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June 16, 2019


This lawnmower does 0-161kph in 6.3 seconds

Honda’s just nabbed itself a Guinness World Record. Its latest ‘Mean Mower’ – which uses the 200bhp 999cc four-cylinder engine from the company’s CBR1000RR motorcycle – is officially the fastest lawnmower from 0-100mph (0-161kph). Because that’s apparently a thing. W Series driver Jess Hawkins set the record last month at the Lausitzring in Germany, with a two-way average of 6.29...

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Needs to Be Detuned to Race at Le Mans

Today, Aston Martin announced that it would build a version of the Valkryie for the 2020/2021 WEC season, which includes the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans. For our Marshall Pruett's podcast—which you can find below—'s Graham Goodwin spoke with Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer about the project. As Goodwin notes on, Hypercar engines will likely be limited to...


World Rally Championship will transition to hybrid power for its 2022 championship campaign. This was one of many decisions born from a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Friday, with the potential reintroduction of C segment World Rally Cars and a single-supplier tire also getting confirmed from 2021-2023. The next homologation cycle for World Rally will include common...

Production Byton M-Byte interior keeps concept's promises with 48-inch screen

Byton promised that the production M-Byte electric SUV would hold true to the concept. On Thursday, the startup electric-car brand released teaser images of the production vehicle's cockpit, and they confirm at least the interior will keep that promise. Yes, the 48-inch screen is there; Byton calls it the "Shared Experience Display." The company said the interior motif is "digital...

BMW M2 Competition, M4 And Others Recalled Over Potentially Faulty Airbags

If you just bought a new BMW M2 Competition, M4 Coupe or M4 Convertible, you might not be thrilled to find out that it is already been recalled… Announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the safety campaign includes the 2019 and 2020 model years and counts the lesser versions of both cars, too, namely the 230i, 230i xDrive,...

Audi E-tron recalled for battery seal, potential “thermal event”

Audi confirmed Monday that it is recalling 1,644 E-tron electric SUVs, including 544 vehicles that have been delivered to customers, due to an issue with the battery pack’s seal that it says could lead to “a short circuit or thermal event.” Audi is not aware of any such shorts or thermal events, it says, insisting that the move to recall...

Airport In Italy Has Lamborghini Huracáns As Tarmac Taxis

The cars are being used as tarmac taxi vehicles that direct planes to where they need to go and they even sport light bars like a cop car. Lamborghini showed their new design off in the form of a Huracán RWD airport car but it wasn't just for good looks. In addition to the welcome note, the cars also have...

New tuning pack boosts Mazda MX-5 beyond 200hp

BBR has unveiled two new performance packages, taking the Mazda MX-5 beyond the 200hp mark. The Super 200 and Super 220 packages don’t use turbocharging, however. Instead, these packs are based on the 184hp Skyactiv-G engine in the updated MX-5, and rely on enhancing existing components of the engine. The Super 200 has a high-performance exhaust manifold, cold air intake,...

New Toyota Cars Will Automatically Go into Park and Shut the Engine Off

Starting with the 2020 model year, Toyota is adding two new safety technologies to many of its models, calling the move part of the brand's "relentless commitment to continuous improvement." The new features are focused on the safety of parked—or almost parked—vehicles. The first of the two systems is called Automatic Park, which is pretty self-explanatory. In Toyotas with an...

The Alpine A110S Has Been Announced And We’ll Probably See it at Le Mans

After months of speculation, Alpine has finally pulled the covers off of the A110S, the new range-topping model in the French automaker’s budding performance lineup. The A110S takes its place above the standard A110 with more power on tap in addition to a specific chassis setup and improved power-to-weight ratio. It’s largely still the same beautiful coupé that burst into...

Vietnam's First Car Brand Is a Hodgepodge of Opel and BMW Parts

Vietnam is out to prove you can have communism and cars. There’s the very first Vietnam Grand Prix coming up next year, but first, the country is launching VinFast, its very own car brand with styling by Pininfarina. While Vietnam has had a ton of car manufacturing for decades building cars from foreign brands, VinFast is the country’s first domestic...

Air Master: Patent Hints at Active Aero for Mid-Engine Corvette

The countdown is underway–GM will debut the 2020 Corvette Corvette on July 18. Among the very few concrete details we have, it will bear a new logo and sport a mid-engine layout. Countless pieces of the puzzle remain up in the air, such as whether or not it will receive turbochargers and dual overhead cams. Adding more questions to the...

