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McLaren P1 Live Sexiness at 2012 Paris Motor Show Encased in 120-Second Release Video 4
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, mclaren, McLaren P1, Paris Motor Show, video on 10 4th, 2012

Could it be that the new McLaren P1 is the best thing since sliced bread in the spectrum of the automotive world? Maybe, but unlike bread, most of us will never partake of the goodness that the P1 serves up in abundant amounts of sexiness. To show off more of that ‘sexiness’, McLaren has released another video of the new P1 revealed live at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Don’t worry, the video is only 120 seconds revealing the ‘good parts’ only. Enjoy!

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept (Wagon) Images Leaked before Paris Debut 26
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Paris Motor Show, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, wagon on 09 26th, 2012

You really cannot argue much against the case of car culture changing in the past few years. Consumers are taking a new-found liking to wagon-type vehicles here in America and the luxury segment is recognizing this. Porsche is one among many to please those who found a nostalgia for wagons while images of a new Panamera Sport Turismo Concept (Panamera Wagon) have leaked before its debut at the opening of this week’s Paris Motor Show.

The rumors have held true to Porsche introducing a cargo-friendly Panamera to go up against vehicles such as the new Benz CLS Shooting Brake. In its concept form, from the leaked images shown here, the Panamera Sport Turismo combines design cues from other Porsche vehicles such as the Cayenne, Boxster, 911 and even the new 918 Spyder.

I know what you may be thinking and eagerly awaiting a conformation on -it is if this new Panamera Sport Turismo will have a twin-turbo engine under its hood. That sounds like a possibility considering how Benz has AMG-fied their CLS Shooting Brake. It is only fair that Porsche answers back with a force-fed Panamera wagon, estate, shooting brake, or whatever you want to call it these days. It should be no problem for them to include the current Panamera Turbo S’ 550 horsepower twin-turbo V8 AWD drivetrain.

Expect more details after this new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept makes its official debut later this week.


[sources: AutoWP, CarScoop]

McLaren Reveals P1 Supercar (F1 Successor) Ahead of Paris Motor Show Debut 18
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren P1, News, Paris Motor Show on 09 18th, 2012

At one time or another, if you are a true automotive enthusiast, you probably had dreams of the McLaren F1. Now that the McLaren F1 is a couple decades old, but wearing its age well, it is time that we get a new ‘ultimate supercar’ from the folks at McLaren. Here they usher in the McLaren P1 design study, the F1 successor.

Today McLaren released three new images of its new P1 supercar ahead of the Paris Motor Show where it will officially debut next week.

It is obvious from the newly released images, that the McLaren P1 gets its design asthetics from the current MP4-12C, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The snubbed nose and drastically sculpted rear bodywork takes an aggressive approach to its over-all styling. The aim of the new P1 says McLaren, “…is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit.”

When P1 goes into production later next year, it will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance.

McLaren P1 Supercar Press Release

McLaren releases three images of its new supercar, the P1 

McLaren Automotive will use its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar – the P1 – which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division. P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.

At the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l’Automobile 2012, P1 is previewed as a design study. Next year a production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed.

‘P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,’ says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. ‘Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with P1 is to redefine it once again.’

‘Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit’, says McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff. ‘It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.’

When P1 goes into production later next year, it will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance.

More information will be released following the McLaren Automotive press conference scheduled for 17.45 CEST (16.45 BST), on Thursday 27 September 2012.

Lamborghini Estoque 1
Posted by admin in Beijing Motor Show, Concept Cars, Lamborghini, LAMBORGHINI, LAMBORHINI, Paris Motor Show, sedan on 06 1st, 2012
Lamborghini Estoque

Lamborghini Estoque

At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini unveiled the striking sedan concept as a way to preview a new model line for the brand, but since then, nothing has come to fruition. AutoWeek sat down with Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelmann, who shed some light on the decision to move forward with a sport-utility vehicle rather than a rakish sedan.

