Rule changes for the World Championship of Makes eliminated the stunning Porsche 917 during the early 1970s allowing the factory to instead develop the car for the open-top Canadian-American (CanAm) Championship in North America.
Teams from McLaren, Lola and Chaparral were attracted to the 200 mile Sprint races of the formula and the rule book permitted almost anything, including free engine displacement and the use of turbochargers.
Porsche used its new found skills with forced induction to attach two exhaust-driven turbochargers to the flat-twelve engine of the 917. The result had a displacement of 5.4-litres and produced at least 1,100 hp, making it one of the most powerful racing cars ever built. Depending on the boost pressure, the engine’s power output is somewhere between 1,100 hp and 1,400 hp.
On September 18th, The product engineering team from Porsche have been testing the upcoming 918 Spyder on the “Nürburgring-Nordschleife”, Even though the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is far from final form it turned in a remarkable best time of just 07:14 minutes for the 20.6 km long circuit. Continue reading Porsche 918 Spyder – 7:14 Laptime Nürburgring→
Well here is another brochure leaked, this time showing us many paged detail of the Porsche 918 Spider, lined up for release at the Paris Motor show.
Detailed within the brochure is the 12 different varieties of lacquer to be applied to your 918, and also two special liquid metal silver & chrome blue.
And if all that choice doesnt entertain you then you can have two vinyl wraps applied one being the “Salzburg Racing” design, and the other the aptly special “test-Center” named – “Wiessach Package” with the Martini Racing Design. This even comes with a stern warning that driving such a potent car with the advertisement of liquor could not be put better than Porches words of warning.
Driving a vehicle with the Martini Racing Design on public roads could have legal consequences in such countries.
Barely a year after the unveiling of the 2+2-seater BMW i8 Concept and previously the Vision, BMW i is now presenting us the second series of this innovative hybrid sports car.
This is a car in which outstanding performance potential goes hand-in-hand with extremely low fuel consumption and emissions with its 96 kW (131 hp) electric motor on the front axle works in tandem with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine sending 164 kW (223 hp) through the rear wheels.
Both units are in-house BMW Group developments and generate an aggregate system output of 260 kW (354 hp) and peak torque of 550 Newton metres. That is enough to accelerate the BMW i8 Concept Spyder from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The performance figures are groundbreaking if its claim to return a whopping 94 mpg in tes cases (All Downhill??).
And to top of the car they have thrown in 2 electric Kickboards for the Michael J Fox in us all, what ever next a flux Capacitor?
Audi have been showing a promotional video on Audi TV, I spotted this car early in 2009 at the Nurburgring in the Eifel Valley and then again at the Frankfurt IAA in 2009.
This R8 Spyder runs the 5.2-litre V10 engine found in the coupe. Maximum power is 386kW (518 PS) and peak torque is 530Nm (391 lb-ft). The 0 – 62mph sprint time is 4.1 seconds which is 0.2 seconds off the coupe due to the 100kg extra weight.
The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro –Breathtakingly dynamic open-top driving.
The above picture was taken at the nurburgring in test on the famous race circuit in Germany click to see more.
•Audi high-performance sports car with lightweight cloth top
•Distinctive styling, carbon fiber body parts
•Mid-mounted V10 engine producing 386 kW (525 hp) and exceptional performance
Exceptional performance and breathtaking dynamism coupled with the intense sensations of open-top driving: Audi presents the R8 Spyder
5.2 FSI quattro. Its lightweight cloth top opens and closes fully automatically; several body parts are made of a carbon fiber composite material.
The V10 engine produces 386 kW (525 hp) and launches the open-top two-seater to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 313 km/h (194.49 mph). Featuring technologies such as the Audi Space Frame (ASF), quattro permanent all-wheel drive, full-LED headlights and with an innovative seatbelt microphone available as an option, the
R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is the new top-of-the-range Audi.