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Here's The Sad And Joyous Sight Of A Mazda RX-7 Being Pulled From A River

A section of the Tualatin River near Portland, Oregon is something of a car graveyard. Working off a tip, Adventures with Purpose, a YouTube channel all about recovering submerged cars (quite a niche, but consider us subscribed!), has been able to give the world a closer look at the watery vehicular resting place.

Using scuba equipment, the team found no less than six vehicles at the site, including a Chevrolet LUV pick-up truck, a Ford Mustang Mach 1, and even a first-generation Mazda RX-7.

The latter find was raised from the 12-foot-deep riverbed, where it’s clearly spent some time. The sheer weight of the water has caused the roof to cave in slightly, but overall, it’s held up reasonably well.

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The Mustang is solid enough to recover too, so hopefully, we’ll see that raised from the murky depths at a later date.

As for why the vehicles are all dumped in that location, there are a number of possible explanations. It could be fraud or theft-related, but in the case of the pick-up, it was allegedly ditched there 20 years ago by the owner’s girlfriend as revenge for being cheated on…

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Here's How You Can Drive A McLaren Elva Fast Without Destroying Your Face

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If you’re losing track of all the new open-top hypercars, we won’t blame you. The McLaren Elva is one of many windscreen-less Swiss bank balance liberators to emerge in the last year or so – joining the likes of the Ferrari SP1 and Aston Martin V12 Speedster – but it does have something of a USP hidden up its carbon fibre sleeves.

It’s an ‘Active Air Management System’ which ensures that the alfresco supercar experience doesn’t make it feel like your skin is being torn to shreds each time you venture over 30mph. McLaren has explained how it works in this new video.

Welcome to McLaren Tech Club, a series of short films you can enjoy in your own home. Join us weekly for a behind the scenes look at the incredible technology in our cars.

Tech Club is for those who want to take their automotive knowledge further, delve deeper and get to the core of what every McLaren car is about – using technology to help deliver the incredible driving experiences for which the pioneering supercar company is renowned worldwide.

This week, we kick things off with the just launched McLaren Elva. An incredible car, with its world first ‘Active Air Management System’ which uses aerodynamics to deliver a comfy drive at 70mph, without a windscreen.’

Who better to take you through this new tech than McLaren Automotive’s Design Engineering Director, Dan Parry Williams.

Want to know more about #McLarenTechClub – post your questions below and each week the videos’ presenter will respond and react to them. Dive into the conversation on social using #McLarenTechClub and we will respond.

We’d recommend having a watch through – it’ll be easier to visualise thanks to all the snazzy CGI plus McLaren Automotive design engineering boss Dan Parry Williams pointing out the inlets and outlets. But to sum up, the Elva is hiding a “hook-shaped” duct in its nose, which takes high-pressure air from the front, turns it 120 degrees, and spits it out of a vent in the top of the clamshell.

This creates a barrier of air just in front of the cabin. Oncoming airflow hits it and curves up and over the occupants, making life much more pleasant. Parry Williams says that at 70mph, driver and passenger will be left “in relative calm” with their hair (providing they have some) “unruffled”.

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How far over that point you need to go before proceedings take a much breezier turn, we’re not sure – with an 803bhp twin-turbo V8 borrowed from the Senna, the Elva is capable of reaching much higher speeds awfully quickly. But regardless, it’s an impressive system.

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Here's The Aston Martin Valkyrie Looking Resplendent As Road Testing Begins

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It’s been great fun watching the Aston Martin Valkyrie belting around Silverstone during early testing. However, we mustn’t forget that – as ridiculous as it seems – the N/A V12 hypercar is still a road car.

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Serving as a reminder, Aston has released a batch of pictures driving on UK roads as public highways testing commences. Around the Northamptonshire roads near Silverstone with test driver Chris Goodwin at the wheel, the Valkyrie looks especially other-worldly.

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As a reminder, it’s powered by a Cosworth-built, 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12, which on its own is good for 1000bhp at 10,500rpm. A hybrid system – which includes Rimac-supplied components – brings the total output to 1160bhp. A good chunk of the car’s development work will be undertaken by Red Bull Advanced Technologies, which is set to continue despite the deal between Aston Martin and Red Bull racing ending in light of the former’s works F1 plans.

