New Race Track

Oro Station adding race track, auto innovation hub in consultation with Goodwood experts

Oro Station will serve as a live-work-play space in Ontario.

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North America is getting a new purpose-built motor circuit. Oro Station, located one hour north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will also be home to an automotive innovation campus.

The track will be developed in collaboration with Kinarara Consulting, the group behind Goodwood, one of England’s premier motoring circuits and event centers.

The Oro Station Motor Circuit itakes much of its design and layout inspiration from Goodwood. It is designed to be a 4.1 kilometer road course that will be able to be run in a number of configurations. The full course layout includes 16 corners.There will also be split track formats, dynamic test areas, and skid pads.

Oro Station Ontario, Canada The development will be looking to host high-profile clients.Photo courtesy of Oro Station

Drive International is responsible fo the design of the track. The company has most recently designed the Silverstone FIA world rallycross track in the U.K. and NCM Motorsports Park In Kansas, U.S.A. along with being responsible for circuit improvements to Goodwood.

Oro Station will include 500,000 square feet of industrial space that joins an automotive business park with a motorsport road course and testing facilities. Additional facilities centered around automobile engineering, education, service, supply and manufacturing businesses will be present.

It will be the home of the Bexley Motor Club. Membership in the club will grant members access to the circuit and facilities as well as year-round white glove treatment and maintenance by Carcierge Service. Fly-in, fly-out access is available helipad or the nearby Lake Simcoe Regional Airport.

Members will also be able to access a clubhouse, autominiums (private garages available for purchase), a fitness center, and dining facilities.

Kinarara Consulting will be advising on circuit management, the organization of high-profile events, and retaining high net worth members.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Goodwood's expertise to Oro Station,” said Dan Hughes, Director of Kinrara Consulting. “There are clear synergies between Goodwood as the traditional home of speed in the UK and this incredibly exciting new facility near Toronto. Our hope is for a strong and long-lasting collaboration where each of our great circuits supports and learns from the other."

"The Duke of Richmond and his talented team have created the pinnacle of automotive events at the Goodwood Estate", said Geoffrey Campbell, Managing Partner of Oro Station. "The care and attention to detail is evident in the success of their facility and the quality of experience for customers, sponsors and manufacturers alike. We are honoured to be working with the Goodwood Group to ensure Oro Station and Bexley Motor Club learn from and follow in their pursuit of perfection."

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

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The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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The 2022 Bentley Bentayga S combines dark exterior accents with new dynamic capability.

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Following a mid-generation facelift, Bentley is upping the ante once again on its popular Bentayga SUV. This time, the change comes in the form of a new model - Bentayga S - that is designed to be the sportiest offering in the crossover's lineup. This is the first time an "S" version of the Bentayga has been offered.

Its sport-tuned abilities come courtesy of standard Bentley Dynamic Ride, an anti-roll technology that plays with the model's 15 percent increase in damping in Sport mode to deliver a more engaging drive mode. The automaker has retuned the brakes for the car. It now lightly brakes the inside rear wheel at corner entry to sharpen the front axle turn-in.

The model continues to have four drive modes (Snow and Wet Grass, Dirt and Gravel, Mud and Trail, and Sand) and continues to be able to ford up to 500 mm of water.

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

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The Bentayga S rides on standard 22-inch wheels in the buyer's choice of one of three finishes while a larger-than-traditional spoiler takes up room out back. Black exterior accents give the Bentley a unique look while a newly designed, free-flowing sports exhaust provides a robust sound out the rear of the car. Gloss black side sills and front and rear lower bumpers work with dark tinted head and taillight lenses, black door mirrors, and black split-oval tailpipes complete the look.

Powering the auto is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that gets 542 brake horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The power plant moves the car from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds with the accelerator at the floor and it has a top speed of 180 mph.

Bentyaga S's cabin has new seats, unique stitching, a fresh color split, and Alcantara upholstery. "S" badging can be found on the passenger fascia, instrument panel graphics, and illuminated treadplates.

Buyers can get the car in a four-, five- or seven-seat configuration. The seats are fluted with stitching contrasting and complementing the hide color.

In front of the driver is a fully digital instrument cluster that was designed to be reminiscent of high-end chronographs. Drivers can customize the look of the display.

Pricing for the model has yet to be released, but is expected to be a premium on the current Bentayga starting MSRP of around $166,000.

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