McLaren furloughs staff, and its F1 drivers take a pay cut

LONDON — McLaren became the first Formula One team to furlough staff because of the coronavirus on Wednesday, with drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz joining senior management in taking a pay cut.

The sportscar maker said in a statement the temporary three-month wage reduction was part of wider cost-cutting measures due to the impact of the pandemic on its business.

“These measures are focused on protecting jobs in the short-term to ensure our employees return to full-time work as the economy recovers,” McLaren added.

A team spokesman emphasized that 100-150 staff from across the group who were working on a “VentilatorChallengeUK” project were not included in the measure.

The group, including the luxury carmaker and applied technology arm, employs some 3,700 people with around 850 working for the F1 team.

McLaren is part of a consortium of leading aerospace,

2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Second Drive | Off-road, highway driving, diesel fuel economy

The funny thing about buying a pickup truck in off-road-ready trim, and adding an even more rugged off-road package on top of that, is that most of us will rack up 99 percent of the truck’s miles on pavement. So, it’s a good thing the technology that makes the 2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison an outstanding trail runner also happens to make it a pleasant pickup to drive on the highway.

And that’s as it should be, since pavement — Formula 1 race tracks, actually — is where this truck’s capabilities were born. The Colorado ZR2 is kitted for mud, dirt, rocks and snow, with DSSV Multimatic spool-valve shocks as the centerpiece of the setup. And that suspension technology was handed down from race cars to performance production cars such as the Ford GT, Mercedes-AMG GT and Camaro ZL1

‘Endurance’ documents Porsche’s back-to-back 24-hour races

During the 2019 endurance motorsports season, 24 competitors attempted to race a total of 48 hours in a span of just more than a week. The first of the “back-to-back” races was the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15 and 16, 2019, followed by the 24 Hours Nürburgring the next weekend. Porsche documented the challenging situation and turned it into a 90-minute documentary. Endurance is currently available to watch for free on YouTube, and Amazon Prime video subscribers will be able to watch the flick starting April 3, 2020.

Directed by James Routh, the guy who made the Netflix documentary Drive to Survive, the documentary was shot during a span of 25 days. It captures the Porsche GT team not only during the races but also during the times of preparation leading up to the first

DS celebrates 50 years of the Citroen SM with concept designs

One of Citroen’s most famous and stylish cars, the SM, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. It was shown on March 10, 1970 and featured hydro-pneumatic suspension, a Maserati V6 making at least 170 horsepower, turning headlights, and futuristic design. To commemorate the occasion, PSA’s premium division DS had some of its designers imagine a modern-day version of the luxury coupe, and the public is invited to vote on which is best.

Six designs were created, and the company is starting the reveal with just two, and will add the others throughout the week. We’ll update this post with the other designs as they’re released. The first two designs take the basic roofline of the original SM, but add tighter, more athletic sheet metal. The bodies wrap around gigantic wheels and tires. The orange design adds a unique take

Tesla YouTuber pissed off about the ramifications of his actions

YouTuber and online personality lowlifeduramax, real name Michael, caught our attention in February when he put rear tracks on his recently purchased Tesla Model 3. He was quoted in the video saying, “we have to break something before this day ends,” and it seems he got his wish. It didn’t happen that day, but his Model 3 did indeed break. Contrary to common sense, Michael now seems to be wondering why Tesla is not honoring his warranty.

While we’re not sure how upset he is about the whole scenario, Michael took to Instagram seemingly to voice frustration that the electric motor on his Model 3 broke down. “I blew the motor in the Tesla,” he said in a caption. “Comment suggestions for a new drifting/hooning car that’ll last longer than 3 months! Video explaining everything will be

1975 Volkswagen Golf Group 2 race car for sale

Eight illustrious generations of GTI-badged Volkswagen hatchbacks have almost made enthusiasts forget that the original Golf wasn’t designed with performance in mind. It was a humble, commuter-friendly economy car. German tuner Rolf Nothelle built the first-known Golf race car in 1975, and it could join your collection in 2020.

Gutting a Golf and tacking a flare over each wheel must have raised quite a few eyebrows in 1975, less than a year after the model made its debut to replace the Beetle. German pilot Bernd Lilier proved the naysayers wrong by driving Nothelle’s Golf to a first-place finish in a 1975 race held on the Hockenheimring’s Grand Prix circuit. The first-generation GTI also made its debut that year, and it later sealed the Golf’s status as a capable racer.

Auction house RM Sotheby’s indicated this Golf was originally homologated