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Final Whistle ATX: Excitement building as Austin FC finally comes home

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The long, long wait for Austin FC fans is finally over – the team is finally playing its first ever match at Q2 Stadium on Saturday.

Austin’s 1-1 draw against Sporting KC took the team to eight points from their first eight games, but more importantly it brought an end to a brutal stretch of away games in the club’s inaugural season.

The team is now preparing to play at Q2 Stadium for the first time, and excitement is bubbling around the city for the match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

On this week’s episode of Final Whistle ATX, KXAN’s Wyatt Matson, Nick Bannin and Harley Tamplin look ahead to the game that has been circled on Austin FC’s calendar ever since the schedule was released.

Austin FC managed to get a positive result going into the stadium’s curtain raiser, holding Sporting KC, one of the Western Conference’s best teams, to a draw.

Q2 Stadium in north Austin (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
Austin FC finally comes home to Q2 Stadium on Saturday (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

It could have been even better for ATXFC as they went into half time with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a strike from Cecilio Dominguez, his third goal of the season.

But Kansas City equalized through Daniel Salloi, and might have won the game if not for the heroics, once again, of Austin’s star goalkeeper Brad Stuver.

The Final Whistle ATX guys analyze their game – talking about why there was a feeling of déjà vu on the team’s second trip to Kansas City this season, why mistakes from two young players turned out to be crucial, and highlighting Dominguez’s uptick in form.

They then preview the opener at Q2 Stadium, including looks at the long road to get there, what they expect the atmosphere to be like, and the guys give their final score predictions.

There’s one other important event for the guys to preview – Wyatt’s wedding, which happens to be on the same day as the big match.

Catch new episodes of Final Whistle ATX every week on KXAN.com.

Author: KXAN Staff
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

What Comes After a Mass Shooting

This wasn’t the first time San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, had been called upon to comfort community members grieving for loved ones killed in a mass shooting.

In 2019, “we lost two children,” he told me on Tuesday, referring to the deaths of two young city residents during a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Now, as then, Liccardo said, the first priority has been to ensure that survivors and families have access to counseling and support. But he said he also feels urgency to enact policies that might stem the tide of gun violence — even if long-sought federal gun control legislation has been elusive.

“Mayors don’t have the luxury of offering prayers and platitudes,” he said. “People expect concrete actions.”

To that end, Liccardo said, he hoped the San Jose City Council would approve, by the end of the year, a first-in-the-nation requirement that gun owners in the city insure their weapons or pay fees to keep them. The idea, he explained, is that guns are contributing to a public health crisis — and it’s expensive.

Liccardo said that requiring drivers to carry auto insurance has helped cut down on fatalities from car crashes, so having the private insurance industry get involved would help incentivize responsible gun ownership and defray the cost of gun violence to taxpayers, who pay for emergency and law enforcement services.

The mayor first proposed the idea in 2019 in the wake of the Gilroy shooting, but he said the pandemic delayed progress on the measure.

“We were working with an epidemiologist at the county, so we put that aside,” he said. “Now, I think we’re ready to come back.”

Of course, gun laws at every level have faced intense and sustained legal challenges. Liccardo told me he’s “not delusional” about the fact that a gun regulation ordinance would require a vigorous legal defense. But he said that city-level policy changes could provide ideas that Congress and even the state legislature would not be nimble enough to enact.

“No one would say that it would be ideal for each city to come up with its own policies,” he said. “But we recognize that cities can be laboratories for policy innovation.”

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Author: Jill Cowan
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Backyard Cinema review: Rip-roaring fun as holiday spirit comes to the cinema

The LA Nights experience has even more sand – 56 tonnes in fact – and was the evening we chose to enjoy. And, after some cabin crew antics, the night was one that made me think of times before coronavirus.

There was street food from different vendors, including an absolutely delicious guava glazed chicken from El Pollote, as well as a huge range of beers on tap and cocktails.

Of course, there were clear signs of the times with barriers to separate tables, and table-service compared to the usual fare of queuing up in a scrum at the bar.

