Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota leads the way in qualifying, Aston Martin tops GTE

1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota3m17.089s2LMP1S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.HartleyToyota Gazoo RacingToyota0.247s3LMP1B.Senna, N.Nato, G.MenezesRebellion RacingRebellion/Gibson4.509s4LMP1T.Dillmann, B.Spengler, O.WebbByKOLLES Racing TeamENSO CLM/Gibson7.379s5LMP1R.Dumas, N.Berthon, L.DeletrazRebellion RacingRebellion/Gibson7.543s6LMP2F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de VriesRacing Team NederlandORECA/Gibson9.559s7LMP2H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.StevensJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson10.008s8LMP2P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di RestaUnited AutosportsORECA/Gibson10.059s9LMP2R.Rusinov, J-E.Vergne, M.JensenG-Drive RacingAurus/Gibson10.277s10LMP2W.Owen, A.Brundle, J.van UitertUnited AutosportsORECA/Gibson10.509s11LMP2K.Yamashita, M.Patterson, A.FjordbachHigh Class RacingORECA/Gibson10.522s12LMP2A.Davidson, A.F.da Costa, R.GonzalezJOTAORECA/Gibson10.639s13LMP2R.Cullen, O.Jarvis, N.TandyG-Drive Racing by AlgarveAurus/Gibson10.678s14LMP2N.Jamin, J.Canal, M.VaxivierePanis RacingORECA/Gibson10.702s15LMP2A.Negrao, P.Ragues, T.LaurentSignatech Alpine ElfAlpine/Gibson10.705s16LMP2H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der ZandeDragonspeed USAORECA/Gibson10.824s17LMP2N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.CoignyCOOL RacingORECA/Gibson11.420s18LMP2J.Allen, V.Capillaire, C.MilesiGraff-SO24ORECA/Gibson11.485s19LMP2J.Hirschi, K.Tereschenko, T.GommendyDuqueine TeamORECA/Gibson12.002s20LMP2J.Falb, S.Trummer, M.McMurryAlgarve Pro RacingORECA/Gibson12.313s21LMP2J.P.Montoya, T.Buret, M.RojasDragonspeed USAORECA/Gibson12.652s22LMP2R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.SernagiottoCetilar RacingDallara/Gibson12.791s23LMP2N.Yamanaka, N.Foster, R.MerhiEurasia MotorsportLigier/Gibson13.408s24LMP2G.Grist, A.Kapadia, T.WellsNielsen RacingORECA/Gibson13.808s25LMP2T.Calderon, S.Florsch, B.VisserRichard Mille Racing TeamORECA/Gibson13.931s26LMP2J.Smiechowski, R.Binder, M.IsaakyanInter Europol CompetitionLigier/Gibson14.304s27LMP2A.Tambay, E.Maris, C.d’AnsembourgEuroInternationalLigier/Gibson16.658s28GTE ProN.Thiim, M.Sorensen, R.WestbrookAston Martin RacingAston Martin33.783s29GTE ProM.Martin, A.Lynn, H.TincknellAston Martin RacingAston Martin33.836s30GTE ProA.P.Guidi, J.Calado, D.SerraAF CorseFerrari34.155s31GTE ProD.Rigon, M.Molina, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari34.899s32GTE ProG.Bruni, R.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche34.947s33GTE ProM.Christensen, K.Estre, L.VanthoorPorsche GT TeamPorsche35.053s34GTE ProC.MacNeil, T.Vilander, J.SegalWeatherTech RacingFerrari35.419s35GTE AmP.D.Lana, R.Gunn, A.FarfusAston Martin RacingAston Martin35.689s36GTE AmS.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.AdamTF SportAston Martin35.872s37GTE AmM.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.WatsonGulf RacingPorsche35.881s38GTE AmF.Piovanetti, O.Negri, C.LedogarLuzich RacingFerrari36.203s39GTE AmC.Ried, R.Pera, M.CampbellDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche36.245s40GTE AmE.Perfetti, L.ten Voorde, M.CairoliTeam Project 1Porsche36.509s41GTE AmF.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.NielsenAF CorseFerrari36.532s42GTE AmI.Vutthikorn, L.Legeret, J.AndlauerDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche36.581s43GTE AmB.Keating, F.Fraga, J.BleekemolenTeam Project 1Porsche36.749s44GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.FisichellaAF CorseFerrari37.055s45GTE AmT.Preining, D.Bastien, A.De LeenerDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche37.192s46GTE AmT.Kimura, V.Abril, K.CozzolinoMR RacingFerrari37.539s47GTE AmH.C.Chen, T.Blomqvist, M.GomesHub Auto RacingFerrari38.219s48GTE AmD.Cameron, A.Scott, M.GriffinSpirit of RaceFerrari38.683s49GTE AmR.Mastronardi, M.Cressoni, A.PicciniIron LynxFerrari39.052s50GTE AmR.Heistand, M.Root, J.MagnussenJMW MotorsportFerrari39.294s51GTE AmH.Felbermayr Jr., M.Beretta, M.van SplunterenProton CompetitionPorsche39.386s52GTE AmM.Gostner, R.Frey, M.GattingIron LynxFerrari39.744s53GTE AmC.Schiavoni, S.Pianezzola, P.RubertiIron LynxFerrari40.787s54GTE AmB.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.HollingsRed River SportFerrari42.995s55GTE AmP.Haezebrouck, J.Piguet, A.LaskaratosTeam Project 1Porsche43.602s56LMP2D.Merriman, K.Tilley, J.KennardIdec Sport RacingORECA/Gibson-57LMP2P.Lafargue, P-L.Chatin, R.BradleyIdec Sport RacingORECA/Gibson-58GTE AmC.Ulrich, S.Gorig, A.WestAF CorseFerrari-59GTE ProO.Pla, S.Bourdais, J.GounonRisi CompetizioneFerrari-
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Junkyard Gem: 1982 Lincoln Continental Mark VI Bill Blass Edition

