While it seemingly goes against founder Colin Chapman’s whole ethos of simplifying and adding lightness, Lotus‘ latest model is the long-awaited Eletre, a fully electric crossover that seems like a hell of a package. Beyond just being the brand’s first SUV, the Eletre is also Lotus’ first four-door production car and will surely become its most profitable and successful model.
The Eletre rides on Lotus’ new Electric Premium Architecture platform, which will underpin a bunch of other “lifestyle” cars. It uses a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack with an electric motor at each axle, and there will be three different versions with the least powerful still having 600 horsepower. Lotus says the car has a maximum range of 373 miles on the European WLTP cycle, 248 miles of range in 20 minutes on a 350-kW fast charger, and a 0-to-62 mph time of under 3 seconds. Air suspension with adaptive dampers are standard, and the Eletre is available with performance features including active anti-roll bars, active ride height, carbon-ceramic brakes with 10-piston front calipers, torque vectoring and rear-wheel steering. There are also optional 23-inch wheels and every Eletre has four drive modes, including an off-road mode.
At 200.9 inches long, the Eletre is about half a foot longer than a. While its 118-inch wheelbase matches the BMW, the Lotus still has quite a long rear overhang but a short hood. Overall the surfacing is clean and crisp with the black roof and cladding reducing the visual mass, and the rear glass has a pretty intense rake to it. The menacing front end has L-shaped LED running lights at the front of the hood above, with the main beams shrouded in the Eletre’s grinning grille, and the de rigueur thin taillight strip pulses green when the car is charging. It looks like some sort of angry dinosaur in the best way, and while it doesn’t seem very Lotus-y at first glance, it fits in with the brand’s other recent models, like , and is certainly distinctive.
Lots of performance crossovers have aggressive designs with vents and intakes that are typically fake, but the Eletre is a different story. Like on, the vents in the Eletre’s hood, lower grille, front fenders, D-pillar and outer edges of the taillights are all actual pass-through air channels for better aerodynamics — it’s coolest at the back, where you can look through the car to see the rear wheels. Lotus calls this “porosity,” referring to the way air flows through the car to increase efficiency and range. It also has an active spoiler at the base of the hatch glass and interesting winglets at the top. But the Eletre’s real aerodynamic party trick is its , which is made up of dozens of triangular panels that form a bunch of hexagons. Each one opens as needed to direct cooling air to the battery, motors and brakes, with the motion of the panels giving the effect of breathing.
The Eletre also has the world’s first deployable lidar system in a production car. The sensors pop out from the tops of the front wheel arches, the top of the windshield and the back of the roof between the winglets. Lotus partially fitted the lidar system as future proofing for driver-assist systems that aren’t out yet, as the car can accept over-the-air updates, but available active-safety features include adaptive cruise control with lane-change assist, front and rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking. In markets that allow the Eletre uses cameras instead of side mirrors, with the small pods housing three cameras each: One for the mirror-replacing display, one for the top-down surround view and one for the driver-assist tech.
The Eletre has by far the most luxurious interior we’ve ever seen in a Lotus, and it’s offered with either a traditional three-across rear bench or two individual seats. The dash is dominated by an LED strip that runs across the dash and changes color to notify occupants of phone calls, temperature changes or other things. Instead of a gauge cluster there’s a slim display that’s barely an inch tall for important info, which is paired with a standard augmented-reality head-up display. The Eletre’s central touchscreen is a 15.1-inch OLED display running a new infotainment system that folds flat into the dash when not in use, and passengers get a display like the gauge cluster to control navigation, music or other functions. If you spec the four-seat configuration, the rear gets a fixed center console with its own 9-inch touchscreen.
Despite the interior being so tech-focused, the Eletre has some fantastic tactile design elements. Microfibers and wool blends from Kvadrat are used throughout, along with aluminum and recycled carbon fiber. Much of the trim pieces and analog controls are finished in gold, and the triangular pattern of the active grille is found on the center consoles and door panels. No figures were given but it seems like the Eletre will have lots of room for rear-seat passengers and a generous cargo area.
The Eletre will go into production later this year at a new factory in China. No exact pricing or on-sale timing for the US has been announced, but expect the Eletre to go on sale by the middle of 2023 with a starting price of at least $100,000. Following the Eletre will be, a four-door coupe and an , all of which will be electric.
Overwatch 2 Beta Begins Tomorrow: Start Time and What to Expect
Overwatch 2 starts its second beta on Tuesday, June 28, for PC and console players. The beta begins at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT and runs through Monday, July 18. Sign-ups are still open for a chance to participate, and you can still get guaranteed access if you’re willing to spend some cash.
