Porsche has unveiled a new variant of the second-generation Panamera named Sport Turismo. At least five years in the making, the Sport Turismo is the German brand’s very first station wagon.
Like CES, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also now attracts its fair share of car makers. Ford was an early adopter a few years ago, and now others are joining the fray, too. I sat down with Dieter May, BMW’s senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models (in an i3, of course).
Koenigsegg FreeValve: New Life For The Gas Engine
For more than a century, the internal combustion engine has relied on the ungainly camshaft. This spinning rod with variable lobes sits atop the engine, where it opens and closes intake and exhaust valves during the combustion cycle. But the camshaft has a limited range of motion, so its control over the valves is imprecise. This is the root of engine inefficiency. In April, Swedish supercar-maker Koenigsegg debuted the world’s first camless engine—the FreeValve—on a Chinese Qoros concept car. FreeValve forgoes the camshaft for electro-hydraulic-pneumatic actuators. They attach right to intake and exhaust valves, so engineers can control combustion within each cylinder. The design gets more power—imagine a four-cylinder getting 250 horsepower, sans turbo—and greater fuel economy out of otherwise standard engines. Cams, may you rest in peace.
Apple, the tech company, is negotiating with McLaren, the car manufacturer, according to the Financial Times. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. These negotiations have been ongoing for months and could lead to an acquisition, or at least a strategic investment.
More precisely, Apple is talking with McLaren Technology Group, the parent company of all things McLaren, including McLaren Automotive.
Mercedes-Benz is developing a new midsize pickup truck, and the company hasn’t completely ruled out selling it in the U.S. While previous reports suggested sales would be limited to other markets including Latin America, Mercedes apparently hasn’t made a final decision.
Even though some of us don’t like it, we spend a lot of time in our cars. Big cities from a lot of countries, including the UAE, are loaded with cars, as people use them daily to drive to work and back home, going shopping or various other places.
Zarooq founder Mohammed Al Qadi in association with French racing car-driver Bruno Lafitte have introduced a sand-racing vehicle designed to have off-road capability, racing-grade performance and an iconic look.
The vehicle is going to be produced by Zarooq Motors in UAE in cooperation with French experts from Jannarelly&Juillot Special and Campos Racing GP2. What concerns its technical characteristics, it’s expected the offroadster weighs only a tonne, the cabin includes air conditioner, there’s also an extra wheel available. The coupe is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can be tuned to send 304 horsepower to the rear wheels (or up to 500 horsepower for top versions) and 371 pound-feet of torque. Also the standard Sand Race model will feature multimedia acoustic system, glass holders, glove box and light-emitting diodes.
Zarooq predicts the first 20 cars will be delivered to customers next year. The starting price is US$100,000.
Once the Sand Race is in production it will need a home where it can be raced, so the founders are planning to build a sand racetrack near Dubai by October 2016. The track will also be home to an off-road racing school and a relaxing zone with swimming pool. The track itself will imitate writing the word “Dubai” in Arabic.
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