Peugeot Boxer Electric van announced

A Peugeot Boxer Electric van will go on sale towards the end of 2019, the manufacturer has confirmed. No technical details have been revealed at this stage, but the Boxer Electric will share a platform with the forthcoming Citroen Relay Electric van, which will deliver a claimed range of 169 miles according to the now-defunct NEDC efficiency tests. Four different...


Mercedes-Benz has announced three limited-edition versions of the iconic G-Class off-roader, all wearing Stronger Than Time nomenclature. The first edition celebrates 40 years of the standard G-Class, available in two engine variants – G400d and G500. It's the first time the company's new 3.0-litre inline six turbo-diesel has been available in the G-Class, making 243kW and 700Nm. Meanwhile, the G500...

New 2020 Renault Captur crossover leaked online

A pixely, undisguised image of the new Renault Captur has surfaced ahead of the car’s official launch in early 2020 An image of the new Renault Captur crossover has been leaked ahead of the car’s official launch, giving us our clearest indication yet of the new model’s design. When it reaches the UK market in early 2020, the updated model...

This Highly Collectible 1978 Corvette Pace Car Has Only 99 Miles

The Chevrolet Corvette remains a staple of homebred automotive dominance. As a Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500, it's stepped into the respected position more times than any other model – serving on no-less than 15 occasions. This particular example represents the Corvette's inaugural designation as an Indy Pace Car, sporting a paltry 99 recorded miles on the odometer. The...

Spartan Track Toy Is Predictably Limited To 300 Units

The population of lightweight track toys has been steadily increasing and this year, a new contender to the track-focused market is up for grabs. Dubbed as the Spartan, this roofless mid-engined supercar is made for blistering fun on the track. The Spartan is the brainchild of twin brothers Nick and Peter Pap who both started the idea of a track...

Toyota Gazoo Racing commits to new hypercar class at Le Mans

New rules announced by the FIA will allow hypercars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna to race in competition form from 2020 onwards. Toyota's hybrid concept, revealed last year, looks close to the form that will be adopted by such models and is likely to be part of this new pack. Homologation rules dictate that the top-rung...

Porsche-approved online livery design service launched

You’d be forgiven for thinking wrapping cars was a pastime reserved only for the ‘influencers’ of the world, turning cars shades of chrome you didn’t know existed. However, they can be used for a little more than that, and Porsche has taken advantage of this with its new livery design service. The Second Skin online configurator allows for the creation...

Mitsubishi Triton Design Patents Reveal Absolute Concept Exterior Styling

Car Advice labels the pickup in the patents as a “Ford Ranger Raptor challenger,” but that’s not the case. Mitsubishi doesn’t have the suspension technology of Ford Performance, and there’s a bigger problem with the suck-squeeze-bang-blow. Straight to the point, Mitsubishi doesn’t have the engine to take on the 2.0-liter EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel. The Ranger Raptor delivers 213 PS (210...

Hot Wheels get a modern update with two new digital offerings

In 2018, Hot Wheels celebrated its 50th anniversary. Sales of the toy increased by nine per cent that year, despite the basic design of the miniature diecast cars hardly changing at all in five decades. This year, however, Hot Wheels is taking a leap into the future with a fresh new product: Hot Wheels id. The toys themselves look familiar...

Nissan considers giving Renault some seats on oversight committees, report says

TOKYO -- Nissan is considering giving its alliance partner Renault some seats on planned oversight committees after Renault expressed discontent with the envisioned governance reform, a source said. The two-decade-old partnership of Nissan and Renault was plunged into a crisis after Renault's demand for a greater say in Nissan's new governance system drew rare public censure by Nissan. Renault, which...

Mahindra Enters Into Strategic Alliance With Switzerland-Based Gamaya

Mahindra Farm Equipment Sector has acquired 11.25 per cent stake in the Switzerland based agro-technology firm, Gamaya SA. The Indian automaker has invested $ 4.3 million in the company by purchasing 300 common shares and 30,469 Series B preferred shares of Gamaya SA. Through this investment, Mahindra will make advanced farming solutions easily accessible to the global farming community, in...

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 revealed: Room for seven

About a third of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold aren’t cars at all. They’re crossover SUVs, and it’s hard to imagine that Mercedes could have expected it when its M-Class hit the road about two decades ago. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 that bowed Monday expands the automaker’s current crossover SUV lineup to six models, and yet it has plenty in common...

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