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Porsche 919 Hybrid V4 2.0 liter Turbo Engine
| Porsche, Technology

Porsche 919 is officially unveiled in Geneva, which means that the manufacturer is actually returning in Le Mans competition. The LMP1 car packs all latest technologies as well as extremely powerful and economical drivetrain and super lightweight chassis. The drivetrain consists of a newly developed single-turbo V4 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine working with a front axle-mounted electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The V4 engine revs up to 9,000RPM and sends the power to the rear wheels, while the electric motor provides momentum for the front ones, which means a temporary AWD. There are also two energy recovery systems – a brake energy recovery and a thermal energy recovery system incorporated in the exhau...

Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro – Test

Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro – Test

| Audi, MotorSport, Technology

Audi Sport has developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that corresponds to the Technical Regulations for 2014 and is designed for maximum efficiency. The new Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro is being tested on the race track where all new Le Mans prototypes of the manufacturer have had to prove their worth - at Sebring racetrack. “We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project,” commented Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “After building the first prototype, testing on various race tracks is now taking center-stage. The tests are mainly focused on achieving high mi...

2014 Honda Fit Hybrid – 2.7 liters / 100

2014 Honda Fit Hybrid – 2.7 liters / 100

| Honda, Technology

Honda has announced that the 2014 Fit/Jazz Hybrid is going to achieve a fuel economy of 2.7 liters / 100 km (102.8 mpg UK or 85.6 mpg US). The all-new Fit Hybrid is scheduled to be introduced and go on sale in Japan this September. The all-new Fit Hybrid will be the first model to be equipped with the SPORT HYBRID*3 Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD), Honda's lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system suited for small-sized vehicles. Although this is a one motor hybrid system, this system realized the EV drive by disengaging the engine and motor. The SPORT HYBRID i-DCD is one o...

Volkswagen XL1 in London – 0.9 l per 100 km

Volkswagen XL1 in London – 0.9 l per 100 km

| Concept Cars, Technology, Volkswagen Volkswagen has published a nice video showing the futuristic XL1 cruising across London. The manufacturers says that the XL1 is world’s most fuel-efficient production hybrid car capable of doing 313 mpg UK – 0.9 liters / 100 km. While one XL1 made its way to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to take pride of place on the Volkswagen stand and make its way up the famous hill climb, another c...

World Land Speed Record with Electric Car – 328.5 km/h

World Land Speed Record with Electric Car – 328.5 km/h

| Technology Autocar has published a video showing converted Le Mans race car doing over 200 mph (320 km/h). The spectacular in this video is that the race car is powered by pure electricity, which means that it set a new world land speed record for a sub-1000kg electric car. The average speed is 328.5 km/h (204.185 mph). The record is set by Lord Paul Drayson, who obviously had a lot of trouble keepin...

Nissan ZEOD RC – World’s Fastest Electric Racing Car

Nissan ZEOD RC – World’s Fastest Electric Racing Car

| MotorSport, Nissan, Technology Nissan has unveiled the groundbreaking and innovative ZEOD RC. This is the world's fastest electric racing car, which will reach speeds of more than 300km/h with electric technology at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) will make its race debut at next year's Le Mans 24 Hour. The global leader in electric vehicles for the road, Nissan will trial variants ...

2013 Renault ZOE – UK Price £13,650

2013 Renault ZOE – UK Price £13,650

| Renault, Technology Renault has announced the pricing of the new 2013 ZOE, which was announced at the Geneva Motorshow in 2012. The starting price is just £13,650 OTR. 2013 Renault ZOE is 100 % electric vehicle offering great range and versatility at low price. With an NEDC homologated range of 209 km (130 miles), ZOE is the first affordable car for everyday use to have been designed from the ground up as an ...

2013 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell

2013 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell

| Hyundai, Technology Hyundai has announced the 2013 ix35 Fuel Cell, which has been selected for the second consecutive year by the European Commission-backed Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to demonstrate the real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The world’s first production fuel cell electric vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, will be made available throughout 2013 to members of ...

2013 Volkswagen e-Up! – 150 km Range

2013 Volkswagen e-Up! – 150 km Range

| Technology, Volkswagen Volkswagen has revealed the new all-electric version of the 2013 Up!. The four-seat car – which operates with nearly zero noise – is being shown at today’s Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg. It impresses with its driving range of 150 km and excellent everyday practicality. The electric motor has a maximum output of 82HP (60 kW)  and a continuous power of 55HP (40 kW)...

Audi’s Cylinder-on-Demand Technology for A1 and A3

Audi’s Cylinder-on-Demand Technology for A1 and A3

| Audi, Technology Audi is now offering the A1 and A3 1.4 liter TFSI engine with Cylinder-on-Demand technology. The manufacturer is moving CoD technology from Audi S and RS models to bring 60 mpg economy potential to A1 and A3. The 1.4 liter TFSI has 140HP (103 kW) at 5,000RPM And 250Nm (184 lb-ft) at just 1,500RPM. 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds for A1 with S-tronic and 8.3 seconds for A3 with 6-speed manual. The...

2013 Volkswagen Golf VII Plug-in Hybrid – 1.5 liters per 100 km

2013 Volkswagen Golf VII Plug-in Hybrid – 1.5 liters per 100 km

| Technology, Volkswagen Volkswagen has announced the new Golf Plug-in Hybrid, which is based on the 7th generation of the hatchback. It is expected to hit the market in the beginning of the next year. The Golf VII Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 1.4 liter TFSI with 150HP (110 kW) and a 102HP (75 kW) electric motor coupled to a dual-clutch S-tronic 6-speed gearbox. The powertrain is the same as in Audi A3 e-Tron Plu...

Chevrolet Spark EV at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Chevrolet Spark EV at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

| Chevrolet, Technology Chevrolet will exhibit the new Spark EV at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car will be sold in select European markets as of 2014 model. The Chevrolet Spark EV is anticipated to set a benchmark in performance for an urban city electric car and is powered by the most advanced electric motor and battery system General Motors has ever built. The Spark EV is powered by an electric motor wi...


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