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Timo Bernhard leads Porsche to feat during Le Mans 24 Hours

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

“Without a mechanics, we wouldn’t be adult here again today.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing had been sloping to take a pretension from a German carmakers by both fans and bookmakers, though once again it was not to be. Within a 20 notation duration only after 1am, a Toyota’s dream seemed to be in rags with dual vehicles out of a race, both with engine issues.   

The unique automobile that remained, driven by Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, limped to ninth altogether and second in their difficulty with a other LMP1 winning a race.

Beaming from his lass victory, 27-year-old Hartley said: “When we saw a sister automobile using so slow, afterwards we knew we were fighting for a feat [instead of only a podium]. But I’m so happy to be pity it with Earl who I’ve famous given we was starting out in racing during a age of seven.

“It’s a impulse I’ll remember for a rest of my life.”

The biggest startle of a day was a LMP2 automobile from Jackie Chan Racing finishing second in a race, and tip of their class.

While Nelson Piquet Junior, son of a Formula One fable of a same name gathering for scarcely 12 hours to assistance his Vaillante Rebellion group come third in a final rankings.

Takata Reportedly Filing for Bankruptcy

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The large Takata airbag remember is holding a fee on a company.

Facing billions in liabilities from a poor airbag inflators, Reuters reports Takata is scheming to record for bankruptcy, and it could occur as early as subsequent week. Takata is operative towards a understanding for financial subsidy from a U.S. automobile tools builder Key Safety Systems Inc., according to sources. It is approaching that Key Safety Systems will acquire Takata resources as partial of a restructuring in bankruptcy.

SEE ALSO: Massive Takata Airbag Recall Results in $1B US Settlement

The Nikkei business daily reports a new association will be combined underneath Key, that will squeeze Takata operations for about $1.6-billion, and will continue provision airbags, chair belts, and other products, withdrawal liabilities behind in a apart entity.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange has dangling trade in shares of Takata following a reports of tentative bankruptcy.

With some-more than 65 percent of 46.2-million removed Takata airbags in a U.S. still not repaired, a failure could interrupt a prolongation of deputy airbags inflators. The association has until early 2018 to compensate $850-million due to automakers, or within 5 days of securing a financial backer. There’s a probability a final understanding with Key might not be reached before Takata files for bankruptcy, as a association skeleton to start record in both a U.S. and Japan.

[Source: Reuters]

Porsche Wins Wild 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

It was pleasure sandwiched between extinction for Porsche during a 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a top-flight LMP1 group clawing a approach out of a drama-filled competition to explain victory.

The No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid was probably in journey control following twin disasters that left opposition Toyota all yet out of row reduction than median by a race. But with roughly 210 mins to go, a race-leading Porsche suffered a automatic disaster that forced it into early retirement. With dual Toyota TS050 Hybrids already out of a race, it looked as yet an LMP2 automobile was firm to win a famed competition by a French countryside.

But Le Mans is a fight of attrition, and a No. 2 Porsche 919 was means to overcome a lead of roughly a dozen laps to finish atop a podium. The win completes a shawl pretence for Porsche after a group won any of a final dual years. Rounding out a lectern were a No. 38 Oreca 07-Gibson of Jackie Chan DC Racing and a No. 13 Oreca 07-Gibson of Vaillante Rebellion Racing, that finished second and third overall, respectively.

ALSO SEE: Follow Along as We Try to Stay Awake for All 24 Hours of Le Mans

Only a Strong Survive

After looking like a stronger group for many of a initial 11 hours of a race, dual of a 3 Toyota TS050 Hybrids using in this year’s competition suffered critical failures that took them both out of row for a win. It also non-stop a doorway for Porsche which, notwithstanding a LMP1 cars struggling to keep pace, was unexpected giveaway and transparent to build a plain lead over a rest of a pack.

The difficulty for Toyota began after a competition restarted following an separate reserve car. A purchase emanate rendered a No. 7 TS050, driven by Kamui Kobayashi, incompetent to get using again during racing speed, with a automobile eventually entrance to a stop during a Porsche Curves. As Toyota’s hopes shifted to a No. 9 automobile it, too, suffered a disaster that forced it to retire prematurely. In a box of that car, driven during a time by Nicolas Lapierre, a serious puncture sent it careening into a gravel. It quickly held glow as he attempted to baggy it behind to a pits.

ALSO SEE: How 24 Hours of Le Mans is Different for Porsche Without Audi

With Toyota incompetent to exorcise a demons from final season, a Porsche 919 driven by Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy looked all yet prepared to journey to a win. But an engine emanate dashed that car’s hopes of finishing a tiresome race, with Lotterer incompetent to do anything yet watch as a engine wouldn’t restart.

That left Porsche’s hopes in a No. 2 car, this notwithstanding early driveline issues that forced it into a garage after usually a few brief hours of racing. However, a lapse to movement valid useful after a retirement of a sister car, with a contingent of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley chasing down some considerable LMP2 cars to acquire a altogether win.


