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You Can (Virtually) Drive 2019 Hyundai Veloster On Forza Motorsport 7 Tomorrow 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Film, Games, Hyundai, Hyundai Veloster, Hyundai Videos, video on 01 16th, 2018


Following the unveiling of the 2019 Veloster and Veloster N, Hyundai has announced both models are headed to Forza Motorsport 7.

While the cars won’t go on sale in the United States until later this year, fans will have a chance to get behind the wheel tomorrow as part of a free downloadable content pack. Hyundai says the cars have been rendered in exacting detail and players can explore the upcoming hatchback as well as customize the vehicle with new wheels as well as various performance upgrades.

In the future, Forza Motorsport 7 players can expect additional Veloster content including “in-game opportunities such as Rivals events.”

Hyundai Motor America chief marketing officer Dean Evans said, “It’s thrilling to collaborate with Microsoft and Turn 10 again to put the next-gen Veloster in Forza Motorsport 7.” He went on to say the game has a “vibrant and active community of auto enthusiasts” and noted this “diverse group is reflective of the customers we want to reach with Veloster, and we’re excited to put them behind the wheel, starting tomorrow.”

As a refresher, the 2019 Veloster will be available with three engines that have outputs ranging from 147 hp (109 kW) to 275 hp (205 kW).

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Skoda Makes A Karoq Out Of Cardboard (You Know, For The Kids) 14
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Games, Skoda, Skoda Karoq, Skoda Videos, video on 01 14th, 2018


Ever wonder what a Skoda Karoq would look like if it were made out of cardboard instead of steel? Yeah, us neither. But Skoda went ahead and built one anyway.

Called the Kid Karoq, the full-size replica of the Czech crossover took some 600 man-hours of work over the course of 10 weeks to build.

While the shape was made out of plain old cardboard, not everything on board was. The craftsmen at British design studio Lazerian fitted the Kid Karoq with a video game console behind the wheel, an iPad in the dashboard, a set of wireless speakers, and a multicolored disco ball.

It also has onboard wifi, a film projector, bean bags, and a “secret den” under the hood with holes for peering out undetected. It even has a slide leading into a pool filled with 1,500 more balls – the exact number, apparently, that you could fit in the cargo compartment of the actual Karoq, whose arrival in UK showrooms the cardboard version was built to celebrate.

The project stems from a survey of a thousand kids between the ages of 6 and 11, nearly three quarters of which said they’d built their own cars out of cardboard, too.

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Hans-Peter Porsche Would Rather Play With Toy Trains Than Sports Cars 27
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Games, porsche, Porsche Videos, Train, video on 12 27th, 2017


Ferdinand Porsche fathered both Volkswagen and the sports-car company that bears his name – but he also had two children, and through them, eight grandchildren.

Several of them (like former VW chairman Ferdinand Piëch and current Porsche Holding chairman Wolfgang Porsche) have gone into the family business, but not Hans-Peter Porsche, who seems more interested in model trains.

The third eldest child of Ferry Porsche, Hans-Peter built a museum just to hold his collection of scale trains and other toys in the southeastern German countryside and has opened it to the public.

It’s called TraumWerk, and not unlike the specifications of some of his family’s automobiles, the numbers are staggering: there are 180 model trains from his private collection chug along, 40 at a time, along 1.7 miles of track laid out on a 4,000-square-foot landscape that towers over 16 feet high, all decorated with 80,000 little trees.

It all started when Hans-Peter, now 77 years old, took his own son to the toy store to buy his first HO-scale Märklin train and ended up taking out a subscription for every single release the prolific manufacturer put out.

The model train set takes up almost 6,000 out of the TraumWerk’s 27,000 total square feet of floor space, designed by Berlin architect Volker Staab, who has designed countless other museums. The rest of the facility houses other toy vehicles, but also a handful of full-size cars; mostly Porsches, of course, like his mother’s 1966 912, a 959 that needs to be driven every month lest it causes problems, a 904, 356, 914, 944, and a 928. There’s a few others from the family’s history as well, like a new Volkswagen XL1 and an Austro-Daimler designed by his famous grandfather.

It all seems very impressive, which should come as little surprise given the stock from which he comes. The museum’s open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Tuesday through Sunday, in Anger-Aufham, just across the Austrian-German border from Salzburg.

