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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.

The 2020 Stingray’s exterior has a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is still unmistakably Corvette. It’s lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from every angle.

A supercar level of craftsmanship, premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing every component of the Stingray. The new location of the engine is truly the focal point for the car’s design. It’s the heart of this next generation Corvette and it sits like a jewel in a showcase, visible through the large rear hatch window. The added attention to detail optimized the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road motorcycle design.  

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, the 2020 Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One racing. Other classic Corvette signatures adapted to the Stingray include a distinctive face that communicates the purpose of the vehicle’s mission, a classic horizontal crease, aggressive front fenders and familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.

Corvette’s structure is built around its backbone: the center tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized manner. By removing unwanted body compliance, Corvette customers will experience the ultimate in ride performance with outstanding lateral grip capabilities. The car has a solid, connected-to-the-road feel with minimal vibrations at high speeds or on long road trips.

The 2020 Stingray’s heart is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise value proposition, as it will start under $60,000. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019. 

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Watch The New Trailer For Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Hop in for a ride with Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Melissa Villaseñor, Ricky Gervais, Martin Short Jamie Foxx, and many more in a new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. 

Streaming July 19 on Netflix.

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LEGO 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0

Porsche fans will love to build, race and proudly display the LEGO Speed Champions 75895 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0. This white, collectible toy car model for kids of one of the world’s most recognizable classic sports cars features a minifigure cockpit with a removable windshield and is packed with authentic details, including the iconic ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler.

A classic Porsche 911 driver minifigure and 3 cones to play out race scenarios are also included in this LEGO car set.

-This model car kit includes a new-for-August-2019 classic Porsche 911 driver minifigure.
-The white, buildable 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 toy car for kids features a minifigure cockpit with removable windshield, wheels with rubber racing tires and authentic design details such as the 911 Turbo’s iconic ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler.
-Remove the windshield to place the minifigure in the car.
-Accessory elements include the Porsche 911 driver’s helmet, plus 3 cones for racing play action.
-This cool toy model car for kids makes a great birthday gift.
-1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 measures over 1” (4cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.

The 180 piece set will be available on August 1, 2019 and retail for $14.99.

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Jada Toys Animated Series Batmobile With Die Cast Batman Figure San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive 

While at 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive, stop by the Jada Toys Booth (#3746) and pick up this exclusive Animated Series Batmobile with a die cast Batman figure.

In honor of The Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary, Jada will sell this 1:24 scale (about 7.5″) for $50 and it will be limited to only 300 pieces.

The Batmobile features a black chrome finish and comes in a special foil and matte finished enclosed collector package with a 2.75″ die-cast Batman figure.

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Mattel Unveils San Diego Comic Con Exclusive 1989 Batmobile Set

Mattel is celebrating Batman’s 80th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman with an exclusive Hot Wheels set that will be available at San Diego Comic Con.

The set includes the iconic Batmobile from the 1989 film, along with a miniature die-cast figure of Michael Keaton’s Batman. The set also includes a shell that fits over the Batmobile and replicates the armored version of the car from the film. This set will cost $25 and you can pre-order it from Mattel on Monday, June 17.

In order to receive your pre-sale purchase, you will need to stop by the Mattel Booth (#2945) during regular SDCC hours to confirm your purchase. Mattel will ship your order after the event ends.

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Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy Exhibit To Open At The Petersen Automotive Museum

From its display at WonderCon 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum announced a new exhibit which will feature over 40 Hollywood vehicles from cult classic films and video games. Opening May 5, 2019 in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” will be produced in collaboration with Comic-Con Museum, with additional support provided by Audi and Microsoft.

Along with iconic automobiles, the exhibit will showcase a selection of concept artwork, props and costumes to explore and analyze the ways in which the speculative fiction genre pushes the boundaries of human imagination. Series represented in the display will span the niches of speculative fiction with emphasis on dystopian future films such as “Back to the Future”, “Blade Runner,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Transformers” and “I, Robot”.

Key vehicles on display will include the Warthog from “Halo,” the 2035 Audi RSQ from “I Robot,” the time machine from “Back to the Future”, the Weyland Industries RT01 Group Transport from “Prometheus,” the 2008 Audi R8 from “Iron Man,” Bumblebee from the “Transformers” series, the GM Ultralight from “Demolition Man,” Batmobiles, and more.

“’Hollywood Dream Machines’ will be the biggest exhibit of our 25th anniversary,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “With more than 40 vehicles from the silver screen spread across the museum, the exhibit is an ode to the industry that Los Angeles was built upon. We can’t wait to explore the fantasy and fictional concepts behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

The exhibit will also feature a Microsoft HoloLens experience called “Worlds Reimagined.” The mixed reality experience will provide guests the opportunity to try this immersive technology, and see the Warthog from “Halo” and the “Back to the Future” time machine in a whole new way.

