Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lamborghini and Ferrari Latest Supercars

The 83rd International Geneva Motor Show kicked off this week with two new supercars from Italian automakers Lamborghini and Ferrari unveiled. Both are ridiculously expensive at $3.9 million (Lamborghini Veneno) and $1.3 million (Ferrari LaFerrari) and extremely limited (3 Venenos and 499 LaFerraris).

The LaFerrari is also the first hybrid ever created by the famed automaker. Below you will find pictures, specs and details about these engineering marvels.

The Lamborghini Veneno

The Lamborghini Veneno
In the year of its 50th anniversary Lamborghini is presenting an extremely exclusive model at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the Lamborghini Veneno will be built and sold. With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and the top speed for this street-legal racing car stands at 355 km/h. It is priced at three million Euros plus tax – and all three units have already been sold to customers.

The Lamborghini Veneno Continued…

The Lamborghini Veneno features a twelve-cylinder power unit with a displacement of 6.5 liters, a fast-shifting 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive, as well as a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. The Veneno benefits from the expertise Lamborghini possesses in the development and execution of carbon-fiber materials – the complete chassis is produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin. The inside features Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.

The name of the Veneno originates from a legendary fighting bull. Veneno is the name of one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever. He is also famous for being one of the fastest bulls in the history of bullfighting. His name became popular in 1914, when he fatally wounded the famous torero José Sánchez Rodríguez during the bullfight in the arena Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s, Andalusia, Spain.

The Lamborghini Veneno Continued…

- The Veneno is painted in a grey metallic-look color with individual parts gleaming in the black of the visible carbon-fiber structure. The only car to display all three colors of the Italian flag as an accent is the car shown at Geneva, the unit which will remain property of Lamborghini. The three cars sold to customers each feature a single color of the Italian national flag, together a triology in green, white and red accents and thus representing each a unique piece.

- With a dry weight of 1,450 kilograms (3,190 pounds), the Veneno is 125 kilos (275 pounds) lighter than the already lean Aventador. The beneficial power-to-weight ratio of 1.93 kg/hp (4,25 lbs/hp) guarantees performance

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The Ferrari LaFerrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari unveiled their replacement to the Enzo at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The LaFerrari is the company’s first hybrid and fastest road car ever built by the automaker. The 6.3-liter V12 engine punches out 800 hp, and when combined with the additional 163 hp from the electric motor, LaFerrari tops out at a mind-blowing 963 hp. LaFerrari boasts a top speed in excess of 350km/h going 0-100 in under three seconds. Only 499 units will be produced and prices start at $1.3 million USD.

The Ferrari LaFerrari Continued…

HY-KERS system
Total maximum power 963 CV
Total maximum torque >900 Nm
V12 maximum power* 800 CV @9000 rpm
Maximum revs 9250 rpm
V12 maximum torque 700 Nm @6750 rpm
Electric motor output 120 Kw (163 CV)
CO2 emissions** 330 g/km

Maximum speed over 350 km/h
0-100 km/h <3 sec
0-200 km/h <7 sec
0 – 300 km/h 15 sec

Type 65-deg. V12
Bore and stroke 94 x 752 mm
Total displacement 6262 cc
Compression ratio 13.5:1
Specific power 128 CV/l

Length 4702 mm
Width 1992 mm
Height 1116 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Weight distribution 41% fr, 59% r

The Ferrari LaFerrari Continued…

Front double wishbones
Rear multi-link

Pirelli P-Zero
Front 265/30 – 19
Rear 345/30 – 20

Carbon ceramic brakes (Brembo)
Front 398 x 223 x 36 mm
Rear 380 x 253 x 34 mm

Electronic controls
ESC stability control
High performance ABS/EBD Sistema frenata anti bloccaggio prestazionale /electronic brake balance
EF1-Trac F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system
E-Diff 3 third generation electronic differential
SCM-E Frs magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube)

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Monday, January 21, 2013

UFOs on the M4: Audi reveals bizarre 'swarm' light

Audi has revealed a car lighting technology that can make the back of its cars show bright patterns to other drivers.

This 'swarm' is made up of thousands of small red lights that cover the width of the boot and react to movements of the car.

The screens are designed to show other drivers what the driver it doing - but motoring organisations told MailOnline the technology should stay a concept.

Friday, November 9, 2012


The Superbus project is an ambitious attempt to disrupt the personal transport industry. This new concept in sustainable mobility consists of: a new electronically powered vehicle capable of cruising speeds in excess of 250 km/h (155 mph), new dedicated infrastructure (such as a dedicated lane on highways), and new logistics via a central routing optimization system.

While hard to pinpoint, some have suggested the Superbus is somewhere between a regular bus and a train. It’s advantage over the former is that it’s capable of vastly higher speeds and greater flexibility, not confined to a rigid schedule or route. As for the latter, infrastructure and implementation is cheaper and does not require the need for changeovers from target to destination. The Superbus’s promise of demand-dependent-door-to-door transportation is a feature neither bus or train has.

Below you will find a brief overview of this interesting concept along with images and additional specs on this new class of vehicle.

The Superbus Team

The project is led by Wubbo Ockels, the Netherlands’ first astronaut and a professor of aerospace sustainable engineering and technology at TU-Delft. Along with two other key people, the three head up the Superbus research and development team.

Prof.dr. Wubbo Ockels
First Dutchman in space and now full professor at TU Delft and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. At TU Delft he heads the ASSET chair (AeroSpace for Sustainable Engineering and Technology). Within the project he has the role of General Manager

Dr. ing. Antonia Terzi
Italian designer with a Formula 1 background. She used to be the chief aerodynamicist of the BMW-Williams Formula 1 team. Antonia holds the position of Chief Vehicle Designer. Next to that she is assistant professor in the ASSET chair.

Joris Melkert MSc
Aerospace engineer and now assistant professor in the ASSET chair. He has been involved in several aircraft development projects as well in the development of NUNA 3, the fastest solar car on earth. He is in charge of logistics and infrastructure matters.

The Superbus Vehicle

- The Superbus is made of carbon fiber and has an electric motor (battery powered)
- It seats up to 20 passengers in a luxury setting, with 16 gull-wing doors for easy entrance
- Has a cruising speed of 255 km/h (155 mph)
- Contains an obstacle detection system using radar equipment and a fast responding electronic guidance system
- Has undergone significant testing and features high manoeuvrability and formidable breaking power
- Developed in the Netherlands

Above and below are images of the ‘Mule’ used for testing

The Superbus Technical Specifications

Power train: Electric motors powered by lithium polymer battery pack and regenerative braking
Power output: 400 kW
Driving range: 210 km
Braking: 250-0 km/h in less than 200m
Cruising speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
Length: 15,000 mm (49.21 ft)
Width: 2,550 mm (8.20 ft)
Height: 1,650 mm (5.41 ft)
Weight: 10,500 kg fully loaded
Suspension: Air springs and frequency selective dampers system and lifting hydraulic cilinders
Ride height range: 330 mm (70mm to 400mm)
Chassis frame: Carbon fiber reinforced plastic
Bodywork: Carbon fiber reinforced plastic
Glazing: Lexan Polycarbonate
Driving mode: Driver assisted controlled on existing roads, autopilot on Supertrack
Equipped with: Seat belts, TV, internet, air-conditioning, heating, etc
Provided with: Navigation system, obstacle detection, communication system, fail safe system and control system