Porsche 2013 918 RSR

Porsche originally revealed the 2013 Porsche 918 at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Some automotive experts refered to the Porsche 918 RSR as a cross between the 2011 Geneva Auto Show concept and the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid which ran so well for so long at the 2011 Nurburgring 24hours race.

The 2013 Porsche 918 RSR uses a direct injection V8 derived from the Porsche RS Spyder and tuned to develop 555 horsepower at 10,3000rpm, but adds to that with a pair of electric motors on the front wheels that each contribute a further 101 horsepower, bringing the Porsche 918 RSR’s total power output to 757 horsepower.

If you compare the Porsche 918 RSR with the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the GT3 R Hybrid’s energy is harvested under braking and stored in a flywheel spinning at up to 36,000rpm and mounted where Porsche usually install the passenger seat. A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to use the power in eight second bursts. The two electric motors are linked, allowing the 918 RSR to vector torque between the front wheels, improving traction. One weird installment made by Porsche which was a fan on the rear deck between the intakes of Porsche 918 RSR. Porsche has not yet revealed if the fan actually serves any purpose. Perhaps the rear spoiler which identically dimensioned to that of the Porsche RS Spyder does serve a purpose. The color which is liquid metal chrome blue, according to Porsche is new, but it is hard to avoid the feeling that the scheme has been chosen to replicate the classic Gulf colors. Have you noticed the number 22? That number is important because it is the same with the ones on the 1971 Porsche 917 short tail that won the Le Mans having covered a record distance of 3315,21 miles. The interior of 2013 Porsche 918 RSR has racing atmosphere domination from the figure-hugging bucket seats, the gear flasher on the steering wheel, a minimalistic dash and center console with rocker switched, and instead of second seat, a flywheel accumulator right of the center console.

How much is the base price of this Porsche hybrid car? It is in the neighborhood of $600,000.

2010 Audi e-Tron

The Concept Design of 2010 Audi e-Tron

2010 Audi e-Tron

Audi showed the Spider Version of the Audi R8 V10 version at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The two cars were not the only cars showed by Audi, Audi also reveal the concept design of the 2010 Audi e-Tron which is powered by a purely electric drive system made up of four motors with the two motors at the front and two motors at the rear axle.

The total output of the 2010 Audi e-Tron is 313 horsepower and torque reaches up to 3,319.03 lb-ft which means the car able to sprint from 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds. Not bad for electric sport car. So, whoever thinks that electric vehicle can’t be fun must really get a slap on their head.

Audi stated that the 2010 e-Tron is based on the Audi R8 super car. But the difference is that the e-Tron concept emphasizes an unique and distinctive design, such as a trapezoidal single-frame grille, to large air intakes, special headlamps that adjust the light depending on weather circumstances and a stunning 19-inches wheel and tire combination.

Can you imagine how heavy the 2010 Audi e-Tron is? It weighs only 3,527.40 lb-ft by which the 58% of the weight is pressing down the rear axle. This Audi R8-based electric vehicle reaches top speed at 124,27mph due to the amount of energy supplied by the electric motors which increases disproportionally to speed.

The range in NECD combined cycle is approximately 154 miles. Now, how come an electric vehicle able to provide those reasonably numbers? It is because the technology of the concept design of 2010 Audi e-Tron is specially configured for the electric drive system combined with sophisticated battery technology.

The battery block has a total energy content of 53kWh with the usable portion thereof restricted to 42.4 kWh in the interest of service life. To cool down the equipments from overheating, the 2010 Audi e-Tron uses liquid cooling for the batteries.

The concept design of 2010Audi e-Tron is expected to reduce the dependence of transportation and economy on the raw material petroleum, produce no direct exhaust emissions, and give more efficient combustion engine.

Daimler AG in cooperation with Bosch Group to develop the Mercedes-Benz EV

Daimler AG plans to collaborate with Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch Group) to create a revolutionary electric motor for Mercedes-Benz EV. According to the plan, the production will begin in 2012, and the electric motor will be used in Mercedes-Benz and Smart electric cars of 2012. This cooperation is also to precede the BMW which is about to produce electric vehicle in 2013.

Indeed there have been no further details about this project. However, we expect a car that will use the electric motor is a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell or A-Class E-Cell. This cooperation is the commitment of both parties to maintain the relationships that had long been intertwined. In addition, this cooperation is expected to expand electric vehicle invasion in Europe.

Hopes soar with this partnership; the development of electric vehicle can run faster. Joint activity is planned to be done in two places, Stuttgart and Hildesheim.

Daimler AG and Bosch Group are two companies that are well known in the automotive business. Bosch Group is famous as a supplier of technology and services for automotive manufacturers. While Daimler AG has had more than 20 years experience in developing electric vehicle. We all would not wait for Mercedes-Benz EV sliding on the streets of our cities and become our favorite rides.