Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show Part 2 – Cars & Stuff


Nissan has made a push in the US with their NV series of commercial vehicles. This one was modified by The Grilled Cheese Truck and I may have had a couple wedges of grilled cheese sandwiches.  If you’re in LA and you love cheese, track down The Grilled Cheese Truck food trucks!
The Stone Brewing company converted this Nissan NV200 with beer taps on the side.  I may have had a glass of Arrogant Bastard.
Mitsubishi didn’t have anything interesting in their booth except for their Pikes Peak electric race car.  The electric class is becoming very hotly contested by the OEMs. Within a few years, it would not surprise me if an electric car becomes the overall fastest car at Pikes Peak because they do not lose power with altitude like internal combustion engines.
What’s that? A radiator? Yup, electronics, motors, and batteries need cooling too. Wire mesh is used to protect the radiator against large debris.
The air coming off the radiator dumps out the top of the bodywork.
Greg Tracy was the pilot for ascending Pikes Peak. The man can drive and ride anything and do it fast.  Look up his Pikes Peak record run on a Ducati Multistrada and be amazed.  This electric car afforded him just a bit more protection than the Ducati. I forgot to look, but I think the electric motor is just a direct drive, so no transmission shifting to be done. I didn’t see any paddles or a shift lever.

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