The Apex Legends Iron Crown Collection Event is quickly approaching and with it comes a legendary Pathfinder skin.
Respawn Entertainment has been slowly teasing new content with the Iron Crown Collection Event, which begins on Aug. 13. The latest cosmetic that was revealed on the Apex Twitter page is the War Machine Pathfinder skin.
The War Machine Pathfinder skin, which continues the medieval theme seen in the other teased cosmetics, puts the loveable robot in intricately-detailed “vanadium manganese boron” knight’s armor, according to Apex’s Twitter.
In addition to the shiny white armor, Pathfinder’s computer screen features a smiling sun in stained-glass fashion, reminiscent of an old medieval church. From the looks of it, the screen changes depending on Pathfinder’s actions.
The Iron Crown Collection Event is packed with more content, like the legendary Protector of the Void Wraith skin, which gives the Interdimensional Skirmisher a blonde hairdo and maroon and gold armor. New cosmetics for Bloodhound, Mirage, Lifeline, and Bangalore will also be released.
And, for a limited time only, the fan-requested Solos mode is making its debut in Apex with this event.
You can snag the War Machine Pathfinder skin and more new content when the Iron Crown Collection Event takes place from Aug. 13 to 27. But be prepared because “only one can reign.”
Man Spends $140,000 Building the “Perfect” 1983 Volkswagen GTI
If you’re a car enthusiast, chances are you probably like the Volkswagen Golf GTI—or at least can respect its excellent performance-to-value ratio and everyday practicality. Full disclosure, this author owns and loves a MkVI example—but also admits to being fully outdone by Derek Spratt, who in 2011 bought himself a MkI GTI and spent seven years, more than 12,000 hours, and roughly $140,000 turning it into what he calls the “Ultimate ’83 GT. “
That sure is a lot of love. You can, of course, purchase four current-generation MkVII GTIs for that kind of money (and still have some left over), but Spratt didn’t want something new. He instead wanted something perfect. On his website, Spratt cites MotorTrend as part of the reason he bought a previous GTI, a 1982 model, in the first place. That GTI purchase made Spratt one of the first GTI owners in Canada back then, but he sold that car in 1987 and had been longing for more than 20 years to replace it. So, in 2013 with a bit more cash in his pockets, Spratt thought the time was ripe for a revisit of his glory days. He scored this ’83 GTI and set about creating his ultimate Rabbit.
He says the idea was to make a “cost no object GTI,” and boy did he ever. With a little help, he built a 2.1-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that makes 220 horsepower between 7000 and 7400 rpm even with a catalytic converter and air box/filter installed; remove the cat, and Spratt says there’s another 20 horses lurking under the GTI’s stubby hood. Given that Spratt’s GTI weighs about 250 pounds less than a normal GTI, or about 1,800 pounds in “track” configuration, with a few nonessential bits removed, performance is lively. Allegedly, the little classic hatchback will scoot to 60 mph in fewer than 5.0 seconds, thanks to that supercar-rivaling power-to-weight ratio.
Spratt removed weight, but he didn’t exactly gut his VW. He added a number of modern niceties like power windows, forward and rear facing cameras, adjustable heated seats, and even a push-button starter. The result of all his toil is one of the cleanest and more original resto-mods (restored and modified classics) we’ve seen.
If you’re interested in Spratt’s build and want more details on the seven-year-long build, the owner documented everything about the car on his website. He recorded everything he did to the car in painstaking detail, and even produced a 122-page PDF detailing the build. There also is his YouTube channel and more than 180 videos covering the GTI, including the lengthy summation clip we’ve added here. So, what’s next for Spratt and his Volkswagen? After finishing the build, he sold the car to a young couple from Vancouver to share his passion with others.