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OpenAI ‘Dactyl’ AI Robot Hand Solves Rubik’s Cube

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Ecurie Ecosse LM69 Race Car

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Giti Tire Attacks the Nürburgring With a Pair of Audi R8s & a Pair of VW Golfs

Third Year’s the Charm

The 24 Hours of Nürburgring is one of the most challenging motorsports races in the entire world. The track itself is a fabled place for motorsports fans and the proving ground for manufacturers of sports cars and race cars alike. The 24-hour race that is held every year is the ultimate test of engineering, teamwork, and racing skill.

Automakers aren’t the only manufacturers who use the Nürburgring as a proving ground. Tire companies also do. One company that will take their product to the extreme at the upcoming race is Giti Tire. This will be the third year that the company has competed in the race, and it hopes this to be the most exciting year yet. 

The Cars Racing

The company has four cars set to compete in the race. The first is an Audi R8 LMS Ultra that comes with a 5.2-liter V10 engine that makes 570 hp. The car will be driven by Henzel Bernhard, P. Lefterov, and F. Schickler. The second is another Audi R8, this one a GT4 car, that has a 5.2-liter V10 engine tuned to 495 hp. It will be driven by Rainey He, Sunny Wong, Andy Yan, and Li Fei. 

In the past, the company has used the Lamborghini Huracán for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. This time around, the company thought it would be better to utilize the Audi R8 instead. “The Audi R8 offers a great combination of power, reliability, and technology that goes together very well with how Giti positions its tires,” said a representative of Giti Tire. These are the two cars that many racing fans, spectators, and others in the industry will be focused on. 

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The VW Golfs will also run the race. One of the golfs will be an all-female team, including the drivers and crew. According to Giti Tire, this is the first time in the race’s history that this has happened. 

“The 24 Hours Nürburgring race is a great natural choice for [us],” said a Giti Tire representative. “From one vehicle in 2017 to two in 2018 and four this year, Giti is truly committed to making an impact on the race and further utilizing the results and lessons to continue making both our racing and everyday driving tires the best they can be.”

The Tires to be Used

Speaking of the tires used, the company plans to use its GitiCompete GTR1 tires for the race. Those tires are a track-only variant that have proved to be very popular among a wide variety of racers. The GitiCompete GTR1 tires have been used at a wide variety of well-known motorsports events and races, including the 24 Hours Nürburgring race, as well as Formula 3 Asian series, and Pikes Peak Hill Climb among others. 

The latest iteration of the GTR1 tires come after years of research and development. The top grade compound has been designed for racetracks. It should help the Audi R8s compete well in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race this year. While race is an important test for Giti Tire, the company isn’t just concerned with racing. The lessons it learns on the track will trickle down to road-legal variations of its tires, ensuring the best performance for all kinds of vehicles. 

It will be exciting to see how the Audi R8s and the VW Golfs put out on the racetrack by Giti Tire perform at the race. The race will occur this weekend in Germany. 

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Clever Ways to Save Money when Buying a Supercar

So you have finally decided that it’s time to upgrade to a vehicle that actually ticks off all the boxes and provides you with the driving experience you desire. Buying a supercar isn’t a purchase you’ll be making just any day, and maybe leasing a supercar is even a better alternative for you. Since this might be one of the biggest investments of your life, you want the entire purchase to turn out as planned.

You probably know already that a supercar comes with a higher price tag than your average vehicle, which means you will need to get a bit more money out of your pocket. If you are currently stressing over the large expense you will be subjected to, perhaps you should find a few methods of saving some money. Here are a few ideas that might help you out on the matter, so look them over carefully.

Sell your currently-owned vehicle

Parting ways with the car you have been driving for a long time isn’t always easy. You might be tempted to keep your current vehicle, especially if the price you will be able to sell it for isn’t exactly a high one. Well, in reality, selling your old car should be the first step you take on the matter. Besides getting some cash into your pocket out of the sale, you will also be saving on insurance, potential repairs and other expenses that arise when you have more than one vehicle in your garage. So, when you are interested in upgrading, start with the basics and put your currently-owned auto up for sale. Even a couple of thousands more in your pocket might help you out financially, and may allow you to buy a supercar model that comes equipped with more extensive features.