To kick off the exhibit, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of May 4 with live entertainment, and gourmet appetizers and cocktails. VIP ticket holders will be given priority access to the exhibit beginning May 1 with a curator-led hard-hat tour.

“Hollywood Dream Machines” will run through March 15, 2020. To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit http://www.petersen.org/hollywood. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

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Full Scale LEGO McLaren Senna

Taking nearly 5,000 hours to assemble and requiring nearly half a million bricks to complete, this Full-Scale LEGO McLaren Senna is as impressive as it is fun. The interactive model incorporates the infotainment system, carbon fiber seats, steering wheel, and pedals from the real car, as well as actual McLaren badges and real Pirelli tires. There’s also a start button in the roof, which activates the sound of the car roaring to life.

Overall, it took more than 40 men and women to design and build the model, using 467,854 individual LEGO bricks — so while it might be the same size as the road car, it weighs a full 1,102 lbs more.

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Are You Prepared For A Motorcycle Crash?

Nobody, whether driving a car or riding a motorcycle, plans to get into a crash. However, these collisions can and do occur every day. Ninety-six percent of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents, and 98 percent of multiple vehicle accidents, resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcyclist. 

The good news is that over half of those injuries, 55 percent, were minor. If the worst should happen and you’re ever in a motorcycle crash, you want to be part of the largely uninjured majority. You can prepare for the accident you hope will never happen by investing in motorcycle protective gear.

Types of Motorcycle Protective Gear

You’re probably familiar with more traditional types of motorcycle gear, like helmets, chaps, and boots.  However, products have evolved beyond those basic staples into different types of body armor. Armored motorcycle gear includes knee and elbow guards, back and chest protectors, armored shirts, jackets, and pants, and for those who don’t want to take any chances, full armored body suits. 

Some of these items have the armored portions built right into the fabric, while others, such as some protective shirts and jackets, have pockets allowing you to place armored inserts, with the option to remove and replace them as necessary. Some of the best motorcycle armor inserts are made of viscoelastic materials that combine the resistance to impact of GP armor with the comfort and flexibility of foam materials. 

Protective Capabilities

Some types of armored gear provide only padding to the areas of your body most likely to be impacted in an accident to absorb the force. Other, more advanced types of armored motorcycle gear also include a hard shell to distribute the force away from the vulnerable areas of your body. One way to judge the protective capability of protective motorcycle gear is to check for a CE rating. This is a standard used throughout Europe to gauge how much force a piece of gear can take, and therefore, how much protection it affords.

An investment in motorcycle body armor can help you be part of the 55 percent of riders who walk away from an accident. Check out the different types of armored motorcycle gear available today.

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LEGO Ford Mustang

Discover the magic of an iconic 1960s American muscle car with the LEGO Creator Ford Mustang, featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, bonnet scoop, printed mustang grille badge, GT emblems and 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires. Developed with input from Ford, this authentic replica comes with optional add-ons for customization, including a selection of license plates, supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank.

You can even adjust the lift of the rear axle for an extra-mean look! Remove the roof panel or open the doors and you have access to the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, working steering and a mid-console gearshift. Store items in the trunk or lift the hood to reveal a detailed big block 390 V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter detailing.

This advanced building set has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia and makes a great centerpiece for the home or office.

– Authentic replica of a 1960s Ford Mustang featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, air scoop, 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires, and a selection of customization add-ons.
– Open the doors or remove the roof panel to access the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, mid-console gearshift and working steering.
– Open the trunk to store items and lift the hood to reveal a detailed Ford Mustang V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter.
– Also includes a printed mustang grille badge and 2 GT emblems.
– Customize the Ford Mustang with the included supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank.
– Choose from a selection of license plates.
– Lift the hood to check out the realistic engine detailing.
– Adjust the lift of the rear axle for a real mean look!
– This Mustang toy car model includes 1,470 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
– New-for-March-2019 special elements include 5-spoke rims, 2×8 brick with bow, 1×3 mustang logo tile, 2×4 bow with ‘GT’ Emblem.
– Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

Available March 1, 2019 directly from LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com for $149.99.

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Is This The Flying Taxi of The Future?

At CES, Fort Worth, Texas-based firm Bell revealed a full-scale model of its Nexus hybrid-electric air taxi that can take off and land vertically, and seat five people.

The flying car/helicopter uses six tilting ducted fans to move through the air and make vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) maneuvers, and its hybrid propulsion system is said to allow for covering greater distances than a purely electric drivetrain.

Bell is planning to partner with Uber and the cab service company is keen on being as quick as possible to offer air taxi rides. Air taxi rides could become a reality in the mid-2020s.

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