Day: March 17, 2020

Toyota GR Supra GT4 gets the homologation green light

The Toyota GR Supra GT4 is finally ready to hit the track in an official series capacity. After extensive testing by European motorsport company Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO), the Supra completed the last stages of homologation and is now eligible for a variety of races across Europe. The first customer deliveries are expected to begin immediately. 

The new Supra GT4 debuted in concept form in March 2019 and showed its production-ready face a few months later. Technically, the GT4 has already raced, but that was for the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

The GT4 is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 430 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, and Toyota notes there are “different power sticks available to comply with Balance of Performance (BoP).” That engine pairs with a paddle-shift seven-speed automatic, and power goes to the rear wheels.

1976 Volvo Elbil concept was an early experimental electric car

The tiny, electric Ami two-seater Citroën plans to sell for $22 a month puts an innovative spin on the concept of a city car, but it’s not unprecedented. In 1976, when it was known as the purveyor of tank-like sedans and wagons, Volvo built a similar prototype that could carry four passengers in spite of a footprint smaller than the Ami’s.

Volvo began experimenting with compact electric powertrains in the 1970s. It was a surprising move from a company operating in a country with harsh, long winters that took a significant toll on primitive battery technology. It built two prototypes: a two-seater designed as a delivery vehicle, and a four-seater envisioned strictly as a city car. Pictured here, the latter stretched 89.7 inches long, meaning it was 16 inches shorter than a Smart ForTwo.

Engineers named the prototype Elbil,