Hot Wheels Legends Tour Seeks the Perfect Future 1/64-Scale Car

  • Now in its fourth year, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour will hit 14 countries on five continents in search of a unique customized vehicle to turn into an iconic 1:64 scale die-cast model.
  • Previous winners have included a custom 1970 Pontiac Trans Am, a modified Nash Metropolitan, and a hand-built car called the 2JETZ.
  • The 2021 tour kicks off in Australia next month, and the winner will be announced in November.

    CORRECTION 3/22/2021: Our story originally noted that the winner of the Legends Tour will be added to the Forza Horizon 4 video game through a purchasable Hot Wheels Legends Car Pack. A company spokesman clarified to C/D that this applies to past winners, not necessarily the 2021 competition. We have adjusted the article to reflect that.

    Past winner of the Legends Tour didn’t just get to become die cast, but were also added to the

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    Aston Martin Vantage F1 Road Car Celebrates a New Formula 1 Role

    • Formula 1 racing has named Aston Martin to supply its official medical-intervention (safety) car this season, a year in which the marque itself is back in F1 racing for the first time in more than 60 years.
    • In honor of that new role, Aston has released this roadgoing Vantage F1 Edition with similar upgrades to the track model, which will be available as a coupe or a roadster.
    • The F1 Edition will make it to the U.S. this summer and will be priced at about $20,000 above the regular Aston Martin Vantage, in the $160,000 range.

      After 25 years of using Mercedes-AMG models, Formula 1 is changing supplier for its safety cars for this year. Aston Martin is taking the role, supplying both pace cars and medical-intervention vehicles, and the British sports-car maker has lost no time celebrating the connection with this roadgoing version, the Vantage F1 Edition, featuring many

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      What You Need to Know about Million-Mile New Car Warranties

      • Million-mile warranties exist at dealerships all over the United States, but they are offered by the dealer, not—like traditional new-car warranties—by manufacturers.
      • If you want to reap the rewards, you’ll have to meticulously follow the service schedule and save your records.
      • Most people won’t keep their cars long enough to really take advantage of these warranties, which do not transfer to a second owner.

        If you’re in the market for a new car, you may have come across a dealership advertising a million-mile warranty—and perhaps it was even offered for free. That may sound like a great deal, but it’s not necessarily a good reason to give your business to one dealership instead of another that’s not offering a super-extended warranty. The value of a million-mile warranty will depend entirely on your lifestyle, your plans for your new car, and how good you are at following rules.

        Many dealers

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        Hyundai Declares It’s No Longer Working with Apple on a Car

        • CNBC reports that Apple and Hyundai-Kia are close to finalizing a deal to build an autonomous Apple car.
        • The vehicle would be completely designed by Apple and built at Kia’s factory in West Point, Georgia.
        • The self-driving autonomous vehicle would be built without a driver’s seat and could potentially go into production in 2024.

          UPDATE 2/8/21, 1:00 p.m. ET: Hyundai Motor announced this morning that it is no longer in talks with Apple to build the technology company’s planned autonomous electric vehicle. After a month of talks between the two companies, it seems that the deal created a stir within Hyundai’s executive ranks over concerns about the automaker becoming a builder of Apple products like Foxconn. “We are receiving requests for cooperation in joint development of autonomous electric vehicles from various companies, but they are at early stage and nothing has been decided,” the automaker said. “We are not

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          Someone Just Bought the Oldest New Car for Sale in the U.S.

          • A Connecticut dealer just sold a brand-new Lotus Evora S coupe after having it in stock for seven years.
          • We’re calling this the oldest new car sold in the U.S. Prove us wrong! The 2014 model now has an expired warranty, and it was sold for $20,000 under sticker.
          • Don’t worry, dealer Steve Plona’s got other Lotus cars for sale, including the next-oldest: a 2018 Evora 400.

            Steve Plona just sold a new Lotus Evora—and it took him only seven years to do it.

            Omitting the last Lexus LFA that’s presumably still out there, this 2014 Evora S 2+2 was unofficially the oldest new car for sale in America until a few days ago. How on earth could a $90,000 sports car sit unsold in Connecticut, a state brimming with wealthy sports-car owners, under three U.S. presidents? Forget a moment that it’s a new Lotus—an obscurity that doesn’t quite

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            New electric car battery can recharge in five minutes, company says

            Israeli electric car battery manufacturer StoreDot claims it can now produce batteries that can be charged in as little as five minutes, assuming that you can find a rapid enough charging source.

            Better still, the company claims this is not a mere laboratory-bench process, but one that can be applied to factory-produced batteries and can potentially be in service on the roads within a couple of years.

            In what could be a breakthrough for the growth in electric car sales, StoreDot chief executive Doron Myersdorf says that his company has made 1,000 demonstrator battery packs, and that these are now being distributed to potential clients.

            One of those is Daimler-Benz, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, which has invested in StoreDot.

            Speaking to the Guardian, Myersdorf said: “The number one barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles is no longer cost, it is range anxiety. You’re either afraid that you’re going

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