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Mini’s WRC Entry for the 2011 Season – Paris

After the earlier unvailing of Citroen DS3 WRC contender Mini have entered the fold with their 1.6 Turbo Charged Engine to compete in next years WRC, There is no mention of power output but expect it to be around 300ps to be competitive.

The MINI WRC, powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged engine, recently received a baptism of fire, acquitting itself well during initial testing at Prodrive’s rally track. The company commenced development of the car in 2009, and a concept of the MINI WRC will be displayed in Paris. “The Paris Motor Show is the perfect stage, on which to launch our MINI WRC,” says Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing. “The response to our announcement that MINI will return to the world of rallying next year was very positive. The FIA World Rally Championship is the pinnacle of rallying, making it the ideal platform for demonstrating the competitive spirit of our brand. The development of the car is running on schedule, and the preparations for the world championship are in full swing.

The 2011 World Rally Championship will see the new MINI WRC contesting in six of 13 scheduled rounds, with MINI competing in the full 2012 season. In addition, Prodrive plans to make available customer versions to independent teams for use in the championship.

Rallying is hardly unchartered territory for MINI. In the past this popular motor sporting genre decisively shaped the image of the brand. The MINI Cooper S became a true legend through its numerous victories on Rally Monte Carlo. The European Rally Championship, too, saw MINI notch up serial successes. “MINI can look back on a successful tradition in rallying,” says Dr WolfgangArmbrecht, Senior Vice President Brand Management MINI. “The interest in motorsport among the present generation of MINI customers is massive. The WRC provides an excellent communications platform for the MINI Countryman,upon which the MINI WRC is based.”

Prodrive, an experienced motorsport operation, was chosen as the partner in the quest to continue MINI’s success story. The company, founded by David Richards, is viewed as one of the most respected and successful in rallying. “This project is a truly passionate opportunity,” believes Richards. “MINI is a cult brand which left a lasting impression during its previous motorsport campaigns. We are both extremely happy and proud to be on board as a partner when MINI returns to rallying. We aim to use 2011 as a preparatory year, amassing experience in order to ensure we are fully competitive from the start of the following season. But let’s not underestimate the task ahead of us nor the stiff competition we will face on the way, however our target is firmly set on winning the World Championship title again with MINI.”

Prodrive was founded in 1984, and has established itself as one of motorsport’s leading independent teams. Currently employing over 500 staff, the company is based in Banbury (GB). Among other successes, Prodrive has to date won six World Rally Championships, five British Touring Car titles, and scored three class victories in France’s classic Le Mans 24 Hours.
The heart of the MINI WRC is the BMW Motorsport-developed 1.6 litre, fourcylinder Di turbo-charged engine which can be deployed not only in the WRC, but also in other championships running to the FIA’s Super2000 regulations. The power transmission takes place via an Xtrac 6-speed, sequential gearbox. For its outings on the rally stages, the MINI Countryman chassis has been fitted with a roll cage developed by Prodrive, which exceeds the strict safety

Porsche 911 Speedster – Paris

Porsche has decided to revisit the 1989 speedster this is the fourth speedster built in the history of Porsche.

What seperates the Speedster apart from a 911 Cabriolet is a higher sloped, lower windscreen, and the exclusive ‘Pure Blue’ laquered exterior with a colour matched coachwork inside and an exclusive £63,995 over a Carrera 4 Cabriolet.

Under the bonnet/bootlid is the same 402bhp 3.8-litre flat six you’ll find in the freshly announced GTS with a economy of 27.4mpg.

You’ll recieve Porsches renowned PDK semi automatic gearbox along with, a limited slip diff, carbon ceramic brakes and Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard.

JAGUAR C-X75 CONCEPT – Revealed Paris Motorshow

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE ELECTRIC SUPERCAR UNVEILED AT PARIS 

Jaguar has revealed a stunning range-extended electric supercar concept car. The C-X75 has been designed to celebrate 75 years of the marque and provide a glimpse into the future of Jaguar and its commitment to producing beautiful, fast cars powered by sustainable means.

 The C-X75 hints at an exciting evolution of Jaguar’s design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by. Advanced design features such as a ground-breaking propulsion system and active aerodynamics allow for an elegantly simple fuselage section that remains stable at very high speeds. 

 Propulsion system

 The 330km/h (205mph) four-wheel drive supercar is capable of running in purely electric (zero tailpipe emissions) mode for 110km (68 miles) on a six-hour domestic plug-in charge. The innovative, lightweight micro gas-turbines are also capable of very quickly and efficiently recharging the Lithium-ion batteries, giving the car a theoretical range of 900km (560 miles).

 This remarkable range-extension system is a result of Jaguar’s research engineers adopting a clean-sheet approach to the question of powering the supercars of the future. The C-X75 turns to the very latest evolution of a pioneering British technology: the gas turbine.

 Developed in partnership with Bladon Jets, the miniaturised turbine blade – the first viable axial-flow micro-turbine – increases the compression and efficiency of micro gas-turbines to the point at which they can be viewed as a realistic power source. Each of the micro gas-turbines weighs just 35kg and produces 70kW of power at a constant 80,000rpm.

 Advanced aluminium lightweight construction

Jaguar’s expertise in the use of aluminium stretches back more than 50 years to the first XK120s, through the lightweight E-Types, the XK and all-new 2010 XJ. It was with this latter creation that Jaguar fully realised the lightweight metal’s benefits to performance, agility, economy and sustainability in a luxury car.

 The C-X75 naturally follows the same construction techniques with an extruded and bonded aerospace-inspired aluminium chassis clad in panels of the same material. Not only does this save weight, crucial in a car with an extreme performance envelope, but aluminium is one of the most easily recyclable metals available, boosting the C-X75’s sustainability as well as its speed.


 Technical Specifications 

Propulsion System & Transmission
Electric motorFour 145kW (195bhp) traction motors (580kW/780bhp total)
GeneratorTwo switched reluctance generators
Range Extender power2 x 70kW (94bhp) gas micro-turbines (140kW/188bhp total)
BatteriesLithium-ion
Total Battery Capacity (kWh)19.6
TransmissionSingle-speed
Final Drive Ratio3.1:1
Performance
0-100km/h (seconds)3.4
Top Speed (km/h/mph)330/205
0-160km/h (seconds)5.5
0-300km/h (seconds)15.7
1/4 mile (seconds@km/h)10.3@251
Max. Power (kW/BHP)580/780
Max. Torque (Nm/lb ft)1600/1180
Power to Weight ratio (BHP/tonne)578
Aerodynamics (Cd)0.32
Kerb weight (kg)1350
Wheel size front and rear (inches)21 and 22
Tyres (front and rear)265/30 ZR21 and 365/25 ZR22
Battery weight (kg)230

Lotus Evora S Spotted at the Nurburgring…

The Lotus Evora S, spotted here by us at Pistonspy at the Nurburgring, will be the most powerfull version of the Evora product range.

A supercharger will be fitted to the base car’s Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 engine to boost power to more than 350bhp and throw out more than 300lb ft of torque you can see additional ducting for the supercharger hidden under vent panels.

This will allow the Evora to achieve a 0-62mph time of comfortably less than 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed around 175mph.

The Evora’s engine bay has been designed to home its supercharger between the cylinder banks, so as not to obstruct rear-view mirror visibility.

External changes over the standard Evora appear minimal, apart from the addition of a rear diffuser but this is a test mule dont forget.

Lotus will take the wraps off a range-topping supercharged S variant of the Evora at the Paris motor show.478318|180478322|180478325|180478328|180478331|180478334|180478337|180478340|180478343|180478346|180478349|180478352|180478355|180478358|180