- BTCC: Strong test day for Tom Onslow-Cole and AmD Milltek Racing
- “Evolution 2” Audi R18 testing at Sebring in 720p HD
- Five-millionth Audi A4 leaves the assembly line
- Porsche Panamera Turbo S cures your summertime blues with 550hp
- SEAT joins Year of Spain in Russia
Posted: 30 Mar 2011 02:09 PM PDT
Tom Onslow-Cole had the ‘most productive test’ of his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship career, while driving his AmD Milltek Racing.com VW Golf at Brands Hatch on Tuesday.
The Essex-based outfit suffered reliability issues with its new turbocharged NGTC-engined Golf at official testing during last week’s annual BTCC Media Day at Silverstone, bringing its running to a premature end.
However, Onslow-Cole was able to clock-up more than 100 laps on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on Tuesday, working on the car’s reliability and adapting setups to suit his driving style.
AmD Milltek Racing.com team principal Shaun Hollamby, who raced a Golf in the BTCC last season, commented: “Our test at Brands Hatch was really good and I’m pleased with how it went. It was how we hoped it would be on Media Day.
“After the problems we suffered at Silverstone we’re still going to be doing some setup work on the Saturday before race day. The main thing for us yesterday was to make sure the car ran reliably. We can now concentrate on performance.
“Handling-wise the car is a big improvement on the Ford Focus Tom drove last year – I know that from being behind him last season, as it looked a massive handful. By the end of the day, Tom was clearly fully committed – that was obvious watching him get the back end out at Surtees – and he said to me that it was the most productive test day of testing he has ever done,” reported Hollamby.
After running at the back of the field for most of 2010, Hollamby is hoping Onslow-Cole’s influence will help the team break into the top ten, starting with this weekend’s season opener at Brands Hatch (2-3 April).
Posted: 30 Mar 2011 12:17 PM PDT
Early last week, we brought you rough videos of Audi testing the R18 shortly after the 12 Hours of Sebring concluded. Now, we have official footage from Audi Motorsport in HD. Audi is now referring to the LMP racer as the “Evolution 2″ Audi R18 due to its findings on earlier test, improved aero and engine cooling.
Everyone was wondering where the R18′s were and why was Audi not racing them. New ACO regulations meant that the cars development would not be complete before the weekend. Little did everyone know that two Evolution 2 R18′s in the trucks, right there.
When we first heard the R18, our first thought was Stealth Fighters. The all black carbon might have influenced our thinking but the sounds were amazing! As son as we posted the earlier videos and images, others were doing the same and the motorsport world was abuzz.
Will the Evolution 2 R18 put an end to Peugeots upward climb? How does running consistent 1:47′s around Sebring sound?
All ten Audi drivers were in force running the R15 TDI’s as well for reference points on setup, aerodynamics, tires, cooling, and reliability.
In roughly 4 weeks, we will see the R18 at the official test day at Le Mans and on May 7th for its first race at the 1000KM of Spa.
Posted: 30 Mar 2011 07:44 AM PDT
Today the Audi plant in Ingolstadt produced the five-millionth Audi A4 – an Audi A4 Avant 3.0 TDI quattro in Misano Red. This production milestone is the latest evidence of a success story that began in 1994 when the A4 model name was adopted. A great favorite with customers, the A4 accounts for a high proportion of production capacity at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants.
In the words of Frank Dreves, Member of the Board of Management for Production at AUDI AG: “This is another major milestone in Audi’s history. All versions of the A4 are efficient, elegant and enjoy outstanding success in their class. Our highly motivated team and our effective Audi production system will keep this model on course for continued success in the future.” Audi began production of the A4 model line at its Ingolstadt site in 1994, and since 2007 has also been building it at Neckarsulm as part of the production turntable. Today the A4 Sedan, A4 Avant, A4 allroad quattro, S4 Sedan and S4 Avant are manufactured in Ingolstadt; the A4 Sedan also leaves the assembly line in Neckarsulm.
“The success of the entire A4 model family keeps our two main production plants fully occupied and safeguards the workforce’s jobs,” says Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council. “Audi owes this success to its employees, who have invested so much know-how, quality awareness and dedicated work in the A4.”
With its sporty chassis and many comfort, convenience and infotainment features taken directly from the full-size category, the A4 is a perfect expression of Audi’s technical expertise. Customers and car journalists alike vote it to the top of the list, as proved by the many awards it has gained. Readers of the German car magazine auto motor und sport were evidently convinced: In January they chose the A4 as “best midsize car” for the fourth year in succession.
The Audi A4 also scores impressively on the list of German-market cars that keep their value best. Auto Bild car magazine and residual value assessor EurotaxSchwacke chose it as the midsize car with the highest value retention, and the Audi Q5 gained the same title in the compact SUV class. These “Top Value for 2011” awards were presented in December 2010.
