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Ford F-150 Lightning order banks reportedly pushed back to December
With more than 150,000 reservations for the Ford F-150 Lightning, the new electric pickup has already generated considerable interest. According to forum users, however, the ordering process may be delayed until December, from the original date of October 26. Deliveries, however, are still on schedule – for now.
The Vazirani Ekonk is a 722 horsepower single-seater electric speedster that’s lighter than a Mazda MX-5
This single-seater electric vehicle claims to be the lightest in the world, weighing just 738 kg (1,627 lb) while producing 722 hp (538 kW / 732 hp). Instead of liquid cooling, the temperatures of the battery will be regulated by some form of air cooling. There is no word on battery capacity, charge times, or estimated range.
We drive: Audi Sport Quattro and its Group B brother are as different as apples and jalapenos
It’s not just Ken Block who drove around some tasty machines from Audi’s history books. When it comes to Group B legends, the Audi Sport Quattro is one of the most recognizable. And while it is true that the Quattro’s turbo-AWD combo changed the course of rallying, it was still based on a road car and modified for competition. Chris Chilton of CarScoops therefore had to drive both to compare and contrast.
Next-gen Mazda MX-5 to retain internal combustion engine
A new report claims that the next generation Mazda MX-5 will retain an internal combustion engine, using Mazda’s SkyActiv-X engine technology. SkyActiv-X combines spark and compression ignition to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. This means that the next MX-5 will likely only be available with one engine option.
QOTD: What would you do to make minivans cool again?
The poor minivan fell out of favor thanks to the bewildering variety of crossovers available to consumers. But, as is the case with the Toyota Sienna, Kia Carnival and Honda Odyssey, there is still life on the once popular platform. So we ask you: what would it really take to make the humble minivan cool again?
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider wrecked on dragon’s tail
A wrecked Ferrari 458 Pista Spider, the supercar spinning like a turtle on the infamous “Dragon’s Tail”. As reported by The reader, witnesses saw the Ferrari hit a bump at high speed when the driver lost control in a section of the road known as the Gravity Cavity MM3. The supercar rolled off the road and hit the gravel with its front bumper, causing it to roll over.
What else is in the news
Max Verstappen extends title lead to 12 points after Austin
Max Verstappen fought off a late-race push from seven-time reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton to claim victory at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. He sees the Dutch driver doubling his championship lead with only 12 races to go.
Facebook whistleblower against the British Parliament
– Frances Haugen (@FrancesHaugen) 24 October 2021
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is expected to testify before British politicians, the BBC reports. Haugen left Facebook while taking thousands of documents with her, providing them to the Wall Street Journal, and alleges the company knew Instagram was damaging the mental health of adolescents.