Sony Playstation 'gran Turismo' Makes A Mini Film Celebrating The Nurburgring

Sony Playstation 'Gran Turismo' makes a mini film celebrating the Nurburgring

The Nürburgring and Le Mans are both race tracks, but each represents a different side of the automotive coin. When an automaker wants to prove it can build an all-out race car, it enters one of the categories at Le Mans. When an automaker wants to prove it can build an all-around road car, it goes to the Nürburgring. Yet the 'Ring as a global phenomenon and lap-time graveyard is recent; the Nordschleife didn't appear in Playstation's 'Gran Turismo' until GT4 in 2004. Today, it's unimaginable that a high-profile racing game wouldn't include the 'Ring from the off.

It's been a wild 15 years for both the video game and the track, so the folks at Sony put together a 19-minute video on how the 'Ring and the game have changed.

Twice Tested, The New Toyota Supra Makes More Horsepower Than Listed

Twice tested, the new Toyota Supra makes more horsepower than listed

Two magazines put two 2020 Toyota Supras on two dynos in two parts of the country on two different days. Both magazines came to the same result: Toyota underrated the power figures of the particular Supras being tested. In May, Car and Driver strapped a Supra to an all-wheel drive Dynojet dynamometer in Livernois, Michigan. CD's figures came to 339 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. After that, Motor Trend strapped a Supra to a Mustang eddy-current chassis dynamometer in Torrance, California. MT's weather-corrected numbers came to 332 hp and 387 lb-ft.

Toyota's official numbers for the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder sourced from BMW are 335 hp and 365 lb-ft, measured at the crank. Using the hoary conventional wisdom of driveline and hydraulic losses causing 15 percent of power to evaporate before reaching the wheels, we'd expect the Supra's power at the contact patch to be around 285 hp and 310 lb-ft. Even updating that parasitic loss figure to 10 percent for a modern drivetrain, we're still at around 300 hp and 328 lb-ft.

Osprey Makes Emergency Landing At Osaka Airport

Osprey makes emergency landing at Osaka Airport

Japan's Defense Ministry has reported that a US military Osprey aircraft made an emergency landing at Osaka International Airport in western Japan on Monday afternoon.

The tilt-rotor aircraft is stationed at US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture. The ministry said it was flying to Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Kanagawa Prefecture from Marine Corp Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

90-year-old Tram Makes Final Run In Nagasaki

90-year-old tram makes final run in Nagasaki

Rail enthusiasts have gathered in the city of Nagasaki to bid farewell to a tram that has been in service for more than 90 years.

"Number 151" made its first run in 1925 in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. It later operated in the resort area of Hakone before moving to Nagasaki in 1957. The tram ended commercial operations in 1982, but has been brought out of retirement on special occasions.

Emperor Makes Last New Year Greetings

Emperor makes last New Year greetings

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have given their last New Year greetings to members of the public before his scheduled abdication in April.

The couple and other members of their family appeared seven times on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday.