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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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Nico Rosberg reveals insane way they test electric hypercar batteries

Published: 18/Nov/2020 13:19

by Kieran Bicknell

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While traditional gasoline or diesel-powered cars are simply crash-tested for safety, the electric motors in EVs are a lot more complex. While visiting Rimac to see his all-new hypercar, F1 ace Nico Rosberg discovered the dramatic way that manufacturers safety-check EV batteries.

If we said to you that testing EV batteries involved a lot of fire, many people wouldn’t believe us. Well, it’s true, as F1 star Nico Rosberg discovered while visiting the Rimac factory in Croatia, Europe.

Gasoline-powered cars are crash tested in a very conventional way. Cars are mocked-up, and put through a series of scenarios to test their structural integrity, including the safety of the gas tank.

With electric vehicles (EVs) having complex battery packs in place of gas tanks, the testing process is a lot more involving, and certainly just as dramatic to watch.

Nico Rosberg Rimac
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Nico will be one of the first to receive the new Rimac C_TWO hypercar.

Nico Rosberg visits Rimac factory

While visiting the Rimac factory to see the progress of his all-new 1900hp C_TWO electric hypercar, Nico was treated to a tour by owner Mate Rimac. They discovered a number of fascinating insights into how the C_TWO is being built and tested, but the safety checks for the batteries seem like something out of this world.

To ensure the batteries are safe (homologated) for use in EVs, they are literally set on fire. Since the lithium-ion inside the batteries is so flammable, they have the potential to burn for days on end. Therefore, they need to be tested substantially before they are approved for use.

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The test process itself is wild. A fully-charged battery is placed above a vat of burning fuel, and passed through the flames a number of times on a mechanical rack. After 30-seconds in the flames, the battery is removed, and the flames must extinguish themselves within five seconds to pass the test.

As Mate Rimac says in the video, the extensive testing is partly due to people being “very cautious” of such new technology.

Thankfully, the batteries used inside the Rimac C_TWO passed the test with flying colors, but not every test goes so smoothly. With the recent legislation brought out in both the state of California and England to move forward the deadline of all new cars on sale being electric, we will likely see more and more EV hypercars in the years to come.