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Monday News Snippets #41 - Developments from the weekend and beyond

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 8 Oct, 2018



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Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese GP. Toyota confirms Corolla hatchback is imminent. The new Lexus ES has officially been launched in Mzansi. Feast your eyes on McLaren’s new 720S Track Pack and the outlandish Holden Time Attack Concept. And, watch Ken Block attack Great Britain in his Ford Mustang Hoonicorn, in the most American way possible.

Snippets:

  • Toyota confirms Corolla hatchback is imminent. And will not be called an Auris
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese GP
  • New Lexus ES has officially been launched in Mzansi
  • Hyundai’s exciting new i30N has been spotted in Durban. But sadly, only because it’s on its way to customers in Australia. Hyundai SA apparently not ruling out the car for South Africa
  • Mercedes-AMG’s E63 S has been recalled for a faulty front passenger seat. Best get that fixed, then

McLaren 720S Track Pack


It seems like every Monday there’s a new McLaren to write about. Well it’s Monday today so... meet the 720S Track Pack and you’d be perfectly right in assuming that this was meant for the polished asphalt of a racing circuit.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t road legal, rather just the pointy tip of the performance spectrum a la McLaren. Lighter, stiffer and now boasting a 0-200kph of just 7.8 seconds.

We can get on board. Oh yes, we can get on board.

Meet the Holden Time Attack Concept


Yes, we love it too – but here’s some much needed context. First, just a reminder that Holden is to General Motors in Australia what Opel is in Germany, and Vauxhall is in Britain.

This, this however looks like it is from Mars. Well, a race circuit on Mars in any case, being a carbon fibre monocoque dripping with unobtanium – to commemorate the company’s historical win at Bathurst 50 years ago. It was designed in virtual reality as an electric racer.

“The technology we employ today has transformed the way we design cars. We have the ability to simulate a car’s appearance, technology and dynamics in convincing animations, which enables us to deliver better designs in a shorter time.” Holden design chief Richard Ferlazzo.

In a recent simulation the concept was (virtually) capable of a 1min 29 second lap of the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit. Compare that to the outright record of 2:01.567 set by a McLaren 650S GT3 race car during the 2016 12 Hours of Bathurst race and you begin to understand the excitement at the Holden camp.

VIDEO: Ken Block is still at it!

Check out the Hoonigan Himself as he yet again attacks Great Britain in the most American way possible.

That is, with a 1400HP Hoonicorn, his 1965 Ford Mustang. Turn up the volume.



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