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Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

The Taycan Numbers Are In!

Finally, Porsche has released specs for the all-new Taycan EV vehicle, previously the Mission E. The Porsche Taycan EV specs are quite impressive. But, first the pronunciation of the name needs to be made clear. Porsche pronounces “Taycan” as “TIE-con”. Yes, it sounds like you are going to a comic con knock-off for ties. Regardless, this car is a beastly EV. To make up for the name, simply refer to the stats below!

Specification Estimates by Porsche

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan EV specs are not exact but are simply expected ballpark numbers. The Porsche Taycan EV sports two permanently excited synchronous motors. These electric motors produce over 600 horsepower. This allows the Taycan to hit 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds with AWD. Furthermore, 124 mph will take around 12 seconds… phew! Lastly, the Taycan will contain a 800 volt battery. This battery will allow the Taycan to complete trips of over 300 miles per charge. Furthermore, a specific charger type will charge for 250 miles in as little as 15 minutes.

A Partnership for an EV Future

Mark Webber drives the Mission E at Porsche’s test track in Weissach. – Porsche – YouTube

With 300 miles per full charge, the Taycan will be capable of completing long distance road trips. But, many people worry about charging stations. Availability was a debate of the past, but not for long. BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, & VW intend to build 400 fast-charging locations by 2020. The goal of this is to ensure charging stations are every 100 miles or so, at least in Europe. Regardless, this will heavily resolve many worries about charging EVs. With this leap in tech, EVs will be able to become a much worthier competitor. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan EV specs are impressive and it is expected to have production info later in 2018.

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

BMW M Models to Release as Electric Vehicles (EVs)

BMW M Models to Release as Electric Vehicles (EVs)

An Electric Future for BMW M Models

“For sure, all M vehicles will be electrified by the end of the next decade.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

In recent years, auto manufacturers are moving towards electrifying their lineups. Not surprisingly, BMW must hop on the bandwagon at some point. BMW M models will release as electric vehicles at some point in the next decade. The quote above is a statement from Frank van Meel at a press conference to CarAdvice journalists. So, expecting an electrified M2 or M5 may not be a crazy thought. Either way, electric vehicles (EVs) are the way of the future. So, hopping on board is a requirement for most manufacturers at some point.

A Step-by-Step Process for BMW

2018 BMW M2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Below, a quote by Frank van Meel can be seen discussing a step-by-step process. For BMW, the BMW M model lineup will change with the right technology. Currently, BMW is working on its own hybrid technology. Astonishingly, BMW is designing its own electric motor, gearbox, and platform, from scratch. This is occurring while BMW is working on its fifth-gen architecture that’ll include powertrain options. But, BMW M is not in a rush to electrify the lineup. The BMW M division will await its own “better” technology.

“That’s going to happen step-by-step. The important question is the timing question – what’s the right time for that? If you’re too late then you’re too late, but if you’re too early then you don’t have the ‘straight to the point’ technology.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

Dissatisfaction with Electrical Components

2018 BMW M4 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M4 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

One of the main reasons that the BMW M model lineup is not electrified is the components themselves. Below, Meel can be seen showing disappointment with electrical components. From his perspective, they are quite heavy which will effect weight and power-to-weight ratios. This will obviously lower the overall performance of the vehicle… but maybe not. BMW should look to Tesla for an understanding of EV technology. Why? Because Tesla has a sedan that can reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds. That is faster than most sports cars, including Ferrari and Lamborghini. So, electrical component weight is a poor reason for not advancing the fleet.

“Look at today’s electrification components, they are quite heavy and, for us as a motorsports company, overall vehicle weight and power-to-weight ratio is key.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

The EV Future of BMW

Why BMW is Going All in With Electric Cars – Bloomberg – YouTube

In the future, within a decade, BMW M models plan to release with electrification. Regardless, by 2025, BMW plans to offer 40% electric powertrain models to the market. Electric vehicles are a growing trend and the way for the future. The beautiful sound of engines will be missed, but just as everything else, things change. It is time for the world to accept the future of the automobile. Performance and respect to the environment are both obtained with EVs. In conclusion, BMW is joining the ever-growing EV market with its models, one by one.

