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News Roundup: Cannonball Run record broken again, plus Tesla’s million-mile battery

News Roundup: Cannonball Run record broken again, plus Tesla’s million-mile battery
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Roads that are emptier than usual have provided simply too much temptation for illegal racers hoping to get their names in the history books for breaking the Cannonball Run. The notorious street race that begins at the Red Ball Garage in NYC and ends some 4,500 km away at the Portofini Inn in Redondo Beach, California .

It’s not known which dummy in which car currently holds the record, but consider that in order to break the previous record of 26 hours, competitors would’ve had to keep up an average speed of around 193 km/h across “several” states. Wow! That’s almost as fast as it is stupid!

Tesla is optimistic it’ll be able to develop a battery so efficient as to bring the cost of electric cars down below that of ICE vehicles for good. According to CEO Elon Musk, the brand will be presenting some new products, including (potentially) a new million-mile battery created in partnership with some smarty-pants at the University of Halifax, at an upcoming “Battery Day.”

Research lab operator Jeff Dahn and his team have been playing with chemical additives and nano-engineered materials to increase the durability of lithium-ion batteries, which take a beating during rapid charging and ultimately lose battery life. Expect to learn more during Tesla’s “Battery Day” sometime in June. 

2021 Toyota Venza Handout / Toyota

Some electrifying news chez ‘Yota: the brand is presenting the 2021 Venza crossover and Sienna minivan as hybrids only. All trims on both vehicles will be fitted with the brand’s newest Hybrid System II, which combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine with electric motors, and is also on display in the RAV4 and Highlander hybrid models.

In the Venza, the combo will make a total of 219 horsepower; while the heavier Sienna’s makes 243 ponies. Performance figures have yet to be revealed, but we do know fuel economy will hit the 5.9 L/100 km mark for the Venza; and 7.1 L/100km for the Sienna. Learn more about the . 

Well, this guy looks like a real gas …. If you happen to know this hoser, feel free to pump some premium information our way. We’d love to throw him in the tank!! pic.twitter.com/TrrRMFj2i5

Everyone gets frustrated at inanimate objects from time to time. That’s normal. What’s not normal is to lash out at that inanimate object with you fists, feet or any other blunt instrument within reach. No, if you act like this man did when he discovered he’d have to pre-pay for his gas like everyone else, you have issues you should work on ASAP.

Police in Brandon, Manitoba are looking to identify , striking it with his hands, kicking it, and hammering it with the gas pump, before throwing the nozzle and getting in his car and driving away, presumably to another gas station. If the cops get half as many tips on his whereabouts as they stuffed puns in the above Tweet, they should be able to track him down in no time at all. 

Don Garlits said it couldn’t be done, but here we are. Washington state’s Huff Motorsports and driver Steve Huff have beat the previous e-drag speed record of 189.04 mph in their car Current Technology 2.0, which topped out at a clean 200 mph (320 km/h) in a quarter-mile test on May 14, 2020.
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