Day: October 6, 2020

F1 at risk of becoming ‘irrelevant to car manufacturers’

LONDON — Stefano Domenicali will have some fundamental questions to address when he takes over as Formula One chief executive in January, starting with the relevance of the sport to manufacturers in an increasingly electric age.

Honda’s shock announcement on Friday that it will depart at the end of 2021 leaves the pinnacle of motorsport as a series with only three engine manufacturers and no sign of any newcomers.

Car companies have come and gone throughout the 70 year history of the sport, Honda most recently selling its team and pulling out as a constructor in 2008 after a global financial crash.

This time, however, the justification — to focus on zero-emission technology such as fuel cells and batteries — feels more significant.

It is a question of perception as well as cost, and that can be hard to change.

2020 Lexus LX 570 J201 off-roader concept introduced for Rebelle Rally

Lexus transformed the LX, its biggest SUV, into a supercharged off-roader that sends chills down the Ford F-150 Raptor’s spine. Although it’s only a concept, it will attempt to tame the desert during the 2020 Rebelle Rally.

Based on the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX is a formidable off-roader even without any modifications. Many examples nonetheless end up decked out with aftermarket parts, and it’s these go-anywhere rigs that inspired Lexus to create the J201. Its name comes from URJ201, which is the current LX‘s internal designation.

Stylists started by chipping several slats off the SUV’s sizeable spindle-shaped grille to accommodate a winch and a light bar that’s safely tucked behind a protective cover. Other aftermarket parts installed on the J201 include a snorkel, a roof rack, running boards, and a metal rear bumper with a pair