Watch The 2020 Toyota Supra Get Some Air On A Track - Autoblog

Watch the 2020 Toyota Supra get some air on a track - Autoblog

As if the Supra needed any help garnering more attention: After first announcing the return of the historic sports car at the Super Bowl earlier this year, Toyota is launching a new advertising campaign for the 2020 GR Supra called "This Is Our Sport." Part of the multi-video offensive includes a clip that shows the Supra carving up a track and getting some air beneath its tires. On the 50th anniversary of NASA launching Apollo 11 to the moon, Toyota has released video of the Supra launching inches above the pavement. Sure, it's not quite as momentous, but it's pretty sweet any time we see footage of a performance vehicle running at 11/10ths. And the drifts. LOTS of drifts. Not surprising, considering it makes more horsepower than advertised.  Officially, the 30-second video is called "Track Day," and it's the longest of the pack of advertisements. Others include six-second spots called "Joy" and "Face Off," which shows the old Supra meeting the new Supra in a design comparison of sorts.  "Track Day" will appropriately air during motorsports events, but that's not the end of the story. Toyota will also be releasing a long-form video called "Game of Horsepower," which will use the Supra in a game of H.O.R.S.E. and will debut across the company's social media channels. Check out "Track Day" above.

New Nissan Skyline Breaks Cover In Japan, Hints Of Gt-r In The Styling - Autoblog

New Nissan Skyline breaks cover in Japan, hints of GT-R in the styling - Autoblog

The current Infiniti Q50, known in Japan as the Nissan Skyline, doesn't evoke images of the 2020 GT-R in our minds. But Nissan is aiming to change that ever so slightly with the newest version of its Skyline. The inspiration is clear both the front and rear. Nissan performed a full overhaul on the front end to give it a fascia similar to that of the GT-R. The proportions are not exactly the same, but the shape is obvious. Nissan says it's also bringing back the four-circle taillights we're so used to seeing on older Skylines. It's not an exact replica of the past, but we can definitely see what Nissan is going for. Engine options are sort of a moot point, since we're sure an updated Q50 will differ from the Nissan version of the car. Still, Japan does get the equivalent to what we call the 400 Red Sport with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horsepower. It's called the 400R in Japan. There are a couple hybrid options available, too. Nissan took this Skyline debut as an opportunity to show off the second generation of its ProPilot Assist, called ProPilot 2.0. There's no word as to when this more advanced system will make it into U.S. cars, but it's going to be on the new Skyline. The big news here is legitimate hands-off highway driving when cruising in a single lane. Nissan takes a page out of Cadillac's book to accomplish such a feat, using a driver monitoring system in the cabin to continually confirm the driver's attention is on the road. In order for the system to work, the driver will need to have a destination set in the car's navigation system. The car will attempt to judge when it should pass a slower moving vehicle, based on the navigation system and all the car's sensors. Once decided, the driver will receive audio and visual guidance to put their hands on the wheel, then will need to confirm the pass with a switch. The car will apparently take it from there, so long as your hands are detected on the wheel. Nissan says that if a driver fails to respond to an alert, the vehicle automatically puts the flashers on and slowly comes to a stop. Regular ProPilot Assist hasn't even been rolled out to every new Nissan in the U.S., but we hope to be able to test this system as soon as it's available in cars stateside. Nissan bills it as an "on-ramp to off-ramp," which makes it's one of the more comprehensive driver assistance systems out there.

The Stig Takes Toyota Supra On Top Gear Track - Autoblog

The Stig takes Toyota Supra on Top Gear track - Autoblog

In America, the new season of "Top Gear" with Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff, and Paddy McGuinness as presenters began last night, July 15, 2019. But in Europe, BBC Two has been airing the new season for weeks already, which means they've seen a segment on the new Toyota Supra. Fortunately, "Top Gear" posted more Supra content on YouTube for all to see, no matter your location. "Top Gear" brought the Supra into the mix in episode 5, the last of season 27. After Paddy McGuinness spent some time with the car, The Stig took a turn on the "Top Gear" track for an "Extra Gear" segment. With a bit of finessing, the car turns in a time of 1:23.1. Under the "Extra Gear" guise, the Stig drives are a bit more sterile, as there's no commentary and the video does not show where the car sits in the rankings board. However, based on the board we saw in the first episode, the Supra would sit below the Alpine A110 (122.9) and just above the Mercedes-AMG S63 (1:24.0). Its placement on the big board means the Zeno E10 S and Lexus LC500 are pushed down a slot. For reference, The Stig is working with a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that makes a claimed 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. Check out the full lap above.

