Around the same time as Toyota was on its way to winning the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, the automaker posted video of its coming Le Mans racer on track. Toyota announced the GR Super Sports concept at Le Mans last year, and just announced that it would campaign the race version of that car in the so-called Hypercar class created for the 2020/2021 World Endurance Championship. The show car in the video is our most updated look at what, in road-going trim, could be an all-wheel-drive hybrid with 986-horsepower or more.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda shared wheel time with factory driver Kamui Kobayashi, both men running the prototype between the kerbing at Japan's Fuji Speedway. The exhaust soundtrack has been replaced by a rock soundtrack, so we have no idea yet what the coming treat will sound like. It appears there are two prototypes, one with a roof scoop, one without. Based on the rendered race car Toyota put out with the WEC announcement, our guess is that the race car gets the roof scoop.
Ahead of the Nintendo Switch reveal from back in 2017, it was reported that Nintendo was looking into ways to integrate VR to the console. It was later proven to be true when a couple of months ago, Nintendo launched the Labo VR kit which kind of brought VR to the Switch console system.
Since then, we’ve seen how Nintendo has updated some of its games to support it, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Now, if you thought that maybe a fighting game would be cool in VR, you’ll be pleased to learn that Nintendo has since announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also be supported in the Labo VR.
Last month to everyone’s surprise, Nintendo announced a new Labo kit that basically introduced virtual reality (VR) features to the Switch. Given that the last time Nintendo attempted anything VR was with the Virtual Boy, it did come out of the blue. For those who need more reason to pick up the Labo kit, Nintendo has announced some updates for their existing games.
If you own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and/or Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo has announced that they will be updating both games where they will now support VR on the Labo kit. With Super Mario Odyssey, the update is expected to add three new mini-missions where users will be able to collect musical notes and coins, while Breath of the Wild will give users the ability to active the Toy-Con VR Goggles.
No one can argue that Sony is not bold, when looking at the introduction of 21:9 ultra-wide displays in its latest Xperia smartphones. The adoption of this ‘cinema' 21:9 aspect ratio is the key marketing point for Sony's 2019 smartphones. It also provides differentiation against peers in what remains a very competitive market. Sony has introduced its fair share of gimmicks over the years, but is this one of them?
Long before Honda Civics and CR-Vs dotted American roads, Soichiro Honda was hatching a plan to seduce U.S. consumers with a gotta-have-it ride. "Old man" Honda dreamed of an affordable two-wheeler that could meet a few simple but critical guidelines: produce at least 4 horsepower from a quiet, efficient motor, be rugged enough to handle almost any road, and welcome any and all riders with an ergonomically friendly package. After a research trip to Europe, Soichiro and his team rolled up their sleeves and developed the Honda C100 "Super Cub," which made its way to the United States in 1959.
It's somehow fascinating that one of the most interesting developments of Mazda's MX-5 Miata roadster is the one that isn't a roadster at all. Unlike the NC and ND generations with retractable power hardtops, the second-generation NB Miata got a special coupe version with a fixed roof, done in the style of the first-generation coupe concept. We're talking very limited production numbers: just 179 of these NB coupes were made, and they were all Japanese-market models, so it's not often that one comes up for sale. Except now.
Itself even more of a limited-edition car, this sportier Type S version residing in Hong Kong and advertised on Pistonheads is one of just 63 made. It's right-hand-drive, as both its Japanese market origins and Hong Kong regulations dictate, and out of the available engine variations it comes with the 1840cc unit and a six-speed manual gearbox. What's more, despite its low 30,000 miles, the 2004 fixed-roof Miata is said to be fully overhauled and restored to as-new condition. We can't imagine those coupe-specific parts such as glass and trim are easy to source, so with these extremely rare cars it's probably best to go with the best condition example you can find, if you can find one to begin with. Rust hits all old Miatas at some point. With that backdrop, the £30,000 ($38,700) asking price doesn't seem all that unreasonable. With the Miata's enormous enthusiast base, there are now aftermarket solutions that imitate the flowing lines of the rare factory coupe, but they do lack the strengthening that Mazda's specialty skunkworks shop put in these — and the body-stiffening roof adds a mere 22 pounds to the car's dainty overall weight. For some lucky Miata hobbyist, this particular red coupe might be the crown jewel of their roadster collection.