Nevertheless, the team at Backyard Cinema made the entire event feel relaxed and enjoyable – almost like a summer relaxing on the beach.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

As millions blocked from Sky TV and free movie streams, another ban comes into force

Streaming illegally via the web has just been made even harder. A fresh block, announced this week, has seen another major provider of movies and TV shows closed by authorities leaving a huge number of users unable to access a vast catalogue of content. The latest shutdown has been enforced by the team at Brein who say they recently discovered the identity of the administrator of illegal site Discoverthisplace. Two prolific uploaders were also tracked down. This illegal website was home to tens of thousands of films, TV series, music, ebooks and more.
Users would be offered access to free content with some VIP members paying a monthly subscription to watch more premium movies and the very latest shows without having to sign up via official channels. Having been discovered, the site was immediately taken offline with those involved now pledging to cease the infringement and pay a settlement of €20,000.

In a post on its website, Brein said: “We recently discovered the anonymous administrator and two major uploaders of the illegal site Discoverthisplace.

“Together, the three had uploaded around 3,800 audiovisual files, 3,300 music files, and 24,000 writings files. The manager tried to stay under BREIN’s radar through a strict admissions policy.”

READ MORE: Two blockbuster Sky Q features could be coming to NOW TV users soon

Those illegal Sky streams were taken offline just after another massively popular website was banned from being accessed.

The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), which is backed by major media companies including, Amazon, Fox, Netflix, MGM and HBO, closed down 123movies.la earlier this month.

With 30 million monthly users, it’s one of the biggest platforms on the web and had been in operation since 2017.

Speaking about these latest crackdowns Kieron Sharp, CEO at FACT, said: “This outcome really highlights the benefits of agencies and law enforcement working together. When serious and highly profitable organised crime groups operate across borders, disruptive action requires collaboration between the private and public sectors in different jurisdictions.

“This is an excellent result from this innovative multi-agency approach. We welcome all initiatives to tackle serious organised crime and FACT will continue to monitor channels used to advertise, market, sell and distribute apps, devices and streams, in order to take action against suppliers and operators.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Facebook food group comes together to make a cookbook

“In the Quarantine Kitchen” offers some 120 recipes from across the globe that users proudly posted with all proceeds going to charity.

NEW YORK — The pandemic gave them lemons. So they made lemon rosemary chicken.
A Facebook group that swapped homemade recipes after restaurants were shuttered during lockdown has blossomed into a vibrant online community and has now produced a cookbook.
“In the Quarantine Kitchen” offers some 120 recipes from pastas to fish dishes that pandemic users have proudly posted — with all proceeds going to charity.
“It kind of grew and grew and snowballed,” said Daniella Cangiano, one of the organizers. “We were able to take something really negative and make it something really positive.”
Some dishes are cherished family hand-me-downs, like Nanny’s Stuffed Calamari in Red Sauce and Aunt Nellie’s Fried Chicken. Others were concocted during the pandemic, like one for tres leches ice pops that was created because ice cream shops were closed. It uses cans of condensed and evaporated milk, coconut milk, vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The project started in the Staten Island home of the Cangiano family. Traci Cangiano and her daughters Daniella and Kristina launched a Facebook page in March 2020 when the COVID-19 quarantine began.
“We started it as a way to just share our dinner with our family and friends. We didn’t see in the beginning what it would become. We just thought it was something fun to do, something to distract us,” said Daniella Cangiano.
Now, more than a year later, the page has more than 44,000 members who post recipes for others to try and comment on. The top posters by country are the United States, Canada, Philippines, Italy, United Kingdom, Portugal, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and South Africa.
Letters of thanks came pouring in from families looking for dinner inspiration and community. One woman wrote that her daughter had cancer and they checked every day to see what people were cooking. “I would never think in a million years a Facebook page would affect people’s lives like that,” said Traci Cangiano, a real estate broker.
The Cangianos decided to go further, collecting all the recipes and self-publishing their cookbook on Etsy. It is dedicated to front-line workers. They use a printing press in Kansas, buy the copies and then resell them online for $ 35.
The book is in its second printing. All proceeds go to The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, honoring firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life saving others on 9/11, and all first responders.
The 250-page cookbook is filled with stories and family photos, memories of relatives coming together over meals and ways to honor lost members with dishes.
“This book is a culmination of the people on this page. It’s their book. And we wanted them to have the opportunity to put their story, their tributes, their dedication, their recipes,” said Traci Cangiano. “To us, this book is like an archival piece for the year 2020. I hope we never see anything like 2020 again but this book will serve as a nice reminder.”
Online, too, the community remains active. New postings go up every few hours. “We could probably do five more books, I kid you not,” said Traci Cangiano.
Some readers take a recipe from the book and then ask the creator if they can add, say, more salt here or maybe a smidge of jalapeno there, making it a living, constantly edited dish.
“The interaction between the page and the book then became like this collaboration between virtual and the hard copy. It’s just amazing,” said Traci Cangiano. “It’s become such a welcoming place and it’s a safe ground.”
All are welcome to join the online community, but there’s one rule: No politics. The Cangianos check every post to make sure it is family-friendly and nonpartisan.
“Obviously the climate of the world that we live in, things get crazy. People say things that just get out of hand. And I didn’t want to have any of that confrontation on that page,” said Traci Cangiano.
The pandemic disrupted life for the Cangianos, as it did for everyone. Kristina is a senior in high school and the Quarantine Kitchen takes her mind off the stress. “There’s a lot going on, but it’s definitely helped,” she says.
Her older sister, Daniella, graduated St. John’s University remotely and is an avid baker. She shares her creations with the Facebook group and likes hearing feedback.
“That kind of kept me going. I knew I had something to look forward to, even though things were kind of crazy,” she says. “I was able to still bake and still enjoy that. As one of my favorite hobbies, I was able to share it with other people, which was so much fun.”