Given the fact that the production Urus isn’t slated to hit the market until around 2015, that means a Lamborghini sedan will likely be even farther out. Nearly four years later, we’re still quite fond of the 2008 concept, but we aren’t sure if we can hold our breath for another five-ish years.

Lotus Evora Revamped Edition to Launch Late This year 7
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011, 2012, Automotive News, Elan, Elite, Esprit, Evora, Lotus, Paris Motor Show on 02 7th, 2011

UK automotive giant Lotus is working hard on upcoming revised edition of the Lotus Evora coupe. The company hopes to rejuvenate the sales with this refreshed edition. But details that are out seem to be very limited to give an exact picture about the facelift.

The new edition is expected to be based on styling elements from the concept models from company that was showcased at the Paris Motor Show – the new Elan, Elite, and Esprit concepts. The model will also feature certain additional standard equipments and high quality materials in the improved interior.

We could expect two engine options. One will be a 3.5-liter V6 capable of providing an output of 280 PS (206 kW / 276 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque and the other one, a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 comes with an output of 350 PS (258 kW / 346 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).

The updated Lotus Evora is likely heading for launch during late 2011 as a 2012 model from the company.

Volvo’s 2011 V60 Shown in Paris 5
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011 V60, Automotive News, AWD, Event Coverage, GTDi, Paris Motor Show, S60, VOLVO on 10 5th, 2010

The 2011 V60 from Volvo was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. The car is based on the S60, and has eye-catching features include a style that is sporty, plush cabin interiors that is complete with a five-inch infotainment display and urbane wood trim. The vehicle has a spacious boot, which can hold 430 liters (15.2 cubic feet) of luggage.

Volvo says a variety of engines will be offered – the 3.0-liter T6 petrol produces 304 PS (224 kW / 300 hp) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft), which allows the AWD car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

For those who would like things toned down a bit, Volvo offers several GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engines. The 2.0T produces 203 PS (149 kW / 200 hp) and 240 PS (177 kW / 237 hp), while the 1.6 (T3 / T4) churns out 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) and 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp).


Diesel engines are also on offer and buyers can choose between the 205 PS (151 kW / 202 hp) 2.4-liter D5 and the 163 PS (120 kW / 161 hp) 2.0-liter D3. Volvo has plans to add a DRIVe model later on – which will be introduced with a 1.6-liter engine that produces 115 PS (85 kW / 113 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque.

Check out the video here:

Videos: 2010 Paris Motor Show Media Recap 4
Posted by Larry in Automotive, featured, Paris Motor Show, video on 10 4th, 2010

This year’s Paris Motor Show was one to remember with the introduction of some very exciting concept vehicles in addition to a multitude of future models that we cannot wait to get our hands on. We have posted a collection of videos primarily from M5Board.com from the 2010 Paris Motor Show to recap some of the highlights at the show including the sought after Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept.


Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (Sixth Element) Revealed at Paris Motor Show 30
Posted by Chris in auto show, Automotive, featured, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept, Paris Motor Show on 09 30th, 2010

The simple formula to making a car fast by making it incredibly light weight has been used by the best of them including Lamborghini. Recently Lamborghini took that concept to new heights in their new Sesto Elemento Concept (Sesto Elemento means Sixth Element). Weighing in at a featherweight 2,202 pounds and incorporating the same V10 engine and all-wheel-drive system from the Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera, the Sixth Element Concept is able to run 0 to 62mph in 2.5 seconds and top out at over 217mph.

You may be wondering why they call it Sesto Elemento or ‘Sixth Element’? That’s easy, the sixth element on the periodic table is Carbon. An advanced carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) structure is used throughout the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept which makes it very strong yet lightweight. The use of a CFRP structure dates back to the Lamborghini Countach and even in the outgoing Lamborghini Murcielago.

