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The NOVITEC Sports Package for the Ferrari 488 Pista

Even though the 488 Pista is powered by the most potent V8 the Ferrari engine department has ever developed for being driven on the road, the wish for even more power is inherent in the nature of sports car drivers. The NOVITEC engine experts specialize in making high-performance engines even more powerful. With its twin-turbo forced induction system, the 488 Pista offers the ideal conditions for further enhanced dynamics, which can be added in three levels.

To this end, the company adapts two NOVITEC N-TRONIC control modules to the engine electronics, which provide the engine controls with newly programmed mapping for injection and ignition while increasing the electronic boost pressure limit.

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In order to optimize the power output even further and make the exhaust note even more thrilling at the same time, the installation of a NOVITEC high-performance exhaust system is advisable. The exhaust system comes in different versions with or without electronic sound management by means of actively controlled exhaust flaps. In addition, Pista drivers can choose between versions made from stainless steel or from the especially lightweight INCONEL, the same material also used for exhaust systems in Formula 1 racing. All NOVITEC exhaust systems are fully thermally insulated in order to have a positive effect on the temperature in the engine bay. Also part of the product range are 100-cell sport catalysts, which further optimize the power delivery.

In the most extreme expansion level the turbocharged eight-cylinder with NOVITEC engine tuning puts out 60 kW / 82 hp more than the production engine and also delivers an increase in torque by 128 Nm to now 898 Nm at a low 3,100 rpm. The boost in power to 590 kW / 802 hp at 7,950 rpm of course also benefits the performance on the road: The two-seat sports car does away with zero to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds. The top speed is 345 km/h.

However, the fascination of the NOVITEC performance upgrades for the Ferrari 488 Pista lies not only in the optimized acceleration and top speed: Just as fascinating are the even more instant throttle response and the even stronger pulling power on the road.

In the development of the NOVITEC naked-carbon bodywork components for the two-seater, the designers of the refinement specialist focused not only on spectacular looks, but also and above all on aerodynamic efficiency, which was accomplished in wind tunnel testing. The front fascia is extended forward with the NOVITEC spoiler blade, which provides a further reduction in aerodynamic lift at high speeds. A tailor-made molding for the hood rounds off the NOVITEC facelift for the front of the sports car.

The NOVITEC rocker panels are available to give the two-seater an even sportier appearance from the side and channel the airflow at the sides with even more precision. Subtle NOVITEC carbon covers for the side mirrors and the carbon triangles at the windows of the two doors add further sporty touches.

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The rear end is fitted with a spoiler lip to achieve a sophisticated aerodynamic balance. The NOVITEC design package is rounded off with carbon surrounds for the two taillights.

Further NOVITEC hallmark features elaborate down to the last detail are the black side indicators and reflectors as well as the likewise black LED third brake light.

Of course, the tailor-made hi-tech forged wheels also have a decisive effect on the thrilling NOVITEC looks. NOVITEC was able to secure the services of renowned US manufacturer Vossen as a partner for the development and production.

The largest available variant is the NOVITEC NF10 forged rim, which offers a full-blooded racing design with center-lock look. To put even more emphasis on the wedge shape of the mid-engine sports car, the wheels with five double-spokes are mounted on the 488 Pista in a staggered combination of size 9Jx21 rims at the front and size 12Jx22 on the rear axle. NOVITEC chose Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires of sizes 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 as the optimal rubber.

The broad range of NOVITEC wheels for the lightweight-construction sports car also includes other exclusive rims in different combinations with diameters of 20, 21 or 22 inches.

Another NOVITEC hi-tech development is the hydraulic suspension system for the Ferrari 488 Pista. It lowers the ride height by about 35 millimeters. What is more: The hydraulic front lift system of the sports car allows raising the front axle by 40 millimeters at the touch of a button in the cockpit. This makes it easier to navigate ramps in parking garages or speed tables in city streets. The front end reverts to its original position at another touch of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h. The stock damper adjustment of the vehicle is of course fully retained.

NOVITEC also offers individuality in its purest form in the interior. The company upgrades the cockpit with leather and Alcantara in any desired color and with any upholstery design by customer request.

