Porsche Taycan’s Audi twin takes shape

Audi’s electric super sedan based on the Porsche Taycan’s platform has been spotted in prototype form.

The car is the production version of 2018’s E-Tron GT concept, and we’ll see it on sale in 2021 likely as a 2022 model. A debut later this year is likely.

The original E-Tron GT concept had a low-slung, sexy look. It’s no surprise that the designers have faithfully transferred the concept’s lines over to the production version. It’s something Audi design chief Mark Lichte pretty much confirmed at the concept’s debut.

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

The prototype sports the same squinty headlights, a similar grille shape (which Audi refers to as a “sensor array” since a grille isn’t needed for an electric car), and the same taillights that span the width of the car.

Under the striking exterior sits a high-performance EV platform referred

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Tesla promises $25,000 EV, batteries as part of vehicle structure

Tesla late on Tuesday hosted a Battery Day event in Palo Alto, California, where CEO Elon Musk laid out many of the company’s future plans.

In the near term is the introduction of the new Model S Plaid which will cost $141,070 and can already be ordered on Tesla’s website. It’s due in late 2021 with over 1,100 horsepower, a range of more than 520 miles, a top speed of 200 mph, and 0-60 and quarter-mile times in less than 2.0 and 9.0 seconds respectively. Those figures are all superior to those promised by Lucid for its range-topping Air Dream Edition.

Looking further outward, Tesla will completely redesign its battery cells and take over some production duty from current supplier Panasonic whose shortage of cells in the past have slowed production at Tesla. Tesla’s new cell design, referred to as “4680” cells, promises five times the energy, six times

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Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin form NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as driver

NBA superstar Michael Jordan and current NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin announced Monday plans to field their own team in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, with up-and-coming driver Bubba Wallace already signed on a multi-year contract.

Jordan is the current owner of NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and will be majority owner of the new NASCAR team which will field a single car. He and Hamlin purchased the charter from Germain Racing.

Hamlin has long been connected to Jordan through a sponsorship deal involving the Jordan Brand shoe line, and the two have been close friends for several years after first meeting at an NBA game.

“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” Jordan said in a statement. “The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to

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Head of EV startup Nikola steps down amid fraud allegations

Nikola, a startup working on battery- and hydrogen-electric trucks, announced Sunday that its executive chairman and founder, Trevor Milton, has stepped down.

The company also named current board member and previous General Motors vice chairman Stephen Girsky as its new chairman, effective immediately.

The moves come just days after it was reported that both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission were probing Nikola over allegations of fraud brought up by investment company Hindenburg Research earlier in September.

Hindenburg Research, which called Nikola an “intricate fraud” in a report published Sept. 10, has gone as far as to claim Milton falsely claimed to have proprietary technology, and that the company used mockups in its promotional videos instead of functioning vehicles.

Nikola Badger

Milton owns 20% of Nikola whose share price at one point valued the company higher than Ford. This is despite Nikola never having delivered an

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A 2-rotor, 11.6-liter rotary diesel engine was almost a thing

The rotary engine had its moment of automotive glory with Mazda, but while the Japanese automaker’s rotary engines where small-displacement, high-revving, buzz bombs, one American startup tried a very different approach, designing an 11.6-liter big-block rotary running on diesel for marine applications.

The company was Rotary Power International, and the engine was the Model 2116R. According to press materials dated August 2000 unearthed by Car Expert, the 2116R was a two-rotor engine with an aluminum block, 8.5:1 compression ratio, and a stratified direct injection system, as well as spark ignition. This would have allowed the 2116R to run on gasoline as well as diesel, or even kerosene or jet fuel, according to the company.

Rotary Power International quoted an output of 1,000 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 1,550 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm.

The company also discussed other, larger rotary marine engines, including the four-rotor, 23.1-liter 4231R

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Icon’s latest restomod is a 1950 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup truck

Icon is perhaps best known for its meticulous Toyota Land Cruiser restomods, but the Los Angeles-based company works with plenty of other vehicles. Its latest build is a 1950 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup truck that, in typical Icon fashion, retains its classic style but gets modern upgrades as well.

Christened an “Old School Edition,” the truck has a General Motors-sourced LS3 6.2-liter V-8 in place of its original inline-6. The small-block V-8 produces 430 horsepower while meeting current California emissions standards. It’s coupled to a 4L85-E automatic transmission, with gear changes done through the original column shifter.

Icon also gave the truck independent front and rear suspension, improving handling while preserving some load-hauling capability, according to the company. Brembo disc brakes will likely prove more effective than the stock 1950s-era drums.

Thanks to a previous career as a farm truck, the Thriftmaster required significant restoration work. The truck now wears a

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