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GTA V’s crazy ‘Donk’ cars are actually a real thing

Published: 31/Jul/2020 14:21

by Kieran Bicknell

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GTA V is full of insane cars, with a plethora of customization options available from changing wheels to lifting and lowering cars. Whilst some cars are just too wild to be real, the insane ‘donk’ cars are actually a real thing.

As part of the GTA V Online ‘Lowriders: Custom Classics’ update, you can purchase the frankly ridiculous-looking Faction Custom donk. You may think that something as weird as this could only exist in the sphere of video games, but they are in fact a very real part of US car culture.

Donk cars in GTA V Online

The Willard Faction Custom donk in GTA is available from Benny’s Custom Motor Works and is sure to make you stand out from the crowd. With jacked-up suspension, oversized wheels, and plenty of insane wraps to choose from, each donk is as unique as the next one.

Here’s the crazy thing though: Real-world donks are just as insane as the ones seen in GTA, if not even more so. SUVs, lowriders, and even Corvettes have all been subjected to the donk treatment.

History of the donk

Growing out of the hip-hop scene, donks are also known as Hi-risers, on account of their exaggerated lift kits and raised suspension. This crazy modification is necessary in order to accommodate the insanely large wheels with skinny tires that are the trademark of the donk scene.

The most common and well-known choice of car for the donk treatment is the 1971-76 Chevrolet Impala, which actually spawned the ‘donk’ moniker due to the Impala emblem being referred to as the ‘donkey’ by owners.

The performance of real-world donks is also similar to those in GTA V. Many owners sacrifice speed and handling prowess for sheer style and outlandishness, over-taxing the engine in order to turn the massive (sometimes up to 30″) wheels.

Why such big wheels?

Massive, over-sized wheels were once seen as a status symbol of wealth. Since the rims were so expensive, the bigger the rims you had, the richer you were. Nowadays it’s all about the style, and who can fit the biggest wheels under their arches.

Donk SUV
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A modern take on the donk style, using a Cadillac SUV as the base vehicle

It is also common to see donk drivers go all-out on their paintwork, with many spending far more than the value of the car itself on complex candy and pearlescent paint alone. Massive subwoofers, numerous speakers, and upgraded head units are also part of the donk lifestyle, with drivers battling it out to see who’s car is the loudest.

Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no doubt that donks certainly make an impression in the real world and online.

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Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce

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During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.