Day: July 2, 2020

Daniel Abt, fired from Audi Formula E team, finds seat with Nio

Daniel Abt will return to the all-electric Formula E series with the Nio 333 team for the final six races of the season in Berlin after being sacked by Audi in May for an esports controversy.

The 27-year-old German lost his real-world drive after he let a gamer take his place, without the rest of the field knowing, in an official Formula E “Race at Home Challenge” event.

Abt, a winner in Berlin in 2018, will replace Chinese driver Ma Qinghua alongside British driver Oliver Turvey at the Chinese-owned team in the season finale behind closed doors at the old Tempelhof airport next month.

China-based Ma, who has yet to score any points this season, has been ruled out by travel restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the saying goes in the eastern world, ‘A prodigal who returns

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 First Drive | Photos, specs, features

Let’s say you’ve got $75,000 to spend, an open mind and find yourself in the AMG section of your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. Just go with it. The obvious answer is a well-equipped AMG C 63. It has a twin-turbo V8, it’s rear-drive based and looks at home pulling up to restaurants and the racetrack alike. Be it the sedan or coupe, it doesn’t really matter. 

But over there, probably hidden behind a GLS 63, sits something a bit different: the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. It’s the savage, top-tier version of the entry-level Mercedes that’s equal parts sedan and coupe. Remember the CLA 45 AMG? Remember thinking that Mercedes was off its rocker for offering a 355-horsepower four-cylinder. Prepare your eyeballs, because AMG has found more power. New and now built by hand like higher-end AMG