This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Entertainment

Austin FC comes up short to LA Galaxy, loses second straight match

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC had chances but the team just couldn’t capitalize in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the LA Galaxy.

It’s the club’s second straight loss, and second straight match in which they failed to score a goal.

The LA Galaxy scored their first goal in the 35th minute, courtesy of Sebastian Lletget. The play resulted in an injury to Hector Jimenez when he tried to stop Lletget on the attack.

The Galaxy added another goal late in the second half, courtesy of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, in the 77th minute.

An area that was glaring for Wolff was the club’s lack of energy, he felt that they should’ve been sharper throughout the entire match, particularly, in the first half.

“We just weren’t moving in our typical manner, in and around the penalty box, getting behind the line,” Wolff said. “I think the energy level was off, our running was off, the dynamic wasn’t its normal self, and we’ll have to look into that.”

This is the fifth match of an eight match stretch in which Austin FC will be on the road, and it seems to be taking a toll on the team.

“It’s tough, it is that’s just the way it is, the games are going to keep coming and it’s not going to get any easier,” Matt Besler said. “I think for the most part, we can be happy and proud of where we’re at right now, we’ve managed to get six points through five games and we’ve just got to keep going, we’ve got to continue to get points when we can.”

Austin FC continues its eight-game road trip to start the season next Sunday, May 23 at Nashville SC. The match is scheduled to begin at 8pm.

CW Austin TV home for regional coverage of Austin FC

The CW Austin, KNVA, will be the television home for Austin FC soccer for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The channel will air a majority of Austin FC’s regional telecasts for the next two years.

Author: Jonathan Thomas
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Post Office shares cheapest summer holiday destinations – green list Portugal comes third

The easing of lockdown restrictions comes on May 17 as the country heads into the third stage of the roadmap out of lockdown. With international travel having been banned for several months, holidaymakers could once again return to their favourite locations, and save a few pounds while they’re there too. 
A traffic light system has been drawn up categorising countries around the globe based on their COVID-19 risk levels.

It consists of a “green list”, an “amber list” and a “red list”.

Travellers returning from a “green list” country means that they will not have to quarantine on return and will only be required to take one coronavirus test post-arrival.

The list includes countries like Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

READ MORE: Martin Lewis shares the safest way to book summer holidays

Countries on the list include Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

With money being tight for many people this year, Post Office has revealed the cheapest summer holiday destinations.

The annual Post Office Travel Money Holiday Money Report brings news that Portugal not only emerges as the cheapest in the eurozone and third cheapest of 46 surveyed for the Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer but it also rates as the country that holidaymakers think offers the best value for money.

Madeira also makes it into the top 10 with Bulgaria, which is currently on the “amber” list, being the destination where holidaymakers will actually find the cheapest prices for a range of eight staples.

This includes a three-course evening meal for two with wine, beer, wine, large bottle of water and sun cream.

