Tesla adds Semi truck diecast toy in 1:24 scale to its online store

Tesla has bolstered its collection of diecast scale models with the addition the all-electric Semi truck.

According to Tesla’s description for the Semi model in 1:24 scale, the same 3D CAD data used for the full-size truck was used to design and manufacture its miniature tribute under meticulous oversight by Tesla’s Design Team in California. The miniature scale model in pearlescent silver has a size of 292 mm long x 124 mm wide x 172 mm high and weights a solid 3.3 lbs.

Tesla’s online store also offers miniature versions of the Model S, Model X and Model 3 which also carry the same $250 price tag. They’re also sized slightly larger at 1:18 scale and are offered with more color variants than the diecast Tesla Semi.

The ‘real’ Tesla Semi is a quad motor truck that has a powertrain derived from the Model 3. Since its reveal in November 2017, the all-electric big rig has been well-received by major companies that have focused on minimizing the environmental impact of their supply chain. PepsiCo, FedEx, and UPS, to name a few, have placed reservations for a combined 2,000 Tesla Semi trucks according to CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel in the company’s Q1 2018 earnings call.

The Tesla Semi is expected to revolutionize the trucking industry with cheaper ‘fuel’ costs, higher performance, and improved safety. Tesla’s Semi truck boasts a 500-mile range, 0-60 mph time of 5 seconds and can support 80,000 lbs of cargo hauling capacity, according to the company.

Production of the Tesla Semi is expected to begin sometime this year. If Tesla has taken serious heed of its Model 3 manufacturing lessons, that schedule may just be more reliable than what customers have been accustomed to over the years. For now, admiration of the truck in-person is already available in bite-size form.

Tesla adds Semi truck diecast toy in 1:24 scale to its online store

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Jaguar cutting manual transmissions from US; other models may be next (Updated)

Jaguar’s current financial woes could spell the end of some models in the U.S., according to a recent report.

Jaguar USA CEO Joe Eberhardt told The Detroit Bureau last week that Jaguar will drop its manual transmission, and that slow-selling models could also be shelved. Eberhardt said buyers’ preferences for crossovers and SUVs prompted the shift away from niche models. That’s not to say Jaguar wasn’t prepping for the shift; the brand didn’t prep quickly enough.

Jaguar has two cost-cutting plans, “Charge” and “Accelerate,” that aim to save $3.3 billion over time. The company plans to cut about 4,500 workers, mostly in the UK, and shelve slow-selling models. For U.S. fans, that means no manual-transmission Jaguars for 2020. Other cost-saving programs, such as eliminating the XF Sportbrake, could be considered later, according to the report.

A spokeswoman for Jaguar confirmed to Motor Authority that the manual transmission won’t be available for 2020, but added that the XF Sportbrake will be around for at least another year.

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Discussions will also continue whether other models are still viable, such as the XJ range-topping sedan. Diesels may be on the chopping block as well as demand slides in the U.S. and Europe alike.

How unpopular are Jaguar sedans? Two crossover models, the F-Pace and E-Pace, make up about two-thirds of the brand’s volume. The one-third is divided up among the XE, XJ, XF, and F-Type.

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Jaguar XE

We’ve previously heard rumors that Jaguar plans to turn into an all-electric brand. The move would supposedly see Jaguar drop the XE and XJ in favor of another electric crossover. The XF, however, would remain and rival new electric flagship sedans coming from other brands, as well as the Tesla Model S.

Yet, the potential plan runs counter to news we heard from Jaguar CEO Ralf Speth. In January, he said Jaguar sedans would be safe and play an important part in future electrification efforts. It’s possible Speth wasn’t speaking on behalf of U.S. operations, however.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated the XF Sportbrake would end production in 2019. A spokeswoman for Jaguar confirmed that the model would be on sale for 2020, but the company has not yet said when the wagon would end production.

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HONDA CIVIC EF SEDAN LOWRIDER

The coolest car on the UK lowrider scene? Straight outta Lay ‘N’ Play, it ’s a Honda Civic of all things. And would you believe it’s a 10-year-old kid hitting the switches?

