Rivian’s punishing the R1T off-road to ensure it’s capable of adventures

As the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck inches toward production, the company released video showing torturous testing of a prototype.

It’s hard to think of an automaker development process that involves drifting on pavement, rock climbing, and high-speed runs through sand with the same vehicle, but that’s exactly what Rivian has put the R1T through.

Unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the R1T is about the size of current mid-size trucks, but with performance numbers that put sports cars to shame. Rivian previously quoted 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Off road, Rivian has said the R1T will be able to perform a “tank turn,” spinning 360 degrees in place.

Rivian R1T

Rivian previously quoted a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds and a 1,763-pound payload capacity. In addition to the bed, the R1T features a “frunk,” as well as a tunnel behind the cab that can

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1972 Datsun 240Z Brings $110,240 on BaT: Auction Roundup

It’s time for another week’s roundup of Bring a Trailer auctions, and the big news this week is that BaT has been sold to Hearst Autos. A press release made clear that BaT would continue to be run as it has traditionally, at least for the time being, with the same staff and founder Randy Nonnenberg, who we spoke to recently, at the helm. For years, as BaT’s auction business increased in volume, the rumor mill had been ripe with talk of BaT buyout offers from various parties including traditional auction houses and classic car insurance brokers, but it appears Hearst Autos was the only group able to seal a deal. This week’s auction highlights include a restored Datsun 240Z and six other collectible classics.

1972 Datsun 240Z

Yes, $110,240 is still a lot of money for a 240Z. No, this was no ordinary 240Z.

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