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Celebrating 20 years of the Porsche 911 GT3

The unveiling of the first Porsche 911 GT3 in March 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show signalled the start of a new era for discerning sports car drivers. More than any other Porsche 911, the GT3 embodies the hallmarks of Porsche Motorsport. Developed by two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, race engineer Roland Kussmaul and the Porsche Motorsport specialists from Weissach, the Porsche 911 GT3 brought race track agility to the road. Since then, this athlete has become faster, more precise and more dynamic with every generation. With a naturally aspirated engine, manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, it remains the most popular Porsche 911 among purists to date. Around 80 per cent of all 911 GT3 ever produced are regularly driven on race tracks across the globe.

The race versions of the Porsche 911 GT3 have written motorsport history. In addition to countless class wins, the GT3 achieved numerous overall victories in major endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Spa, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours Nürburgring, which it has won seven times since 2000. One of the main success contributors is the fact that innovations and experience gained from motorsport are incorporated into the development of the road versions.

 

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Successor to the 911 Carrera RS 2.7: the first GT3 made its debut in 1999

Featuring advanced racing technology, the Porsche 911 GT3 continued the tradition that had started in the 1970s with the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7. For the first time, the model was not given the designation “RS” for Race Sport, but the name GT3, directly referencing the GT class in which the motorsport versions were to compete. The water-cooled 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 360 hp (265 kW). As such, it was hardly a surprise that the Porsche 911 GT3 had already earned its first laurels before its debut in Geneva. With Walter Röhrl at the wheel, the new model completed the 20.8 kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than eight minutes, setting a new benchmark for street-legal sports cars.

Such exceptional performance was made possible not just by the race-proven boxer engine, but also thanks to a precisely tuned overall package: the chassis was lowered by around 30 millimetres and the brakes uprated. The six-speed manual transmission originated from the Porsche 911 GT2. The gearbox ratios, axle geometry, anti-roll bars and springs could be adapted depending on the circuit conditions. Lightweight construction came before comfort. A distinctive sign of its motorsport origins was the fixed rear wing of the 911 GT3. As an option, customers were able to order their 911 GT3 as a Clubsport variant, which also included a built-in roll cage.

The first Porsche 911 GT3 vehicles rolled off the production line in Weissach in May 1999. The new model provided the foundation for the successful race versions 911 GT3 Cup, 911 GT3 R and GT3 RSR.

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New generations in quick succession

After the great success of the first 911 GT3, Porsche presented a new evolution stage of the street-legal sports car with racing genes every three to four years. In 2003, the power of the boxer engine increased to 381 hp (280 kW), thanks to the use of the VarioCam, the variable camshaft control system. The GT3 was now also available with ultra-high-performance Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). The next increase in power to 415 hp (305 kW) followed three years later. For the first time, the Porsche 911 GT3 featured the sporty Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). In 2009, engineers increased the displacement of the six-cylinder boxer engine to 3.8-litres and the power to 435 hp (320 kW). The all-new rear wing and full underbody panelling produced a substantial increase in downforce (almost double in comparison to its predecessor).

On the 50th birthday of the Porsche 911 in 2013, the fifth generation of the 911 GT3 celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, with a completely new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The drivetrain consisted of a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated engine with 475 hp (350 kW), featuring active rear axle steering and a dual-clutch transmission (Porsche Doppelkupplung, PDK), for the first time. The model completed the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7:25 minutes —more than half a minute faster than the first ever 911 GT3 back in 1999.

The latest version of the 911 GT3 was launched in 2017. The focus of development had been on the six-cylinder boxer engine: its displacement increased to 4.0 litres and the power output is 500 hp (368 kW). Customers can choose between a manual six-speed transmission and PDK. In addition, a Touring Package is available which replaces the fixed rear wing with an automatically extending spoiler.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 in pictures

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Goodwood Festival of Speed is probably the best motor event any person can attend, this year it was held from July 12 till July 15th at Goodwood – England.

The main event was about Porsche celebrating its 70th anniversary and off-course the usual Michelin Super Car Zone.

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Goodwood is an event where you get the chance to see motorsport legends, classic cars, Super Cars, Muscle Cars, Drift Cars, Formula one, Nascars, Hypercars, Luxury Cars, Supersport Cars, SUV, Classic Formula One, DTM, Rally Cars, Motorbikes, Top Fuel Cars, and bikes…

Have you ever imagined an event where you see a Formula one Car races against a Nascar or against motorbikes, did you ever imagine that you will see a Rolls Royce Phantom Racing on a hill climb race and what about a Range Rover Sport on two-wheels? well, Goodwood is all about that and more.

here are more than 100 photos to bring you closer to the event with almost every car that hit the Goodwood hills.

