Day: October 14, 2020

Jim Farley will continue racing his 1978 Lola T298 and 1966 Ford GT40

Jim Farley, who replaced Jim Hackett as Ford’s CEO, revealed his new responsibilities won’t prevent him from hitting the track. He obtained permission from Executive Chairman Bill Ford to continue racing.

“It was probably the second conversation we had after we had talked about this leadership opportunity. I said, ‘You know, Bill, I just can’t stop racing. It’s just who I am. It’s my yoga. You’ve got to let me do this if I’m going to be a better CEO.’ He was very supportive,” the executive explained in an interview.

Farley, 58, started competing in 2008 after buying a Shelby Cobra, according to Automotive News. He often races his 1966 Ford GT40 and his 1978 Lola T298, but his collection is vast and eclectic. It includes a 1932 Ford Roadster, a 1965 Shelby GT350, and a

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4 Squared electric off-roader unveiled

Mercedes-Benz dropped an EQC onto a pair of beefy portal axles to demonstrate what its electric technology is capable of off the beaten path. Badged 4×4², the concept is a glimpse at future battery-powered off-roaders.

Normally fitted to the planet’s most extreme off-roaders, like the Unimog, portal axles increase a vehicle’s ground clearance because their half-shafts are higher than the center of the wheel. Putting these mechanical hiking boots on the EQC more than doubles its ground clearance to 11.5 inches, which allows it to drive through 15 inches of water. For context, it normally sits 5.5 inches off the ground, and its fording depth checks in at 5.9 inches.

Adding inches between the EQC’s underbody and the ground also increases its approach and departure angles to 31.8 and 33 degrees, respectively. Mercedes pointed out an unmodified G-Class