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Let 'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs help you virtually test drive a 2021 Infiniti QX80

Actor Daveed Diggs accepts the award onstage for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his work in Hamilton during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now. Instead of having to leave our homes and head to a dealerships to test drive the 2021 Infiniti QX80, we can have someone do it for us. That someone just so happens to be Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor, artist, activist, writer and producer Daveed Diggs.

The actor, who originated the role of the Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" will be live streaming his experience behind the wheel of the QX80 starting October 13. According to Infiniti, Viewers will have a "driver's seat view" from wherever they are in the world.

Infiniti Live Test Drive Daveed David will showcase the Infiniti QX80 as part of the Infiniti Live Test Drive.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

The expirience is designed to be an "immersive, intimate event" with viewers able to send in questions to Diggs about anything, from projects that he is working on, to the QX80 test drive experience, to life in general.

"Instagram Live offers a more personal, real-time interaction with audiences that's more important now than ever before," Diggs said. "I'm excited to partner with INFINITI on this unique concept that will allow me to connect with fans in a brand-new way."

Diggs currently stars in TNT's "Snowpiercer," Apple's "Central Park," Showtime's "The Good Lord Bird" and will next be seen in Pixar's "Soul". Diggs also co-wrote, produced, and starred in the acclaimed 2018 film "Blindspotting," earning him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. The film will become a Starz spinoff series that Diggs is co-writing and executive producing. Meanwhile, his lauded rap group, Clipping, will release their latest LP on Oct. 23.

"At INFINITI, we believe that luxury should be lived in, and this Live Test Drive is a great example of that philosophy," said INFINITI Americas Group Vice President Jeff Pope. "Daveed's multi-faceted yet relatable personality is an ideal match for this first-of-its-kind Instagram Live from INFINITI. We hope to connect with more consumers than ever, before our Winter Sales Event begins, thanks to this effort."

While INFINITI can't offer up Daveed Diggs for actual test drives at its retailer, the company's Infiniti Now program provides a new way for people to shop for a car on their terms – scheduling test drives online and having test drive vehicles delivered by participating retailers.

More information on how to join the Luxury Live Test Drive with Daveed Diggs can be found here.

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New technology is embedded into the brake caliper.

Photo courtesy of Brembo

Brembo is celebrating 60 years of brand braking history with the debut of a bit of its future. The New G Sessanta Concept is a peek at what the company sees as the future of mobility. It was inspired by the first brake caliper for motorbikes produced by the company, an innovation in 1972.

The company says that the core of the concept is LED technology, which is applied directly to the body of the caliper, a feature that is adaptable to every type of caliper they craft. Brembo sees the tech as being able to enhance the caliper's form and function serving as both an interface and an aesthetic. It will be able to "communicate directly with the user" and "adapt to the user's tastes and preferences". A new video released by Brembo shows the LED color changing via a smartphone app.

 New G Sessanta Concept The New G Sessanta Concept features interactive tech.Photo courtesy of Brembo

Brembo is often known for using bright, flashy colors on its calipers and the new light plays on that. The New G Sessanta is designed to be customizable via wireless technology. When a vehicle equipped with the caliper is stopped, the user can control the desired shade of light to express mood, enhance the style of the bike, or adapt it to the surroundings.

Additionally, the LEDs could use color and light to relay data and information regarding the conditions of the vehicle and caliper itself, or even help localize a parked vehicle by emitting a courtesy light.

Watch the video below to see the vision of the New G Sessanta come to life.

BREMBO “NEW G SESSANTA”: THE NEW BRAKE CALIPER CONCEPT SET TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY www.youtube.com

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Motul has released a new line of lubricants for "rad" era vehicles.

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Motul has been around for 168 years, far longer than automobiles. The new Classic Line of lubricants have been specifically formulated for cars slightly newer, those that are members of the "rad" era. Motul's Classic Line features oils, detergents, and additives that the company has engineered to enhance the performance of older powertrains while offering improved protection.

Each Classic Line lubricant features an additive package with high-zinc (ZDDP) and molybdenum (moly) for reduced friction and increased power. Synthetic base oils and adapted detergent levels of each formulation are suited for metals and gasket materials that are common of the era of vehicle manufacturing. Advanced additives ensure that the lubricants meet or exceed American Petroleum Institute (API) standards.

Motul Eighties 10W30 Motul's Eighties formulation is made for forced induction engine vehicles.Photo courtesy of Motul

The Classic Line's products have high-adhesion properties that are designed to provide excellent cold flow properties to prevent engine wear during start-ups and to coat and protect engine internals and running gear during the periods of prolonged storage that collector vehicles often experience.

Motul Modern Classic Eighties 10W40 meets the needs of forced induction engines while Modern Classic Nineties 10W30 was designed for the demands of high-revving engines with more modern valvetrains. Both Modern Classic oils are the first products to offer high ZDDP and moly for "rad" era collector cars from these two decades.

To get the new 2100 Classic Oil 15W50, Motul revised its 2100 oil to better lubricate and protect naturally aspirated and forced induction engines with flat tappet cams common to the vehicles in the 1970s and beyond.

Motul Classic 10W50 Classic vehicles have different needs and their lubricants have a different formation than Eighties and Nineties branded oils.Photo courtesy of Motul

Classic Oil 20W50 is designed for hot rods, muscle cars, and collector vehicles, and uses additive packages fortified with ~1,800 ppm of ZDDP. According to Motul, this oil provides "improved protection for flat tappet or high-lift cams and high-performance engines with tighter tolerances and older elastomer gaskets; the medium detergent level also makes Classic Oil 20W50 an appropriate break-in oil for newly refurbished engines".

Straight-weight Classic Oil SAE 30 and SAE 50 are mineral monograde engine oils with low detergent levels, blended specifically for gasoline or diesel four-stroke engines generally produced before 1950.

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