Today: February 24 2018
Best fairground Geneva Motor Show, held from the 9 19 on March called the Bugatti stand. The award in this nomination is awarded by the Club of Advertising and Public Relations 14 recent years. "The jury chose the Bugatti stand for efficient design on a small exhibition area, stand elements workmanship and detail", - says the automaker's statement. At the stand of the brand in Geneva it was shown only one car - painted in dark blue hypercar Chiron, one of the first collected by the client machines.
The company Ferrari received a patent for a new steering system, which will be more precise, responsive and provide more precise feedback to the wheels than the current mechanisms. This is reported by the publication Evo. As they say in the description of the patent, in principle the design of the steering remained the same as that of other cars. Despite the fact that the connection with the wheels remained mechanical, Ferrari engineers managed to eliminate the "delay" arising between the steering wheel rotation, the reaction of the front wheels and the change in the trajectory of the car, and also make the steering effort more "transparent". In the new Ferrari system, the electronics will calculate the steering angle and force on the steering wheel, and then send the data to the electric servomechanism.
The management of Nissan has questioned the need to produce an affordable sports car that could compete with Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ. In the Japanese brand doubt that the cost of creating a new rear-wheel drive platform will pay off due to sales of new items. This edition WardsAuto said Pierre Luan, vice president of production planning in North America in North America. "It's not easy to make such a car. Because if you are going to create a car that will cost less, you need a platform. But what other models will you do on this platform? Honestly, there's no point in doing it on 50-60 thousand machines a year, "Luan said. Currently, a separate platform is used by Nissan only for the GT-R supercar.
Company Jaguar has distributed the first official details about the chassis of its smallest sedan - XE. The debut of the model will take place at a special event in London 8 September. Four-door will receive a fixed on the stretcher aluminum front suspension on double wishbones, like a sports car F-Type. At the same time, some details of its design will be made specially to ensure that the suspension corresponds to the level of rigidity of the "charged" XFR sedan. The rear is fitted with an independent aluminum multi-link, similar in design to the suspension used on the new Ford Mondeo and Tesla Model S. In addition, the XE will be the first "Jaguar" equipped with a new electric power steering with variable force and a system called All Surface Progress Control .
Factor Aurelio Automobile showed its first development - a sports coupe, designed and assembled in the Philippines. The model is offered with four-cylinder engines, while the timing of its launch in the series is not reported. Sportcar developed by 21-year-old Filipino student Kevin Factor and Brendan Aurelio, who owns the company Pacita Fibertech, which manufactures automotive dummies made of composite materials. The chassis of the model is made by hand, and some elements of the construction are made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic and carbon. The model is planned to be offered with a two-liter turbo engine Mitsubishi 4G63T, installed in the 90-ies of the last century on the Galant VR-4, Lancer Evolution and Carisma GT.
On Friday, 11 July, Volvo ceased production of the first generation XC90 SUV. The last copy of the model, descended from the assembly line, will go to the Swedish brand museum in Torsland. The premiere of the Volvo XC90 took place in January 2002 at the Detroit Motor Show, and a year later the production of an off-road vehicle started. In total for 11 years 636 thousand 143 copies of the model were released. Initially, the Swedes planned to sell up to 50 thousand SUVs per year, but in 2004-2007 the manufacturer sold 85 thousand cars. The largest market for XC90 was the US, in which 2004 and 2005 bought 38,8 and 36,2 thousands of cars respectively. First, the model was equipped with five- and six-cylinder engines, and from the year 2004, the aluminum engine V8 entered the line of units.
At the SyScan information security conference, there will be a competition for technical experts who will try to crack the Tesla Model S sedan's on-board electronics. The event will be held in mid-July. The main prize to the winner will be 10 thousand dollars. This is reported by the publication Forbes. There are no precise rules for the competition. It is only known that the participants will have to try to establish a connection between the internal systems of the car and the personal computer, and also to go to some pages remotely with the help of the internal browser of the machine. Which ones, it is unknown. With the help of the contest, the organizers want to find out whether it is possible to introduce malicious programs into the car.
