Month: October 2020

Hamilton wears ‘#EndSARS’ T-shirt for pre-race interview

Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton donned a T-shirt protesting against police violence in Nigeria for a pre-race television interview at the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Nigerians have been demonstrating for weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which rights groups have for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.

“I’ve got to show this,” Hamilton, Formula One’s only Black driver, told Sky Sports television as he revealed a green T-shirt with #EndSARS written on it at the end of the off-grid interview.

The Briton reverted to his usual ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt for the officially-sanctioned pre-race anti-racism gesture on the starting grid.

Formula One’s governing body last month set out new pre- and post-race rules for driver attire after Hamilton wore a T-shirt on the Tuscan Grand Prix grid with the words “Arrest

2021 BMW 4 Series First Drive | What’s new, specs, photos, that grille and more

The 2021 4 Series is a ground-up redesign of BMW’s long-running, two-door compact. While the days of it simply being referred to as a 3 Series coupe may be well behind it, the fundamentals of the formula have not changed. Everything from the chassis up is clean-sheet, and in executing this overhaul, BMW appears to have addressed the biggest shortcomings of the previous generation.

There’s only one thing holding us back from calling the 4 Series an across-the-board upgrade. Yeah, we’re referring to BMW’s aesthetic decisions. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we’re having a hard time wrapping our heads around that front end and we’re definitely not alone. Maybe it would be easier if the nostrils weren’t the size of dinner tables. “Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln …” the 2021 4 Series impresses.

Much

Watch a self-driving Roborace car drive directly into a wall

Robots still have some trouble handling the basics when put to the test, apparently. Roborace team SIT Acronis Autonomous suffered an embarrassment in round one of the Season Beta 1.1 race after its self-driving car abruptly drove directly into a wall. It’s not certain what led to the mishap, but track conditions clearly weren’t at fault — the car had been rounding a gentle curve and wasn’t racing against others at the same time.

It wasn’t the only car to suffer a problem, either. Autonomous Racing Graz’s vehicle had positioning issues that got it “lost” on the track and cut its race short. The race was still ongoing as we wrote this, so it’s not certain how many of the three remaining competitors were going to pass muster.

It’s more than a little amusing to watch a robotic car make

Michael Andretti is investing in a search for the next Lewis Hamilton

Car owner Michael Andretti with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato. (Reuters / USA Today)

 

Michael Andretti is convinced there is another Lewis Hamilton out there somewhere and he is going to find him.

There is also another Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Dale Earnhardt amongst a goldmine of motor racing talent waiting to be unearthed.

There could also be the next Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali or Tiger Woods all looking for a helping hand and Andretti wants a cut of that action as well.

As the owner/operator of a growing global motor racing empire, the 58-year-old Andretti, the son of American motorsport icon Mario Andretti, runs cars in multiple series from IndyCar to Extreme E, the electric off-road circuit.

While there is a huge pool of driving talent to draw on to put in his cars, Andretti is convinced

2021 Toyota Sienna First Drive | What’s new, hybrid fuel economy, price, specs, photos

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The minivan segment isn’t a huge one, and it’s largely dominated by three players. There’s the stylish Chrysler Pacifica, with the excellent plug-in hybrid option. The Honda Odyssey unapologetically leans into its minivan-ness and family-hauling duties. Then there’s the new, totally redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna. Its selling points are immediately apparent: unique styling, a standard hybrid powertrain and available all-wheel drive. Oh, and it’s a Toyota, which precedes itself with a reputation for reliability and utility, as well as a huge existing customer base. Barring some sort of dealbreaker in the test drive, this blend of existing traits (brand, AWD) and new ones (design, hybrid only) should probably be enough to make the Sienna appealing to those shopping in this lightly stocked aisle.

Spoiler alert: we found no dealbreakers during our test drive,

Bugatti previews W16-powered race car

Bugatti captured our attention when it released an image of an enigmatic new model whose rear lights form an X. We still don’t know exactly what we’re looking at, but a photo of its powertrain sheds light on what’s coming.

Significantly, the digital rendering shows the car is built around the quad-turbocharged W16 that powers the Chiron. An earlier report speculated it would be electric, and that’s evidently not the case. The engine is mounted directly behind the passenger compartment, and the transmission it’s bolted to seemingly spins the four wheels.

We also see a rectangular steering wheel, a pair of carbon fiber bucket seats, and center-locking wheels covered by carbon fiber discs. All of these parts look like they belong in a race car, but Bugatti is keeping additional details under wraps. “What if…?” again appears on the photo,