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

Lowriders – they’re all Impalas and Coupe De Villes, aren’t they? No, far from it… let Pete Blackhurst clear it up for you: “In lowriding, the margins between cool and bad taste are carefully managed by individuality and creativity,” he says, “so in effect it doesn’t really matter what people think, there’s no real prerequisites, your ride is an expression of you.” So is it cool to run a 1980s Honda Civic in the lowrider scene? Hell yeah, it is – particularly when we tell you that this particular Civic is owned by a cool-as-a-cucumber 10-year-old dude named Sol. Given that Sol’s running a very busy schedule of planning world domination and climbing trees and stuff, we’re talking to his old man Pete about the car, and it turns out that all of this brightly coloured and hydraulic-powered whimsy is genetic. It stems right back to Pete’s own childhood.

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

“As a kid I worked at my dad’s shop on Saturdays,” he recalls, “and he’d send me to the local newsagents to buy magazines and Hot Wheels along with a bag of chips and curry sauce for lunch. I always liked hot rods, customs and classic Fords; my neighbours had a Mk1 Mexico and a 105E, and when I finally passed my driving test at 18 my parents bought me a Mk3 Fiesta – which wasn’t so cool back then. I quickly swapped that for a Mk2 Cortina 1300 Deluxe – a rusty piece of crap that was delivered to my house with a dodgy MoT, it was a huge mistake but it almost lasted a year before falling to bits!”

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

Undeterred, Pete bought another Cortina, threw on some rims and graphics, and took it to his first show, Run to the Sun in Newquay – a mere 300 miles from home. This was where he saw his first lowrider up close, and at this point everything changed: the Vauxhall Viva owned by Sideshow Bob of Lo-Rdz Lowrider CC drove past on three wheels, and from that moment he knew he was hooked.

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

“The next step was research,” says Pete. “I was around 19 when I found the internet forums and chat rooms of Unity and Lo-Rdz; the great rivalry and amazing cars that came out of those early days saw me joining up with Unity and planning my first lowrider build. The Cortina was replaced with a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and with the help of fellow club member Stevie D, wire wheels and juice came quick and I headed out to every show, meet and gathering I could find. The Cutlass was a coming of age for me, meeting up with the guys I saw at shows and making friends, it’s only now fifteen years later I realise what effect it had on me and some of my lowrider bros.”

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

Not long after joining Unity, Pete, Stevie D and another friend Little Gray set up Tru-Rydaz, a UK-based club that now has members worldwide, and its influence is spreading relentlessly. In the small village where Pete lives, the Civic gets to play with an Impala, an El Camino and a Lincoln Town Car, and the guys have set up a lowrider lifestyle brand, Lay ‘N’ Play, which is the UK’s voice for the scene on social media as well as organising displays at shows like Gravity, Fitted UK, Mod Nats, Ultimate Stance and the Retro Rides Weekender.

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

“Through all the partying and lowriding, I became dad to a badass dude called Sol – in fact I was in Vegas at the Lowrider Super Show when he was born!” says Pete. “It was a life-changer, and I wanted him to be part of the action too; not long after he could stand and walk, he was attending shows, his first Tru-Rydaz shirt came next, followed by hitting switches on my cars in front of crowds and now his own whip, the Civic.”

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

That’s right. Pete’s passion for the low-down lifestyle is so strong that he had to build a car for his son to play with at shows – and how many 10-year-olds can boast that they own a car, let alone a unique show-stopper like this?

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

But why a Civic, though – bit of an odd choice for a lowrider isn’t it? Well, it all goes back to what Pete was saying at the start: there are no prerequisites, the car’s an expression of yourself. “The Civic was a break from the norm for me,” he says. “I’ve only ever really owned RWD cars, American, UK and German stuff; Sol was hankering after his own car to hit switches at shows and my El Camino was tired from a hard year of shows and events. So a plan was formed – I wanted to step away from my usual comfort zone, build something that was cool in LA in the ’90s but never really had its time here; something Japanese, boxy and small. Around a year ago the Civic popped up on eBay not far from me, and a deal was struck to bring it home.”

