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2023 Acura Integra, SSC Tuatara, 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: The Week In Reverse

2023 Acura Integra, SSC Tuatara, 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: The Week In Reverse

We drove the 2023 Acura Integra, the SSC Tuatara hit a new high speed, and the 2022 Ford Bronco received official power ratings. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.
We had our first stint in the 2023 Acura Integra. In short, the return of the legendary nameplate doesn’t disappoint. The steering and adaptive dampers are the highlights, and they really help the Integra rise above its Civic Si bones.
Our spy photographer spotted the 2023 Lamborghini Urus undergoing testing on public roads. The facelifted crossover SUV features revised designs for the bumpers, hood, and wheels. A new infotainment system is expected for the updated cabin. It’s unclear what was under the hood, but the Urus will be electrified in the coming years.
The SSC Tuatara hit 295 mph. While that’s faster than the hypercar had ever gone (previously topping out at 286.1 mph before running out of runway), it didn’t achieve a new production-vehicle land-speed record The second run needed to create a new two-way average was aborted due to an error.
Pagani revealed the Huayra NC. A product of Pagani Special Projects division, the NC sends 819 hp and 796 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a 7-speed sequential gearbox. The one-off car made its public debut at the 2022 Motor Valley Fest in Modena, Italy.
Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted official power ratings for the 2022 Bronco Raptor. Initially said to make more than 400 hp, the widebody off-roader will have 418 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. It should be silly quick and fun.

Faraday Future has 401 pre-orders for the FF91

Faraday Future has 401 pre-orders for the FF91

Faraday Future this week published its financial results for the first quarter of 2022 (it’s been a public company since mid-2021), and in the documents it was revealed the company had just 401 pre-orders for the FF91 at the end of the quarter.
Although Faraday Future has previously mentioned as many as 14,000 reservations, those didn’t require a refundable deposit like the pre-orders ($1,500 for the FF91 Futurist and $5,000 for the FF91 Futurist Alliance Edition).
The number of pre-orders isn’t high considering the FF91 was first shown five years ago, though it isn’t entirely unexpected given recent doubts of production even happening and rumors that the FF91’s pricing will start as high as $180,000.
Faraday Future FF91 prototype
Other tidbits revealed in the documents include reported assets of $706 million, which includes $276 million in cash. The company reported a net loss of $153 million for the quarter, up from a $76 million loss in the same period a year ago. A bright spot was total liabilities being a relatively low $271 million, down from $340 million at the start of the quarter.
Faraday Future is confident of starting production of the FF91 at its plant in Hanford, California, in the third quarter of 2022. A second, high-volume model called the FF81 is slated to be built under contract by Korea’s Myoung Shin starting in 2024.
There are still plenty of headwinds. According to the financial documents, Faraday Future’s cumulative losses total $3 billion and the company expects to continue to generate “significant” losses for the foreseeable future as it racks up further expenses with ramping up production and developing vehicles.

