Oceanco's 106.7M Black Pearl and 90M DAR Win Big at the World Superyacht Awards 2019

Oceanco is proud to announce S/Y Black Pearl and M/Y DAR have won the highest possible honors at the World Superyacht Awards, 2019— Black Pearl came away with the award for 'Best Sailing Yacht Overall' and DAR won for 'Best Displacement Motor Yacht 2,000 GT and Above' as well as the coveted 'Best Motor Yacht of the Year' award!

The World Superyacht Awards Gala, organized by Boat International Media, took place in the heart of London, in Old Billingsgate. Nearly 600 guests including superyacht Owners, designers, and builders were on hand for the dinner/ awards event. 

Black Pearl, measuring 106.7-meters in length, is not only the world's largest private sailing yacht, she also has many unique and innovative features such as a state- of –the- art Dynarig sailing system, single- level engine room, and a hybrid propulsion installation with a high capacity battery bank allowing for a regeneration mode when under sail. With Exterior Design by Ken Freivokh and Nuvolari Lenard, Interior Design by Gerard Villate and Nuvolari Lenard and naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects/ Oceanco, Black Pearl is both stunningly beautiful and a technological tour de force.

The 90-meter motoryacht DAR, with edgy exterior styling by DeBasto Design has an unprecedented —nearly 24 tons and 400m2 of exterior glass. Her detailed interior by Nuvolari Lenard works well with the exterior by taking advantage of the extraordinary floor-to-ceiling views from nearly everywhere on board. In addition to head-turning aesthetics and advanced technology, DAR is the first yacht to ever achieve the Lloyd's Integrated Bridge System (IBS) notation.

"We are thankful to all of the team members and myriad individuals responsible for the execution of both of these yachts," says Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco. "Moreover, we are thankful for the trust given to us by the Owners of Black Pearl and DAR to build the extraordinary yachts that they envisioned."


SOURCE Oceanco

Monday, May 20, 2019

Texas Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on International Space Station

Students in Texas will have an opportunity next week to speak with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA television and the agency's website.

Nick Hague will answer questions from students from three schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) — Davila Elementary, Deady Middle School and Milby High School — at 12:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 22. The district has partnered with the Office of STEM Engagement at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, under a U.S. Department of Education Magnet School Assistance Program grant.

The event will take place at Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., Houston. Media interested in covering should contact Alex Gregoire at agregoir@houstonisd.org or 713-928-7401.

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites.

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See videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station at:


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IK Multimedia offers free Syntronik Bully bass synth virtual instrument

From now through May 23, 2019, anyone who subscribes to the IK Multimedia newsletter mailing list can receive the Syntronik Bully bass synth virtual instrument for free, with no purchase necessary.

A $/€49.99 value, the Bully is part of IK Multimedia's Syntronik and Syntronik Deluxe versions for Mac/PC. To receive Syntronik Bully at no charge, new users can simply download and install Syntronik Free, which is a free plug-in from the IK Multimedia site. A pop-up will prompt users to sign up for the mailing list to register and unlock Bully. Existing customers can simply access their IK Multimedia account and follow the same steps.

Syntronik Bully recreates the thunderous bass sounds of the Moog Taurus I, II and III, which were organ pedal-style synthesizers that became a much-treasured chapter in synth history. The slow-sweeping low pass filter with little or no resonance is a signature Taurus sound with its massive low end. These synth sounds are ideal for a wide range of genres and styles, making it a "must-own" for rock, electronic, and many other styles.

About Syntronik

Syntronik offers the most definitive collection of vintage synthesizers in a virtual instrument to date, covering a wide selection of the most iconic to ultra-rare vintage synthesizers of all time. Syntronik Deluxe adds 500 new instrument presets, 18GB of new sounds, and more than 22,000 new samples for a new total of 22 synths, 2,600 instrument presets, 80GB of sound content and more than 120,000 samples.

All Syntronik synths accurately recreate the actual sound of vintage synthesizers using a combination of sampling and modelling to ensure truly authentic results. IK's proprietary DRIFT™ technology varies the phase, colour and pitch of the sampled oscillators in a subtle fashion to keep them moving just like real analog oscillators.

