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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (202034) – Latest Car News

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Say hello to Lanzante’s ‘LM 25 Edition’ McLarens

Believe it or not, McLaren has only won Le Mans outright once. It was way back in 1995 with the then-new F1 GTR, which took the chequered flag one lap ahead of the second-place Courage. Seven F1 GTRs entered Le Mans that year. Two DNF’d, but the others finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th. Which is why legendary British racing...

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The Subaru Levorg STI Prototype Is Now a Production Car

Remember the futuristic-looking Levorg STI prototype Subaru revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year? Well, it's going into production, and it doesn't look as if the company has changed a thing in terms of looks. That's a good thing. The 2021 Levorg, detailed on Subaru's Japanese website, looks exactly the same as it did when it was shown...

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There's a $443,400 option on the Koenigsegg Jesko

The Koenigsegg Jesko is already destined to be a one of the rarest cars in existence, with just 125 planned. But if you want your Jesko to stand out even from that exclusive crowd, it's going to cost a lot. The Jesko is available with a naked carbon-fiber body, but that single option costs $443,400, Motor1 has discovered. The fact...

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Hertz Seeks Loan in Bankruptcy after Stock Sale Flames Out

Even though Hertz was able to sell 100,000 cars in the past two months, and plans to sell almost 200,000 more through the end of the year as it suffers a dramatic contraction in business following the near-collapse of the travel industry earlier this spring, the rental giant is not giving up trying to raise money. After an odd effort...

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2023 Ford Mustang to go green with hybrid V8?

Six months ago, Ford accidentally confirmed that they will be launching the 2023 Mustang in late 2022 via a job listing. No exact details about the next-gen model were given. However, the job listing did mention that applicants can become part of the team that is currently working on the sixth-generation Mustang (dubbed S550), and a part of the final...

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Toyota Looks To Have A Winner With The All-New 2021 Sienna

The 2021 Toyota Sienna has yet to go on sale, yet it is already winning plaudits. The somewhat frumpy exterior has been replaced by a nice sleek shape giving Toyota’s minivan a crisp new look. Compared to the Toyota Venza Doug DeMuro recently reviewed, its a world away. Inspiration has come from the 2020 Highlander, and the car is already...

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BMW M4 Coupe and GT3 Teased

The 2021 BMW M4 is coming, and BMW is giving us a sneak peek on what we can expect from the new model when it arrives in September. We’ve only seen the new M4 in heavy camo, but a fresh batch of photos taken from the Red Bull Ring during the Moto GP round in Austria shows the new M4...

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Hyundai's Smallest SUV Earns A Big Safety Award

It was over a year ago that Hyundai introduced the world to its new entry-level crossover. The sub-compact Venue took the stage at the 2019 New York Auto Show, and it quickly became an endearing machine that punched above it sub-compact category. Now, we have another reason to be impressed by the Venue, as it earned a 2020 Top Safety...

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1183bhp Zyrus Engineering Lamborghini Huracán LP1200 hits the Nürburgring

Road-legal track day weapons are a popular choice among keen drivers, so Lamborghini Trofeo racing team Zyrus Engineering is using its expertise to develop one of its own. Using Lamborghini’s Huracan Trofeo as a base, Zyrus Engineering plans to build 24 examples of its own variation, 12 of which will be road-legalised. The LP1200 retains the Trofeo’s carbonfibre and aluminium...

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Exclusive: Lotus Evija launch pushed back until mid-2021

Lotus has pushed back the launch of its Evija hypercar by a minimum of five months as a result of delays in the testing programme caused by the pandemic, Autocar can exclusively reveal. The Evija, a near-2000bhp all-electric hypercar, was set to be with the first customers by the end of this year but that will now happen towards the...

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MY2021 Porsche Taycan update boosts tech, even quicker

It feels like it has only just hit the market, and in fact it hasn’t even landed in Australia yet. However, Porsche has already prepared an MY2021 update for its mega Taycan fully electric sports sedan. Most of the updates are to do with technology, rather obviously. But before we get into that, Porsche has made some revisions to enhance...

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2020 VW Touareg V8 TDI From ABT Has an Astronomical Torque Output

Before Volkswagen’s undesirable emissions scandal and the rest of that shebang, this manufacturer developed some truly impressive engines. Take, for instance, the turbo-diesel V10 mammoth that you’ll find under the hood of a first-generation Touareg. Its 310 ponies and 553 pound-feet (750 Nm) of torque will have this SUV behave like a wonder on the tarmac, besides making it an...