From the 1976 through 1992 model years, Lincoln sold Designer Edition members of the Mark Series personal luxury cars. At one time or another, the Givenchy, Versace, Pucci, Cartier, and Bill Blass brands partnered with Lincoln to make snazzed-up Marks IV, V, VI, and VII. I’m always on the lookout for these blinged-out land yachts as I patrol for Junkyard Gems, and I’ve managed to find a handful over the years. Today, we’ve got a tattered-but-still-glorious Bill Blass Mark VI from the waning days of the Late Disco Period.

Bill Blass got his start in the United States Army, designing phony inflatable tanks to fool the Nazis prior to the D-Day invasion in World War II. After that, his company became a major player in the fashion world, and Ford put the BB anchor design on plenty of Lincoln Marks.

This Bill Blass Mark VI got red body pinstripes and red decorative belting on the leather-upholstered seats.

A faux-convertible “diamond grain carriage roof” went on the Designer Edition Mark VI coupes (you could buy the ’82 Mark VI Pucci Edition as a sedan). This roof is on the tattered side, but you get the idea.

The “wire spoke” aluminum wheels on the Designer Edition cars look much nicer than the wire-wheel-influenced hubcaps that went on lesser Mark VIs.

The Mark III through Mark V were siblings of the Ford Thunderbird, but the 1980-1983 Mark VI lived on the new Panther platform and its closest relatives were the regular Continental and Town Car. Yes, this car is a not-so-distant cousin to the Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptors that stayed in production through 2011.

Under the hood, we see the good old Ford Windsor 302 engine, also known as the 5.0 V8. Power wasn’t so great— 140 horsepower and 231 lb-ft— but the curb weight of the Mark VI came in at well under two tons, a 700-pound weight reduction compared to the vast Mark V.

The Mark VI seems to be the forgotten Mark, overlooked between the rococo V and the speedy Fox-based VI.

A digital-tuner AM/FM radio with four speakers and cassette player was heavy-duty audio stuff in 1982.

A digital instrument cluster showed the world that you were ready for… the future

What’s not to love about the Mark VI?

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BMW rejigs the front-wheel-drive 1 Series as a GTI-taunting hot hatch

The third-generation BMW 1 Series is not sold in the United States. It’s also front-wheel drive, a switch that left BMW fans in a dumb stupor. Mounting the engine sideways means the hatchback is no longer eligible to receive a straight-six, but the Munich-based firm is taking advantage of the new layout to catapult the 1 into a segment dominated by the Volkswagen Golf GTI: hot hatches.