Clean up your driving record

The money you will be spending on the purchase itself isn’t the only expense you will need to worry about. The newer and more expensive the car model is, the higher the insurance price you’ll need to cover will automatically be. You should use the right tricks to your advantage, to manage accessing a more affordable policy. One of the things you are advised to do is review your driving record and make sure it’s in order. Any unpaid tickets should be handled first, and with a clean record at your disposal you can negotiate a better price on your future supercar insurance policy.

Consider using online deals

Although you may not actually find coupons amiable on the purchase itself, considering you will have other related expenses, such as new tires, or perhaps new car parts (if you are buying the vehicle used, from a dealership), you might come across some great automotive deals that allow you to benefit from discounts on various vehicle-related buys. A 25 percent discount on a pair of expensive tires, for example, can mean quite an appealing save, so looking into this possibility when you are trying to save some money is certainly recommended. Offers and deals websites stand at your disposal with an impressive variety of offers, ranging from small auto parts and up to insurance. Regardless of your specific needs, you should always go on a quick search on the web, to see if you come across some deals first. The amount you will be saving can be used in other more productive ways. Online discount codes have become a great solution for buyers that are on a strict budget, so why not take advantage of the available offers yourself?

Think about buying used

It’s perfectly normal for you to want to purchase your dream auto brand new, especially when it comes to luxury, high-performance models. However, in some cases, this might not be the wisest choice to make. You have the possibility of finding your favorite supercar at a second-hand dealership, which might have even used for less than a year, and is now up for sale for far a lower price than the brand new version. Cars deal with somewhere around a 20 percent depreciation drop in the first year, so if you start analyzing how much money that is, you will understand that the second-hand alternative is worth contemplating upon.

Buy local

While you might be tempted to order your favorite, vintage car, for example, from another county, this possibly being the only dealership that has the exact model you want, you should be aware of the higher costs that come with delivery. Delivery expense can add up to quite a significant amount, and why should you be wasting money on shipping, when you can use it is on things you actually need? A piece of advice you should keep in mind is to buy your supercar locally. Once you do the math, and find out just how much money can be saved if no international delivery is involved, you will conclude for yourself hat this is the wiser choice. Moreover, buying from a local dealership, and actually going there in person, could also bring a higher discount to the table. It’s far easier to get the sellers to drop the price, even for a bit, when you are discussing the sale in person. Going to the dealership, checking out the exact model you want and seeming like a reliable potential customer might persuade the auto dealers to make you a better offer, just to close the deal. It’s always best to purchase from a nearby dealership.

Buying a luxury, high-performance vehicle is certainly exciting, especially if you consider yourself a car enthusiast and have been eyeing a model for a long time. However, because this is a purchase that will involve quite the large financial investment from your part, you could put in a bit of effort in lowering the costs through a few clever ways. The suggestions mentioned here could provide you with the necessary support on the matter, guiding you in the right direction. Take them into account, and you may actually be able to cut down on how much money you will be saving on the buy.

Check-In Your Supercar For Etihad Trips? Done.

So, you’re thinking about travelling to Amsterdam and you packed your usual items: toiletries, clothes, leisurewear… But what if you want to take your Ferrari 458 with you? Say no more, says Etihad Airways!

Etihad Cargo has launched a new service called ‘FlightValet‘, where you can check-in and bring your supercar with you anywhere Etihad flies. So don’t even think about renting that Chevrolet Impala because now you can bring your Mercedes-Benz ‘Gullwing’ to Madrid.  Porsche 918 to Frankfurt? Done.

Their services include:

  • Airport to Airport on the Etihad Network
  • Simple pricing
  • Single Sales point of contact in UAE
  • Trained staff
  • Proven capabilities
  • Charter services
  • A future option to branded Car covers and/or  containers for privacy and protection

You can inquire about a quote through their website, which is a formality? Just put it on my Black Card.

The 9 Most Interesting Metro Cards Ever Released

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