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Detroit Electric unveils $135000 battery-powered sports car

Detroit Electric has unveiled the limited edition SP:01 two-seat electric sportscar in Detroit. Detroit Electric Unveils The SP:01, A $135000 Electric Sports Car Claimed to be the fastest pure-electric production car on the market, the SP:01′s top speed is 155 mph (249 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) takes 3.7 seconds. The new SP:01 was revealed at Detroit Electric’s new headquarters in the Fisher Building in downtown Detroit. Just 999 examples will be built at a new production facility in Wayne County, Michigan, with cars sold worldwide through a network of specialist retail partners. The rear-wheel-drive SP:01 features a compact, mid-mounted 201 bhp electric motor (delivering 166 lb ft of torque), a lightweight, purpose-designed battery pack and all-new carbon-fibre bodywork. Total weight is 2,354 lb. The vehicle is based on a strong yet lightweight aluminium platform, and is being launched following a five-year development and road-test programme. To deliver instantaneous torque for breath-taking acceleration, the SP:01′s innovative powertrain creates an electromagnetic field around the rotor shaft, which then spins at varying speeds to drive the wheels. Drivers can select one of four gear ratios for optimal acceleration, but unlike a manual shift in a conventional car, there is little need to change gear regularly to ensure brisk progress. With an energy storage capacity of 37 kWh, the battery gives the SP:01 a range of almost 190 miles between recharges, when tested to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard. Detroit Electric’s home charging unit will enable drivers to achieve a full charge in 4.3 hours. “The SP:01 will be exclusive, luxurious and technologically advanced,” said Albert Lam, Detroit Electric’s Chairman and Group CEO. “It is a milestone in the history of the Detroit Electric brand, but also a significant development for the international EV sector. The car will allow us to demonstrate to the world our ability to build an exciting and innovative product, one that displays outstanding performance coupled with strong green credentials, and which delivers an exhilarating driving experience.” The SP:01 uses smartphone applications to manage the complete in-car infotainment system

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Pininfarina Sergio Concept – fitting tribute to a legend

Pininfarina unveiled the Sergio concept car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show – as a tribute to the Italian design house’s president who passed away last summer. The name of Sergio Pininfarina was inextricably linked to the union with Ferrari which began 60 years ago – so the concept car was therefore also conceived as a celebration of Pininfarina’s contribution to the history of the designs from the illustrious Italian sportscar brand. The Sergio, adopting Ferrari 458 Spider underpinnings, presents an interpretation of a mid-engined two-seater barchetta which fuses the modern with classical themes designed to evoke the spirit of Pininfarina’s best achievements for Ferrari in the ’60s and ’70s. With a nod to racing cars, the radical design does away with a traditional windscreen in favour of a virtual one created by an aerodynamic deflector in front of the cockpit, which deviates the air flow, protecting the passengers from turbulence. Nonetheless, custom-designed helmets are provided for both occupants. The Sergio’s front end was influenced by the headlight integration of the 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale – which shares the stand in Geneva. Clean lines are achieved using cylindrical LED projectors in aluminium, embedded in a block of Plexiglas that diffuses light. Pininfarina claims the Sergio to be stiffer then the standard 458 Spider, thanks to a reduction in the size of the doors, and in its total weight of about 150 kg. Acceleration from 0-62 mph is estimated at below 3.4 seconds with a top speed approaching 200 mph. Although the Sergio has been developed on a production car platform, there are currently no plans for production.

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Audi A1 and A3 get 1.4 TFSI 140 HP engine with cylinder deactivation

Audi has released new petrol-powered variants of its A1 and A3 models utilising Cylinder-on-Demand (CoD) technology for improved economy and emissions. Capable of switching between two cylinder and four cylinder operation in 13 milliseconds, the new petrol-powered models can cruise on just 2 cylinders, but also immediately draw on 140PS when required. The new 1.4-litre TFSI 140PS CoD models carry a premium of £850 over their continuing 1.4 TFSI 122PS equivalents in both ranges, positioning them as lower cost alternatives to the 2.0-litre TDI variants. All versions of the A1 and A1 Sportback are equipped initially with the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission, and all versions of the A3 and A3 Sportback with a six-speed manual gearbox. Both transmissions will become available for all A1 and A3 CoD models later this year. Delivering its peak 140PS output at 5,000rpm and a maximum of 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm, the new unit gives 0-62mph acceleration times of 7.9 and 8.0 seconds in the A1 and five-door A1 Sportback equipped with S tronic transmission. The A3 and A3 Sportback with manual transmission complete the sprint in 8.3 and 8.4 seconds. Top speeds are 132mph in all cases. According to the official combined cycle test the Sport, S line and Black Edition versions of the A1 can return up to 60.1mpg, equating to CO2 output of 109g/km. A1 Sportback Sport versions also match their three-door counterparts at 60.1mpg and 109g/km, while S line and Black Edition versions of the five-door run them close with 57.6mpg potential and 113g/km output. In the A3, combined economy tops out at 60.1mpg and CO2 output at 109g/km regardless of the specification chosen, with the A3 Sportback only fractionally behind at 58.9mpg and 112g/km. In all versions, an engine start-stop system cuts in when the cars are waiting at traffic lights and junctions because no-cylinder operation is even more efficient than two-cylinder operation. The new CoD models are available to order from this week priced from £16,740 OTR in the A1 and £20,055 OTR in the A3.

