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21 February 2014

NEW Volkswagen Golf GTE hybrid revealed!

Volkswagen will present the new Golf GTE with a plug-in hybrid drive at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 4 to 16, 2014) as a world premiere. The new Golf GTE is driven by two engines: one 110 kW / 150 PS turbo direct fuel injection en-gine (1.4 TSI) and one electric motor with 75 kW / 102 PS. These two engines combine to provide the stated system power of 50 kW / 204 PS. If the electric motor is the sole source for propulsive power, the Golf GTE is capable of speeds of up to 130 km/h. 

When the full power of the TSI is used, the GTE sprints to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds; the Volkswagen Golf GTW achieves a top speed of 217 km/h on German motorways and race courses. However, the "V/max" is of secondary importance. Of more significance is the superior pulling power of the Golf GTE thanks to its alliance of a petrol engine and electric motor that produces a maximum torque of 350 Nm.

The new Golf GTE is driven by one 110 kW / 150 PS turbo direct fuel injection engine (1.4 TSI) and one electric engine with 75 kW / 102 PS. The combined system power from both engines is 150 kW / 204 PS. The electric motor is supplied with power from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery; the capacity of this battery which is equipped with liquid cooling is 8.8 kWh. The battery is charged from a charging socket behind the VW logo in the radiator grille. The battery weighs 120 kg, the Golf GTE a total of 1,524 kg. 

The gearboxes used by Volkswagen are an automatic shift and a 6-speed DSG with a triple clutch developed specially for use in hybrid vehicles.

The Golf GTE can be driven in various intuitively named modes. For instance, the driver can push a button to intentionally switch to the "e-mode" which makes the Golf GTE a zero-emission vehicle. In all-electric mode, the GTE can reach a maximum speed of 130 km/h; its maximum range in "e-mode" is 50 kilometres (if the battery is fully charged beforehand and dependent on the outdoor temperature and driving style). The driver can also use the GTE button to switch to the mode named after the car, the "GTE mode", which activates a very sporty side of this new Golf. 

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20 February 2014

Lotus Motorcycles C-01 bike revealed!!!

Following two years of development Lotus Motorcycles revealed the C-01, a licensed by Lotus motorbike built by Kodewa Performance Motorcycles in only 100 units. The C-01 motorcycle is not designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus plc but is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin Kolles. The development on the C-01 was carried out with the support of Holzer Group (co-owners of Kalex) and design guru Daniel Simon. Drawing on their wealth of motorsport experience, the team of engineers has designed a unique high performance superbike.

The engine of the new Lotus C01 is a a 1195cc V-twin from KTM's RC8R superbike with a claimed 200bhp and dry weight of 180kg. The C-01 will be available in a range of liveries some of which pay homage to Lotus' sporting pedigree. A customisation service is also available.

Construction: 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine, 75° V-style
Capacity: 1,195 cm³
Bore: 105 mm
Stroke: 69 mm
Power Approx: 200 HP
Transmission: 6-gear jaw-type shift transmission
Lubrication: Dry sump lubrication
Main shaft ratio: 40:76
Lay shaft ratio:  15:41
Clutch: Hydraulic anti-hopping clutch
Ignition: Full electronic engine management with digital adjustment of the ignition

Frame: Aero tech steel/Titanium/Carbon fibre frame
Fork: Upside down
Suspension strut: Twin suspension strut
Spring travel front: 80 mm
Spring travel rear: 70 mm
Brake system front: Twin brake disc, ø320mm, four piston calipers
Brake system rear: One brake disc,ø220mm, two piston calipers
Chain: X-Ring resp. O-Ring
Head tube ang: 59°
Fork ang: 54°
Wheel base: 1.645±15 mm

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12 February 2014

NEW 2015 Ferrari California T turbo revealed!!!

"T" like Turbo: the all new 2015 Ferrari California T that the Italian manufacturer presents at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show is the first roadgoing turbocharged Ferrari since the F40. Its new V8-cylinder 3.8-litre turbo engine delivers 560 CV at 7500 rpm, yielding a specific power output of 145 CV/l, and a maximum torque of 755 Nm that allow the California T sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. 

Its sleek proportions were penned by the Ferrari Style Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina, and are very much in line with the Ferrari front-engined ethos. The shape of the Ferrari California T's flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa's famous pontoon-fender styling, with the front wing line stretching back towards the compact, muscular rear and bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides. An imposing front grille and the intakes for the turbo intercooler also communicate a sense of impressive power and width. Lastly, a lean bonnet underscores muscular fenders while the rear benefits from meticulous aerodynamic research resulting in a new triple-fence diffuser.


