F1 cancels Monaco Grand Prix, scraps 2021 technical changes

LONDON — Monaco canceled its showcase Formula One Grand Prix, the sport’s most famous and glamorous race, in another high-profile casualty of the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday.

The race was on the first world championship calendar in 1950 and has been held without fail since 1955.

Formula One earlier said the May 24 race was postponed, along with Dutch and Spanish races scheduled for the same month, and pushed back a major technical rules revamp from 2021 to 2022.

The Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) said uncertainty about the teams’ participation and access, with neighboring France and Italy in lockdown, made the situation “untenable.”

They also called off a popular historic race, which uses the same tight and twisty fenced streets and was scheduled for earlier in May.

“Under no circumstances will it be possible to organize these events

2020 Audi S4 Review | First drive, what’s new, changes

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. — That the most significant changes to the 2020 Audi A4 lineup, which includes the A4, A4 Allroad and S4, are its revised sheetmetal and a new infotainment system should tell us something: We’re likely halfway through the lifecycle of the brand’s bread-and-butter sport sedan. So let’s just go ahead and call this what it is, a mid-cycle refresh.

Of course, we can’t know with certainty when a full redesign will come, especially given that the Q5 crossover now outsells the A4 and S4 combined by a ratio of more than 2-to-1. Perhaps Audi could eke out an extra year or two as it focuses on crossovers and EVs, but given the longevity of the previous A4 (2008 – 2016), it’s probably a safe bet we’re at the mid-point, and with the revisions made

Lyft drivers can sign up for delivery services

Lyft on Friday told drivers they could sign up for delivery services for healthcare, government services and groceries as ride-hailing demand plummeted during the rapid spread of coronavirus in the United States.

In an email to drivers, Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green said “those who would like to help neighbors get to grocery stores, workers to hospitals and caretakers to their jobs” can join a new “LyftUp Driver Task Force.”

A link sends drivers to a Google doc sign-up sheet.

Lyft did not immediately respond to a request for comment for additional details on the delivery service.

In the same email, Zimmer and Green said they would contribute their salaries through the end of June to company efforts supporting drivers during the coronavirus crisis.

Lyft also said it was teaming up with other companies to provide drivers access

2020 BMW X6 M50i Drivers’ Notes | Power, handling, design

The 2020 BMW X6 M50i is just one rung down from the full-fat BMW X6 M. Of course, a 5,000-pound-plus SUV may not be what you think of when BMW M comes to mind, but BMW is out to change a few minds with this coupe-like crossover. The X6 is completely new for the 2020 model year, adopting many of the features, styling touches and powertrains from the still-new and more traditionally-shaped X5. There’s an M50i version of the X5, too, but we’re focusing on its slick and less practical sibling.

Specially, the M50i, which has BMW’s powerful 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It’s not the most powerful version of that engine, but it’s more than enough in a vehicle this big. BMW pairs the torquey V8 with the

F1 drivers to race eSports gamers, replacing coronavirus-hit GPs

This year’s Formula One races are getting canceled left and right, but the series has a temporary solution for everyone ravenous to watch some racing: eSports. Starting this Sunday (March 22), F1 drivers and celebrities will be virtually taking to the track in Bahrain to race in a video game.

All the racing will take place on F1 2019, the official F1 PC video game, and it will begin at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. Formula One hasn’t specified which drivers and celebrities will be joining, but we can hope that a majority of the drivers join in. F1 says to expect an announcement soon. The virtual race will be 28 laps, half the usual distance of the real one under the Sakhir floodlights.

You’ll be able to watch on the official Formula One YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels.

Mazda GT3 concept based on RX-Vision show car has Gran Turismo debut

During last year’s World Final of the FIA World Tour in Gran Turismo Sport in Monaco, Mazda announced it would become an official video game partner this year, the automaker’s centenary. The Japanese automaker then teased a sketch of its RX-Vision GT3 Concept, a GT3-class racer based on RX-Vision Concept shown at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, penned by global design boss Ikuo Maeda and headed for Gran Turismo Sport this year. Polyphony Digital has finished modeling the car and just debuted it on the game’s official site. Now dubbed the Gr.3 Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept, the slinky crimson contender will soon become the second GT3-class Mazda in the game alongside the Atenza Gr.3. Polyphony says the race car will arrive on May 25 as part of an online update.  

Usurprisingly, the final product is toned down from last