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Andy’s MGB GT restoration project resumes | ClassicCars.com Journal


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The rear quarter panel repair has been completed | Photos by Andy Reid

Editor’s note: The first sports car driven by our East Coast editor, Andy Reid, was an MGB, back when he was just 14 years old. But it wasn’t until 2019 that he actually owned such a car,  a 1967 MFGB GT. He began to restore the car, hoping to be done in time to drive the car to Monterey. That didn’t happen, but as he reports here, the work continues:

Car looked good when purchased, but there were images beneath the surface

If you have ever restored a car you already know — sadly — that setbacks are a part of the process. 

With my 1967 MGB GT, the biggest setback has been a lack of time. Traveling to various concours and auction events, combined with a full time classic car insurance job, makes free time to work on a car project hard to find.

Happily, after the recent Arizona Auction Week, I have had some time to work on my MG.

Jay Hoyt works on the restoration

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SPIED: Hyundai 45 – angular production crossover


Remember the rather fantastical Hyundai 45 Concept from last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show? Well it turns out the car wasn’t so fantastical after all, because it looks like this minimalist crossover is headed to production, as these photos from our European spy photographers show.

The development prototype that you see here may be covered in copious amounts of camouflage, but that arrow-shaped front end, sharp creases and angular rear hatch mark it out as a car clearly inspired by the show car. The almost beak-like full-width front grille remains, but the headlights are more conventional than the concept’s cubic items, though that may just be for this test mule.

Shutlines have also been reduced thanks to a clamshell bonnet, while lower down, the bumper sports just a single air intake opening. Along the side, the outlandish quad sliding doors have been replaced by conventional portals and handles, and the side-view cameras have given way to rather basic-looking mirrors. The car will still get SUV-style body mouldings, however, based on the pressings on the front fenders.

The rear end is heavily disguised, but expect the production car to retain the concept’s heavily creased rump, albeit without some of the fancy pixelated lighting effects. Finishing off the look are the wheels, which may not be quite as intricate as those of the concept, but they still have a radical geometric design that almost has a Ferrari F40 look to it.

As the 45 Concept was designed as an all-electric vehicle, so should the production version. Currently, Hyundai’s most advanced electric powertrain can be found in the Kona Electric, which is powered by a 204 PS/395 Nm motor juiced by a 64 kWh lithium-ion battery, giving the similarly-sized crossover a range of 482 km on the WLTP cycle. It’s unclear if the 45 will get a more powerful setup, perhaps with all-wheel drive.

The 45 is inspired and named after Hyundai’s first ever concept car, the 45-year-old Pony Coupé Concept. It’s also so named because the exterior styling, exhibiting a unique version of the company’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, features 45-degree cuts at the front and rear, which is set to be a feature on Hyundai’s future EVs.

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F1’s Max Verstappen and Alex Albon test the Aston Martin Valkyrie


Formula One team Aston Martin Red Bull Racing recently saw its drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon take time out from their busy schedules to test the Valkyrie.

The hypercar is a joint effort between Aston Martin and Red Bull, thus it’s no surprise to see Verstappen and Albon involved in its development.

Red Bull Racing F1 drivers Max Verstappen (left) and Alex Albon test the Aston Martin Valkyrie

They took turns behind the wheel of the first Valkyrie prototype, finished in the blue and red livery, and were joined by Aston Martin test driver Chris Goodwin in a second prototype and World Endurance Championship drivers Darren Turner and Alex Lynn taking turns in a third prototype. A total of eight prototypes will be built and tested before the Valkyrie’s development is signed off.

“The Aston Martin Valkyrie and its levels of downforce are incredible, and it looks super aggressive,” Verstappen said after his run. “It was a lot of fun out there.”

Red Bull Racing F1 drivers Max Verstappen (left) and Alex Albon test the Aston Martin Valkyrie

Red Bull Racing F1 drivers Max Verstappen (left) and Alex Albon test the Aston Martin Valkyrie

“It’s light; it feels sharp,” Albon said. “Sure, compared to an F1 car, you’re missing the outright downforce, but you still feel the Gs in the corners and it definitely reacts closer to an F1 car than a normal road car.”