How to Obtain

For details on how to receive Syntronik Bully, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/synbullypromo

To learn more about Syntronik Bully, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/products/synbully

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Inspired By Art: LG SIGNATURE's Advanced Technologies Lead The Way

LG SIGNATURE (www.lgsignature.com) is launching a new digital campaign highlighting the extraordinary technologies at the core of its premium lifestyle products. With the slogan 'Art inspires technology. Technology completes art,' the campaign focuses on the cutting-edge advancements that enable LG SIGNATURE to create stylish, functional appliances. From the industry-leading OLED displays used in its TVs to the Centum System™ and Inverter Direct Drive motor of its washing machines, and the InstaView Door-in-Door™ and Inverter Linear Compressor incorporated in its refrigerators, LG SIGNATURE is enhancing consumers' lives and setting new standards for technological excellence.

Extremely thin and elegant, the LG SIGNATURE TV series excels in delivering truly immersive viewing experiences. LG's OLED is a self-emissive display technology that works without a backlight to produce true blacks, infinite contrast and unbelievably lifelike images. With exact, individual pixel control, the company's OLED provides depth, detail and clarity that sets the LG SIGNATURE range apart from its competitors.

In addition to infinite black expression and vivid, natural colors, LG OLED technology ensures stunning detail, even in the darkest scenes, and a wide viewing angle that allows everyone in the room to experience the same stellar picture quality. OLED also offers a faster response time, increasing users' enjoyment of watching action-packed movies and sports events, and when gaming. By minimizing blue light exposure, it helps to boost viewer comfort and reduce eye strain. LG's OLED panels are extremely thin, enabling LG SIGNATURE to design TVs with incredibly slender forms that bring instant sophistication to any interior.

LG SIGNATURE's washing machine remains perfectly stable even during the most powerful spin cycle. Equipped with LG's proprietary Centum System™, an advanced suspension system that improves durability and energy efficiency, the washer provides gentle and effective clothing care. With a vibration sensor that optimizes spin-speed and a vibration insulator that helps to contain movement generated by the drum, the Centum System™ cuts shaking and noise to a bare minimum. Furthermore, the Dual Ball Balancer keeps loads well-balanced while a clever damping system also contributes to the overall stability of the washing machine.

Complementing the Centum System™ is LG's Inverter Direct Drive motor, one of the greatest technological achievements in home appliance history first introduced in 1998. Because the motor is directly connected with the drum – without belts or pulleys – the LG SIGNATURE washer is quieter, vibrates less and is able to produce powerful streams of water for better washing results. It also underpins the washer's ability to offer six different motions: stepping, filtration, scrubbing, tumbling, rolling and swinging. Most importantly, the Inverter Direct Drive motor facilitates delicate care for a wide variety of fabrics, thereby extending the life of clothing and bedding.

LG SIGNATURE refrigerator instantly adds a premium value to kitchen, boasting near-silent performance and precise temperature control. The foundation of the fridge is LG's renowned Inverter Linear Compressor, which, unlike a conventional compressor, uses a straight piston drive. An inspired design, the compressor is subject to less internal friction, enabling it to convert linear motion into cooling power more efficiently while also minimizing temperature fluctuations. The Inverter Linear Compressor helps keep food fresher for longer, with the added benefits of quiet operation and reduced energy consumption.

Another innovative feature, InstaView Door-in-Door™ prevents cold air loss and delivers maximum convenience at the same time. With two quick knocks, users can turn the refrigerator's sleek mirrored-glass panel transparent, allowing them to see inside the Door-in-Door™ compartment without opening the door and letting cold air escape. And the significantly reduced number of door opening keeps the food at a perfect temperature consistently and elevates energy efficiency. A new paradigm in refrigerator design, LG's revolutionary feature is redefining user convenience and capturing consumers' attention worldwide.

"Representing the best of art and technology, LG SIGNATURE combines our industry-leading technological advancements with the very essence of good design," said Bruce Chang, Vice President of LG SIGNATURE Product Development. "LG SIGNATURE is the fulfillment of a desire to enrich people's lives with appliances that seamlessly integrate exclusive form with superior function. We will continue to provide innovative, premium products that meet consumers' needs and solidify our strong position in the global home appliance market."