Called 128ti, the sprightly variant of the 1 Series wears a nameplate that was famously worn by the 1602 and the 2002 sold during the 1960s. No one seems rattled by the fact that Alfa Romeo has also used it for decades, and it continues to do so in 2020. Back to the road: BMW’s modern-day ti is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that sends 265 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential. It doesn’t sound like a six-speed stick will be available.

Hitting 62 mph takes 6.1 seconds, according to the firm, but the 128ti was developed for roads shaped like an overcooked spaghetti, not to live life a quarter-mile at a time. BMW noted its engineers tweaked the steering to make the hatchback more engaging to drive, and they developed a lower, firmer suspension to keep body roll in check. Brakes sourced from the range-topping, all-wheel drive M135i xDrive are part of the package, too.

BMW released images of a camouflaged 128ti being put through its paces on the picturesque roads surrounding its headquarters in Munich, Germany. It looks like the only parts hidden from view are the air vents chiseled into both bumpers as well as the emblem on the hatch. In other words, it will take a well-trained eye to pick out the 128ti in a crowd. Photos of the interior haven’t been released, but we’re not expecting epoch-shaping changes.

Can BMW beat Volkswagen at the game it has been playing since 1975? It’s easier said than done; several have tried, and many have failed. We’ll have a better idea of where the 128ti stands in the hot hatch pecking order when it begins arriving in European showrooms in November 2020. Don’t expect it to turn a wheel in the United States, where the standard 1 Series hatchback has never been available. However, we do get a three-box version of the car named 2 Series Gran Coupe, so creating a 228ti is technically feasible. Whether it makes sense from a marketing perspective is another matter. We’ve reached out to BMW, and we’ll update this story if we learn more.

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5 best retro design touches of the Nissan Z Proto

The Nissan Z Proto is chock full of retro design elements, so let’s take a tour through our five favorite (plus one bonus) retro touches. If you want a full breakdown of the Z Proto, check out our reveal post here. We go over the powertrain, tech and many other aspects of the Z Proto that make it tick. With that, we’ll dive into the list.

Fairlady 240Z-style badging 

Nissan went full old-school on the Z Proto’s badging. The Z on the rear pillars is a beautiful recreation of the original Z emblem on the 240Z, and it’s an element we hope is directly translated onto the production car. It’s large enough to be noticeable without being gaudy, striking a nice balance in design.

The second badge worth mentioning is the “Fairlady Z” badge on the decklid. It’s oriented diagonally, just like it was so many decades ago. The flowing, script font is a direct callback to the original logo, though the coloring is new. Nissan blacks out “Fairlady” and uses a white logo for the “Z.” It adds a touch of modernity to the logo with this color scheme. We dig it.

300ZX taillights

Putting aside the car’s simple and pretty silhouette, these taillights may be the best part of the whole design. Younger folks will relate to them better, since the design is inspired by the 300ZX. They’re re-done with modern LED lighting technology, but are still set within a full-width rectangular black section on the rear bumper.

The twin stacked light elements are just how we remember them. And even though their 3-D effect is flashier and modern in nature, it’s still a refreshing and clean design. Nissan killed it with the lighting elements, and the next item on our list bolsters this assertion further.

240ZG-inspired headlight sections

What’s a Nissan 240ZG? It’s a 240Z, but the “G” stands for “Grand” — see it below. It was built as a Japan-only homologation car for Group 4 racing. Nissan didn’t build many of them, but the most prominent new design feature is a new nose and headlight design. 

We’ll let Alfonso Albaisa, head of design at Nissan explain: “The ZG has clear dome lenses over the headlight buckets, which under light give off two circular reflections over each headlight. We liked that unique characteristic and discovered that it naturally fit with the Z’s identity.”

Those dome lens reflections are recreated with the LED running light design seen here. The lights themselves are obviously not circular anymore, but Nissan still used its heritage to shape their design. It works well with modern lighting technology.

