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Audi A1 e-tron Promo Video Shown 11
Posted by Alex Ion in A1 e-tron, audi, Audi promo, Automotive News, CO2 emissions, electric cars, Green Auto, hybrid cars, range extending engine on 11 11th, 2010

Audi has released a promotional video highlighting the almost completely electric version of its compact hatch, the Audi A1 e-tron. The exciting new version possesses an electric motor that produces 75 kW (102 PS) of power (45 kW / 61 PS continuous) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque (150 Nm / 111 lb-ft continuous) and is ably complemented by the 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

If you want to drive it only in electric mode, this vehicle will take you 50 km (31 miles), which can be stretched to 250km with the help of the range-extending engine. This is an interesting addition that the car has – a 15 kW single-piston rotary engine, which charges the batteries while the car is running.

The vehicle reaches top speeds of 130 km/h and does 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. Reports say that the CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency are good – 1.9 liters/100 km (European cycle) and emissions of 45 g/km. As of now, only the video has been released, the world is still waiting to hear production and launch details.

Here’s the video:

Lamborghini’s Latest Teaser is Out – Plus a Manifesto 16
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Carbon Fiber, CO2 emissions, Lamborghini, Manifesto, Super car news, Supersportscars on 09 16th, 2010

Lamborghini has released their ‘Manifesto for future Supersportscars’ along with a new teaser photo of their new vehicle, which still remains shrouded in mystery.

What has been revealed  may be totally unacceptable to supercar buffs,  that power output will not be increased and top speed is no longer a priority. From a practical viewpoint, there’s no doubt that this is a good decision –   exceeding 300 km/h (186 mph), even at a racetrack is not really done. Also, with the CO2 emission regulations that are now in place, tremendous horsepower and top speeds are no longer encouraged.

Naturally, Lamborghini would have turned to making the experience of driving the vehicle a superior one through better handling, acceleration, and effective power to weight ratio. And although this approach is not new in the industry, it a radical shift for Lamborghini, whose manifesto says that the magic word is ‘Carbon fiber.’

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Sources at the company say that they are incorporating several technologies which will set them in the top spot as far as low-volume production is concerned. The teaser photo shows a carbon fiber cover or panel on what seems like a V10 engine. For more concrete information, everyone waits impatiently for the next teaser photo.