The Sixth Element Concept uses CFRP for the monocoque cell, entire front frame, exterior panels and even uses carbon fiber for parts of its suspension and wheels. Lamborghini has pulled out all of the lightweight tricks to make the Sixth Element near the weight of a small Lotus. The big difference from such a small lightweight car versus the Sixth Element is the heavy V10 engine that packs a serious 562 horsepower punch. That’s like strapping a big block V8 to a go-cart.

[live images source: AutoGuide]

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept Press Release

Lamborghini is redefining the future of the super sports car with a unique technology demonstrator. Boasting an extremely lightweight construction thanks to advanced carbon-fiber technology, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento has an overall curb weight of just 999 kilograms (2,202 lb) – including V10 power unit and permanent all-wheel drive. This makes the Sesto Elemento a unique demonstration of the technological expertise of Automobili Lamborghini. Innovative carbon-fiber technologies are being used here for the first time in an automotive application. As a 100 percent subsidiary of AUDI AG, the Italian carmaker also benefits from the undisputed expertise of the German manufacturer when it comes to lightweight construction.

With its amazing output of 570 hp, sensational power-to-weight ratio of only 1.75 kilograms per hp and 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration of only 2.5 seconds, the Sesto Elemento guarantees unparalleled driving fun. At the same time, fuel consumption also drops because of the extreme lightweight engineering applied throughout.

The name of this technology demonstrator is derived from the periodic table, where carbon is classified as the sixth element. Thus, the Sesto Elemento demonstrates the worldwide leading expertise of Lamborghini in carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology. The super sports car brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese is the only vehicle manufacturer in the world to have mastered the complete CFRP process across a range of technologies, from 3D design through simulation, validation, production and testing – all in a state-of-the-art industrial process that stands for the very highest quality standards.

Lamborghini drives the technology development in its two research centers the ACRC (Advanced Composite Research Center) and the ACSL (Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory) through collaborations with organizations such as Boeing, with the resulting technology secured under a host of patents.

“The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look – extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun. We put all of our technological competence into one stunning form to create the Sesto Elemento,” comments Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “It is our abilities in carbon-fiber technology that have facilitated such a forward-thinking concept, and we of course also benefit from the undisputed lightweight expertise of AUDI AG. Systematic lightweight engineering is crucial for future super sports cars: for the most dynamic performance, as well as for low emissions. We will apply this technological advantage right across our model range. Every future Lamborghini will be touched by the spirit of the Sesto Elemento.”

Groundbreaking technology package

With the Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini’s R&D engineers have put together a groundbreaking package. As a pure and radical concept, the Sesto Elemento is the unique synthesis of an extremely low curb weight of less than 1000 kilograms, enormous 570 hp output, the sensitive and prompt responsiveness of the high-revving, naturally-aspirated V10 engine and the superior traction and stability of permanent all-wheel drive – there has never been a super sports car as thoroughbred as this. Sesto Elemento delivers an unbelievable degree of driving fun, concentrated on absolutely sensational dynamics.

Systematic use of carbon fiber

The basis is an extremely solid, stiff, safe and lightweight carbon-fiber structur: the monocoque cell of the Sesto Elemento. The entire front frame, the exterior panels and crash boxes are also made from CFRP. The Sesto Elemento’s major suspension components and the rims are made from carbon fiber. The tailpipes are made from Pyrosic, which is an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite, able to reach and stand very high temperatures up to 900° celsius. Even the propeller shaft is made of CFRP.

Amazing power-to-weight ratio

The Sesto Elemento demonstrates the outstanding expertise of Automobili Lamborghini in all areas of carbon-fiber technology. Carbon composite materials are a key technology for the automotive engineering of tomorrow, especially for high-performance sports cars. These materials made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastics combine the lowest weight with excellent characteristics – they are extremely stiff and highly precise. Lighter cars improve fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: above all, however, it improves the power-to-weight ratio – the crucial factor for a sports car – and thus the performance. A super sports car built using CFRP accelerates faster, has outstanding handling and better braking.

