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Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione: An Aerodynamic Engineering Masterpiece

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione: An Aerodynamic Engineering Masterpiece

Introduction of the Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Rear - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Rear – Ferrari – EuroDrift

Recently, in October 2017, Ferrari introduced the FXX-K Evoluzione to the world. The Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione is an enhanced version of the FXX-K, which both stem from the LaFerrari. Many people believe this is Ferrari’s answer to the Mercedes-AMG Project One. Although the total number of production models is unknown, this car is going to cost a few million. It may be expensive, more so than the FXX-K, but it will be well worth the price increase. Ferrari intends to race the FXX-K Evo in the 2018-2019 racing season which includes 9 track events starting in March 2018.

Electric Motor & V12 Produce 1036 Horsepower

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Side - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Side – Ferrari – EuroDrift

The Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione sports a V12 engine as well as an electric motor. The V12 produces 850 base horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. The electric motor produces around 186 base horsepower and 111 lb.-ft. of torque. These engines combine for a total power of 1036 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. This power level combines with high-level F1 dual-clutch gearbox to make a mean racing machine.

75% Downforce Improvement Over LaFerrari

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Front - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Front – Ferrari – EuroDrift

Downforce plays an important role in the Ferrari FXX-K Evo. The FXX-K Evo has 23% more downforce than the FXX-K and 75% more than the LaFerrari. This is mostly due to an aerodynamic fixed rear wing. This increase in aerodynamics combined with a weight drop create an engineering marvel. Negative lift is around 1410 lbs at 125 mph and exceeds 1830 lbs near top speed.

Downforce Levels Similiar to GT3 and GTE Championships

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Front - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Front – Ferrari – EuroDrift

The Ferrari FXX-K Evo had 12.5k miles of development and reliability runs prior to its announcement. A lot of testing was done via CFD simulation and in a wind tunnel for aerodynamics. This led to the great numbers mentioned above of a large amount of downforce and negative lift. Ferrari claims that the FXX-K Evo downforce levels are “very close to those of the cars competing in the GT3 and GTE championships.” This statement is clearly true with the numbers that the car is displaying in testing. Track tests with the FXX-K Evo at the Fiorano test track led to impressive results of 1 minute 14 seconds, 5 seconds faster than the LaFerrari.

Ferrari FXX Program

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Rear - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Rear – Ferrari – EuroDrift

In 2005, the XX Program was started by Ferrari. These cars are for sale to loyal customers who are willing to spend millions for special track versions of cars. These cars are built with the track in mind at a competitive level. Ferrari XX vehicles are usually built in low quantities leading to higher collectibility. Luckily, for those select few, they are collecting pieces of modern artwork.

Carbon Fiber Construction & Twin-Profile Fixed Rear Wing

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Side - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Side – Ferrari – EuroDrift

The Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione has a carbon fiber construction with a twin-profile fixed rear wing. The fixed rear wing works with an active rear spoiler to optimize downforce. The active spoiler adjusts itself accordingly while in motion. There are 2 side fins as well as a central fin to help with aerodynamics as well. The FXX-K Evo also has redesigned front and rear bumpers. The front has widened front brake air intakes. The rear has enlarged bypass vents on the wheel arches for better flow to the rear diffuser.

Central & Side Fins Boost Stability

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Roof - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Roof – Ferrari – EuroDrift

The side fins and central fin support the rear wing. The central fin plays an important role on this vehicle. “Firstly it acts as a vertical fin, boosting stability at low yaw angles, and secondly, it supports the action of the three delta (triangular) vortex generators.” Basically, it boosts stability at low yaw angles as well as supports three delta vortex generators. The vortex generators “clean the follow field striking the wing of the effects of the wake of the hot air flow from the radiators which vents onto the bonnet, while also creating a down wash component in the flow which boosts the twin-profile’s downforce capacity.”