Casio G-SHOCK Announces Latest G-STEEL Models To The Men's G-shock Carbon Series

Today, Casio G-SHOCK unveils two all-new G-STEEL timepieces to its G-SHOCK Carbon series. Joining G-SHOCK's lineup of refined men's G-STEEL timepieces, the models come with Carbon Core Guard Structures and arrive almost 2.0mm thinner than its predecessors, providing elevated toughness in a lightweight case. The models also showcase a sleek and stylish look, with silver watch faces offered in a solid stainless steel band (GSTB200D-1A) and all-black polyurethane band (GSTB200-1A).

Combining both style and functionality, the latest timepieces are perfect for the man on-the-go who needs a reliable piece of gear. Carbon materials reduce case size, while the timepieces showcase a larger face in a more compact form. The new G-STEEL Carbon timepieces also include fine stainless-steel bezel and buttons and a thin case back to provide a high-end look with a comfortable feel.

In addition, the timepieces arrive with other topline features including Bluetooth® connectivity to pair with smartphones via the G-SHOCK Connected App. Other features include solar-powered charging capabilities, a hand retract function, and full auto double LEDs light for maximum visibility at night.

The watches also come equipped with G-SHOCK technology such as:
  • 200M water resistance
  • Shock resistance
  • World time
  • 1/1000th Sec. Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • 5 alarms
  • Full auto calendar

The GSTB200D-1A will retail for $350 and the GSTB200-1A will retail for $280, both will be available for purchase starting this June at select jewelers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

SOURCE Casio America, Inc.
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Now available to order: new Porsche Cayenne S Coupe with 434 hp

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe is now available for customers to order. Like the standard Cayenne S, this model uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine making 434 hp (324 kW) from 5,700 to 6,600 rpm and 405 lb.-ft. of peak torque from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. Power reaches both the front and rear axles via an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive. From a standstill, the new model is capable of reaching 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with the standard Sport Chrono Package or 4.6 seconds with any of the optional Lightweight Sport Packages. Top track speed is 164 mph.

The highlights of the Coupe include a roofline 0.78 inches (20 millimeters) lower than the standard model, a more heavily raked windshield and rear window. The body has sharper proportions and in increased rear track width of 0.70 inches (18 millimeters). The new Coupe body style also includes a fixed roof spoiler that sits above the rear window and an adaptive rear spoiler that extends by 5.3 (135 millimeters) inches at speeds above 56 mph.

The Cayenne S Coupe receives upgraded standard equipment as compared to the standard Cayenne S. In addition to the Sport Chrono Package, it includes 20-inch alloy wheels, eight-way Sport Seats, a panoramic fixed glass roof and a 2+2 seating layout, although customers can choose a rear bench seat with three seatbelts at no additional cost. In compensation for the lower roofline, the rear seats sit 1.18 inches lower in the vehicle.

As with the other Cayenne Coupe models, Porsche is also offering three optional Lightweight Sport Packages. The new packages add a suite of sporty looking body modifications in a variety of materials and colors. More importantly, those packages also introduce new performance focused features to the Cayenne family: a carbon fiber roof and new 22" GT Design wheels made of forged aluminum. The same packages add special interior appointments including Houndstooth cloth seat centers. Cayenne Turbo Coupe models equipped with these packages also gain a Sport Exhaust.

The new Cayenne S Coupe will arrive as part of the 2020 model year. Dealer arrival in the U.S. is expected in fall, 2019. Starting MSRP for the Porsche Cayenne S Coupe will start at $88,600 excluding $1,250 for delivery, processing and handling.

SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Student Winners Ignite the Spark of Innovation with NASA OPSPARC 2019

With hydroponic filtration systems, 3D bioprinters and pollution-mitigating masks, innovative students have once again dreamed up creative ways to change the world using NASA technology.

NASA is pleased to announce the winners of the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) 2019.

