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1989 Nissan 300ZX race car is a throwback to the automaker’s glory days

Nissan went all-in on IMSA sports car racing in the late 1980s and early ’90s, competing in the top GTP class for prototypes and campaigning the Z31-generation 300ZX in the GTO class. The 300ZX started racing in 1989, and one of the cars from that first season is for sale through Stratas Auctions.

Between 1989 and ’95 Clayton Cunningham Racing built and raced seven factory-supported Nissan 300ZX GTO race cars, according to the listing. This car—chassis 002—was raced in the 1989 season by Clayton Cunningham and John Morton, garnering seven top-five finishes, with a best finish of third at Mid-Ohio.

Chassis 002 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, which was rumored to have made about 700 horsepower in race trim. That power is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission and quick-change rear end. Later cars had transaxles, according to the listing.

The 1989 season exposed

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The Vanmoof S3 electric bike is the future of urban mobility

Long gone are the days of unassisted pedaling. Sure, there’s still a place in the world for traditional bikes, but modern e-bikes are really changing the way people get around — especially in a congested (and steep) city like San Francisco.

a bicycle parked on the side of the railing

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The Vanmoof S3 e-bike is a new and unique entry in this space. It’s like the combination of a Tesla and an Ikea chair: electric, loaded with tech, yet functional and looks great. It’s got Apple and Android connectivity, not to mention its own growling (literally) security system. As far as e-bikes are concerned, Vanmoof has truly thought of everything.

But rather than give it all away in text, check out the video above to see what life is like with Vanmoof’s electric bike. It’s even got a turbo button! What’s not to love?

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BlackBerry Teams Up With Desay for Connected Vehicle Platform

BlackBerry Limited BB recently announced that it has collaborated with Desay SV Automotive — a China-based automotive parts manufacturer — to develop IPU-03 (Intelligent Processing Unit), an autonomous driving domain controller. This Level-3 Autonomous Vehicle System was mass-produced for use in Xpeng P7, a long-range, high-performance and fast-charging intelligent EV (electric vehicle) sports sedan, launched from the stable of Xpeng Motors, one of China’s leading EV manufacturers.

The operating system of IPU-03 is run by BlackBerry QNX real-time operating system. It offers a comprehensive secure and intelligent connected vehicle software platform for safe driving decisions and in-vehicle applications. The IPU-03 meets the stringent ISO 26262 Functional Safety ASIL Level D requirements and forms the backbone for Xpeng’s intelligent driving system. It is ably supported by the NVIDIA Xavier platform, which has a computing capacity of up to 30 trillion operations per second. This facilitates faster processing of massive data input

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Australia’s biggest car dealer laments cash burn in Victoria

But it took a serious turn for the worse when the pandemic arrived, with the company having made close to 1300 staff redundant on March 23 before the JobKeeper program was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Eagers Automotive said it benefited from $72 million in wage subsidies and rent relief or deferrals from landlords in the June half. The JobKeeper component was $62 million. It also accessed $4 million in similar wage subsidies in New Zealand.

No dividend

The company won’t pay an interim dividend. Mr Ward said the JobKeeper program had been a lifeline and prevented another wave of large-scale redundancies.

“It is our view that it probably saved 2000 jobs,” Mr Ward said. “We are grateful for it. It is very important.”

While trading in states outside of Victoria had started to improve in July and August, Mr Ward said it was still soft. “It is not

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