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Video: The Porsche 918 Spyder At The Frankfurt Motor Show

By   September 12, 2013

Porsche 918 Syder at Frankfurt

Porsche 918 Syder at Frankfurt

This year may be the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, but it is the 918 Spyder that really stole its thunder at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). Even with the public debut of the 991 Turbo, the new plugin hybrid supercar has received most of the press.

There are a few big reasons why the new top of the range supercar has been such big news. At Frankfurt the production version of the car was unveiled and it still largely resembles the concept car, which is quite an accomplishment. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the car that makes up to 887 horsepower managed a 6 minute 57 second time at the Nurburgring, making it the fastest street legal production car to ever drive the track.

The 918 represents the future of not only Porsche, but the sports car in general. The German performance car maker was the first to debut the concept of a plugin hybrid supercar and now Ferrari and McLaren are building the same type of cars. With governments putting strict emission and gas mileage standards plugin hybrid sports cars will likely be the way of the future. The 918 Spyder after all is able to go incredibly fast or can sip on gasoline with what is expected to be a gas mileage range between 84 mpg and 95 mpg. That is the kind of gas mileage that a Prius owner can only dream of.

This video is from the production version’s debut at Frankfurt. It features interviews with people involved in developing the new supercar. It also talks about how this year’s IAA show is more special than most.

Check out the video and then let us know what you think of the Porsche 918 Spyder in the comments.

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Video: Porsche At The Frankfurt International Motor Show

By   September 11, 2013

Porsche at Frankfurt

Porsche at Frankfurt

50 Years ago the Porsche 911 (at the time known as the 901) made its debut at the Frankfurt Motorshow. This year the German performance car maker has had many celebrations of the big anniversary, but with the Frankfurt International Motorshow (IAA) going on it is the actual anniversary of the rear-engined sports car.

This video from XCAR features them going to the auto show in a new 991. While driving from London to Frankfurt they give a brief history of the major highlights in the 911s production. Once they get to the show the video has footage of all the cars in the Porsche display. This includes the 911 Turbo S which made its public debut at the show and the production version of the 918 Spyder.

Check out the video and let us know which car is your favorite in the comments below.

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Video: Watch The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse Frankfurt Debut

By   September 11, 2013

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570 4 Squadra Corse Frankfurt Debut

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570 4 Squadra Corse Frankfurt Debut

Lamborghini has never been into racing, but this is about to change. At the Frankfurt Internation Motor Show (IAA) the Italian sports car maker unveiled the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, which is a race inspired machine. The company also announced that they will now have a motorsport division to help get them more competitive in racing.

This video shows the press conference from Frankfurt and features the unveiling of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse. The high performance street car appeared along side with two racing variants that are designed to get the company into competitive GT racing. This new interest in racing may have something to do with their new owners as it was never a priority until they were owned by Volkswagen Group.

Check out the video and then let us know what you think of Lamborghini getting more involved in racing.

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Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse Pictures And Details

By   September 10, 2013

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse will make its debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). The Italian supercar represents one of the last Gallardos that will be made by Lamborghini. The sports car maker has announced that a replacement is in the works, but until then we can still enjoy the “entry level” V10 monster for the great car that it is.

Exterior

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The LP 570-4 has the bold styling that we have become accustom to from Lamborghini. While the styling resembles past Gallardos, it does so with more aggressive lines. It has a bolder front facia and a large rear wing. An Italian inspired side stripe highlights the fact that this is no ordinary Gallardo.

Interior

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Not many details are yet available about the interior. It is expected that it will resemble the usual Gallardo interior, but with some design and material changes. The seats appear to be available in suede with the Lamborghini logo embroidered on the head rest. They also appear to be race style seats, so they should hold the driver well in a hard turn as well as being ready for a five-point harness.

Drivetrain

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The new Squadra Corse boasts only 10 more horses over the LP 560-4, but thanks to the use of lightweight materials it has less weight to push around. It weighs 154 pound less than the 560-4, which makes for a pretty quick car. The 0-62 mph time is just 3.4 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 198 mph. With less weight, more power and all-wheel drive the car will be very fast on the track.

Pricing

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The limited edition Lamborghini will be priced at € 191,100 ($253,303).

Conclusion

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For those who love the Lamborghini Gallardo, but want a more focused trackable vehicle the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is a good choice. The biggest down side is the high price of entry, but if you have the cash you probably won’t be disappointed.

