The $1.25M Drako GTE electric super sedan puts a smile on Valentino Balboni’s face

If you want to find out if a new performance car is the real deal, throw the keys to Valentino Balboni. He was a Lamborghini test driver for almost four decades, so he knows a thing or two about fast cars. But instead of a raging Italian bull, Balboni this time has tested out the Drako GTE electric super sedan.

Balboni started at Lamborghini as a mechanic apprentice, but eventually asked to test drive newly built cars. During his career, Balboni is thought to have test driven 80 percent of Lamborghinis built. Lamborghini even named a special-edition model after him, the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni.

So what did Balboni think of the Drako GTE?

“It is completely different,” Balboni said with a smile after his test drive. “It gives me the feeling of power.”

Drako GTE

The Drako GTE certainly has plenty of power. California-based Drako Motors took a

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2022 Audi E-Tron GT, 2020 New York Auto Show, Valentine One Gen2: The Week In Reverse

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT was spied; the 2020 New York Auto Show was postponed; Valentine Research announced the Valentine One Gen2. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.

Our spy photographer spotted the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT was spied undergoing cold-weather testing in production form. The low-slung sedan stays true to the Audi E-Tron GT concept’s design with bulging fender flares, a fast roofline, and short overhangs. Changes for production appear limited to the door handles. Expect the production E-Tron GT to debut later in 2020 or early in 2021.

We drove the 2019 Saleen S302 and it brought back memories of carefree college days. Based on a Mustang GT, the S302 offers performance upgrades over a car with the GT Performance Package, Active Valve Performance Exhaust, and MagneRide suspension. In white, the car has a 1980s vibe, but the performance is purely modern. 

The

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Formula One Australian Grand Prix cancelled due to coronavirus

Update: The opening round of the Formula One world championship was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

The FIA and Formula One officials announced Thursday that it would cancel the season opener of the F1 world championship.

McLaren said early Thursday it would skip this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix due to the discovery of a member of its F1 team who has tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. The team member already self-isolated after experiencing initial symptoms of the virus and will now be treated by local healthcare authorities.

The BBC reported on air that drivers Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, and Lewis Hamilton refused to race in the grand prix before it was canceled by officials.

At least four other people participating in the race have been tested after showing symptoms, all of them from Haas. At the time of writing, the team is yet to provide an update on the

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2020 Audi RS Q8 rides a wave of blisteringly fast family SUVs

It’s a short throw between Audi’s hot family wagons. 

Yet, the 2020 Audi RS Q8 and RS 6 Avant are far apart in mission and execution. Despite their shared engines—a fire-breathing twin-turbo V-8 shared with Lamborghini and sourced from Porsche—the $113,995 RS Q8 and $109,995 RS 6 Avant are distant like the sun-drenched beaches and snow-capped mountaintops on the Spanish island of Tenerife off the coast of Africa. More than 50 degrees separate the air between two; the Audis are even further apart.

The Canary Islands’ impossibly long clouds; tall pines and palms; and purple, red, gold, and brown volcanic rock valleys are where I’ve been given the chance to dash the RS Q8 up a dormant volcano above the clouds and back down to soft, yellow sand in time for siesta. 

The RS Q8 squats, screams, then springs toward the next curve with a violent but restrained holler every

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2020 New York auto show postponed until August due to coronavirus concerns

Organizers of the 2020 New York auto show confirmed Tuesday that next month’s show will be postponed until late August due to increasing health concerns related to the spreading coronavirus in the area.

“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association that operates the auto show, said in a statement.

The auto show will be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6 at the Javits Center in New York City.

The 2020 New York auto show is the latest in a string of auto shows or vehicle debuts that has been pushed back due to the spreading coronavirus. This month, the Geneva auto show announced it would cancel its annual exhibition. Ford and General Motors have separately announced voluntary travel bans or delayed vehicle debuts because of the outbreak.

Several

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Bloodhound land speed record team runs out of funding, again

Bloodhound Land Speed Record’s attempt on cracking the land speed record for a steerable car looked to be all set after the team reached 628 mph during a test run last November. The record stands at 763 mph and Bloodhound LSR wants to not only beat the record, but go on to cross the 1,000-mph threshold.

Unfortunately, Bloodhound LSR last week announced that the future of the project was in jeopardy as 8 million British pounds (approximately $10.5 million) would need to be raised by the end of March to ensure the team can meet its deadlines for a planned attempt on the record in 2021 at the Hakskeenpan in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert.

Bloodhound LSR

The funds are required to pay aerospace and motorsport experts involved in the project and complete development of the team’s 44.3-foot streamliner to make it go faster. Areas that still need work include

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