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Shmee150 smashes 200mph on the Autobahn in $1m McLaren Senna

Published: 4/Sep/2020 16:09

by Kieran Bicknell

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The legendary German Autobahn: Home to supercar thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, its de-restricted sections are a petrolhead’s dream. Taking any car to the limit on public roads is a thrill, but Shmee took it one step further with his McLaren Senna.

Doing what Shmee does best, the YouTuber elected to take his million-dollar McLaren Senna hypercar to dinner with his friends, via the legendary German Autobahn.

Many automotive vloggers and content creators love the Autobahn for one simple reason – the de-restricted sections. Certain areas are completely devoid of speed limits, letting drivers ‘stretch the legs’ of their cars and push their performance to the limit.

Shmee150 Pizza on Senna Wing
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It turns out the $1m McLaren Senna’s wing also doubles-up as a Pizza table…

The Senna is “Mental quick”

Seeing one Senna on the road is a sight to behold, but seeing two of them running at nearly top-speed is almost unheard of on public roads. Thankfully, the lane discipline in Germany is impeccable, meaning that Shmee and his friend could safely explore the upper performance of their Sennas on the highway.

Given that Shmee’s Senna suffered an incident while on a motorway (highway) in England, he seemed relaxed despite doing well in excess of 100mph for the majority of his journey.

Calling the performance of the Senna “mental quick” and “mind-boggling” it is incredible to see just how quickly the number on the speedo rose under heavy acceleration.

Breaking the 200mph barrier

Eventually, despite a ‘low fuel’ warning from the car, Shmee puts his foot down completely and breaks the 200mph barrier with surprising ease, topping out at 205mph. While that is a feat that will always be impressive, doing so on public roads with traffic around must’ve been an incredible, yet terrifying experience.

With the Senna being such a ‘hardcore’ hypercar, Shmee explains that driving it “takes a lot of concentration” as it is “essentially a race car” that’s street-legal. You can hear all the stones flying up as the car accelerates, not to mention the roar of the mid-mounted engine through the exhaust.

Having reached the dinner destination safely and without running out of fuel, Shmee and his companion use the Senna’s wing for an alternative means – as a tray table to hold their pizza!

Despite holding the McLaren to the ground at high speed, the high-tech, carbon-fiber spoiler was reduced to a piece of dining furniture. McLaren would likely have a few strong words about that ‘alternative’ use of the wing.

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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.