Thursday, January 22, 2009

Covini C6W

C6W is an Italian 2-seat, 2-door sports coupé with a removable roof section. Inspiration for the car was taken from the 1976 Tyrrell P34, which had two pairs of smaller front wheels, a principle applied to the C6W. The project was started in 1974 but abandoned shortly after, and left dormant into the 1980s due to the lack of availability of low-profile tires at the time. In 2003 the project was revived and in 2004 the C6W was shown in prototype form. In 2005 a slightly revised version debuted at the Salon International de l'Auto, featuring new wheels, new roof structure and a refreshed interior, and went into limited production of 6-8 cars per year, as a result of a tie-up between PMI and Covini Engineering
Drive wheels: RWD
Construction: Fiberglass and carbon fiber body over tubular steel frame
Front brakes: Brembo disc brakes, with ABS
Fuel feed: Direct petrol injection
Total displacement: 4.2 L (256.3 in³)
Maximum power: 325 kW (440 bhp) @ 6400 rpm
Maximum torque: 470 N·m (346 lb·ft) @ 2700 rpm

Maximum speed: 186 mph or 299 km/h

Hummer HX

The Hummer HX is a concept SUV revealed on 8 January 2008 and manufactured by General Motors.The vehicle is smaller than both the H2 and H3 and is powered by a 3.6 L (≈220 cu in) SIDI V6 that uses E85 FlexFuel.
More compact than a HUMMER H3 – 81 inches (2,057 mm) wide, with a 103-inch wheelbase (2,616-mm) – the HX concept is an open-air, two-door off-road vehicle. Its design is based on the ideas developed by a trio of young designers who are new to the HUMMER studio.The HX has a pair of removable roof panels above the driver and front passenger, and a modular, removable rear roof assembly.The HX also was designed with several roof assemblies, allowing it to be configured as an SUT (with the roof assembly removed), a stylish slant-back or a traditional, wagon-like design that offers a bit more cargo space.The HX was shown with a slant-back configuration, wearing a desert-inspired matte olive paint scheme, at the North American International Auto Show. Additional convertible features include:
Removable doors – easily removable pins in the exposed hinges allow the doors to be removed quickly – an appreciated feature of many serious off-roaders
Removable fender flares – attached with quarter-turn quick-release fasteners, the composite fender flares can be quickly removed for additional trail/rock clearance, or if the flare is damaged during off-road driving
The vehicle will be featured in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Model:HUMMER HX Concept
Body style / driveline:two-door, four-seat open-top, four wheel-drive
Construction:welded steel frame, electro galvanized steel
Engine type:3.6L V-6 VVT (variable valve timing) with spark-ignition, direct injection
Displacement (CID / cc):217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm):3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material:sand-cast aluminum with cast-in bore liners
Cylinder head material:cast aluminum
Valvetrain:DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing (VVT)
Fuel delivery:direct high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio:11.3:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):304 / 227 @ 6300 rpm (est)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):273 / 370 @ 5200 rpm (est)
Fuel Type:unleaded regular or E85 ethanol
Transmission:Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed electronically control automatic transmission
front: independent SLA, custom Fox Racing coil-over shocks; 2-in shocks, 2.5-in springs
rear: semi-trailing link, custom Fox Racing coil-over shocks; 2-in shocks, 2.5-in springs
Wheel travel (in / mm):
front: 9 / 228
rear: 11/ 279
four-wheel disc; Brembo 6-piston calipers (front); Brembo 4-piston calipers (rear)
Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):15 x 1.25 / 381 x 31.75
Wheel size & type:20-inch x 9-inch
Tires:35-inch custom Bridgestone Dueler
Wheelbase (in / mm):103 / 2616
Overall length:171 / 4343
Overall width (in / mm):81 / 2057
Overall height (in / mm):72 / 1829
Track (in / mm):67 / 1702 (front); 68 / 1727 (rear)
Minimum ground clearance front (in / mm):13 / 320
Approach angle (degrees):56
Departure angle (degrees):51
Breakover angle (degrees):25
Grade capability (percent):60
Side slope capability (percent):40
Water fording capability (in / mm):
24 / 610 (at 5 mph)
Seating capacity:4

Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car produced by the electric car firm Tesla Motors and is the first car produced by the company.
The Roadster can travel 244 miles (393 km) on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack and accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 3.9 seconds. The Roadster's efficiency, as of September 2008[update], was reported as 120 mpgge.It uses 135 W·h/km (4.60 mi/kW·h), battery-to-wheel, and has an efficiency of 90% on average.
The Roadster was developed with design help from Lotus Cars, who supplied the basic chassis development technology from the Lotus Elise. First unveiled to the public on 19 July 2006, series production of the car began on 17 March 2008.
Final pricing for the 2008 Tesla Roadster base model was US$98,000, plus a destination charge of $950. The majority of the first 200 Roadsters ordered by October, 2006, came fully loaded with all optional equipment at a cost of about US$100,000