Lots of Excitement Elsewhere

The fad of this year’s competition wasn’t singular to LMP1, with copiousness of movement elsewhere, starting with a hotly contested LMP2 class. The busiest of a 4 groups, with 25 entries, a LMP2 cars showed considerable speed and agility, with with copiousness of jockeying for position from start to finish. In a finish it was a No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing automobile that, while incompetent to reason onto a altogether lead, claimed a tip mark in a category as good as a second-place finish overall. The No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing automobile finished second in LMP2 and third overall, rounding out a podium.

Both a GTE Pro and GTE Am classes were equally as ruthless, with entries from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, Chevrolet and Porsche dicing it adult for a lead before a No. 97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage took tip honors in a former, and a No. 84 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE in a latter. The GT cars didn’t accept utterly a same volume of courtesy as their antecedent counterparts, yet that doesn’t meant possibly category was any reduction competitive. Wheel-to-wheel movement was strewn via a race, with Aston Martin’s early lead in a GTE Pro category adhering around until an extended array stop authorised both a Porsche 911 RSR and Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to cheep by. In a end, Aston Martin was means to strike behind in a GTE Pro class, finishing initial followed by a No. 63 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R and a No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, respectively. GTE Am saw a Top 3 swept by Ferrari 488 GTEs, with a No. 84 JMW Motorsport automobile followed by a No. 55 Spirit of Race and No. 62 Scuderia Corsa, respectively.

Hyundai Kona Debuts, Honda Accord Kills V6, New Supercar Convertibles and More: Weekly News Roundup Video

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

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Welcome to AutoGuide.com’s weekly news roundup, where we take a demeanour during a week’s many engaging automotive news stories.

This week, a 2018 Hyundai Kona debuted (and we got to take it for a discerning spin), a subsequent Honda Accord won’t come with a V6, a Jaguar XF Sportbrake automobile debuted, and there are dual new supercar convertibles: a McLaren 570S Spider and a Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder.

Some headlines in this week’s roundup include:

2018 Honda Accord Kills a V6, Adds Type R Engine

The R8 Spyder V10 Plus is Audi’s Most Powerful Convertible Ever

McLaren 570S Spider Arrives with Retractable Hardtop

2018 Hyundai Kona Subcompact Crossover Revealed

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Wagon Revealed

Here are some facilities we can’t miss:

Why Does Land Rover Compete in a Boat Race?

Top 10 Cheapest Crossovers and SUVs of 2017

Some new automobile reviews we published this week:

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2017 Honda Civic Type R Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe Review

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Spin

2017 MINI Countryman vs Buick Encore Comparison

2017 Nissan Versa Sedan Automatic Tested: Lots of Buyers, Little Appeal

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The final time we strapped a contrast apparatus to a Nissan Versa sedan was scarcely a half-dozen years ago, when Nissan’s subcompact four-door finished final in a six-car comparison test. Since then, a Versa underwent a mid-cycle refurbish for a 2015 indication year that brought a uninformed front-end design, a reworked core stack, and a new three-spoke steering circle to a pint-size 175.4-inch-long subcompact. Model-year 2017 Versas see a softly revised core console that includes a new pattern for a front cupholders, an additional 12-volt outlet, and a relocation of a car’s customary auxiliary submit and accessible USB pier to a area forward of a change lever.

These improvements residence patron complaints, but, regrettably, nothing does most to rouse a Versa when compared with alternatives such as a Honda Fit and a Chevrolet Sonic. The Nissan’s modest styling carries over, a interior stays a joyless breakwater of inexpensive plastics and parts-bin pieces, and a energetic abilities are no improved than before.

Cheap Trick

The Versa’s frugally dressed interior reflects a sedan’s $12,875 starting price. Impressively, a slightest costly model, a Versa S, includes among a customary apparatus Bluetooth phone streaming, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, energy side mirrors, and anti-lock brakes. Also customary is a five-speed primer gearbox, a solitary delivery found in a S, that substantially disappoints a lot of immature “can’t expostulate stick” shoppers looking for a bargain. We’d wish it would satisfy them to learn, though years of justification now shows that they usually spend some-more for one of a other Versa models—from a $15,015 Versa S Plus to a top-of-the-line $18,165 Versa SL—all of that rest on a customary invariably non-static involuntary delivery (CVT). Opting for a CVT indication also brings journey control to a Versa’s facilities list.

No matter a trim, a same 1.6-liter inline-four drives a front wheels. Armed with a scanty 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque, it changed a 2474-pound Versa SV exam automobile with reasonable pep for a class, removing it to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds and by a quarter-mile after 17.1 seconds during 81 mph. Both times matched a numbers we clocked in a Scion iA (now Toyota Yaris iA) with an involuntary transmission, nonetheless a iA did click past a quarter-mile during 82 mph. While some-more energy would be appreciated, Nissan’s subcompact sedan simply outruns a Mitsubishi Mirage G4, that indispensable 12.8 seconds to strech 60 mph though works with usually 3 cylinders opposite everybody else’s four.