In the top 10 is also Spain, South Africa, Vietnam and Bali.

Nick Boden, Post Office Head of Travel Money, which accounts for one-in-four UK foreign exchange transactions, said: “People who are hoping to take an overseas holiday and have not decided on their destination should make sure they know the regulations that apply to countries they are considering at the time of booking.

“When budgeting for their holiday, they should include all the costs of travel abroad in their planning.  This does not just mean comparing package prices or flight costs but also doing their homework to check how resort prices have changed since their last trip.  Big falls in many European and long haul resorts spell good news – so choose carefully.”

Thailand was also named the best value long haul destination with a score of 81 percent, rising to 92 percent among past visitors.

Post Office Travel Money’s Nick Boden said: “Sterling’s strength against the majority of holiday currencies means it really ought to play an important part in decisions about where to travel abroad.  

“The purchasing power of the pound means people changing £500 into US dollars or East Caribbean dollars, the currency for Antigua, St Lucia and Grenada, will get the equivalent of around £61 extra.  

The Post Office is the UK’s leading foreign currency provider, offering around 60 currencies for pre-order at around 7,000 Post Office branches or online at www.postoffice.co.uk/travel for next day branch or home delivery.  3,600 larger Post Office branches stock the leading currencies and around 7,000 offer euros over the counter without pre-order.  

These can also be ordered online for same day “click and collect” at selected branches, next day collection at any branch or home delivery.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

NVIDIA GeForce Now NEW games: Major new release comes to streaming platform

NVIDIA GeForce NOW subscribers can access more than a dozen new games as part of the package.

The latest batch of games include new multiplayer release Hood: Outlaws and Legends, which launched just a few days ago.

Subscribers can access the multiplayer action game whether they own the Steam version or the Epic Games Store edition.

Retro gaming fans will be happy to hear that CAVE shooter DoDonPachi Resurrection has also joined the service, alongside Child of Light, MotoGP 21, Outland and Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Prophecy.

Elsewhere, it was revealed that Biomutant is also coming to the service when it launches later this month.

“Biomutant, the much anticipated post-apocalyptic, Kung-fu fable from Experiment 101 and THQ Nordic, is coming to GeForce NOW when it launches for PC (Steam) on May 25,” NVIDIA explains.

“That’s not all for Biomutant. At its release, GeForce NOW empowers gamers to take their adventure with them across nearly all devices, even on a Chromebook, Mac or mobile device.”

You can see the full list of new GeForce NOW games joining the service further down the page.

As for Hood Outlaws and Legends, the game sees four people attempt to execute the perfect heist.

“Faced with a merciless, unchecked state, rebels and rogues battle to claim their place among legends,” reads the official description.

“To win influence with an oppressed people, rival gangs compete in daring heists to hit the wealthy where it hurts. Folk hero or gold-hungry outlaw, only the best will escape with hard-earned riches.

“Two teams of 4 players compete to execute the perfect heist, in medieval environments patrolled by deadly AI guards. With the unique skills and mystical abilities of each character, moving in stealth to steal treasures unseen or dominating through loud and brutal combat.

“Blood will be spilled. Riches will be stolen. Legends will be reborn.”

The latest GFN GeForce Now releases for May…

• Hood: Outlaws and Legends (day-and-date release on Steam, Epic Games Store)

• Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (Steam)

• Bridge Constructor Portal (Steam)

• Child of Light (Ubisoft Connect)

• DoDonPachi Resurrection (Steam)

• Hyperdrive Massacre (Steam)

• MotoGP 21 (Epic Games Store)

• Move or Die (Steam)

• Ostriv (Steam)

• Outland (Steam)

• Space Crew (Steam)

• Three Kingdoms: The Last Warlord (Steam)

• Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Prophecy (Steam)

• When Ski Lifts Go Wrong (Steam)

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

When It Comes to Taxes, Being Tracked Can Be a Good Thing

This article is part of our new series, Currents, which examines how rapid advances in technology are transforming our lives.

Two months ago, Jeff Sheu, a private equity executive, moved from San Francisco, where he had lived for close to 20 years, to Summerlin, a Las Vegas suburb. During the stay-at-home period of the pandemic, he realized he no longer needed to be in a city where property was expensive, taxes were high, and his quality of life, now that he was married with a small child, had changed.

