Tuesday, November 30, 2010

AMG 5.5L V8 Biturbo

The AMG 5.5-Liter V8 Biturbo
A completely developed AMG 5.5-Liter V8 biturbo engine with a peak output of up to 420 kW (544 to 571 hp) and maximum torque of up to 900 Newton meters had entered the lineup during summer 2010. The new height cylinder unit, known internally as the M 157 impresses with a welth of technological highlights such as direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion and twin turbochargers.

Twin Turbochargers
First turbocharged engine without diverter valve
Stop-Start Function
and Generator Management
Direct Injection
Decisive advantages for fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, thanks to higher thermodynamic efficiency
Fuel saving of more than 25%; CO2 emissions reduced by 28.5% - while boosting HP and torque

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante

Architecture : V10 - 5.2 injection directe
Puissance : 570 ch
Couple : 540 Nm

Boîte de vitesse manuelle ou robotisée e-gear
4 WD

Jantes : Aluminium noirci 19'
Pneus : Pirelli P Zero Corsa

0 à 100 km/h : 3,9 s
Vitesse de pointe : 324 km/h

1.485 kg à vide
Gain : 65 kg par rapport à la Gallardo Spyder

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Garth Tander hands over new Holden patient transport fleet

Winner of last weeks V8 Supercar Armor All Gold Coast 600 Race, Garth Tander, made a special appearance in a striking liveried black and blue Holden Commodore to mark the donation of a fleet of 12 new vehicles to the Leukaemia Foundation's Patient Transport Program that operates nationally.
Leukaemia Foundation of Australia CEO, Peter Cox, said the Holden fleet of 12 Commodores would assist the Foundation in providing a vital service for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients around Australia.
"We are very grateful to Holden for their ongoing support and commitment since 2002," said Mr Cox
“In the past 5 years, the service has transported over 2,100 blood cancer patients to and from treatment and the Holden sponsored cars have travelled over two million kilometres – equal to fifty laps around the globe.
"Transport to and from treatment is an area of vital need for our patients and one of our most important services. Low immunity from treatment often means patients need a specialised transport service. We need these new Commodores to help more patients arrive at treatment safely.”
Holden Motorsport Manager Simon McNamara said Holden was delighted to be assisting the Leukaemia Foundation to increase their service flexibility and patient reach.
"The Leukaemia Foundation provides an enormously valuable service to people with blood cancer and we aim to assist in as many ways as possible.
“To be able to donate 12 new VE Commodores is an important milestone in our eight year relationship with the Foundation.
“As Holden’s Leukaemia Foundation Ambassador and Patient Transport Program volunteer driver, Garth is looking forward to driving patients in the new Commodores," said Mr McNamara.

Garth Tander

Learn more about the Patient Transport Service - click here

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lexus LFA

  • The LFA employs a unique Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) body to achieve exceptional integrity and light-weight construction.
  • A trio of sophisticated CFRP moldings comprise 65% of the cabin by weight, yielding a low 1485kg curb weight.
  • Pursuit of new CFRP technology internally results in an advanced new joining process for CFRP and metal alloys.
  • Internal development means this world-class CFRP technology is primed for future mass production in other Lexus models.

  • Breathtaking performance from a purpose-built, all new 4.8L V10 engine.
  • Incredibly responsive design able to rev from idle to its 9000rpm redline in 0.6 seconds.
  • Low friction, motor-sport developed components push max power and torque to 412kW (560PS) at 8700rpm and 480Nm at 6800rpm.
  • Compact design as small as a traditional V8 with the weight of a typical V6, generating 85.7 kW per liter.
  • Extreme power combined with ultra light weight rockets the LFA to 100km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).

  • The LFA V10 has been acoustically tuned to deliver a unique and dramatic Formula-1 inspired sound.
  • Horizontally split intake surge tank with acoustically designed walls emits optimal induction frequencies.
  • Tuned large diameter, equal length exhaust manifolds run through a titanium dual stage rear silencer.
  • Three acoustically optimized sound channels fill the cabin with rich intake and exhaust sounds.