Electrified SSC Tuatara to have AWD, first Striker to debut at 2022 Quail

Electrified SSC Tuatara to have AWD, first Striker to debut at 2022 Quail

SSC’s looking toward an electrified era.
After the company’s Tuatara hypercar hit a confirmed 295 mph earlier this month, SSC CEO and founder Jerod Shelby sat down with Motor Authority and revealed an electrified Tuatara is in the works.
The electrified model will have a small production run and not be part of the 125 Tuataras (including 25 Tuatara Aggressor track cars) set to be produced by the end of 2025.
SSC Tuatara record run
Development has already begun, though Shelby wasn’t read to talk a production timeline but said it is completely independent of the non-electrified Tuatara’s production timeline.
Shelby said the electrified model will have electric front hub motors, which will make the new version of Tuatara all-wheel drive (the current models are rear-wheel drive).
At this point Shelby said it hasn’t been decided if the electrified model will bear the Tuatara nameplate.
First production SSC Tuatara
“The electrification of the car will make it a more well-rounded vehicle,” Shelby said. The addition of electrification won’t be for top speed, but will enhance other areas of the vehicle’s dynamics including acceleration, trackability, and other lower-speed characteristics.
Shelby also revealed that the first Tuatara Striker will be unveiled in August at The Quail. The Striker set to be unveiled was purchased by a celebrity, though Shelby wouldn’t comment on who the buyer is, yet.
The Tuatara Stiker is a high-downforce version of the regular Tuatara and is essentially a body kit upgrade, as opposed to a standalone model. The upgraded aerodynamics include a fixed rear wing augmenting the Tuatara’s active rear wing, plus a revised diffuser. The front features a new splitter design, dive planes, and the sides feature six vaned rockers.
SSC Tuatara Striker—Image credit Castriota Design with LLM DesignSSC Tuatara Striker—Image credit Castriota Design with LLM DesignSSC Tuatara Striker—Image credit Castriota Design with LLM Design
Striker models feature 1,000 lb of downforce at 160 mph. Standard Tuatara’s have 362 lb of downforce at the same speed, according to SSC. The design puts 45.4% of the downforce on the front axle with 54.6% placed on the rear.
Shelby would not comment how many of 125 Tuatara build slots have been spoken for to date.
SSC is also planning a new, much larger production facility that will be operational around 2025. It will be used for a second model which Shelby described as a “little brother” to the Tuatara. A location wasn’t mentioned but it may be close to the Richland, Washington, facility where the Tuatara is built.

Buick Electra-X, Fisker PEAR, SpeedKore Hellucination: Today's Car News

Buick Electra-X, Fisker PEAR, SpeedKore Hellucination: Today's Car News

Buick is close to revealing a new electric SUV concept based on General Motors’ Ultium platform and battery technology. Called the Electra-X, the concept previews EVs bound for China, but some of its elements may feature on vehicles planned for the U.S.
Fisker has released the most revealing shot yet of its Project PEAR due in 2024. The vehicle is a compact urban runabout that will be priced from $29,900, and that’s before incentives.
Stellantis Design Chief Ralph Gilles teamed up with Wisconsin’s SpeedKore Performance Group to build the car of his dreams. The result is a 1968 Dodge Charger almost entirely made from carbon fiber and packing a 1,000-hp Hellephant V-8.
You’ll find these stories and more in today’s car news, right here at Motor Authority.
Buick Electra-X concept previews upcoming Ultium-based EVs
Fisker Project PEAR teased: US-built EV promised in 2024 with $29,900 price tag
SpeedKore built a Hellephant-powered 1968 Charger for Stellantis’ design chief
First drive review: 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline lumbers off-road
SsangYong seeks new buyer after Edison Motors deal falls through
2022 Kia EV6: Takeaways on real-world range, charging, and livability vs. Ioniq 5
Genesis vehicles now available in “Gran Turismo”
2023 Nissan Z review
2022 F1 Monaco Grand Prix preview: Qualifying is key
VW reportedly seeking separate US factory for Scout EVs, could include commercial vehicles

2022 F1 Monaco Grand Prix preview: Qualifying is key

2022 F1 Monaco Grand Prix preview: Qualifying is key

Round seven of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship takes place this weekend around the streets of Monaco.
The Monaco Grand Prix is the most famous on the calendar, but it’s also a bit of an anomaly due to its low speeds, a result of it running along the tight streets of the principality. Just 42% of a lap is taken at full throttle. The conditions make overtaking extremely difficult, so qualifying at Monaco is more important than at any other track.
The race was on 1950’s inaugural F1 calendar and has been a regular fixture since 1955. The layout of the 2.1-mile Circuit de Monaco has remained largely unchanged over the years, the biggest updates taking place in 2004 when a new pit complex was built.
Its tight layout and close walls mean there’s no margin for error, so even with the low speeds drivers need full concentration at all times. Braking as little as seven feet too late can ruin the entire weekend. If a driver’s lucky, they’ll end up on an escape road. If not, the car is wrecked.
Circuit de Monaco, home of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco sees around 80 significant changes of steering direction and 52 gear changes per lap. When you add the constant throttle and brake paddle inputs, you can see just how hard the drivers are working on every lap.
Grip levels are also low since the circuit consists fully of public roads that open to normal traffic each evening of the race weekend, so there isn’t much rubber left on the surface by the time of Sunday’s race. As a result, cars run a special high-downforce configuration in Monaco to help maximize grip.
The slippery surface in combination with slow speeds mean minimal wear and degradation for the tires. As a result, Pirelli has nominated its softest compounds. The C3 is the White hard, the C4 is the Yellow medium, and the C5 is the Red soft. The weather forecast calls for fine conditions during Saturday’s qualifying but Sunday’s race may see some of the wet stuff.
Going into the weekend, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen leads the 2022 Drivers’ Championship with 110 points. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is second with 104 points and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez is third with 85 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull leads with 195 points, versus the 169 of Ferrari and 120 of Mercedes-Benz AMG. Last year’s winner in Monaco was Verstappen driving for Red Bull.

