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New 'Insight Audi Design' live stream gives a peek inside company's design lab

Audi's new virtual tour allows users to virtually step inside Audi's design studio.

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Unfortunately, you can't get into Audi HQ in Ingolstadt, Germany for a tour right now. You can, however, use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to stream a look inside at no charge.

Audi has launched a new "Insight Audi Design" live stream interactive discovery tour to their repertoire. During the stream, tour guides present from a studio and explain why and how Audi makes its design decisions.

According to a release, "The guides answer questions in dialogue and construct the roughly 20-minute live stream according to the wishes and interests of the participants."

Tours are available in German and English.

Insight Audi Design schedule Tours can be booked online and are free of charge.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Audi is the first auto manufacturer to offer free, online discovery tours. The company's virtual factory tour 'Audi live at the Ingolstadt factory' has been offered since November 2019 and gives tour-takers an insiders peek at the production process and technical highlights of the brand.

Tours are available at multiple times throughout each day. Users can click through to see the date they're interested in booking, the times of the tours available, and the language they are presented in. Each takes 20-30 minutes.

When booking, Audi asks which areas of their production interest you the most: history, motorsports, sustainability, production sites, or company. They also ask you to choose which models you're interested in learning about based on groupings (A1, Q2, A3, Q3, TT; A4, A5, Q5; A6, A7, Q7, Q8, A8; E-Tron; or R8, RS) and indicate which technologies pique your interest (alternative drives, driver assistance systems, lightweight construction, lighting technologies, or quattro).

Users must input their name and email address to book the tour.

Interested parties can choose a suitable date for "Insight Audi Design" online at www.audi.stream.

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CSR Racing 2 is a mobile game that allows gamers to drive a selection of Bugatti concept cars and production vehicles.

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Bugatti and Zynga, the company behind FarmVille, have teamed up again to deliver a virtual drive experience in the Bugatti Bolide concept car to gamers. Bugatti has not yet decided if the Bolide, a hypercar that the President of Bugatti described as “riding a cannonball”, is bound for production.

Zynga’s CSR Racing 2 (CSR2) mobile game to allow players to compete against each other in drag race with different vehicles in various categories. As players win races they win points. These points can be used to upgrade their vehicle of purchase a more powerful model, like the Bolide.

The Bugatti Bolide is able to be raced at various tracks throughout the game.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

In the concept, Bugatti has used its 8.0-liter W16 engine, which delivers 1,850 PS (1,824 horsepower) and 1,805 nM (1,364 pound-feet) of torque to move the Bolide1's 1,240-kilogram (2,733-pound) body. Bugatti clocks the model's top speed as being almost on-par with that of Formula One cars, well above 500 kilometers per hour (310 mph) and confirms that the weight and speed do not impact the car's agility.

The game gives gamers relatively accurate use of the car’s power.

"We are thrilled to have our fans experience the raw track-ready power of the Bugatti Bolide virtually through CSR2," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "Interactive entertainment allows racers across all generations to get behind the wheel of our latest hyper sport cars and feel their performance."

This is not the first collaboration between Zynga and Bugatti. Since last year, gamers have been able to add vehicles including the exclusive Chiron Pur Sport, the Chiron Super Sport 300+, La Voiture Noire, and the Centodieci to their garage, configure them and use them to race along the drag strip.

CSR2 is available to download for free on the App Store as well as the Google Play Store.

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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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The Jeep Wrangler has fans the world over. For those fans whose extracurricular activities include LEGO building along with Jeeping, there's a new LEGO Technic model they'll want to take a look at. The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first LEGO model of a Jeep SUV.

Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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