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Land Rover confirms all-new Range Rover Sport to debut in New York

The all-new Range Rover Sport will make its global premiere in a live drive through Manhattan, New York, on 26 March. The drive will take place on the streets of the Range Rover Sport’s largest market and be broadcast live to global audiences via a dedicated microsite – www.newrangeroversport.com - on the eve of the 2013 New York Auto Show. Those registering on the site will receive a personal invitation to watch the live reveal on 26 March as well as exclusive extra content and information. More Range Rover Sports are sold in New York than any other metropolitan area in the world and the model is North America’s best-selling Land Rover product. The new Sport is described as the company’s fastest, most responsive and most agile vehicle to date. The all-new Sport is the latest addition to the new Range Rover family of vehicles and the third model to be launched in two years, following the Evoque in 2011 and the all-new Range Rover in 2012. John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: “The all-new Range Rover Sport takes the model to another level.  It is Land Rover’s most dynamic vehicle yet and showcases the best of British design, engineering and technological innovation.” Full details of the all-new Range Rover Sport will be revealed on 26 March at 23:30 (GMT).

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Aston Martin enhances Rapide with new S model

Aston Martin did its part to beautify the Geneva motor show with the debut of the racy new Rapide S. 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S The reinvigorated grand tourer presents subtly but pleasingly revised front- and rear-end styling, handsome 20in wheels and a package of carbon-fibre exterior pieces. And the aesthetic enhancements extend to the interior, with piano black trim and two-tone red and black seats. The big news, however, lies under the skin. The Rapide’s 6-litre V12 receives a power bump of 17% for “S” duty; an extra 80 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque bring peak numbers to 550hp and 457lb-ft, sufficient to enable a 4.7-second sprint to 60mph and a 190mph top speed. Despite the additional power, Aston claims the engine achieves lower emissions and improved fuel economy. The revised engine sits a not-insignificant 19mm lower, dropping the four-seater’s centre of gravity and improving its already keen agility. Tweaks to the car’s adaptive damping suspension system allow the driver to choose between three driving modes: relaxed Normal, edgier Sport and race-ready Track. Not merely a new top model, the Rapide S supplants the standard Rapide in the Aston Martin lineup. The marque’s 146 worldwide dealers will begin taking orders in April, and although pricing has not yet been announced, it is safe to expect a modest nudge on the outgoing model’s $208,000 starting figure. Agencies

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Silex Power Chreos is a 4400 Nm electric sedan from Malta

Silex Power, a Chinese automaker, claims that an electric car they designed called the Chreos EV, achieves several jaw-dropping feats, including a driving range of over 600 miles, a charge time of ten minutes, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Everybody else can go home now; Silex Power has won the electric car. To wit, the exact specifications of this wunder-EV are; 621 miles (1,000 km) of driving range. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. 10 minute charge time. 4,400 Newton-metres (3,245 pound-feet) of torque. So, Silex Power solved all the EV issues except cost? Sounds outstanding, and almost certainly not true. Let’s count the reasons why. 10 Minute Charge Time This is highly unusual, but it is perfectly possible, and such battery technology is in the prototype stage. There are, however, multiple technologies that come close to this charge time, and one which blows it out of the water. The Toshiba SuperCharge (lithium titanate) battery is already on the market, and charges in 15 minutes. A battery was developed at MIT which charged in 20 seconds (no, that wasn’t an error, it really is 20 seconds). But has Silex Power also developed the technology to charge such a massive battery pack in so little time? 621 Miles of Range This is also highly unusual, but might be possible via the use of an extremely large battery bank, or, more likely, a new and improved battery technology. Technology developed at Stanford that can store ten times as much energy as typical lithium-ion batteries can probably achieve this. That said, being able to add more than 600 miles of range to a car in ten minutes or less seems highly, highly suspect. If such technology existed, why haven’t any other automakers developed similar results? One answer could be immense cost, or a very short-lived battery.

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Suzuki add limited edition Swift SZ-R

Following the Swift SZ-L Special Edition, Suzuki has released details of the new Swift Sport SZ-R Strictly limited to 100 cars, Suzuki says the SZ-R is aimed at buyers who want to own a Swift Sport with a distinctive look, but still want the sporty, fun-to-drive experience of the standard Swift Sport. While the SZ-R has alternative styling, it keeps the performance attributes of a standard Swift Sport – a 0-62mph time of 8.7 seconds on to a top speed of 121 mph and comes with a 136HP VVT engine which provides 44.1mpg combined. Each SZ-R is finished in Cosmic Black with contrasting Ablaze Red roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors plus SZ-R side badging. Inside, each of the 100 cars has uniquely numbered door sill guards, red accented gear shift knob and red trimmed carpet mats. Swift Sport also includes, as standard, seven airbags, auto air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port, rear privacy glass and 17-inch wheels as well as HID Projector headlamps for low and high beam. The Suzuki Swift Sport SZ-R is available from 1st March, priced at £14,249 – £500 more than a standard Swift Sport. Source:NewCarNet

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