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The Lamborghini Urus Has Turbos So It Can Go Dune Surfing

When the Lamborghini Urus hits the streets sometime in the next couple of years, it won’t just be the first SUV the company has made since the the carmaker’s first SUV since the LM002. It’ll also be the company’s first time using a turbocharged engine in a production car. You may have thought this was a choice motivated by fuel economy reasons, or to simplify the production process. But according to CEO Stephano Domencali, the real reason the Lamborghini Urus uses turbochargers is so it can go dune surfing.

“We will have a turbo—and for one reason. With an SUV you need to have a level of torque at low rpm and only a turbo engine can release this,” Domencali said in an interview with Australia’s CarAdvice. “Otherwise if you want to do…dune surfing…without a turbo you don’t have enough torque to come out from the dune.”

“This was a strategic decision and it’s the first time Lamborghini will use a turbo, but not in a super sports car. In an SUV. Why?” he said. “Because if you made an engineering calculation of what is needed to use in off-road capability, you see immediately you need torque that only a turbo can release.”

Could we be driving ‘MacLarens’ if Apple and McLaren get into gear?

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McLaren’s denial that is currently in talks about a potential deal with Apple that could see the two companies working together to produce cars is almost certainly true – but such a tie up does make sense.

There’s no need to joke about Apple already having experience with Macs – this article is being written on one – but a deal with the British company could be the one that allows Apple to successfully bust out of the technology sector into a completely new industry.

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Renault’s poor F1 car makes 2017 line-up decisions difficult

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul concedes this year’s poor car has added to the problems in determining the team’s driver line-up for the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Kevin Magnussen suggested after the Italian Grand Prix a decision was due prior to the following race in Singapore, only to then reveal at the Marina Bay street circuit there had been a delay.

Magnussen then went on to claim only the team’s second points-scoring finish in Singapore in 15 grands prix this season – and without any water – underlining just how problematic the RS16 has been.

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World’s fastest Beetle! | PistonHeads

Of course land speed records aren’t all that relevant. And a 550hp Beetle doesn’t make the production car any more interesting to PH. But doing 205mph in anything with four wheels is a laudable achievement, particularly when it’s derived from something so patently unsuited to such an endeavour.

Dodge Viper 645bhp – Chris Harris Drives – Top Gear

Here it is, folks: America’s idea of making the fastest road-legal track car imaginable. Welcome to the Dodge Viper ACR. Subscribe for more awesome Top Gea

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It’s a V8, mate: new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T unveiled

► Twin-turbo V8 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T revealed
► Rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel-drive
► Set to be revealed in full at the Paris motor show

Porsche 911 Turbo S – Chris Harris Drives – Top Gear

The Porsche 911 Turbo has always been a bit of an enigma, so how does this new, face lifted version fare? We dispatched Chris Harris to one of the world’

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