And with vaccinations available and business travel resuming, he could live somewhere he liked as long as he could get on a plane for work.

“I love California, but over time the cost of living got exorbitantly high,” said Mr. Sheu, who was born and raised in that state and went to the University of California, Berkeley. “I grew apart from California.”

Moving out of a city for more space in the suburbs is a pretty common goal. It often marks a maturation point for Americans with young children, who value well-regarded schools over a nightlife scene.

But given the state Mr. Sheu had left and the high compensation from his work, he was concerned that his departure would not go smoothly. As the managing director of a private equity firm, he is exactly the type of high earner California does not want to lose. When people in his tax bracket leave, the state is likely to audit them to make sure they really have left.

With the May 17 tax filing deadline approaching, people who have moved to another state or are working more remotely need to be extra vigilant with their tax documents. For Mr. Sheu, that involves an app on his smartphone that uses location services to track him all the time. What he is sacrificing in privacy, he is gaining in peace of mind, knowing he will be able to show exactly when and where he was in a particular state, should California’s tax authority come after him.

Tax-starved states are none too happy to see big taxpayers leave. Enter the need to track meticulously where you are all the time.

“As part of the move, there’s a checklist of things to do, like changing your voter registration,” Mr. Sheu said from Atlanta (having been in Tampa, Fla., and Philadelphia in the previous 36 hours, when he had been traveling for work). “Then there’s tracking your days. You can use Excel, but if I get an inquiry from the tax board, it’s just in Excel. They could argue I fat-fingered something. But I’m never apart from my phone. It feels to me like a pretty undebatable way to track where I am.”

Tax apps like TaxBird — which Mr. Sheu uses — and TaxDay and Monaeo were created years ago with a different purpose in mind: to help largely affluent retirees avoid a tax burden when they returned to their second home in a high-tax state. But since the pandemic sent people home, and in the process freed them from being in an office, these apps have become relevant for professionals who want to work wherever they want to live.

These apps operate on a subscription model and are modestly priced. TaxBird, for example, costs $ 34.99 a year. After a free 90-day trial, TaxDay charges users $ 9.99 a month. Monaeo is geared more toward high earners and offers more options for its service, charging $ 99 a month or $ 999 a year.

“We’ve seen a fourfold increase in our app without any advertising in the past year,” said Jonathan Mariner, founder and president of TaxDay, who was himself audited when he worked for Major League Baseball in New York but lived in Florida. “When people are concerned about privacy, I say you probably have a dozen apps on your phone that are tracking you, and you don’t even know it.”

People who use the apps understand their location will be tracked, and the apps acknowledge in their privacy policy statements what data is and is not used. Monaeo makes a point of describing how the data is cataloged — city, state and country, but without specific locations. It also says upfront that it does not share any data. (All three of the apps are vigilant about that.)

While each tax app has different levels of precision and features to upload supporting documents, they all fulfill the basic need to prove your location to a tax authority. When it comes time to file taxes, users download reports detailing where they worked with varying degrees of specificity, from a simple day count to more detailed location information.

“Over the past year, it’s becoming a contentious issue between states,” said Chester Spatt, professor of finance at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. “The question is what does it mean to have your employment be in another state in the virtual world? In the physical office world, it was easy.”

With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, states in need of revenue are not going to let the money go without a fight. “This has the potential to become as messy as you can envision it,” said Dustin Grizzle, a tax partner at MGO, an accounting firm. “States are going to say, ‘Hey you’re just using Covid to give you the ability to work remotely.’”

One thing is clear: the pandemic has, in fact, extended these types of tax debates to middle-income earners who would like to live somewhere else. At the center of the debate is a magic number: 183 days — half of the year, plus a day — which is the amount of time most states use to determine if a person has been somewhere else for tax purposes. (There are exceptions: Ohio requires residents to live outside of the state for only five months.)

Residency, though, is something you have to declare; it is not something you can establish by traveling. For many workers, the issue will be where their employer says their office is.

David R. Cohen, a lawyer who focuses on complicated litigation cases, had been traveling from his home in Ohio for decades. During the pandemic, he rented a place in Naples, Fla., with his wife and realized there was no reason to go back to Cleveland in the winter. After renting, he bought a house in Naples a few months ago.