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THE McLAREN ULTIMATE SERIES MOBILE APPS

Now you can take your McLaren with you everywhere thanks to the brand’s new automotive mobile app, which puts the whole world of the British sportscar and supercar maker in your pocket or purse.

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The new McLaren mobile app, for Apple and Android smart phones, opens the door to McLaren Automotive with fingertip ease, capturing all the excitement and passion of the brand along the way.

As well as the latest McLaren content, users can view future McLaren events and book driving, motorsport and lifestyle experiences and see Mclaren Automotive’s content curated from across its social media channels.

The app provides access to owner manuals for each current model in the Sports Series and SuperSeries, in PDF form, available in a range of languages that can be downloaded from the app.

The new McLaren mobile app also offers users a range of ways to learn about, share in and become part of McLaren Automotive’s activities. The latest news and videos are sent straight to your phone and users can tailor the feed can to see the channel(s)they are most interested in.

There is a tutorial to show how easy it is to get the best from each area of the McLaren mobile app. And downloading and registering for the app is just as straightforward: if you are already registered with McLaren Automotive, look out for an email with a personal QR code – just scanning it with a phone will automatically fill in your details.  Alternatively, search “McLaren Automotive” in  the Apple App Store  or Google Play Store for further information.

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Top Marques Monaco EXCEPTIONAL SUPER CARS

The 15th Anniversary Edition of Top Marques Monaco took place from April 19th-22nd 2018 at Grimaldi Forum – Monte Carlo.

We were there to witness the best display of Super Cars, High-end Tuning, Classic Cars, Rare Cars, High-end Watches, Boats, products and more.

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To mark this auspicious milestone, the show returned to its roots and brought one heck of a display inside and outside the venue.

World premier supercars, rare classic cars and groundbreaking ecological vehicles were lined up in the Ravel Supercar Hall whilst more than 30 vehicles were available for test drive on the iconic Monaco Grand Prix circuit including the brand new ZENVO, drivable for the first time during the show & high-performance tuners by Moldavian customizing company ALANDI PERFORMANCE.

Visitors were able to get up close to the MISSILE by CORBELLATI, being touted as the world’s fastest supercar with an estimated top speed of 500 km/h.

In addition to, four world premieres, including an ultra-lightweight hybrid hypercar with top speeds of 380 km/h by Slovenia supercar specialist Tushek & bespoke supercar from British newcomers BDI, largest ever display of ‘green’ vehicles including a special edition electric sports car designed for H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco and a private collection of classic cars once owned by the world’s most notorious statesmen.

As for motorcycle lovers, an extremely rare sighting of unique motorbike designed by Massimo Tamburini, the mastermind behind Ducati known as the ‘Michelangelo of motos’

In addition, in the show’s Watch Pavilion and Luxury Lane, visitors got the opportunity to marvel at – and buy – watches from leading independent horologers as well as exquisite jewellery pieces and the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves.

Despite its relatively short history, Top Marques is now Monaco’s third most popular event attracting visitors from afar afield as Japan, Canada, Middle East and New Zealand. A record-breaking number of tickets have been sold for the show.

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McLAREN 570GT IS BACK IN BLACK WITH THE MSO BLACK COLLECTION

McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, is extending its Sports Series offering with the 570GT MSO Black Collection. Featuring new MSO Bespoke Carbon Black exterior paint, as well as an MSO Defined Titanium SuperSports Exhaust and Sport Pack dynamic handling package to further amplify its sporty character, the collection is limited to only 100 examples globally. The car promises to be a true collectible and offers enhanced driving thrills and a wealth of unique MSO content.