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Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Races Challenger Hellcat In Forza Motorsport 7 23
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Drag-Racing, Forza, Games, Hellcat, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Videos, Trackhawk, video on 12 23rd, 2017


According to the people who deal in algorithms and virtual physics and developed the Forza Motorsport 7 game, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is no pushover when it comes to drag racing a Challenger Hellcat.

Also, thanks to the user who goes by the nickname Ericship111, we now have a pretty good idea regarding who would win in a virtual fight between the world’s most powerful SUV and the mighty Hellcat, at least in Forza’s world.

This straight line race takes place over a distance of one mile (1.6 km), which means that you not only need to get off the line quickly, but also have sufficient power to keep your opponent at bay at high speed.

Let’s run some numbers, shall we? For starters, both opponents pack the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 707 HP and 645 lb-ft (874 Nm) of torque. Jeep says the Trackhawk will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds, which is very similar to what the Challenger Hellcat can do, and while the Dodge is lighter, the Jeep has all-wheel drive that may, or may not, help it in getting off the line faster.

Therefore, the result of this race is unpredictable, even in a video game. We obviously won’t tell you who won, but we will say that you’ll want to pay close attention to the finish line.

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Watch The Lambo Urus Take On Its Closest Rivals In Forza 7 20
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X6M, BMW-X6, Film, Forza, Games, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Videos, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Videos, video on 12 20th, 2017


Now that the Lamborghini Urus has arrived, the big question is how it will stack up against the competition.

That’ll be a difficult question to answer, not least because the Urus doesn’t really have any direct competition – positioned as it is well above any other performance SUV out there, and with much more power.

But it does have some rivals that come close, like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the BMW X6 M, for example – models which also have twin-turbo V8s displacing four-some-odd liters to deliver prodigious performance, albeit not quite at the level of the Urus.

It may take a while yet before anyone’s able to put these three (or really any other would-be contenders) in the same place. But in the meantime, the gamer/YouTuber known as Dizeuul has put them together in the cyperspace of Forza 7 (brought to our attention by our friends at Motor1).

A reliable comparison? Maybe not. But the programmers at Turn 10 Studios pour considerable energy and expertise into getting the vehicles and their environments just right, so it may not be that far off.

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Watch The Lambo Urus Take On Its Closest Rivals In Forza 7 20
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X6M, BMW-X6, Film, Forza, Games, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Videos, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Videos, video on 12 20th, 2017


Now that the Lamborghini Urus has arrived, the big question is how it will stack up against the competition.

That’ll be a difficult question to answer, not least because the Urus doesn’t really have any direct competition – positioned as it is well above any other performance SUV out there, and with much more power.

But it does have some rivals that come close, like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the BMW X6 M, for example – models which also have twin-turbo V8s displacing four-some-odd liters to deliver prodigious performance, albeit not quite at the level of the Urus.

It may take a while yet before anyone’s able to put these three (or really any other would-be contenders) in the same place. But in the meantime, the gamer/YouTuber known as Dizeuul has put them together in the cyperspace of Forza 7 (brought to our attention by our friends at Motor1).

A reliable comparison? Maybe not. But the programmers at Turn 10 Studios pour considerable energy and expertise into getting the vehicles and their environments just right, so it may not be that far off.

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Need For Speed Payback Receives New Cars And Races Before Christmas 18
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Games, Need for Speed, video on 12 18th, 2017


Just a week before Christmas, EA has announced a comprehensive update to Need for Speed Payback.

Set to be released on December 19, the update includes a selection of new vehicles and a new mode, dubbed Speedcross.

Speedcross consists of 16 new events and allows gamers to rack up points on various courses against an AI rival. Four of these events will be accessible in each of the four zones of Need for Speed Payback. Cars available for the Speedcross events are the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman, Infiniti Q60 S, Nissan 350Z, Ford Focus RS, and Dodge Charger.

Elsewhere, the update provides gamers with six new vehicles that were previously roaming the streets of Fortune Valley but not available for purchase (they will appear as a free addition to all NFS Payback owners). The cars in question are the Mazda RX-7 Spirit R, Volvo 242DL, Volvo Amazon P130, Plymouth Barracuda, Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R, and BMW M3 Evolution II E30. Additionally, the BMW M4 GTS, M5, X6 M, and M2 available in the game can be modified with official BMW M Performance parts.

Last but not least, EA has announced that a new game mode will be added, dubbed Drift Runs. The new mode will allow up to eight players to take part in the ten different drift events, available in both day and night settings.

Speedcross is free to owners of Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition and available for purchase separately for all other gamers.

