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Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Official Pictures And Details

By   May 20, 2013

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Front

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

This weekend was the running of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and Aston Martin surprised us with the debut of the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept. The car made its debut by lapping the Nurburgring along with the winning 1959 DBR1 with Sir Stirling Moss driving. The car was made to celebrates the British car companies 100th anniversary of making sports cars.

The car celebrates the roots of the companies racing cars, but in a modern package. It promises good performance and a wind in your hair experience.

Exterior

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Back

The CC100 Speedster Concept features a sleek design with smooth flowing lines. The signature Aston Martin grill is displayed prominently at the front of the car. One will notice that a windshield is missing, so you will need to wear driving goggles when driving (the leather helmet and driver gloves are optional). The doors are interesting as they make some of the interior visible from the outside. Around the back you see the round tail lights surrounded by carbon fiber and just above the rear diffuser.

Interior

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Interior

The interior is spartan and is loaded with carbon fiber. The dash is all carbon fiber as well as the center console. To keep the interior from just being a sea of carbon there are some nice leather accents. Many of them remind one of the early days of automotive racing with leather straps and buckles. The sports seats are a combination of leather and suede and help keep the driver stuck in place when taking a corner at speed.

Drive-train

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine. Official horsepower numbers have not been released, but we expect something around 550 horsepower from the engine. The concept car launches from 0 to 60 mph in a shade over four seconds and can keep going until the computer limits the top speed at 180 mph.

The large engine is mated to a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission to send that power to the wheels.

Pricing

Expect pricing to be released if the concept goes into production.

Conclusion

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept New And Old

The concept’s styling looks like a modern version of an early race car. If the open air, windshield free car goes into production it will certainly get a lot of looks for its buyers. The performance is good, although with a car that shouldn’t weigh too much and has a big V12 engine, you would think you could get a 0 to 60 mph time in the 3 second range. None the less I’m sure it will feel faster than just about anything else you will drive and the feel is what often sells cars.

Press Release

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Front

Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary in world-class style with the debut today (19 May) of the exceptional CC100 Speedster Concept.

Created as a stunning celebration of the great British brand’s 100 years of sports car excellence the one-off CC100 looks both to the past and the DBR1 – Aston Martin’s greatest sporting triumph on the track – and to the future with its teasing glimpses of potential future design direction.

The 6.0-litre V12-powered concept car today makes its world debut by completing a lap of the famous Nordschleife at Germany’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. It is lapping the circuit together with the 1000km race-winning 1959 DBR1 with British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel. It is the most tangible expression yet of the brand’s year-long 2013 centenary celebrations.

Viewed by tens of thousands of lucky spectators in Germany, the radical speedster is being driven today by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. He said: “CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin. It represents our fantastic sporting heritage, our exceptional design capability, our superb engineering know-how and, above all, our adventurous spirit!

“I have nicknamed it ‘DBR100’ because of its affinity to the great 1959 race-winning cars and, of course, our 100-year anniversary in 2013.

“But this car is more, even, than a simple ‘birthday present’ to ourselves: it shows that the soul of Aston Martin – the thing that differentiates us from all the other car makers out there – is as powerful as ever and I very much hope that everyone who catches a glimpse of it at the Nürburgring today enjoys seeing it.”

Designed and constructed in fewer than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, working with key supplier Multimatic Inc, under the leadership of Special Projects and Motorsport Director David King, the finished look of the two-seater CC100 is the work of Design Director Marek Reichman working alongside the brand’s Chief Exterior Designer Miles Nurnberger.

Miles explained: “The brief was very simple, yet enormously testing: create something that reflects the 100 years of Aston Martin heritage and signals the future of the brand.

“The idea of an iconic speedster concept that nods to the Le Mans- and Nürburgring-winning cars of 1959 soon came, and we have had complete freedom to shape this car.”

Marek Reichman said: “I’m extremely proud of the entire team at Gaydon for creating this remarkable sports car concept in such a short time.

“The need to create a truly fitting tribute to 100 years of the Aston Martin brand has brought out the creativity and talent that makes Aston Martin such an exceptional luxury sports car maker.”

Measuring almost four and a half metres nose to tail, and more than two metres wide (including mirrors) the Speedster Concept body is a classic example of the almost infinitely flexible nature of Aston Martin’s trademark Vertical Horizontal engineering philosophy.

