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It was at the Los Angeles show that Porsche decided to lift the veil on its new Porsche 911 RSR. And surprise: the Stuttgart brand has advanced the flat-6 in order to make it a central motorized rider.
The 911 has built a reputation for its flat-6 on the rear axle. but for the raw Porsche 911 RSR 2017, who will participate including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE category, porsche breaks the codes by choosing a mid-engine architecture. this modification should allow a better distribution of the masses between the front and rear of the vehicle.
THE POUP IS REFINED
Aesthetically, the passage to a central engine is reflected by the arrival of vents at the level of the custodes and the rear window, the flat-6 being housed just below it now. there is also a considerably sharp rear part, which allowed Porsche to equip the Porsche 911 RSR with a much larger air diffuser.
The flat-6 4.0 of the Porsche 911 RSR develops up to 510 hp (depending on the size of the inlet flanges) or the maximum power allowed in GTE.
Rendezvous at the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 16, 2017 to see the debut in competition of the Porsche 911 RSR 2017.
Diamond Audio presented a new 3-way kit at the Sema Show in Las Vegas, at the largest automotive customization show, the American brand Diamond Audio presented a new high-end 3-way kit. baptized Diamante Italia Edition, the HXPRO653DI was handmade in Italy.
This 3-way exploded kit uses a 16.5 cm woofer, a 8 cm midrange, a 25 mm silk dome tweeter. high quality material, very neat finish, passive filter with audiophile components, the HXPRO653DI has been designed by several sound engineers, to provide audiophile listening. this Diamond Audio kit casts 180 Watts RMS and offers a performance of 89 dB. its frequency response ranges from 40 to 20000 Hz. in the US market, the Diamante Italia Edition of Diamond Audio is announced at $ 2,599.99.
Rezvani Beast Alpha the Lotus with funny doors, the American craftsman Rezvani unveils the Alpha, his very first coupe. and instead of reusing the Ariel Atom chassis that equips its models already on sale, he decided to borrow a platform of Elise to which he grafted doors to the cinematic at least surprising.
The Rezvani Beast promises top-flight performances. but what the public will retain mainly of this small coupe, are its doors worthy of a futuristic concept. to stand out from the competition, the Rezvani Alpha set in effect on doors sliding forward. But do not imagine that the sportsman is content to resume a mechanism of minivan mounted upside down. its mechanism is a more complex strand: an arm that supports the door is deployed to the outside. it must be admitted, it does not seem very practical to enter the sport. this has at least the merit of making the Alpha speak, and this is probably what matters most to Rezvani.
ALSO SPECTACULAR ON THE TECHNICAL
With this anecdote on the doors of the Rezvani Alpha, one would almost forget to mention its mechanical characteristics. these are worth the detour: mounted on the chassis of Lotus, we find the 4-cylinder 2.4 Acura already present on the other Rezvani Beast. but on the Alpha, the block receives a turbo and not a compressor. the power is 500 hp and allows a 0 to 60 mph (97 km / h) in 3.2 seconds.
The price of the Rezvani Alpha is set at 200,000 dollars, or about 189,000 euros.
Nissan car manufacturer by passion, Nissan never does things in half since the manufacturer has invited us nothing less than in Brazil, theater of the Olympic Games this year with which the manufacturer is an official partner, to try two models that everything contrasts: The Nissan Kicks and the Blade Glider. two models that better understand why Nissan is one of those manufacturers who help maintain our passion for the automobile.
This is not so complicated in fact, with a net profit of 1.1 billion euros, Nissan can afford a lot of follies. The Japanese manufacturer, associated with Renault, deploys mass-produced vehicles and generates significant volumes of sales thanks to safe stocks such as Xtrail, Juke, The Qashqai especially or the Kicks launched in Brazil to attract new markets towards the joys of the small overcrowded crossovers. It is not yet planned in our territory, already well served in the matter, on the other hand the South Americans will greatly appreciate his 360 ° vision for maneuvers, its well thought-out habitability and its very exotic bitons look.
maybe they will not be transcended by the automatic transmission a little pushing or plastics sometimes unflattering but it seems that in the country of « cariocas » we do not care a little … thanks to this kind of models, Nissan flows, excluding alliance, no fewer than 5.4 million vehicles each year around the world.
Scores that allow him to venture into the unknown, sometimes by strokes of madness like the Caterpillar Rogue Warrior, the Juke R, the IDx concepts to the neo retro style (which are two fingers to be produced) or the bobsleigh to the Xtrail grille! sometimes, Nissan launches a real gamble on the future, it is especially its biggest challenge today to convince us on the all electric with models like the Leaf or the NV200. and then sometimes the manufacturer launches into both a mad project AND innovative technology. Gareth Dunsmore, Head of Electric Vehicle Department for Nissan Europe explains the approach: « We love doing things because we can afford it. we have experience with electric vehicles, in mechanical sport also with our endurance course and with the GT Academy. i also think of the Juke R which combines the Juke with the GTR to show the crossover under its best temperament. here we launch the Blade Glider to show that an electric vehicle can be fun and exciting to drive ».