Front & Rear Bumper Alterations

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione - Driver's Side Rear Corner - Ferrari - EuroDrift

Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione – Driver’s Side Rear Corner – Ferrari – EuroDrift

As mentioned above, the front bumper is slightly different on this vehicle. “The geometry of the sides of the front bumper was altered by hollowing out the surfaces beneath the headlights. This made space for a couple of flicks divided by vertical turning vane and an additional intake ahead of the front wheels. This system makes good use of know-how acquired in the GT programs in which rules introduced in 2016 permitted extensive study of the interaction between horizontal (flicks) and vertical (dive plane) flow management systems, optimizing their efficiency.” By hollowing out beneath the headlights, Ferrari was able to make space for other important items including additional intake space. All of the changes to the exterior led to the enormous 73% downforce gain over the LaFerrari.

Interior Technology Overhaul

On the inside, there is a “conceptually-different steering wheel”. This wheel includes a KERS Manettino and a 6.5” rear camera screen. The LCD displays telemetry, KERS status, and lap times via the click of a button. All of this combines to enhance the interior layout for additional improvements. This car is beautiful inside and out.

Masterpiece of Modern Automotive Art


Overall, the Ferrari FXX-K Evoluzione is another masterpiece of modern art. From it’s exterior updates to its enormous power capabilities, it is a true beast. The number of vehicles should be very low at a steep price if it follows the usual pattern. We can all look forward to the upcoming racing season to see the potential of this car. In conclusion, will it be a true racing competitor for the Mercedes-AMG Project One?

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: Manufacturer’s 1st Hybrid Sports Car

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: Manufacturer’s 1st Hybrid Sports Car

Lamborghini’s Hybrid Sports Car Venture

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

On September 3, 2019, Lamborghini unveiled their newest model, the Sián, at the Frankfurt Auto Show! The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a mid-engine hybrid sports car, a 1st for the manufacturer. But, it’s definitely not the first for their parent company, Volkswagen. Either way, this is a big step towards the upcoming EV future for the company. And, even though it’s a hybrid, it’s as close to a traditional Lambo as it could be. Why? That’s because this car boasts a V12 engine… so yea… it’s definitely still a Lamborghini at heart. Next, let’s take a dive into this stunning automobile as it is truly an Italian powerhouse.

6.5-Liter V12 + 48-Volt Electric Motor System

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Lamborhini Sián FKP 37 is an absolute monster of a hybrid sports car. On top on a 6.5-liter V12 engine, this car includes a 48-volt electric motor. Starting with the V12, this engine boasts 774 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Providing support, the electric motor provides an additional 34 horsepower and 28 lb.-ft. of torque. Confusingly, Lamborghini claims this hybrid has 819 horsepower, but the numbers on their site didn’t add up. Either way, it’s a ton of power for a hybrid!

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Diving a bit more specifically, let’s take a look at the battery and performance numbers. The low voltage 48-V system includes a lithium-ion supercapacitor. This inclusion is 3x more powerful than a battery with the same weight. Being a low voltage setup, this allows current to reach up to 600 A. This power goes directly to the rear wheels, and braking inertia is used to recharge the capacitor. As per performance numbers, the Sián should be able to reach 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds. Furthermore, it should reach a top speed of over 217 mph. That’s awesome!

A Deeper Discussion of Specifications

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With a carbon fiber monocoque and body, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a lightweight masterpiece. On top, the roof includes electrochromic glass fixed on the monocoque. And, on the front, this car boasts a new electrically powered active aero system. Next, stepping underneath, the powertrain of the Sián is an AWD system with a 7-speed ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) gearbox. Finally, going back to the exterior, this car has 20” wheels on the front and 21” wheels on the rear.

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Lamborghini Sián boasts a push rod magneto rheologic active front and rear suspension. Furthermore, slowing down the tires are dual hydraulic circuit brakes with a vacuum booster. On the handling side, the car contains a LDS (Lamborghini Dynamic Steering) system with a variable ratio. And, don’t worry about safety! This car has front dual stage airbags with an adaptive passenger airbag. Continuing, this car also has side “head-thorax” airbags and knee airbags in select markets.

