The 24 Hours of Le Mans Is Here, and Delaying It Was the Right Decision

As global pandemics go, COVID-19 has been a history-making pain in the butt for motorsports sanctioning bodies: Every major racing organization has suffered from schedule changes and cancellations, including the group that presents the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

So, the March 8 decision by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to postpone the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally scheduled for June 13-14, until Sept. 19-20 was a wise call. The decision came far earlier than expected, and it was one that helped to shape the schedule revisions for the U.S.-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. IMSA in January managed to run its season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, but every other race on the 2020 IMSA scheduled was affected.


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Tiny Suzuki Jimny Makes an Awesome 4×4 Commercial Van

If you’ve got a small business with moderate hauling needs, the closed-bodied choices in this country are…meager. There’s the Nissan NV200, Ford Transit Connect, and Ram ProMaster City minivans. Otherwise, you’re left with larger options such as the Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, and Mercedes-Benz Metris and Sprinter, all of which are quite useful but lack anything resembling a diminutive footprint. There’s absolutely nothing around like the new Suzuki Jimny LCV, a two-seat 4×4 aimed at small business owners in Europe.

Surely there’s a florist somewhere that only delivers to snowbound mountain cabins bemoaning the inability to purchase this new Jimny model. Alas, the European commercial vehicle market is much different than that of America’s. Still, by removing the small rear seats of the Jimny, the true potential of the sub-scale Jeep-like trucklet is revealed.

Ditching the rear seat actually frees up a full cubic

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2021 Subaru Outback XT Onyx Edition

Loyal readers will recall the Onyx Edition Outback XT was among our most recent Automobile All-Stars contenders, and though I was in the minority, I ranked it among my winning picks. It’s not just a good Camry alternative, it’s an exceptionally good car, period. And by opting for the Onyx Edition on the Outback XT, you can get a lot of go-anywhere fun and function for your $37,000 and change.

But before we get into the specifics, let’s get into the specs:

2020 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Specifications2021 Subaru Outback XT Onyx Edition Specifications
PRICE: $36,125/$39,174 (base/as configured)PRICE: $36,255 /$37,509 (base/as configured)
POWER: 301 hp @ 6,600 rpmPOWER: 260 hp @ 5,600 rpm
TORQUE: 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpmTORQUE: 277 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,800 rpm
WEIGHT: 3,572 lbWEIGHT: 3,884 lb
0-60 MPH: 5.8 sec0-60 MPH: 6.1 sec
L x W x H: 192.7 x 72.4
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2021 Lucid Air Specs, Photos, Details: Tesla-Beating Numbers

The normal temperature in Los Angeles on this particular date is 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Its record high was 102, set in 1955. Today it’s 111 (with 121 degrees recorded elsewhere in L.A. County). Call it global warming’s local warning.

When my abode was built, its location of a mile from the Pacific Ocean meant you didn’t need air conditioning to stay comfortable. With indoor squatting at Starbucks nixed and in a perspiring panic, I’ve decamped to the spacious, air-conditioned back seat of an SUV in the driveway to chronicle my introduction to the zero-emission 2021 Lucid Air electric sedan. Life is the theater of the absurd.

It seems humans are just 7.8 billion jeans-and-T-shirt-wearing frogs in a planet-sized pot of warming atmosphere who all keep forgetting what the real point of electric cars, like the Air, is. To be honest, most cars have no higher aspiration than to get you

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Say Hello to the Mid-Engine, 621-HP, 2021 Maserati MC20 Supercar

Compared with the rest of its stablemates, the 2021 Maserati MC20 supercar is an entirely different beast. The MC20, which stands for Maserati Corsa 2020, was developed in just 24 months, and based upon what we see so far, Maserati is teeing up to be a real competitor on the ultra-performance-car scene during this decade.

2021 Maserati MC20: Stats and Specs

The 2021 Maserati MC20 coupe is powered by a Maserati-developed, 90-degree, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine producing 621 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 538 lb-ft of torque. Maserati calls this new engine the “Nettuno,” meaning Neptune in Italian, and it sounds like it’s a mechanical marvel. It has a whopping 12 spark plugs, an innovative 12 combustion chambers, dry-sump lubrication, and double overhead camshafts with variable valve timing. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission.

Thanks in part to this drivetrain,

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