Fast News Friday #47

George Chapman

Hello everyone. You’ve successfully managed to complete another week of 2020! Before you switch off, get up to speed with this edition of #FastNewsFriday. Read on and enjoy configuring a Lotus Evija hypercar, pore over the new Arteon Shooting Brake from VW and check out the epic new supercar from Naran Automotive. This and more in the links below.

Bruce McLaren tribute

This week marked 50 years since the tragic death of Bruce McLaren at Goodwood. To mark the occasion, Autosport’s Adam Cooper has compiled this fantastic editorial piece. Complete with supporting images, the article recalls the events that led the New Zealander to transition from F1 driver to constructor – at the tender age of just 28 – right up to the fateful day of the accident on 2 June 1970.

Lotus Evija configurator goes live

Fancy having a go at painting one of the world’s fastest, most powerful and most exclusive new electric cars? Of course you do! Head over to the Lotus website to configure your very own Evija hypercar, choosing from an impressive range of exterior colours, accent packs and even pin-striping options. You can even save and download your creation straight from the website. What are you waiting for?

VW Arteon Shooting Brake confirmed

VW has expanded its handsome Arteon range to include a hot new R model and the highly anticipated Shooting Brake estate model, as these futuristis computer generated images show. Still loosely based on the Passat, the Arteon offers a stylish design with a very high quality interior. By throwing performance and an added dose of practicality into the mix, is this the start of a new era at VW, and one that steers away from SUVs?

Naran Automotive teases new 250mph supercar

Naran Automotive has revealed teaser sketches of its first ever road car, the dramatic Naran supercar. Currently in its final stages of development and due on sale in August, the new model is powered by a front-mid mounted twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, with a claimed output of 1,034bhp. Power will be sent to all four wheels to deliver a 0-60mph time of 2.1 seconds, a 0–100mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of up to 250mph. Backed by Indian-Zimbabwean businessman Ahmeer Naran, the brand’s new model features the design skills of automotive designer Jowyn Wong – who is best known for his work on the Apollo IE.

BMW 4 Series causes grille debate

Unless you’ve been offline for the past few days, you’ll know that the new BMW 4 Series has a very large grille, in fact, it’s enormous – no-one is disputing that. Different opinions aside, Alex Goy spoke with BMW’s design chief Domagoj Dukec back in December for Driving.co.uk, and it’s his opinion on the future of BMW’s design that we’re most excited about: “No more playing it safe for BMW!”

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