The exterior of the vehicle is finished in Carbon Black, a striking and extremely deep colour, developed specifically by McLaren Special Operations. The stealth theme extends to the MSO Defined Black Pack replacing standard-fit Dark Palladium components including front and rear splitters, side skirts and air intakes with black. Completing the look are the 5 Twin-Spoke Lightweight Forged Wheels with a new Gloss Black Diamond Wheel Finish shed with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa Tyres and Black Brake Calipers with Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

The luxuriously-appointed interior of the McLaren 570GT is further enhanced with new MSO Black Collection Trim, which includes a unique combination of Jet Black Leather with Carbon Black Alcantara® accents on the centre tunnel, lower instrument panel, headliner, steering wheel and speaker surrounds. The Electric and Heated Memory Sports Seats are wrapped in Semi-Aniline Leather featuring unique MSO logo embroidery on the headrests. The high attention to detail continues with an MSO Defined Ignition Key painted in Carbon Black and a bespoke Dedication Plate located under the centre console. A Panoramic Roof incorporating a UV-filtering black privacy tint glass is standard and can be upgraded at an additional cost to the MSO Defined Electrochromic Panoramic Roof that was recently introduced to the MSO Defined range for the 570GT only. The electrochromic roof  allows customers to select their preference from five different degrees of tint using electrochromic ‘smart glass’ technology.

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The McLaren Sports Series is renowned for delivering a thrilling driving experience and the 570GT MSO Black Collection continues this tradition. The car features carbon-ceramic discs combined with the new dynamic Sport Pack, which gives customers sharper dynamic settings of the 570S Coupé and Spider. Increasing the drama even further is the MSO Defined Titanium SuperSports Exhaust with Nano Black finisher, which reduces the weight of the vehicle by five kilograms and provides a crisper exhaust tone which is 5dB louder than in the standard system. The 570GT MSO Black Collection also includes the GT Upgrade Pack comprising Vehicle Lift, Rear-View Camera, Power Adjust Steering Column and the ground-breaking 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Audio System.

Rob Melville, Design Director at McLaren Automotive commented: “McLaren Special Operations allows our customers to fully express themselves through their cars; and the new 570GT MSO Black Collection is no different. Black is a colour associated with elegance, power and authority whilst also surrounded by a certain air of mystery. The end result remains true to the luxurious nature of the 570GT but we managed to further amplify its sleek, sporty character with a wealth of new MSO Defined options which I am sure will delight discerning owners.” 

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Automobili Lamborghini crosses billion Euro turnover threshold

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In Fiscal Year 2017 (31.12.2017), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. achieved new historic landmarks. The Italian super sports car brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese increased worldwide sales by ten percent from 3,457 to 3,815 units. Thus, sales grew for the seventh consecutive year and almost tripled since 2010 (1,302 units).

Turnover exceeded one billion Euro for the first time in the company’s history, increasing from 906 Mio. Euro to 1,009 Mio. Euro (+11%). In spite of high upfront expenditures, Lamborghini also succeeded in reaching a sound positive operating result, confirming the robustness of its growth path. In preparation for market introduction of its third model line, the Super SUV Urus, the total headcount in 2017 increased from 1,415 to almost 1,600 employees.

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Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini comments: “Lamborghini realized another record year and we are once more outperforming our financial objectives. This was achieved while mastering an unprecedented double challenge: preparing for new models in our super sports car range, while simultaneously doubling production capacities at our headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, heralding a quantum leap in our product portfolio. This could not have been accomplished without our excellent team, which deserves all the credit.”

Lamborghini is a global brand and its sales distribution is well balanced among the three regions, which each account for approximately one third of global sales. All regions set historic sales records in 2017 and contributed to sales growth compared to the previous year: EMEA “Europe, Middle East, Africa” (1,477/+18%), America (1,338/+4%) and Asia Pacific (1,000/+9%).

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With 1,095 units the USA confirms to be the largest single market, followed by Japan (411), UK (353), Germany (303), Greater China (265), Canada (211) and the Middle East (164). The deliveries increased significantly almost across the board and marked historic national sales records. Also both major model lines achieved record sales, thus contributing to the growth. Sales of the V12 Lamborghini Aventador grew by 6% from 1,104 to 1,173 units. Even stronger was the sales increase of the V10 model Lamborghini Huracán, growing by 12% from 2,353 to 2,642 units.

In 2017, four new models were launched. The new V12 models Aventador S Coupé and Roadster are setting benchmarks in technology and performance on both road and track. The new Lamborghini Huracán Performante combining new lightweight technologies, active aerodynamics with aero vectoring and a new set-up of chassis, all-wheel-drive system and further improved powertrain, set many lap records on international race tracks.

With Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept car, the company gave an insight into a possible future Lamborghini electric super sports car. The project goal is to enable Lamborghini to address the future of the super sports car in five different dimensions: energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion system, visionary design, and emotion. The first two dimensions are conceived in collaboration with two laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

With the new Super SUV Lamborghini Urus, presented in Sant’Agata Bolognese in December 2017, Lamborghini creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability.

Automobili Lamborghini’s ongoing strategic investment program, aligned with the launch of the Urus, sees its production site now doubled in size and capacity. This is accompanied by state-of-the-art production systems (“Manifattura Lamborghini”) inside the new facilities, and new technologies applied at its factory headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. As well as expanding the site from 80,000 m2 to 160,000 m2, the Urus brings about a substantial increase in the company’s production capacity, doubling it to more than 7,000 units a year as well as significantly increasing its workforce, with 500 new jobs already created.

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BAC MONO SUPER CARS GO EXTREME ON THE FROZEN LAKES OF SWEDEN

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is celebrating a hugely successful second running of the Mono Ice Driving Experience, hitting the frozen lakes of Sweden for a high-intensity test in the greatest driver’s car of them all – Mono.

Mono is famed for being the ultimate piece of sporting equipment, a tool that delivers the very best experience for the sport of driving. And in the western region of Åre, the sport’s pinnacle was in full motion as part of an exhilarating four-day adventure.

The BAC team with its specially selected clients and enthusiasts mapped out various tracks on the Swedish ice before unleashing Mono on it, resulting in a thorough examination of the most extreme driving against a stunning wintry backdrop.

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Sub-zero temperatures and truly testing conditions forced guests to push both themselves and Mono to the limit while on the ice, but both came through in spectacular fashion.

BAC takes pride in being more connected with its clients than any other supercar manufacturer and is forever giving back to those who gave the brand its phenomenal stature worldwide.

Being a Mono owner means being part of the BAC Family, a community of like-minded enthusiasts who come together to celebrate a mutual love of driving. And despite coming from different backgrounds and driving skills, BAC’s instructors provided expert tuition on the intricacies of Mono ice driving to have them performing like pros.

BAC came away from the Mono Ice Driving Experience having achieved its primary goal: giving its clients and friends the raw Mono experience and having plenty of fun along the way.

BAC Co-Founder and Design Director, Ian Briggs, said: “What a fantastic adventure! The first Mono Ice Driving Experience was an overwhelming success last year, and we took everything about that trip and made it better this time around. Spirits were high for the duration and it was amazing to see our friends getting to grips with Mono on the ice in spectacular fashion. Mono and our drivers were tested thoroughly, of course, but this is the ultimate piece of sporting equipment that simply thrives even in the most extreme conditions. Our video perfectly captures what it means to be part of the BAC Family – having unbelievable fun behind the wheel of Mono but also coming together as one when the helmets are off.”

BAC will showcase the Mono lifestyle once again in May this year when it will take clients to the Isle of Man for a scintillating, no-holds-barred festival of Mono fun.

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Geneva Motor Show 2018 That’s a Wrap

The 88th International Motor Show closed its door on Sunday night 18th of March after hosting more than 660,000 visitors. The media coverage of more than 10,680 media representatives were present during the two press days confirmed an exceptional position of the Geneva Motor Show as a global communication platform.

“We are very satisfied with this result in view of the unattractive economic climate and the media and political atmosphere that is often hostile to cars” commented Maurice Turrettini, President of the Geneva Motor Show.

Prior to this the Volvo XC40 was awarded the Car of the Year 2018 prize by a jury of professional journalists.

The throngs of visitors to the red-carpeted halls of the Geneva International Motor Show were unanimous in their view: the relocation of certain stands (notably Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land rover) had contributed to better circulation and a more comfortable environment for their visit.

In a nutshell, Geneva Motor Show had 180 exhibitors, more than 110 World and European Premiers, 70 press conferences, 900 models and more. Among these models, visitors got the chance to discover numerous powerful “supercars” based on electric propulsion (Techrules, Polestar, Lvchi), more accessible models plus all of the energy efficient vehicles in the show, the service station of tomorrow which allows one to fill their vehicle with hydrogen, cars that can fly (Pal-V, Italdesign), and the “Back to the Future” exhibition containing the concept cars presented at the Geneva International Motor Show over the last dozens of years which were fascinating to see again in today’s light!

The 89th International Motor Show will be held from March 7 to 17, 2019.

