Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced the appointment of Julien Montousse as Director of Design at its Irvine, California-based design studio.

The new man with the plan, Julien Montousse.

Congratulations, and keep our Soul alive.

The appreciation in classic cars—classified by Coutts as those that have been auctioned for more than $500,000 and have been sold more than 10 times—dwarves that of U.S. stocks, which put in a strong performance in 2014. Read More

According to a filing with the state of California, Seeo's battery technology may help to increase energy density by 50 to 100 percent, which could significantly increase the operating range of an electric vehicle.

Hayward, Calif.-based Seeo has an exclusive license to core patents from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that could help Bosch produce lightweight batteries on an industrial scale.

Seeo's advanced lithium polymer cells have an energy density of 350 watt-hours per kilogram, roughly twice the level of batteries used in today's electric vehicles.

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According to Autoblog, Musk was asked during Tesla’s latest earnings call about a comment from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about his desire to buy 500,000 autonomous Teslas from the auto manufacturer in five years time. The follow up question was, “cut out the middle man and sell on-demand electric mobility services directly from the company on its own platform?”

“That’s an insightful question,” Musk said. “I don’t think I should answer it.”

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That’s because it belonged to Keith Richards in the swinging sixties, a time where each Rolling Stone member had his own statement vehicle that announced the arrival of a rock star – or at least that’s what Bonhams say, the auction house responsible for selling this classical Bentley. 

Like I stated before, being a rock star and having a Roller or a Bentley in the 1960s was the ultimate counterculture statement. Just like graffiti, a big luxury barge represented the anti-conformity of aligning with what was considered the “normal established standard” in those times. 

That said, this car was bought from new in 1965 by Keith Richards and was affectionately named “Blue Lena” after the legendary jazz musician, Lena Horne. Moreover, the car was later modified with a secret compartment in which Richards and the band could…“conceal” their highly illegal narcotics. 

And this isn’t an urban legend, but the truth spoken by Richards in his 2010 autobiography: 

"It was a car meant to be driven fast at night. My dark blue Bentley, my S3 Continental Flying Spur – an automobile of some rarity, one of a limited edition of 87. Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. 'Blue Lena' had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey."

As the story goes, in 1967, police raided Keith Richard’s house right when him and the band where in a middle of a “hedonistic” party where the band was found high on various illegal substances. Richards was charged with possession of illegal substances and in the run up to his court – in order to escape the media – he and the band decided to go on an oversea adventure to a place where drugs were legal – Marrakech, Morocco. 

More specifically, Keith Richards and Brian Jones along with model Anita Pallenberg (Jones’s girlfriend at that time) and friend Deborah Dixon, used this exact Bentley in their travels. Moreover, according to Bonhams, Jones was struck with pneumonia along the journey and he was hospitalized leaving Richards alone with Pallenberg in the Bentley for the rest of the trip; needless to say, that marked the beginning of a relationship that ended after 23 years between the two. 

Blue Lena was sold by Richards in 1978 and had just three owners since then. Not only that but it comes to the auction block after a 5-year restoration with an estimated price between £400,000-600,000 ($627,280 - $940,920).

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