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

The Honda was completely standard as-bought; a few dents and some frilly sills, but nothing too hard to fi x. The plan was simple: get it all straight, fi t hydraulics and wire wheels, and give it some awesome paint. Sol is partially colour-blind so bold patterns would make sense, and essentially it should look like something from an early-nineties rap video.

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

Now, fitting hydraulics to most American cars is fairly straightforward, but adding juice to a monocoque requires a bit more lateral thinking and ingenuity – it basically involves ripping out the struts and replacing them with hydraulic rams which have to be modified to fi t. It’s not like you just buy an off-the-shelf juice kit for a Civic! “In simple terms, you fill the boot with pumps, valves, batteries, solenoids and accumulators to replace the now-missing shocks and coils,” Pete explains, “then you hose and wire it all up with some switches, and boom – you’ve turned your reliable grocery-getter into something that baffles your grandma and puts smiles on kids’ faces everywhere!”

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

To augment the trad lowrider style, he was keen to run wire wheels too, and with the reverse-laced 7x13s sitting pretty under the chrome arches, it was time to think seriously about paint.

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

Pete spent endless hours trawling through images of 1990s customs to figure out the look he wanted, and he worked with long-time club member and paint guru Ali Butler at Vision Autoworks to lay out something truly eye-popping. Ali was given the car, a budget, and a few months, with the ultimate deadline being the 2018 Retro Rides Weekender. “I wanted to build something that would crossover between styles, showing the UK that you don’t necessarily have to invest tens of thousands into a project to get noticed – and hopefully encourage people from inside and outside the scene to have a go at something similar,” says Pete. “Giving someone artistic license can be a dangerous game, but Ali is a proper lowrider obsessive; we’d agreed on lots of colours broken up in lots of lines, backed by flake and finished with candy, and that’s what rolled out of his workshop – Sol and I couldn’t have been happier!”

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

The finish of the paint really is awesome – it’s what first drew us toward the car, the level of intricate detail is just mind-blowing… and then Sol started flipping the switches and bouncing the car up and down, and we were hooked! Perhaps the idea of a retro candy-painted Civic on hydros doesn’t work on paper, but seeing it up close shows you just how important it is to kick out of your comfort zone. This Honda is nothing short of incredible.

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

“No build’s ever finished, there’s always more to do,” Pete ponders, “but for now the car is being used and abused by the coolest 10-year-old on the streets (albeit being driven by his embarrassing 35-year-old dad), going to as many shows as we can and generally just enjoying trying to break stuff so we can fix it again! The feedback we’ve had has been immense, of all the cars I’ve had and all the money I’ve spent, this plucky little Honda has surpassed the attention of any.”

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

Pete and Sol have every intention of continuing to modify the car – and with a good seven years before Sol will be old enough to drive it to school, who knows how different it’ll be by then? But one thing’s for sure: he’ll be the coolest kid in the car park. Let’s face it, he already is.

Honda Civic EF Sedan Low Rider

TECH SPEC: HONDA CIVIC
STYLING:
Custom candy and flake paint by Vision Autoworks.

TUNING:
D14A1 1.4-litre twin-carb, stock running gear.

CHASSIS:
7×13-inc reverse lace ‘China’ all-chrome wire wheels with 3-bar knock-offs, 175/50 Nankang tyres, 2 pump 4 dump Black Magic hydraulic pumps  custom-fitted and modified side-ported front and rear hydraulic cylinders, 4x Hankook MF31 1000amp batteries (wired at 24volt), 2 banks of Accumax solenoids, pre-wired 10-switch box, 4 switches in dash, 4x accumulators with manual lock-off valves, adjustable rear camber arms.

INTERIOR:
Stock EF interior.

THANKS:
My girlfriend Rach and her daughter Liv, Sol’s mum Kate, all the support from grandparents, all the hard work put in by Matt and Bains and my Tru-Rydaz brothers, and fi nally all the homies within the lowrider scene that continue to support UK lowriding.

Words Dan Bevis Photography Si Gray

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