The roadster is powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole electric motor, producing a maximum net power of 248 hp (185 kW).The Sport Model introduced during the 2009 Detroit Auto Show includes a motor with a higher density, hand wound stator that produces a maximum of 288 hp (215 kW).Both motors are designed for rotational speeds of up to 14,000rpm, and the regular motor delivers an efficiency of typically 90%, or 80% at peak power.The Roadster's 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration time is 3.9 seconds for the Standard Model and 3.7 seconds for the 2009 Sport Model. Some prototypes and early production 2008 Roadsters were limited to 5.7 seconds.The top speed is electronically limited to 125 mph (201 km/h). The Roadster covers the quarter-mile drag strip in 12.757 seconds at 104.74 mph (168.56 km/h).The EPA combined range (specifying distance traveled between charges) measured in February 2008 for early production Roadsters was 231 mi (372 km) city, 224 mi (360 km) highway, and 227 mi (365 km) combined (city/highway).In August 2008, additional testing with the newer Powertrain 1.5 resulted in an EPA combined range of 244 mi (393 km).It weighs about 2,700 lbs. (1,220 kg), and is rear wheel drive; most of the car's weight is centered in front of the rear axleTesla Motors refers to the Roadster's battery pack as the Energy Storage System or ESS. The ESS contains 6,831 lithium ion cells arranged into 11 "sheets" connected in series; each sheet contains 9 "bricks" connected in series; each "brick" contains 69 cells connected in parallel (11S 9S 69P). The cells are 18 mm (0.71 in) in diameter and 65 mm (2.6 in) long (18650 form-factor); this type of lithium-ion cell is also found in most laptop computer பட்டேரிஎஸ்.
A full recharge of the battery system requires 3½ hours using the High Power Connector; in practice, recharge cycles usually start from a partially charged state and require less time. A fully charged ESS stores approximately 53 kWh of electrical energy at a nominal 375 volts and weighs 992 lb (450 kg). The Tesla Motors Club bulletin board has estimated the 2008 replacement cost at approximately $20,000; this cost is likely to decline in the future. The ESS is expected to retain 70% capacity after 5 years and 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of driving (10,000 miles (16,000 km) driven each year). Tesla Motors provides a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty on the Roadster with an optional 4 year/50,000 mile extended warranty available at an "additional cost" (2008 Roadster buyers receive the 4/50 extension at no cost while later purchasers need to pay).
The pack is designed to prevent catastrophic cell failures from propagating to adjacent cells, even when the cooling system is off. Coolant is pumped continuously through the ESS both when the car is running and when the car is turned off if the pack retains more than a 90% charge. The coolant pump draws 146 watts.Tesla Motors announced plans to sell the battery system to TH!NK and possibly others through its Tesla Energy Group division. That plan was put on hold by interim CEO Michael Marks in September, 2007

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SSC Ultimate Aero TT

The SSC Aero is an American-built mid-engine sports car by Shelby SuperCars. Its higher-performance limited production version, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT,is currently the fastest production car in the world, with a fastest recorded speed of 413 km/h (257 mph).This speed was reportedly achieved during tests on September 13, 2007 in West Richland, Washington, United States and verified by Guinness World Records on October 9, 2007.
The Aero and the Shelby SuperCars company are the brainchildren of Jerod Shelby, who spent over seven years designing the car. The basic Aero model is no longer produced, while, as of 2008, the Ultimate Aero costs about 620,000 dollars.

Specifications (2006)

Styling of the Aero includes the use of butterfly doors similar to those found on the SLR McLaren, Saleen S7, Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, and the Enzo Ferrari. Carbon fiber and titanium are used throughout the car, helping to limit the weight to 2,850 lb (1,293 kg) for the standard Aero. Rumors persist that the Ultimate Aero TT is nothing more than a stripped down racing version of the base Aero (rumors that the car has no air conditioning for example), however such claims have been proven false.
The engine in the base Aero model is a supercharged 382 cu in (6.26 L) V8 engine rated at 1,062 hp (792 kW) at 6600 rpm and 1,001 ft·lbf (1,357 N·m) at 5800 rpm, with the supercharger at 8 psi and running on 91 octane gasoline. The Ultimate Aero has increased engine displacement of 387 cu in (6.34 L) and increased boost of 14 psi, resulting in 1,046 hp (780 kW) at 6950 rpm and 821 ft·lbf (1,113 N·m) at 6200 rpm, running on 91 octane gasoline.
Wind tunnel testing indicates that the Ultimate Aero could theoretically reach a top speed of 273 mph (439 km/h) given appropriate transmission gear ratios, although the supplied transmission would result in 259.8 mph (418 km/h) at the car's redline. The base Aero, however, should "only" reach about 236 mph (380 km/h). The Ultimate Aero accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.78 seconds, slower than the Bugatti Veyron which achieves 0-60 mph in 2.46 seconds.