With a body and interior crafted from carbon fibre, tooled and provided by low volume specialists Multimatic, the CC100 utilises the latest generation AM11 naturally aspirated V12 gasoline engine mated to a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission. Controlled via steering column-mounted paddle shifts the lightweight ‘box delivers truly sporting changes perfectly suited to the Speedster’s track-focused nature.

The drivetrain will power the CC100 from rest to 62 mph in a little over four seconds, while the top speed is limited to 180 mph.

Dr Bez added: “The future of Aston Martin is, very clearly, more exciting now than perhaps at any time in its history and I’m looking forward to seeing the excitement and anticipation that CC100 creates among Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts worldwide.”

Lamborghini Egoista Concept Details And Pictures

By   May 14, 2013

Lamborghini Egoista Concept

Lamborghini Egoista Concept

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini brand the Italian supercar maker has unveiled the Lamborghini Egoista. The concept was designed by Walter De Silva and it pay homage to the brands heritage. In true Lamborghini form the car looks like something from another world.

The design was unveiled during an invite only celebration for the brand’s anniversary. The futuristic design takes many queues from air craft and it looks like if you add wings it could easily take flight. The car will definitely get you looks as you head down the road.

Exterior

Lamborghini Egoista Back

The exterior features bold angular lines that look like something out of a comic book. The car more resembles a jet fighter than a sports car. The back really cements the jet fighter feel with the exhaust looking like a jets after burners. The supercar only seats one person which gives the lines a very aerodynamic look with the skinny center cockpit.

Interior

Lamborghini Egoista Cockpit

In the interior you get one seat for the driver. The seat hugs your body and it features a five-point harness to keep you in place. The “door” opens upward and hold all the glass in the car. The look is just a joystick away from a true jet fighter look. There are even places on the cars body that say “step here” to get into the interior.

Drive-Train

Lamborghini Egoista Side View

The Egoista will be powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that will put out 600 horsepower. While official performance stats are not yet available we estimate that the car should be able to 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 210 mph.

Pricing

No pricing information has been released, but expect to see it if this car goes into production.

Conclusion

Lamborghini Egoista Top View

The Lamborghini Egoista is an interesting concept and really takes the car to a place where only jet fighters have been. The car should have great performance and expect a very high price to go with it. While the 600 horsepower is very good for the supercar, one wonders if Lamborghini needs to start looking into a hybrid system like Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren. A hybrid system could take horsepower near the 900 horsepower range and that would make for a scary fast car.

Press Release

An emotional moment in Sant’Agata Bolognese yesterday at the culmination of the gala celebrating Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary: Walter De Silva’s incredible vehicle made its entry in front of a thousand invitees, the Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group’s homage to celebrating the House of the Raging Bull’s half century. “I am very attached to this Italian brand, being an Italian myself. I wanted to pay homage to and think up a vehicle to underline the fact that Lamborghinis have always been made with passion, and with the heart more than the head,” said an emotional De Silva.

Indeed the Egoista, as the vehicle has been christened, is a car forged from a passion for innovation and alternative solutions, the same passion which has always set the Lamborghini brand apart. “This is a car made for one person only, to allow them to have fun and express their personality to the maximum. It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world. It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish),” De Silva further explained.

The supercar’s debut was equally spectacular, with a cinematic entry announced by a trailer projected onto the nine big screens in the room. The stage was transformed into a landing strip, with a top model in a flight suit guiding the Egoista’s arrival with ground crew light paddles, and the roar of the V10 engine shaking the 20-meter-tall tensioned event structure: this is the spectacle the VIP guests were treated to when Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann entered at the wheel of the Egoista, before inviting its creator, Walter De Silva, to join him on stage.

Concept and technology

Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine supplying it with 600 horsepower, the Lamborghini Egoista is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle with absolutely unique characteristics, created by the Volkswagen Group design team – Alessandro Dambrosio responsible for the exterior and Stefan Sielaff for the interior, in particular. De Silva’s team chose to create a single-seater, pushing all the characteristics in Lamborghini’s make-up meaning pure driving pleasure, performance and style beyond their limits. The cockpit, designed like a tailor-made suit for the driver, is a removable section which, once combined with the rest of the vehicle, creates a perfect technical, mechanical and aerodynamic unit. Inspiration, as per Lamborghini tradition, once again comes from the world of aviation, and in particular the Apache helicopter, where the cockpit can be ejected in an emergency.