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Lamborghini Huracán Performante is a record-setter: the fastest on eight international circuits

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The Lamborghini Huracán Performante, just one year on from its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, has taken the production car lap-time records on eight international circuits.

The times were set during press trials carried out by prestigious magazines on their circuits of reference:

03/07/2017          Vairano (Quattroruote) –  1’09”.43
03/08/2017          Balocco (Auto) –  2’38”.07
29/08/2017          Contidrom (Auto Zeitung) –  1’29”.6
25/09/2017          Mira (Autocar) –  1’05”,03
28/09/2017          Wroughton (The Grand Tour) –  1’16”.8
09/10/2017          Boxberg (Auto Motor und Sport) –  42”.3
06/11/2017          Le Mans Bugatti (Sport Auto) –  1’42”.49
14/11/2017          Anneau du Rhin (Sport Auto) – 57”.5
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The new records, which confirm the Performante as one of the fastest production super sports cars in the world, are proof of its exceptional performance features that are also thanks to the ALA system (Lamborghini Active Aerodynamics), which last year won the Autocar Innovation Award.

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This system, made possible by the use of innovative ultra-lightweight materials such as Forged Composite, providesaero-vectoring, a dedicated chassis set-up, an all-wheel drive system, and further enhancements to the powertrain, the Performante delivers incredibly high performance and the best results on the track, while at the same time maintaining the most engaging and dynamic road driving.

The Performante is equipped with a 5.2-liter V10 aspirated engine with enhanced torque of 600 Nm at 6,500 rpm and power output of 640 HP at 8,000 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of over 325 km/h.

Automobili Lamborghini is adding a new dimension to the Huracán Performante at the Geneva Motor Show, on 6 March 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lamborghini stand.

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FINAL EVOLUTION – THE NEW LOTUS 3-ELEVEN 430

The new Lotus 3-Eleven 430 has retaken the title as Lotus’ quickest street-legal sports car – a fitting send off for the company’s legendary road racer.

The most extreme machine that Lotus builds, the new 3-Eleven 430 is the fastest Lotus road car to lap the challenging Hethel circuit, 0.8 seconds quicker than the second place Exige Cup 430, and two seconds quicker than the previous 3-Eleven, delivering a benchmark time of 1 minute 24 seconds.

Upgraded and specifically re-optimised for the 3-Eleven, the supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5-litre V6 engine produces 430 hp and 440 Nm, propelling the 3-Eleven 430 from 0-60 mph in an astonishing 3.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds) and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) – up from 3.3 seconds (0-60 mph) (3.4 seconds 0-100 km/h) and 174 mph (280 km/h) for the previous version of the Lotus 3-Eleven.

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Designed to provide enthusiast drivers with the purest and most direct of driving experiences, the 3-Eleven is cut from the same cloth as the most iconic Lotus cars. Remaining true to the company’s edicts, it employs a lightweight carbon-composite body and a bespoke extruded and bonded aluminium chassis. Sculpted part-exposed carbon side panels and striking carbon interior panels all contribute to the exceptional light weight.

Originally unveiled in the summer of 2015 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 3-Eleven was met by rapturous crowds and universal acclaim. Its unashamedly aggressive styling, lightweight design and hypercar-humbling performance set new standards for speed and agility at any price. From remarkable sector times on the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit during its development, the original Lotus 3-Eleven went on to lap the Hockenheimring short circuit in an incredible 1 minute 6.2 seconds at the hands of “Sport Auto Magazine”, setting a production car lap record for the German publication.

As the company enters its 70th anniversary, the new 3-Eleven 430 is a celebration of the company’s legacy of pure performance and intelligent engineering, as it readies its new range of sports cars.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc commented: “When we first unveiled the Lotus 3-Eleven it heralded a new generation of truly focused, world-class sports cars. It altered perceptions of what was possible at this price category, and today the new 3-Eleven 430 moves the benchmark to remain the ultimate weapon in focused road driving and track work.”

About the Lotus 3-Eleven 430

Historically, Lotus’ ‘Eleven’ nomenclature is reserved for models which bridge the gap between road and track in the most direct way possible. As a result, these open-cockpit specials have become some of the brand’s most collectable – revered for their lack of embellishment or gimmickry.