Press Release

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse will be presented for the first time at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. The Squadra Corse delivers high levels of performance while bringing the thrills associated with motorsport to the street-legal world. This new and most extreme model in the Gallardo line-up is based on the Gallardo Super Trofeo, the race car that features in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo – the world’s fastest one-make series. The Squadra Corse will be a limited production model, priced at € 191.100, plus tax.

The name Squadra Corse refers to the recently-founded department within Automobili Lamborghini, which manages all motorsport activities from GT3 to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championships in Europe, Asia and America, where gentlemen drivers participate in fiercly contested battles on the most challenging racetracks in the world.

The new Gallardo Squadra Corse is derived directly from the race car. Both share the same V10 engine, which is used in the racing version with no modifications. Likewise, the Squadra Corse has the same rear wing for greater aerodynamic load – achieving, under the best aerodynamic conditions, three times the load of the Gallardo LP 560-4 – for increased dynamic stability during tight high-speed cornering. Another element taken directly from the racing version is the removable engine hood equipped with a quick-release system. Both the rear wing and the hood are made from carbon composite material, as are a host of other components on the Squadra Corse.

Lightweight construction through consistent use of carbon fiber
Together with aluminum, carbon fiber forms the basis for construction of the new, extremely lightweight, top-of-the-range Gallardo.
The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse boasts a dry weight of 1340 kilograms, 70 less than the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4, which gives the Squadra Corse a stunning power-to-weight ratio of 2.35 kilograms per hp. Different delivering breathtaking performance, it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds and reaches 200 km/h in just 10.4 seconds. Its forward thrust finally tops out at 320 km/h. The production-standard carbon-ceramic brake system guarantees unmatched stopping power.

The technology and the powertrain
Like the Super Trofeo competition version, the new Squadra Corse is based on the technical underpinnings of the Gallardo Superleggera. The V10 engine generates 570 hp, the equivalent of 419 kW, which is fully available at 8,000 rpm. The V10’s unique firing order delivers the striking sound heard from its motor racing equivalent. Like the race car, the Gallardo Squadra Corse comes as standard with the robotized e-gear six-speed transmission operated by steering wheel paddles. This electronically controlled system shifts through its six gears smoothly and much faster than any professional racing driver could. Every kilometer driven in the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is packed with sheer excitement, in part due to its unrelenting grip in virtually all situations thanks to its all-wheel drive concept.

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is the only single-brand racing series in the world that features all-wheel drive race cars. The Gallardo Squadra Corse is a highly concentrated driving machine that offers an unrivaled driving experience with breathtaking cornering speeds and fast, immediate response.

Respresenting Italian racing
The Gallardo Squadra Corse’s ultimate racing performance is also reflected in its exterior design – clearly attesting its commitment to its Italian heritage. A decal strip along the flanks displays green, white and red, the colors of the Italian flag. The Squadra Corse is available in Giallo Midas (yellow), Bianco Monocerus (white), Grigio Thalasso (grey) and Rosso Mars (red). The exterior look of the Gallardo Squadra Corse is perfectly accented with a matte black finish on the large rear wing, which contrasts with the body paint work. The hood, front air intakes, rear diffuser and 19-inch forged wheels are painted in high-gloss black, while the brake callipers are available in red, black or yellow.

Minimalist sporty interior
Extremely lightweight carbon fiber and Alcantara®, the perfect combination of sporty minimalism, are the dominant materials inside the Squadra Corse. Alcantara graces the underside of the dashboard, the central panel of the seat cushion and the backrest. The door panels, the racing seats and the center console cover are made from carbon fiber, a technology in which Lamborghini has achieved world-leading expertise. Carbon is also used for the handbrake frame; the middle of the center console; the lower rim of the steering wheel; the trim around the main and secondary instrument panels; the door handles; and the handle for opening the glove box. Standard seats can also be ordered in place of racing bucket seats.

Squadra Corse offers a new series of driving events
“Esperienza” events by the Squadra Corse deparment provide enthusiasts and prospects with the opportunity of a first test-drive and a glimpse inside the world of Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Academies provide, on both track and ice, driver training and the initial steps toward real-life racing. The Super Trofeo series offers the perfect first race experience for young and gentlemen drivers, with the Lamborghini GT3 for more seasoned racers wishing to compete in the Lamborghini marque worldwide.