  • Lightning-quick six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) that always puts the driver in full control.
  • Unique paddle-shift feeling, with choice of seven gearshift speeds.
  • Transaxle layout over the rear axle results in exceptional cornering agility and high-speed controllability.
  • Ultra-quick upshifts as quick as 200 milliseconds complemented by computer-controlled rev-matching downshifts.
  • Four driving modes—Auto, Sport, Normal, and Wet for ultimate versatility.

  • Mid-front engine mounting with a rear transaxle layout delivers the ideal 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution vital for optimal dynamic balance.
  • The front engine and rear transaxle are connected through a rigid torque tube, creating a flex free link between engine and transmission – a crucial element in the ultra-stiff and balanced chassis construction.
  • All major ancillary components are weight-optimised and located within the wheelbase to minimize the moment of inertia and maximize agility.

  • A unique double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension layout with aluminum alloy construction ensures high agility and low weight.
  • Bespoke remote-reservoir monotube shocks direct from the LFA racecar.
  • Forged aluminum knuckles and hollow anti-roll bars further reduce unsprung weight.
  • 20-inch forged aluminum wheels shod with bespoke asymmetric Bridgestone tires: 265/35ZR20 at the front and 305/30ZR20 at the rear.
  • Two-piece Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake discs with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear for rock steady braking even at 325km/h.
  • Full floating disc construction negates high-temperature expansion.

  • A high-performance cockpit design that provides a unique supercar experience.
  • Hooded instrument panel yielding an exceptionally high level of driver information.
  • Central tachometer featuring a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel and motor-driven movable ring provides supercar exhilaration and Lexus sophistication.
  • Ultra high quality hand-finished cabin trim reflect premium supercar character and refinement synonymous with Lexus.

  • Clean, muscular and athletic, the LFA combines supercar styling with the Lexus L-finesse design philosophy into one cohesive form.
  • A low drag coefficient of just Cd 0.31
  • Flat underbody and speed-activated rear wing with a Gurney flap on the trailing edge yield exceptional downforce to keep the LFA planted at high-speeds

  • Central heat tunnel running the full length of the chassis to extract power-robbing latent heat
  • Large twin rear-mounted radiators and a high capacity low-mount centrifugal water pump provide exceptional powerplant cooling.
  • Large functional air ducts to cool brakes allow for sustainable braking power.

  • Each LFA is hand built by a team of skilled craftsmen
  • In keeping with the LFA’s bespoke nature, each V10 engine will be hand-assembled by a single engineer and will bear his signature.
  • Each LFA is affixed with a special placard showing it’s sequence number among the 500 units to be built.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Ford Focus race car concept

Los Angeles — Ford Motor Company is putting racing on the map at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show with the debut of the Focus race car concept, demonstrating future potential for the all-new 2012 Ford Focus to compete in road and touring car championships with teams around the world.

The Focus race car concept is a dramatic example of Ford’s global approach to product development and builds on the company’s comprehensive approach to leveraging its global product platforms.

This race car concept, powered by the sophisticated 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost I-4 engine, is the first to benefit from a collaborative effort between Ford and race teams around the world that have already built and raced successful Focus race cars. The Focus race car concept has been based around rules governing circuit racing in the United States and beyond.

“This teamwork has resulted in a global racing platform using a common Focus body and a safety cage built to [Federation Internationale de L’Automobile]regulations—a competitive platform that can be tailored for regional competition, based on different rules,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. “By leveraging our collective experience and Ford technology worldwide, this approach parallels our global dedication to the Focus production car and specifically its exciting performance derivative, the new Focus ST, to deliver a competitive race car that can be campaigned around the world.”