The German tuning studio Lumma Design presented the first program of modifications for the next generation BMW X6, which received the name CLR X 6 R. In particular, the tuners upgraded the 4,4-liter twin-turbo G-8, thanks to which its efficiency increased from 450 to 590 horsepower (torque increased from 650 Nm to 850 Nm). The power of the unit has increased due to the reconfiguration of the engine control unit, as well as the installation of other turbochargers, sports exhaust system and racing catalysts. The maximum speed was 295 kilometers per hour, while the usual xDrive 50i crossover is electronically limited to 250 kilometers per hour. According to the developers, the version of CLR 6 R will be one of the fastest in the world, until the "charged" M-modification of the model appears.
The Dutch company InMotion intends to beat the absolute record of the "Northern loop" of the Nurburgring. For this purpose a sports prototype IM01 will be built, which is developed by students of the Technical University of Eindhoven and the University of Applied Sciences Fontis, located in the same city. Now the absolute record of the Nürburgring circle belongs to Stefan Belloff. In 1983, during the 1000-kilometer race, he drove the track of 956 6 seconds on the sports prototype Porsche 11,13 Group C. In honor of the pilot named one of the turns of the "North Loop" - the turn of "Pflanzgarten 3" now bears the name "Stefan Bellof S". The sport prototype InMotion IM01 will be equipped with four electric motors - one in each wheel.
The company "MosAvtoZIL", which is a joint venture of Sberbank and the City Hall, is in talks with Daimler about the possibility of setting up production of Mercedes-Benz cars at the Moscow ZiL plant. This is reported with reference to its own source, "RBC". The Germans intend to organize a Russian production of a "wide range of models", including light top sedans. The final stage of negotiations took place last week and now everything depends on what decision the leadership of Daimler will make. The possible dates for the beginning of the assembly of machines and production volumes have not yet been reported. In early summer it became known that the state corporation "Rostegh" and Daimler are discussing the possibility of producing a representative sedan Mercedes-Benz S-Class at the facilities of "KAMAZ".
The company Mazda announced that the premiere of the next-generation roadster MX-5 will be held 3 September simultaneously in three parts of the world - Japan, the US and Europe. The main presentation will take place in one of the exhibition halls of the Japanese city of Urayasu. The event, which received the name Roadster Thanks Day, is timed to the 25 anniversary of the model. In addition to the new roadster, Mazda will showcase classic models at the presentation. The entrance to the Japanese premiere will be free. It is expected that the ceremony will be visited by 1200 people, mostly - fans of the model. Where exactly will the European premiere, is not yet known. Also Mazda has not decided on the venue for the American presentation. Mazda MX-5 will be launched in the series in 2015 year. The Japanese company keeps the appearance of the novelties in secret.
The company Jaguar began to test the "Norther loop" Nurburgring extreme variants of the coupe and convertible F-Type. The RS version of the model will receive a five-liter compressor "eight", the return of which, presumably, will be increased from 550 to 575 horsepower. This is reported by the portal Worldcarfans. The same motor is equipped with the most powerful in the history of the "Jaguar" sports car - F-Type Project 7, shown at the end of June at the festival of speed in Goodwood. The roadster is able to dial the first "hundred" for 3,9 seconds, and its maximum speed is limited by electronics at the level of 300 kilometers per hour. It is expected that F-Type RS will have similar dynamic characteristics. Extreme roadster and coupe will receive standard equipment carbon-ceramic brakes.
A list of additional equipment of the new generation Hyundai Genesis sedan has been supplemented with a system that can alert the driver about approaching speed cameras and brake the car in front of them. While the novelty will be available exclusively in the Korean market and only for cars equipped with an optional cruise control system Smart Cruise. This is reported by the Australian edition of Drive. The system operates on the basis of a complex responsible primarily for preventing frontal collisions. It works in conjunction with the navigation system, which spells out the exact coordinates of the stationary speedcams. For 800 meters to the camera, the novelty will alert the driver with a sound signal and a graphical message on the instrument panel will tell you what speed ...