Production Porsche 918 Spyder To Be At Frankfurt Motor Show

By   September 5, 2013

Porsche 918 Spyder Production Version will be on display at Frankfurt Motor Show

Porsche 918 Spyder Production Version will be on Display at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Next week is the Frankfurt International Motor Show and Porsche will have some great cars at the event. The highlight will likely be the production version of the 918 Spyder. Up until now we have only seen pre-production versions of the plugin hybrid supercar, but next week we will see what people will be able to buy.

Beyond the 918, with this year being the 50th anniversary of the 911, the German performance car maker will present the new 991 Turbo. This will be the first time that the public can see the new turbocharged 911.

The new Panamera S E-Hybrid will also be there. But, for those wanting to buy one, there is no need to wait to order the new plugin hybrid as you can do that in Porsche dealerships today.

Let us know what you are most looking forward to from Frankfurt in the comments.

Press Release

The Porsche 918 Spyder is celebrating its debut at this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The super sports car with plug-in hybrid drive marks the beginning of a new era for sports car manufacturing. Never before has a super car designed for everyday use offered such an impressive dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car. In setting this technological benchmark, the Porsche 918 Spyder is taking on a pioneering role similar to that of the 911 when it was unveiled at the IAA fifty years ago. To mark this anniversary, Porsche is presenting the “50 years 911″ limited edition model. Based on the 911 Carrera S, this special model combines traditional 911 features with state-of-the-art technology. Porsche is completing its sports car line-up with the new 911 Turbo, which is being presented to the public for the first time.

In addition, the new Panamera is demonstrating the broad coverage of the Porsche range of models. As the first plug-in hybrid for Porsche, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is proving that Porsche is leading the field with its expertise in the development of fuel-efficient drive concepts for sports cars. Also on show is the Panamera Diesel, which now offers an output of 300 hp. The Panamera Diesel will not be offered in the U.S. market.

The outstanding combination of performance and efficiency typical of the brand is still Porsche’s secret weapon when it comes to setting new sales records. Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG recently said:

“From January to July, we were able deliver around 95,300 new vehicles worldwide – that’s 17% more than in the first seven months of 2012,” said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG. “We are therefore very confident about the next few months and we now firmly believe we will have sold more vehicles by the end of 2013 than we did in the previous year. Based on how things are going at the moment, we are set to have another record year – and that’s in spite of the fact that the present economic climate is far from satisfactory.”

The year 2012 was the most successful year to date in Porsche’s history, with 143,096 vehicles sold and sales of 13.9 billion EUR.

Porsche’s genetic blueprint for the future: The 918 Spyder with high-performance hybrid

The 918 Spyder is the continuation of the traditional Porsche DNA in a ground-breaking sports car concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder boasts an unprecedented combination of performance (offering the 887-hp output of a super sports car) and the virtually silent propulsion of an electric vehicle. The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds and offers an average standard fuel consumption of between 3.0 and 3.3 liters/100 km. The 918 Spyder also allows a combustion engine to be combined with an electric motor-based drive to further optimize the dynamic performance of the vehicle.

A sports car icon celebrates its anniversary with the “50 years 911″ limited edition model

Since its debut at the IAA in September 1963, the 911 has been revered by car enthusiasts around the world as the epitome of the sports car. The bestseller is now celebrating its 50th anniversary in Frankfurt, and Porsche is marking the occasion with a limited edition model based on the current 911 Carrera S. Only 1963 special models are available – the same number as the year of the 911 world premiere. In addition to a comprehensive features package and various visual references to the early years of this iconic sports car, this very special 911 model exclusively combines the wide body of the all-wheel drive models with the traditional rear-wheel drive of the original 911.

The new 911 Turbo: maximum driving dynamics, minimum fuel consumption

The first 911 Turbo prototype was showcased at the IAA in 1973, ten years after the original 911 made its debut. For the 40th anniversary of the model, Porsche is presenting the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S, which offer the pinnacle of technology and dynamic performance in the 911 model line. Features like all-wheel drive, active rear-axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights and a 560-bhp, flat-six engine with double turbocharging underscore the role of the new 911 Turbo as a technological benchmark both for race cars and super sports cars intended for everyday use. The dynamic performance has also been improved via the active Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) rolling-motion compensation system, which is making its first appearance in the 911 Turbo models. This system is part of the standard equipment for the 911 Turbo S, as is the Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts and PCCB ceramic brakes, all of which are also available as an option for the 911 Turbo. These modifications reduced the lap time of the new 911 Turbo S at the North Loop of the Nürburgring to 7 minutes and 27 seconds – on standard production tires.