Some benchmarking for the Cybertruck perhaps? It's no secret that automakers keep a very close eye on their competition. By that, we mean it's common practice for manufacturers to purchase competitive vehicles and put them through the wringer as a benchmark for their own in-development models. As such, it shouldn't be a surprise to find the king of internal-combustion pickup trucks prowling the playground of the current king of electric power. We're given a glimpse of this courtesy of Gabeincal on YouTube, thanks to some impressive drone footage of Tesla's sprawling plant in Fremont, California. We assume this YouTuber has some connection with Tesla , as one doesn't simply fly a drone over such a facility without recourse, never mind flying over a test track normally hidden behind walls. That's what we see in this video starting at the 1:19 mark, passing from a parking lot to a wide-open space where the Ram TRX is parked and as obvious as a pimple on prom night. Ram … [Read more...] about Ram TRX Spied Behind Enemy Lines At Tesla Test Track In Fremont
A closer look
The Polish tuner doing what it does best. There are several types of tuners out there. There are those who go over the top when it comes to increasing the power output, while there are those who go outlandish and extroverted with the exterior styling. Then there's Carlex Design , a company that employs tasteful aftermarket work on several types of cars – from trucks to Ferraris. Carlex Design Europe's latest creation is this: a Ferrari 812 Superfast . While on the outside the Prancing Horse doesn't seem to carry any update, it's what you'll see inside the cabin that makes this modified version special. Gallery: Ferrari 812 Superfast by Carlex Design 10 Photos Coming from the already fine interior design of a stock 812 Superfast, the Polish tuner takes it up a notch by redoing the upholstery – from doors to seats, even up to the headliner. Several … [Read more...] about Ferrari 812 Superfast Gets High-End Treatment From Carlex Design
Don't call it an A6. The Volkswagen Group has a vast portfolio in China thanks to its local joint ventures with FAW and SAIC. The former builds and sells an extended-wheelbase Audi A6L Sedan while the latter recently launched the A7L, also a sedan. In case you've missed the memo, yes, the A7 we all know as a sleek Sportback since 2010 has morphed into a stately sedan in the People's Republic. A new walkaround video shot at the Auto Shanghai gives us a closer look at the China-only A7L with its trunk lid replacing the more practical liftback body style. At 5,076 millimeters (199.8 inches) long, it's a smidge larger than the A6 sold in China where the traditional sedan features a stretched wheelbase compared to the global model. Speaking of which, the distance between the axles of the A7L measures 3,026 mm (119.1 in), which is once again a little bit more than the A6L. Gallery: Audi A7L Sedan for China 19 Photos … [Read more...] about Audi A7L Walkaround Video Shows The Luxury Sedan And Its Trunk Lid
Working out the kinks ahead of an imminent debut? We know the next Kia Sportage is coming, and it's coming soon. We've often seen prototypes of the redesigned SUV out and about, wearing both heavy black coverings and the body-tight camo wrap seen here in this latest sighting from the Nürburgring . For this excursion, the small Sportage is getting an intense workout but the big question is when will the camo finally come off? More on that in a bit. For now, let's take a closer look at this Sportage and by that, we mean peering inside the greenhouse as it tackles corners at the Green Hell. It's safe to say a roll cage won't be on the options lists when Kia finally goes public with the new Sportage, but this test vehicle has one. That's quite common for prototypes earmarked for more dynamic testing, both for driver safety and to exert a bit more force on suspension components. As such, don't expect the new Sportage to handle as well as this particular machine, which … [Read more...] about Next-Gen Kia Sportage Spied Squealing Around The Nurburgring
Arguably, no other combination has so clearly failed to turn dazzling qualifying speed into hard results. It's a strange situation given that historically the Faenza outfit has been known for overachieving, stealing unexpected results on days when things go wrong for others. Gasly qualified a superb fifth at both of the opening events in Bahrain and Imola, and yet the races have not gone to plan. In the first race the Frenchman crunched his front wing against the rear wheel of Daniel Ricciardo's McLaren on the opening lap, and his day was effectively over. Then at its home event AlphaTauri made an over-cautious call to start both cars on full wet tyres. That didn't pay off, and in the end seventh – helped by a one-place gain from a penalty ahead – represented a decent recovery for Gasly. To compound the Italian team's frustration his teammate Yuki Tsunoda has yet to fully optimise a race weekend and fulfil his obvious potential. Gasly is well aware that opportunities … [Read more...] about Can Gasly finally fulfil AlphaTauri qualifying promise?