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Porsche Design Acer Book RS comes with carbon fiber cover, fast-charging capability

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS and its accessories stay true to Porsche branding.

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Porsche performance is legendary. Whether it's on the track, a paved road, or a country lane, a Porsche will take you there in style. The company is lending its style a new Acer laptop. The Porsche Design Acer Book RS picks up hallmark Porsche design elements and adds them to the computing workhorse.

"With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Acer's proven track record of excellence matches our commitment to delivering outstanding products with our partners. We are delighted to kick-off this partnership with the new Porsche Design Acer Book RS that embodies the DNA of our brand to the core and sets new standards in performance and design," said Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS The laptop has a carbon fiber cover.Photo courtesy of Acer

The all-metal, diamond-cut, CNC-machined chassis of the Acer Book RS is attached to the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU. It weighs just 2.64 pounds and has 16 GB of RAM.

It has been designed to be responsive and charge quickly, just like the steering of a 911 and Taycan. The laptop includes Intel Evo platform verified models to "meet key experience targets for consistent responsiveness on battery, instant wake, real-world battery life and fast charge". Dual copper heat pipes work to ensure the device remains cool. The battery lasts 17 hours and can generate four hours of usage with a 30-minute fast charge.

The notebook's 14-inch FHD IPS touch screen is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass that covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. Its ultra-narrow bezels allow for a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Acer has equipped the laptop with USB-C, Thunderbolt, and USB-A ports, and smart features including fingerprint login and Wake on Voice technology.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS Three different types of ports are housed in the notebook's body.Photo courtesy of Acer

Like many Porsches on the market today, the computer features an exterior complete with carbon fiber accents. Its cover is made of 3k carbon fiber. The computer's two covers are connected by a unibody hinge that elevates the keyboard slightly when the notebook is opened. Its keys are backlit. There is a glass precision touchpad for multi-gesture support.

The Porsche Design Acer Travelpack RS includes a mousepad, mouse, carrying pouch, and notebook sleeve. It is made from Ecco Palmero XA leather and has magnetic clasps that connect the pouch to the notebook sleeve, which is made of 1680D fabric. The Porsche Design Acer Mouse RS has Bluetooth capability and features carbon fiber accents to ensure strength and design continuity.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS Porsche Design is selling a full complement of accessories for the notebook.Photo courtesy of Acer

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS premium package (i7 notebook, travelpack, mouse) will be available in North America starting at $1,999.99. Getting just the Porsche Design Acer Book RS will set North American customers back at least $1,399.99.The Porsche Design Acer Mouse RS will be available in North America starting at $109.99. and the Porsche Design Acer Travelpack RS (mousepad, mouse, carrying pouch and notebook sleeve) will be available in North America starting at $329.99.

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The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is an all-electric hypercar

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The Hispano Suiza brand has been around for more than a century. Now primarily known as an aerospace company, the automotive side of the business is attempting a revival, first with the Carmen's introduction and now with the Carmen Boulogne, a sportier take on the Carmen.

The Carmen Boulogne is a fully electric and exclusive hypercar that was designed, developed, and manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. The company will create just five examples for sale.

Its name origin stretches back to 1921 when Hispano Suiza made a racing version of its high-performance H6 Coupé and entered it in the George Boillot Cup, an endurance race lasting more than 3.5 hours around the French city of Boulogne. Hispano Suiza took the win at the race in 1921, 1922, and 1923.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne delivers 1,098 horsepower and has an electronically limited maximum speed of 180 mph. The car can get form zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and weighs 3,593 pounds. Its weight is 60 pounds less than the traditional Carmen, a number that was achieved by changing out traditional structural elements for a carbon fiber subframe, among other parts. Additionally, the entire body of the car is carbon fiber.

The car's 80 kilowatt hour battery gives it a driving range of up to 248 miles. That's similar to the range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its battery is designed and produced in-house, and has fast-charging capability of more than 80 kilowatts, taking just 30 minutes to charge from 30 to 80 percent via a CCS2 fast charger. It also has CHAdeMO and GB/T charging options.

Each rear wheel of the car has two permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The torque deliver of each motor is controlled through a vectoring system honed by experience in Formula E racing. Off the line through 6,500 rpm, the car is capable of reaching 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

The face of the car has the same semi-circular headlights and scowl as the Carmen, with the difference of a copper-colored grille. Buyers can customize their model to include either suede or black Alcantara on the dashboard and door panels.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne

Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The price of the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne starts at $2 million USD, and its manufacturing process requires approximately twelve month of lead time.

The five units of the Carmen Boulogne hypercar join the 14 units of the Carmen to reach a total of 19 units in production, with the first unit ready to be delivered in 2022.

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The 2021 Kia Sorento is towing the numerals for the 2020 Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop ceremony across the country.

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The journey is underway. As many Americans are eager to close out 2020, Kia is working to make the end of the year happen in style. A 2021 Kia Sorento is hauling the iconic numerals for the One Times Square ball drop ceremony across the country with planned stops in Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

"New Year's Eve is typically seen as a fresh start and a new beginning, and that holds true this year more than ever. With its rugged capability, the Kia Sorento will bring a little piece of the energy and fun of New Year's Eve in Times Square to people nationwide. This will also be a reminder that we're all in this together and that the New Year brings new opportunities and excitement," said Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America.

2007 New Year's Eve Ball Drop Numerals Workers unload the giant '7' completing the "2-0-0-7" sign for the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square December 13, 2006 in New York City.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

The fourth-generation Sorento started its journey at Kia's North American headquarters in Irvine, California. Its journey will end in Times Square, the New Year's Eve heart of New York City, where the SUV and its cargo will be on display for three days along with other vehicles, before being installed on the top of One Times Square awaiting the iconic ball drop ceremony.

Kia lists the vehicle as being able to tow up to 3,500 pounds in the SX Prestige X-Line trim when equipped with the available factory-installed tow hitch, a $475 add-on.

At select points along the way, National Geographic will document the Sorento's journey, bringing stories from its stops to life through photography and video.

The publicity stunt culminates in the launch of a new creative campaign for the 2021 Sorento, which will debut during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021" on ABC. During the broadcast, you may see some Kia employees in the Times Square. They are there courtesy of the company, who will be hosting them at the event.

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