Rivian R1T deliveries set for June 2021, R1S to follow in August

Rivian is pushing ahead with its plans put the electric R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV into production despite the coronavirus.

In April, the startup automaker announced the R1T and R1S would be delayed into 2021 from their original late 2020 plans. On Friday, Rivian locked down a timeline and said R1T deliveries will begin in June 2021 with R1S deliveries to follow in August. Both will be built at Rivian’s plant in Normal, Illinois, which used to build Mitsubishis.

Rivian’s already begun to produce hand-built prototypes and has been punishing them in extreme situations to ensure they are as capable as advertised.

Despite being shown in near production form at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the production R1T and R1S. Rivian has trickled out information regarding tricks the models will feature, including a slide-out kitchen behind the cab of

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Honda Civic Type R vs. Mini John Cooper Works GP

0-60 Times and Top Speed: Civic Type R vs. Mini John Cooper Works GP

Edmunds has a private test facility where we independently verify the performance claims of the manufacturers. We tested both the Mini and the Honda on the same day and in the same conditions.

First, the Mini. Our test car accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds at a speed of 108.5 mph. These are outstanding figures for a front-wheel-drive hatchback.

For the Civic Type R, we recorded a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds at 103.6 mph. For straight-line speed, the Mini is the clear winner here.

In our 60-0 mph brake tests, the Mini stopped marginally more quickly than the Honda, requiring 105 feet versus 107. On the skidpad, however, the situation was reversed. The Civic generated 1.03

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How Chevrolet Shipped the Ill-Fated Vega

Ah, the Chevrolet Vega, General Motors’ poorly built, muffler-splitting, block-warping reject that was supposed to challenge the imports for sales, but instead challenged them to a game of “Who can rust first?” Many people don’t realize GM developed a lot of new technology in an ill-fated attempt to make the Vega competitive, and one of the most fascinating developments was its method for shipping them by rail. Meet the Vega Vert-a-Pac.

A New Way to Get the Vega to Market

One of the many, many, many problems plaguing General Motors in the late 1960s was the logistics of getting cars to dealerships. Back then as now, cars were shipped by rail, but the railcars they used (known as autoracks) were open-deck affairs that made the cars prone to vandalism and other damage.

A typical 89-foot tri-level autorack could hold five cars per deck, for a total of 15.

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