Genesis vehicles now available in “Gran Turismo”

Genesis vehicles now available in “Gran Turismo”

Genesis has joined the world of “Gran Turismo,” meaning fans can now enjoy driving the brand’s vehicles in the virtual world.
Genesis on Thursday announced that its G70 sedan is available in “Gran Turismo 7” which launched in March for the Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. It marks the first time that a Genesis vehicle has been available to drive in a video game.
Fans can also drive the X GR3 and G70 GR4 race car concepts that Genesis unveiled last August. Both race cars feature designs by emerging talent Samir Sadikhov, the former Istituto Europeo di Design student responsible for some of Rezvani’s lineup and a popular Ferrari F40 remake.
The news coincides with Genesis being named the official manufacturer partner of the Gran Turismo World Series, the esports competition that has been running since 2018. As an official partner, Genesis will be competing in the championship with the X GR3 and G70 GR4 concepts for the Manufacturers’ Cup title.
Interestingly, we may see Genesis racing in the real world at some point. The X GR3 and G70 GR4 concepts were originally developed to demonstrate a possible direction the brand could take if it were to take up motorsports. And in Thursday’s announcement, SangYup Lee, head of the Genesis Global Design Center, said the brand continues to explore an entry into motorsports.

SsangYong seeks new buyer after Edison Motors deal falls through

SsangYong seeks new buyer after Edison Motors deal falls through

Struggling Korean automaker SsangYong is back on sale after a sale agreement made with a consortium led by fellow Korean automaker Edison Motors in January fell through.
The consortium had agreed to pay $255 million for SsangYong which has been under insolvency protection since 2020, but failed to meet a payment deadline on March 25.
In a statement made earlier this month, SsangYong said it’s seeking a new buyer and will prepare a new turnaround plan for court approval. Potential buyers will be able to bid on SsangYong starting later this month, and SsangYong has already nominated Korean chemicals giant KG Consortium as its preferred buyer.
Teaser for SsangYong Torres due in June 2022
According to SsangYong, it’s financial state has improved since it first entered insolvency protection, thanks to increased orders from export markets as well as an agreement with Saudi National Automotive Manufacturing Company to construct a plant for complete knock-down production in Saudi Arabia. The plant, which will be Saudi Arabia’s first vehicle plant, is expected to be operational from 2023. It will assemble SsangYong’s Musso pickup truck and Rexton SUVs initially, both for local sale and export.SsangYong is also a month out from launching the Torres, a rugged, electric SUV previously known by its code name J100. The Torres, whose name comes from the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, will be sold globally but not in the U.S. as SsangYong doesn’t operate here.SsangYong is currently owned by India’s Mahindra which has a 75% stake. Mahindra purchased SsangYong in 2011 but struggled to turn it into a viable business. Mahindra eventually held back on further investment in SsangYong as it looked to preserve cash in view of its own declining sales, including canceling a planned $406 million investment back in 2019. After canceling that investment, Mahindra started a search for a buyer.

