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Marques Brownlee highlights key flaws with new Tesla Model Y

Published: 26/Jul/2020 14:35

by Calum Patterson


The Tesla Model Y, the latest in the manufacturer’s lineup, has been attracting a variety of opinions. Marques ‘MKBHD’ Brownlee has one of the most influential review voices in tech, and has now given his verdict.

Elon Musk’s renowned Tesla brand has been the leader in innovation for electric cars, but is not without criticism. Although known primarily as a reviewer of smaller tech like smartphones, tablets and laptops, Brownlee has made a habit of discussing electric vehicles in particular on his channel.

Most notably, he sat down with one of Musk’s billionaire counterparts, Bill Gates, to discuss the positives and negatives of electric cars.

Bill Gates and Marques Brownlee
YouTube: Marques Brownlee
Marques chatted electric cars with Bill Gates himself.

Although he makes clear that he’s “not Top Gear”, and can’t provide as much insight into the actual driving side of things beyond a lay perspective, his tech knowledge shines through in his summation of the Model Y.

Tesla’s “most important” car?

He ambiguously calls it Tesla’s “most important” car, explaining that it boasts many things he likes, including agile and responsive handling, but he also has some pretty significant complaints.

Speaking specifically on the minimal interior and lack of buttons, he said: “Now that I’ve had this car for almost two weeks, I’ve gotten used to a lot of it, but some of it I kind of wish was still a regular button.”

Simple things like window wipers, opening the glovebox, and air-con, are all controlled through menus on the screen. “Sometimes I want to just put the air on my face with just one little [button] … I wish I had a little bit more manual control.”

Another small niggle is the key, which is simply a card that is placed on a rather slippery center console. As you can imagine, it slides around as soon as the car accelerates or brakes sharply.

Poor build quality

But, some of Brownlee’s main criticisms are around the build quality – a critique that may surprise Tesla enthusiasts. He highlights that for $70,000 “you want things to be built well, and even in this Model Y that Tesla gave me, I found it had some pretty big panel gaps, potentially letting water into the car.”

He also pointed out a flimsy sun visor, a misaligned hazard light, as well as the rear spoiler not even being properly attached.

Despite the flaws in build quality and some of the design choices, Brownlee’s overall verdict was still generally positive, but far from perfect.


Forza Horizon 4 Backstage cars list, location & passes

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:49

by Kieran Bicknell


Series 28 of Forza Horizon 4 saw a number of updates and changes implemented, with one of the biggest being the introduction of Horizon Backstage. We explain how to access this new area, and give a rundown of all the cars available. 

The Forza Backstage area was added to Forza Horizon 4 as part of the Series 28 update on October 13, 2020.

Allowing players access to exclusive, ultra-rare, and hard-to-find cars, the Backstage area is an exciting new addition to the game. Along with making it easier to find such rare cars, it also makes them far more accessible, as each featured vehicle only costs one ‘Backstage Pass’ rather than millions of credits.

Horizon Backstage LocationHorizon Backstage is located behind the main Horizon Festival stage.

How to access Horizon Backstage

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage can be accessed much the same as the ‘Autoshow’ in the game.

Players can either drive to the physical location found behind the main Horizon Festival Stage, or access via the ‘Autoshow’ menu.

You can also access the area via the pause menu, by selecting “Horizon Backstage” under the ‘Cars’ tab.

Horizon Backstage Car ListEach car costs 1 Backstage Pass, and is limited to one per player.

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage Passes

Each vehicle in the Backstage area is available for purchase by players. Instead of the usual method of obtaining cars via in-game credits or Forzathon points, each vehicle costs 1x Backstage Pass.

These passes are awarded to players once they reach certain milestones in Festival event playlists. Passes are not specific to particular cars, and can be used for any vehicles featured in the backstage area.

Players can also accumulate passes, as they do not have an expiry date. It is important to note, however, that each featured car is limited to only one per player.

Horizon Backstage car votingThe Forza Horizon 4 community has the opportunity to vote which cars make it to Backstage.

Horizon Backstage cars

The cars featured in Horizon Backstage are chosen via community vote. From what we can see, previous cars stick around after their initial period, and currently, players are able to access Backstage featured cars from the previous seven days.

Currently available Horizon Backstage cars:

  • 1999 Lotus Elise Series 1 Sport 190
  • 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evo
  • 1965 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Hoonicorn Mustang
  • 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang
  • 1970 Porsche 914/6
  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R
  • 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo
  • 2001 TVR Tuscan S