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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201911)

March 16, 2019

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You Can Now Drive Toyota’s 2020 Supra GT Cup Racer On Gran Turismo

After winning multiple world championship events on several stages, Toyota Gazoo Racing will now try their hand at e-Motorsports, launching the new GR Supra GT Cup for the PlayStation 4 game console. This marks Gran Turismo Sport’s first global one-make series that’s set to debut on April 14. Aside from that, the Toyota subsidiary will also become an official partner...

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Infiniti is leaving western Europe

Infiniti will stop selling cars for Western Europe by 2020, and will focus instead on its customers in North America and China. It means the Q30 and QX30 – currently built in the UK at Nissan’s Sunderland plant – will be discontinued later this year. Infiniti says it’s working to find “alternative opportunities for any employees who would be affected”....

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Lotus Will Debut a New Sports Car In 2020

There's been a lot of change at Lotus since Chinese carmaker Geely bought the company two years ago. The CEO that led a stunning turnaround for the tiny British company, Jean-Marc Gales, left last year, and taking his place as Group Lotus CEO is Geely's Feng Qingfeng, while Phil Popham took over as sports-car boss. All of that, plus an...

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Retro done right: Ares Project 1 channels the Pantera and 641 horsepower

Ares, the Modena-based coachbuilder and tuner formed by ex-Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, has unveiled the first completed car in its Legends Reborn series. The series reimagines iconic supercars using modern design techniques and materials, not to mention performance, and the first member is the stunning Project 1. First previewed in 2018 as the Project Panther concept, the Project 1 is...

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Giugiaro's Italdesign Zerouno Mashup Supercar Expected to Bring Over $1M at Auction

Here's a cooking exercise for you: take every new Italian supercar you know of, acquire a car-sized blender, toss them all in, and blend thoroughly. Then, pour mixture into the general shape of a mid-engined supercar, and Voila, that's how you make an Italdesign Zerouno. However, if you don't want to go through this hassle, the last of the Giugiaro...

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Mercedes-AMG Planning To Have A Hybrid Option For Every Future Model

Mercedes-AMG is planning to offer customers hybrid and plug-in versions of every upcoming model as part of a shift in the company's strategy. That is according to Mercedes' head of external affairs Frank Overmeyer, who spoke to Autocar this week. Overmeyer added that mild hybrids aren't in the plans due to the emission savings being too slim, plus plug-in hybrids...

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Seven-seat Tesla Model Y revealed with 300-mile range

Tesla has officially revealed its Model Y compact SUV, which is set to arrive in 2020. The company’s fourth mainstream model was unveiled at its Los Angeles design centre by CEO Elon Musk, who confirmed the electric SUV would have a range of around 300 miles in its highest specification. The Model Y takes design cues from both the Model...

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Toyota shoots for the stars, reveals its lunar rover

Toyota wants to take its vehicles to the moon. On Tuesday, the automaker announced an agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to potentially collaborate on international space exploration. The announcement also came with photos and videos of Toyota's proposed lunar rover. The vehicle features a front end not unlike the FJ Cruiser and power comes from hydrogen fuel...

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Lamborghini Is Working on a 2+2 Grand Tourer as a Fourth Model Line

In an interview with British publication Autocar, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali described the company's plan for a fourth model line, which he hopes to introduce by 2025. The brand's lineup currently includes the new Urus SUV, the Huracán supercar, and the larger Aventador supercar, the last of which is due for a replacement in the next couple years (more on...

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Bugatti’s Next New Model Could Be an All-Electric Daily Driver

Hot on the heels of unveiling the world’s most expensive new car, Bugatti is already looking towards its next project, and it might not be what most people expect. A new hypercar is seen as the default answer to any queries about a new Bugatti, but this proposed model doesn’t fall under that classification. Instead of a hypercar, Bugatti is...

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Audi launching slew of new S, R, and RS models in 2019

The fully electric E-Tron Sportback and Q2 L E-Tron are also due this year. At the Annual General Meeting held recently in Neckarsulm, Audi talked about the “unsatisfactory performance in 2018” and how it plans to bounce back this year. As a refresher, deliveries last year went down by 3.5 percent compared to the year before, with one of the...

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Retro-Inspired Grabber Lime Green Is Back for the Ford Mustang

As a person of Irish descent, I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t care about Ford releasing a new green for the Mustang in mid-March because it is coming out “just in time” for St. Patrick’s Day—as if it weren’t planned months in advanced. I’m here to tell you you should care, because green cars are good, and they’re...