2018 BMW X2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW X2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Ferrari Enzo vs. Ferrari LaFerrari: Rev Battle

Ferrari Enzo vs. Ferrari LaFerrari: Rev Battle

Rev Battle Between Enzo & LaFerrari

The Ferrari Enzo and the Ferrari LaFerrari are two of Ferrari’s most amazing vehicles. The Ferrari Enzo was produced from 2002-2004 while the LaFerrari was produced 2013-2016. This is over a 10-year difference in performance and technology. Regardless, both cars are amazing and unique to themselves. Not surprisingly, an owner of an Enzo and an owner of a LaFerrari decided to have a rev battle. Listening to these two V12 engines roar is basically a symphony of its own. But, in the end, it is up to the viewer to decide who wins this battle.

The Legendary Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari Enzo – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The legendary Ferrari Enzo is currently valued at over $3 million USD. This car sports a 6.0-liter Tipo F140 B V12. This V12 engine produces 651 horsepower and 485 lb.-ft. of torque with an 8,200 RPM redline. The motor works in combo with a F1 gearbox. Furthermore, the Enzo can reach 60 mph in only 3.14 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 6.6 seconds. This is faster than many basic production cars can reach 60 mph. Lastly, the Ferrari Enzo completes a quarter mile in around 11 seconds.

The Newer Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari LaFerrari – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The newer Ferrari LaFerrari is worth $7 million USD at auction for the coupe while the Aperta hit $10 million USD. This makes the LaFerrari the most valuable 21st century vehicle sold at auction. From 2013 to 2015, The LaFerrari coupe was in production while the Aperta was produced from 2015 to 2016. The Ferrari LaFerrari sports a 6.3-liter F140FE V12 engine. On top of this, there is also an electric motor and KERS.

The engine setup works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual. With the electric motor and V12, the LaFerrari boasts 950 base horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. The LaFerrari can reach 62 mph in only 2.4 seconds and 124 mph in less than 7 seconds. Furthermore, it can reach 186 mph in only 15 seconds. Lastly, the top speed exceeds 217 mph… phew!

Who Won? You Make the Choice!

LaFerrari vs Ferrari Enzo INSANE Rev Battle! – Marchettino – YouTube

Although the LaFerrari is a better performing vehicle, the Enzo is competitive in the sound realm. Listening to the symphony of two V12s battle is an opera of its own. Each car has a uniquely tuned sound to satisfy any car fan. Furthermore, it is up to the viewer to decide who wins this rev battle. If you decide, be sure to let us know on our Facebook page! In conclusion, both the Enzo and LaFerrari are amazing feats of engineering deserving upmost respect.

BMW iNext EV: Arriving in 2021

BMW iNext EV: Arriving in 2021

BMW Sets High Goal for EV Models

In recent years, BMW has shown high interest in achieving success within the electric vehicle (EV) market. In 2016, BMW announced the plans for the iNext EV vehicle. The BMW iNext EV will be a “new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road” (Quote by BMW CEO Harald Krüger). The BMW iNext EV will probably take after the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept. Furthermore, the list of features within the iNext EV are sure not to disappoint. At the BMW Annual General Meeting, the CEO presented the initial design for this new tech flagship.

435 Mile Range & SAE Level 3 Autonomous Driving

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The BMW iNext EV boasts a ton of amazing features. Firstly, the iNext EV will offer a mileage range up to 435 miles. And yes, this is on one charge, not two or three. Secondly, there will be SAE level 3 autonomous driving tech with level 4 arriving within a year or so. This means that eyes on the road and hands on the wheel do not apply. Scary? Maybe. Not really. These features in themselves are a great feat for the BMW engineering team.

Expect 25 Electric BMW Models by 2025

BMW Vision Next 100 – interior Exterior and Drive – CAR TV – YouTube

By 2025, BMW plans to offer 25 electric vehicles, with 12 being fully electric. This means that BMW will offer mostly hybrids but with almost half being fully electric. This is quite an impressive goal and there will no doubt be competition in this field for the years to come. Recently shown in Beijing, the BMW all-electric X3 may arrive as early as 2020. Later in 2018, BMW will show the iNext EV as a “Vision Vehicle” concept to the world. Production for the iNext EV should begin in Dingolfing, Germany in 2021. In conclusion, BMW is aiming to achieve a full offering of electric vehicles in less than 10 years.