“The cockpit, made completely of carbon fiber and aluminum, represents a sort of survival cell, allowing the driver to isolate and protect themselves from external elements,” De Silva explained.“We kept an eye on the future when designing the Egoista, with the idea that its cockpit could have been taken from a jet aircraft and integrated into a road vehicle, to provide a different travel option.”

The design

The exterior is characterized by two fundamental aspects: its architecture, and the materials used. The design is determined by a highly muscular structure, in which empty and solid areas fit together with strength and vigor. The bodywork is dominated, on its sides, by the stylized profile of a bull preparing to charge, its horns lowered. The bull is driving towards the front wheels, conferring a futuristic dynamism and lines which are already, in themselves, highly aggressive. Naturally, this is a homage, a bold stylistic citation which can only be a reworking of the Lamborghini brand icon, the well-known raging bull. The challenge of efficiently inserting the Lamborghini symbol as an integral part of the bodywork was met courageously and artistically. The plan view reveals a trimaran profile, where the central hull forms a unique section with the cockpit, underlined by the carbon-fiber cover on the front hood.

The upper part of the vehicle does not have aerodynamic appendages, but rather flaps integrated in the bodywork profile which act automatically depending on the driving conditions. Two rear flaps activate automatically at high speeds to increase stability, while a series of air intakes on the back of the engine hood provides the cooling air flow to the powerful V10 power plant. While the front of the vehicle has a profile intended to increase downforce, the rear is fully open with the mechanics in view, reducing weight but also with the result of creating a more aggressive look. The Lamborghini Egoista’s lights are more like an aircraft’s than a road vehicle’s. It does not have traditional headlights, rather LED clearance lights which determine its position not just on a single plane such as the road, but rather in three dimensions, as is required in airspace. Two white front lights, two red rear lights, a red flashing light in the upper part of the tail, two orange bull’s eyes as side markers, and a further two lights on the roof, red on the left and green on the right, make this four-wheeled UFO unique even in the dark. Finally, hidden behind the front air intakes at the base of the join between the central body and the two side sections, are two powerful xenon headlamps, two eagle’s eyes able to scan the darkness for great distances. As it is made from lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon-fiber, the vehicle has no-walk zones, duly marked like on airliners. The parallels with the world of aeronautics do not end here, however, as the body is made from a special antiradar material, and the glass is anti-glare with an orange gradation. The rims are also made from antiradar material, flat and rough, embellished with carbon-fiber plates to improve their aerodynamics.

Interior

The cockpit’s interior is extremely rational, its functionality taken to the extreme. There is a racing seat with a four-point seatbelt, each strip a different color, the airbags, and the bare minimum of instruments. The focal point of these is a head-up display, typical of jet fighters. To get out of the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and rest it on the dashboard, open the dome with an electronic command, stand up in their seat, sit down on a precise point of the left-hand bodywork, then swivel their legs 180 degrees from the inside of the cockpit to the outside of the vehicle. At this point they can set their feet down and stand up. Even in getting out of the vehicle, the Lamborghini Egoista requires a pilot more than a driver, a real top gun.

The philosophy

The Egoista contains, in Walter De Silva’s opinion, all the product criteria which are part of Lamborghini’s make-up. “It’s as if Ferruccio Lamborghini were saying: I’m going to put the engine in the back, I don’t want a passenger. I want it for myself, and I want it as I imagine it to be. It is a fanatical vehicle, Egoista fits it well.”

If Lamborghinis are cars for the few, this one goes further. It is a car for itself, a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini, resplendent in its solitude. The Egoista is pure emotion, Never Never Land, which no one can ever possess, and which will always remain a dream, for everyone.

The New Porsche 911 Turbo Specs, Pictures And Video

By   May 3, 2013

Porsche 911 (991) Turbos S

Porsche 911 (991) Turbo and Turbo S

The new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S have just been announced by Porsche. There have been rumors going around the web about the new cars for the past few weeks and now the official facts have been released. First of all the car will be similar to the new GT3 in that it won’t be available with a traditional manual transmission. If you want one you will get a PDK seven-speed dual clutch transmission or nothing. While this will be lamented by many driving purists (including us), the fact is it will make the car extremely fast.