Using the all-new Focus as its base, the Focus race car concept features AST performance coil-over adjustable dampers, Ford Racing upgraded sway bars with adjustable end links and front brakes with 320-millimeter two-piece rotors and race pads. The Anthracite 18-inch wheels and Hoosier race tires put the finishing touches on the exterior.

In addition to the FIA Super 2000 regulations roll cage, interior components include a Recaro racing seat, AIM MXL Pista data system and AIM SmartyCam. Ford Racing fire suppression system and Ford Racing six-point safety harness round out the modifications that bring the car from street-spec to race-ready.

“There has been tremendous interest from the racing world in the new Focus, and it’s the perfect fit for a global touring car,” said Capito. “Even more, by working with professional private race teams, we’re ensuring Focus has the support it needs to compete and win around the world.”

Professional private race teams are partnering with Ford to develop common technical specifications for the race car, which will conform to FIA Super 2000 regulations with potential to adopt to other regulations.

The teams are being brought together by Ford to harness their strengths and define roles for the development of the race car. Ford will also support the race teams by providing data, advanced engineering tools, state-of-the-art testing facilities and production parts, resulting in teams racing more competitive cars that are developed with greater efficiency.

“Ford’s commitment to using motorsports to influence high-performance vehicles will be highly evident, as the development of the Focus touring car will also provide valuable input as we develop the upcoming Focus ST production car,” said Capito. “It’s very similar to how the Mustang team was able to apply learnings from the Ford Racing Boss 302R to the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.”

The first race appearance for the Focus is targeted for the 2011 British Touring Car Championship. Globally, the race car has the potential to run in many national and regional championships, such as the China Touring Car Championship and 24-hour endurance races like the classic Nürburgring in Germany.


The new Focus is the result of a global product development program bringing together Ford’s best engineers and technology from around the world. The new Focus will be sold in 122 markets worldwide and manufactured in Ford plants in Asia, Europe and North America.

All Focus models sold in North America will be powered by Ford’s most advanced naturally aspirated engine ever: a new, 2.0-liter gasoline engine equipped with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing—two important fuel-saving technologies. A six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission will be offered.

A Focus ST version also will be available, boasting exhilarating performance and an addictive sound. Ford’s first global high-performance model, scheduled for 2012 launch and developed by Ford’s global performance vehicles team, will deliver a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine, lowered chassis, high-performance brakes and unique suspension tuning. The standard transmission for Focus ST is a six-speed manual, optimized with sporting ratios matched to the performance characteristics of the engine.

Ford’s North American engineering team is targeting fuel economy of 40 mpg highway for the most efficient Focus model, equipped with an automatic transmission. The new Focus will also offer North American consumers a full suite of Ford technology—including Ford Sync, MyFord Touch, in-car Wi-Fi capability, active park assist and rear view camera.

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2011 Ford F-150 - New EcoBoost Engine

New EcoBoost™ Engine
Ford engineers drew from their extensive experience using Direct Injection (DI) and Turbocharging in diesel engine development to create the innovative EcoBoost™ engine (available early 2011). DI produces a cooler, denser charge that generates more power per every drop of fuel, while the twin turbochargers boost performance with virtually no perceptible turbo lag. EcoBoost is amazingly powerful, generating 90 percent of its 400 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,500 rpm. So you can depend on it to provide all the power you need, when you need it. And can it tow? The answer is an emphatic yes. F-150 with EcoBoost has best-in-class maximum towing capability at 11,300 pounds.* Best-in-class payload, too, at 3,060 pounds.* The EcoBoost engine underwent over 1900 hours of testing at full-boost conditions, as well as thermal testing to simulate 10 years of operation in the harshest environments. EcoBoost is up to any task you can give it -- and then some.

*When properly equipped. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR vs. 2010/2011 Competitors.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Honda Fit EV

Honda Fit EV
The Fit EV is designed to meet the daily driving needs of the average metropolitan commuter and utilizes the same 5-passenger layout found in the popular Fit hatchback. When the Fit EV production model is introduced, it will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor.