Extreme lightweight engineering delivers extreme performance
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento offers the ultimate proof; thanks to its sensational power-to-weight ratio of only 1.75 kilograms per hp, the concept car delivers unparalleled performance. From a standing start, the Sesto Elemento catapults itself to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a sensational 2.5 seconds. In the interests of completeness, it should also be mentioned that the top speed is well over 300 km/h. What the figures cannot convey, however, are the Sesto Elemento’s razor-sharp handling, its voracious turn-in and its huge braking power. Extreme lightweight engineering and extreme performance come together in the Sesto Elemento to create an all-n

Technology in a progressive form

Uncompromising dynamics from the very first glance: the design of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento displays the sensuality of high performance and possesses the elegance of pure, unadulterated power. The Sesto Elemento lifts the design DNA of the Lamborghini brand to a new level and integrates the functional consistency of carbon-fiber technology into its design language. A clear strength of the CFRP technology is the reduction and integration of components – something that has been used to its full extent in this innovative technology concept.

The hi-tech material is visible everywhere. The Sesto Elemento is finished in a new, matt-shimmer clear coat, meaning that the CFRP structure can be seen throughout. Yet the Sesto Elemento is not just black; during the final stage of production the carbon fiber parts receive a newly developed and patented coat. Nano-Technology makes it possible to add fine crystals with a red shimmer. Surfaces covered with this type of finish glow red and deliver an outstanding effect. Further, the surface is particularly robust.

Consistent in form and function

On a Lamborghini, every single line has a clear function; the two vertical ribs at the front, for example, improve the stiffness of the component and guide the cooling air directly to the radiator behind them and to the brakes. This guarantees the thermal wellbeing of the components even under the toughest race track conditions.

The cooling air flows through two red triangular openings in the hood beneath the front windscreen and through large outlets in the side panels behind the front wheels. Sharply cut headlamp units complete the front end. Reduction is the name of the game here, too – alongside the bi-xenon lamps, there are four LEDs in each unit. The low front end looks incredibly dominant, with the partially double-lipped front spoiler pushed way out front and distinctively formed air intakes.

Precise lines, sharp edges

The entire side profile is cut like a sharp wedge, with the power center of the car unmistakably just in front of the rear axle. A distinctive sideline starts at the front wheel arch, rises along the door towards the rear and ends at the broad shoulders above the rear wheel. The triangle – like the one around the door handle – is a recurring design theme, defined by the precise contour edges in the Sesto Elemento’s CFRP body. The points of the air outlet triangles in the hood are carried through into lines along the roof.

The extremely wide sills form a connection between the air outlets behind the front wheels and the large air inlets in front of the rear wheels. These compartments house components such as the radiators for cooling the engine and transmission oil. The rims have a five-spoke design and are made entirely from carbon fiber. They offer a clear view of the high-performance brakes with carbon-ceramic discs.

Perfect aerodynamics

The Sesto Elemento’s rear overhang is extremely short and, again, defined by optimum aerodynamics. The generously dimensioned spoiler is perfectly matched to the diffuser and a further air deflector in the center, thus guaranteeing maximum downforce for extreme cornering speeds and excellent high-speed directional stability. The Pyrosic tailpipes are directed upwards through the engine cover panel, which also incorporates ten hexagonal openings and two air scoops behind the roof for delivering fresh air to the V10 power plant.

Complex structures in one component
A major strength of carbon-fiber technology is that complex structures can be integrated into one single component. This improves quality and reduces weight. On the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, the front and rear of the body-shell are each manufactured in a single piece. Engineers call this “cofango”, created by combining the Italian word “cofano” (hood) with “parafango” (fender). The large components are attached by using easily removable fasteners, in order to have fast component disassembly. The “cofango” is also reminiscent of an icon from the brand’s history: in 1966, the legendary Lamborghini Miura was unique as a mid-engine super sports car – and its rear cover, too, could be opened in one piece.