“Covid proved everyone could work remotely,” said Mr. Cohen, who uses TaxBird. “It was at that point that I began to think about residency down here.”

His incentives went well beyond the weather: He reasoned that most of his cases involved multiple jurisdictions, so he was either traveling or working out of his home anyway.

That kind of shift has some states worried. There is currently a tax dispute between New Hampshire and Massachusetts that could end up in front of the Supreme Court. The central question: Where are people working for tax purposes when they are not allowed to go into an office in another state?

When the pandemic started, Massachusetts issued guidance, saying if you normally worked in an office in that state, you would have to continue paying income tax there, even if you were working from home. New Hampshire challenged this by filing a lawsuit.

“There’s a strong argument that the pandemic should change things,” said Eric Bronnenkant, head of tax at Betterment, the financial advising app. “But one of the things I’m concerned about is if the Supreme Court comes down on the side of Massachusetts, other states will say the Supreme Court gave their approval. That will make remote-worker taxation more complex.”

Author: Paul Sullivan
This post originally appeared on NYT > Technology > Personal Tech

The One-Off Audi AI:RACE Comes First to Project CARS 3

When we began planning content for the final DLC for Project CARS 3, we asked our automotive partners what they had in their Electric Vehicle (EV) pipeline. That’s one of the more rewarding parts of my job because the EV space right now is where the action is, and the moment we saw the Audi AI:RACE, we knew this was the one we had to get in-game.

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

The ultimate in track-day toys, what makes this car even more exciting is that it’s a one-off concept — Audi’s vision for the sportscar of tomorrow.

And that was exactly the kind of content we wanted to bring to the Electric Pack.

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

The Audi AI:RACE is basically a two-seater “wing-car” with tons of downforce and LMP1 levels of performance. A press of a button, though, shifts the driver’s seat into a central position in the cockpit (“monoposto”-style) to transform it into a single-seater race car.

But as cool as that is, it got even better when Audi sent us the CADs and we realized that, hiding under that mix of aluminium, carbon, and multi-material composite body, is the all-winning Le Mans Audi R18 e-tron quattro suspension along with three electric engines—one up front (200hp), and two at the rear (470hp). With boost, it’s good for 765hp.

In English, that’s 0-100kmh in around two seconds!

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

The motorsport-derived performance doesn’t end there either: quattro all-wheel drive and battery packs positioned mid-engine for optimal driving dynamics make the Audi AI:RACE “emotion without emissions”.

And speaking of emotion, I’m the guy at the studio who gets to drive our simulated cars first, so you can imagine what a thrill it was to finally test drive it. Only one of these cars have been built and, as far as I know, Audi haven’t yet pushed it to its limits, so that, I thought, made me into an Audi test driver … right before I overshot the first turn by miles!

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

My excuse? This thing is inanely quick, and EVs can be a bit baffling at first because the torque is both immense and instantaneous. Sad truth though? I ran out of talent long before this Audi ran out of grip…

The design ideas on this car are also wild. Because it’s an EV, Audi were able to implement all sorts of innovative concepts like the steep dip of the hood that gives the driver incredible visibility — from the cockpit, you can see straight down onto the road through the openings in the ventilated hood, and that allows you to hit apexes with amazing precision. The dashboard, meanwhile, is essentially translucent glass onto which all the data is projected.

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

It’s all very sci-fi and a bit like sitting in a glass house, and because there’s no “engine,” you begin to hear all the other noises that would be masked by an internal combustion engine, so Lead Audio Designer Tim Shepherd and Sound Designer Owen Packer had to get creative with the sounds. You’ll notice the wind, road, and chassis noises are far more audible and help contribute to a unique aural experience and sense of speed.

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

Drivers may also hear the wind displacement sounds we popped in as part of our audio reflection system (on lampposts, bridges, etc.), as well as the two main layers to the Audi AI:RACE audio — the physical sound of the electric motor (which is not as dominant here as on other EV cars in-game) and a designed layer which ties in with the vehicle’s aesthetics, built from seams of synthesized sound. Both layers carry multiple harmonics which grow and blend, and with added modulation based on load, help convey the huge torque at your disposal.

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

When we asked Audi about what kind of liveries we could use, they sent us their own exclusive Audi-only colours for this car: there are seven, including tactical green (my favourite) and bare aluminium.