The Valkyrie was originally due to start deliveries at the end of 2019 but development delays mean that won’t happen until the second half of 2020. The wait will be worth it for the 175 (150 road cars and 25 track cars) customers destined to own one, since the Valkyrie is coming with 1,160 horsepower, courtesy of a Cosworth-developed 6.5-liter V-12 that’s paired up with a KERS-style hybrid system and sounds like a F1 engine from the 1990s.

Aston Martin Valkyrie in near-production form

Aston Martin Valkyrie in near-production form

The car also boasts lightweight carbon fiber construction and trick aerodynamics developed by Red Bull’s chief technical officer, Adrian Newey. The result should be a road car capable of lapping a racetrack quicker than a sports prototype and almost at the pace of an F1 car.

Sadly, the Valkyrie will be the last joint effort between Aston Martin and Red Bull. Aston Martin is about to enter F1 with its own team in 2021, with the current Racing Point F1 team to be rebranded Aston Martin Racing in 2021 now that the team’s billionaire backer, Lawrence Stroll, is also a major investor in Aston Martin.



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Koenigsegg 2.0L, 3-cylinder, 1,500-hp 2+2 hybrid rumored for Geneva

Koenigsegg hosted its global dealer network for a shindig at its Angelholm, Sweden, headquarters last month. During the event, the hypercar maker tweeted an image of employees standing next to five Koenigsegg models under black sheets. It was thought these represented the cars Koenigsegg will bring to next month’s Geneva Motor Show. At least one of those five is rumored to be the Jesko-based Mission 500 concept, the rocket that CEO Christian Koenigsegg will use to challenge the top speed record. The Supercar Blog credits sources for information on another of the five, it supposedly being a hybrid 2+2 called the KG12. 

If the rumors are close to true, the extra two seats — and we use the words “seats” generously — wouldn’t be the only break with Koenigsegg tradition. TSB‘s insider says the heart of the KG12’s hybrid powerplant will be a 2.0-liter, three-cylinder engine engineered with the carmaker’s camless FreeValve system. Combined with an electric motor or motors, total output is thought to be around 1,500 horsepower. If such a thing shows up at Geneva, predicted to be on display under a glass engine cover, it will be in the running for the wildest and most innovative propulsion system at the show.

Design standards like the wraparound windshield and dihedral synchro-helix doors are expected to make the cut, but those doors might be longer than usual so as to provide better access to whatever fits in the back seat. TSB writes that the KG12 will cost around €1.4 million ($1.5 million U.S.), with deliveries to begin in 2022 and production limited to 300 units. 

One big question is whether the KG12 is, or has anything to do with, the affordable Koenigsegg supercar that’s been on simmer in the background for a few years. A year ago, reports said the car would come to this year’s Geneva show. However, the least expensive Koenigsegg has been imagined with the firm’s naturally-aspirated V8 paired with hybrid assistance, getting something like 1,050 hp, and a price tag of anywhere from €600,000 to €800,000 ($650,000-$850,000). We’ll have an answer in two weeks.

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2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe: More Quantity, More Quality | News from Cars.com



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General Motors’ recently redesigned full-size, light-duty pickup trucks — the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and related GMC Sierra 1500 — have impressed us for drivetrain refinement and overall capability, but their interiors remain a weak link, both in terms of materials quality and overall design. Fortunately, the SUVs that stem from that platform have also been redesigned, and they appear to keep a lot of the good stuff and toss out some of the bad. We’ll start you off with the Chevrolet pair in the redesigned Tahoe and Suburban.

Related: 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe: Big Is Back

Now, the Suburban is an extended-length version of the Tahoe. Both SUVs grew with the redesign, but the Tahoe grew a lot more — about 7 inches overall in length — so the gap between the two of them is shrinking. Styling is a light evolution over what you see on the Silverado 1500, with a tall grille bisected by twin crossbars bearing the Chevy bow tie. The piped, C-shaped lighting elements play a more prominent role here than on the pickup trucks, as they’re more split off from other lighting elements, but the overall theme is fairly similar.