The grille copies the 240Z’s

The grille is probably the most controversial part of this car. Some of us like it. Others abhor it. Nissan didn’t just pluck the perfectly rectangular shape out of nowhere, though. Designers basically took the original 240Z grille and stretched it vertically. See below.

Above right image credit: Bring a Trailer

In the original 240Z, there was a chrome bar that split the grille into two smaller rectangles. That’s no longer the case with the Z Proto, as the grille is just one big, shadowy mouth. Chrome doesn’t look like the answer this time, but a horizontal, body-colored bar could be. Perhaps something like this Photoshopped creation?

That would more faithfully represent the original, and it would also quiet the folks who take issue with the design. Just know that the look didn’t come out of nowhere — Nissan was trying to make it look like the 240Z.

Interior: Three auxiliary gauges on the dash

The most prominent interior throwback element are the three gauges atop the dash. Nissan has changed the location and orientation of the gauges compared to the 240Z, but the triple gauge setup is still here. They resemble the same gauge setup as the 350Z and 370Z the most, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with adding a little something from those modern Z’s. 

BONUS: Manual transmission (because it deserves more recognition than we can give it)

Yep! It has three pedals and a stickshift with six forward gears. Bravo, Nissan. We cannot praise this news enough, because it’s not a given these days. Toyota hasn’t done it with the Supra in America, but Nissan has found a way with the next-gen Z. Consider us content.

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What should the next Nissan Z be called?

With the Nissan Z Proto officially revealed, a lot of questions have been answered. We know what it looks like, and it looks quite good. We know it will have a twin-turbo V6 and manual and automatic transmission options, which also sounds good. But it also raises many questions, since the company didn’t give many specifics. One of those is, what is it going to be called? Yes, it will have a Z in the name, but there are numbers and maybe even an extra letter to determine! We don’t have a final answer to that, but we have some ideas for what it could or perhaps should be called.

Whatever the Z Proto is called, it will almost certainly derive its numbers from its engine. Ever since its introduction, the engine displacement has dictated the name of the Z. The 240Z had a 2.4-liter engine, the 260Z a 2.6 and even up to today, the 370Z has a 3.7-liter engine. While Nissan hasn’t given specifics about the twin-turbo engine, we have a good feeling it’s probably a version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 used in the Infiniti Q50. As such, the new Z would logically have 300 in the name.

But in the auto industry, very little is sacred, so this could be the moment that Nissan changes how it picks the Z’s number. This same engine offers a very appealing number: 400. That’s the horsepower of the high-output Q50 Red Sport. And a 400Z of some sort has a nice ring to it. It also takes advantage of the natural increase in numbers over the years. But it could potentially alienate hardcore fans of the model who would want a displacement-based name.

Then there’s the question of whether it should be a Z, or a ZX. The standalone Z has only been used on the first-generation Z cars and the 350Z and 370Z. The three generations in between were either the 280ZX or 300ZX. There isn’t much rhyme or reason for the name changes, but they did happen at generational shifts. With a reintroduction of turbo power, this might be a good time to revive the ZX moniker. It would also be a nice throwback with the 300 name, since the last 300ZX was also available with a twin-turbo engine. Calling it 400ZX would probably be fine, too, but probably overkill, since the 400 alone would make it clear that this new model is substantially different from previous Zs.

In the office, we’re split between 300ZX and 400Z. I’m leaning toward 300ZX, since I think it would be great for Nissan to maintain its naming tradition. But a couple of our editors like the big, even number of 400. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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2021 Chevy Silverado confirmed to get GMC Sierra’s multi-function tailgate — and sooner

In a confirmation of earlier reports, the Chevy Silverado is getting the multi-function tailgate from the GMC Sierra. But it’s arriving sooner than expected, as it will be available on the 2021 model early next year. Reports had suggested it could be a 2022 development, so this is good news for people who wanted a fancy tailgate and a bow-tie badge.

Because it’s so not the GMC Sierra, the Silverado’s tailgate is called MultiFlex rather than MultiPro. But as you can see from the video above, it works just like the GMC version. There’s a portion of the tailgate that can flip open to allow some space for oddly sized loads or to be used as a step. The step flap can also pop up to act as a sort of stop or mini tailgate for some long loads.