THE BLADE GLIDER, SYMBOL OF A STATE OF MIND
Remember, a first concept already stood on the Nissan booth at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014. this time, this kind of delta wing with 4 wheels is completed to the point of rolling, realization of a project whose genesis began in 2011: « The Deltawing is the original inspiration from a design point of view » Gareth says « knowing that it was already powered by a very efficient engine with the 1.6 Dig-T. Then we developed the Zeod RC, a hybrid combination whose electric motors allowed to travel an entire tour of Le Mans without emission. and then we present this ultimate 100% electric project with the Blade Glider. There really is a logic of progression to obtain a prototype reliability and fully exploitable ».
A specimen that seems to have come from nothing else than through its lines. « First of all it is a unique design that shows that a 100% electric motor offers a lot of freedom in terms of lines and we will see, for sure in the future, even more innovative designs. there is then performance with an immediate couple, a very linear acceleration that brings a new driving experience. and in the end all this happens in an almost absolute silence! you hear new sounds like the sound of tires, the sound of wind in your hair, much more than when there is a heat engine on board. to me, all this is beneficial for a driving experience that gives a smile. »
ELECTRIC, NEW POWER ENERGY
He is right Gareth, at the moment it makes instantly smile! where engine noise is expected to start at any time, the Blade Glider has already been launched for a long time in a slight whistle and is approaching the first corner in no time. 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds, this is a real advantage of the electric sportiness made possible by the asynchronous motors housed in each rear wheel providing a total of 268 hp and especially 700 Nm of wattted torque (60 Nm better than the latest generation of GT-R!). its proportions are also confusing with a rear axle much wider than the front. so do not aim the points of strings too early under penalty of bite the edges to the reacceleration. a bit bizarre to exploit but no less endearing, that’s the Blade Glider. after 4 laps, it’s time to get out. because its mass remains high, because its top speed and its curved grip are also limited, the machine is not yet ready to replace a GT worthy of the name but it would find its place in the garage, if only for the singularity of the beast. Too bad, the Blade Glider is not yet officially planned for production, at least not right away, Nissan tackling at first to popularize the electric as confirmed by Gareth: “We are focused for now on the Leaf and the NV200. We have also launched a large testing tour across Europe to show them to the public. We want to put them behind the wheel so that he realizes for themselves that these vehicles are really nice to drive, An argument that we did not advance so far. We still have to work on the batteries, Increase autonomy, reduce costs. “
Morality, if you like the Blade Glider, buy a Leaf or an NV200! This is the current message for now, as it will take a bit of patience before seeing a true electric sports model in the Nissan range. However, it is said that a potential hybridization is already mentioned for the specifications of the next generation of GT-R!
Meanwhile, Nissan has just launched a new mass model, the Micra, which again takes a gamble here that not necessarily aim at the same target as before with its new lines more sporting. after all this rational project, we already have a desire to know what will be the next challenge a little crazy manufacturer, dictated by a passion without limits.
NextEV Nio EP9: the electric megacar to the assault of Paul Ricard, The Chinese company NextEV has just unveiled its Nio brand and its very first model, the EP9. an electric supercar claiming not less than a megawatt is 1,360 hp. and it is on the Paul Ricard circuit that it has recently continued its development.
NextEV is known for its Formula E team, committed since the beginning of the competition in 2014. the Chinese team also offered the first title pilots thanks to the Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. But now, NextEV intends to enter the market electric supercars via its new brand Nio and especially the NextEV EP9, its very first model. behind her not very sexy name hides a true track beast developing not less than a megawatt is 1,360 hp, which allows him to enter the very closed circle of « megacars » including the latest Koenigsegg and Bugatti Chiron. on the performance side, NextEV announced a top speed of 313 km / h and a 0 to 200 km / h shot in 7.1 seconds.
THE PAUL RICARD IN 1: 52,780
To achieve this result, the NextEV Nio EP9 boasts four electric motors, each with its own gearbox. the Chinese supercar is thus equipped with a transmission with torque vectors particularly evolved. the whole is coupled with active aerodynamic appendices giving it a ground support twice that of a Formula 1 according to NextEV.
Presented by its creators as «the fastest electric car in the world,» the NextEV Nio EP9 recently attacked the Paul Ricard circuit. she clocked a time of 1: 52.780, becoming the fastest electric car on this track. last month, she had offered the same title but on the Nürburgring this time with a time of 7: 05.120.