The best news comes inside, where the dashboard shares very little of the Silverado’s tired look. It’s instead a more low-set, open design with controls offset on different layers and a standard 10-inch touchscreen perched above it all. The second row can have dual 12.6-inch touchscreens that can stream independent content from a mobile device.

What else has changed for these SUVs? Watch the video for more.

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‘New’ Nissan NP300 Crash Test With Used Navara Has Horrible Outcome

The Nissan NP300 Hardbody sold in South Africa made the headlines back in November 2018 for all the wrong reasons as Global NCAP gave it a worrying zero-star crash test rating. Still in production today at the Rosslyn factory, the pickup truck is essentially a first-generation Frontier / Navara that dates back to 1997. To further emphasize how dangerous the vehicle is compared to current trucks, The Automobile Association of South Africa set up a head-on collision at 56 km/h (34.8 mph) with a latest-generation Navara built in Barcelona, Spain.

They took a newly built NP300 and smashed it into a used Navara to demonstrate the differences between the two literally represent a matter of life and death. The analysis conducted post-crash shows that a real person behind the wheel of the South African-built truck “would have likely sustained fatal injuries” whereas the driver of the European-made Navara “would have likely walked away from the crash.”

If there is a silver lining in all of this, it’s that Nissan is upgrading its Rosslyn factory to start production of the modern Navara in November 2020. However, the investment valued at three billion ZAR ($200 million at current exchange rates) won’t put an end to the NP300 Hardbody as the old truck will soldier on as a cheaper (yet vastly more dangerous) alternative.

The Navara shares its underpinnings with several other models, including the Renault Alaskan, the soon-to-be-axed Mercedes X-Class, and the Dongfeng Ruiqi 6 sold in China. The Automobile Association of South Africa deliberately took a “new” NP300 Hardbody and crash-tested it against a used Navara to show that a new car isn’t always safer than a used one. It’s especially true when the second-hand vehicle comes from parts of the world where there are far stricter safety regulations.

The crash test also goes to show the major advancements that have been made in terms of safety between 1997 when the original Navara went on sale and 2014 when the third generation came out.



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V12-powered 1986 Jaguar XJS coupe in Sebring Red and tan


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The Jaguar looks racy in Sebring Red

There is something magical about a V12 engine.  They are under the hoods of some of the most-exclusive high-performance cars in the world. Think Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin.

The sound of a V12 engine is unlike any other engine type, with a turbine-like whirr that is absolutely addicting. There is a downside with a V12-powered sports or GT car, besides the terrible fuel mileage: just about every V12 collector car is very expensive.

But there is a V12-powered car that you can buy for less money than the price of a used Honda Accord – the jaguar XJS.

The Pick of the Day is a 1986 Jaguar XJS coupe finished in Sebring Red with a tan leather interior.  The 3-owner car is powered by its original 5.3-liter V12 engine rated at 265 horsepower, according to the Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the Jag on ClassicCars.com.

The XJS was Jaguar’s replacement for the E-Type, supplanting the sports car with a luxury GT that came standard with an automatic transmission.  That was thought of as a huge mistake, to put it lightly.  People were not pleased with the replacement, and for years the XJS was considered a failure.

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But as time went on, the XJS became more and more popular, owned by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tom Petty, actor Patrick Stewart and Princess Diana.

And year by year, the XJS got better and better, so that the mid-1980s, it was often compared to the Mercedes SEC and BMW 6-series cars. When production ended in 1996 after more than 20 years, Jaguar had built 115,413 of them. In comparison, from 1961 to 1974 Jaguar produced 67,300 E-Types. Not bad for a car thought of as a failure.

The seller describes this XJS as a nice example that comes with all books, tools and service history.  The paint is said to have good gloss, although with a few stone chips acquired during its 92,000-mile history.

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The
interior appears to be in exceptional condition with the leather in terrific
shape and no visible cracks in the wood trim. The only modification shown is an
aftermarket steering wheel, which if it were mine would be replaced with a
correct factory wheel.

Both the engine compartment and the underside of this XJS look just as clean as the rest of the car, with no sign of rust or neglect.

There are plenty of XJSs on the market but it is tremendously important to buy the best example available as an XJS that requires any major work can get very expensive.

