A two-year-old boy hit his mother by starting a Tesla Model X

In early April, Tesla reached a settlement with the family of Walter Huang, who was killed in a 2018 accident caused by autopilot in a Tesla Model X. Tesla is now facing another lawsuit related to this model.

According to Mallory Harcourt, her two-year-old son started a car and hit her while she was pregnant. She described arriving home that day and realizing she had forgotten the keys to the front door at the chiropractic clinic. Since she had to change her son’s diaper, she decided to set up a changing table in the garage before heading back. She left the driver’s door open and the boy, without her supervision, entered the car, pressed the brake, then touched the gear lever, and then the accelerator pedal. The car started moving and at a speed of 12 km/h hit Mallory.

In the lawsuit, she stated that she did not have time to react, and that she only heard her own bones crack. The neighbor called an ambulance, and in the hospital they found that she had suffered a broken pelvis. Due to the accident, she was delivered prematurely and the total cost of treatment was $73,000. Time has passed since the accident, but the lady still feels pain.

The lawyers claim that the child is not to blame for the accident and that it is impossible for a two-year-old to start a car. They claim that Tesla’s system is responsible for the accident, which the company rejects by claiming that the mother is to blame, because she was not paying attention to the child.

Source: The Miami Herald; Photo: Tesla

2022 Bentley Bacalar Roadster is up for auction

In February 2021, Bentley announced that it had produced its most powerful W12 engine ever, and the Bentley Bacalar was the first car to use this engine. It is a limited edition two-seater that was produced in only 12 copies. One of them, the 2022 Bentley Bacalar Roadster is up for auction.

Bentley Bacalar was designed by Bentley Mulliner and was inspired by the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. It shares some similarities with the Continental GT model, such as a door handle with a keyless entry system, a 20 mm wider rear track. This example is finished in Mulliner Extended Range Veridian and is equipped with a Carbon Fiber Pack that includes bonnet vents, side moldings, mirror caps, and power humps.

The interior is upholstered in Beluga leather and Gray tweed with Beluga and Bronze core piping. The seams on the seats are bronze, while the steering wheel is wrapped in black leather with black stitching. There’s also plenty of carbon detailing and an embroidered Bentley logo on the seat headrests.

The Bentley Bacalar is powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine with 650 hp (485 kW) and 667 lb-ft (904 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to all wheels via an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It is rarely driven and has only 119 miles on the odometer.

The car will be auctioned on May 17th in Indianapolis, United States.

Source: Mecum


Ultra rare 1996 Vector M12 is up for auction

Between 1995 and 1999, the American car manufacturer Vector Aeromotive under parent company Megatech produced a sports car, the Vector M12, and only 14 examples left the factory. One of them, a 1996 Vector M12 is up for auction.

This Vector M12 is the fourth example produced and is finished in red. It is equipped with a fiberglass body, extended Lamborghini Diablo chassis, sloping nose blending into the profile of a deeply raked wraparound windshield, front chin spoiler, pop-up headlights, horizontally bisected side windows, scissor doors, triple intake scoops ahead of each rear wheel, and rear spoiler, and triple-vented dual exhaust outlets.

Inside, bucket seats are trimmed in tan leather with black piping, and color-matched upholstery covers the lower door panels, sills, and center console. In front of the driver is a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a digital odometer showing 4,418 miles. Additional equipment includes black suede dash and upper-door trim, tan carpeting, a gated shifter, power controls for the lower window panels, air conditioning, and a CD stereo.

Under the bonnet is a 5.7-liter Lamborghini V12 with factory 492 hp (367 kW) at 5,200 rpm and 425 lb-ft (576 Nm) of torque at 4,900 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF five-speed manual gearbox mounted behind the engine. It reaches 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 304 km/h (189 mph). It is mounted on 18″ multipiece three-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40ZR18 front and 335/30ZR18 rear Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires.

In 2019, the front brake hoses were replaced, and the calipers were disassembled and cleaned. In the same year, the power steering pump and rack were rebuilt, the reservoir was replaced and replacement lines were fabricated. In 2023, a service was performed, which included fluid changes and replacement of the spark plugs. A custom exhaust system was installed under current ownership, and the removed exhaust system is included in the sale.

The car has a clean Carfax report that shows no accidents or other damage. It comes with service invoices from current ownership, an owner’s manual, Vector signage purchased on BaT in February 2023, its removed exhaust system, and a clean Florida title.

The auction ends on April 22 and the highest bid at the time of writing was $231,000 USD.

Source: Bring a Trailer


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