Fisker Project PEAR teased: US-built EV promised in 2024 with $29,900 price tag

Fisker Project PEAR teased: US-built EV promised in 2024 with $29,900 price tag

Affordable electric vehicles are still hard to come by but Fisker wants to change all that with a new model code-named Project PEAR, which is set to start sales in 2024.
Fisker CEO and founder Henrik Fisker posted a new teaser image of the PEAR to social media on Thursday. It gives us our best look yet at the vehicle which appears to be a cross between an SUV and hatchback, a bit like Mercedes-Benz’s GLA-Class.
PEAR is only a code name. It’s an acronym for “Personal Electric Automotive Revolution,” and Fisker describes the vehicle as an agile urban EV. It will measure about 177 inches in length, or a bit shorter than small EVs like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen ID.4, and be able to seat five.
Fisker said the vehicle will feature intuitive controls, sporty driving characteristics, and a focus on industry firsts. The company also said it will reduce the number of parts and make the design simpler to help reduce costs—something that is crucial if Fisker plans to stick with its promise of offering the PEAR with a starting price of just $29,900, before incentives.
2023 Fisker Ocean
Another strategy to keep a lid on costs will be outsourcing of production to Foxconn which will build the PEAR at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Foxconn acquired the plant earlier this year from Lordstown Motors and will also use it to build Lordstown’s Endurance electric pickup truck.
Fisker has said the PEAR will ride on a new platform that’s thought to have been derived from a modular platform originally developed by Foxconn. Fisker said the platform will underpin two more models beyond the PEAR. Fisker’s first vehicle, the Ocean small electric SUV, uses a separate platform sourced from Magna Steyr, the Austrian company that Fisker has contracted to build the Ocean starting this November. The Ocean is priced to start at $37,499.
Fisker is targeting annual production of up to 250,000 units for the PEAR and may add production at a different site should demand warrant it. The company has previously said a prototype will be unveiled before 2023 is out, and Henrik Fisker in his latest social media post said the prototype may end up being revealed earlier than he originally planned.
Fisker is known to be working on at least two additional vehicles, though these are high-end vehicles with limited production. One is a sports car code-named Ronin, a teaser for which was released earlier in May. The other is thought to be an SUV.

Buick Electra-X concept previews upcoming Ultium-based EVs

Buick Electra-X concept previews upcoming Ultium-based EVs

Buick is developing electric vehicles based on General Motors’ Ultium platform and battery technology and the Electra-X concept teased this week hints at what’s to come.
Set to debut in early June at a Buick brand event in China, the Electra-X is a follow up to Buick’s Electra concept from 2020 (shown below) and is described as an SUV styled in line with the brand’s latest design principles. Buick said those principles include clean, futuristic lines and light, airy interiors.
The concept will also come with Super Cruise driver-assist technology and a digital dash. No powertrain specs were mentioned but the previous Electra concept packed 583 hp and enough battery capacity for more than 400 miles of range.
Buick Electra concept
The previous Electra concept also used GM’s Ultium technology. Buick also showed a self-driving minivan concept in 2021 that also used Ultium technology.
The new Electra-X concept is said to specifically preview electric vehicles bound for China, though some aspects may also preview elements on Buick’s EVs destined for sale in the U.S. Buick has confirmed two Ultium-based EVs will be in local showrooms by the end of 2023, both of them SUVs. One will have conventional proportions, while the other will have a more coupe-like profile.
Don’t be surprised if one or both of the vehicles carry the Electra name. The name was a fixture in Buick’s lineup for decades. It first appeared for the 1959 model year and lasted until 1990.

Cyan Racing's wild Volvo P1800 restomod headed for production

Cyan Racing's wild Volvo P1800 restomod headed for production

Swedish racing team Cyan Racing, the team that previously operated as Polestar until Volvo took over the name, will soon start accepting orders for its wild P1800 restomod first shown in 2020.
The car isn’t cheap, though. Motor1 has learned that pricing starts at $700,000 and that Cyan Racing will start accepting orders following a showing at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on August 9.
The price is steep but the modifications are extensive. Starting with a donor P1800, the body is rebuilt using modern materials to improve stiffness. We’re not just talking replacing panels here but increasing the width as well as repositioning the greenhouse. The changes allowed Cyan Racing to install a modern suspension system as well as 18-inch wheels, in this case a set of center-lock wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires.
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There’s also a modern powertrain. Cyan Racing swapped the original 1.8-liter inline-4 for a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. The engine is the same fitted to the former Volvo S60 Polestar and produces 420 hp and 336 lb-ft of torque. That might not seem like much but the P1800 restomod weighs less than 2,200 pounds.
The transmission is a 5-speed manual from Holinger, chosen to retain the mechanical feel of the original P1800 but with the capable of handling the higher torque of the modern engine. And to keep the driving feel as close to the original, there aren’t any electronic aids like ABS or stability control.
For buyers with extra cash to splurge, Cyan Racing plans to offer a long list of personalization options. Everything from the colors to the interior trim to the configuration of the chassis can be decided buy the buyer.

