ramp #55 - Say Watt?

Moin! We find joy. In the North Germans. They are generally regarded as cold and unapproachable. Exuberance is a foreign word to them. The greeting behavior contributes to the consolidation of the first impression, for the North Germans an implied nod is sufficient. Particularly good-humored specimens let themselves be carried away to a »Moin«.
Text Michael Köckritz
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»Moin« means: Good morning. Good day. How are you? »Moin« always fits. And the only correct answer to »Moin« is »Moin«. Which brings us to this issue - and to the explanation for this introduction. On the one hand, we think it's wonderful in itself - and then it also fits wonderfully into our time. As an alternative. It's a way to conserve energy and resources. We are, as the band Element of Crime sings, (at least we feel) always under tension, always on the go and late for everything.

Such a northern German mentality embodies the ideal of serenity. Non-action, keeping still, waiting. The better choice in many situations. There is a dry sense of humor for good measure. Things are taken deadly serious, but not entirely.

We cycle with Thomas Ingenlath,

CEO of Polestar

On his morning commute from the island of Hisingen to Torslanda, Thomas Ingenlath talks about why Swedes are wired a little differently and what sport means to him. Of course, it's also about Polestar, about sustainability - but also about his bicycle collection.

Wladimir Kaminer remains calm.

In the Bentley.

In this Supersupersupertest, our author reflects on fear while cruising through the capital in a Bentley Bentayga Hybrid and a Bentley Continental GT V8. And in the end? He keeps his cool.

Credit: Matthias Mederer · ramp.pictures

Mr. Molzer has to drive an Audi e-Tron

In another galaxy, our author raced from Munich to Hamburg in an Italian sports car in 3:34 hours. In this universe, he got an Audi e-tron GT for the same distance. Since then, he hasn't been too fond of us.

Visiting Jo Stenuit, Design Director Mazda Europe

Why is it sometimes unnecessary to ask whether something is good? That's what we exclusively talked about with Jo Stenuit, Design Director at Mazda Europe. The interview took place at his home - and there was also some food involved.

Credit: Matthias Mederer · ramp.pictures

Into the future in a DeLorean

Entrepreneur Armin Pohl had a good plan: He transformed a DeLorean into an electric e-Lorean and thus into a digital prototype for the mobility of the future. What caught his eye in between: The original vehicle was already a prototype itself - how fitting!

Stephan Winkelmann clarifies something

Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti and Automobili Lamborghini, makes one thing very clear in the interview: He does not want to call Lamborghini rebellious. Clarity is the keyword. Ok, performance also plays a bit of a role.

Credit: Lamborghini

Design chief Maximilian Missoni and the Polestar Precept

We are in a hall next to the »Polestar Cube,» the headquarters of the new performance brand from Sweden. Inside is the Precept study. And it's being washed first. But there' s also some talking going on.

Electrified at Formula E

A visit to the Formula E season finale in Berlin, which starts with a lap of the racetrack in the Taycan Turbo S, is accompanied by some doubts as to what the whole thing is all about, and finally ends with a realization. But we won't reveal that here.

Credit: Kirill Kirsanov · ramp.pictures

The Piëch GT really means business

In 2019, the Piëch Mark Zero sports car study was shown at the Geneva Motor Show - and in October 2021, the surprise followed: the Piëch GT was presented in Memmingen. And drives. A good opportunity to talk to Toni Piëch for once.

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