The 2021 Lexus RC coupe is receiving a couple of minor updates and a new Black Line special edition trim model. Lexus is sprucing up its 2021 portfolio with the Black Line edition, which began with the NX crossover followed by the EX sedan, and the RX last August. And now, it’s the RC’s turn to receive a Black Line package which includes darkened exterior trim, darker alloys, and a more aggressive attitude to boot.
The Black Line edition is making all the noise, so let’s start with that. In the 2021 Lexus RC, the Black Line package is available on F Sport models of the RC 300 and RC 350. And yes, the package includes a set of bespoke Zero Halliburton travel cases similar to other Black Line models. It includes an Edge Lightweight 22-inch Continental Carry-on and a larger 26-inch medium travel case, both rendered in a black finish, of course.
But there’s more. The 2021 Lexus RC Black Line has 19-inch black chrome F Sport wheels, dark exhaust tips, and exclusive triple-beam LED headlights for a distinctive lighting signature. Black Line models are available in new paint colors including Cloudburst Gray and Ultra White while the F Sport gets a new Grecian Water paint hue. Inside, the 2021 RC Black Line offers Black Nuluxe upholstery with silver stitching and genuine Ash Wood trim.
The 2021 Lexus RC 300 remains powered by a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged and intercooled inline four-banger creating 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the tarmac via an 8-speed automatic driving the rear wheels. In this configuration, the Lexus RC easily achieves 30 mpg on the highway.
The new Lexus RC 300 AWD features a larger 3.5-liter V6 engine generating 260 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Unlike in the base RC 300, you can only have a 6-speed automatic transmission to go along with the all-wheel drivetrain. Meanwhile, the RC 350 is available in RWD or AWD while having a stronger version of the V6 generating 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Lexus claims the RC 350 accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8-seconds (RWD) and 6.0-seconds (AWD).
Also new for the 2021 Lexus RC is the addition of standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and heated exterior mirrors as standard equipment. Also standard across the range is Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) which comes with pedestrian detection, pre-collision alert, lane departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control, and intelligent high beams.
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One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.
CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.
Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think
A research group led by Professor Yehonadav Bekenstein from the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Solid-State Institute at Technion was studying perovskite nanoparticles for their potential to provide a green alternative to toxic lead materials used heavily in electronics. In doing so, they found something unexpected.
The team found on a microscopic level that the nanocrystals moved a hole (damage) through the areas of a structure to self-heal. Surprised by this, the researchers drew up a code to analyze microscopic videos and understand the dynamics and movements within the crystal. The researchers realized that the damaged area, or hole, formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, then moved to energetically stable areas inside, and was finally “spontaneously ejected” out. Researchers explained that through this self-healing process, the nanocrystals essentially reverted back to being undamaged (per Technion).
Researchers with Technion believe that this discovery is a key step toward understanding the processes by which perovskite nanoparticles can heal themselves. The team also thinks that perovskite nanoparticles should be used in solar panels and other electronic devices. The full study, published by Advanced Functional Materials and made available at the Wiley Online Library, is titled “Self-Healing of Crystal Voids in Double Perovskite Nanocrystals Is Related to Surface Passivation.”
This Astonishing Vision AMG Sports EV Will Somehow Spawn Production Electric Cars
It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has been downsizing from high-strung, gas-fed internal combustion engines to lower-displacement mills infused with some form of hybrid or mild hybridization. The incoming AMG C63 S, for instance, will make do without its raucous 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine. Instead, it will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a mild-hybrid powertrain. The Manhart CR 700 is one of the last modified C 63 S wagons with AMG’s muscular turbocharged V8 motor.
Meanwhile, the Vision AMG concept harks the beginning of a zero-emissions future without sacrificing style or the brand’s hallmark “AMG driving experience.” The Vision AMG has innovative axial flux motors (similar to Vision EQXX) developed by Mercedes subsidiary YASA. The brand claims its new electric motors are smaller, lighter, and produce more power than conventional electric motors. Mercedes-AMG did not mention motor outputs, battery sizes, or range numbers. Still, it did say Vision AMG’s drivetrain would be “developed entirely from scratch,” including a new high-performance, high-voltage battery, and a “revolutionary drive technology,” said Mercedes-AMG.
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