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Ferrari Museums launch podcast available exclusively on Spotify

Ferrari has launched a new podcast featuring the history of the brand from racing to street-worthy models.

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Locked inside, away from your beautiful red stallion? The next best thing to being on the open road, carving corners in your Ferrari right now may be a new podcast brought to you by the teams behind the Ferrari Museums.

Called "The Origins of a Legend", the podcast episodes focus on the Marque's history and are designed to take Ferrari fans on a journey through time, decade by decade. There are 17 episodes already posted, each of which is filled with little-known history and anecdotes as well as popular and prestigious moments the Italian brand prides itself on.

Ferrari Origins of a Legend podcast The cover of the podcast alludes to the episodes' historic content.Photo courtesy of Ferrari

The first episode begins in 1947, the year Ferrari won its first Grand Prix, in Rome, with Franco Cortese behind the wheel of the 125 S. It continues on to share the story of the 1948 24 Hours of Le Mans where the Ferrari 166 MM triumphed.

Each podcast is free, in English, and exclusively on Spotify. They last between two and five minutes each, making them easily digestible.

Earlier this month, Lotus announced a new podcast episode that celebrates the 35th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's first Formula One win. Part of the recently launched US LOT Sessions, the episode features a new and exclusive interview with Chris Dinnage, Senna's chief mechanic in 1985 and today the Team Manager at Classic Team Lotus.

Celebrated author Malcom Gladwell posted a podcast episode series in March that takes listeners behind the scenes at Lexus. Called "Go and See", the episodes follow Gladwell as he travels to the company's headquarters in Japan, explores a top-secret racetrack, and shadows engineers and executives.

A few weeks ago, the Motorsports Network announced a new, dedicated all-Ferrari channel consisting of a variety of content including livestreams, full race replays, highlights, official model presentations, and other types of content.

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Supercharged V8 pickup

Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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The Passport was lightly modified for competition.

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Honda recently announced a line of off-road-oriented trims and packages for its vehicles. Called TrailSport, the trim brings rugged appearance upgrades to the Honda Passport and will eventually offer more performance upgrades for other vehicles in the automaker's catalog. To further prove its mettle in the off-road space, Honda built a 2022 Passport rally truck to compete in the American Rally Association race series. The truck debuted over the weekend in Michigan and had a reasonably successful run for its first time out.

2022 Honda Passport Two Honda engineers handled driving duties.Honda

Importantly, the Passport's drivetrain and suspension were left untouched for the rally. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and suspension in the rally vehicle are the same components that you or I would see if we bought a new Passport today. Honda did add a transmission fluid cooler, but even then, it's the unit that everyday buyers can get with the available towing package. The SUV's interior was stripped and modified for safety and performance.

2022 Honda Passport Honda is pushing deeper into the off-road with its TrailSport trims.Honda

Honda did upgrade the Passport's wheels and tires for the event by fitting 17-inch BRAID Winrace T rally wheels and Maxxis RAZR M/T or A/T tires. The automaker also made modifications to the SUV's underside with custom 1/8-inch thick aluminum oil pan and rear differential skid plates. High-density panels protect the fuel tank and other sensitive components, while Carbontech XP12 brake pads and high-temp racing brake fluid slow things down.

2022 Honda Passport The Passport's interior had to be stripped and modified for the event.Honda

The ARA National and Regional Championship Series events feature modified street vehicles that travel at speeds well in excess of 100 mph. The courses include gravel, dirt, mud, and snow, and cover hundreds of miles. The Honda Passport rally vehicle was first driven by two Honda engineers and ran in the top ten out of 42 teams. Honda says that a tire de-bead eventually slowed the team, leading to a delayed finish.

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