May 16, 2021
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Around the tracks: GMC Hummer EV’s crab walk spied in traffic

Plus, a 1995 Sega Rally arcade gaming system is up for auction.


When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world.

Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while.

Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?


1. See the GMC Hummer EV’s crab walk in action in traffic

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV may be a gargantuan thing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be nimble.

General Motors developed ‘Crab Mode’ with a view to utilise the all-electric Hummer’s four-wheel steering for greater manoeuvrability. It allows the Hummer to move diagonally forwards independently to the body.

In theory, it’s an off-road feature designed to make navigating around off-road tracks much easier. It also looks pretty awesome seeing it in action in traffic, just like in the video below.

Instagram user Michael H. Fletcher captured the GMC Hummer’s Crab Mode in action after spotting a pre-production prototype undergoing testing in traffic in Moab, Utah.

Is it unnecessary? Yeah, kinda. Is it cool? Absolutely.

It’s hard to describe just how it works, so watch through the Instagram video below to see what it’s all about.


2. Mansory has its way with the Ferrari F8 Tributo

Mansory has taken the covers off one of its latest abominations creations, the F8XX. As far as aftermarket enhancements go, Mansory has actually done an extensive job by adding a swathe of new carbon-fibre aero parts, new YT.5 gold wheels and a reupholstered interior.

Of course, it also gets an eye-catching Catania Green with gold accenting colour scheme.

Specifically, the F8XX gets an extended forged carbon front splitter, stand-out forged carbon side skirts and a particularly aggressive double-decker rear diffuser made out of – you guessed it – forged carbon. Also notable is the rear wing set-up which is divided into two separate L-shaped winglets.

The tan leather interior is characterised by extended white accenting, complete with requisite Mansory badging.

Mansory also touched the engine’s performance, tweaking an extra 120kW out of the standard F8 Tributo’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 to develop 656kW/959Nm.

Is this a worthy submission to @greenovertan? You be the judge.


3. Do It Yourself gaming arcade with 1995 Sega Rally Championship

In this week’s edition of stuff you really want but don’t need – Lloyds Auctioneers are auctioning off a used two-player Sega Rally Championship arcade machine from 1995.

Complete with era-standard cathode-ray tube television display, this set of vintage gaming machines presents very well for their age.

The game features three separate rally stages: Desert, Forest and Mountain, while three different cars can be driven including a Toyota Celica GT-Four, Lancia Delta HF Integrale and a Lancia Stratos HF.

We’re not sure how well it’ll stand up to its “truly phenomenal high-speed visuals” and “quick, responsive control” in-period reviews, but no doubt it’ll still be a load of fun today.


4. Will the real Porsche Boxster 718 Spyder please stand up?

Porsche surprised in China this week by unveiling a four-cylinder version of its retro-styled Boxster 718 Spyder.

It’s a China-only special that comes fitted with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission as standard and offers 220kW/380 from a 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine.

Concerningly though, recent spy photos of the car undergoing testing at the Nurburgring could point towards the car being offered elsewhere throughout the world.

Do you think Porsche will make the four-cylinder Boxster Spyder available in markets outside China? You can keep it Porsche, we’re more than happy with the flat-six.


5. Canadian billionaire and Aston Martin F1 owner Lawrence Stroll lists Mont-Tremblant circuit for sale

Aston Martin F1 team owner Lawrence Stroll is selling off one of his (greatest, in our opinion) assets, the iconic Mont-Tremblant racetrack in Quebec, Canada.

The circuit is situated on 300 acres and once played host to two Canadian grands prix in 1968 and 1970. More recently, it has hosted IndyCar and the Champ Car series.

Stroll has owned the circuit for just over two decades and has poured a lot of time and effort into keeping it up to date. It underwent extensive work throughout the 2000s and has consistently kept-up with FIA safety regulations.

Sadly, the sales brochure specially mentions that the site could be developed into a residential development. We hope that’s not the case as it’s a stunning circuit with a rich history.

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