As production draws to a close, this final evolution of the formidable 3-Eleven raises the bar beyond the reach of aspiring rivals. Packing more power than before, thanks to the development of Lotus’ signature supercharged V6 engine, it’s a suitable send off for such a respected and highly capable sports car.

With new part-visible weave carbon-composite bodywork, the 3-Eleven shows it mettle as the very epitome of lightweight engineering. Revised for the 430 edition, the road car has a dry weight of 920 kg (5 kg less than the previous model), giving a power to weight ratio of a mighty 467 hp per tonne – an increase of 24 hp per tonne.

With an increased performance envelope, the Lotus 3-Eleven 430 has also evolved its aero accordingly. Already noted for its high levels of downforce, the carefully optimized design integrates a higher mounted straight-cut rear wing (50 mm higher than previous model) with re-profiled end plates, a long front splitter and lip spoiler, and a flat floor with rear diffuser to increase downforce by 44 kg to 265 kg at maximum speed.

The car’s standard specification does little to belie its intentions, with a Torsen-type limited slip differential, Öhlins DFV one-way adjustable dampers and Eibach® adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars. In addition, 6-position variable traction control, linked directly to the ECU, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip and “off”) allows owners to tune their preferred setup. These features are joined by Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox and acclaimed open-gate design – precisely engineered for fast and seamless shifts.

The Lotus 3-Eleven 430 employs Michelin® Cup 2 tyres (225/40 ZR18 front and 275/35 ZR19 rear) to transfer its considerable power to the road. This mechanical grip, combined with the considerable aerodynamic downforce, allows drivers to tap into the model’s lateral acceleration potential of up to 1.5 g whilst cornering.

The Lotus 3-Eleven relies on AP Racing four-piston callipers front and rear and new, two-piece J-Hook brake discs (332 mm front and rear) which provide improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration. Each corner is finished by Lotus-designed ultra-lightweight forged aluminium wheels, finished either in gloss or satin black.

Launching the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “The development of the original 3-Eleven focused our thoughts on a Lotus of pure simplicity and advanced our thinking on the sports cars of the future. The 3-Eleven 430 is the ultimate conclusion of that work, a super car killer and something that we’re all immensely proud of.”

3-Eleven 430 – Technical Specification

PERFORMANCE
Max power 430 hp (436 PS) at 7000 rpm
Max torque 440 Nm (325 lbft) from 4,500 rpm
0-100 km/h 3.2 seconds
Max speed 290 km/h
Dry weight 920 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry weight) 467 hp / tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 265 kg (Front: 100 kg; Rear: 165 kg)
Hethel lap time 1:24 seconds

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger with integral intercooler
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Motorsport baffled sump

CHASSIS AND BODY
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
New, lightweight two-piece grooved ventilated J-Hook brake discs and AP Racing four-piston callipers (front 332mm x 32mm, rear 332mm x 26mm)
Unequal length, fully independent double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Öhlins® DFV one-way adjustable dampers
AP Racing® brake calipers, red painted finish with black logo
Michelin® Cup 2 tyres (front 225/40 R18, rear 275/30 R19)
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (18″ 7.5J front and 19″ 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in satin black finish
MSA approved rollcage as standard for national use
Adjustable Traction Control
Lotus tuned ABS system

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Carbon spar rear wing, angle tuned to balance front lip spoiler
Extended splitter
Carbon fibre body shell
Front lip spoiler
Red painted supercharger cover
Oval exhaust finisher
LED front daytime running lights with integrated direction indicators
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Carbon fibre driver’s seat with 4-point harness
Lightweight driver’s footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads
Engine start/stop button
Page toggle switch

FUEL SYSTEM
48 litre steel tank

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Revised splash screen graphics to display 3-Eleven 430
Lightweight lithium-ion battery
Full colour TFT display with driver selection modes for road/track
Lightweight electrical harness

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FERRARI 488 PISTA First images released ahead of unveiling at Geneva Motor Show

The Ferrari 488 Pista, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, is the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined special series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale – which have received critical acclaim for their performance and undiluted handling.

The Ferrari 488 Pista marks a significant step forward from the previous special series in terms of both sporty dynamics and for the level of technological carry-over from racing. The name is, in fact, a direct homage to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motorsports.