Just like OPTIMUS PRIME from the Transformers series, NASA spinoffs start off as one thing but can convert into something else. NASA technologies developed for space missions can be reimagined and put to use in a home, school or business.

"This challenge encourages students to think like entrepreneurs, and they have definitely met that challenge head on," said Erin Majerowicz, OPSPARC program manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "It's inspiring to see their creativity shine through to 'Be the Spark.'"

With three distinct missions, OPSPARC 2019 generated international engagement from students in the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec) and the United Kingdom. Challenge participants in Missions 2 and 3 picked from 20 NASA technologies to design their spinoffs.

Mission 1 challenged students of all ages to explore their world in search of spinoffs and submit them to NASA using Adobe Spark, a new OPSPARC collaborator. Morgan Cook from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, won for the month of January, and Justin Choi from Fullerton, California, won for the month of February. More winners will be selected and announced through the end of May 2019.

Mission 2 asked students in grades 3 through 12 to redesign a NASA technology and use it to solve a societal problem.

Fifth grader Samuel Kyong from Frank Lamping Elementary School in Henderson, Nevada, won in the elementary age group for his idea to use hydroponics as a filter for environmental volatile organic compounds. His project, called "Green Balance," leveraged the waste produced by fish to fertilize plants, which filter the air.

Linnea Mitchell, Molly Kernan and Kailyn Kim's project scored them the winning spot in the middle school age group. Using a sunshield coating from the James Webb Space Telescope, the eighth graders from Valley View Middle School in Snohomish, Washington, proposed to adapt the technology for covering house rooftops in countries with extreme heat.

For the high school age group, eleventh graders Mia Lorenzo and Jihee You and tenth graders Sarah Kim and Mirai Molde modified "Particle Contamination Mitigation Methods" to design dishes that clean themselves. Lorenzo attends Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada; You attends Coronado High School in Henderson, Nevada; Kim attends West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada; and Molde is from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mission 3 gave students grades 7 through 12 the opportunity to take their spinoff ideas to the next level by developing 3D presentations and a marketing plan within a virtual world setting called InWorld OPSPARC.

In the middle school age group, eighth graders Natalie Evans, Zoey Stein, Kenda Eder and Alana Flores from Valley View Middle School in Snohomish, Washington won for their design of a face mask that filters harmful pollution from the air. Their mentor, Jomardee Perkind, supported the team as they adapted "Particle Contamination Mitigation," a technology from NASA's Langley Research Center.

Twelfth grader Bhoomika Kumar and tenth grader Vishal Sivamani won Mission 3's high school age group by designing a 3D bioprinter to generate biological tissues and prosthetics. Samantha Warner mentored the team in developing their concept, which was based on another Langley technology, the "NASA 3D Printer." Kumar and Sivamani are from Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas.

NASA has invited all winners to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland for a two-day Winner's Workshop and Awards Ceremony. Students will meet NASA scientists, explore labs and see NASA facilities.

In addition to Adobe Spark, this year's OPSPARC collaborators include the National Institute of Aerospace, PRIVO, Mad Science, NASA Langley, the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach, HubSpot, Tor Teen, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association and Ministry of Supply.

OPSPARC 2020 starts in fall 2019 — updates will be announced on the OPSPARC website.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and used with permission (c) 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

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All-New Kia Telluride Wins SUV Category At Inaugural Texas Off-Road Invitational

The all-new Kia Telluride won first place in the SUV category at the first-ever Texas Off-Road Invitational held by the Texas Motor Press Association. More than 30 truck and sport-utility media evaluated the all-new mid-size SUV at General Sam's Offroad Park in Huntsville, Texas. After comparing it to more than a dozen other SUVS, many of them legendary off-roaders and luxury utility vehicles, the Telluride was voted best.

"Jurors were impressed by the Telluride's off-road prowess, which rivaled that of traditionally rough-and-ready SUVs in muddy, steep, rocky, and sandy terrain," says Eileen Falkenberg-Hull, vice president, Texas Motor Press Association. "It also took on the challenge of driving through hub-high water with ease. For Texans, it is important to be able to easily transition from urban to suburban to ranch lifestyles, including off-roading scenarios. It's also important that a vehicle be priced right for its abilities and build quality. The Telluride proved to Texas Motor Press Association jurors that it is the best combination of those qualities of all the vehicles tested during two days of competition."

This is the third best-in-show award the Telluride has received in May. The other two coming from the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) "Mudfest" and the Texas Auto Writers Association "Texas Auto Roundup".

"The Telluride continues to rack up the awards and accolades," said Michael Cole, chief operating officer, Kia Motors America. "It's particularly impressive that this award comes from a group of experienced off-road and truck media. The Telluride was conceived of, designed and developed in, and is being assembled in this country—it's a SUV for America, so it's perfect that it's being so well received in America."*

SOURCE Kia Motors America
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The OnePlus 7 Pro - A Better Phone

OnePlus has announced its latest premium flagship device, the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Featuring the most advanced smartphone display that the industry has ever seen, the OnePlus 7 Pro delivers the best overall premium user experience through a combination of hardware and software.

"We constantly challenge ourselves to give people the best experience possible," said Pete Lau, founder and CEO of OnePlus. "A great user experience should enhance your life instead of distracting you from it. I'm so proud of what we've built with the OnePlus 7 Pro, and can't wait for others to try out the display."

Redefining Smoothness on a Bigger and More Immersive Display

The OnePlus 7 Pro features an immersive 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 516ppi, and an unprecedented 90Hz refresh rate. To top things off, the OnePlus 7 Pro also features HDR10 and HDR10+, which provides subtler gradients and richer details to supported videos. The OnePlus 7 Pro also earned DisplayMate's highest A+ rating, making it one of the very best smartphone displays on the market.

Meticulous Design

The OnePlus 7 Pro features an ultra-slim profile with tapered edges on both the front and rear of the phone. The graceful curves are achieved through extensive testing.

Fast and Smooth

The OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by the latest mobile platform, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855, with up to 12 GB of RAM, creating an experience that sets a new benchmark for incredible performance.

RAM Boost learns from usage habits and intelligently allocates available RAM to memory-intensive applications, compressing the loading processes.

First introduced on the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition, Warp Charge 30 charges a battery-drained OnePlus 7 Pro to up to almost half of its massive 4,000 mAh battery in just 20 minutes. With the power management shifted to the Warp Charge 30 adapter, instead of the phone, the OnePlus 7 Pro can charge at Warp Charge 30 speeds even under intense loads.

Triple Cameras: A Lens for Every Moment

The OnePlus 7 Pro features OnePlus' most advanced and capable camera setup its ever created, offering breathtaking results for every scenario from a wide field of view to a stunning portrait.

The rear cameras on the OnePlus 7 Pro feature a state-of-the-art 48 megapixel sensor with OIS, an 8 megapixel 78mm telephoto lens at f/2.4 and 1µm pixel size and stabilized by OIS, and a 16 megapixel 117° ultra-wide angle lens at f/2.2.

A new three-pronged autofocus system intelligently uses PDAF, CAF and Laser Focusing methods to produce crisp images in daylight and in lowlight.

Immersive Gaming Experience

The OnePlus 7 Pro is equipped with a stereo dual-speaker system with a powerful amplifier for better sound quality. OnePlus worked closely with Dolby® to ensure that its users will always have the most satisfying audio experience, by fine-tuning both the left and right sound channels to allow even the most intricate details to be heard.

Equipped with a strong X-axis motor, the OnePlus 7 Pro provides multiple levels of haptic feedback and virtually zero delay for a more tactile experience. OnePlus has upgraded the cooling system on the OnePlus 7 Pro with liquid cooling to allow the device to remain cool even after prolonged and intensive use.

Price and Availability

The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available on May 17th in Nebula Blue and Mirror Gray at OnePlus.com, starting at $669.

The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available at T-Mobile with 8GB RAM / 256GB storage variant in Mirror Gray and Nebula Blue that is optimized for the Un-carrier's LTE network, starting at $699.

For more information, please see: https://www.oneplus.com/7pro

OnePlus Trade-In Program

For the first time in North America, OnePlus is proud to introduce a brand-new trade-in program, in partnership with Phobio.

