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Volta Trucks reveals the Volta Zero


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> The first purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle for inner city freight distribution

> Launch of the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle.

> Optimised for the safety of vulnerable road users, including 220-degrees of visibility and designed to deliver a Transport for London five-star Direct Vision Standard rating.

> With 90% less mechanical parts than an equivalent traditional internal combustion engine vehicle, Volta Trucks targets the same Total Cost of Ownership, supporting the business case to migrate to electric vehicles.

> The world’s first use of flax and biodegradable resin composite in exterior body panels, developed by Bcomp in conjunction with the European Space Agency, that is almost entirely carbon neutral.

> Volta Trucks is the first European commercial vehicle manufacturer to use an innovative e-Axle for enhanced efficiency and vehicle range.

> First Volta Zero pilot fleet vehicles to start trials with Europe’s largest logistics operators in H1-2021, with the start of production scheduled for 2022.

> Volta Trucks to contract manufacture the Volta Zero in the UK.

> Volta Trucks to create a further 130 skilled automotive and engineering roles during 2021.

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Audi connect due to launch in South Africa with the new Audi A4 Sedan

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Ferrari celebrates

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux

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This coming weekend, the celebration of Ferrari’s 1000th Formula One race is sure to be muted. This will not only be due to the lack of fans at the Tuscan Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Italy – although 2880 will be allowed in on race day – but surely because Ferrari’s performance, baring a miracle, will most likely be less than stellar given the team’s current form.

While there might not be too much for the tifosi to cheer for on Sunday, perhaps the Ferrari faithful should remember happier times when the Scuderia was at its best and the cars bearing the famous Prancing Horse emblem ruled the F1 world.

For example, between 1975 and 1979 Ferrari’s fabulous 312T won 27 races, four World Constructor’s Championship and three Drivers’ Championships. It is undoubtedly one of the most successful Ferraris.

The 312T, powered by Ferrari’s famous three-litre flat-12-cylinder engine characterised by its smooth power delivery, was able to complement the smooth and clinical driving techniques of its drivers,

Apart from helping the legendary Niki Lauda win two championships in 1976 and 1977, the 312T was also raced by Clay Regazzoni, Gilles Villeneuve and our own Jody Schecker, who won his title in ’79.

The Ferrari 312T car was built by renowned designer Mauro Forghieri who is credited with fitting the first rear wing to a F1 car and conceptualising the first transverse gearbox (which the “T” in 312T represents). The five-speed unit helped improve handling by centralising the car’s weight or, in more technical terms, reducing its polar moment of inertia.

In addition to Lauda and Scheckter, Forghieri’s leadership helped Ferrari win the world championship in 1964 for John Surtees – still the only man to win world titles on two wheels and four.

Photocredit: en.wikipedia.org

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