Max Verstappen Wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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The dominant pace of the Mercedes W11 may have meant that Formula 1’s 2020 season was never really in question, but, despite the obvious conclusion, it was still one of the more exciting seasons in recent history. Some races had shocking winners, others had memorable drives through the field, and last weekend’s event at Bahrain found a way to pack all of that into a single race. These will be the things we remember about the year in racing.

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Lamborghini and Ducati Are Staying in the VW Group

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Lamborghini and Ducati to Remain in VW Group

With a need to slash costs and invest heavily in electrification, the Volkswagen Group considered spinning off some of its less essential luxury brands, Lamborghini, Ducati, and Bugatti. Early today, though, the Group announced that Lamborghini and Ducati are sticking around, though no announcement was made regarding Bugatti. Additionally, VW confirmed that Bentley would be placed under Audi control, as the two brands are set to share lots of electric-car technology in the coming years. All of this news came following a VW Group board meeting, where, as Automotive News Europe reports, the board backed CEO Herbert Diess after a power struggle and made concessions to Germany’s powerful labor unions.

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Newest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car Is a Buffer, Better Best-Selling Race Car

From the Nürburgring to Sebring, WEC to IMSA, the hunchbacked, rear-engined 911 GT3 Cup is an extremely familiar sight at racetracks around the globe. Porsche says the GT3 Cup is the world’s best-selling race car, and the company just pulled the silk off of its newest incarnation: the seventh-generation, 992-based 911 GT3 Cup. Now, this best-seller is wider, stronger, and faster than ever before.

Porsche says the new car, derived from the street-legal 911, is up to one percent faster per lap than 991.2-based GT3 Cup; around which track isn’t clear, so we think the automaker is referring to a general projected average here. “So what?” you might be thinking. While just one solitary percent of one solitary lap doesn’t sound that incredible, when added up over the course of dozens (if not hundreds) of laps, it makes a huge difference.

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Has Arrived

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The day is here. The Ford Mustang that isn’t a Mustang—the Mach-E electric crossover—is charged up and ready to go. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, Ford has created an all-electric people hauler chock-full of Mustang design cues and the performance numbers are, well, actually better than all but the fastest of Blue Oval ponycars. But will it convert the faithful?

It might depend on the trim, of which there are five: Select, Premium, First Edition, California Route 1, and GT. GT has an option above it called GT Performance Edition that is the peak of Mach-E performance. Furthermore, there will be two battery options, standard range and extended range. And in addition to that, you can choose between rear- or all-wheel drive.

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Record Breaker

The SF90 flips its lid and sets a new high-water mark for horsepower.

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Since its launch late last year, the 812 GTS has held the title of the world’s most powerful convertible. But it turns out 800 horsepower only goes so far inside the halls of Maranello—in mid-November, Ferrari unveiled the 1,000-hp SF90 Spider.

Like the 812 GTS (and F8 Spider), the SF90 Spider receives a two-piece retractable hard top that folds down atop the rear deck in 14 seconds, leaving behind a pair of buttress joined by a glass window that serves as a windblocker or can be lowered for the full free-air experience. The SF90’s aluminum chassis receives extra bracing to accomodate the removal of its original fixed roof, contributing to a 220-pound increase in dry weight. But with its 1,000 ponies, the 3,681-lb. SF90 Spider still offers a better power-to-weight ratio than a 488 Pista—and that’s far from the only trick in its performance arsenal.

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Hennessey Venom F5 First Look

The Venom F5’s basic ingredients make for astounding reading. Hennessey plans to build just 24 of these hypercars—12 for the United States market and a further 12 for the rest of the world—at $2.1 million a pop plus taxes (up from the original price of $1.6 million), and the F5 is targeting a top speed in excess of 311 mph (500 kph for you European types). Its twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-8 produces—wait for it—1,817 hp at 8,000 rpm and 1,192 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. Hennessey calls its mighty motor the Fury and claims it’s the most powerful production road car engine ever produced. Those headline-grabbing power figures are produced on E85 fuel and with the Venom in F5 Vmax mode. Pump gas will reduce the total output by a couple of hundred horses, we estimate. (Hennessey has yet to release solid power numbers for the car on non-E85 fuel.)

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