Month: July 2020

Nico Hulkenberg returns to F1 after Sergio Perez tests positive for COVID-19

Sergio Perez

 

SILVERSTONE, England — Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg will replace Racing Point driver Sergio Perez at this weekend’s British Formula One Grand Prix after the Mexican was ruled out by a positive COVID-19 test result.

Hulkenberg, a veteran of 177 grands prix, raced for the team when they were known as Force India. He competed for Renault last season.

“Having to find a replacement for Sergio at short notice is no easy task, but in Nico we’ve got a fantastic supersub who the team knows very well,” said team boss Otmar Szafnauer in a statement.

“He’s certainly being thrown in at the deep end, but he’s a fast learner and I’m sure he will get up to speed quickly.”

Hulkenberg, a Le Mans 24 Hours winner who is famous in Formula One for not once standing on the podium

The Sony Vision-S Concept car will enter road testing this year

Apparently the Sony Vision-S Concept car’s story isn’t over yet. Sony made a big splash at CES in January this year with its fully operational electric car, but the company made it clear that it had no intentions of turning this concept into a production vehicle. Since then, we haven’t heard a peep out of Sony about the car.

That changes today, as Sony just announced the car’s return to Tokyo, via a pretty YouTube video. Two sentences of additional information were provided: “Vision-S Prototype has arrived in Tokyo for advancing our sensing and audio technologies. The prototype vehicle is also currently under development for public road testing this fiscal year.”

The first part makes some sense. Sony said that the whole reason for building this concept was to show off its technology to automotive manufacturers. Now that Sony

NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson enamored with IndyCar after test

Jimmie Johnson finally fulfilled his childhood dream of driving an Indy car with a test session Tuesday. When the seven-time NASCAR champion finished turning laps, he was sold on figuring out how to race next year in the IndyCar Series.

“It only lit the fire more. I want to do this more than ever before,” Johnson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It was something new, something different. NASCAR has been so good to me, and I am so proud of the success I’ve had. But to try something new, man, this was really cool.”

Johnson initially thought his racing career would take him into IndyCar, the series he followed as a child, but the path instead veered into NASCAR. He’s put together one of the most successful careers in series history, but the 44-year-old will retire

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Review | First Drive, pictures, roof, performance

The azure waters of the French Riviera are set ablaze by the setting sun as a cool breeze wafts in from the Mediterranean. The warm breath from the neck-level heaters commendably compensate. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible turns inland, the road winding through the rocky terrain like an ebony ribbon. A stunning blonde in a vintage Ferrari waves as she passes by; a man resembling Pierce Brosnan, but richer, gives a thumbs up.

I’m sure someone is having this experience during their first drive of the new LC Convertible, but it sure isn’t me. I’m in Scappoose, Oregon, which is as picturesque as it sounds. It’s raining. Hard. An old woman in a Subaru pulls out of the Dutch Bros. So yeah, this won’t exactly be a romantic tale of car and locale meeting on equal terms

Revel suspends NYC scooter service after two fatal crashes

NEW YORK — Ridesharing scooter startup Revel said Tuesday it is suspending operations in New York City after a second fatal crash in less than two weeks.

Revel tweeted that service “will be shut down until further notice” as it reviews safety and rider accountability measures. The company’s app alerted riders to the news.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said city officials spoke to Revel executives on Tuesday and made clear the company’s safety record is “an unacceptable state of affairs.”

“When you see an incident, a few incidents, it causes concern,” de Blasio said. “Our people have been talking to Revel, and they’ve been making changes, but not enough changes is the bottom line. This has just gotten to be too much.”

The company’s blue scooters, which require a driver’s license but no training to rent, had been seen as

Fisker to join Extreme E off-road electric SUV racing series

EV manufacturer Fisker has committed to Extreme E, the company confirmed Monday, and is in “advanced talks” to become a series partner and potentially field a factory team.

The Extreme E series is the brain child of Formula E mastermind Alejandro Agag. It will feature purpose-built 4x4s EVs racing in remote, spectator-free venues with coverage provided by drones. The series will visit remote regions of Nepal and Saudi Arabia, among other locales, and teams will be transported from one leg to the next via ship. Extreme E is refitting a 7,716-ton former Royal Mail Ship, the RMS St. Helena, to serve as transportation and floating paddock. There will be five races in the 2021 season — if all goes to plan.

The series’ remote nature will make it less accessible to fans, but the choice of such locales was