F1’s new generation of cars in 2022 are set to be the heaviest ever, with the minimum car weight currently set at a whopping 790kg. The move to heavier turbo hybrid power units from 2014, allied to improved safety structures and the arrival of the Halo, have contributed to a big hike over the years. From around 640kg at the end of the V8 era, the cars went past 700kg in 2016 and are now nudging 750kg. The extra bulk that is carried around has contributed to cars being less nimble, and is believed to be a contributing factor in why venues like Monaco no longer appear particular well suited to F1 machinery. For Hamilton, the extra weight also seems to go against a push by the wider world for cars to get lighter in a bid to use less energy. “I don’t understand why we’re going heavier,” he said. “I don’t understand particularly why we go heavier when there’s all this talk about being more sustainable – just as the sport is going in that direction. “By going heavier and … [Read more...] about Hamilton: I don’t understand why F1 cars are getting heavier
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As previously documented, this year’s SUPER GT season opener was a curious affair, as the top two cars from last year’s championship standings both had substitute drivers. In such situations, you’d normally expect the experienced hand to shine and the unknown quantity to perhaps struggle under the pressure, but at Okayama it was the exact reverse: while Hideki Mutoh flopped at the wheel of the Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT, his opposite number in the #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra, Sakaguchi, shone. Indeed, while Mutoh was so underwhelming that he didn’t even take part in the following race at Fuji Speedway once it was clear Tadasuke Makino was fit enough to race, TOM’S is already openly floating the idea of 20-year-old Sakaguchi becoming a permanent partner to Ryo Hirakawa in the absence of Sacha Fenestraz, who is still unable to enter Japan. The irony of the situation is that Sakaguchi was a Honda junior driver, only to be cast to one side after a middling but not egregiously bad … [Read more...] about The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of
Home Four wheelers oi-Punith Bharadwaj By Punith Bharadwaj Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2021, 15:59 [IST] The Audi e-Tron arrives at showrooms ahead of its launch in the Indian market. The electric SUV has been spotted in a couple of shades bearing Maharastra registration plates. It is expected to go on sale sometime in the coming weeks in the country. The Audi e-Tron was first showcased in India back in 2019. The electric SUV was expected to be launched last year. However, like most product launches, the arrival of the e-Tron is delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The German automaker already said that they will bring the SUV and the Sportback version of the e-Tron. However, the latter will be launched at a later date. Both models feature the same underpinnings albeit with a different design. Audi is expected to price the e-Tron at around Rs 1 crore, ex-showroom. Looking at the electric … [Read more...] about Audi e-Tron Arrives At Showrooms; India Launch On The Cards!
Meanwhile, two V12 cars are coming later this year. [UPDATE] During the livestream announcing the electrification agenda, a teaser for the all-electric Lamborghini was briefly shown. We have attached it here. Vague silhouettes of what may be the Huracan and Aventador replacements also made an appearance. The year was 2014 when Lamborghini took the Paris Motor Show by storm with the unveiling of the Asterion . The concept paired a naturally aspirated V10 with a trio of electric motors to create a massive combined output of nearly 900 horsepower. It never made it to production as it wasn't until 2019 when the first electrified road-going model from Sant'Agata Bolognese broke cover as the Sián FKP 37. Gallery: Lamborghini hybrids and EV 5 Photos Fast forward to May 2021, Lamborghini is announcing plans to halve CO 2 emissions by early 2025 by hybridizing all three models: Huracan, … [Read more...] about Lamborghini To Hybridize All Models By 2024, EV Due After 2025
Positioned above the Passat, the Arteon will serve as VW's flagship model in Europe. The old Passat CC / CC was without any shadow of a doubt one of the most exciting models in Volkswagen’s range, so it was a sad day when the folks from Wolfsburg announced the sedan’s termination . The good news is a worthy successor is ready to grace the Geneva Motor Show floor with a bold exterior design and all the interior luxury VW can offer right now. Driving The Arteon: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 4Motion First Drive: Arty In The U.S.A. ⠀ Is The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon The Best Near-Luxury Sedan Available Today? If the design seems familiar, it’s because the Arteon was previewed at the same Swiss auto expo in 2015 by the Sport Coupe Concept GTE . Putting the two cars side by side reveals the road-going model hasn’t lost it pizzazz on its way to the assembly line. In the range-topping R-Line specification below, the similarities between the two are striking. … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Arteon is a sexy CC replacement with premium aspirations