Sony Launches The 'world's Fastest' Usb Hub

Sony Launches The 'World's Fastest' USB Hub

With laptop makers starting to abandon the majority of their ports, this means that until accessory makers start making more USB-C compatible devices, laptop users have no choice but to turn to USB hubs which brings back a ton of port functionality to their laptops. This includes USB-A ports, HDMI/DisplayPorts, SD card readers, headphone jacks, and the likes.

If you’re in the market for a new USB hub, there are plenty of choices available in the market today, but Sony thinks that they might have everyone beat by launching what they claim is the “world’s fastest” USB hub. By “world’s fastest”, what they really mean to say is that their USB hub will come equipped with a UHS-II SD/microSD card reader that also features USB 3.1 gen 2 and also up to 100W USB Power Delivery.

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

While the Essential Phone might not have received the warm welcome that the company hoped it would, the upside is that the company seems to be quite on the ball when it comes to updates. They were one of the first few handset makers to roll out the Android 9.0 Pie update for their phone, and now it seems that they could be on track to do the same with Android Q.

In a tweet by the company, it seems that they have started to push out the Android Q beta 5 update to Essential Phones enrolled under their beta program. We should note that this is merely a beta and is not the final update, but presumably all this testing will help Essential fine tune the update to ensure that when the final build of Android Q is ready, they should have ironed out most of the kinks and have the update ready in a very timely manner.

Nintendo Switch Saves Can Be Transferred To The Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Saves Can Be Transferred To The Switch Lite

The good news is that if that’s you, you’ll be pleased to learn that you’ll be able to transfer your saved data between the consoles. This means that you can pick up where you left off with your games, so you can leave the Switch at home and take the Switch Lite with you when you travel. This was confirmed by Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser who said, “Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences. More to come on there, but that is the intention.”

Bowser did not detail how exactly this would be achieved, but as he said, the company will reveal more information about that later. Perhaps Nintendo could be planning on introducing multidevice accounts, but we’ll have to wait and see. The Switch Lite, for those who missed the announcement, is a smaller and cheaper version of the Switch.

No, The Nintendo Switch Lite Won't Be Replacing The 3ds

No, The Nintendo Switch Lite Won't Be Replacing The 3DS

When Nintendo launched the Nintendo Switch console, it seemed as though they might be replacing the 3DS console. This is because the Switch offered up a portable gaming experience, new features, and new games, but Nintendo later explained why they were keeping the 3DS around.

So with the launch of the Switch Lite, which was smaller, lighter, and more portable, was this Nintendo’s subtle way of telling us that they plan on replacing the 3DS? The good news for 3DS gamers and fans is that no, it looks like the 3DS will be sticking around. According to Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser, “We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand.”

The Nintendo Switch Lite Has Been Officially Announced

The Nintendo Switch Lite Has Been Officially Announced

For a while now we have been hearing rumors that Nintendo could have a new Nintendo Switch console in the works. The console in question has been referred to as the Nintendo Switch Mini, where its focus would be on being more affordable and also being more portable, where its Joy-Cons will not be removable.

For those who wouldn’t mind the idea of such a console, you’ll be pleased and excited to learn that Nintendo has since officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. This is pretty much as what the rumors were saying, where the console will be priced at $199, making it $100 cheaper than the regular Switch, and where its controllers cannot be removed. It also cannot be connected to your TV, so it looks like the emphasis is being placed on portability.