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Take A Closer Look At GTA’s Back To The Future-Inspired Deluxo 16
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Delorean, Film, Flying Cars, Games, GTA, video on 12 16th, 2017


If you’re a fan of GTA Online and/or have been watching this space lately, you’ll recognize the Deluxo, which takes after the famous flying DeLorean from Back to the Future and is available via Doomsday Heist’s DLC.

As you can see in this short montage put together by IGN, you can drive the Deluxo, you can hover with it just above the road, or you can go flying as you would in any aircraft available in the game.

In case you’re thinking that a flying car is in no way better than a plane or a helicopter, consider that landing a helicopter in GTA requires a bit of maneuvering around, while planes need an airstrip (ideally) and, of course, you have to stick the landing.

So being able to take off and land seamlessly using a car is definitely the most efficient way of getting from A to B while playing the game. And to make things more interesting, the Deluxo is equipped with missiles, so it’s got offensive capabilities, too – although there are no scenes showing it doubling as a submarine, which it is supposedly able to do.

The only thing it doesn’t do, unfortunately, is go back in time like the movies’ DeLorean, which could come in handy while playing an action-packed video game like Grand Theft Auto.

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Take A Closer Look At GTA’s Back To The Future-Inspired Deluxo 16
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Delorean, Film, Flying Cars, Games, GTA, video on 12 16th, 2017


If you’re a fan of GTA Online and/or have been watching this space lately, you’ll recognize the Deluxo, which takes after the famous flying DeLorean from Back to the Future and is available via Doomsday Heist’s DLC.

As you can see in this short montage put together by IGN, you can drive the Deluxo, you can hover with it just above the road, or you can go flying as you would in any aircraft available in the game.

In case you’re thinking that a flying car is in no way better than a plane or a helicopter, consider that landing a helicopter in GTA requires a bit of maneuvering around, while planes need an airstrip (ideally) and, of course, you have to stick the landing.

So being able to take off and land seamlessly using a car is definitely the most efficient way of getting from A to B while playing the game. And to make things more interesting, the Deluxo is equipped with missiles, so it’s got offensive capabilities, too – although there are no scenes showing it doubling as a submarine, which it is supposedly able to do.

The only thing it doesn’t do, unfortunately, is go back in time like the movies’ DeLorean, which could come in handy while playing an action-packed video game like Grand Theft Auto.

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New Grand Theft Auto Car Is Half DeLorean And Half 007’s Lotus Submarine 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Delorean, Games, video on 12 12th, 2017


Grand Theft Auto has become synonymous for its use of cars clearly inspired by road-going vehicles. The following car, recently added to Grand Theft Auto V Online, could be the most memorable of them all.

The car clearly takes inspiration from the DMC DeLorean and looks like a spitting image of the famous sports car from Back to the Future, albeit without the flux capacitor. Like Doc Brown’s ride, it too can fly but that isn’t the only trick it has up its sleeve.

As Autoblog notes, the car is also a tribute to the Lotus Esprit submarine from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and at the press of a button, its wheel can be folded up and it can drive underwater.

We’re generally hard to please when it comes to the cars used in Grand Theft Auto games. After all, the vast majority of them are nothing more than bland rip-offs of existing production cars. However, this vehicle is seriously impressive and does make us wonder, could the car of the future not only fly but also double as a submarine?

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Doritos Car Pack Brings SUVs And Classics To Forza Motorsport 7 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Forza, Games, SUV, video on 12 7th, 2017


A host of new cars have just been added to Forza Motorsport 7, courtesy of the Doritos Car Pack.

Included in is car pack is a selection of desirable vehicles from different eras. Sure to satisfy Hellcat enthusiasts is the potent Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk while one of its most direct rivals, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, is now also available to gamers.

Elsewhere, the Doritos Car pack includes a host of classics, including the 1955 Chevrolet 150, 1939 BMW 328, 162 Bugatti Type 35, Porsche’s 1962 804 Formula One car, and the 1985 Nissan Safari diesel.

Gamers can acquire the Doritos Car Pack by purchasing the car pass from the Xbox store for $29.99. Alternatively, the pack comes included in Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition, retailing at $99.99.

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Study Suggests Pokemon Go Could Have Caused 145,000 Traffic Accidents 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Games, Reports, Study on 12 4th, 2017


A new study out of the United States suggests Pokémon Go could have resulted in more than 100,000 additional traffic accidents in the United States at the height of the game’s popularity.