The goal of the rear-engined sports car is to lap the Nurburgring in just 7:30! That is quite a pace for any sports car, but it makes you think just how fast will the 991 variant of the Porsche 911 GT2 be? The car features a more powerful turbo charged flat-six over the 997 variant.

Porsche has released initial details as well as pictures and a video. Continue reading to find out more details about the Porsche 911 (991) Turbo and Turbo S.

Exterior

Porsche 911 Turbo

The exterior of the car retains the classic lines of the Porsche 911, but in a wider body than any other 991. The new Turbo has bulging fenders that give it a muscular look. It also has large air intakes on the rear fenders to allow the turbocharged engine to breath. on the rear end you’ll find a fixed spoiler and a louvered read lid. 20-inch two tone aluminum wheels are offered and the S model is available with center hub wheel locks.

Interior

Porsche 911 Turbo S Interior

The interior of both Turbo models have been redesigned and build on the 991 Carrera’s high quality interiors. Full details about the interior have yet to be released, but the below from the press release gives an idea of what will be offered.

The interior was completely redesigned in both 911 Turbo models, and it builds on the 911 Carrera family. The S model is particularly well equipped, offering such features as an exclusive interior in a black/Carrera red color combination and standard Sport Seats Plus with 18-way adjustment and memory. In addition, the seat back shells are upholstered in leather with double cap seams and various elements in carbon look. As on the previous models, the Bose® sound system is installed as standard; for the first time, a Burmester® system is also available as an optional feature. A radar-controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition, and speed limit recognition are other new options being offered.

Drive-train

Porsche 911 (991) Turbo S Driving

The big news is a 3.8-liter twin turbocharged flat-six with direct fuel injection that produces 520 horsepower in the regular Porsche 911 Turbo. This jumps up to 560 horsepower when you opt for the S model. This is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (a.k.a. PDK) to put all that power to the ground. When the optional Sport Chrono Package (a must if you want the cars full potential) is added this results in supercar performance of 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds for the standard Turbo and an earth warping 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds for the Turbo S. The standard Turbo will keep going to 196 mph and the S model will just miss the 200 mph mark with a top speed of 198 mph.

Chassis

The big news with the chassis is the addition of rear wheel steering. The system will be similar to that on the new Porsche 911 GT3. The system allows for the car to turn in much faster and handle better on the track. This will make the rear-engined car handle better than many other sports cars.

Pricing

The new 911 Turbo starts at $148,300 and the Turbo S starts at 181,100. There is also a $950 destination fee that is added to the price. The car will be available for sale at the end of 2013 in the United States.

Verdict

Porsche-911-Turbo-S

Even though the new Porsche 911 (991) Turbo and Turbo S don’t offer a traditional manual transmission, the level of performance takes a quantum leap. Both cars a wickedly fast and will have you keeping up with the all but the fastest Lamborghini’s, McLarens and Ferraris. All this while not paying the gas guzzler tax and paying less for your car. It looks like Porsche once again has set the bar by which other sports cars are compared (I know it sounds like I’m in Porsche’s marketing department with this line, but it is just true). I know I can’t wait to get some seat time in one of these cars.

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Press Release

The Porsche model offensive in the anniversary year of the 911 is reaching new heights. Fifty years ago, the 911 made its debut at the Frankfurt International Auto Show – and just ten years later, the first 911 Turbo prototype was at the IAA. On this 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, Porsche is now presenting the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S, the technological and dynamic performance peak of the 911 series. A new all-wheel-drive system, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights, and up to 560 hp from a flat six-cylinder engine with twin-turbochargers underscore the role of the new generation 911 Turbo as an ultra performance car, every day car, and technology flagship. Playing an equally crucial role are an entirely new chassis and lightweight design with a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch wheels. The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system, which is being offered for the first time in 911 Turbo models, increases dynamic performance even more. This system is standard equipment in the 911 Turbo S, as is Sport Chrono Package Plus with dynamic engine mounts, and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB); all of these features are also available as options in the 911 Turbo. The result: The new 911 Turbo S shortens the lap time for the North Loop of the Nurburgring to well under 7 and a half minutes – with standard production tires.

