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100 Thieves CouRage buys his dream Lamborghini supercar

Published: 12/Aug/2020 12:19

by Kieran Bicknell

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100 Thieves content creator Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop has revealed on Twitter that he has reached another milestone in his career, expecting to take delivery of his brand new supercar this week – the Lamborghini Urus.

Revealing the purchase of his dream car is an exciting step in his career, but Jack took it one step further; Rather than simply revealing the purchase, he also wants to educate his audience on the reality and risks of supercar buying and ownership.

The Lamborghini in question is a 2020 Lamborghini Urus. Lambo’s first foray into the ‘Super SUV’ marketplace, the Urus is powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine putting out 641hp and smashing 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Starting at $220k, with options the price could easily exceed a quarter of a million dollars.

CouRage is clearly a fan of the Lamborghini’s blend of practicality and performance, calling it a “great mix of luxury, speed, and sex appeal.”

“A lot of sacrifices”

Dunlop revealed that he paid the down payment on the car 9 months ago, and has kept it under wraps until August 12, when he announced the news on Twitter.

Speaking about his latest purchase, he explained it has not been a case of simply buying the car with ease or walking into a dealer one day and selecting the one he wants on a whim. He said that “A lot of sacrifices have paid off” suggesting that it has been a give-and-take situation to get to where he is now.

CouRage also wants to use his platform and large following to educate his fans on the financial responsibilities of such a purchase: “Younger viewers don’t know how bad of an investment a car can be” – especially relevant when he’s talking about a car that costs upwards of $220,000 when new.

Elaborating on the situation, Jack explains that he’s been “fortunate enough to be able to do this after taking care of my family, making smart investments, and being financially responsible” and “This [buying the Urus] wasn’t a spontaneous decision. It was made with extreme caution and wouldn’t have been purchased unless it made sense for me to do it.”

YouTubers often take flak in the comment section and online for recklessly buying and switching up their vehicles with apparent ease. It is refreshing that someone like CouRage, with his army of followers and subscribers on his YouTube channel, is open and frank about the situation in the hope that it will educate the next generation.

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SSC accused of faking 331mph speed record revealed on Top Gear

Published: 27/Oct/2020 11:53

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the automotive world rocked by the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run during October 2020, YouTuber Shmee 150 has raised a number of doubts about the credibility of their record.

Land speed records are nothing new – ever since the dawn of the motor car, drivers have been competing to go faster and faster in an all-out race to beat each other’s top speeds.

With competitors Bugatti having set the previous production car speed record of 304.77mph in a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, SSC has now obliterated their record… or have they?

SSC tuatara speed run
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The SSC Tuatara is the record holder for the world’s fastest production car, but many have pointed out there are issues with the footage.

Top Gear announces SSC Tuatara speed record

When BBC’s Top Gear announced the breaking news that the SSC Tuatara had broken the production car speed records, the automotive world went into pandemonium. To break any speed record is an incredible achievement, but to do so by such a massive margin is almost unheard of.

The record attempt itself was also unusual in that it was carried out on a stretch of public road. A closed-off section of dead-straight road near Las Vegas provided the setting, totaling seven miles long.

Unfortunately for SSC and potentially for Top Gear, a number of popular online personalities and journalists have now called out SSC, claiming that the record is “fake.”

SSC World Record run controversy

YouTuber Shmee150 has been one such journalist, and put out a very convincing video debunking the record attempt on October 26.

The first major issue that he identified is that the tires on the Tuatara were allegedly ‘stock’ tires. Since they were not made specifically for the record attempt (to the best of his knowledge) they would’ve been rated for a significantly lower speed than 300+ mph.

Shmee then goes further to discuss the timings between set points on the route. By calculating the distance covered and the time it took for the Tuatara to cover that distance, he was able to work out a rough average speed.

SSC Footage slowed down?

Unfortunately, the speed between the first and second point that he highlighted is significantly different to that shown by the on-board footage that Top Gear released. According to his calculations, either the onboard footage was slowed down “by around 30%” for some reason, or the figures shown are totally wrong.

He also points out that the dashboard was obscured in the first-person view footage, despite the fact the reading should’ve mirrored that of the telemetry. As Shmee points out, the car is always going faster than the calculated average speed, which is a “mathematical impossibility.. you can’t dispute [it].”

By Shmee’s calculations, the Tuatara only reached a peak speed of “around 280 miles an hour”. Given that the original video was a Top Gear exclusive, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.