Auto News for April 8

 Nissan reports it has set the Guinness World Record for the fastest ever drift using a specially tuned GT-R. A test driver broke the record with a speed of 189 mph and a 30 degree drift on a nearly 2 mile landing strip at an airport in the United Arab Republic. The GT-R was tuned to 1,380 horsepower and adapted so all the power went to the rear wheels. See for yourself at:

 The next generation BMW M5 and M6 will not be available with a manual transmission, Autocar reports. There are two reasons – slow customer demand and the fact that the auto boxes offer better performance.

 Update: Tesla said reservations for its lower cost Model 3 have now topped 325,000 in just one week. The car may not appear until late next year.

 The man who had led GM Design since 2003, and globally since 2005, has decided to retire effective July 1. Ed Welburn had a 44 year career with the General as it built a network of 10 design centers in seven countries. He collaborated on the design development of every GM concept and production car, truck and crossover globally. The vice president of GM International Design, Michael Simcoe, will succeed Welburn.  


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