The Tesla Model 3 is quick and surprisingly at home on a race track, particularly in Performance trim. So much so, that one just managed to take second place overall at a Global Time Attack Super Lap event at Buttonwillow Raceway in California -- except technically it didn't. We'll explain.The driver of one of the other cars in the event lodged a complaint against the driver of the Model 3, citing the fact that electricity wasn't listed as one of the approved fuels in the event rules. If that sounds like a crappy thing to do to someone who is faster than you, it is.The video of the Tesla from the event is pretty impressive and was posted by Sasha Anis of Mountain Pass Performance, whose work developing performance suspension and brake components for the Model 3 we've covered already.The Mountain Pass-equipped car was also running Tesla's new Track Mode, and Sasha gives a pretty decent explainer in the video on how it works, as well as some commentary on what happened after the other … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 Performance booted from podium at Global Time Attack
While I'm typically loathed to think of a rendering as a concept car, even I have to admit that this new Holden design, announced Friday, is pretty amazing-looking.The design was created in honor of the 50th anniversary of Holden's first win at Australia's most famous racetrack, Bathurst. Where many of the cars racing at Bathurst are doing so for endurance, this rendering has been imagined as a time attack car, one that hits the track for one lap with no other cars, trying to beat the fastest time posted.The Holden Time Attack Concept was designed entirely digitally in-house in Melbourne, Australia by Holden's team. No clay sculptures here! They used a number of highly sophisticated simulation models (definitely not Forza or anything) and likely consumed massive amounts of lemon squash during its creation."The cessation of Motor Shows in Australia left a hole in our automotive culture in some ways, and we lost a forum to showcase our passion and creativity to the Australian public with … [Read more...] about Holden’s digital time-attack car is gorgeous and brutal
A massive patch is rolling out to Forza Motorsport 7 owners tomorrow. Not only does it include a host of bug fixes, it also adds some much-requested content. Track limits have been upgraded and "Time Attack" mode is finally available to everyone. Community manager Brian Ekberg issued the following statement on the game's website, discussing the changes. One of the biggest updates in Forza Motorsport history arrives this week! The August update for Forza Motorsport 7 will launch on... August 8 and it brings some highly anticipated features from the Forza community, loads of fixes and improvements... we've completely redrawn track limits for all track ribbons in the game, and we've given those updated track limits more clarity than ever with a new track limit illumination feature. August also brings the launch of Time Attack in Forza Motorsport 7. Any car, any class, any track – everything has a leaderboard now... Drift Mode has received some major upgrades. We've got a new drift … [Read more...] about Forza Motorsport 7 gets new track limits, time attack mode with latest patch
By now most people know that Teslas are quick in a straight line; all their electric torque almost guarantees it. But what do you do if you want your Muskwagen to carve up some corners? Well, if you've got a Model 3, you can call up Sasha at Mountain Pass Performance in Canada. He's already turning out suspension and brake upgrades for a car that is only just getting to market in significant numbers, but is it any good to begin with or is it like trying to make an elephant rollerskate?Actually, according to Sasha and the gents from Speed Academy, the Model 3 has an excellent chassis. Unfortunately, that chassis is hamstrung by low-grip tires, undersized brakes and stability control that (on track, anyway) is too eager to intervene. Mountain Pass has solutions for all of these problems, and you can see how well they work in Speed Academy's video above, which documents a test session with the car.As impressive as the testing video is, it's meaningless without context, and Mountain … [Read more...] about Wait, what? A Tesla Model 3 time attack car? Is that a thing??
Most people would assume that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk would be extremely busy attempting to manage multiple companies effectively, but Musk still finds the time to attack journalists critical of his work on Twitter. Slate recently published an article titled “Elon Musk Needs to Stop Tweeting Things He Can’t Prove,” which followed Elon Musk’s latest attacks on journalists critical of his companies via Twitter. Through a series of Tweets, Musk went on what Slate described as a “veritable Twitter rampage” aimed at Business Insider journalist Linette Lopez.Musk took issue with Lopez’s reporting on his electric car company, Tesla, claiming that she has “published several false articles” about the company including a claim that Tesla scrapped more batteries than their total Model S, Model X and Model 3 production number, which Musk claims is impossible. An alleged Tesla investor who goes by the name “S Padival” on … [Read more...] about Tesla CEO Elon Musk Spends His Free Time Attacking Journalists on Twitter