Interior – pared to the bone
The minimalist approach has also been applied to the interior, starting with the seats. Lamborghini has dispensed completely with the conventional seat frame. In fact, the whole internal structure is obtained and defined directly from the Forged Composite tub, that on one side plays a functional role and on the other side is the base for the optimally formed seat cushions, upholstered in hi-tech fabric, which are affixed directly to the carbon-fiber monocoque. The correct ergonomics are provided by the steering wheel, which can be adjusted for height and reach, and by the pedals, which can be electrically adjusted longitudinally. Of course, the designers of Lamborghini Centro Stile also dispensed with interior trim in the classic sense. The dominant visual feature throughout is the functional CFRP material – on the floor and roof of the monocoque, on the doors and also on the cockpit and center console. Even the electronic control unit for the engine is mounted in plain sight – a very special kind of hi-tech aesthetic. The triangular cut-out is also evident as a design feature – wherever material can be removed in the interest of weight reduction.

The controls are presented in a highly concentrated format. The instruments provide information primarily on engine and road speed, as well as all parameters relating to engine condition. Only three piezoelectric buttons grace the center console – one to start the engine, one to shift into reverse gear and another one for the lights.

Ambitious target reached with ease

The Sant’Agata Bolognese engineers had set themselves a target that was more than ambitious – despite the ten cylinders and 570 hp, despite the exceptionally fast-shifting e.gear transmission and even despite the permanent all-wheel drive, the Sesto Elemento still had to stay below the 1,000 kilogram mark. And that target was achieved; at a curb weight of 999 kilograms, each hp produced by the V10 power unit has to accelerate only 1.75 kilograms – a sensational figure.

This was made possible by the systematic and intelligent use of state-of-the-art carbon-fiber technologies. Lamborghini possesses extensive experience in the field of lightweight engineering, gathered over many years: something clearly demonstrated by the brand’s series production vehicles. The current Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera has a dry weight of only 1,340 kilograms, marking a competitive best in this category of super sports cars. Compared with the already extremely lean Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupé, this represents a further reduction of 70 kilograms, resulting largely from the use of carbon fiber in the body-shell, interior and technical components.

Lamborghini engineers stuck firmly to this approach for the Sesto Elemento. Its structure consists almost entirely of carbon fiber and is built using the monocoque principle. Monocoque means that the vehicle’s load-bearing structure is manufactured as a single shell, with the physical properties of one component, and thus makes optimum use of the extreme stiffness offered by CFRP materials. Formula 1 racing cars have been built using CFRP monocoques for decades – and regularly provide clear evidence of their collision safety. The monocoque in the Sesto Elemento, however, is made using innovative Forged Composite technology – the first time this has been done in an automobile. The advantage of the Forged Composite is that the monocoque is obtained through a one-shot process.

Carbon-fiber crash boxes

In the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, the monocoque forms the complete passenger cell. Connected to it are the front subframe – incorporating the suspension points – and the crash boxes, both also made using specialized carbon-fiber technologies. The extreme stiffness of this assembly guarantees not only a very high level of safety, but also unparalleled handling precision. The rear subframe with the engine mount and rear axle suspension points is made from aluminum – another lightweight material with which Lamborghini has a great deal of experience.

An important element in optimum construction using CFRP technology is the maximum integration of functions. Thus, the body-shell exterior is made up only of the roof section, which is part of the monocoque, the two “cofango” covers front and rear with integrated aerodynamic components and the doors. Each door consists of only two elements, the exterior skin and the interior cladding, both of which are also permanently bonded to create one component.

Carbon fiber even in the suspension
The suspension and the area around the engine have also been optimized with lightweight engineering. Alongside aluminum components, there are also carbon-fiber control arms: innovative Forged Composite technology is also well-suited to this kind of high-load part. These components are around 30 percent lighter than comparable aluminum parts. The propeller shaft is also made of CFRP by using Wrapping technology. This solution allowed the Lamborghini engineers to get rid of the central joint, bringing an important weight saving. The rims are also made from CFRP, while the brake discs are from carbon-ceramic composite material. A similar composite material is used for the tailpipes on the exhaust system – the compound of ceramic powder and synthetic resin makes this carbon material extremely heat resistant. A large number of screw fastenings feature a special titanium alloy and joining technology from the aviation sector.