Specifications (2007)

The engine in the base Aero model is same as the previous year, but the Ultimate Aero has a 6.35-litre (387.2 cu in) engine, rated at 1,183 bhp (882 kW) at 6950 rpm and 1,094 lb·ft (1,483 N·m) torque at 6150 rpm, and the supercharger is replaced by a twin turbocharger with cabin adjustable boost pressure. The car is designed to use 91-octane gasoline.The 6-speed transmission is readjusted to increase the theoretical top speed to 273.75 mph (437 km/h) at 7200 rpm, however whether the vehicle is able to reach this speed is highly questionable and has never been tested.
Wheels on the base model are sized 18-inch (460 mm) at the front and 19-inch (480 mm) at the rear, while the Ultimate Aero TT has wheels an inch larger at each end.
The 2007 models are heavier, with the base model weighing 2,850 lb (1,290 kg), and Ultimate version 2,750 lb (1,250 kg). Unlike the previous year, base models have a navigation system, 10-speaker audio/CD/DVD system, video/DVD screen, back-up camera, air-conditioning, and trunk space as standard equipment.

Specifications (2008)

In 2008 models of Ultimate Aero, 3 changes were made:
All new aluminum engine block
Standard HREbe geared for 458 km/h (284.60 mph) but whether the car can reach this speed has yet to be tested

Spyker C12 Zagato

The Spyker C12 Zagato is the third production car from the Dutch car manufacturer Spyker. It will be an exclusive car for Spyker ownersOn March 6, 2007 Spyker announced the C12 at the Salon International de l'Auto in Geneva. The Italian Zagato co-designed the C12The Spyker C12 Zagato is an all aluminium rear wheel drive sports car, based on the Spyker C12 Spyder. The C12 is powered by the 6.0 liter, 12 cylinder, 500 bph W12 engine from Volkswagen AG and accelerates from 0-100 km (0-60 mph) in 3.8 seconds. The Spyker C12 Zagato is equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic gear box with F1 style shifting, Chronoswiss instruments and a Zagato designed full leather interior with brushed aluminium instrument panel. The C12 Zagato has an aluminium body with stainless steel roof rails and has many F1 derived design details such as an F1 nose, air scoop, chimneys, mirrors, rain light, fuel flap and diffuser. It has a panoramic roof that features the Double Bubble, a typical Zagato style element. The Spyker C12 Zagato has a length of 4.5 m, a width of 2.02 m excluding mirrors, a height of 1.25 m and weighs 1480 kg. The fuel tank capacity is 70 litres (15.4 gallons). Top speed is 310 km/h (193 mph).
"The Spyker and Zagato Atelier brands perfectly align because of their common aeronautical origins and because of the shared passion of Victor Muller and myself for sports cars" states Andrea Zagato. "

Maybach 62 S

It uses a 6.0 L version of the V12 engine manufactured by Mercedes-AMG. Power output is 450 kilowatts (611.8 PS; 603.5 hp) and 738 lb·ft (1000 N·m), providing a sub-5 second sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h). It also rides 0.5 in (13 mm) lower on 20 inch (508 mm) wheels.The S stands for "special" and not for "sport".The Maybach 62 S appeared in November 2006 at the Auto China 2006 exhibit in Beijing. It features the same engine as the 57S, a 612 metric horsepower (450 kW) twin-turbo V12 made by Mercedes-Benz AMG.


Maybach 62 S - € 492,602 / $ 432,250

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

The 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F139) is an Italian grand tourer produced by Ferrari. It is the brand's 2-seat Gran Turismo flagship model, replacing the 575 M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model. The 599 GTB debuted at the Geneva Motor Show on February 28, 2006. Styling of the 599 GTB was handled by Pininfarina, under the direction of Ferrari stylist, Frank Stephenson. It is named for its total engine displacement (5999 cc), Gran Turismo Berlinetta nature, and the Fiorano Circuit test track used by Ferrari. Tipo F133F 6.0 L (5999 cc) V12 engine produces a maximum 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp), making it the most-powerful series production Ferrari road car. Its 608 N·m (448 ft·lbf) of torque will also be a high for Ferrari's GT cars. Most of the modifications to the engine were done to allow it to fit in the Fiorano's engine bay (the original Enzo version could be taller as it would not block forward vision due to its mid-mounted position). The company claims a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph), 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, and 11.0 seconds to 200 km/h (124 mph).A traditional 6-speed manual transmission as well as Ferrari's 6-speed sequential manual gearbox called 'F1 SuperFast' is offered. The e-diff active differential from the F430 is not used. However, the Manettino concept first seen in the F430 also appears in this car. Ferrari sourced the Delphi Corporation's MagneRide semi-active magneto rheological dampers. Reviewers of the car have mentioned that the MagneRide suspension gives the 599 a very comfortable ride but allows it to handle well at the same time.
The Fiorano also sees the debut of Ferrari's new traction control system, called F1-Trac. Reportedly tuned using inputs from 7-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, the system supposedly allows a competent driver to lap the Fiorano test track at just 1 second behind Michael's time.