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We get up close and per­sonal with the in­cred­i­ble Fer­rari F8 Trib­uto dur­ing its world tour visit to South Africa and tell you what to ex­pect.

As many pres­ti­gious awards demon­strate, in the au­to­mo­tive world, Fer­rari’s V8 en­gine is seen as the very epit­ome of sporti­ness and driv­ing plea­sure. This is par­tic­u­larly the case when it is mid-rear-mounted in a two-seater. Fer­rari has been hon­ing the scope of abil­i­ties of this ar­chi­tec­ture, which cre­ates an op­ti­mal weight bal­ance, to per­fec­tion for over four decades. The re­sult is the F8 Trib­uto, which is one of the fastest, most thrilling and com­mu­nica­tive su­per­cars ever.

The new car re­places the 488 GTB, with im­prove­ments across the board, pro­vid­ing even bet­ter con­trol on the limit along with greater on-board com­fort. The F8 Trib­uto punches out 50.5 hp more than the car it re­places, is lighter and ben­e­fits from a 10% im­prove­ment in aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency along with the lat­est ver­sion of the Side Slip An­gle Con­trol, now in 6.1 guise. So while the F8 Trib­uto of­fers the high­est lev­els of per­for­mance of any car in the cur­rent range, that per­for­mance is also very us­able.

The F8 Trib­uto de­liv­ers its 727 hp with­out the slight­est hint of turbo lag and pro­duces an evoca­tive sound­track. In­stan­ta­neous power is matched by ex­cep­tional han­dling thanks to ad­vanced ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics so­lu­tions. These in­clude a new ver­sion of the Fer­rari Dy­namic En­hancer which can be ac­ti­vated in the manet­tino’s RACE po­si­tion for the first time, a move de­signed to make per­for­mance on the limit eas­ier to reach and con­trol for an even greater num­ber of driv­ers. The steer­ing wheel rim is also smaller in di­am­e­ter to en­hance the level of tac­til­ity and make the car feel even more ag­ile. In ad­di­tion, weight re­duc­tion mea­sures have cut the car’s dry weight by 40 kg com­pared to the 488 GTB, fur­ther en­hanc­ing both re­spon­sive­ness and driv­ing plea­sure with­out im­ping­ing on in­te­rior com­fort.

State-of-the-art aero­dy­namic so­lu­tions in­cor­po­rated into the car’s body help en­sure that the ex­traor­di­nar­ily pow­er­ful en­gine can be fully ex­ploited. As with the 488 Pista, the F8 Trib­uto’s aero pack­age is di­rectly evolved from the track.

DRIV3R.world got to see and pho­to­graph the F8 Trib­uto in Umh­langa dur­ing its world tour. This car looks even bet­ter up-close and in the flesh. The first right hand drive ver­sions ar­rive in South Africa early in 2020.

Forza Hori­zon 4 with­holds the rep­u­ta­tion that Forza Hori­zon 3 cre­ated, and stands to be the best game of its type. Forza Hori­zon 4 doesn’t just live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions but goes above and be­yond it.

Very few games in­tro­duce it­self in such a way that this one does. The game kicks off with a 10-minute “playable trailer” that gives you a lit­tle teaser of ev­ery­thing you can ex­pect and shows you how you’re go­ing to spend the next few months in­dulging your­self in this phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence. The Forza Hori­zon se­ries has kicked it up a notch with its eye­catch­ing graph­ics, mak­ing it one of the most stun­ning games to look at. Its in­tensely ac­cu­rate roars and revs add to the re­al­ism of the ex­pe­ri­ence, but don’t ex­pect a full sim­u­la­tion as Hori­zon 4 drifts more to­wards the fun side at the cost of some re­al­is­tic fea­tures. The game is a per­fect bal­ance be­tween both worlds and cre­ates a play­ing field for both petrol head and ca­sual racer.

The whole idea be­hind the Hori­zon Se­ries is a car fes­ti­val that moves from coun­try to coun­try ex­plor­ing the dif­fer­ent biomes and ter­rains the lo­ca­tion has to of­fer. The lat­est ad­di­tion to the se­ries in­dulges in the hills and slopes of Great Bri­tain and while this lo­ca­tion may sound dull and bor­ing, I per­son­ally can’t think of a bet­ter one. The nar­row and windy roads cre­ate in­tense hy­per­car chases and the lus­cious hills of Eng­land carve a per­fect rally course. The con­stant change in sea­son - which is ev­ery week in real time - gives you a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios that you have to be ready for be­cause you can’t whip a Lam­borgh­ini in the snowy win­ter weather con­di­tions. The Hori­zon Fes­ti­val site it­self can be found on the bot­tom left of the map and is al­most like an on­go­ing mu­sic and car fes­ti­val that makes you feel like you’re in a com­bi­na­tion of To­mor­row­land and a Top Gear Show.

The huge ar­ray of ve­hi­cles con­sist­ing of over 450 to choose from will cer­tainly have one for ev­ery mood, whether you want to take it off-road or slide through ev­ery cor­ner at a 90 de­gree an­gle. What’s new is how Forza Hori­zon 4 en­cour­ages you to re­turn with its reg­u­larly re­freshed chal­lenges and it’s never-end­ing re­ward­ing sys­tem. Ev­ery hour there is a live on­line event to par­tic­i­pate in along­side 11 other on­line rac­ers who work to­gether to achieve a shared goal. Ev­ery day there are new Forza­thon chal­lenges to keep you on your toes and sim­ply enough events on your map to keep you busy for years. Need for Speed take note.

The fes­ti­val has been im­proved since Hori­zon 3 in one es­sen­tial way. You can now level up each in­di­vid­ual driv­ing skill by tak­ing part in races of that sort which will in-turn un­lock new events in that cat­e­gory. So if off-road races are not your forte, you can play the whole game on­track. This up­date al­lows for rac­ers to now spend time en­joy­ing events that they per­son­ally pre­fer in­stead of play­ing ev­ery event where they might not like drift­ing or drag rac­ing.

Forza Hori­zon 4 has crushed its com­peti­tors and shines to truly be the best rac­ing game ever made in my opin­ion. Open-world rac­ing has never looked so good as it does on Hori­zon 4 and it might take a few years or maybe even a decade for an­other rac­ing game to even be con­sid­ered as the best.

Avengers: Endgame is the se­quel to the Avengers In­fin­ity War and is the movie that knocked Avatar off its no 1 po­si­tion in the box of­fice rat­ings.

Af­ter Thanos’s snap, Tony and Ne­bula are res­cued from space and brought back to earth by Cap­tain Mar­vel. They are then re­united with the re­main­ing Avengers.

The re­main­ing Avengers seek out Thanos on an­other planet in order to take back the in­fin­ity stones and undo Thanos’s “Dust­ing” of earth’s pop­u­la­tion. To their hor­ror Thanos re­veals that he de­stroyed the stones and is fi­nally killed by Thor.

5 years later Ant-man es­capes the quan­tum realm. He then goes to the Avengers and pro­poses that it can be used as a time ma­chine in order to bring the stones from the past and use them to re­verse the snap. To­gether the re­main­ing avengers travel back in time in order to re­verse what was done.

Over­all the movie had a very good plot and the ac­tion scenes were cap­ti­vat­ing. How­ever, be pre­pared to bawl your eyes out.

Endgame fea­tured the Audi con­cept for the E-tron GT. The tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Porsche, how­ever the de­sign and char­ac­ter of the E-tron is un­mis­tak­able Audi DNA.

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