This Week in Autos – 22nd May – 28th May 2017
Catch up with all the latest news from the Automotive world here!
An Unlikely Partnership, As Jaguar Land Rover Team Up With Gorillaz
Luxury vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover has joined forces with an unconventional partner Gorillaz, in order to recruit around 5,000 new staff.
Gorillaz are well known world-around for their virtual personas, and less so for their knowledge of vehicle production.
So why have they joined forces?
The renowned British firm are using the Gorillaz mixed reality app as a tool for potential job applicants to firstly assemble the all electric sports utility vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace concept. If you want some more details on the I-Pace then take a look at our head-to-head infographic against the Tesla Model X.
The secondary part of the recruitment process poses a series of code breaking puzzles. This is a first, and very unique approach to tackling recruitment. Primarily designed to attract innovative and creative thinking engineers, with a firm view of improving their autonomous vehicle operations.
Alex Heslop, who is the head of electrical engineering at the car firm had this to say;
“As the automotive industry transforms over the next decade, fuelled by software innovation, we have to attract the best talent and that requires a radical rethink of how we recruit,”
“Here we’ve found an engaging way to recruit a diverse talent pool in software systems, cyber systems, app development and graphics performance. It will be the first of its kind.”
Want to read more on this? Click here to read the full original article on the BBC here.
Ferrari’s V8 Twin Turbo Named “Engine of the Year”…AGAIN!
For the second year running, the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that powers the 488 GTB, 488 Spider and with a slightly smaller displacement the California T and GTC4Lusso T, has taken the outright International Engine of the Year Award along with the Performance Engine class and the 3-litre to 4-litre displacement category.
Since its introduction in 1999, the International Engine of the Year Award has become one of the industry’s most coveted honours. As well as dominating the Award’s Above 4-litre and Performance Engine categories in the past six years, Ferrari has now taken a record number of wins for any high-performance sports car manufacturer.
This year also saw Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine, that powers the F12berlinetta and F12tdf, receive the Above 4-litre award for the second year consecutively, and for the third time after the distinction awarded in 2013. This result for the V12 is even more significant this year, as it is this power unit that hailed the start of the glorious Prancing Horse story 70 years ago in 1947.
A concentration of uncompromising engineering solutions, Ferrari’s return to twin-turbo technology for the V8 range has set a new benchmark for turbo-charged engines. Zero turbo lag and a progressive delivery of power and torque throughout the rev range maintain unprecedented levels of driver involvement.
According to Tony Robinson, founder of the International Engine of the Year Awards, “This is only the second time in the history of the IEOTYA that such a powerful performance engine has taken the overall honours two years consecutively and won the most coveted, outright IEOTYA title. The Ferrari V8 is all about amazing power delivery, precision, driveability and a wonderful soundtrack, too. One day soon it’ll be a classic in its own right; indeed I think it is already!”