The car’s development evolved directly from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship – where it has won five Manufacturers’ titles in the GTE class in the six years since the series’ inception, taking 29 out of 50 races – and 25 years’ experience in running the Ferrari Challenge one-make series.

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The Ferrari 488 Pista’s extensive weight saving solutions, along with the engine, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic developments all derive from Ferrari’s racing cars: the 488 GTE and the 488 Challenge. The result is a car with an uncompromising mission: to offer track-like performance on and off the road, even when in the hands of non-professional drivers.

Compared to the 488 GTB, the new model weighs an impressive 90 kg less (1280 kg dry) which, when combined with the largest ever increase in engine power for a special series car (+50 cv), results in a new benchmark for Ferrari’s V8 sports cars.

Its engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and is an extreme evolution of the turbo unit that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award titles in both 2016 and 2017.

It punches out 720 cv with the highest specific output of in its class (185 cv/l) and is now lighter too, thanks to solutions adopted from the 488 Challenge, including Inconel exhaust manifolds and lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, but also thanks to additional features, such as titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums.

The 488 Challenge also supplies the turbos with integrated rev sensors along with the design of the air intake line which has been moved from the flanks to the rear spoiler area to ensure a cleaner flow of air.

Torque is higher than the 488 GTB at all engine speeds, delivering a feeling of consistently smooth, powerful acceleration with even faster turbo response times despite the increase in power.

The engine sound is unique and unmistakably Ferrari, as such a special car warrants. Both the sound quality and the intensity are higher than the 488 GTB in all gears and at all engine speeds in proportion with the progressive increase in power.

The Ferrari 488 Pista makes full use of Ferrari’s motor-sports experience for maximum aerodynamic performance even on the road. Among the racing solutions adopted are the front F1-inspired S-Duct and the design of the front diffusers which feature a ramp angle that was optimised for the 488 GTE to create strong suction for increased downforce.

The underbody vortex generators have also been redesigned, and the rear diffuser incorporates the same double kink as the 488 GTE to increase the air extraction and downforce generation compared to a traditional diffuser. In addition, the rear blown spoiler is higher and longer and the shape has been optimised. The final result of all these interventions is an impressive 20% increase in downforce.

The vehicle dynamics were designed to enhance driving pleasure and make the car’s full potential available to all drivers, professional or otherwise. The objective was to make the car’s performance on the limit easier to reach and control.

This was achieved by synergies between the development of the mechanical set-up and the electronic dynamic controls integrated into version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system. SSC 6.0 incorporates all the following systems: E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. The FDE features a world-first: it uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers. This additional level of control further fine-tunes the Ferrari 488 Pista’s performance through, and powering out of, corners making the car’s handling even more effortless, intuitive and predictable. The extra confidence the system gives means that drivers can more easily control yaw angles, even on the limit, and develop a completely symbiotic relationship with the car resulting in the perfect combination of genuinely extreme performance and driving thrills.

The suspension set-up is completed by new tyres developed specifically for the car by Michelin.

The design of the Ferrari 488 Pista is focussed on functional aerodynamic concepts while the cockpit is pared back in keeping with its very sporty vocation. Ferrari Design used innovative elements, such as the aerodynamic S-Duct at the front, as an opportunity to visually shorten the car’s nose, creating an original floating wing effect.

The racing livery colour scheme is an integral part of the design of the car and the way it dives into the S-Duct underscores the berlinetta’s compact yet imposing forms. Contrasting edging on the aerodynamic elements on the bumpers and flanks add structure to the design.

The concept of the front is echoed in the dolphin-tail rear spoiler which appears suspended to provide an impression lightness and efficiency, while the rear volumes add a sense of power to the tail.

The car’s underlying sense of extreme purpose is also highlighted by the adoption for the first time on a Ferrari of optional new 20” carbon-fibre wheel rims, while other carbon-fibre parts include the engine cover, bumpers and rear spoiler.

Ferrari 488 Pista
Short technical specifications

ENGINE
Type V8 – 90° twin turbo
Overall displacement 3902 cc
Max. power output * 530 kW (720 cv) at 8000 rpm
Max. torque * 770 Nm at 3000 rpm in 7th gear

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length 4605 mm
Width 1975 mm
Height 1206 mm
Dry weight** 1280 kg

PERFORMANCE
0-100 km/h 2.85 s
0 -200 km/h 7.6 s
Max. speed > 340 km/h

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