The car itself is just a stunning piece of engineering, with that fold-out rear wing, colossal rear diffuser that can be moved downward to increase downforce, and the frontend that sports the Audi hexagon on the Singleframe grille.

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

Love ’em or hate ’em, EVs are about to usher in a whole new era in sportscar design and performance. Get a taste for that future with the Audi AI:RACE.

Project CARS 3: Electric Pack

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The future is electric and it’s in the Project CARS 3: Electric Pack. Get to grips with 4 of the world’s fastest electric vehicles that include the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S and its warp-drive 1.3Gs of acceleration, the 2020 Volkswagen ID.R that humbled Pikes Peak, the 2020 Audi AI:RACE concept with its “monoposto” vision of the future, and the refined power of the NIO EP9 super sportscar. Own the future today along with dozens of customization options. Contents: – 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S “Soul, electrified” is Porsche’s tagline for their first EV sportscar that takes everything you know and love about Porsche to the EV space. Precision-handling- as fast around the ’Ring as a Porsche Cayman GT4 – allied to 750hp and 0-100kmh in 2.5s with a brain-warping 1.3Gs under full acceleration. Throw in the world’s first “multispeed” transmission in an EV car and all the pedigree that Porsche has gained from racing for 70 years and this is the future – today. – 2020 Volkswagen ID.R The Volkswagen ID.R has been destroying track records around the world. Pikes Peak? Humbled. The ‘Ring? Conquered. Goodwood? Outright record. Then VW made it even faster with this evolution, the 2020 Volkswagen ID.R that blistered everything anyone thought possible at the Bilster Berg. Developed as an uncompromising and lightweight prototype with immense downforce, this represents the first fully electric racecar for the VW brand. Average Gs for its record-run at the ’Ring was 3.5, while power comes from two electric engines pushing 680hp – in a car that weighs just above 1,000KGs. – 2020 Audi AI:RACE Audi’s design and technical all-electric concept car is called the Audi AI:RACE and it’s their vision of what tomorrow’s sportscar could offer. In a word: speed. Innovation starts with the cockpit where the driver’s seat can be positioned in the center to make it into a traditional “monoposto”. The battery is positioned to give it a mid-“engine” feel, while aluminium, carbon, and multi-material composites bring the weight down to less than 1,550KGs ensuring handling and balance. Add 3 electric engines (1 upfront and 2 powering the rear wheels) for 765hp in boost mode or, in actual performance, 0-100kmh in a blink over 2s. LMP1-like prototype performance. – 2019 NIO EP9 The NIO EP9 is a two-seater super sportscar that brings all of NIO’s Formula E pedigree onto the road & track. It holds world records for production cars on many tracks around the world including a stonking 6:45.90 around the ’Ring. That’s what comes from 335hp on each wheel, 4WD (and individual-wheel drive for handling performance), advanced torque vectoring, and full carbon fiber chassis based on LMP regs. With a total weight of just 1,735KGs, this EV monster will get to 100kmh in 2.7s and 300kmh in 15s all the way to a top-end speed of 350kmh. Neck-snapping power and racing-levels of grip. • Latest Season 7 Formula E liveries • 12 Liveries • 20 Decals • 5 Patterns • 5 Rims • 10 Tires • 10 License Plates • 5 Race Numbers • 1 New Female Character • 1 Free track: Zandvoort (with 3 layouts)
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Project CARS 3

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OWN YOUR JOURNEY • 200+ elite-brand race & road cars • 120+ global tracks • Wide set of race conversion kits • Race to earn Credits & XP • Buy & own 100s of cars • Upgrade cars with realistic performance parts • Customize your car liveries with racing- & community-inspired elements • Personalize your drivers FEEL EACH MOMENT • Fully scalable assists for all skill levels • Convincing & fun handling • 24-hour cycle, dynamic all-seasons, all-weather racing • Unrivaled Controller Experience • Visceral sense of speed • Intense crash effects & car-contact • Enhanced AI EARN EVERY WIN • New & deeply engaging career mode • Battle your way up from weekend warrior to racing legend • New & compelling Multiplayer and Community Modes • Fun & exciting Daily Challenges

Author: Jan Frischkorn, Lead Vehicle Artist, Slightly Mad Studios
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire