Quick News: quick news on Tesla, BMW/Toyota and McLaren

by Kiana
November 25, 2020

Welcome to the newest segment of Supercar Spoiler: Quick News where we go on a joy ride down News avenue.

Tesla’s Model X is vulnerable 

According to security experts from Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) group, someone can purchase a $300 self-assembled hardware kit to hack into the Model X’s key fob via Bluetooth.

In just a few minutes, they were able to unlock the $150,000+ SUV, start it and drive away.

The experts behind this “thivery” explained that security measures are in place to protect against key fob hacks, however they lack the necessary validation process so someone with the right skill set can drive away with the car in only a few minutes.

If I was a Model X owner I would be getting worried right about now.


Problems for the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra

Problems in paradise for BMW and Toyota with their love child the Z4 and Supra.

If you can recall, the Z4 and Supra have had issues starting in September 2019. First it was the defective seatbelt guide loop mounts, then in October it was the rearview camera that had to be recalibrated, then it was the failing headlights and now it’s the fuel tank.

BMW of North America has issued a recall statement that the weld between the fuel tank halves may not have been performed according to the specifications creating an unreasonable risk. The fix is to replace the fuel tank with proper welds. This issue has only affected 49 cars.

McLaren Artura 

McLaren’s new supercar has been named the Artura.

It will be launched in the first half of 2021. The Artura will get a new twin-turbo V6 and an electric motor. A lithium iron battery will allow the Artura to run purely on electric power for everyday emission free city driving.