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The Valkyrie was set to race in the ACO’s new ‘Hypercar Class’ at Le Mans, although this may no longer happen, with Aston postponing its entry as it “considers whether to continue in any future prototype class”.

As for the road car, deliveries will begin during the second half of 2020. Just imagine spotting one of these out in the wild.

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Here's How The Porsche Taycan Looks Clothed in Classic Liveries

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Although it’s wholly different from any production car made by the company before, the Taycan still looks like a Porsche, feels like a Porsche, and even smells like a Porsche. We didn’t need further proof of its credentials, but in any case, we now have some, courtesy of these three examples.

They were prepped by the German firm for the Amelia Island Concours in three classic liveries, and they all look just…right. Don’t you think?

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First up, we have the Pink Pig Taycan. This bold and bright livery was first used for an experimental version of the 917 with a radically redeveloped aero package. Most recently in the racing world, the Pink Pig look – which is complete with dotted lines to represent cuts of meat – was used on the mid-engined 911 RSR.

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Another 917 livery, the ‘Salzburg’ red and white colour scheme was used on the 917 piloted to victory by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. If you’d like, you can have the modern 935 resurrection car finished thusly.

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The final livery isn’t as well known as the other two, but it’s arguably just as rad. Plus, there’s a local connection – this Taycan is wearing the colours of Jacksonville-based Brumos Racing, made famous by the number 59 911 RSR in the 1970s.

Which one of these special Taycans is your favourite?

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Tuning and Technology

Here's How The Skoda Octavia vRS Looks As A Shooting Brake And A Coupe

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Egy Facebook kommentből jött az ötlet, hogy milyen lenne az új Octavia 3 ajtós kombiként. Íme, itt a végeredmény.

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As much as we love the idea of the incoming Arteon ‘Shooting Brake’, the name of it – if that’s what VW actually ends up going for – is a little disingenuous. We’ve seen the Arteon SB undergoing testing, and it isn’t a true shooting brake – rather, a nicely stylish estate. For an example of a true, two-door shooting brake, we’ll allow the poshed-up Passat’s VW Group relative, the new Skoda Octavia vRS, to demonstrate.

At least, it’s able to do so via some digital manipulation, here at the mouse/keyboard of X-Tomi Design. It works brilliantly in this body style, we reckon.

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Bemutatkozott a hibrid hajtású Octavia RS, így nézne ki coupe modellként.

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X-Tomi being an especially prolific renderer, he didn’t just leave it there. Also on the Octavia vRS Photoshop agenda is this gorgeous coupe. There’s as much chance of this happening IRL as the shooting brake, and by that, we mean no chance at all. But hey, we can dream.

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Egy kósza gondolat, ilyen lenne az új RS Octavia 2ajtós pickupként.

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But is an Octavia vRS pick-up truck an imagined derivative too far? We’ll let you argue that one in the comments. But given what Car Throttle’s video team have been up to when it comes to utes, we’re inclined to dig it.

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Here's Your First Look at iRacing's Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in Action

Last week, the iRacing Motorsport Simulations team confirmed the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR arrives in March. The IMS team has one-upped itself with a new trailer showing off the six-cylinder racer.

Originally announced last September, the 718 CS will be the first GT4-class racing machine coming to the PC sim — though it won’t be the only one in its class, as it will go toe-to-toe with the BMW M4 GT4 later this year.

The track-tuned beast makes do with a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine sending 425hp to the rear wheels. Weighing in at upwards of 2,910lb (1,319kg) the GT4 racer will certainly be light on its feet through the corners.

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There’s plenty to see in the gameplay trailer. At the 0:20 mark, we get right in to the sound of flat-six. We’re stating the obvious here, but the Cayman GT4 sounds fantastic. Its engine note resonates through every corner and it certainly doesn’t sound like something one should take lightly.

While the teaser itself is a short affair, it doesn’t end there. Beginning at 1:02, the video dives into a series of onboard battles with Donington Park first up to bat. The car looks incredibly stable through the corners, and dare we say, easy to drive.

Switching to Lime Rock Park at 2:08, the two Caymans battle through The Downhill Turn 7 and onto the main straight for a full lap. As a reminder, the Cayman joins the multi-class IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for 2020 Season 2. It will also take part in its own support series throughout the season as well. Players will have a chance to drive the Clubsport MR during the IMSA 90 Minutes of Sebring event on March 15.

Stay tuned for more as it’s available.

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