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Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 coming to '​Asphalt 9: Legends' on May 13

The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is a track-only car IRL but it can hit the streets in "Asphalt 9: Legends".

Photo courtesy of Lamborghini

Want to race the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 off the track? You're in luck. The Italian automaker will debut the model in "Asphalt 9: Legends", an arcade racing game that is played via iPhone, iPad, Android, or Windows 10 device. The Asphalt racing franchise is quite popular across the globe. It recently crossed the 1 billion download mark.

Gameloft, the game's parent company, says in a release that it chose the Lamborghini because of its "uniqueness, its sleek and futuristic design combined with advanced aerodynamics, and its engine". The power plant in the traditionally track-only car is the most powerful V12 naturally aspirated engine ever developed by Automobili Lamborghini, capable of generating more than 830 horsepower.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Players can customize their Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 in the game.Photo courtesy of Lamborghini

The Essenza SCV12 was developed by Squadra Corse and designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile. It made its debut in 2020. Limited to just 40 examples, buying the Essenza SCV12 isn't just a sign here ownership experience. Essenza SCV12 customers are part of an exclusive club that gives them access to special programs to drive their hypercar on all the most prestigious circuits in the world, for a unique and special experience.

"There is a digital version of all the GT championships that Lamborghini competes in, giving real drivers and fans the chance to have fun but also to gain experience through simulations on virtual circuits," said Giorgio Sanna, Head of Automobili Lamborghini Motorsport. "Gaming certainly has a more playful and less realistic approach, but it's an important tool for introducing our cars to the general public and the younger generation. For this reason, we are very pleased that the Essenza SCV12 has been chosen by 'Asphalt 9: Legends', allowing players to experience the thrill of getting behind the wheel of our track-only hypercar".

From May 13, gamers from all around the world will be able to select the SCV12 from the eight available colors and compete in the first "Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Challenge", the mobile e-Sport competition which will be held in one round of three open qualifying sessions: the first from May 13 to 16, the second from June 10 to 13, and the third from July 1 to 4. The top 100 will take part in closed qualifying sessions to be held from August 5 to 8: the best eight will battle it out in the final on September 18.

This isn't Lamborghini's first foray into the esports world. The V12 Vision GT made its debut in Grand Turismo SportV12 Vision GT made its debut in Grand Turismo Sport in the summer of 2020.

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Electric vehicles

NHTSA looking into Tesla's in-car video games

Some owners have discovered that their car's video games work when the car is moving.

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Tesla's vehicles are among the most advanced and forward-thinking products of any kind, but serious innovation doesn't come with tradeoffs. The automaker has been in the news recently because of issues with how its advanced cruise control systems function, and now, Autoblog reports that the NHTSA is asking questions about Tesla giving drivers the ability to play video games and browse the internet while driving.

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The feature is intended to be used while the car is parked, such as while charging, so the discovery that people can use them while driving is a serious one. Vince Patton, the person who filed the complaint with the NHTSA, tested his car and found that he could play Solitaire and a fairly involved action game while it was in motion. Internet browsing was also possible, meaning the driver could take their attention completely off the road ahead for extended periods of time.

Tesla Model 3 Tesla's screens offer advanced functions that many others do not. Tesla

Tesla was already under investigation over crashes involving its Autopilot feature. Several collisions have occurred between Teslas and emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Following the initiation of that investigation, the NHTSA raised other questions with the automaker over a buggy software update that was pushed out, retracted, fixed, and reissued outside of the normal recall process. Despite their names, it's important to clarify that neither the Autopilot nor Full Self-Driving features are capable of driving the cars without driver awareness and input.

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Updated premium crossover

2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50 Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50 ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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