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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo – First Pictures with the roof down

Here are the latest and first spyshots of the Turbo Cabriolet with the roof down showing more details of the forced induction family of the new 911.

The latest generation ‘991’ has already been released in normally aspirated engines and this will follow on from the legendary 911 Turbo.

The new 911 Turbo Cabriolet should come onto the market as a 2013 model complete with a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, wide rear arches.

An advanced tri-turbo setup has been reported as a possibility, with the addition of the third turbocharger aimed at improving low-end response but this could be the first practical application of KERS in a road going Porsche.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet Turbo (Roofdown)

F80 BMW M Powered 3 Series Winter Spyshots

Here are the latest spyshots of the next generation F80 BMW M3 Sedan undergoing winter testing in Sweden.

Compared to the previous spyshots, the M3 prototype has lost a some camouflage – showing the rear light clusters as it will look when the car enters production some time this year.

The engine is a topic for much rumor and is expected to be a 3.3l V6 Twin Turbo with an electronic KERS device which is the apparent third turbocharger.
We expect the power to be around 450hp with also additional chassis and engine weight reduction we expect this to be the fastest M3 yet.

Expect a public debut sometime after summer perhaps at the Frankfurt IAA in Production Concept form.

Jaguar C-X16 prototype testing at the Nurburgring

Jaguar Spyshots of the C-X16 Mule
C-x16

Here we have got the latest and clearest Spyshots of the C-X16 Mule which was revealed in Concept form in Frankfurt in 2011.

As you can see this is no ground up chassis which will be used in the final form but this shorter wheel based mule is testing the power train which will be ultimately mated to the production prototypes.

C-X16 is powered by an experimental hybrid powertrain that combines a new all-alloy 3.0 Litre V6 Supercharged engine with a performance-boosting electric motor inspired by Formula One’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).

C-X16’s is constructed from an all aluminium body shell .

A unique combination of lightness, strength and torsional rigidity results in greater handling agility, faster acceleration, shorter braking distances and improved fuel economy in comparison to an equivalent steel-bodied car.

It is being billed as having 380hp along with 332 (lb ft) of torque mated to a 8 Speed Gearbox with integrated KERS.

0 to 60 will be achieved in a very respectable 4.4 and a top speed limited at 186mph and unbelievably a combined 41 mpg.

If Jaguar pull this car off with them specs they will be competing with the likes of Porsche Panamera and the Mighty M5.

Ferrari 599 hybrid revealed at #Geneva

Ferrari at he 80th Geneva motor show revealed its new hybrid/KERS technology, which it claims will not only make its cars more efficient, but will also markedly improve performance and handling and be standard on everycar in 3 years.
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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said: “You don’t often see a green Ferrari on our Geneva stand, but this year there’s a new agenda for us.”

The addition of an electric motor into the drivetrain will also be accompanied by other efficiency measures including engine downsizing and advanced aerodynamic concepts.

Ferrari’s hybrid design is particularly clever because it is notably compact and can be integrated relatively simply into both the company’s front and mid-engined layouts.

The electric motor develops 100bhp and 110lb ft of torque and is backed up by an 80kW battery made up of very slim (20mm thick) cells mounted under the 599’s floor to maintain handling requirements.

Other changes include the electronics control module (mounted in the boot, with cooling pumps) and a small electric motor/generator mounted on the front of the engine. This drives the ancillaries (including the air-con and power steering) when the car is running purely on battery power.

At the moment, however, the system’s electric-only range is estimated to be just three miles. The set-up also includes a stop-start facility, which sees the hybrid motor used to restart the engine.

Ferrari estimates that, even with the extra 100kg of weight resulting from the hybrid installation, drivers will see improved in-gear acceleration, including shaving the 0-124mph sprint time back to just 10.4sec from 11.0sec. The 599’s centre of gravity has not risen; it remains just 489mm off the ground.

The millisecond response time of the motor will also be used for ‘Electronic Torque Shaping’. This introduces torque ‘blips’ from the hybrid electric motor to smooth the petrol engine’s torque delivery, giving the driver a more linear throttle response. Ferrari claims that using the ETC and ETS together will greatly improve acceleration out of corners.