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€3 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is a lighter, more agile take on the Chiron

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The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport wowed the world when it hit the 300 mph threshold. Now, the luxury supercar manufacturer has introduced a lighter, more agile variant of the Chiron that is designed to tackle winding roads with aplomb.

The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is an aerodynamic masterpiece that generates more downforce the the Super Sport. The company says that even at moderate speed the car will "stimulate all the senses thanks to a close-ratio transmission, high-performance tires with a new material mix geared towards extreme grip as well as an agile chassis and suspension setup."

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport The car features a large rear wing.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

"We spoke to customers and realised they wanted a vehicle that is geared even more towards agility and dynamic cornering. A hypersports car that yearns for country roads with as many bends as possible. An unadulterated, uncompromising driving machine" said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "By cutting the weight by 50 kilogrammes while simultaneously boosting the downforce and configuring an uncompromising, sporty chassis as well as suspension setup, the Chiron Pur Sport boasts incredible grip, sensational acceleration and extraordinarily accurate handling. It's the most uncompromising yet agile Bugatti of recent times."

The car's front end features wide air inlets and an enlarged horseshoe panel at the bottom. Its splitter protruding at the front while primary lines run across the air outlets on the front wing , described as being like "tendons on a muscle" by Bugatti.

A new wheel design lightens the wheels by 16 kilograms each and features available aero blades. Bugatti and Michelin co-developed an exclusive Bugatti Sport Cup 2 R tire in 285/30 R20 dimensions at the front and 355/25 R21 at the rear to match the new aero wheel design. The modified tire structure and a rubber mix creates more grip, boosting the vehicle's lateral acceleration by 10 percent, which allows drivers to take corners faster.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Available aero tires sport a unique design.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

A new optional split paintwork is available on the Chiron Pur Sport. The entire bottom third of the car is exposed carbon fiber.

The back of the Chiron Pur Sport houses a 1.9-meter spoiler. Angled wing mounts form a large X in conjunction with a rear apron. The car's tailpipe is made from 3D-printed titanium. Using 3D printing allowed Bugatti to make the tailpipe slimmer though equally as effective, saving weight.

The chassis setup features 65 percent firmer springs in the front and 33 percent firmer springs at the rear than the Chiron as well as adaptive damping control. Overall, the car is 130 percent firmer in the front and 77 percent firmer at the rear. The car's carbon-fiber stabilizers minimize roll making the car more easily able to take on winding roads.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport The car is designed to take on the winding, open road with ease.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

Bugatti has given the model a 8.0-liter W16 engine that is paired with a retuned transmission that allows for gear ratio that is 15 percent closer than before. The car unleashes its full power at 350 km/h. Bugatti has increased the maximum speed of the engine by 200 rpm to 6,900 room. The Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 60 to 120 km/h almost two seconds faster than Chiron.

If you're looking for an opulent interior, look at another car. The interior of the Bugatti is raw and minimal. Large surfaces are upholstered with Alcantara including the steering wheel. All trim elements including buttons and controls are either black, anodized aluminum or titanium. Contrasting color stitching and the steering wheel's 12 o'clock spoke and the blue centre spine add a bit of excitement to the cabin.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport To save weight, Bugatti covered the interior of the car with Alcantara.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

Production of the Chiron Pur Sport will start in the second half of 2020. It is limited to a 60-unit run. Models are priced at three million euros excluding VAT.

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The Ford Explorer Timberline joins the 2021 Explorer King Ranch as a new model for 2021.

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Following in the footsteps of the Raptor and Tremor versions of Ford trucks, the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline debuts with a host of new equipment designed to make the popular SUV a more capable off-roader. Like what Subaru is doing with its Wilderness packaging, Ford will carry over the Timberland trimmings to multiple models.

"Ford is delivering on more capable SUVs with Timberline. Consumer data has shown us that now more than ever, customers want to get outside and explore nature with friends and family," said Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas & International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company. "Timberline hits a new sweet spot with these customers who want an ideal combination of passenger space, moderate off-road capability and great manners around town."

The Explorer Timberline has a new Forged Green Metallic exterior color. It has a blackout treatment on the headlights and taillamps, as well as the Ford oval. Timberline badges feature on the C-pillars and lift gate. Red Ember tow hoods are at the front and rated at 150 percent gross vehicle weight.

