Friday, October 31, 2014

The new AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine

Powerful, innovative and efficient.
Fuel consumption combined: 9.6-9.3 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 224-216 g/km

Biturbocharging with “hot inside V“
The powerful V8 engines have long been a core competence at AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz. Christian Enderle, Head of Engine and Powertrain Development at Mercedes-AMG: “With the new AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, we present a fascinating and powerful sports car engine, which also achieves the next step in efficiency due to numerous measures“.
The new AMG V8 engine has two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a “hot inside V“.

The advantages of this layout: the eight-cylinder engine has more compact dimensions, which allow the low installation position as well as optimum weight distribution between the front and rear axles. The “hot inside V“ also optimises the supply of fresh air to both exhaust gas turbochargers. Electronically-regulated blow-off valves guarantee a very immediate and direct response. The maximum charge pressure is 1.2 bar and the turbochargers can reach a maximum speed of 186,000 rpm. For combustion 2.3 times as many oxygen atoms are pressed into the turbo engine than a naturally aspirated engine.

Dry sump lubrication for high lateral acceleration
The dry sump lubrication allows the engine to be installed in a low position with a lower centre of gravity – ideal for a sports car with extremely high lateral dynamics. As well as the enhanced agility, dry sump lubrication ensures optimum lubrication of the engine through direct oil extraction from the crankcases, even at high cornering speeds.
As a result the M178 (the internal AMG designation) is the world's first sports car engine with hot inner V and dry sump lubrication. The new AMG V8 with a dry weight of 209 kilogram is the lightest engine in its competitive segment.

Performance figures on a par with motor racing
As the newest member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, the AMG M178 boasts a confident power delivery and performance figures on a par with motor racing. It boasts an emotive and unmistakable AMG V8 engine sound, along with an immediate response and high pulling power.
The torque curve is synonymous with good drivability: the maximum value of 650 nanometer is on hand in a wide range from 1,750 to 4,750 révolutions

“One man, one engine“
The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine is made in Affalterbach in accordance with the principle of “one man, one engine“. In the AMG engine workshop, highly qualified technicians manufacture the high-performance engines by hand to the strictest quality standards.
The signature of the respective technician on the AMG engine plate attests to this exclusive type of engine production. It guarantees quality and the transfer of technology from the racing series - from Formula 1 and the DTM to the customer sport activities with the SLS AMG GT3

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

All-new Honda Civic Type R

  • Unmatched performance compared to all previous Type R cars, including Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX
  • Thrilling turbocharged 2.0 liter i-VTEC engine producing more than 280 PS, sets new standards on power, torque and engine response
  • All-new ‘+R’ mode for enhanced on-track driving thrills
  • High-revving performance red-lining at 7,000 rpm, mated to slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission
  • Innovative new four-point adaptive damper system delivers ultimate handling for enthusiastic driving
  • Additional ‘steer axis’ system minimises torque steer for exceptional traction
Power will come from a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. Developing over 280 PS, it will deliver unmatched performance compared to any previous Type R car. That includes all generations of the Civic, plus the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord and even the NSX.
Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, commented: “Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.”
For example, the Civic Type R will mark the debut of Honda’s new ‘+R’ button. Located to the side of the steering wheel, once pressed it activates ‘+R‘ mode for the most exhilarating driving experience. The engine response is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering becomes more responsive and, together with the new four-point Adaptive Damper System, delivers the ultimate handling experience. Hasshi explained: “In default standard mode, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration. The ‘+R’ button brings out a more dynamic and athletic car for the driver, to set pulses racing. The difference in character is immense. The ‘+R’ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for track use and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.”

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