The Ford Fiesta WRC was an immediate contender when the top category’s new rules came into effect three years ago, with Sebastien Ogier scoring two drivers’ titles in 2017-18 and M-Sport securing the manufacturers’ title in '17. However, last season the team struggled after Ogier’s exit to Citroen, and failed to post a victory with Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen its main drivers. Team owner Malcolm Wilson is hopeful that the upgrade which is slated to arrive at the fourth round will move the team forwards once more. “This is the biggest change we’ve made to the engine since we started work with this car [in 2017],” Wilson told Motorsport.com. “It’s a big step. As you’d expect, we’ve worked closely with Ford on this, with Ford doing a lot of the modelling work on the engine. “When it comes, we’ll have more power, torque and driveability – like I said, it will make a big difference. Once we’ve got that in place, I don’t see any reason really why we shouldn’t be challenging … [Read more...] about M-Sport pins hopes on major mid-2020 engine upgrade
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Catch a digital glimpse of the – likely – final product. The Audi E-Tron doesn’t feel new or innovative at this point, which is likely due to the fact we first saw an E-Tron concept back in 2015 . Fast-forward three years and the latest vehicle to wear the name is still very much a prototype, even as the company prepares for an official reveal and deliveries to start next year. You could say we’re playing the waiting game at this point. While we are waiting, the prototype is still making the rounds with the Autogefühl YouTube channel going in-depth on the electric crossover. The exterior is still covered in all sorts of funky camouflage, but we get a very good look at the interior. In the prototype, the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit is standard with the steering wheel stolen from an A8. It looks like Audi worked hard to make the E-Tron’s cabin feel like any other upscale luxury interior. One oddity is the gear selector. More Audi E-Tron News: ⠀ Take A Better … [Read more...] about Spend Half An Hour With The 2019 Audi E-Tron In Extended Video
All-new compact crossover heavily related to the VW Tiguan and SEAT Ateca applies the Kodiaq formula on a smaller scale. After a painstakingly long teaser campaign, Skoda is finally ready to show off the all-new Karoq compact crossover serving as a replacement for the aging, yet still desirable Yeti. Not only has the name changed, but the new model adopts an entirely new design heavily influenced by the larger Kodiaq. While at a first glance it may look like a downsized version of the company’s first true SUV, its smaller brother does have its own identity once you look closer. The biggest modifications are noticeable in the design of the headlights and taillights, which although are still reminiscent of the Kodiaq , the clusters now have a somewhat different shape and the LED light signature is also new. Karoq Cabriolet concept coming: Even Skoda Is Making A Cabriolet-SUV, But Only As A Concept A sister model of the Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca, the Karoq … [Read more...] about 2018 Skoda Karoq Officially Revealed As Yeti’s Successor
A snowy drive in the Purosangue. Based on an Instagram video from Stephan Barral we see the upcoming Ferrari Purosangue SUV testing on the snowy roads of Sweden. Ferrari’s first SUV has a lot to prove to brand faithful and decerning SUV shoppers who have their pick from every major brand. This critical vehicle will be the most practical Ferrari ever built and will offer customers the chance to use their Ferrari every single day rain or shine.A recent spy video shows the Purosangue navigating some very snowy roads in Sweden during winter testing. This commitment to all-weather useability makes the Purosangue one of the most interesting modern Ferraris which can now handle all conditions. It’s tough out there. The other day I wanted to drive my Ferrari 488 Pista to pick up some groceries at Whole Foods but then a snowstorm hit and then I realized there’s no room for groceries in the Ferrari. This issue cannot stand and thankfully Ferrari is cooking … [Read more...] about Has The Ferrari Purosangue SUV Been Spied?
And a look through the GR Yaris’ parts bin. It’s a little known fact that petrolheads secretly love a sports wagon. It’s akin to that one guilty pleasure Taylor Swift song – a.k.a. Shake It Off – that you’ll immediately skip if you’re in the car with other people, but jam at full volume on your own. As such, it looks like Toyota might be looking to release a spicy GRMN version of its Corolla Touring.Before we start, we’d be remiss not to mention that the Corolla Touring isn’t currently available in the states. However, that shouldn’t subtract from the vehicle's credentials or the fact that a sportier version could be on the way. For the uninitiated, the GRMN callsign translates to Gazoo Racing Meister of Nürburgring. While the GR signifies some of the Japanese automaker’s racing DNA has been injected into the automobile, we can only guess what updates the Corolla will get. According to Spyder7, … [Read more...] about Toyota GR Corolla Could Be Followed By A Wagon