Josh Conturo
Hello, I am the new intern here at TopSpeed! I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and am a senior at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. I got into cars as a kid playing video games like Need for Speed: Underground and going to car shows with my grandfather. Once I got to college I realized I love writing and decided to combine that with my love of cars and began writing for the school newspaper. fast froward a couple years and here we are!

Josh has always had a love affair with cars. This mostly started as a kid playing video games like Need for Speed Underground and going to the occasional car show with his father and grandfather in Columbus, Ohio. Once he got to college he realized he loved writing and decided to change his major from Business Management to Emerging Media focusing in Journalism.

Now Josh is a senior at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, and has just joined the team at Top Speed as an intern.

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The Infiniti QX50 has Been Updated for 2022, but is it Enough?

The Infiniti QX50 has Been Updated for 2022, but is it Enough?

Is standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enough to keep Infiniti alive?

Nissan and its subsidiary Infiniti have been feeling the heat from a lack of sales and general interest the world over. Both have been trying to re-vamp their respective ranges by adding new packages and more standard equipment, but we have yet to see those pay off yet. Now, a small update for the QX50 aims to draw in more attention, but is it enough?

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The F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix made the rest of the 2021 season seem dull.

The F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix made the rest of the 2021 season seem dull.

It all comes down to a winner-take-all race at Abu Dhabi.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday, December 5, 2021, was fraught with penalties and confusion and produced an incredibly exciting result that means this season has one of the tensest endings of any Formula 1 season.

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Mazda Releases New Pricing and Packages for the CX-9

Mazda Releases New Pricing and Packages for the CX-9

Is the Mazda CX-9 more desirable than ever or nah?

In recent years Mazda has been making a strong case for itself. With good styling, solid interiors, and fun driving dynamics, the brand from Hiroshima tries to give potential buyers plenty of reason to choose them. The CX-9, Mazda’s largest SUV, has just received new pricing, packages, and a new trim level for the 2022 model year.

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The Audi TT RS Says Goodbye to the U.S. Market

The Audi TT RS Says Goodbye to the U.S. Market

To bad these Heritage Editions cost way more than they should.

When the Audi TT was released in America in the early 2000s, the styling and design were unlike anything we had seen before. It had a body that managed to be both futuristic and retro at the same time, not to mention it was one of the first examples of a manufacturer using headlights and taillights, not just as a necessity, but as a design feature.

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Manhart lets Mercedes' C63 AMG V-8 wagon go out with a bang

Manhart lets Mercedes’ C63 AMG V-8 wagon go out with a bang

Some companies are still in love with big V-8s

With the demise of the internal combustion engine seemingly getting closer and closer, car tuners have been having a field day making fast, dead-dinosaur-burning cars even faster. Mercedes has even confirmed that the next generation of AMGs will be powered by a four-cylinder married to an electric motor to create a hybrid system. In an AMG. Anyway, German tuning company Manhart is the latest group of geniuses to take an already unnecessarily powerful car and make it even more powerful.

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Lincoln releases new "Jet Package" to make the Aviator even cooler.

Lincoln releases new "Jet Package" to make the Aviator even cooler.

Of course, the first new announcement from Lincoln is to do the same thing as everyone else.

Cars ranging from the Bentley Continental to the Nissan Sentra have been receiving the typical treatment of blacking out all the trim pieces to help add that little extra flair of sinisterness.

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Bentley Releases New "Mulliner Blackline" Edition of the Continental GT

Bentley Releases New "Mulliner Blackline" Edition of the Continental GT

It’s just cosmetic though, c’mon Bentley.

Black cars have always been the cooler option. Partly because there is something sinister about a black muscle car like a Dodge Challenger. Even draping black on something as cutesy as a FIAT 500 makes it look that much better.

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Do the Updates to the 2022 Nissan Altima Make it Relevant Again

Do the Updates to the 2022 Nissan Altima Make it Relevant Again

A new engine and packages will call the Altima home next year, but is it enough/?

Nissan has been on a role of dropping tons of new cars and updating old ones. Whether it be a brand new electric crossover, or updating one of their most popular models, Nissan seems desperate to kick the sour after taste of the recent fiasco with the old CEO, Carlos Ghosn. The most recent example of this is the several changes the Japanese company has made to its mid-size sedan, the Altima.

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Need a Break From the Family? Here are the Best Car and Racing Movies Streaming Now

Need a Break From the Family? Here are the Best Car and Racing Movies Streaming Now

Just use your mom’s Netflix to help you escape your mom

The holidays can be exhausting. Family, 5 pounds of turkey in your gut, and black Friday shopping can take a lot out of you. So relax and re-cooperate this week and weekend with TopSpeed’s list of the best car-themed movies and shows on Netflix.

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Here is All the Drama Going on in the World of Formula 1 Right Now

Here is All the Drama Going on in the World of Formula 1 Right Now

How long until someone makes a movie about the Hamilton V.S. Verstappen fight?

We like to believe that Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport, where those in charge are more dedicated to making the racing faster and more intense.

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Vietnamese Company VinFast Just Staked Its Claim At the LA Auto Show

Vietnamese Company VinFast Just Staked Its Claim At the LA Auto Show

How will the new kids on the block fare against the established competition?

The potential EVs have for the developing automotive industry is hard to overstate. With the environmental benefits and the simplicity of ownership and maintenance, industrial powerhouses are beginning to plunge headfirst into the EV market.

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The Nissan Ariya EV Is Way More Expensive than its Competition

The Nissan Ariya EV Is Way More Expensive than its Competition

The competition has it quivering on its tires.

Electric crossovers are becoming a more and more common segment in the auto industry. Nissan is now taking the plunge into the market with the new Ariya (no, we do not know how to pronounce it either). The only questions are; is the price worth it, and how does it compete with all the other electric crossovers on the market?

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Supercar Tuner Novitec Begins Work on Ferrari Roma

Supercar Tuner Novitec Begins Work on Ferrari Roma

The best-looking Ferrari now goes like the fastest Ferrari

Ferrari is known for many things, their incredible brand image, not winning a Formula 1 championship in nearly 13 years despite practically inventing the sport, selling comically over-priced luggage and keychains, and of course, producing some of the best supercars on Earth. However, the German tuner NOVITEC has just released their upgrade kits for the Ferrari Roma, and it should make the best-looking Ferrari currently on sale go even better than its looks.

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The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is WAY More Expensive Than You Think

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is WAY More Expensive Than You Think

The Hybrid Crosstrek will cost you a very pretty penny

The Subaru Crosstrek is one of the very few crossover SUVs with some real clout. The combination of affordability, off-road capability, and a slick 6-speed manual gearbox is what gives it what cool factor it has. Now, Subaru has updated the pricing on the Crosstrek, which is arguably beloved by hipsters more than any other new car around the country. Here is the breakdown of the 2022 Crosstrek trim levels and pricing.

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KIA Has Some Big Plans for the LA Auto Show

KIA Has Some Big Plans for the LA Auto Show

KIA just gave us some teasers for the upcoming EV9 SUV, and based on the styling, it might be more capable than we think.

KIA is planning on fully revealing the EV9 SUV on November 17 at the Los Angeles Auto show, but before that has happened, the brand has released some new teaser images.

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Nissan's New Midnight Edition Package Makes the Sentra Look Thunderous

Nissan’s New Midnight Edition Package Makes the Sentra Look Thunderous

But can we just put the SE-R back into production please?

Apparently, the Sentra is Nissan’s most popular sedan in America, and to help boost sales, they just gave the compact some more options and revamped the pricing. But will they bother to make it any more fun?

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Acura's Upcoming MDX Type S Comes at a Very Steep Cost

Acura’s Upcoming MDX Type S Comes at a Very Steep Cost

Acura, do you really think this will go over well with the Type S purists? It had better be good

The MDX has always been a solid yet unpopular option in the booming SUV market ever since it launched. Even though it is decent to look at, decent to drive, and more than competitive with its rivals from Lexus and the Germans. So, is making a sporty version going to change anything, and is it diluting the Type S name? Acura just gave us some extra details on exclusive features, release times, and more on the new MDX Type S, and it’s time that we find out.

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TORSUS Makes Crazy Off-Road RV's That Look Like They Belong in a Science Fiction Movie

TORSUS Makes Crazy Off-Road RV’s That Look Like They Belong in a Science Fiction Movie

Does the price match the capability?

Imagine the unholy love child of a Mercedes S-class, a city bus, and a Hummer. That is what the TORSUS Praetorian is like.

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Ferrari Recalls Over 5,600 Cars For A Very Scary Reason

Ferrari Recalls Over 5,600 Cars For A Very Scary Reason

The Ferrari 458 and 488 could suddenly and without warning lose the ability to stop

A car that can break the 200-mph barrier uses some pretty beefy bits and pieces to make that speed a reality. However, the equipment needed to bring you back to a standstill, most notably the brakes, is just as integral as the other parts. So imagine you are driving your 200+ mph Italian supercar when you press the brake pedal and nothing happens. That is a possibility, we are finding out, in the Ferrari 458 and 488 models made between September 26, 2009, and August 28, 2019.

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Nissans Kicks of SEMA With Some Seriously Crazy Cars

Nissans Kicks of SEMA With Some Seriously Crazy Cars

The Nissan booth is going to have some seriously cool cars!

The SEMA auto show is just around the corner, and recently several manufacturers have been giving us sneak peeks at what they are bringing to the aftermarket world event. The display will be open for the entire show from November 2nd through November 5th at booth #52157 in the West Hall of the Las Vegas convention center.

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The 2022 Toyota 86 Is Still One of the Most Affordable Sports Cars With a Manual Transmission

The 2022 Toyota 86 Is Still One of the Most Affordable Sports Cars With a Manual Transmission

A manual sports car for under 28K, yes please!

The small cheap fun car is not dead yet. There are several options to be had with a good amount of horsepower and a manual gearbox. However, the amount of brand new, rear-wheel-drive sports cars with a manual gearbox for sale under $30,000 is dwindling.

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Toyota Updates the Highlander for 2022, But Is It Enough?

Toyota Updates the Highlander for 2022, But Is It Enough?

Is this just a bunch of additions to make it look better on a spreadsheet, or real improvements?

The Toyota Highlander has been a titan of sales to soccer moms and families for years. Now, there is a new version of the Highlander, the Bronze Edition, starting at $43,880.

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This Lamborghini Countach LP 500 Restoration is Peak Italian Motoring

This Lamborghini Countach LP 500 Restoration is Peak Italian Motoring

It was in production for about 3 years and was sold for an undisclosed amount of money.

Restomods are everywhere nowadays. One particularly wealthy man will be getting his Lamborghini Countach restomod made by Lamborghini themselves.

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Toyo Tires Will Reveal 32 World-Debut Custom Cars at the 2021 SEMA show

Toyo Tires Will Reveal 32 World-Debut Custom Cars at the 2021 SEMA show

The Toyo Tires cars we know about seem seriously cool

The SEMA show in Las Vegas is a haven for the automotive aftermarket community and industry. Unfortunately, it was canceled in 2020 for obvious reasons, but it is back for 2021, and Toyo Tires will have some wild cars features in their Treadpass exhibit.

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This Model T and its Siblings Are Built By the Same Company Behind the Apple iPhone

This Model T and its Siblings Are Built By the Same Company Behind the Apple iPhone

No, these aren’t the apple car, but they do wear the Foxconn badge

Cars are getting more and more advanced every year, leaving them more dependent on electronics and technology. With this increasingly blurry line dividing the world of technology like laptops and smartphones and the world of cars, more tech companies are having a go at making their first automobiles. Hon Hai Technology Group, the owner of Foxconn, debuted three new electric vehicles at the Hon Hai Tech Day 2021 event. Those electric vehicles are the Model C, Model E, and the ambitiously named Model T.

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Porsche's 3D-Printed Seats Are Now Available, But There Are Some Stipulations

Porsche’s 3D-Printed Seats Are Now Available, But There Are Some Stipulations

After loads of research, design, and testing, Porsche’s 3D-printed seats are now ready for your bum.

Porshe has been obsessed with innovation, or needlessly reinventing the wheel, depending on how you look at it for decades. From stubbornly making the engine work in the back of the car to making an electric sedan that weighs well over two tons handle like a dream. As a result of this meticulousness, Porsche produces some of the greatest sports cars in the world. Building off this, the German sports car manufacturer is back at it again with their 3D-printed bucket seats.

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The Kia Forte Could be Gunning For the Honda Civic SI in 2022

The Kia Forte Could be Gunning For the Honda Civic SI in 2022

The small Korean economy car will have some serious chops in 2022

For years, Kia and Hyundai were known to make economy cars that were not interesting to look at or drive. However, that all changed when they hired Alec Biermann, the now-former head of BMW’s M division, and the man behind some of the greatest cars in the BMW’s history. Because of this, cars like the Kia Forte, for example, have become great talking points. For the 2022 model year, the Kia Forte arrives with a facelifted exterior, new tech throughout the interior, and a whole new range of trim levels: FE, LXS, GT-line, and at the top is the GT.

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The Lexus NX Hybrid Launches Lexus Into the Future of Electrification

The Lexus NX Hybrid Launches Lexus Into the Future of Electrification

The crossover is supposed to be a new chapter for the Japanese luxury brand

While Toyota has been trying to make Hydrogen power more relevant for years now with the Mirai, they are not giving up on the more traditional form of hybrids. Their luxury brand, Lexus, has just dropped the new NX crossover, and it is the first plug-in hybrid for the Japanese luxury brand.

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The Lancia Delta is Returning As An EV in 2026

The Lancia Delta is Returning As An EV in 2026

Outside of the Lancia Delta EV, there are also plans for the next-gen Ypsilon

The Lancia Delta is one of the most infamous hot hatches ever, however, it went away just before Lancia itself faded into irrelevance. Now, Lancia is back, and the Delta is making a return too - as an EV!

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General Motors Has Invested HUGE in the Future of EV Production

General Motors Has Invested HUGE in the Future of EV Production

This new factory could finally make EVs truly affordable

General Motors is using its massive budget and power to try to get ahead of the game on the future of EVs. We knew they have been investing in EVs for quite a while now, but they just dropped some big news to practically make their vision come true.

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Genesis Drops the 2022 GV60 With Loads of Tech and Luxury

Genesis Drops the 2022 GV60 With Loads of Tech and Luxury

The South Korean crossover has a promising future, especially with all this new tech

Genesis has been giving car shoppers a fairly convincing alternative to the established luxury brands of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi for years now. Now, Genesis has revealed the all-new GV60, and it has more tech and is more luxurious than we expected.

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Polestar Announces IPO Along with 3, 4, and 5 Model Teaser

Polestar Announces IPO Along with 3, 4, and 5 Model Teaser

Polestar will be a publicly traded company, and to celebrate, the company is teasing three new vehicles.

The famous Swedish performance brand Polestar has been owned by another car manufacturer for pretty much its entire existence - mainly Volvo. However, the storied tuner will now be able to be owned by the average person as well, as it’s about to go public.

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The Mercedes EQS Has a Steep Starting Price and up to 516 Horsepower

The Mercedes EQS Has a Steep Starting Price and up to 516 Horsepower

Mercedes’ new luxury EV isn’t cheap, but it is powerful

Tesla has been killing the EV market for about a decade now. Mercedes gave us an answer in the form of the EQS, and now, we know all about the trim levels and pricing. Will it be priced competitively enough to dethrone the Tesla Model S?

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Ken Block and Audi - A Match Made in Heaven?

Ken Block and Audi - A Match Made in Heaven?

Ken Block is joining the Audi team to work on future EV projects, but what does it mean for his relationship with Ford?

Remember all those gymkhana videos with millions of views on YouTube? Of course you do. For years, Ken Block has been working with Ford, and the only company before that was Subaru. Now, though, the 53-year old rally driver has moved to Audi - did you see this coming?

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2022 Infiniti Q50

2022 Infiniti Q50

Infiniti needs some help, could the upgrades to the Q50 be just that?

The Japanese trio of luxury car companies comprised of Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti has been on the downfall in recent years. Lexus is holding up fine, but Acura and more so Infiniti have been feeling the heat in recent years with competition from Mercedes, Audi, and BMW. Now, Infiniti is trying to give people more reason to buy the Q50 sedan for the 2022 model year by giving it several new upgrades. Is it enough to keep the Sedan alive in a market where Sedans are slowly going extinct?

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What You Need to Know About The Lotus Emira

What You Need to Know About The Lotus Emira

The last gasoline Lotus has some promising bits and bobs

It has been quite a long time since the British sports car manufacturer, Lotus brought out an all-new car. Several months ago, they released their last new model before they go hybrid and electric, the Emira, but they were keeping some crucial details close to the vest.

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Schumacher NETFLIX Review

Schumacher NETFLIX Review

Netflix just dropped a documentary on one of F1’s finest - here’s how it is and what it means for the sport.

Netflix is looking to cash in on F1’s recent boom in America with their new documentary Schumacher. It makes sense they would make a full-blown movie as the streaming service has seen massive success with their original show Drive to Survive.

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Gran Turismo Is Finally Making A Return After A 5 Year Hiatus

Gran Turismo Is Finally Making A Return After A 5 Year Hiatus

Gran Turismo 7 is set to be launched March 4, 2022

For the first time since 2017, a new Gran Turismo video game will be launched. It will officially launch on March 4, 2022, and as expected, it will only be available on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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The Lexus IS 500 Blends V-8 Power With Styling at Anti-German Prices

The Lexus IS 500 Blends V-8 Power With Styling at Anti-German Prices

If the IS 500 is anywhere near as good as it sounds, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes could be in trouble

Can Lexus’ latest attempt at a sports sedan truly out-shine the stuffy Germans at BMW, Audi, and Mercedes? Quite possibly, but let’s just say this is not a case of "buy the Lexus because you cannot afford the BMW." This is about a V-8 Lexus Sedan than could create some headaches in a few German HQs.

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Meet the New Chevy Silverado ZR2 - A Truck That's Meant to Go Off-Road

Meet the New Chevy Silverado ZR2 - A Truck That’s Meant to Go Off-Road

It may be the most rough-and-tumble Silverado ever.

The Chevy Silverado has been in second place for a long time in terms of the truck market. However, they may be about to get at least somewhat of a jump in sales due to their new redesign and revival of the ZR2 name!

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Hyundai Just Dropped A Bomb On The World Of Hydrogen Power

Hyundai Just Dropped A Bomb On The World Of Hydrogen Power

The future of hydrogen in our world seems both, incredible and a bit weird

Hyundai said they had a big announcement about the future of Hydrogen. But we did NOT see this coming.

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Max Verstappen Kills the Zandvoort Grand Prix

Max Verstappen Kills the Zandvoort Grand Prix

The Dutchman capitalized on the home-town crowd and some questionable choices from Mercedes, to take the win.

Sunday, September 5, 2021, saw the un-official restart of the 2021 season at Zandvoort in The Netherlands. Orange smoke clouded the circuit almost all day as the Dutch crowd went crazy whenever their hometown boy flew past in the RedBull race car. It all started with the best un-official season restart ever, with Max Verstappen landing a three-second gap ahead of Hamilton early in the race.

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Could Hyundai bring Hydrogen back in style?

Could Hyundai bring Hydrogen back in style?

Hyundai dropped some teasers for a BIG release coming September 7th.

Hydrogen was declared by many to be a lost cause and a waste of time and money. However, Hyundai has apparently been investing a lot of both of those things in the advancement of hydrogen. Coming September 7th, Hyundai will release something pretty significant.

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Rain Stopped the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Dead in its Tracks - Here's How That is a Good Thing

Rain Stopped the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Dead in its Tracks - Here’s How That is a Good Thing

How does the most boring Grand Prix ever make this season that much more exciting?

Bad weather always has to throw a wrench in everyone’s plans. It managed to do that on a massive scale in Belgium on August 28th for the restart of the 2021 Formula 1 season.
However, there is a silver lining behind all of this - the next ten races could have some of the best racing we have seen in a long time.

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2022 Porsche Taycan Get Cool Color Options Still, Still Low On Gas

2022 Porsche Taycan Get Cool Color Options Still, Still Low On Gas

More colors, among other things are welcome additions to the electric sports sedan.

The Porsche Taycan has always been a great car, but it is not perfect. Its main rival, the Tesla Model S, still has cost and range on its side. While Porsche is not really doing anything about the cost, they are adding numerous upgrades for 2022 ranging from customization to tech, to range and efficiency.

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A New Investment in Pagani Could Lead the Manufacturer Into New Territory

A New Investment in Pagani Could Lead the Manufacturer Into New Territory

The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund now owns part of Pagani

A Saudi Arabian Investment company now owns a significant portion of Pagani, and this could be a bigger deal than you think. So far, Pagani’s have been a product of Horacio’s imagination. However, there are now two ways forward for the company and its cars. It could use the extra dough to make its cars that much more insane, possibly with some Middle Eastern flare, or it could be the production of a corporate culture that kills the very soul of Pagani to please shareholders.

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Ford Eluminator is a 281 horsepower electric crate motor

Ford Eluminator is a 281 horsepower electric crate motor

Could this change the future of crate engines and engine swaps?

The idea behind crate engines and engine swaps for a long time has been quite simple: put a more powerful engine where a less powerful engine used to be. It may be complicated for a novice mechanic, but for the experienced, it is a rather simple job.

However, with multiple companies releasing electric crate motors, could this change how we think about engine swaps?

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FIAT almost just made an awesome homologation car

FIAT almost just made an awesome homologation car

Formula 4 has used the engines from a 500 Abarth for years now.

FIAT recently dropped a special edition 595 Abarth to commemorate the fact that the engines in the Formula 4 race cars are from that very car. It is not a homologation car as such, but it does have some connection to motorsport.

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Formula 1 just canceled the Japanese Grand Prix. Here's what that means.

Formula 1 just canceled the Japanese Grand Prix. Here’s what that means.

What will F1, Hamilton, and Verstappen do without the classic Suzuka Circuit?

The Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on what the race series decides to do, it could change the tide of the war raging between Max Verstappen piloting the Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

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