Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tyre revealed

Michelin has revealed its new Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect range of tyres, designed specifically for high-performance cars. The Michelin’s Cup tyres have long been at the peak of performance tyre design, but the new Cup 2 Connect differs by introducing a new level of functionality with the ability to be fitted with Michelin’s Track Connect sensors that can relay real-time tyre data.

Through these sensors, the Michelin Track Connect system is able to analyse the data being collected by the embedded sensors in the tyre itself and recommend a specific ideal pressure to improve grip levels and tread consistency before you hit the track.

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McLaren 650S gets 600LT-inspired top-exit exhaust. And yes, it shoots flames

Functional or not, the non-traditional exhaust exit is something we can’t help but get excited about, whether it be the side exit of the SLR McLaren, the top exit of the Porsche 918 Spyder, or more recently, McLaren’s Senna and 600LT. Taiwan-based Fi Exhaust and Zacoe have teamed up to bring this to Woking’s earlier offerings.

Frequency Intelligent (Fi) is renowned for its ability to make road-going supercars sound like a track-only racer, and has now focused its expertise on this unique new system. Developed for the MP4-12C and 650S, both of which come with rear-exit solutions from factory, the system is designed to improve sound, appearances, and performance.

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Updated 2020 SEAT Ateca revealed with minor changes

SEAT’s recent boost in popularity could well be attributed to the Ateca, its first SUV model and one that has since been joined by three additional SUV models since its launch in 2016. With a total of 300,000 units sold, the Ateca has rapidly become one of SEAT’s most important models, which is why SEAT’s kept the recipe of this updated model close to that of the original, but with key updates to tech, powertrains and styling.

The aesthetic changes are based around the nose, with more compact LED headlights and a new grille, bumper and trim finishes bringing it closer into line with newer SEAT products. The rear bumper and side skirts have also been redesigned to suit. Ateca models will be available in three design themes – standard trim, pseudo-sporty FR and new rugged Xperience. All have bespoke features, and wheel sizes ranging between 17 and

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Gran Turismo 7 coming to new PlayStation 5

The legendary racing game franchise Gran Turismo is coming back in its seventh full form (excusing its various Gran Turismo Prologue, Concept and Sport derivatives) on Sony’s newly revealed PlayStation 5 games console. Online and simulation racing games such as Gran Turismo have always been popular with a certain strain of motoring enthusiast, and with the limited access to real cars we’ve all been experiencing over the last few months, there’s no doubt that applies now more than ever.

Gran Turismo and its developer Polyphony Digital have an almost godlike status in the creation of console racing games, defining the genre for over 20 years with a combination of state-of-the-art physics engines and graphics which give each of the huge array of cars included within the game a distinctive feel. So too Gran Turismo’s almost millimetre-perfect recreation of motoring’s most auspicious racetracks, including Laguna Seca, Mount Panorama and,

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LS427/570 V8 crate engine released by Chevrolet

General Motors has revealed a powerful new crate engine based on the naturally aspirated 7-litre V8 that featured back in the C6 Corvette ZO6 and the Camaro Z/28. Designed specifically for hot-rodders, tuners and artisan sports car manufacturers who often utilise crate engines as a fast and effective engine swap or integration, this new naturally aspirated V8 continues a long line of GM crate engines that have been a staple of the tuning scene since the 1940s.

The new engine is called LS427/570, referring to its LS-family engine designation, 427 cubic-inch capacity (that’s seven litres in metric) and the 570 flywheel horsepower it produces. Closely related to the LS7 unit found in the models mentioned above, GM has installed a new high-lift camshaft that’s responsible for a majority of the 65bhp and 70lb ft increases over the production LS7.

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