The high-density motor, derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, delivers excellent efficiency and power while remaining quiet at high speeds. The Fit EV will have a top speed of 90 mph.

The Fit EV will achieve an estimated 100-mile driving range per charge using the US EPA LA4* city cycle (70 miles when applying EPA's adjustment factor). Driving range can be maximized by use of an innovative 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid. The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal, and Sport to instantly and seamlessly change the driving experience to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, practical driving range can increase by as much as 17 percent, compared to driving in Normal mode, and up to 25 percent compared to driving in Sport mode. Acceleration improves significantly when in Sport mode, generating performance similar to a vehicle equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine.

In addition to the 3-mode E-Drive system, the Fit EV will include several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximizing battery range.

A special meter display advises the driver when to shut off air conditioning and other accessories to conserve battery power.

To help the driver manage the electric vehicle ownership experience, the Fit EV will have a standard connectivity system that allows the driver to stay connected through a smartphone and personal computer, or the Honda-exclusive interactive remote, while away from the vehicle. The pocket-friendly, interactive remote provides connectivity to the vehicle without the need for an internet connection or mobile phone signal. Through the connectivity system, drivers will be able to remotely view the vehicle's state of charge, initiate charging and activate the air conditioning, even while connected to the grid, to reduce the drain on the battery at start-up. The mobile application and website also offers the ability to set charging notifications and alerts to optimize utility rates, and provides 24-hour roadside assistance, along with a public charging station locator. The Fit EV will come equipped with a standard Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System™ that includes a public charging-station locator capability.

The Fit EV is designed to be easy and convenient to charge. Battery recharging can be accomplished in less than 12 hours when using a conventional 120-volt outlet, and less than six hours when using a 240-volt outlet.
The Fit EV Concept displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show features an exclusive Deep Clear Blue Pearl exterior color and distinctive five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with blue inserts. The Concept has unique LED headlights, a chrome front fascia, aerodynamic bumper, clear LED taillights and EV decals. Inside, the Fit EV Concept is outfitted in an eco-friendly gray bio-fabric on the seating surfaces.

Displayed alongside the Fit EV Concept at the show is a prototype Honda charging stand. To begin charging, the driver swipes a card in front of the screen and then connects the charger to the vehicle. The Honda charging stand provides a glimpse at the future of an electric-charging infrastructure that is easy to use and intuitive for consumers.

Honda Electric Mobility Network and Energy Management
Together with the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, the Fit EV and the future plug-in hybrid vehicle are a part of the company's comprehensive approach to reducing CO2 emissions. Honda is unique in its efforts to create both environmentally-responsible products and the renewable energy solutions to power them. Honda is currently producing and marketing thin-film solar panels in Japan, and an installation is planned at Honda Performance Development in Southern California in early 2011. Honda is also using innovative ways to produce and distribute energy through sustainable methods, such as using solar power to produce hydrogen fuel from water. Additionally, Honda is developing home energy-management systems that utilize micro-cogeneration technology and solar cell modules to power and heat homes as well as charge electric vehicles. The Honda Electric Mobility Network joins clean vehicle technology, renewable energy production and energy management solutions for the benefit of customers and society.

Honda Environmental Leadership
The Fit EV and a plug-in hybrid sedan will be introduced to the U.S. and Japan in 2012, joining Honda's diverse lineup of environmentally-responsible vehicles, which include the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, the Civic GX compressed natural gas-powered sedan (U.S. only) and four distinct gasoline-electric hybrid models: Civic Hybrid; CR-Z sport hybrid; Insight hybrid and Fit Hybrid (Japan and Europe only).

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


The new Volvo V60 by HEICO SPORTIV
World premiere for the new Volvo V60 by HEICO SPORTIV at the Essen Motor Show. On top HEICO SPORTIV shows the up to 330 HP strong version off the new Volvo S60.
“We’ve given the Volvo S60 and V60 the expressiveness which potential owners of such a dynamic vehicle crave for,” explains HEICO SPORTIV General Manager, Holger Hedtke.

