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A fly­ing car may light the caul­dron at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Toy­ota re­port­edly in­vested al­most $500,000 in Carti­va­tor, a small tech com­pany started by for­mer em­ploy­ees. Toy­ota’s money will go to­wards build­ing a fullscale pro­to­type of the Sky­drive, an F1-style sin­gle­seater de­signed to cruise 10m above traf­fic at 100km/h.

FLAG CHANGES

Peu­geot and Citroen have switched dis­trib­u­tors in an at­tempt to re­vive flag­ging sales. Inch­cape, dis­trib­u­tor of Subaru, will take the reins from Malaysian com­pany Sime Darby Mo­tors next month. Lo­cal Peu­geot sales were down by more than 20 per cent last year and Citroen sold fewer than 1000 cars.

ELEC­TRIC SHAVER

The NIO EP9 su­per­car from Nex­tEV has set a pro­duc­tion lap record at Ger­many’s Nur­bur­gring, clock­ing 6 min­utes 45.9 secs — and shav­ing six sec­onds from the Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can Per­for­mante’s pre­vi­ous mark.

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