Based on the form, function and operational demands of the individual Sesto Elemento components, engineers from Lamborghini’s R&D selected largely from three CFRP manufacturing techniques within their technology tool kit:

Forged Composite: Here, materials with short carbon fibers are hot pressed in a mould. The process facilitates complex structures and is used for parts such as the underside of the monocoque and the suspension arms.

Prepreg: The carbon-fiber mats are soaked in a thermoset liquid resin. They are pressed in moulds and cured in an oven under heat and pressure. Prepreg components have a very good surface finish and are therefore the preferred choice for use in visible areas.

Braiding: This is a method to manufacture composite filament derived from the textile industry. Each thread is diagonally intertwined on different levels.

Concentrated power and amazing sound

The fascinating heart of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is familiar from the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera. In the Sesto Elemento too, the V10 unit is mounted “longitudinale posteriore” – longitudinally behind the driver. The 570 hp output equals 419 kW, all of which is available at 8,000 r/min. The pulling power is just as impressive – with the torque curve peaking at 540 Nm and 6,500 r/min.

The V10 offers 5,204 cm3 of displacement, delivering a specific output of 80.5 kW (109.6 hp) per liter of displacement. The highlights of this long-stroke engine with an aluminum crankcase include dry sump lubrication and a cylinder angle of 90 degrees. Both solutions are an integral part of the lightweight engineering approach, as well as serving to lower the center of gravity and thus tighten the handling characteristics. Ideal combustion chamber fill comes courtesy of a switch-over induction system and continually variable, chain-driven camshafts.

Best traction with all-wheel drive

The Sesto Elemento is equipped with the e.gear transmission, controlled in race car fashion via shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The automated system with electronic management shifts smoothly through its six gears much faster than a human being would be able to.

Every single kilometer in the Sesto Elemento is sheer fascination – due in part to the relentless traction delivered under practically all conditions. This is largely attributable to the permanent all-wheel drive system. It incorporates a central viscous coupling and a self-locking differential for the rear wheels with 45 percent lock. Thanks to this superior traction, Lamborghini drivers can accelerate earlier out of a curve than those in rear-wheel drive cars.

New development center for carbon-fiber technology

Lamborghini possesses many years of experience with carbon-fiber reinforced materials. As far back as 1983, it produced the first prototype CFRP chassis for the Countach, with the first series production parts appearing in 1985. The current Lamborghini Murciélago is made largely from CFRP – its body-in-white contains 93 kilograms of carbon-fiber materials. The engine cover panel of the Gallardo Spyder is one of the largest CFRP components with class A surface quality in the automotive world.

The company is now working steadily to expand its worldwide leading position. The new Advanced Composites Research Center (ACRC) at the company headquarter in Sant’Agata Bolognese is working on innovative construction and production methods for carbon-fiber elements in automobile design.

The Advanced Composite Research Center in Sant’Agata Bolognese secures leading-edge research on innovative materials and production methods for carbon fiber elements for small production volumes. Here, over 30 experts develop vehicle components of all shapes and sizes. They build prototypes and the associated production tools while developing optimized production technologies. Sophisticated systems largely developed in-house allow extremely high precision levels as engineers simulate manufacturing processes as well as carry out crash tests on complex carbon-fiber structures. Thanks to the extensively patented “RTM Lambo” process, Lamborghini can use minimal pressure and relatively low temperatures to manufacture carbon-fiber components to the highest levels of quality, precision and surface finish, from small parts to complex vehicle structures. Further benefits include higher process speeds, lower costs, and extremely light tooling.

The Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) at the University of Washington uses experimental tests to define the mechanical behavior of the different materials and technologies using methodology from the aviation industry. The team of research engineers in Seattle works with very specific instruments and methods in close cooperation with the R&D headquarters and the ACRC in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

[source: Lamborghini]

Jaguar C-X75 Concept Shown off at Paris Show 30
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, battery, concept, Concept car news, Event Coverage, Gas Turbine, Jaguar, Jaguar C-X75, Lithium-ion, Paris Motor Show, power on 09 30th, 2010

Jaguar has lifted the wraps off its C-X75 concept which comes driven with a combination of battery and gas turbine power. The concept vehicle is now being showcased at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and is luring eyeballs for its unique eco-friendly power system.

Designed as a two-seater, the car comes with capabilities of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205mph. These attributes promise the Jaguar C-X75 to be the fastest-ever electric road car when it finally arrives on the tarmac.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery that runs four electric motors, the C-X75 boasts of motors providing 195bhp each, making it a total of 780bhp. Torque specs read 1180 lb ft. The battery power is capable of life on a six-hour charge from the mains and can run 68 miles on a single go. Besides, it also deploys two super efficient gas turbines derived from aircraft jet engines, which in turn gives it extra power so as to run an extra range of 560 miles.

When it arrives at dealerships, the Jaguar C-X75 is expected to cost around £200,000. Seen as a follow up model to the XJ220, the car maker hasn’t, however, announced its production plans as yet.

(Via SkyNews)

Lamborghini LB715-5 & 83X May Appear in Paris 21
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Carbo Tech, Lamborghini, Lamborghini 83X, LB715-5, Murciélago, Paris Motor Show, Upcoming Events on 09 21st, 2010

The Paris Motor Show may have two new models from Lamborghini gracing the occasion. The news is based on a schedule that is said to have been obtained from Lamborghini, which gives details of a series of meetings that are set to take place with US dealers.

Reportedly, two models will be unveiled – the Lamborghini LB715-5 and the Lamborghini 83X.  The LB715-5 is supposedly a Murcielago replacement that is using a V12 engine and delivers between 715 and 825 horsepower (533 to 615 kW).  Some sources say it uses Austrian firm Carbo Tech’s carbon-fiber tub.

As for the other model, there are rumors that the 83X will take over for the Gallardo; others say it could be a competing with the Ferrari 599 GTB.

It is understood that at the Paris Show, the company will be trying to focus attention on the 83X – which has one hour allotted to it, according to the leaked schedule; as compared to just 25 minutes for the LB715-5.

More details are expected to come out after a possible Lamborghini dealer meeting that is set to take place on the 23rd of September.

Regardless of whether this materializes, there will be concrete details for sure on September 30th, when the Paris Motor Show begins.

(Via WCF)

Ford Focus ST Concept to be Showcased in Paris 16
Posted by Alex Ion in Concept car news, EcoBoost, faux carbon fiber trim, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Paris Motor Show on 09 16th, 2010

Ford will be introducing its Focus ST concept at the Paris Motor Show. The ST possesses an aerodynamic body kit, huge air intake, ‘Tangerine Scream’ paint, and a center-mounted dual exhaust system.

The interior is not exempt from the styling and has a cockpit with two-tone leather sport seats, contrast stitching, and faux carbon fiber trim. Although the public has been told that the vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 250 PS (184 kW / 247 hp), Ford is keeping other specifications a secret until the big reveal.

A statement from the company says that the car provides a heady cocktail of ‘exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound’

Also, the vehicle is the first high-performance model developed under its global Performance Vehicles strategy. Though this sounds like it means that the car will be available in the US, this has not been confirmed yet. More information will be released on September 30th, and the car will be available on the market in 2011.

Audi’s R4 e-tron Roadster Concept to be Seen at the Paris Show 10
Posted by Alex Ion in audi, Concept car news, Detroit Motor Show, lithium-ion battery, Paris Motor Show, R4 e-tron roadster on 09 10th, 2010

The Audi e-tron roadster concept will be introduced at the Paris Motor Show. It is understood that the concept will be based on the R4 e-tron that was seen at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The only difference will be that the roof will be convertible.