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Next Civic Type R Could Be a 400 HP Hybrid Monster

Autocar magazine's report ties this epic rumor of a 400+ horsepower Civic Type R with the future of the Civic as a whole. After Brexit, Honda is leaving the Swindon factory where the civic has been made for several generations. This is sad news for thousands of workers but doesn't spell the end for the hatchback, which may have been...

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Mazda range-extended electric car may help the rotary live on

The Wankel rotary, the peculiar pistonless internal combustion engine design that Mazda built so much of its heritage around, may see a resurgence after all. Earlier reports and remarks from Mazda executives have suggested that while the rotary will make a comeback, it will be relegated to what’s essentially an emergency generator—a range extender for a plug-in electric vehicle that’s...

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All-new Ssangyong Korando debuts in Geneva with sleek new look

The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show may have been the launch pad of many hypercars and electrified concepts, but that did not stop Ssangyong from revealing their all-new crossover for all to see. Weeks after revealing the first photos of their next-generation crossover, Ssangyong has officially pulled the covers off the 2019 Korando at this year's Geneva International Motor Show....

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James Bond will return… in an electric Aston Martin

Daniel Craig will drive an electric Aston Martin in the next James Bond film, according to The Sun newspaper. The film will most likely see 007 at the wheel of the Rapide E – an all-electric EV with a price tag of £250,000. Aston Martin will build just 155 units of its first all-electric production car, although Mr Bond will...

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This Porsche 917 Concept Is Stunning

The first Porsche 917 debuted 50 years ago this month, and to celebrate the special anniversary, the automaker has revealed this comely concept. From May 14 to September 15, the Porsche Museum will put on a large exhibition to honor the 917. Here, the Porsche 917 concept will make its public debut. The event will host 14 exhibits with 10...

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Puritalia Automobili Berlinetta hybrid hypercar on show at Geneva

The Puritalia Automobili Berlinetta hybrid hypercar is on display at the Geneva Motor Show. Seen only in a handful of teaser images until now, the company says its “handcrafted” Berlinetta has taken four years to develop, with the car boasting a hybrid powertrain of the firm’s own making. A V8 engine is mounted at the front of the Berlinetta with...

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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT NUMBER 9 BY MULLINER REVEALED

Bentley has revealed a very special version of its Continental GT created in collaboration with its bespoke coachbuilding division, Mulliner, inspired by the iconic Bentley 'Blower' of the 1930s. Limited to just 100 units globally, the Continental GT Number 9 by Mulliner celebrates 'No.9', the supercharged Bentley Blower that Sir Ralph Stanley 'Tim' Birkin raced at the 1930 Le Mans...

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New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo confirmed for production

Porsche has announced it will build an all-electric estate, called the Taycan Cross Turismo, which is due to go into production next year. It was previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo concept from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be a four-door, four-seat estate with raised suspension and rugged exterior cladding. Its shape...

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China New Energy Vehicle Production Soars Upwards Again

For the first two months in 2019, China’s new energy passenger vehicle (PV) wholesale volume surged 132% from a year ago to 141,958 units, among which the Feb. sales reached 50,783 units with a sharp year-on-year (YoY) growth of 74%, according to the data released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). Last month, the BEV sales in China soared...

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Muji's driverless Gacha bus takes to the roads in Helsinki

Japanese brand Muji and Finnish autonomous-driving company Sensible 4 launched the self-driving Gacha bus last week in Helsinki, which is fit for all weather conditions. First revealed as renders just four months ago, the driverless Gacha shuttle bus has now made its maiden journey, which took place in front of the Helsinki Central Library Oodi in the Finnish capital on...

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If this is the new Lister Knobbly, we can't wait to get behind the wheel

British automaker Lister, best known for race-ready Jags with wild performance numbers, is planning to build a modern version of a model from its early years. Revealed in profile in a teaser image earlier this month, the Lister Knobbly is inching toward production in the U.K. The company's boss has just shared another image of the upcoming successor to the...

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SEAT Leon Cupra R ST announced – with optional 365bhp upgrade

Only days ago, SEAT announced a Leon Cupra R ST model, which ostensibly is little more than a series-production version of the Cupra Carbon Edition estate we drove last year. Now though, SEAT UK has revealed further information on the model, including that it will be available with an optional power pack that will give it an impressive 365bhp.

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