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This
XJS has an asking price of only $11,900, which seems like a solid bargain for a
V12-powered GT in apparently great condition.

 To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Toyota teases new B-segment SUV – debuts in Geneva


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Toyota has previously stated that it would introduce a SUV positioned below the C-HR, and we won’t need to wait long to see it in full. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that its new B-segment SUV will make its global debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Details of the unnamed model are scarce for now, but it is said to blend “Toyota’s extensive small car experience with its strong SUV heritage.” The SUV is also described as having a raised ground clearance, all-wheel drive, and will benefit from the company’s hybrid powertrain technology.

Based on prior reports, the SUV will be underpinned by the TNGA-B platform, which is also used for the fourth-generation Yaris. As Toyota’s release suggests, the model could receive the same powertrain offerings as the Yaris, including a M15A 1.5 litre M15A Dynamic Force three-cylinder engine that can be mated to either a Direct Shift-CVT or six-speed manual gearbox.

There’s also a hybrid version that sees the M15A being paired with the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) in either front-wheel drive or E-Four (electric all-wheel drive) configurations. A third option is a 1KR 1.0 litre three-cylinder that goes with a Super CVT-i transmission.

Design-wise, Toyota’s earlier teaser sketch showed a rather angular-looking vehicle with squared-off wheel arches and a distinct window line that is kinked near the C-pillar. This latest announcement comes with a shadowy view of the vehicle in its final form, with notable cues being a rakish rear window and slim taillights. At first glance, there’s certainly an air of the current RAV4 in the SUV’s design, at least from the rear.

When launched, Toyota’s new B-segment SUV will compete against other models like the Renault Captur, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke. Look forward to the Geneva Motor Show, where Toyota will finally reveal all.

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Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500, Ryan Newman crosses finish line on roof

Ryan Newman (6) lands on his roof after crashing and crossed the finish line that way at the NASCAR Daytona 500. / Associated Press

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Another year, another Denny Hamlin win in the Daytona 500.

And Joe Gibbs still has the team to beat in NASCAR.

Hamlin won his third Daytona 500 on Monday, becoming the first driver since Sterling Marlin in 1995 to win “The Great American Race” in consecutive seasons. His win last year was a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing and kicked off a yearlong company celebration in which Gibbs drivers won a record 19 races and the Cup championship.

Hamlin joined six Hall of Fame drivers as winners of three or more Daytona 500s. He tied Dale Jarrett — who gave JGR its first Daytona 500 win in 1993 — Jeff Gordon and Bobby Allison. Hamlin trails Cale Yarborough’s four wins and the record seven by Richard Petty.

This victory came after just the second rain postponement in 62 years, a visit from President Donald Trump, a pair of red flag stoppages and two overtimes. As he went door-to-door with Ryan Blaney for the finish — the 0.014 margin of victory was the second closest in race history — Ryan Newman took a wild ride along the track when he was crashed trying to hold onto the lead.

Newman’s car flipped several times and crossed the finish line on its roof, engulfed in flames.

 

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2020 Cadillac CT4: One of Two Prongs | News from Cars.com



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Cadillac is taking a two-pronged approach to compact luxury sports sedans — cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class — with the all-new CT4 and CT5 sedans. CT4 replaces the ATS; the CT5 replaces the CTS. We’re here with the newest and smallest of the pair, the CT4.

Related: 2020 Cadillac CT4: New Entry-Level Luxury Sedan Bids ATS Adios

Now, Cadillac is going the one-size-higher strategy, with the CT4’s starting price right around some really small cars like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3, even though its length and wheelbase are more in line with one-size-higher cars like the C-Class and the A4.

The CT4 is bigger than Cadillac’s outgoing ATS, and its softer lines bear a little more of a fastback profile with less going on with the C-pillars than on the CT5. CT4 Sport and higher-performance CT4-V models have unique, darker elements and larger bumper openings.

Until you get to the CT4-V, the look doesn’t necessarily signal which of the CT4’s available turbocharged four-cylinder engines are under the hood, as even the CT4’s toned-down Premium Luxury trim can have its largest engine.

To see what else is new, watch the video.

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