Uncompromising in functionality and design.
The front spoiler is mounted on the original bumper and melts seamlessly into the entirety of the Volvo S60 and V60’s contours. The design element made of low-weight, flexible polyurethane plastic (PUR-R-RIM) fulfills the latest pedestrian protection guidelines.

At the back, the PUR-R-RIM rear skirt in diffusor look cites the form of a diffusor, faithfully enfolding the left and right oval end-pipes of the quad outlet exhaust system.

Manifold innovation under the hood.
The essential ingredients, however, are the ECU upgrades offered by HEICO SPORTIV. With the D3, D5 and D5 AWD diesel engines, these are implemented by reprogramming the engine control unit, with gasoline engines by means of e.motion.

HEICO SPORTIV e.motion stands for “efficiency in motion” and describes an additional engine control unit that, thanks to straightforward “plug & play technology”, can be quickly installed and enabled by any authorized HEICO SPORTIV partner – worldwide!

Thanks to e.motion, the Volvo S60 2.0T generates a colossal 47 bhp more than its series-produced counterpart (currently 250 bhp/184 kW) and a maximum torque of 350 Nm (additional 50 Nm). In the 4-wheel drive version of the Volvo S60 T6, the engine power is boosted to 330 bhp (243 kW) and 460 Nm, allowing the top-of-the-range model to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds (series version: 6.5 seconds) and reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h (limited). Naturally, all HEICO SPORTIV ECU upgrades fulfill the rigorous Euro 5 emissions classification standard. Further tuning programs for the T3, T4 and T5 engine variants are under development.

For those with an attentiveness to craftsmanship and timeless design.
HEICO SPORTIV also sets new highlights when it comes to the interior. With perfect craftsmanship, finest quality leather was set and worked with a sure taste for style on the dashboard, door trims and the center console. Supplemented with aluminum add-ons like pedal set, footrest and gear shift knob.

Diversified menu to choose from.
HEICO SPORTIV sees itself as a fully integrated supplier able to fulfill the customer’s every wish. The menu is finished off with sport springs and the 18”-20” VOLUTION® sport wheel program.
The world premiere of the Volvo V60 by HEICO SPORTIV will be on display at the booth of Continental at the Essen Motor Show (26th November - 5th December 2010).


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holden HSV GTS

For over two decades drivers of the ClubSport R8 and GTS have enjoyed the freedom of the open road. The performance. The handling. The dynamics. And that instinctive touch that only an HSV driver knows. From first glance the shockwave inspired shape of the front grille and Daytime Running Lamps (DRL’s) make a bold statement about who you are, and your passion for driving. The Superflow rear spoiler, shockwave inspired fascia mounted exhaust tips and sports rear LED tail lamps give these machines a design edge that leaves others looking pedestrian.

The interior is not merely about looks and style, the GTS and ClubSport R8 have beendesigned around total driver ergonomics. Ergonomics that put the driver instinctively in control. The critical tools of driving such as the leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and performance leather seats on GTS adjust to your optimum driving position to make the car feel as if it were built for you and you alone. The seats in the GTS elevate the ergonomic platform with seat inserts featuring premium silver twin needle stitching. The dash too has new accents with micro silver highlights in the ClubSport R8 and a carbon fibre look in the GTS.

Put your foot down on the alloy faced pedals and the exhilaration has only just begun. The ClubSport R8 and GTS have an entirely new audio system incorporated into the EDI touch screen together with Sat Nav, USB and an MP3 hard drive. Dual zone climate control ensures that the drive is as comfortable as it is entertaining. Safety is not added on, it is seamlessly built in. Both driver and front passenger have dual-stage and side impact airbags along with side curtain airbags. In the GTS, you can even boost your stopping power with the SV Enhanced 6-piston front brake option.

Launch Control

Competition Mode


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