The next beta will be our first look at Junker Queen, a new tank hero who first appeared in posters on the Junkertown map that was released in 2017. Fans have been hoping to play her ever since, and five years later, we’re finally getting the chance. The new beta also adds a new hybrid map, Paraiso. The developers have laid out their goals for the beta, which include testing server capacity and hero balance.
Overwatch 2 is the sequel to Blizzard’s class-based shooter, featuring two teams of five players fighting over objectives. Overwatch devs announced in June that the game will be. The injected a frantic pace into the game, which was a welcome change from the slower, more grinding pacing that’s plagued Overwatch in recent years. The free-to-play PvP element will bring the game more in line with other competitive shooters, like Valorant and Apex Legends.
How to sign up for the Overwatch 2 beta
Anyone can sign up for Overwatch 2’s second beta, but it’s not technically an open beta. The game will add people gradually as it ramps up server capacity, and the first big wave of beta access will happen on July 5, according to the beta FAQ page. Even if you were in the previous beta, you’ll need to sign up again.
Here’s how to sign up:
1. Go to the Overwatch 2 beta site.
2. In the top right corner, log in to your Blizzard Account.
3. At the bottom of the Overwatch 2 beta page, choose your platform (and region for PlayStation players).
4. Then hit Request Beta Access.
If you want guaranteed beta access on June 28, you can purchase the Watchpoint Pack ($40). In addition to beta access on day one, you’ll also get two legendary character skins, a unique player icon and enough digital currency to buy the first two battle passes.
How do I download the Overwatch 2 beta?
Blizzard hasn’t released details on downloading the second beta, but it should follow the same process as the first beta. Here’s how that worked:
1. Log in to your Battle.net account and navigate to Overwatch on the game launcher.
2. In the bottom left, click the Game Version drop-down.
3. Select Overwatch 2 Tech Beta to install.
4. When the download is complete, hit the blue Play button to start.
Junker Queen abilities
The new beta finally gives fans a chance to play as Junker Queen, a hero we’ve all been excited about and/or thirsting over since she was first teased on the Junkertown map. Here’s what we know about Junker Queen’s abilities, from the Overwatch Twitter account:
New Hybrid Map: Paraiso
The beta also adds Paraiso, a new hybrid map that explores Lucio’s home, including the DJ’s Clube Sinestesia. As with all hybrid maps, players will start by attacking or defending a control point, and if the attackers succeed, players will spend the rest of the map attacking or defending a payload.
For more Overwatch 2 news, check out everything we learned from the.
Icebergify: How To Create an Iceberg of Your Most Listened to Spotify Artists
Been on social media today? Seen those bizarre musical Icebergs floating around in your feed? You’re not alone. Screenshots like this have been doing the rounds today, particularly on Twitter.
It’s all created via the magic of a website called Icebergify.
Using the data from your Spotify listening habits, Icebergify creates an Iceberg of your most listened to artists ranked by popularity. At the tip of the iceberg? Your favourite “mainstream” artists. Your Taylor Swifts, your Beyonces, your Drakes, etc. The further down you go, the more obscure it becomes. It looks a little like this…
If you want to see your own iceberg, you can head to the website directly. Be warned: it does require your Spotify log-in.
The Icebergify website was developed by Akshay Raj, a freshman studying Computer & Data Science at Rice University. He says he has no plans to monetize the site or use the data collected — which is limited to your username, Spotify account ID and the top 50 tracks and artists listened to over the past few years.
How does it work? It’s fairly simple. Icebergify takes your most listened to artists and sorts them according to popularity rankings. Streams, shares, saves, likes, and followers are all taken into account. This is why Beyonce might be at the top of your iceberg, but lesser known artists are at the bottom, beneath the ocean. Also worth noting: It seems like Icebergify is being flooded due to its surprising popularity. Head back later if it doesn’t immediately work.
Apple’s First Mixed-Reality Headset May Sport New M2 Processor
Apple’s first mixed-reality headset could come with the company’s flagship M2 processor, just one of the “deluge” of new products the company is expected to unveil in the next year, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported Sunday.
The M2, unveiled in June, features redesigned central processing units and a significant memory increase, which would provide a significant boost to the much-rumored headset over the previous M1 chip.
The much-rumored headset incorporating both virtual and augmented reality environments is expected to provide a boon to the gaming industry. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier week that the headset —— would be the most complicated product Apple has designed yet.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been vocal about his excitement about AR. Earlier this week, he explained that the tech industry is still in the “very early innings” of this technology’s possibilities.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we’ve seen in this space, and sort of stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer,” Cook told China Daily.
Other products Gurman expects to debut in the next 12 months include four iPhone 14 models, three Apple Watch variations, several Macs with M2 and M3 chips, iPads, updated AirPods Pro earbuds, a fresh HomePod, and an upgraded Apple TV.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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