Type 90° V8 with fuel direct injection
Total displacement 3855 cm3
Maximum power 412 kW (560 cv) @ 7500 rpm
Maximum torque 755 Nm (77 kgm) @ 4750 rpm

Length 4570 mm
Width 1910 mm
Height 1322 mm
Dry weight 1625 kg
Weight distribution 47% Ant - 53% Post

Maximum speed 316 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.6 s

Fuel consumption 10.5 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 250 g/km

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Audi S1 Sportback quattro test drive video

Back in the 1980s an Audi S1 garnered a legendary reputation -- it was the car that would see the brand dominate the World Rally Championship in its day. Now the abbreviation is coming back -- but this time as a road-going version: the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback constitute the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line, adding an entry-level version to the Audi S model portfolio. 

The 2.0 TFSI fitted with a turbocharger develops 170 kW (231 hp) and produces up to 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque. The two-liter engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively. The top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph). On average the sporty, sonorous TFSI consumes just 7.0 (33.60 US mpg) or 7.1 (33.13 US mpg) liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (162 and 166 grams CO2 per kilometer [260.71 g/mile / 267.15 g/mile]) respectively.

Like all Audi S models, the S1 and the S1 Sportback also come with quattro permanent all-wheel drive onboard. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle. Its specifically tuned control software boasts a decidedly dynamic setup. The electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control is a function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC). It features two-stage deactivation and supplements the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels -- the interaction of both systems makes for extremely agile, precise and stable handling.

The suspension on the two compact sport models has been extensively revamped. The electromechanical power steering has been developed. Modified pivot bearings on the front axle enhance spontaneity when turning. At the rear a four-link design replaces the compound link rear suspension used on the A1 models. The setup is sporty and firm; the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine, automatic air conditioning and the likewise standard variable shock absorbers.

A larger brake master cylinder as well as large brake discs -- front 310 millimeters (12.20 in) in diameter -- ensure excellent deceleration. Red brake calipers with S1 logo can be ordered as an option. The two sporty compact models are supplied ex factory with 17-inch wheels with 215/40 R17 tires; Audi offers 18-inch wheels with 225/35 R18 tires as an option.

The price of the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback, which will be available at dealers in Germany in the second quarter of 2014, will be €29,950 and €30,800 respectively.

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25 January 2014

Ferrari F14 T 2014 Formula 1 REVEALED!

The Ferrari F14 T is the sixtieth car built by Ferrari specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. The name comes from the combination of the current year and the introduction of the turbo-compressor in the V6 1.6-litre Power Unit. The project, which goes by the internal code name 665, began life more than two years ago. In the new F1 car Ferrari F14 T of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen the areas of continuity are the pull-rod front and rear suspension but the aerodynamics si very different due to changes to the regulations to lower the chassis and nose in the interests of driver safety.

Chassis in carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
Servo controlled hydraulic limited-slip differential
Semiautomatic sequential and electronically controlled gearbox with quick shift
Number of gears: 8 +Reverse
Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes (front and rear) and brake by wire rear brakes
Independent suspension, pull-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 691 kg
OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13″

Displacement: 1600 cc
Max revs: 15.000
Turbo charging:  Single turbo
Fuel flow: 100 kg/hr max
Fuel capacity 100 kg
Configuration V6 90°
Cylinders 6
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Injection 500 bar -- direct
Units per driver 5

Battery Energy (per lap): 4 Mj
MGU-K power: 120 kW
MGU-K max revs: 50.000 rpm
MGU-H max revs: 125.000 rpm

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15 January 2014

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7 official video

The 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful and track-capable Chevrolet in the brand's history. Debuting at the 2014 NAIAS, the new Z06 is quite different than the regular Stingray: the design changes began not with the exterior panels, but the tires. To deliver the levels of grip needed for the Z06's performance targets, the Z06 was fitted with larger Michelin tires (Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06; Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package). The P285/30ZR19 front tires are 1.5 inches wider than the tires on the Stingray, while the 335/25ZR20 rear tires are two inches wider.

To cover the wider tire tread, the fenders of the 2015 Z06 were extended by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear. These extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider and more aggressive appearance thanks also to a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and the rear spoiler. The available Z07 package add larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use.

The heart of the new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). It cab be mated to a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.

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Kia GT4 Stinger Concept 2014 test drive video

Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the brand's most aggressive concept car at the 2014 North American International Auto Show with the Kia GT4 Stinger, a rear-drive 2+2 sports car designed by the Kia Design Center America (KDCA). With a shorter wheelbase (2,619mm) than, and an equal overall length (4,310mm) to, a cee'd hatchback, a width (1,890mm) greater than an Optima saloon and a roofline (1,250mm) nearly nine inches (229mm) lower than a Rio hatchback, the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept wheights only 1,304 kg, and weight distribution is spread nearly perfectly at 52 per cent up front and 48 per cent at the rear.

Beneath the GT4 Stinger's bonnet there is a tuned version of Kia's 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine putting out 315 horsepower. The same engine is used in the GTS-class Optima race car reaching 400 HP. There are currently no plans to bring the Kia GT4 Stinger concept to production.

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