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Lamborghini introduces Lambo V12 Vision GT for Gran Turismo Sport

There's a new Lamborghini but it's exclusively for e-sports players.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

Lamborghini's latest concept car isn't available for a test drive at your local dealership. And it won't be seen in a showroom or racing down a test track. The Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is exclusively for the gaming world.

The luxury automaker describes the new car as a "highly visionary concept" that emphasizes Lamborghini's mission to make vehicles that are fun to drive, even if just in the digital environment.

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo

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"Lamborghini is a very young brand, and this is why we are here today to present our newest virtual vision in the form of a real model, with a highly futuristic and cool design to be enjoyed by the young generation of racing game and super sports car enthusiasts," said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. at the car's debut in Monte-Carlo.

Its exterior is striking. The car's sleek aerodynamic lines culminate in an eye-catching Y-taillight design. It's body is disconnected from the fenders. Hexagon-themed side windows were purposefully designed to be reminiscent of the 1968 Lamborghini Marzal concept car.

The design of the car was produced by Lamborghini Centro Stile in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. The car uses the powertrain of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 a mid-engine hybrid sports car that will be produced for IRL drivers. Combined, the Sián's powertrain elements give the car 807 horsepower. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Sián has a zero to 62 mph time of 2.8 seconds and an electronically limited speed of 217 mph.

The designers created a cabin that is entered like a jet fighter would get into their plane. The single-seater Lambo V12 Vision GT's cockpit was designed for a driver who is not seated in the car, but rather on their couch or floor. Driving controls are located within the steering wheel

"The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is created to provide the ultimate virtual car for young fans and gamers, who are ultra-enthusiastic about Lamborghini and its futuristic aspirations," said Mitja Borkert, Head of Lamborghini Centro Stile. "It is an opportunity for the design talent within Lamborghini to stretch its wings and visualize a car that, like every Lamborghini, is a head-turner and the best driving experience, but also mirrors Lamborghini's push on future technologies, particularly in the arena of lightweight materials and hybridization."

The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo can only be driven inside the confines of the Gran Turismo Sport game for Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4). It will be available starting in the summer of 2020 and add to the list of 309 cars and 58 tracks the video game offered at last count.

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Silvercar by Audi is expanding its rental service to series of new dealerships.

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Audi's in-house vehicle rental service, Silvercar by Audi, is expanding from 26 airports to dealerships nationwide. The addition of 10 dealers allows customers to enjoy Audi vehicles in a more convenient manner.

The program adds another element to the Audi premium experience joining Audi at Your Door, an online communication and vehicle pick-up and delivery service, that was launched in May.

Silvercar by Audi will continue to offer a fleet of premium standard features through the Silvercar mobile app and website. Additionally, service is offered by a Silvercar Mobility Specialist on-site. Contactless Rental will also be available at participating dealerships.

Silvercar is available in 36 locations in the U.S. including Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and San Diego.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

"We've seen and heard from customers that their mobility needs are changing as transportation habits evolve," said Stephan Zeh, Head of Audi Mobility Services. "The addition of Silvercar rentals at dealerships provides a new, convenient way for new and existing customers to enjoy the premium Audi experience in their neighborhood."

Silvercar is seeing growing demand from new and existing customers for local rental options to accommodate regional transportation, longer test drives, flexible short-term transportation, and lease bridges. These new dealership initiatives will service those needs.

Silvercar by Audi at dealership locations launched in late July and currently include 10 Audi dealerships with more to come through the end of 2020. Current locations include:

  • Audi Dallas, TX
  • Audi Seattle, WA
  • Audi Henderson, NV
  • Audi Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Audi Denver, CO
  • Audi Charlotte, NC
  • Audi North Orlando, FL
  • Audi Fletcher Jones, CA
  • Audi Wesley Chapel, FL
  • Audi Exchange Highland Park, IL

Audi at Your Door is currently offered at approximately 95 percent of Audi dealerships across the U.S.

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This Rolls-Royce Culliinan was pushed to its limits in Dubai.

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to one of the most well-known sand dunes on Earth, Moreeb Dune. The challenging landscape of that, and other dunes across the nation's landscape are punishing on even the best of off-roaders. This includes the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

A Cullinan owner from the UAE recently put his Rolls-Royce SUV to the test, pushing its Magic Carpet Ride ride and promised "effortless everywhere" drive experience to the limit. Thankfully, it was all captured on video and in photos (see below).

Led by the car's illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy, the car awakens from its parking area and hits the road. Pavement rolls out in front of the black Cullinan as it speeds down a patch of asphalt between two horizons of golden sand. Suddenly, the viewer is taken off-road, onto the sand, where the Cullinan hightails it across a flat patch as sand is thrown from under the tires and spewed toward the camera. Drifting commences, in slow motion and real time, with sand dancing around the SUV like water from the Bellagio's fountains. Cullinan ascends a dune, rides along the ridge, the sun sets.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the United Arab Emirates

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While the video is possible thanks to a number of different video techniques, the drive is possible thanks to Cullinan's engineering. The drivetrain of the Cullinan was engineered to do just one key job explained Caroline Krismer, Engineering Project Leader for the Cullinan upon its debut in 2018, "To bring the famed Rolls-Royce 'Magic Carpet Ride' to all other terrains possible, while ensuring class-leading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector."

The famous Magic Carpet Ride benefits from Cullinan's lightweight platform, dubbed the Architecture of Luxury, and self-leveling air suspension. There's larger struts on the Cullinan than there are in other Rolls-Royces as well as four-wheel drive. The bespoke automaker reworked their customary 6.75-liter V12 engine to deliver more torque at lower revs, a key to off-roading success.

The suspension makes millions of calculations every second to continuously vary the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system. The double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle delivers control over lateral forces ensuring stability. Rolls-Royce describes how the system operates specifically under off-road conditions: "The electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels."

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