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Zenvo TSR-S: 1,177 Horsepower & Active Rear Wing

Zenvo TSR-S: 1,177 Horsepower & Active Rear Wing

Debut at Geneva International Motor Show 2018

Zenvo TSR-S - Rear Corner - Geneva International Motor Show 2018 - Wikipedia Commons - EuroDrift

Zenvo TSR-S – Rear Corner – Geneva International Motor Show 2018 – Wikipedia Commons – EuroDrift

At the Geneva International Motor Show 2018, Zenvo unveiled the new TSR-S model. The Zenvo TSR-S is a crossover design between the TSR and the TS1 GT. Basically, the “S” extension stands for street legal. With a basis in a race car, the TSR-S contains top notch aerodynamics. The braking, cornering, and stability withhold new innovative features. Most noteworthy, the TSR-S has an active Centripetal Wing. This wing actively functions to optimize high-speed cornering and stability.

5.8-Liter Twin Supercharger Engine

Zenvo TSR-S - Front Corner Aerodynamics - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Zenvo TSR-S – Front Corner Aerodynamics – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Zenvo TSR-S is a performance beast under the hood. Surprisingly, the TSR-S sports a 25.8-liter V8 engine with twin centrifugal superchargers. This motor build boasts a whopping 1,177 base horsepower… phew! The engine works in combo with a paddle shift 7-speed gearbox. Furthermore, this gearbox has helical-cut dog gears. On top of this, the engine features sequential fuel injection. From 0 to 60 mph, the TSR-S takes only 2.8 seconds. Amazingly, the TSR-S can reach 124 mph in only 6.8 seconds. The top speed of this model will be 202 mph which is electronically limited.

The Aerodynamics of the TSR-S

Zenvo TSR-S - Air Scoop Aerodynamics - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Zenvo TSR-S – Air Scoop Aerodynamics – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

In addition to the powerful engine, the Zenvo TSR-S has a high-grade aerodynamic design. Firstly, the front splitter design improves front to rear downforce distribution. With the front wheel housing outlets, the front-end design decreases front wheel wake and directs air to intercoolers. Secondly, the rear of the TSR-S has an air scoop and new diffuser. These work to optimize underbody air extraction and decrease rear tire wake. Finally, the Centripetal Wing works with two rotation degrees of freedom. This allows the wing to actively act as an air break and cornering stabilizer. Simply put, the rear wing can actively tilt in cornering to maximize performance.

Zenvo TSR-S - Rear Aerodynamics - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Zenvo TSR-S – Rear Aerodynamics – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

A Street Legal Race Car

1200HP Zenvo TSR-S – Active Aero & BRUTAL Sound! – Lars Mars Cars – YouTube

The Zenvo TSR-S is basically a street legal race car. With over 1,000 horsepower and aerodynamics galore, this car is a beast. This car suits anyone looking for an over the top track car, for daily use. Although this car may not be optimal for a daily rush hour commute, it would be quite thrilling to drive around town. Rest assured, the ricers of town will be jealous… and probably looking for a race. Not surprisingly, 99% would not stand a chance against this machine. In conclusion, the Zenvo TSR-S is a true to heart track car.

Zenvo TSR-S - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Zenvo TSR-S – Rear – 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

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster: Limited to 750 Units

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster: Limited to 750 Units

AMG GT R Roadster is the “Top Model”

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Front Corner with No Convertible Top - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Front Corner with No Convertible Top – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2020 model year, Mercedes-AMG is bringing the GT R Roadster to the market. With a limit of only 750 units, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster will be quite rare. This version of the AMG GT has a soft-top convertible with the Mercedes-Benz Airscarf. At the peak of the AMG models, Mercedes calls this car the “top model”. This vehicle boasts the most power of the AMG GT line-up. Furthermore, simply letting the top down will allow the driver to listen to the mean roar of the V8. This car is basically the crème of the crop of the AMG GTs.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Engine

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Engine Bay - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Engine Bay – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor boasts 577 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. As per performance, this car has 27 more horsepower than the GT C and GT C Roadster. Moreover, there is a gain of 62 horsepower over the GT S and GT S Roadster. Finally, there is a 108 horsepower gain over the base GT and GT Roadster. That is quite a lead of power in the lineup. To top it off, this car has active aerodynamics, active rear steering, adjustable dampers, and a coilover suspension. Phew!

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Crème of the Crop AMG

Check Out the New AMG GT R ROADSTER! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150 – YouTube

Overall, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is truly the crème of the crop as per AMG models. Even Mercedes thinks so. And, on top of the amazing engine and performance features, there’s more! As per aesthetics, this car starts with an AMG Night Cosmetic Package. Secondly, it includes an AMG Performance Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel. Furthermore, the top layer of the frame includes a triple layer of aluminum, magnesium, and steel. These features on this car make it stand out among its siblings. In conclusion, the AMG GT R Roadster is one of the company’s peak vehicles.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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?

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
2018 BMW 440i Convertible - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
2018 BMW 440i Convertible - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
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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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