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First Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray
Barrett-Jackson received a $3-million bid for the very first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 to roll off the production line at its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, with all proceeds being given to a Detroit educational charity. This mid-engined C8 Corvette with VIN 001 has the Z51 Performance package and the 495-hp 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine.

Bell Nexus 4EX Air Taxi
Bell has officially unveiled the 4EX at CES 2020, and just in case you are wondering, the name comes from its “4” ducted fans, “E” for electric, and “X” for experimental. This 7,000-pound electric air taxi can safely transport 4-5 passengers up to 60 miles at a cruise speed of about 150 mph. It’s designed to be an electric aircraft, but a hybrid model could be in the works and extend the range to beyond 150 miles.

Gemballa Mirage GT
First introduced nearly 13-years ago, the Gemballa Mirage GT is a mid-engine supercar based on the Porsche Carrera GT. Despite looking vastly different, the only performance modifications are a quad-pipe stainless steel exhaust system, ram-air intake system, and remapped ECU that boosts output to 670 hp, or to be more specific, 58 hp more than the factory Carrera GT. This one-of-a-kind specimen is headed to auction at RM Sotheby’s with 4,038 miles on the odometer, with an expected selling price between €775,000 – €875,000 ($861,505 – $972,667).

China Autonomous Driverless Bullet Train
China’s high-speed railway line connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, has officially gone into operation, complete with 5G connectivity, wireless charging and intelligent lighting. The G8811 smart train began its maiden voyage from Beijing North Railway Station at around 8:30 a.m. to Zhangjiakou in north China’s Hebei Province on Dec. 30, 2019.

NASA SLS Rocket Core
Photo credit: NASA
NASA’s SLS rocket was built to safely transport American astronauts and maximum payloads to the Moon as well as deep space destinations. Yesterday, the agency rolled out the completed core stage from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility for a trip to the Stennis Space Center to undergo further testing. The 1.3-mile trip from the Michoud factory to the barge’s dock is just the beginning of the SLS flight hardware’s journey, as Pegasus will then ferry the SLS core stage from Michoud to Stennis, where it will be lifted and placed into the historic B-2 Test Stand for the core stage Green Run test campaign set to start later this year.