The R4 e-Tron coupe that debuted at the Detroit Show had featured a lithium-ion battery powering two electric motors that together produced 50kW (204 PS / 201 hp) and 2,650 Nm (1955 lb-ft) of torque. This meant that the car was capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, and was able to hit a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).

There is not much detail available, or even pictures, coming from the company right now. It is also not sure how the lack of a top will affect the speeds that were demonstrated earlier. Auto freaks  are anticipating that this will make the sleek e-tron better than before.

(Via WCF)

Peugeot to Showcase Mystery Supercar at Paris Show 9
Posted by Alex Ion in Aerodynamic, Automotive News, Concept car news, estate, Gullwing doors, Mystery Super car, Paris Motor Show, PEUGEOT, PSA Peugeot Citroen, sedan, Upcoming Events on 09 9th, 2010

At the Paris Motor Show, that is just around the corner, PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to make their customary big statement, say early reports.

Word is that the auto company plans to unveil a sporty new concept that is sure to capture the attention of the auto world. Although absolutely no details have been revealed, it does appear that the vehicle will be a supercar, something along the lines of the Citroen GT.

Initial reports say that the styling highlights look like scissor or gullwing doors have been used, that the units have jewel-like lighting and the bodywork is aerodynamic.

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Apart from this mysterious supercar, Peugeot will also be displaying the 508 sedan and estate at the show. The weeks leading up to the show are sure to have more information coming out, so those curious to unmask the mystery car will have to keep their eyes peeled.

(Via WCF)

Lamborghini’s Next-Gen Murcielago Teaser Out 7
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Estoque concept, Lamborghini, McLaren MP4-12C, Murciélago, Paris Motor Show, teaser, Upcoming Events, V12 on 09 7th, 2010

A new teaser image of the beauty that is rumored to be the next-generation Murcielago from Lamborghini has been previewed. The new visuals provide  a closer look at this much-anticipated offering.

Enthusiasts expect that the teaser images will follow a similar strategy as that used for the Estoque concept – judging by the detailed close up shots. So the expectation is that the remaining five images that are yet to come in will slowly unveil the car step by step just ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show which is set to begin on September 30th.

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The initial word is that the car is called Jota and will be a supercar that has a new direct-injection V12 engine stamping out at least 700 PS (515 kW / 690 bhp). Information coming in says that from standstill to 100km/h will transpire in around 3.0 seconds, while top speed kicks in at 370km/h (230 mph).

Sources say that the car weighs in at less than 1,500 kg, and the body monocell on the Jota will be similar to the McLaren MP4-12C. Design will be along the lines of the Reventon, with new scissor doors that will corkscrew out and up. Word on the pricing is that it will in the same range as the LP 640.

(Via WCF)

Jaguar XK Coupe Concept Unveiling to Mark Automaker’s 75th Anniversary 6
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, concept, Coupe, hybrid, Jaguar, Paris Motor Show, sports car, Upcoming Events, XK, XKE on 09 6th, 2010

Jaguar’s new XK Coupe Concept vehicle will be revealed at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The concept will take the design statement that Jaguar is so well known for to the next level. The unveiling  happens in the year of the company’s 75th anniversary.

The concept will give hints about the next version of the XK coupe, especially the size specifications. This concept may not be the detailed hint at the future 2012 XK coupe and roadster, which is to be renewed in 2012.

The increase in size is quite likely to happen, especially for comfortably seating passengers in the rear. That will clear the path for the smaller XKE-replacing sports car.

Another point the concept will be making is about what lies ahead for Jaguar design. Jaguar has clearly been saying goodbye to the last decade’s retro look and has simultaneously evolved a new-look grille for the sports car models.

It is expected that the concept will showcase some of the hybrid technology that Jaguar is in the process of developing. Insiders say this is definitely something that the Paris Show goers should not miss.
(Via Edmunds Inside Line)