Riding Up The Goodwood Festival Of Speed Rally Stage In The Subaru - Autoblog

Riding up the Goodwood Festival of Speed rally stage in the Subaru - Autoblog

Chichester, U.K. — "You're not supposed to drive at the marshal," quipped a young woman dressed head-to-toe in the official Goodwood Festival of Speed white marshal's uniform. She smiled wryly at 17-year-old Oliver Solberg in the driver's seat, only half-joking about his rather enthusiastic approach to the starting line. I sat pinned into the Subaru WRX STI's Recaro bucket seat on my side, mentally preparing myself for the madness that was to come. Solberg waits for the go ahead to launch, then he begins stabbing the accelerator pedal aggressively. Brap, brap, brap – the acrid smell of burning rubber fills the cabin as the rally car zings to the first corner. The car leans as Solberg flicks it in — it's tricky as the pavement transitions to gravel mid-corner, so grip is hard to come by here. The abused hay bales on the outside of the corner attest to that. Before we started off, Solberg told me the tires were too warm from previous runs. "I won't be able to push," Solberg said matter of fact-like. Taking it easy isn't a Solberg trait, though, and I learned that quickly. Perhaps the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage isn't what you think of when someone mentions the British motoring event. Instead, you picture hay bales lining a picturesque driveway with fancy people in hats drinking champagne and cheering at the jaw-dropping, ear-piercing metal racing by them. The rally stage is not this. In fact, I'd wager to say it's the complete opposite of the traditional hill climb. Dirt and dust fill the air and lungs. There's a fair bit of hiking on uneven ground involved for spectators. Drivers lose control of their vintage rally cars and smash them into things. Hell, there's even a jump. Subaru brought us here specifically for us to experience what going up the rally stage in its new STI rally car felt like with a proper racing driver behind the wheel, and boy are we glad to have done it. The 17-year-old son of rally legend Petter Solberg may not seem like the pro driver you'd expect, but racing drivers seem to be getting younger and younger these days. Just look at the success that Max Verstappen has enjoyed in Formula 1 since he began. His father was a Formula 1 racing driver before him, and Oliver is similarly pursuing the same career as his father. "I always dreamed of driving rally cars," Oliver Solberg said while gathered among media at Goodwood. He certainly enjoys racing up the rally stage, too. "It's very, very technical. It's a fun challenge to have. You have a lot of different stuff, jumps and narrow sections, and you have the slippery stuff also, so you learn a lot from this kind of experience," Solberg said. Petter Solberg is an extremely proud father, and he knows how much all of this means to his son. "The dream for him is to go with Subaru and that color scheme again. You have no idea what that means to him. That color and the stripes from the last race I did … you know he's born with Subaru. He still has the bedsheets. Full Subaru bedsheets. And Subaru to sign him. It is just strange and crazy what is happening," Petter Solberg said. The kid is fast. Scary fast. Taking on the rally stage is no joke for Solberg. Many trips up the Goodwood driveway tend to be ceremonial in nature, whereas every driver at the rally stage is pushing it to the edge. Even the vintage, valuable stuff like the Lancia Fulvia or Impreza RS catch massive air over the jump. Solberg does a huge amount of driving with only one hand. While the left hand is glued to the steering wheel, his right is slapping the gear shift up and down on acceleration and braking, then modulating the hand brake throughout the corners. The car accelerates so quickly, and the gears so short, he just has to keep grabbing the next gear as trees fly by inches from the car. Before you know it, the next corner has arrived, and Solberg performs another perfect Scandinavian flick. Describing how fast the Subaru is in words doesn't do the car justice. The turbocharged flat-four makes about 330 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and is limited to a minimum weight of 2,900 pounds. Subaru is racing it in the American Rally Association's 2019 National Championship series this year, and it's brought back the classic blue and gold livery for it. This car isn't even close to as fast as it gets either. A WRC car would do this course quicker, but the thing holding Solberg's car back most is its size and weight. Oliver said as much to us, remarking that a smaller car would be ideal for this particular rally stage. I noticed the only place the Subaru seemed to struggle for time was in the tighter, longer corners. Solberg may have left a few tenths on the table on account of his overheating tires, but he was still whipping it around like a man possessed. Watching from the sidelines and being in the car going sideways throughout an entire corner are two entirely different things.  Inside the car, my mind is trying to process a million different things at once: That's a sharp corner coming up. The cameraman looks like he's in a perilous position here. Oh look, more trees. Pay no mind to those; we're moving too fast for them to completely register as a threat. There's a giant dip. Well, looks like we're taking this flat out. It tastes like there's sand in my mouth. Oh, that actually is sand, because I'm in a rally car. Trust is everything here, and Solberg certainly has it down better than any other 17-year-old I've ridden with. "Here's the jump," he quickly warns me. Everything feels rather light for a split second as we shoot through the air, all four wheels suspended above the ground. Then the moment we come down, Oliver has his foot to the firewall and we're flying once more, only on the ground this time. We crossed the finish line with haybales on either side of us, making it impossible to see anything else. Solberg pulls over and the marshal hands me our time slip. It reads 2:34.61. Oliver is a happy camper, because this was the best time he set all day. It's also his last run up the rally stage today, but there were plenty more throughout the weekend. The last run Solberg took in a Citroen DS3 WRX rally car, and it was up the hillclimb on Shootout Sunday, not the rally course. That didn't stop him from stunning everybody looking on as he set an absolutely blistering time. Oliver was a true crowd favorite, too, as he spent half the hill sideways, shaving corners and just looking like a total badass in general. His father Petter went up in a VW Polo WRX rally car right behind him and beat Oliver's time by a little over a second. Dad wins today. We'll have to circle back around to this moment years from now after Oliver gets his opportunity at a full racing career. The now 17-year-old is good. Goodwood is great. And the rally stage isn't something any racing enthusiast will soon forget.