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Overall, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is another engineering feat by the manufacturer. With all of this power and high-quality race-based engineering, this car will be a beast on the track. But, how much will it cost? How many will Lambo produce? Well, this car will reach a price of around $3.6 million USD. Time to start saving now! Secondly, Lamborghini aims to produce only 63 units of this car, so it is quite limited! So, even with the funds in hand, it will be difficult to order one of these cars. Regardless, Lambo does offer more reasonable options other such as the Aventador. In conclusion, Congrats to Lamborghini on their first hybrid – everyone will be waiting to see what’s next!

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Rear Corner Stance - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Rear Corner Stance – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two Hypercar: A 412 MPH Grand Tourer

Rimac C_Two Hypercar: A 412 MPH Grand Tourer

Rimac’s Beastly GT Hypercar

In recent years, hypercars are the hype of the auto industry. Hence, quite a few manufacturers are working to own this sector, including Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and McLaren. But, only one car will stand out on top. Rimac wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity – and they didn’t! The Rimac C_Two hypercar is a purely electric grand tourer (GT). Designed for both road trips and track, this car is actually quite the tech beast. With a carbon fiber monocoque with a bonded carbon roof, this car’s basis is racing. But, with tech features such as AI-enabled ADAS, this car can handle daily cruising around town.

Rimac C_Two - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

4 Electric Motors with 1,914 Horsepower

Rimac C_Two - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

As the saying goes, “under the hood”, the Rimac C_Two hypercar sports 4 electric motors. Each motor is individually powering one of the 4 wheels. So, basically, each wheel has its own motor, leading to four-wheel drive. Furthermore, these motors produce a whopping 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of 1.85 seconds. WOW! Moreover, Rimac believes this car can reach 412 mph. That’s absolutely insane! Who actually wants to drive that fast? Well… maybe… who doesn’t? Either way, this car is absolutely insane!

Rimac C_Two - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Backing up the motors are 3 gearboxes. There is one gearbox in the front with two in the rear. While the front gearbox has one gear, the rear gearboxes have two, allowing for maximum torque usage. Now, a quick peek at the electrical setup. The batteries are rated for 120 kWh allowing a 342-mile range. With this much power, that is impressive. But, don’t expect 342 miles while mashing the gas at the track. Either way, this car fits the upcoming EV future within the next decade.

Active Aerodynamics & Technology

Rimac C_Two - Dashboard Screen - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Dashboard Screen – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Rimac C_Two hypercar boasts a ton of power, but it also boasts active aero and amazing tech. Starting with the active aerodynamics, this car features the following active aero: air-brake, bonnet, front splitter, and rear flap. Next, the car has Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) that eliminates ESP and TCS by replacing it with a hypercar system. The purpose of this is to attempt to control this vehicle’s power in a better way than ESP and TCS traditionally do so. Next, there is the AI-Enabled ADAS. This system uses sensors to detect blind spots, collision risk, and lane assist, while also offering cruise control.

Rimac C_Two - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

“Near Gaming Experience” & Virtual Driving Coach

Rimac C_Two | Fully Charged – fullychargedshow – YouTube

On top of the insane power and driving tech, the Rimac C_Two hypercar provides an overall “near gaming experience” as well as acts as a virtual driving coaching. The screens inside the car makes the driving experience feel like a video game. Obviously, don’t drive it that way though! Furthermore, the car has a virtual driving coach. The driving coach helps with driving line and other driving tasks. The purpose of this is to optimize the driver’s experience across the board. While the car sold out quickly, it was worth around $2 million USD. Imagine driving one of these around the track… only if! In conclusion, the C_Two is going to be hard to beat!

Rimac C_Two - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota (SVJ)

2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota (SVJ)

The Stunning Superveloce Jota

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

As always, Lamborghini is seeking to constantly improve its models for track usage. With the company’s eyes on retaking the Nürburgring crown, the Aventador SVJ is here! The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota (SVJ) is an absolute beast! From more power to a lighter weight, this car is an improvement over its predecessor. This car may not be practical for daily driving, but it is definitely practical for the track. Imagine zooming around with this power Lambo V12 engine. Wow, this car is absolutely stunning!

Lamborghini’s V12 Legacy

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Lamborghini is known for its V12 legacy lineup. Generation to generation, the V12 is passed down to the youngest. The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota is no different. With a 6.5-liter V12, this car produces a whopping 759 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with a ISR single-clutch auto manual transmission. Moreover, the top speed is in the range of 217+ mph. This is due to the increase in power, plus a lighter flywheel, titanium intake values, and a shortened exhaust. Yes, the shorter exhaust does sound more aggressive too.

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The weight difference is visible across the exterior and interior. Firstly, there is carbon fiber everywhere… truthfully, absolutely everywhere. The carbon fiber components include: engine cover, front splitter, interior door panels, monocoque, pillars, rear diffuser, rear wing, rocker cover, roof, and wing mirrors. Phew! That is quite a list of carbon. Next, there is two new technological additions. Firstly, for this, is the two-motor rear-wheel steering system. This benefits overall handling of the vehicle. Secondly, there is an active aerodynamic system, known as Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). Finally, the car sits on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

A Track Driver’s Dream

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ review | 759bhp V12 hypercar driven | Autocar – YouTube

The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota is a track driver’s dream. With a 0-60 mph in the low 2 second range, and 759 horsepower, this is like driving a wild beast. If carbon is a pro, this has tons of it. If not, then repainting it may be necessary. But, most people understand carbon’s generic attributes. This metal is lightweight and very strong, particularly due to the weave. Hence, it’s everywhere in the racing world. In conclusion, the Aventador SVJ is the next-generation V12 recipient.

Lamborghini Display - Mansion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Display – Mansion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Koenigsegg Agera RS: World’s Fastest Car from 0 to 249 to 0 MPH

Koenigsegg Agera RS: World’s Fastest Car from 0 to 249 to 0 MPH

The Koenigsegg Agera RS Powerhouse Megacar

The Koenigsegg Agera RS is the world’s fastest car from 0 to 249 to 0 mph in only 36.44 seconds. The Agera RS beat the Bugatti Chiron’s record by 5.52 seconds. This is no surprise as this megacar is a beastly machine. From the engine to the suspension, the Agera RS is a one-of-a-kind vehicle. With over 1,000 horsepower, obtaining this record was somewhat of an expectation.

5.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 with 1,160 Horsepower

The Koenigsegg Agera RS sports an aluminum 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces 1,160 horsepower and 944 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has 4 valves per cylinder with double overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication. Furthermore, the Agera RS puts out 232 bhp per liter with flawless reliability. From 0 to 60 mph, the Agera RS only takes 2.6 seconds. Not surprisingly, the Agera RS can complete a quarter mile in 9.4 seconds. The motor works in combination with a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission that includes an auto shift mode.

A Track Optimized Feat of Engineering

On the exterior, the Koenigsegg Agera RS in completely optimized for the track. First, there is an all-new front splitter as well front winglets and side skirts. Under the vehicle, there is an advanced dynamic underbody flap system. On the rear, there is a dynamically active rear spoiler for a downforce of 992 pounds at 155 mph. The RS version of the Agera has improved side air outlets behind the front wheels.

Advanced Technological Options for Chassis & More

The Koenigsegg Agera RS comes with a handful of high quality options as well. First, there is a Koenigsegg active and self-leveling chassis package. Next, there is a 3G connected Pre-Active chassis setup. Furthermore, the Agera can arrive with alternative aero packages as well as active sound cancelation, and more! Lastly, depending on the market, the RS can contain a configuration for E85 to increase power levels. For this, the engine management system allows the ability to adjust any fuel mix on-the-fly.

Top Quality Handling Technology

The final stretch of the Koenigsegg Agera RS is within the handling technology. First, the Koenigsegg Agera RS has a Koenigsegg Electronic Differential System (KED). Next, the vehicle has a Koenigsegg Gearbox Control Module (KGCM). For steering, there is a rack and pinion hydro-electric power assisted steering system. To put all this together, the Agera RS sports special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires for the track. For the street, the vehicle can wear Michelin Supersport tires. Lastly, another unique feature is the advanced lightweight sound insulation… but this doesn’t relate to handling.

The Agera RS is Now the 0-249-0 MPH Record Holder


In conclusion, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a beastly machine that now holds the record for the 0-249-0 MPH test. The Agera RS has an increased power and raised RPM limit compared to the base Agera. The technology within the vehicle is the cream of the crop when it comes to power and handling. This vehicle will be hard to compete with moving forward but that doesn’t mean it will hold the record forever. Overall, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a powerhouse of a megacar.

Koenigsegg One:1 – The World’s First “Megacar”

Koenigsegg One:1 – The World’s First “Megacar”

The World’s First “Megacar”

The Koenigsegg One:1 is known as the world’s first megacar. Introduced in 2014, the One:1 was only a concept and prototype through 2015. The reasoning behind the name is due to two factors. The first factor is the horsepower-to-kilogram curb weight ratio is 1:1. A 1:1 hp-to-kg is the dream ratio of auto design equations. The second factor is that the One:1 has one megawatt of power. This ratio makes the One:1 the first homologated production car in the world… and yes, it has one megawatt of power!

5.0-Liter DOHC Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine

The Koenigsegg One:1 sports a 5.0-liter DOHC twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 4 valves per cylinder and a flex-fuel capability. This motor produces a whopping 1 megawatt of power, or 1341 horsepower, and 1011 lb.-ft. of torque. The rev limiter of the One:1 is limited to 8250 rpm. Within the engine bay, a 7-speed dual-clutch 1-input shaft transmission complements the motor. And yes, this transmission does arrive with paddle shifters… but no manual transmission. The One:1 only takes 2.6 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. From 0 to 249 mph, the One:1 only takes 20 seconds, making this car a beastly powerhouse. From 249 to 0 mph, this car can stop in as little as 10 seconds. Lastly, through cornering, this car can reach 2.0 G!

Le-Mans Active Wing Config, Venturi Tunnels, & More!

Not to surprise, the Koenigsegg One:1 is loaded with a ton of amazing features. On the exterior, the One:1 has extended Venturi tunnels and side splitters as well as unique track-optimized aero winglets. On the rear of the exterior, a Le-Mans inspired active wing configuration displays a dedication to race engineering. Underneath the vehicle, an optimized under trim air management system is in place. The large air vents allow for cooling while the roof air scoop supports the 1 MW of power. For tires, the One:1 has custom-made Michelin Cup Tires to handle the power and speed of this vehicle. Lastly, for wheels, the car features the revolutionary Koenigsegg Aircore carbon fiber rims.

Enhanced Rear Triplex Suspension & Double Wishbones

On the suspension side, the system has multiple advanced features to benefit the vehicle’s handling. First, there is an enhanced rear triplex suspension with active shock absorbers and carbon bevel springs. This active system also supports a ride height feature. Next, this car also features double wishbones. This suspension works together to create remarkable handling in a beastly vehicle.

High Modulus Carbon Fiber Chassis with F1 Honeycomb Core

The Koenigsegg One:1 also features a handful of other surprises such as its advanced high modulus carbon fiber chassis. This chassis has a F1 style honeycomb core and integrated fuel tanks. Next, to benefit cooling of the brakes, this car features a ventilated ceramic system. For steering, the One:1 uses a rack-and-pinion steering assisted system. Finally, the car’s last major feature is the F1 traction control with 5 different handling modes.

Only Six Models at $2,100,000 Each!

The Koenigsegg One:1 is the world’s first true megacar. With its hp-to-kg ratio of 1:1 and 1 MW of power, this car is the definition of the future of race cars. The number of custom features makes this car a one-of-a-kind vehicle. This vehicle is limited to only six models which are worth a value of $2,100,000. For a car collector, this car is a great investment as with the limited production, the price of this vehicle should only go up in the future. In conclusion, the Koenigsegg One:1 is one heck of a vehicle that pushes the limits of engineering to the max.
 

BMW on Display at NAIAS 2017

According to BMW, the focus of the North American International Auto Show 2017 was innovation. BMW hoped to showcase a new vision for sustainable and progressive cars. BMW unveiled the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the Concept X2. Also on display were the BMW i3 and i8 electrical vehicles with their new battery technology. Finally, racing fans had a chance to get up close and personal with the BMW M6 GT3 for the very first time.

BMW at NAIAS 2017
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The New BMW 5 Series Sedan

The main difference between the New BMW 5 Sedan and previous versions is in the wide range of assistance systems BMW has included to help ease the driving experience.

“The BMW 5 Series displays motorway dynamics and elegance in a perfect combination. It is, therefore, the ideal business saloon.” – ADRIAN VAN HOOYDONK, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BMW GROUP DESIGN

The 2017 BMW 5 is the first to have iDrive 6.0. The car responds to voice commands that regulate almost every function. With the Optional Gesture Control, you can choose to navigate the car with simple hand movements. You can also control communication and entertainment.

Another system installed on the BMW 5 Series is the Active Lane Keeping Assistant. With the use of camera sensors, the Assistant helps keep your vehicle in the center of the traffic lane. This keeps distracted drivers from drifting, thus reducing accidents.

The BMW 5 Series, while not the fastest car on the market, does an impressive 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The car is lightweight and boasts BMW TwinPower Turbo engines. BMW promotes the combination of high-strength steel, magnesium, and aluminum they used to manufacture the car.

The BMW 5 Series Sedan seems to be similar to the previous versions except for new “gadget-like” controls. While cool, the use of gestures to drive your car, or having a computer keep you in the middle of your lane may not be enough to convince buyers that the BMW 5 is worth the sticker price.

The BMW Concept X2

Like the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the company has taken a previous version and changed up a few things in an effort to modernize it. The X2 is basically the sportier version of the X1, with most of the changes being in looks and not function.

BMW is marketing the Concept X2 to drivers who want a sporty, practical SUV type vehicle. They offer the car in a sporty red to make it eye-catching. BMW lengthened the wheelbase and extended the roof line to give the car a leaner, more powerful look.

“The X2 is a “vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality.”- Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president for BMW Group Design

Under the hood, the Concept X2 has an engine similar to the X1. The four-cylinder twin-turbo engine generates 228 horsepower, which is adequate, though not groundbreaking. Priced in the mid $30k range, the car offers a stylish alternative to a standard SUV.

Sustainable Driving with The BMW i3 and i8

The BMW i-series addresses the need for sustainable transportation. The 2017 BMW i3 boasts an improved battery pack which has 50% more capacity. This enables the i3 to go upwards of 150 miles on one charge. The Range Extender (REx) adds somewhere around 50 miles to that figure. The BMW i3 has 0% emissions and can be charged in less than 3 hours.

The BMW i8 hybrid has a 357 horsepower powertrain, and the car can move amazingly fast. In tests, it went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. The hybrid i8 gets about 38 mpg. BMW worked hard on the exterior of the i8. The dark silver paint and lines of the car make it seem more futuristic than other BMW models.

For drivers who want an all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3 is a good option. However, if you don’t mind a hybrid, the BMW i8 is sportier, fuel-efficient, and lightning fast. All-in-all it is a more exciting ride.

BMW M6 GT3

To thrill the race car enthusiasts attending the Detroit show, BMW brought their BMW M6 GT3 race car. As described by Top Gear, it is a “big-winged beast of a racecar.” The BMW M6 GT3 claimed the top spot at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Japan’s Super GT Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA.

BMW’s premier racing car has a six-speed sequential racing transmission along with state-of-the-art motorsport electronics. Modification to the chassis helped improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The M6 GT3 is a modified BMW M6 Coupe, designed specifically for racing.

What BMW Offered Show Attendees

BMW brought out its newest and latest gadgets, such as the Lane Assistant found on the BMW 5 Sedan. The Concept X2 presented viewers with a sportier SUV and BMW also showcased their i-Series “green” cars. Of those presented, the i8 seems the most interesting. The hybrid looks good, drives fast, and offers the benefits of hybrid technology. However, most car enthusiasts will be dreaming of the M6 GT3 sports car instead of BMW’s other NAIAS offerings.

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