Regardless, accelerating in a Versa is a loud affair, with 78 decibels of a inline-four’s dirty strain entering a cabin during wide-open throttle, 6 decibels some-more than we available in a involuntary iA. Blame a Versa’s CVT, which—despite a best attempts to copy gearshifts—tends to reason a engine during high revs when complicated stifle is applied.

Even so, CVT-equipped Versas are means to eke out an EPA-rated 31 mpg in city pushing and 39 mpg on a highway, besting a stick-shift Versa S’s 27/36 figures. Self-shifting Versas also advantage from a additions of a back spoiler and rear-wheel atmosphere deflectors that trim a sedan’s fellow of drag from 0.32 to 0.29. We averaged 34 mpg in a Brilliant Silver Versa SV exam automobile via a stay with us, relating a EPA’s total figure. The Versa couldn’t tip 34 mpg on a 75-mph highway fuel-economy run, however, that is 5 mpg next a EPA highway rating.

Speaking of a highway, that’s where crosswinds tend to toss around this slab-sided sedan in a line like a cat batting a passed mouse. We’d suggest staying transparent of twisty tarmac, too, as a Versa SV’s narrow, 15-inch Continental ContiProContact E low-rolling-resistance tires screech during a initial spirit of parallel acceleration, singular to 0.78 g as totalled on a skidpad. Prominent physique hurl and overboosted, routine electrically assisted steering salt a Versa’s energetic wounds. A set of front front and back drum brakes brought a Versa to a hindrance from 70 mph in a class-competitive 176 feet.

Big in Back

As in Versas past, Nissan’s energetic dullard relies on a salon interest of a large 15-cubic-foot case and a gentle back chair with 37.0 inches of legroom—nearly an in. some-more than a mid-size Nissan Altima. For consumers seeking to light in a ride-sharing industry, a Versa’s atmospheric accommodations and low bottom cost positively make it a constrained option.

Still, those wanting simple comfort and preference facilities such as energy windows and doorway locks, an integrated driver’s-seat armrest, a USB port, front map lights, a 60/40 split-folding back seat, and a key-fob remote will need to open for this $16,605 SV trim. At that cost a Versa is usually $255 cheaper than a likewise versed and boldly higher Ford Fiesta SE sedan.

While an plenty back chair and a inexhaustible case are notable features, this model’s subpar interior and energetic faults are most too good to let a few hundred dollars in assets remonstrate us to select a Versa SV over a competitors. Sadly, in this shred a cost manners to such a grade that a Versa has been America’s best-selling subcompact for years, giving Nissan small inducement to deposit in a improved contender.

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Panoz Unveils Wild All-Electric GT-EV Le Mans Concept

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Panoz and a primogenitor company, Green4U Technologies, denounced a new all-electric competition automobile judgment with an eye on a destiny Le Mans entry.

The folk favorite competition group claims a new Green4U Panoz Racing GT-EV will broach identical levels of opening and operation to conventionally powered or hybrid competition cars, interjection to dual motors able of adult to 600 hp total and an 180 mph tip end. Easy-to-swap battery packs should final 90-110 miles in competition conditions, that will afterwards be exchanged in about a same volume of time it takes to refuel a required prototype.

The twin engine setup will energy all 4 wheels and underline regenerative braking record from any wheel.


Don Panoz was benefaction during Le Mans in sequence to betray his new judgment that is now underneath growth during a association HQ located nearby Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

“We’re debuting it here during Le Mans since of this iconic race’s story where a brightest and many desirous and devoted competitors always pull a motorsports and automotive boundaries,” Panoz pronounced in a statement. “We pushed a bounds when we brought Sparky (the 1998 Panoz Q9 GTR-1 Hybrid) and a DeltaWing to Le Mans, and we’ll do a same with a all-electric GT-EV.”

The GT-EV uses carbon-fiber framework pattern featuring a singular equivalent cockpit and a fit of active aerodynamics that concede it to revoke drag on straightaways in sequence to boost operation and performance.

ALSO SEE: Follow Along as We Try to Stay Awake for All 24 Hours of Le Mans

The group is eyeing a Garage 56 entrance during Le Mans, that a ACO uses to concede one initial automobile to competition any year in a twice-around-the-clock continuation classic.

“Our idea is to run a automobile in a race, maybe even requesting for a destiny Garage 56 slot, and request what we learn to a Green4U EV automobile designs,” pronounced Green4U Technologies, Inc. CEO and co-founder Jack Perkowski. “The growth of an all-electric competition automobile that can contest with a best inner explosion engine competition cars places Green4U during a forefront of electric automobile technology.”

Along with a competition car, Green4U also showed off renderings of a potential street-legal sports automobile formed on a GT-EV. Penned by Peter Stevens, a same man who styled a Panoz Esperante GTR-1, a highway automobile imagines fighter-jet character cabin where a newcomer sits immediately behind a motorist in a equivalent greenhouse.