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What’s it like to drive a Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport… in traffic?

What’s it like to drive a Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport… in...

With an MSRP of $3,959,900, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is the most expensive car we've ever tested at Ars. Jonathan Gitlin The idea behind the Pur Sang is to take the regular Bugatti Chiron and optimize it for the track. In total, Bugatti made it 110 lbs (50 kg) lighter, which isn't really a…
Slow train across Siberia offers glimpse of Russia’s rail ambitions

Slow train across Siberia offers glimpse of Russia’s rail ambitions

On the shore of Lake Baikal, deep in eastern Siberia, one of the most ambitious feats of modern Russian rail engineering is nearing completion. The Baikalsky tunnel, carved through 7 km of mountain rock, has taken seven years to build, with construction teams laboring in temperatures as low as minus 60° Celsius (-76° Fahrenheit). Designed…
TSMC signals global chip crunch may be easing

TSMC signals global chip crunch may be easing

Enlarge / TSMC's headquarters, seen here, are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Carmakers can expect a sharp upturn in chip supplies in the coming weeks, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said, signaling that a global shortage may have moved past its most crippling stage. In the first six months of 2021, TSMC increased its output of micro-controlling…
F1 2021 reviewed: Codemasters adds story, keeps the racing sim feeling fresh

F1 2021 reviewed: Codemasters adds story, keeps the racing sim feeling...

As the name suggests, F1 2021 is this year's official Formula 1 racing sim. A big new addition to F1 2021 is Braking Point, a narrative story where you play the roles of rookie Aiden Jackson and veteran Casper Akkerman. Electronic Arts You can choose from five different teams in Braking Point, but regardless of…
NYC ePrix: It’s time for Formula E’s annual visit to America

NYC ePrix: It’s time for Formula E’s annual visit to America

The ABB New York City ePrix is a chance for Formula E to race in front of one of the most dramatic backdrops in racing: the Manhattan skyline. Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images Jaguar Racing's Sam Bird celebrates his win at round 2 of the Formula E season in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Formula E Mercedes-EQ…
The rumor is true: Rimac is taking over Bugatti with Porsche’s help

The rumor is true: Rimac is taking over Bugatti with Porsche’s...

Enlarge / The Bugatti Chiron will be joined by new electrified models. Bugatti For almost a year, a rumor has been circulating that Volkswagen Group plans to offload Bugatti to Croatian electric vehicle specialists Rimac. That rumor turns out to be true: on Monday Porsche and Rimac revealed that they are forming a new joint…
Getting what you pay for? A spin on the design-focused electric bike

Getting what you pay for? A spin on the design-focused electric...

The pricing on bicycles has always been a bit insane. While it's easy to find deals on bikes for under $1,000, it's also possible to spend over $10,000 on a high-end road bike. Electric bikes, while not quite as extreme, have a broad spread. At the low end, they're pretty much commoditized, with lots of…
Tesla has great quarter, delivers more than 200,000 EVs

Tesla has great quarter, delivers more than 200,000 EVs

Tesla announced on Thursday that it delivered 201,250 electric vehicles to customers from April through June of this year. Over the same three months, the company built a total of 206,421 EVs. In a short statement, the company wrote that its "teams have done an outstanding job navigating through global supply chain and logistics challenges."…
General Motors looks to California for its next lithium supply

General Motors looks to California for its next lithium supply

Enlarge / In an aerial view from a drone, the bottom of the Salton Sea becomes exposed as its waters recede on February 13, 2021, near Calipatria, California. The world's automakers are going to need a jaw-dropping amount of lithium as they transition to building electric vehicles en masse. Lithium isn't exactly rare, but analysts…
The Lexus LS500 is beautifully crafted, but some tech shows its age

The Lexus LS500 is beautifully crafted, but some tech shows its...

This is Lexus' flagship model, the LS500 sedan. Jonathan Gitlin The current Lexus grille reminds me of a Battlestar Galactica Cylon. Jonathan Gitlin Looks are subjective, but I prefer the Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class to the exterior styling of the LS500. Jonathan Gitlin The view from behind. Jonathan Gitlin Wet-look chrome wheels are meant…

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