The MultiFlex tailgate is seemingly one of a few noteworthy updates to the Silverado line. More information on the new model year truck will be released on September 21.

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Nissan Z Proto previews the retro, rear-drive, turbo, manual future of the Z

The Nissan Z Proto is finally here, and it looks like it offers just about everything enthusiasts have been hoping for. It blends styling highlights from the Z’s long history into one, clean, modern package. And under the stylish skin is a twin-turbo engine at the front, drive wheels at the back, and a manual transmission in the middle.

All around the exterior you’ll see styling cues that echo a variety of Z cars, but the one that seems to have had the most influence is the original 240Z. Up front, the headlights and surrounding body work feature a low, semi-circle shape that suggests the scalloped headlight openings on that classic. There are chrome highlights across the middle of the grille like the 240Z’s bumper. Then there’s the rear pillar treatment with circular Z badges, and the angled “Fairlady Z” badge on the deck that appeared on the original car. There are other Zs represented, too. The bulge in the hood has been a longstanding Z trait. The rear taillights are directly inspired by the ’90s 300ZX. The rectangular grille and vertical character lines on the front fascia are reminiscent of the 350Z. And the taut lines and muscular rear fenders are very much like the current 370Z. Speaking of the current Z, the Proto is only a couple tenths of an inch off the Z in width and height, but it’s five inches longer.

The interior continues the retro mashup theme, but with a dash of modernity. The dashboard remains driver-focused, with the center stack canted toward the driver. The Z’s traditional triple auxiliary gauges remain on the top of the dash, also angled toward the driver. The doors show some current Z cues with the rounded door handles and air vents directly ahead of them. But unlike the outdated 370Z, there’s a large infotainment display in the center stack, and the instrument panel uses a 12.3-inch screen.

Mechanically, Nissan is staying pretty tight-lipped about the Z Proto. But what they have revealed is good so far. There’s a twin-turbo V6 under the hood connected to a six-speed manual transmission. There’s apparently an automatic in development, too, but that’s as detailed as the company would get. It’s possible it’s a version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 used by Infiniti. Nissan even showed a SEMA concept with that engine just a couple of years ago. That engine makes 400 horsepower, which would be competitive with Supra, Mustang and Camaro. But at this point, it’s just speculation, and Nissan specifically noted that development is early enough that there could be significant changes.

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Rivian’s electric R1T pickup has at least one thing in common with the Eagle Talon

Over half a dozen carmakers have entered the race to bring a modern-day electric pickup to the market. Rivian took a significant step towards the finish line when it started building pre-production prototypes of the R1T.

Published on YouTube, the minute-long video shows partially assembled trucks making their way down an assembly line installed in a clean, well-lit factory. While robots are involved in most steps of the production process, it appears that humans play a significant role in building the R1T. Employees are seen checking the panel gaps, for example, which suggests the Amazon- and Ford-funded firm takes build quality seriously.

It doesn’t look like the R1T has changed significantly since it made its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The biggest modifications we see are a redesigned rear bumper, which likely increases the truck’s departure angle, and an emblem on the left side of the tailgate. Even the flush-mounted door handles remain.

Rivian noted it will put the preproduction prototypes it’s building through their paces in the coming months. Every part of the truck is new, from the architecture to the window switches, so it needs to ensure the components work as-designed, even in harsh environments. It’s marketing the R1T as a rugged, do-it-all off-roader, after all.

Building a batch of preproduction prototypes is par for the course in the auto industry, but Rivian’s achievement remains notable because it completely remodeled its factory, and the work was interrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which forced it to shut down all of its facilities earlier in 2020. It had originally planned to deliver the first R1Ts in December 2020, but it announced deliveries won’t start until June 2021. Motorists who prefer the R1S, an electric SUV built on the same platform as the R1T, will need to wait until August 2021.

The new Normal

Rivian’s factory in Normal, Illinois, traces its roots to a joint venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi named Diamond-Star Motors (DSM). It was formed in 1985, when Chrysler owned a small stake in Mitsubishi, as a way to circumvent quotas placed on the number of Japanese cars that could be imported into the United States.

