Sébastien Loeb is set to pilot the insane Prodrive BRX Hunter on the Dakar rally, a three week-long 6,200-mile adventure across deserts, dunes, mountains and rocks. This truck is 4WD and powered by Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 Ecoboost generating 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. What really stands out are the intakes on the flanks because that’s where the spare wheels are stored, with room for a third under the bodywork out back. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The first live broadcast of Roborace, the autonomous racecar series, didn’t go as planned, or at least for the Acronis SIT Autonomous team. The Switzerland-based team had their vehicle crash into a wall even before the race began, and unfortunately, sustained major damage to its frontend. All participating teams are required to use DevBot 2.0 spec cars, and develop their own software to control the vehicle. Read more for the video and additional information.
Toyota hasn’t released a supercar since the Lexus LFA, but that may be about to change with the GR Super Sport. The automaker has teased this vehicle for years, and now, the public finally got to see the car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend. Featuring a hybrid powertrain with a twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter direct-injection V6, paired with an electric motor, for a combined output of 986 horsepower. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Segway-Ninebot is best known for their self-balancing human transporters, but lately, they’ve been dabbling in the electric scooter and karting worlds. Their latest project, the Ninebot Gokart PRO cam hit a top speed of 23 mph and travel up to 15.5 miles on a single charge, thanks to its 432 Wh battery with four air-ducts. The coolest feature might be the Immersive Engine Sounds Simulator, or basically a Bluetooth speaker, capable of producing single cylinder, two cylinder, V8, or V12 engine sounds. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is the fastest yet, but how does it compare with the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and Ferrari 812 Superfast? For starters, the Porsche is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine generating 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed PDK automatic gearbox sending power to all four wheels. The Lamborgini draws power from a a 6.5L V12 generating 759 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, while the 812 Superfast also has a 6.5L V12, but makes 789 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. Read more to see how they all fared in a drag racing showdown.
Ford and its newly formed Team Fordzilla eSports team revealed the ultimate virtual racing car designed with collaboration between the automaker’s designers as well as the gaming community. It’s officially called the “Team Fordzilla P1”, and concept was developed with the help of fan votes on Twitter at different design stages, including how the driver would be seated, cockpit style and even drivetrain. Ford exterior designer Arturo Ariño’s design came out on top in the end, gaining 83.8 per cent of the 250,000 votes. read more for a video and additional information.
Electric scooters are nothing new or special, but what about a racing series centered around them? Introducing the eSkootr Championship (eSC), led by CEO Hrag Sarkissian, COO Khalil Beschir, ex-Formula driver Alex Wurz and Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi. The racing series is set to launch in 2021 in the hearts of major cities around the world. Read more for a video and additional information.