Customers can turn in an eligible device and receive up to 449 dollars to use towards the OnePlus 7 Pro. Credit issued will vary depending on the device model. All OnePlus devices are eligible, including the OnePlus One.


Coolpad Unveils Legacy, a Powerful New Flagship Smartphone Purpose-Built for Busy Family Life

Global consumer electronics company Coolpad today announced its flagship smartphone, Coolpad Legacy. Powered by Android 9 Pie, the new smartphone focuses on meaningful features that matter to families, including strong battery life and quick charge capabilities, at a price point that fits within the family budget.

"We took the word 'purpose' to heart when designing Legacy. As we thought about the needs of each family member, we didn't want to create another expensive smartphone with unnecessary features," said John Choi, Chief Product Officer, Coolpad Americas. "Instead, we focused on the features that matter to smart buyers and made them great, such as battery life that can keep up with busy schedules and a generous display for consuming content on the go."

Powerful Battery Life and Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0

Legacy features an impressive 4,000 mAh all-day battery. Designed to accommodate the needs of any user, the phone holds up to heavy use throughout the day - from the morning school drop off, to a hectic day at work, to the bedtime routine. When the time comes to recharge, Legacy can do so quickly, with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Additional features include:

  • 6.36" FHD+ Display - The spacious screen makes video chats easy on the eyes, and offers more room for consuming content at home and on the go.
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Processor - Legacy is powered by the Snapdragon 450, designed to offer fast connectivity and performance that is both powerful and efficient.
  • 32GB of Internal Storage - Expandable with up to a 128GB microSD card.
  • Premium Design - Legacy includes Gorilla® Glass 3, which provides an extra layer of protection and damage resistance to prevent cracks and scratches.
  • Android 9 Pie - The latest version of Android boasts fast boot times, security features such as verified boot, and a dashboard for tracking data consumption.

"Last year, we set a goal to be the number one provider of family-based technology by 2021. With Dyno Smartwatch, Coolpad Surf mobile hotspot, Coolpad Snap, and Coolpad Legacy, we have created a family of products that address the connected needs that all families have," continued Choi.

The Coolpad Legacy suggested retail price is $129.99, and beginning today, the device is available at Metro by T-Mobile retail stores.

SOURCE Coolpad
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It's Back: 2020 GR Supra Ready for the Road

In July 2018, in view of tens of thousands of spectators at England'sworld-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed, a low, long-hood sports car wearing full-body camouflage with mysterious "A90" markings blasted up the narrow, curvy hillclimb circuit. For Toyota enthusiasts, "A90" was the giveaway: the A40, A60, A70 and A80 that came before were Supras.

In January 2019, the fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, made its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ending years of anticipation and speculation among sports car enthusiasts around the world. Behind the new Supra is a 50+ year lineage of unique Toyota sports and GT cars. Ahead of it awaits the world's great driving roads, some of which were used to develop this all-new expression of Toyota pure sports car performance.

The 2020 Supra goes on sale July 22 and will be available in two grades – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium – as well as an exclusive Launch Edition based on the 3.0 Premium grade. Driving enthusiasts can look forward to an exhilarating blend of power, precision and agility thanks to a rear-wheel-drive design that honors Toyota sports car heritage with its low center of gravity and optimal weight balance. There is a strong connection to Toyota's 1967 2000 GT and 1993-2002 Supra in both design and mechanical configuration. Yet, the 2020 Supra is a fully forward-looking sports car, brimming with a cutting-edge powertrain, chassis and multimedia technology.

The 2020 GR Supra Performance Story

The 2020 Supra will feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six that will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The torque comes on strong from very low engine speeds, thanks to a combination of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Engine response is further enhanced thanks to the inline six's variable intake valve lift system that adjusts intake valve timing and duration.

The 8-speed automatic transmission delivers quick up- and downshifts and features paddle shifters for manual control when desired. Short ratios for the lower gears and a Launch Control function, which is not intended for use on public roads or for repeated short interval use, enable powerful acceleration with maximum traction. Toyota estimates 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which makes it the quickest Toyota-branded production vehicle to date. Top track speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The 2020 Supra offers two driving modes, Normal and Sport. Sport Mode sharpens throttle response, increasing steering weight, improving transmission shift crispness, more aggressive active differential tuning and amplifying exhaust sound.