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Chinese automaker testing out scheme where EV buyers lease the battery

Batteries are by far the most expensive component of an electric vehicle, and swinging raw-material prices can make the task of lowering their cost more difficult. China’s NIO Inc. and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. aim to lighten that burden by allowing customers to lease batteries separately from cars, reducing upfront purchase costs. The approach means customers can buy just...

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Indulge Your Inner Bond Nerd With Two New Aston Martin 007 Editions

Aston Martin has launched two smartly-suited special edition cars ahead of the release of James Bond’s latest explosion-fest, but three months after a special Bond-edition Triumph motorbike emerged. The Vantage 007 Edition and DBS Superleggera 007 Edition form a two-tier homage to the great British secret agent. The company’s Q division – itself named after Bond’s secret service gadget and...

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The Ripsaw EV2 dominates virtually any terrain. And yes - you can buy one

A personal tank from Howe & Howe. The Ripsaw tank was originally developed for military use, but due to high demand, a consumer version was made. The Ripsaw EV2 was born in 2013 but it’s not street legal. The hand-built mini-tank takes 6 months to create. It's powered by a V8 turbo diesel engine making 600 hp with a top...

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AFTER LOSING LAWSUIT, MAHINDRA TROLLS WITH A TRUE JEEP WRANGLER CLONE

If you’re an off-roading fan, you may have heard about the lawsuit that FCA filed over the Mahindra Roxor. This off-road toy bears an unmistakable resemblance to the Jeep Wrangler, which is something that FCA didn’t take too kindly too. Mahindra recently lost the lawsuit against the industrial giant, and are no longer allowed to sell their Roxor here in...

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Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet special edition revealed

This is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet: a two seat roadster version of the Dawn convertible that will be limited to just 50 examples worldwide. Announced back in March, the first car has rolled off the production line and is shown in these images for the first time. Said to take inspiration from dramatic roasters from the 1920s, the most...

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To supply EV production, another European battery company rises: Verkor

As European automakers ramp up production of electric cars, a new company aims to supply them with batteries. French startup Verkor plans to open a battery factory in its home country in 2023, with an initial annual production capacity of 16 gigawatt-hours, before expanding to 50 gigawatt-hours at a later date, according to Automotive News Europe. Verkor, which has spent...

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The Ultra-Rare Porsche 916 Sells for Close to $1 Million

This 1972 Porsche 916—a vehicle with a fascinating backstory and interesting previous ownership history—ended up selling for an eye-watering $957,000 (including fees). All of the factory-built 916s are rare and valuable, but this yellow one joins the fantastically-named 1971 Porsche 916 Prototype nicknamed "Brutus" in the neighborhood of a million dollars. This is a great result for an exceeding uncommon...

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EV West pushes 2/E electric land speed record to 229.363 mph

Bonneville is where the mad scientists come to play, and few other teams this year encapsulated this more than EV West and Hickey Speed, who together built the Electraliner for the SCTA’s 2/E class to break a long-standing electric land speed record. A few weeks ago, we talked about the prep of the Tesla-powered Lakester, which was built in just...

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Jeep Teases Grand Wagoneer Again and Announces a Reveal Date

Jeep has again teased the new Grand Wagoneer, revealing a retro look with an affinity for chrome. More importantly, the automaker has announced an official debut date of September 3 for the forthcoming SUV. The up-close photos give us an idea of what the grille looks like and a glimpse at the intricate details on what seems to be some...

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2021 Volvo XC90, XC60, XC40, S60 earn 5-star safety rating

Volvo's best-selling models earned five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA for 2021 models. Every 2021 Volvo vehicle tested earned the highest crash-test honors, including the 2021 Volvo XC90 three-row SUV, 2021 Volvo XC60 mid-size crossover, 2021 Volvo XC40 small crossover, 2021 Volvo S60 mid-size sedan and the V60 wagon variant in both base and Cross Country models. “Volvo has...

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Rich People Can Now Buy Electrified Rolls-Royce Phantoms

I’m glad to see that there’s at least one company making the automotive world match the one that was foretold in the movie Gattaca, where lovely vintage cars are retrofitted into high-tech electric wonders. One such company is Lunaz, which has already been converting Jaguar XK120s to electron-power. Now they’re taking a deeper gulp out of the Chalice of Classy,...

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Teslas accounted for over 80% of EVs sold in first half of 2020, data shows

In today's round of pretty unsurprising news, Teslas are mighty popular in the US. In fact, Teslas made up just over 80% of all electric cars sold in the first half of 2020. Data from Buy Shares, a company focused on providing financial and stock market education, shows Americans purchased 87,398 electric cars in the first half of this year....




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