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Jay Leno blown away on YouTube channel by artist Stuart Parr’s motorbike

Published: 4/May/2020 15:46 Updated: 4/May/2020 15:49

by Connor Bennett

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Former late-night talk show host Jay Leno was left blown away by artist and designer Stuart Parr’s modern-day remake of the classic MV Agusta Magni motorbike after he used a Brutale 800 to make it a reality.

Ever since hosting The Tonight Show Jay Leno has been noted as one of the world’s biggest car fanatics. Since retiring from television duties, Leno has been using YouTube to delve into his collection and talk classic cars.

In his most recent video, the famous TV host linked up with artist, designer, and motorbike enthusiast Stuart Parr to look over Parr’s modern-day remake of the MV Agusta Magni by using what was a Brutale 800. 

YouTube: Jay Leno's Garage
Leno got to take Parr’s classic remake for a spin.

Parr explained to Leno how he’d been given the Brutale 800 and wanted to remodel it into the MV Agusta Magni, even though the classic bike hasn’t been criticized for not being the best looking vehicle. Though, he made it happen after flying out to Italy and getting the help of the Magni factory.

Upon seeing it, Leno was pretty astounded by good the remake actually was, praising how it looked like the one he had, though it had been given a bit more life with a new paint job and engine coloring. 

“You have to look at this for maybe half an hour to see all the little touches, all the little screws,” the former TV host remarked, impressed by the incredible attention to detail.

Though, he didn’t just wax lyrical over the bike, he did manage to get it out on the road. As expected, he turned a few heads and let the bike’s engine sing while ripping across the open road. 

“Boy, that’s like the perfect retro motorcycle,” Leno added once he’d finished his ride. “It’s got the look that you want but with the modern precision, modern engineering.” 

Even though he was a massive fan of what he’d just ridden, it might be tough for Leno to get his hands on one of Parr’s designs.

The artist revealed that there are plans for around 50 to be made and with Leno’s endorsement, they’re sure to be a hot commodity.

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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.