helping hand with 200+ mph (320+ kmh) tailwinds. G-CIVP set a peak ground speed of 825 mph (1,327 kmh), although its peak airspeed remained subsonic at around Mach 0.85.

Virgin Atlantic actually had two of its planes reach Heathrow in under five hours from JFK on Saturday night, each an Airbus A350-1000. However, these planes achieved flight times of 4 hours and 57 minutes and 4 hours and 59 minutes, which at least allowed Virgin Atlantic to tease on Twitter that it accomplished the feat on much less fuel. Both times are still significantly faster than the previous best subsonic Atlantic crossing, set by a Norwegian airliner that took 5 hours and 13 minutes.

None of these times are close to those achieved by Concorde, a supersonic commercial airliner operated by BA and Air France from 1976 until 2003. In 1996, a BA Concorde flew the same JFK-LHR route in just 2 hours and 52 minutes, cruising at Mach 2. And even that’s not the fastest transatlantic crossing by an air-breathing aircraft that we know of. In 1974, an SR-71 flew between the two cities in a mere 1 hour and 54 minutes, although pedants might disqualify it, as it did not take off from JFK nor land at Heathrow.

This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.


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Cancelled: Geneva Motor Show 2020 – Here's the electric and plug-in hybrid cars…

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Update: The Geneva Motor Show 2020 has now been cancelled. Read the statement by the organizer here.

Geneva Motor Show 2020 was due to take place at the city’s Palexpo exhibition center from March 5-15. However, the event – which takes place for the 90th time this year – will run with both short- and long-term darkening clouds looming over its future.

For 2020, the organizers are already watching the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak in China with keen eyes. With many visitors expected to travel to Switzerland to attend, Palexpo SA issued a statement requesting that anyone from an at-risk area should ensure they do not show any symptoms of infection in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Geneva.

The show also takes place amid a wider rethink of the true value of the international motor show. Are they still worth the huge investment of time and money required by each exhibitor, especially when a bespoke event or even online launch can lure more eyes than an old-school show?

With the Frankfurt event possibly moving to a new home in Berlin, Beijing’s 2020 show being postponed, and now Geneva under threat – the world’s three major motor shows face an uncertain future.

But for now, let’s see what Geneva Motor Show 2020 has in store for future mobility fans:

Aiways U6ion concept and U5 production EV

Why it is interesting China’s Aiways was due to show its new U6ion electric crossover coupe concept, but that’s been kept back in Shanghai thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, while the showcar will debut on screen, the European version of the U5 electric SUV (pictured) will be taking a real-life bow at the event.

BMW i4 Concept

Why it is interesting BMW’s Geneva showcar is the concept version of its forthcoming i4 EV sedan. Yes, another car that’s likely to be branded a Tesla Model S fighter when it arrives in production form in 2021, but more importantly, the fourth model in BMW’s i range – following the i3, this year’s iX3, and i8 – is long overdue so it better be competitive.

DS Aero Sport Lounge concept

Why it is interesting This luxury EV SUV concept features a 600hp, 400-mile range-capable powertrain that takes some unspecified lessons learned from DS’ participation in Formula E. The interior uses screens with ultrasound haptic feedback, and its fabrics are brightened by fiber optic strands woven within.

Polestar Precept concept

Why it is interesting Volvo’s EV subbrand takes its next step with a new concept that showcases how its design will depart from the mothership. This includes splitting the trademark Thor’s hammer lamps apart, changing the front grille for a sensor array, and even showing how rooftop LiDAR sensors might be integrated in near-future production cars. Sustainable interior materials and a next-generation Google Android-based HMI also feature.

Renault Morphoz concept

Why it is interesting Having done a good job of being ahead of the EV curve, Renault will show its new electric-car tech via the medium of the Morphoz concept. The firm calls it its ‘vision of tomorrow’s mobility’. The concept is modular and can adapt to the needs of each user, which is code for the fact that it previews a number of forthcoming Renault EVs.

Rimac C_Two production car

Why it is interesting Croatia’s Rimac has been impressing some heavy industry hitters with its self-developed performance EV hard and software, with Porsche and Hyundai-Kia taking stakes. At Geneva, we get to see the production version of the 1,914hp C_Two EV hypercar, complete with a new name.

Other debutants of note

The latest Audi A3 will arrive, although this will follow the Volkswagen Golf Mk8 in going down the hybrid route, rather than full electric. A similarly-sized Audi EV is due in 2021, complimenting the VW ID3. The latest Seat Leon follows suit, with an EV previewed by the El Born concept coming soon. Not to be left out, the new Skoda Octavia vRS will bow at the show, switching to a PHEV powertrain from the VW Passat GTE for the first time.

PHEV versions of the BMW 3 Series will also make their debut, as will a plug-in version of the new Kia Sorento SUV. Also likely is the unveiling of a new version of the Fiat 500e, while a new Toyota concept will preview a B-segment small hybrid SUV.

We’ll keep updating this page as new cars appear, so check back soon.

Source: https://www.automotive-iq.com/electrics-electronics/articles/geneva-motor-show-2020-the-electric-and-plug-in-hybrid-cars-making-their-debuts

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Geneva Motor Show cancellation imminent after Switzerland bans large-scale events

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Geneva International Motor Show likely won't take place this year.
Geneva International Motor Show likely won’t take place this year.
Image: picture alliance via Getty Image

Geneva International Motor Show, scheduled to take place in Geneva on March 5-15, is one of the most important annual events in the automotive industry. This year, however, it’s very likely to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

On Friday, Switzerland’s Federal Council banned large-scale events, defined as “events involving more than 1000 people.” The ban is effective immediately and it applies “at least until March 15.”

Geneva Motor Show being a massive event, with more than 690,000 people in attendance in 2017 and 660,000 in 2018, it definitely falls into this criteria. We’ve reached out to the show’s organizers and will update this article when we hear back.

“The Federal Council is aware that this measure will have a significant impact on public life in Switzerland. However, the move is expected to provide effective protection to people in Switzerland and to public health. It should prevent or delay the spread of the disease in Switzerland, thus reducing its momentum,” the Federal Council said in a statement. 

Geneva Motor Show’s likely cancellation follows that of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which was due in late February but was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

This story is developing…

Source: https://mashable.com/article/geneva-motor-show-cancelled/

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Geneva Motor Show cancelled over coronavirus fears (UPDATE)

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Geneva International Motor Show likely won't take place this year.
Geneva International Motor Show likely won’t take place this year.
Image: picture alliance via Getty Image

Geneva International Motor Show, scheduled to take place in Geneva on March 5-15, is one of the most important annual events in the automotive industry. This year, however, it’s very likely to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

On Friday, Switzerland’s Federal Council banned large-scale events, defined as “events involving more than 1000 people.” The ban is effective immediately and it applies “at least until March 15.”

Geneva Motor Show being a massive event, with more than 690,000 people in attendance in 2017 and 660,000 in 2018, it definitely falls into this criteria. We’ve reached out to the show’s organizers and will update this article when we hear back.

“The Federal Council is aware that this measure will have a significant impact on public life in Switzerland. However, the move is expected to provide effective protection to people in Switzerland and to public health. It should prevent or delay the spread of the disease in Switzerland, thus reducing its momentum,” the Federal Council said in a statement. 

Geneva Motor Show’s likely cancellation follows that of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which was due in late February but was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

This story is developing…

Source: https://mashable.com/article/geneva-motor-show-cancelled/

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