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline

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LED fog lamps, a Carbonized Gray grille, and dealer-installed Ford Performance auxiliary lights with a 160,000-candelas output come on the vehicle.

The 2021 Explorer Timberline comes standard with four-wheel drive with torque vectoring technology that works to distribute the right amount of torque to each wheel. It also has a Torsen limited slip rear differential, which helps prevent wheel spin.

Ford's Terrain Management System is also standard, allowing drivers to select between seven drive modes depending on road conditions. The Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport have a similar system. Hill Descent Control is also standard.

Steel skid plates line the front and rear underbody of the vehicle protecting the engine and transmission. Ford has given the model a 0.8-inch ride height increase and heavy-duty shocks that were originally developed for the Explorer Police Interceptor. Steering calibration, stabilizer bars and springs are specially tuned for Timberline – including an exclusive front rebound spring that helps prevent sudden jarring off-road.

The new Explorer has an approach angle of 23.5 degrees and maximum departure angle of 23.7 degrees, plus minimum ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

The rig rides on high-sidewall Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R-18 all-terrain tires with a tread pattern designed to balance off-road traction and on-road quietness. The shoes are wrapped around high-gloss painted aluminum wheels that feature a laser-etched Timberline logo.

Explorer Timberline is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

For customers who need to tow RVs, ATVs and boats to their adventures, the standard Class III Trailer Tow Package brings 5,300 pounds of towing capability.

The interior sports a Deep Cypress color way that is matched with an Ebony headliner, overhead console, pillar trim, grab handles, visors, and moonroof shade. The instrument panel has a Stone Mesh appliqué while other colors feature elsewhere. Satin Silver Twilight is on the center stack, steering wheel bezel and door armrest trim; Deep Cypress on door trim panel inserts; Deep Tangerine stitching on the seats, steering wheel and door trim; and Timberline logos on the front seats.

Rubber floor liners are standard and ActiveX cloth seats inserts are designed to be cleaned easily and keep bottoms in place on rough terrain.

Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 and Co-Pilot360 Assist+ technology features that include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist and voice-activated touch screen navigation. A 360-degree camera also comes on the model.

Buyers can choose three Outfitters packages – Outfitters SkyBox, Outfitters MegaWarrior and Outfitters FrontLoader. All three packages combine all-weather floor mats, crossbars and the selected Yakima rooftop accessories for customers to take even more equipment with them on their next adventure.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is available to order now and arrives at Ford dealers this summer joining the Explorer King Ranch and new Platinum grades in the company's lineup.

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An Infiniti Q60 drifts at Yokohama Harbor.

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A new film showcases the drifting capabilities of a heavily modified Infiniti Q60. The coupe currently competes in the domestic top-tier drift championship in Japan even though the sports coupe is not sold there.

Before reaching the docks in Japan, the car was heavily modified having started its journey in America. The car was built to show off renowned restoration specialist Tatsuhiro Shibata's passion for the Infiniti brand.

The video features Shibata and his driver, Koudai Sobagiri putting the The hand-built model to the test and showing off near Infiniti's world headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The closed course near Yokohama Harbor served as the set.

"In my eyes, the Q60 was the best looking of (the Infiniti lineup), but they didn't sell any in Japan. So we had to go to the U.S. to find one," Shibata says. "It's simple; I just wanted a good-looking racing car."

Tatsuhiro Shibata's Infiniti Q60

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This isn't the first time that Shibata has imported an Infiniti to Japan. His passion has led him to do so for the last decade. Shibata is not directly affiliated with Infiniti.

Following the film, Infiniti plans to release an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film and the Shibata Infiniti Q60. An exclusive story about Shibata's workshop, Sobagiri's path to drifting, and more will be released along with the behind-the-scenes film.

1,000HP INFINITI Q60: Drifting at the Docks www.youtube.com

The release of the film comes as Infiniti is playing catch up with much of their business plans. Amid falling sales and the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for two new models to be introduced had to be push to 2021 including the 2022 Infiniti QX55 and the forthcoming redesigned QX60.

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