Traction Mode is part of the Vehicle Stability Control System and when selected provides track-driving capability by reducing intervention of the traction and stability control functions. Launch Control is available when the vehicle is in Sport and Traction mode.

Ready for Launch

The initial 1,500 production Supras for the U.S. will be Launch Edition models. Each will be uniquely numbered and have distinctive features signifying the exclusivity and excitement of Supra's return.

The Supra Launch Edition is available in exterior colors of Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black or Renaissance Red 2.0, each featuring high-contrast red mirror caps and 19-inch forged matte black alloy wheels.

The Absolute Zero White and Nocturnal Black Supra Launch Editions have a red interior. Each of the racing-inspired seats have red leather trim, with red leather-wrapped steering wheel grips, and a red center console with carbon-fiber accents.

The Renaissance Red 2.0 Supra Launch Edition features a black leather-trimmed interior, with black seats, a black steering wheel and black center console. The black interior also has carbon-fiber accents.

The first 1,500 Supras feature an individually numbered carbon-fiber badge on the passenger-side dashboard complete with a graphic of Toyota Motor Corporation President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda's signature.


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3.0 Premium
Launch Edition
3.0 Premium
Launch Edition
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Driver Assist Package
Navigation and JBL Audio

For more information, click here.

SOURCE Toyota Motor North America
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Volvo CE New Exhibition Celebrates Machines of the Future - Built in LEGO Bricks

What will the construction machines of the future look like? And how will they perform? Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and LEGO® Technic invited members of the public from around the world to come up with their own inventive concepts. And the incredible results are on display for the first time in FutuRE:BUILD. This exclusive exhibition is coming to London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden, London, from May 10th – 16th.

Highlighting the technical ingenuity of budding engineers young and old, the many entries have been whittled down to the top 10 models chosen by a panel of judges. Together they showcase a broad spectrum of technologies, including driverless automation, 3D printing, solar panels and drones. Inspired by the futuristic vision behind the LEGO® Technic Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX – entrants were asked to build their own models using at least 50% existing LEGO®Technic bricks. And once the wheels were set in motion, the public's imaginations went wild.

Arvid Rinaldo, (Brand Communication & Partnerships) at Volvo CE, says: "We were overwhelmed with just how far people went with their creations. The best-in-show were picked because they prove that the boundaries of our future construction machines are seemingly limitless. Some of these designs look like they have come straight out of a sci-fi movie. We are at an exciting point in time for the industry and these models are actually not too far removed from what could be coming to our construction sites of the future."

The sheer breadth of concepts on display serve as inspiration to future generations of engineers.

The grand prize winner – Transylvanian native Vida András (pictured) – is a 27-year-old Romanian architect who was inspired by the challenge of finding an environmental solution to construction machines and presenting that in the most elegant way. His self-driving model, the Volvo Rottweiler is fitted with a pneumatic drill, a dozer and a 3D printer – making it capable of autonomously taking on any construction challenge in the most hard-to-reach places.

He says: "To me, the design is not just about playability, it's about really exploring the potential for future technologies. In my industry, 3D printing is one of the biggest trends at the moment, so I wanted to incorporate that into my model. I have 20 years' experience playing with LEGO sets. I've loved it forever and have always had this confidence that I could sit down and build for hours and eventually it would all come together in the end."

A panel of judges, including members of LEGO® Technic and Volvo CE, critiqued the entrants on a number of factors: overall coolness and originality, most inspired details, relevance to the contest theme and best use of LEGO elements. A truly diverse competition, winners range in ages from 14 to 47 and come from all corners of the globe from the UK to Hungary and the USA to South Africa. Other winners include Volvo ICARUS, a mobile solar power plant with advanced off-road capabilities, and The Volvo Excavadrone built to operate on land and in the air.

For further information, please visit: www.volvoce.com.

SOURCE Volvo Construction Equipment

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