Professors Mara Faccio and John J. McConnell from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, were intrigued to discover that after decades of falling traffic fatalities in the United States, fatalities began to rise again after 2011.

Many researchers blame smartphones for the increase in traffic fatalities and Faccio and McConnell decided to see if they could lay partial blame on a single game over an 18 months period.

To do so, they gathered accident data from Tippecanoe County in Indiana between 1 March 2015 and 30 November 2016. Following the release of Pokémon Go in July 2016, over 100 million people downloaded the game within a month and curiously, the likelihood of an accident occurring within 100 meters of a Pokestop rose by 26.5 per cent in the county. Looking at other locations, the researchers found similar results.

Scaling up these figures to the entire United States, the researchers suggest the game could have increased crashes by 145,632, raised the number of traffic injuries by 29,370 and fatalities by 256 in just five months. The costs associated with these accidents was estimated at between $2 billion and $7.3 billion.

Obviously, the nationwide figures published by the researchers are purely speculative but they do make you wonder…

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Gran Turismo Sport To Get 50 More Cars By March 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Games, Gran Turismo, Reports on 11 24th, 2017


When Sony and Polyphony announced Gran Turismo Sport, many were surprised to hear about the game only offering 162 cars. Fortunately, 50 new vehicles are heading to the game.

Autoblog reports that on November 27, Polyphony will release a small update for the game that’ll include the Shelby Cobra 427, Audi R18 Le Mans prototype and Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo. Additionally, this update will allow a greater number of game features to be used without an internet connecting.

In December, another update will be released. It will introduce ‘GT League’, a feature from previous Gran Turismo games. The feature will consist of a host of races for different types of cars, such as those with front- or rear-wheel drive layouts and certain engine types. Also included in this update will be 12 new vehicles.

These are the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible C3, Chris Holstrom Concepts 1967 Chevrolet Nova, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F40, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, KTM X-Bow R, Lamborghini Countach LP400, Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A FD3S, Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II R32, Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II R34, Suzuki Swift Sport, and the Volkswagen Samba Bus Type 2.

In March, the most significant update of them all will arrive, bringing with it 35 yet-to-be-announced cars.

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Fernando Alonso Becomes First F1 Driver To Own An eSports Team 24
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in celebrities, F1, Games, mclaren, racing, Reports on 11 24th, 2017


Ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi season finale, two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso has unveiled his very own eSports racing team.

The Spaniard joined forces with McLaren sponsor Logitech and professional outfit G2 in order to tackle the world of competitive gaming. Meanwhile, his team will be known as FA Racing G2 Logitech.

“I am a team principal finally,” said Alonso during the launch of the team. “There will be no meetings very early. We will change completely the way we work!!”

According to Autosport, the McLaren driver was approached by Logitech and G2 a few months ago, and thought this was the right time to get involved in the business.

“It is very exciting, and it’s a completely new thing to discover. I think eSports in other formats has been very successful but in racing, it is at the very beginning, and huge potential will come.”

“I am happy to be one of the first investing in this direction and I think good and fun times are coming – not only for us, but for gamers at home and for fans.”

Apparently, Alonso hasn’t signed himself to his own team just yet, but one of the ideas being thrown around was for the fans to have online competitions on a monthly basis, where they can race against not just the team’s pro drivers, but also against Fernando himself.

“I will definitely be slower – more amateur level. We will have fun, that is the first thing, and we will develop a platform that is available for everyone in the world.”

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Limited-Run Nissan Juke GT Sport Playstation Launches In Europe 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Games, Gran Turismo, nissan, Nissan Juke, Playstation, SUV on 11 15th, 2017


A limited-run version of the Nissan Juke, dubbed the GT Sport PlayStation, has just been introduced to the Spanish and Portuguese markets.

Created to celebrate Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation, the special-edition Juke will be limited to just 500 units and be available in either Ultramarine Blue or Pearl White.

To ensure that the Juke GT Sport PlayStation stands out from a run-of-the-mill Juke, the Japanese automaker has fitted a set of Tokyo Black 18-inch wheels, PlayStation graphics, custom badging, faux carbon fiber door sill protectors, Gran Turismo Sport floor mats, and a shark fin antenna.

And yes, buyers will also receive a PlayStation 4 console and a copy of the video game.

Interestingly, the Nissan Juke isn’t actually available in the game. In fact, the only Nissans in the game are different versions of the GT-R and the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

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