Posted: 30 Mar 2011 07:16 AM PDT
With deliveries starting in June, you to can be ready for the summertime heat in your new Panamera Turbo S. Porsche has tuned the V8 biturbo to a blistering 550hp with an upwards of 590tq. With launch control on the Turbo S hits 62mph in 3.8sec with a top speed of 191mph. Porsche says the improved titanium-aluminium turbine wheels within the turbocharger increased the performance. Complete with PDCC, PTV Plus and the Sport Chrono Package it will set you back a mere $173,200 U.S / $167,076 Euro.
With its new top model in the Gran Turismo model line, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is raising the bar for sporty four-door cars in the luxury class by yet another notch. The new Panamera Turbo S is a unique combination of performance and efficiency, driving dynamics and comfort. The 4.8 liter, V8 biturbo charged engine delivers 550 hp (410 kW), ten percent or 50 hp (37 kW) more than the already very powerful engine in the Panamera Turbo. By the same token, the torque also increases from 700 to 750 Nm. In the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo and during kick-down in normal mode, the eight cylinder engine delivers fully 800 Nm with the so-called overboost function.
The power pack is behind the new top-of-the-range Panamera’s record sprint times. Thanks to Launch Control, 100 km/h (62 mph) is reached in 3.8 seconds; the top speed is 306 km/h (191 mph). Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption remains at the moderate level of the Panamera Turbo – yet another example of “Porsche Intelligent Performance”. In the NEDC the Gran Turismo covers 100 kilometers (62 miles) on 11.5 liters of fuel. Fuel consumption falls to 11.3 liters per 100 km (25 mpg imp.) when fitted with the 19 inch, all-season tires with optimized rolling resistance developed for the Panamera by Michelin.
The increased performance compared with the Panamera Turbo can be attributed to two main enhancements: Improved turbochargers with titanium-aluminium turbine wheels and modified engine control. The use of the innovative titanium-aluminium alloy reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel. This results in a lower moment of inertia and thus in improved and more agile engine responsiveness.
Even for a top luxury class model, Porsche’s new top-of-the-range Panamera boasts an extraordinarily comprehensive equipment level. In keeping with the sporty concept of the high-performance Panamera, it features the most important driving dynamics control systems as standard. For example, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), an active roll stabilization system, nips in the bud the vehicle’s tendency to lean when cornering, thus enhancing agility and comfort in equal measure. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) applies a variable torque split to the rear wheels combined with an electronically controlled rear differential lock, thus ensuring superior traction and therefore greater agility in every driving situation. The steering system uses the speed-dependent Servotronic. The Sport Chrono Package Turbo, which tunes the suspension and power unit, making them even sportier by pressing the additional “Sport Plus” button, is also fitted as standard, as is the sports exhaust system for an even more emotional engine sound.
The sporty character of the new Panamera Turbo S is apparent not just in its performance but is also reflected on the exterior. The 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and the adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler in the exterior color ensure particularly sporty performance and look. The fusion of exclusivity and sportiness is conveyed in the interior by the bicolor leather finish, fitted as standard. The new combination of black/cream is offered exclusively for the new Panamera Turbo S with agate grey/cream also being added as an exclusive combination from the autumn.
The Panamera Turbo S costs 167,076 euro in Germany, including VAT and country-specific equipment. Deliveries start in June 2011.
Posted: 30 Mar 2011 05:36 AM PDT
SEAT is present at the exhibition entitled ‘Spain today: living and innovating’, which was officially opened this morning in Moscow. The car company thus joins more than 30 other Spanish corporations and institutions showing their companies and products to Russians until next Thursday 31st March. The event, held under the aegis of the Russian authorities, falls within the wider framework of the Year of Spain in Russia.
The official opening ceremony was attended by Miguel Sebastián, Spanish Minister for Industry, Tourism and Business, and Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister. Heading the SEAT company delegation was Ramón Paredes, Vice-president for Governmental and Institutional Relations both for SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain.
“Russia is an important country in SEAT’s strategy, since it is an essential market with major growth potential”, said Paul Sevin, SEAT’s Head of Sales and Marketing. The company’s aim is to reach a significant sales share in the Russian market in the long term.
SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting approximately 75% of its production to 72 countries. SEAT is market leader in Spain, and in 2010 reached a trade volume amounting to 5 billion euros, with total sales of 339,500 vehicles.
SEAT employs 13,000 professionals at its three production centres in Barcelona – Zona Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and León, amongst other models. A fourth centre, the Volkswagen Group production facility at Palmela in Portugal, supplies the Alhambra.
The Spanish multinational also has a Centre of Excellence or ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together more than 900 scientists and engineers whose remit is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D+i in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on criteria of sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.
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