At auction, arranged auction house Bonhams within the British festival speed in Goodwood, for 10,6 million pounds (about 13,5 million euros) was sold racing sports car Ferrari 375-Plus sample 1954 year. The car became the most expensive lot of these trades. The total revenue of Bonhams was 22,6 million pounds (28 million euros). The sports car is equipped with a twelve-cylinder engine with a volume of 4,9 liters and an output of 330 horsepower. It is a modernized version of the 4.5 engine, which was used on the Formula-1 Ferrari cars in the 1950 and 1951 seasons. The unit works in tandem with the manual gearbox, which was delivered by 375-Plus from the same racing car. In 1954, this model won the marathon "24 hours of Le Mans".
The hybrid Mercedes-Benz E-Class passed without refueling from the Moroccan Tanger to the British Goodwood, where an annual speed festival is taking place these days. In total, the machine under the control of Autocar journalist Andrew Frankel overcame 1968 kilometers. The travel time was 27 hours, and the average fuel consumption is 3,1 liters per hundred kilometers. For the trip, a fully-mass-produced car was used in the modification of the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, not specially adapted for this trip. "Mercedes" only equipped with a fuel tank of increased volume (80 liters), which is available to customers as an option. The power plant consists of a diesel "four" with the power of 204 horsepower.
Seven automakers announced the recall of cars mainly in the US market due to faulty airbags. Under the service share will fall machines of companies BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. This is reported on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The cause of the recall were the front and side airbags manufactured by the Japanese company Takata, in which defective gas filling units were found. A malfunction may cause the pump to rupture, which will result in an incorrect operation of the cushions during a collision. BMW will send saloon, station wagon, coupe and 3-Series convertibles, manufactured from 2000 to 2006 year. The exact number of recalled vehicles has not yet been reported.
British company Elemental Cars declassified its first model - the track sports car RP-1, which is allowed to ride and on public roads. According to the representatives of the brand, the car was developed by a team of engineers "for many decades working in Formula 1 and over various supercars." The public debut of the car, which the company calls the lightest in the world, will be held at the end of June at the festival of speed in Goodwood. According to the developers of RP-1, one of the main tasks in creating the model was the ability to quickly turn a road car into an exclusively track only with "a set of spanners and hexahedron."
The company Audi plans to launch a series of electric models, among which will be "powerful sedans and all-terrain vehicles." This is reported by the Reuters agency referring to its own sources inside the German manufacturer. Earlier in the series were launched electric cars BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. The first of them is equipped with an 170-strong motor and can go without recharging to 160 kilometers. Power reserve 174-strong "Mercedes" - 200 kilometers. In the "Audi" expect that each future electric car brand will be able to pass without additional charge about 400 kilometers. For comparison, the power reserve of the electric supercar R8 e-tron, which will reach the dealers next year, is 450 kilometers, and the Tesla Model S sedan, with which one of the upcoming Audi novelties will compete, rides on one charge 480 kilometers.
Supercar Viper, while produced under the brand SRT, once again became a part of the model line of Dodge. The Americans presented a new racing version of the coupe - GTS-R, which will debut in late June on the track in Watkins Glen Championship IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Two car, which will act in the American championship, painted in the classic race for Dodge Viper color: red with white stripes. Just been painted "Vipers", and won in 1999 2000's American Le Mans Series and the Marathon «24 Hours of Le Mans" in GTS class in 2000 year. Badged SRT competed in IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship supercars were painted gray.
The company Peugeot introduced a new family 508, the world premiere of which will be held in late August at the Auto Show in Moscow. The model changed the design of the front part of the body, which was introduced in accordance with the brand's new brand style, there was completely LED lighting and a multimedia system with a seven-inch touch screen, which made it possible to reduce the number of keys on the center console and add a compartment for small items directly to it. In addition, the Peugeot 508 has changed its instrument panel and a color projection display has appeared. Also for the car you can have a system for tracking dead zones, keyless access to the cabin, automatic switching.
The company Land Rover distributed the first video of the "charged" modification of the SUV Range Rover Sport - RS. It should be the fastest Range Rover in the history of the brand. The novelty will be developed by a new division of Special Operations, the opening of which the manufacturer announced on Monday, 16 June. This is written by the British edition of Auto Express. According to preliminary information, the novelty will be equipped with an 550-strong five-liter eight-cylinder engine with a mechanical supercharger. From zero to 100 kilometers per hour, the "charged" SUV is expected to accelerate in 4,8 seconds. The maximum speed will be about 265 kilometers per hour.