Goodyear developing airless tires

Goodyear developing airless tires

Goodyear is developing airless tires, but it’s unclear when you’ll be able to put them on your car.
The company recently announced that prototype tires have completed 75,000 miles of testing at speeds up to 100 mph, in temperatures ranging from scorching heat to snow. Some of that testing has been done with a Tesla Model 3 at Goodyear’s Luxembourg proving grounds, the company said in a statement.
Also called non-pneumatic tires (NPTs), airless tires have lower maintenance requirements than conventional tires, and are better able to handle heavy loads, according to Goodyear.
The company also believes airless tires will be a better fit for vehicles beyond passenger cars, specifically autonomous shuttles that might be used by future mobility services to move people and goods around urban centers. Part of the development process will involve testing airless tires on “autonomous vehicles and last-mile delivery robots,” Goodyear said.
Goodyear airless tire prototype 
Goodyear said it’s aiming for United States Department of Transportation approval of its airless tires, but noted that this is “still several years away.” And given the company’s interest in catering to mobility services, the first applications might not be personal cars.
Other big tire manufacturers have shown interest in airless tires. Bridgestone showed a puncture-proof airless tire concept in 2011, and in 2019 Michelin said it would begin supplying airless tires for General Motors vehicles as early as 2024.
Hankook showed its own airless tire concept as early as 2013, and said in 2015 that airless tires were inching closer to production reality. But we haven’t heard much about the project since then.
An airless tire has made it to production—just not for cars. Polaris began offering them as an option in 2013 on its ATVs.

SpeedKore built a Hellephant-powered 1968 Charger for Stellantis' design chief

SpeedKore built a Hellephant-powered 1968 Charger for Stellantis' design chief

It’s been more than two years in the making but now the SpeedKore Hellucination, complete with a 1,000-hp Hellephant V-8, has been unleashed upon the world.
The car is the latest creation of the wild wizards at Wisconsin’s SpeedKore Performance Group and is based on a 1968 Dodge Charger. It was commissioned by none other than Stellantis Design Chief Ralph Gilles who described it as his “dream car.”
The Hellephant engine powering the car is a 7.0-liter supercharged V-8 related to the more widely known Hellcat. It generates a massive 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque and in the Hellucination is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and powers the rear wheels only. Those rear wheels are massive 20×12-inch custom HREs and are wrapped in 345/30-size tires. A pair of 19×9-inch wheels are found at the front and wrapped in 245/35-size tires.
A similar configuration features in a 1970 Charger that SpeedKore built for actor and comedian Kevin Hart.
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Handling big power is certainly a talent at SpeedKore but the company’s real claim to fame is producing full bodies out of carbon fiber, and the Hellucination features more carbon fiber than any of its previous builds. This is perhaps best highlighted by the car’s carbon-fiber floor pan, a single huge piece that replaced eight welded metal parts on the stock Charger. The design is similar to a race car and helps improve the stiffness and rigidity of the whole structure.
SpeedKore also used a custom frame with perimeter reinforcements and a roll cage for the build. Attached to this is double A-arm front suspension from Detroit Speed and a custom four-bar with diagonal link used at the rear. Completing the setup are adjustable coil-overs from Penske and sway bars from Detroit Speed. Stopping power comes from a Brembo brake package with six-piston calipers up front and dual four-piston calipers at the rear.
SpeedKore also built a custom interior for the car. It features seats from Gabe’s Custom Interior, gauges from Classic Instruments, and a Kicker 2,000-watt audio system with six speakers and dual sub-woofers.
“The ’68 Charger is my favorite vintage American car of all time,” Gilles said on Wednesday in an Instagram post. “Having this incredible opportunity using the latest in fabrication technology, to blend the new and old school together like a fine cocktail, has been a truly enjoyable journey.”