Day: April 13, 2020

Utah man builds iRacing simulator inside 2005 Mini Cooper S

Brent Cheney is an artist and part-time racer who used to own a tuning shop for time attack cars. That’s why, when he decided to get into iRacing and wanted an immersive simulator, he wouldn’t settle for mere technical excellence. As first covered by Salt Lake City’s KSL news, then in more detail by Motor Authority, Cheney decided he wanted to cut a car into pieces, and rebuild it in the basement of his Salt Lake City, Utah house with a racing sim inside. He needed “the right aesthetic,” ruling out something like a Toyota Corolla, but he refused

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OPEC and oil nations agree to cut nearly 10M barrels per day

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations on Sunday finalized an unprecedented production cut of nearly 10 million barrels, or a tenth of global supply, in hopes of boosting crashing prices amid the coronavirus pandemic and a price war, officials said.

The cartel and other nations agreed to allow Mexico to cut only 100,000 barrels a month, a sticking point for an accord initially reached Friday after a marathon video conference between 23 nations. They reached the deal just hours before Asian markets reopen Monday as international benchmark Brent crude traded at just over $31 a

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COVID-19 crisis is spurring long-term changes, execs say

Top sales executives at Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW expect the shift to online transactions and remote service appointments will continue after the coronavirus pandemic subsides as part of fundamental changes to the auto industry that could increase value for the customer.

Jack Hollis, general manager of the Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America, and Bernhard Kuhnt, CEO of BMW of North America, said on a webcast last week that the industry has an opportunity to refine some parts of the selling experience and come out of this crisis in a better position.

“I don’t know that I want

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When labs go dark, engineers try to keep launches on track in basements, garages

“My perception is that computer-aided engineering and simulation designers are pretty productive,” James Dagg, Altair’s chief technical officer, told Automotive News about the work going on among his customers under stay-at-home orders. “In many ways, it seems more intense than ever. We are seeing guys who use model morphing techniques ask for new training. And we’re offering online training courses.”

Brian Schabel, a Ford technical expert in propulsion sound and experience, shrugged off his home confinement. Schabel said there is nothing he can’t do from home short of the final vehicle sign-off to ensure it meets all the legal noise

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Governments help restart Wuhan carmaking

SHANGHAI — Wuhan, where the Covid-19 pandemic started, ended its 76-day lockdown on Wednesday, April 8. The next day, a train carrying 216 Chevrolet Equinox crossovers built by General Motors’ local plant left the city for the central Asia country of Uzbekistan, according to the Wuhan government’s website.

GM had resumed production in the Wuhan area in late March. Domestic Chinese and other global automakers had restarted local output in mid-March — one month after the extended Chinese New Year Holiday, thanks to strenuous efforts made by the local government, which was also imposing strict limits on personal activity.

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