The first cars built in Normal were the Eagle Talon, the Plymouth Laser, and the original Mitsubishi Eclipse. Mitsubishi purchased Chrysler’s stake in DSM in 1991, and it continued building cars in Normal (including the Dodge Stratus Coupe and the Outlander Sport) until it closed the facility in 2015. Rivian saved it in 2017.

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GM is considering getting into the electric ‘flying car’ market

The Volocopter on a demonstration flight in Singapore in 2019. (Associated Press)

 

DETROIT — General Motors is exploring options in the aerial taxi market, including whether to build the vehicles known colloquially as “flying cars,” as part of a push by the U.S. automaker to look for growth in related transportation markets, two people familiar with the matter said.

Chief Executive Mary Barra on Monday briefly made her first reference ever to Detroit-based GM’s interest in the air taxi market, saying that it fit with development of electric vehicles (EVs) and its Ultium advanced electric battery.

“We believe strongly in our EV future and not just for vehicles,” she said at an RBC conference. “The strength and flexibility of our Ultium battery system opens doors” for many uses, she added, “including aerial mobility.”

Air taxis are vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that use electric motors instead of jet engines. Designed to avoid the need for long runways, they have rotating wings and, in some cases, rotors in place of propellers.

Electric air taxis are likely to fly low-level routes, relieving traffic congestion on roads. But they could add to air traffic congestion as they become more popular.

GM spokesman Stuart Fowle declined to elaborate. “It’s an area we’re really excited about and looking at.”

GM shares rose as much as 5.4% and were still up 1.4% in afternoon trading.

Corporate and private investors have poured at least $2.3 billion into more than 100 aerial vehicle startups, including drones and electric air taxis, but the technology still faces significant roadblocks to commercialization and profitability, according to investor website PitchBook.

GM is weighing all options — whether to build, supply or partner — as it decides whether to join such automakers as Hyundai, Toyota, Daimler AG, Volkswagen AG and Geely in the still-developing market, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. Traditional aircraft companies Boeing and Airbus are also developing electric VTOLs. GM could make an announcement early next year.

“I am not surprised that GM and others are looking into this,” said investor and corporate adviser Evangelos Simoudis, managing director of Synapse Partners. He noted that companies like Amazon.com and Walmart are pushing to use package delivery drones, but said transporting people with flying cars will take a lot longer to develop as a business.

GM’s study of the aerial mobility market is part of the push by GM’s innovation group to explore other transportation markets for growth, one of the sources said. The group is headed by Alan Wexler, who reports to Barra and was hired in July in the newly created position of senior vice president of innovation and growth.

Other efforts that originated in the innovation group include formation of a defense business unit and a $214 million contract to build troop carriers for the U.S. Army based on the Chevrolet Colorado pickup, as well as a new mobile app for OnStar members.

Hyundai teamed up with Uber Technologies in January to develop electric air taxis and has pledged to invest $1.5 billion in urban air mobility by 2025.

Toyota led a $590 million investment round in air taxi startup Joby in January, while Daimler and Geely have invested in Stuttgart-based Volocopter. Volkswagen’s Porsche brand is working with Boeing<BA.N> to develop a concept electric flying vehicle.

Last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk called electric supersonic VTOL a “hard problem,” and last month said a more powerful battery that could enable electric airplanes was three to four years away. Musk has said “many exciting things” will be unveiled during Tesla’s Battery Day on Sept. 22.

Separately on Tuesday, the World Economic Forum and the city of Los Angeles released a set of principles to support the rollout of urban air mobility in U.S. cities, and a spokeswoman for the organization said it is talks with other cities to adopt the same roadmap.

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REWIND: Watch the live Nissan Z Proto reveal

After a decade, we’re finally getting a new Nissan Z sports car. And we’re got our first look at it, the Z Proto, tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. You can see the whole thing in the live stream embedded at the top of this post.

Here’s our main story with details about the revealed car:

  • Nissan Z Proto previews the retro, rear-drive, turbo, manual future of the Z

We’ll be watching along, and you’ll be able to get all the details on the sports car in a complete reveal post when the wraps have been pulled off the car.

You may be interested in some of our coverage of past Z cars. We have an overview of the model’s history, as well as our most recent review of the current Z linked below.

  • Nissan Z car history
  • 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition drivers’ notes review

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