The 2013 Renault Twizy Sport F1 Concept Car is an electric urban compact car featuring muscular style and performance credentials to server as a bridge between the world of F1 technology and that of production cars. The Twizy Renault Sport F1 sits on the wheels of a single seater race car and is equipped with a front splitter, side-pods, rear wing and a diffuser complete with an F1 style rain light which forcefully express the concept’s ties with motor racing’s premier category.
Twizy Renault Sport F1 is much more than just a concept. In addition to its spectacular looks, it delivers genuine high performance thanks to its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) which is identical to the solution used by Renault-powered Formula 1 cars.
The system instantly boosts power output six fold to reach almost 100 horsepower and is capable of catapulting the car from standstill to 62 mph as quickly as Renault’s highest performing road car, Megane Renaultsport 265. This technological gem is the fruit of close collaboration between the engineers at Renaultsport and their colleagues at Renault Sport F1.
This extraordinary vehicle showcases Renault’s advanced expertise in electric technology employed in F1, notably in the field of KERS in which it was one of the precursors in 2009. Renault’s long standing commitment to motor racing’s blue ribband category provides it with a unique technological laboratory, giving it an advantage not only in the world of race cars, but also in that of road cars.
Nissan has unveiled the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo along with the GT-R Track Edition and Juke Nismo at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo features new exterior color with dark grey accents and red stripes. It will join the Juke Nismo in Nissan showrooms this summer and will be available in 370Z Coupe and 370Z Roadster models.
The 370Z Nismo will be powered by an advanced Nissan FM (Front Midship) platform, refined 4 wheel independent suspension and 3.7 liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) rated at 350 hp at 7,400 rpm and 276 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm.
With the current 370Z NISMO setting the bar as a tuner-Z enthusiast’s dream straight from the factory and fully warranted offering 350 horsepower, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super lightweight forged alloy wheels the enhancements for 2014 are designed to up the car’s already strong visual impact.
On the exterior, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element except side sills featuring NISMO style red pinstripe accents. In addition, Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer.
Just one transmission is offered, a close ratio 6 speed manual with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match synchronized downshift rev matching system. The SynchroRev Match function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the speed of the next gear position, essentially “blipping” the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical shock when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own.
Icona has revealed the 2013 Icona Vulcano at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. The Icona Vulcano brings together different skills and expertise of a very Italian tradition. The Icona Vulcano is coachbuilt by Cecomp, founding partner of Icona Shanghai and one of the global leaders in modeling and prototyping in the automotive industry.
The Icona Vulcano is a front engine V12 two door two seater car reaching up to 950 horsepower, the top speed will be around 350 km/h, and 0-200 km/h will be well under ten seconds. The powertrain of the Icona Vulcano is the work of well known Claudio Lombardi, former powertrain technical director of Ferrari and mastermind of numerous world champion cars.
The wheels of the Icona Vulcano are forged aluminium, 20 x 10″ in the front and 21 x 12.5″ in the rear. Icona has selected Pirelli P Zero ultra high performance tyres. The Icona Vulcano braking system has been supplied by Brembo. The GT-R brakes are the finest high performance aftermarket braking system ever engineered for production.
Based on further development of this advanced technology, the Icona Vulcano will also be available in a four wheel drive alternative this time a twin turbo V6 engine coupled with two electric motors for front traction will deliver a total power of 870 HP, and in an overall set up made to be a record beating Nurburgring champion. This masterful combination was successfully tested only a few months ago at San Marino with the Lancia 037 (Ex World Champion Rally) transformed by Beppe Volta into a 4WD hybrid. Made by ACTUA together with Italtecnica, the Lancia 037 4WD-H beat its previous record in every way.
The idea for the Vulcano first emerged in 2012, when Icona was invited to exhibit its acclaimed electric concept car the Fuselage at the 27th Festival Automobile International in Paris as a finalist in the World’s Most Beautiful Concept Car competition. A new goal was set, if Icona could win hearts with the Fuselage, a four seater sedan, how many more people could they win over with a glamorous two seater super sport? The idea for the Icona Vulcano was born.
Acura has launched an all-new model of the Acura ILX luxury sports sedan for the 2013 model year, the 2014 Acura ILX. The entry level sedan comes with a host of new standard features, further strengthening the Acura brand. The new model will offer increased value on a luxury scale with eight new standard features to enhance its curb appeal, interior comfort and overall driving enjoyment.
Major updates include 17 inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, eight way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, a new audio-system subwoofer and an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system.
Two advanced powertrain choices are available for 2014 ILX, with a standard 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder engine that produces 150 bhp and 190 Nm of torque, paired with a Sequential SportShift 5 speed automatic transmission. For a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a close ratio, six speed manual transmission matched to a 2.4 liter engine generating 201 bhp and 230 Nm of torque.
The high-quality, well-appointed interior is smart, spacious and sporty. It offers a number of convenient features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora interface and SMS text message function for easy connectivity. As before, a Premium Package and Technology Package are both available.
Acura’s belief in “Safety Through Innovation” is the foundation for the brand’s commitment to leadership in safety, and accordingly the ILX has a wide range of standard active and passive safety features, including Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. It received a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), attaining a score of GOOD in all four Institute tests, including the rigorous roof-strength test.
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