2014 is shaping up to be a year to remember in the automotive world with many new electric and hybrid vehicle launches such as the McLaren P1, Mercedes S class hybrids, Lexus GS hybrid and Volkswagen’s all electric e-up! to name but a few. There will be additional announcements as the year progresses of course, most likely starting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) – both commencing in only a weeks time.

What’s more, in the world of racing there is a huge amount going on. There’s a new season of the increasingly popular FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) which for the first time in it’s history stipulates participants must be running a hybrid drivetrain and sees the likes of Porsche returning to the battle field against the 2013 triumphant Audis and ever-present threat from the excellent Toyota team.

More important news will come in the form of an entirely new race series, FIA’s Formula E. Starting in September, the new all electric race series will definitely raise an eyebrow or two and is destined to hugely raise the profile of electric cars across the globe as each of the ten race tracks are located in major cities, including the last event of the inaugural season, at our very own London (in 2015).

Furthermore, 2014 marks the start of a new era in Formula One with a radically different engine design, a 1.6 V6 turbo, but still maintaining the KERS system – keeping the cars hybrid.

AutoVolt Magazine is ready to provide you with the latest news and technological advancements in the auto industry and as we write about the cutting edge, we work that way too. Just before Christmas we launched our brand new Forum which is state of the art and destined to change the way we think about forums. It is almost instant, meaning you can have a conversation with like-minded people without having to repeatedly login or wait weeks for an answer. It is also fully integrated into the rest of our website enabling you to comment on articles and see answers in the forum as well as on the article pages making everything easier to keep track of.

More excitingly, we’ll soon be launching our first interactive digital magazine, with print on demand facility, so you can keep abreast of all automotive on-goings.

We’re excited about 2014 and all that it will bring.

From the AutoVolt team, we wish you all a Happy New Year!

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