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Silverstone was opened as a World War Two airfield in 1943, near the leafy village of the same name. Once the war had ended in 1945 Britain was left with a number of redundant airfields but without a major race track Donington Park was still a military vehicle storage depot, Brooklands had been sold off, Crystal Palace was in a state of disrepair and Brands Hatch was still under-developed.
The Royal Automobile Club was interested in Silverstone as a potential site and approached the Air Ministry in 1948 and a lease was arranged. At this time the centre of Silverstone Circuit was a farm producing cereal crops and also a piggery so the RAC employed farmer James Wilson Brown to create the first Grand Prix circuit at the site and gave him just two months to build it.
Now in 2011 the newly renovated paddock and pits and the addition of the new “Arena” section has made sure that Silverstone remains the home of British Formula 1 and won MotoGP from Donnington.
Also one of the improved offering is the addition of a well operated Track Club track day to offer you the famous Silverstone experience. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned veteran, have your own car or want to hire a car from the Silverstone Fleet, Silverstone Track Days allows you to test and hone your skills on multiple circuit configurations and enjoy a whole host of other benefits.
Not only do you and your guest (2 passes) get free drinks and food throughout the day, You might even be lucky enough to drive a new car from the many invited manufacturers.
Well the guys at Mercedes are ready to show us one model of the C63 AMG and keeping the upcoming C63 AMG Black away from the press reports.
As a result the new C63 AMG coupe gets 451bhp which is increased too a whopping 481bhp with the optional AMG Development pack and 442lb ft of torque, from the final offering of the v8 6.2 litre unit.
That will be enough to push the new Mercedes to 62mph from rest in 4.4 (4.3) seconds and on to the electronically limited 155mph or (174mph) top speed (Development pack version).
Power goes to the rear wheels via the AMG-specific SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission, which features a wet start-up clutch in place of the traditional torque converter, helping to reduce power losses and improve fuel consumption.
Now here comes the unofficial news on a C63 AMG Black we first exclusively spotted back in October last year,first of all expect the above C63 AMG to be whipped around the winter landscape in various forms of weight reduction.
Along with the wider arches to give it a more aggressive stance supported by a the 6.2 litre v8 hand finished and tweaked to deliver around the 540hp via a modified version of the C63 AMG 7-Speed box.
Expect to see ceramic disks and a rear diffuser on later prototypes and the fenders should eventually blend in to the bodywork along with a sub 4 seconds 0-62mph.
Porsche returns to the Nürburgring 24 hour race on 25 June with a further developed version of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Priority of the development was given to the improvement of efficiency through the targeted optimisation of hybrid components, which also resulted in a 20 percent weight reduction. Version 2.0 of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid is intended to achieve the same lap times as its predecessor but with less fuel consumption.
The general layout of the hybrid was adopted from the 2010 model. A portal axle with two electric motors drives the front wheels and supplements the four-litre, depending on the balance of performance classification approximately 470 hp, six-cylinder boxer engine at the rear. The output of both electric motors has increased from 60 to 75 kilowatts each. For seconds at a time, pilots now have almost an additional 200 hp at their disposal with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0. Depending on the programming, this power is automatically activated through use of the throttle pedal. Moreover, pilots can manually call up this extra power, for instance when overtaking.
The electric flywheel accumulator, with its rotor spinning up to 40,000 rpm and retaining the energy mechanically as rotational energy, is now housed with the other hybrid components in a carbon fibre safety cell on the passenger’s side.
At first glance, the new GT3 R Hybrid is clearly distinguishable from the 2010 model. Thanks to the optimisation of the hybrid system’s high voltage components, the large louvres in front of the rear fenders were no longer necessary. This reduces drag and also lowers fuel consumption. All in all, the weight of the vehicle decreased from 1,350 to 1,300 kilograms.
“We’ve collected a great deal of information from our races on the Nürburgring, at the ALMS race at Road Atlanta in the USA, as well as from the ILMC race on China’s Zhuhai circuit, which was an invaluable help for the further development of our racing laboratory,” says Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche motorsport. “The emphasis of our work was on improving efficiency. That means we want to keep the lap times consis-tent with 2010 but use less energy, hence less fuel. In this way, we support future developments of road-going, sporting hybrid vehicles.”
The cockpit of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid has also been completely revised. Most of the displays and controls have moved to the steering wheel. Drivers can operate the rest of the functions via backlit buttons now situated on the centre console. Priority was placed on the ergonomics and the clear layout for pilots – particularly in darkness.
The new 911 GT3 R Hybrid is a perfect example of the ‘Porsche Intelligent Perform-ance’ philosophy, a principle found in every Porsche: More power on less fuel, more efficiency and lower CO2 emissions – on the race track and on the road.
Up in sweden our spies have captured the new Citroen DS5, the third model in the DS line-up.
The DS5 will use the same Citroen C5 platform as the recently spied Peugeot 508 Allroad, the design includes an higher ride height and a more coupé-like shape to recognise the DS design cues.
Powering the new DS5 will be conventional petrol and diesel engines, the DS5 will be Citroen’s first production hybrid, using a 200bhp diesel unit which drives the front wheels with the electrical drive from the rears.
A brand new updated hydropneumatic suspension is also on the cards to give independant suspension control for comfort or sea sickness.
We expect a production concept to be released in Shanghai Motor Show in April, we expect the production world premier at Frankfurt later this year.
Lamborghini are not satisfied in pulling the shroud off the Aventador LP700-4 at the Geneva Motor Show, now there has been a video release/leak from the Italian bull-works driving in the winter landscape in Sweden.
With a curb weight of just 1575 kg (3,472 pounds), that’s all good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 2.9 seconds, as we had previously reported. Top speed is 350 km/h (217 mph).
The engine is coupled to a 7-speed independent shift rod transmission with shift times of just 50 milliseconds. The model also features a Haldex all-wheel drive system.
Expect another video or two before the Geneva Motorshow in two weeks time.