Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid, so-named because this latest environmentally-focused technology demonstrator from Lotus Engineering produces 414 PS (306 kW) of power, promises breathtaking performance from a highly efficient propulsion system. The concept showcases new developments in plug-in, range-extended electric propulsion, new electronic technologies to enhance driver involvement, the adaptability of the Lotus Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) that underpins the Evora 414E Hybrid and a dramatic new roof system and interior concept from Lotus Design. Through all of these aspects it ultimately demonstrates the exceptional ability of Lotus Engineering to integrate and develop advanced technologies for exciting, efficient, high performance niche vehicles.

The range extended electric drive of the Evora 414E Hybrid consists of two electric motors driving each of the rear wheels independently via single speed geartrain, integrated into a common transmission housing, thus enabling torque vectoring for stability control of the vehicle. Electrical power is stored in a lithium polymer battery pack optimised for energy density, efficiency and high power demand, mounted in the centre of the vehicle for stability and safety. Additional range is provided by the Lotus Range Extender engine, an optimised 1.2 litre, three-cylinder engine, designed specifically for series hybrid vehicles. The drivetrain is designed to combine astonishing performance with efficient, low emissions driving.

0-60 mph/97 kph in under 4 seconds
Total hybrid range of over 300 miles/483 kilometres
Eco mode or Sports mode featuring realistic 7 speed paddle shift with energy recuperation
HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis
Torque vectoring for improved dynamic stability
Integrated glass roof and engine cover and interior concept from Lotus Design

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chevrolet Spark (FR)

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team Unveils Livery for 2010 ALMS Season
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. - February 22, 2010... Today, the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team began the 2010 American Le Mans season with a new livery on both BMW M3 racing cars, helping to tell BMW’s worldwide Story of Joy. The 2010 BMW M3 GT debuted at the traditional pre-season ALMS Winter Test in Sebring, Florida. The new livery features words and phrases emblematic of the spirit of the campaign, which was launched in North America on February 12th during coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Winter Olympic Games.

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