Improved Performance and Efficiency

The new engine and refined PDK transmission is partnered with a new Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system. The turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection produces 520 hp in the 911 Turbo and 560 hp in the S model. Porsche continues to be the only carmaker to offer two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry on a gasoline engine. Power is transferred to the drivetrain via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (PDK), which now enables an auto start/stop function with engine shutoff, which activates earlier while the car is coming to a stop as well as when coasting at speed. A new combined thermal management system for the turbo engine and the PDK transmission are projected to result in real world fuel economy improvements when final U.S. EPA label values are calculated closer to the time the car is on sale in the United States. Induction and engine sounds are transmitted to the passenger compartment via a speaker diaphragm.

New all-wheel drive with electro-hydraulic control

For even faster and more precise power distribution to the front and rear axles, Porsche developed a new PTM all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled and activated multi-plate coupling. The system is equipped with a new water cooling function, which allows for more strength, and therefore more drive torque to the front wheels, than the system in the previous 911 Turbo. Simultaneously, the optimized interplay of the engine, transmission and all-wheel drive systems results in significant improvements to the acceleration capabilities of the 911 Turbo and Turbo S. The 911 Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, on its way to a top track speed of 196 mph. The 911 Turbo S handles the sprint to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, with a top track speed of 198 mph.

Widest body of all 911 cars

Visually, the two new top variants of the 911 lineup are set apart from other models more than ever. The characteristic expansively wide rear body panels of the new generation 911 Turbo are a further 1.1 inches wider than on the 911 Carrera, the fenders feature a nearly level surface, about the width of a hand, between the C-pillar and the outer edge of the car body. Other differentiating characteristics include forged two-tone 20-inch aluminum wheels. On the 911 Turbo S they have center hub wheel locks. The Turbo S is further differentiated by new, standard full-LED headlights that feature four-point daytime running lights and camera-based high/low beam control, which can be ordered as an option for the 911 Turbo.

Rear wheel steering notably enhances responsiveness

The introduction of rear wheel steering in all turbo models immensely improves both track driving capability and everyday performance of the two new sports cars. The system consists of two electro-mechanical actuators, instead of the conventional control links, on the left and right rear axles. The steering angle of the rear wheels can be varied by up to 2.8 degrees, depending on vehicle speed. At speeds up to 31 mph, when the front wheels are turned, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction. This actually corresponds to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase by 9.8 inches, which gives the 911 Turbo unrivalled performance in curves. The system lets the car turn faster into corners and offers more dynamic steering response. This noticeably simplifies maneuvering and parking.

At speeds above 50 mph, the system steers the rear wheels parallel to the front wheels. This is equivalent to a virtual lengthening of the wheelbase by 19.6 inches and gives the car tremendous directional control capability. At the same time, the steering input by the driver leads to significantly faster build-up of lateral force at the rear axle, which responds to steering commands even more quickly.

Active aerodynamics improve efficiency and performance

Porsche developed an active aerodynamic system on the new 911 Turbo models for the first time. It consists of a retractable three-stage front spoiler, whose segments can be pneumatically extended, and a deployable rear wing with three adjustable wing positions. This makes it possible to tune the aerodynamics of the 911 Turbo to fulfill driver wishes for either optimal efficiency or top dynamic performance. In the performance position, all segments of the front spoiler are fully extended, and they generate considerable down force at the front axle. Similarly, the rear wing is extended to its maximum height with the greatest angle of attack. This also generates more down force at the rear axle. Dynamic performance is improved to such an extent that lap times at the North Loop of the Nürburgring are improved by up to two seconds due to this system alone.

New interior with high-end features

The interior was completely redesigned in both 911 Turbo models, and it builds on the 911 Carrera family. The S model is particularly well equipped, offering such features as an exclusive interior in a black/Carrera red color combination and standard Sport Seats Plus with 18-way adjustment and memory. In addition, the seat back shells are upholstered in leather with double cap seams and various elements in carbon look. As on the previous models, the Bose® sound system is installed as standard; for the first time, a Burmester® system is also available as an optional feature. A radar-controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition, and speed limit recognition are other new options being offered.

The new top models of the 911 model series arrive on the market at the end of 2013 in the United States. The 911 Turbo is priced from $148,300 while the 911 Turbo S begins at $181,100, not including a destination charge of $950.