Day: May 16, 2022

The 2023 Nissan Z Is More Fun Than the Toyota Supra at a Cheaper Price

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Face it: You’re worried about the 2023 Nissan Z. You heard it’s nearly 200 pounds heavier than the 370Z. You read that it’s still riding on the 370Z platform, which itself was an update of the 350Z platform, a chassis approaching its 20th birthday. You’re wondering how the new Z can possibly compare to the Toyota Supra.

I was worried, too. But you and I forgot about Hiroshi Tamura. Officially, he’s a product planner at Nissan. To us, he’s Mr. GT-R — the brain behind the current-generation Godzilla, a car in its 13th model year that still blows the doors off exotics commanding twice the price. He’s the man who launched the new Z project in secret, then tap-danced his way through Nissan’s corporate hierarchy to get it approved for production.

Tamura’s theory, developed through years of tuning his personal R32 GT-R, is that

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Cycling review panel calls for re-evaluation of core foundations of the NZ high performance sport system

New Zealand’s high performance sports system needs a complete rethink to address the “chilling” power imbalance between athletes and sports organisations, an inquiry has found.

The findings of an independent inquiry into Cycling NZ and High Performance Sport NZ, launched in wake of the suspected suicide of top sprint cyclist Olivia Podmore in August last year, were delivered to the public on Monday.

The 104-page report provided a “forthright look” at how Cycling NZ has managed its high performance programme, detailing a culture of “medals before process”, a lack of transparency and accountability around selection and recruitment, and an environment where gender biases are prevalent.

Cycling NZ chairman Phil Holden: “Olivia Podmore was clearly part of that group. We apologise to the Podmore family for their loss and the hurt and grief they continue to experience.”

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Cycling NZ chairman Phil Holden: “Olivia Podmore was clearly part of that group. We apologise to the Podmore family for their loss and the hurt and grief they continue to experience.”

The review panel, led by Mike Heron QC and senior academic Sarah Leberman,

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Man shot while riding in car on Michigan Avenue in the Loop

A man was shot Tuesday night while riding in a car on Michigan Avenue near “The Bean”, the latest in a series of recent attacks in the Loop.

The 19-year-old was in the backseat of a vehicle around 10:18 p.m. in the first block of North Michigan Avenue when he heard gunfire and was shot in the shoulder, police said.

The man was struck in the shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, police said.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots near Michigan Avenue and Madison Street and seeing a black Toyota Prius speeding away west, according to police radio traffic.

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No one is in custody as Area Three detectives investigate.

Cloud Gate sculpture at night, in Chicago, Illinois. (Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Chicago police said they have increased officers in the downtown area

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Bike curious: A novice’s guide to buying your first e-bike

New Zealand imported a massive 65,000 e-bikes and e-scooters in 2019 and that number is likely to continue growing exponentially. But what do you need to know before you buy an electric bike? Russell Brown has the lowdown.

This is an edited version of a story first published in 2018.

If you think you’re seeing more e-bikes on the road, you’re not wrong.

In 2017, according to Statistics NZ, there were 23,000 e-bikes imported. In 2018, the number had jumped to 27,000 – and in 2019 65,000 e-bikes and scooters landed. Every sign is for the trend to continue, or even accelerate, this year. The surprising thing is that the company that triggered the growth isn’t even in the cycle business.

Everyone The Spinoff spoke to agreed that what really kicked off the boom was a move by Auckland-based energy retailer Mercury. In 2016, the company launched a promotion

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