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Formula One coming to the streets of Chicago on June 8

Formula One fans, your favorite racing series is heading to the Second City. A celebration of F1 is scheduled for the streets of Chicago. The racing series will take to the Windy City with the Emirates F1 Chicago Festival, which is part of a global festival series that coincides with the 1,000th Grand Prix held in China earlier this year. In Chicago, locals will find the action at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Details are slim right now, but the racing league said to expect driver appearances, live…

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Coachbuilder presents Maserati-based Sciadipersia Cabriolet at Villa d’Este

Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera used the occasion of the past weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to roll out the Sciadipersia Cabriolet. The car is the convertible version of last year’s Sciadipersia coupe, and like its fixed-roof sibling, the Sciadipersia Cabriolet is based on the bones of a Maserati GranTurismo, hence the somewhat dated gauges and controls. Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet But the exterior is where the real action lies. Whereas the coupe looked a little off from some angles, the combination of straight lines, cuts and curves blend…

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Brabham’s follow-up to the BT62 will be a more attainable supercar

Brabham took the automotive world by storm when it rolled out the 700-horsepower, track-focused BT62 one year ago. However, with just 70 destined to be built, each priced from about $1.3 million, few will get to taste the extreme performance the track weapon has to offer. This won’t be the case for Brabham’s follow-up supercar, Dan Marks, Brabham’s commercial director, revealed to Motoring Research in an interview published on Thursday. Brabham BT62 He explained that the new supercar will be a road car, though one still fully capable at the…

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Ferrari releases first photo of hybrid supercar set for May 29 reveal

Ferrari is set to launch a new hybrid supercar, and the automaker has released the first teaser photo showing the tail of the car. The teaser also confirms a reveal for May 29, meaning the wait isn’t long now. Prototypes have been testing outside Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters for the past several months and revealed a high-mount design for the two very large exhaust tips, which is confirmed in the teaser. Interestingly, there also appears to be a square-shaped design for the lights, which could be a throwback to some classic…

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Step inside the Airbus autonomous drone

Add Airbus as one of dozens of companies working to bring autonomous flying taxis to life. The company has been working on its prototype Vahana autonomous drone for awhile now, but on Monday the firm revealed the first pictures of the vehicle’s cockpit. What’s neat is this is actually the second full-scale prototype Vahana. The company previously built what it calls Alpha One, while this model is called Alpha Two. Alpha One will continue to handle flight testing, while engineers and designers work on the interior cockpit and other solutions…

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Watch a McLaren Senna blast down a runway in top speed run

The McLaren Senna is one of the world’s pinnacle supercars, but how does it hold up in a top speed run? The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds has the answer as it recently sent a Senna down its special runway. JBPG prides itself on having one of the smoothest and longest runways to test manufacturer performance claims. It gives cars like the Senna plenty of room to do its thing. McLaren claims the Senna will sprint to 208 mph before the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine has given its all. However, video…

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Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII recalls a 20th-century milestone

In 1919, the world’s first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight happened, and Rolls-Royce engines provided the power to make it happen. Marking the 100th anniversary of the 20th-century milestone, Rolls-Royce crafted a limited-edition line of Wraith luxury cars with jaw-dropping nods to the flight. The British luxury marque showcased the Wraith Eagle VIII on Thursday that tells the story of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown’s journey across the Atlantic ocean. First, a bit of background on the plane itself. A modified WWI Vickers Vimy bomber plane served as Alcock and…

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Mercedes-Benz reportedly to cut model variants including coupes and convertibles from US lineup

Prepare to say goodbye to some Mercedes-Benz model variants in the United States. The German luxury brand may cut loose slow-selling variants. Automotive News (subscription required) reported dealers were told at a dealership meeting earlier this month to prepare for model cuts. The axe could swing on various vehicles, model variants, and some options from the U.S. market. The report noted Mercedes-Benz has added enough models since 2000 to make for a 15-vehicle strong portfolio. Now, it appears that’s one too many. Consider each vehicle often has its own set…

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera special honors an original Bond car

Everyone recalls the Aston Martin DB5 that starred in several James Bond films, with the appearance in 1964’s Goldfinger arguably the most famous. Aston Martin is even in the process of building exact replicas of this early movie car, complete with spy gadgets. However, the DB5 isn’t the only Aston Martin driven by Bond in those early films. There was also an original DBS. It appeared in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the one that saw Bond, played by George Lazenby, actually get hitched. The marriage didn’t last long…

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Formula One legend and former champion Niki Lauda dies at 70

Three-time Austrian Formula One champion and former team boss Niki Lauda died Monday, according to media reports. He was 70. According to a statement by Lauda’s family, the racing legend “peacefully passed away with his family.” “His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain,” the family said in the statement. “A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public,…

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