Note: The BMW iNext EV and the BMW i Vision are not the same vehicle. The BMW i Vision is shown above for an understanding of the futuristic designs of BMW.

2018 Ford GT Elevator Ride to Porsche Design Tower Penthouse

2018 Ford GT Elevator Ride to Porsche Design Tower Penthouse

Elevator Ride in 2018 Ford GT to Penthouse

At the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isle Beach, Florida, wealthy individuals may park their fine automobiles in their own private sky garage. Not many cities boast the luxury of Miami and its surrounding area. This building, specifically built with a robotic car lift, aims for auto enthusiasts with a large bank account. At the top, the building offers a $32 million USD penthouse. In the video below, a 2018 Ford GT takes a ride to the top in the stunning glass elevator.

2018 Ford GT: Worthy of Euro Auto Enthusiast Respect

2018 Ford GT - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2018 Ford GT – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 2018 Ford GT is a stunning vehicle that usually wouldn’t be discussed on this site. But, due to its relation in the video to the Porsche Design Tower, it deserves a spot.
The 2018 Ford GT sports a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. This motor produces 647 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 GT engine works in combo with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With a top speed of 216 mph, the Ford GT can reach 60 mph in only 3.0 seconds. Furthermore, on the quarter mile, the Ford GT completes it in 10.8 seconds at 134 mph. Not surprisingly, this car has a roadholding value of 1.11 g. Finally, the 2018 Ford GT has an EPA of 11 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Porsche Design Tower: Miami Luxury

Porsche Design Tower - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Porsche Design Tower – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On April 19, 2014, the Porsche Design Tower began construction. In 2017, the building is officially complete. The Porsche Design Tower is located at 18555 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Developed by Dezer Properties, this tower is along the Atlantic Ocean at 641 feet tall. The Porsche Design Tower offers stunning views from it’s 60 stories with floor-to-ceiling windows. Most noteworthy, each condo has access to a robotic car lift with private sky garages. For the most elite, there is a $32 million USD penthouse with around 20,000 sq. ft. of space.

Wealth, Wealth, &… Well, More Wealth

$32M Elevator ride with the 2018 Ford GT at the Porsche Design Tower – DragTimes – YouTube

The lifestyle of the wealthy is filled with the best luxury and modern technology. Riding a 2018 Ford GT into Porsche Design Tower is a statement on its own. The 2018 Ford GT is worth over $450,000 and is limited to 1,000 units. On top of this, taking it to the top is an additional $32 million USD. That alone, is $32.5 million USD in assets. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to live this luxurious lifestyle? In conclusion, the 2018 Ford GT is quite the complement to the penthouse at the Porsche Design Tower.

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance… Including Volkswagen

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance… Including Volkswagen

VW Emissions Scandal & Why They Deserve a Second Chance

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

For the 642,000 people working for Volkswagen, the actions of a few have altered their lives irrevocably.

You are probably aware that from 2006 to 2015, VW based their US sales strategy on selling “clean diesel” vehicles such as the Passat and the Jetta. They claimed that these vehicles rivaled electric-hybrids like the Toyota Prius in both performance and emissions.

Sales records show that as many as 580,000 found their way into the garages of unwary consumers. All of these customers thought they were buying high-performance, EPA-friendly autos.

But they weren’t.

Instead, they were actually purchasing vehicles which spewed 4x the legal limit of noxious fumes allowed by the US Nox Regulations.

Who’s to Blame for VW Emissions Scandal?

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

So, how did this fraud continue for close to a decade? Who knew and who didn’t?

Actually, the emissions scandal was the work of only a handful of people.

About 40 people, worked together to cover up the results of the failed emissions testing. The fraud went all the way to the top and there is little doubt that the CEO, Winkerton, knew of the issue in 2016. Many feel that he knew about it before then and may have had a hand in its execution.

Once the story broke, vehicle owners began filing civil lawsuits and criminal investigations began. Several executives found themselves facing jail sentences and VW’s CEO was forced to resign. In addition, the company was hit with billions of dollars in fines and settlements.

2nd Chances for VW Workers

Volkswagen’s diesel scandal, explained – The Verge – YouTube

Unfortunately, the lasting implications for the 642,000 auto workers who had nothing to do with the VW Emissions Scandal are real. VW sales have still not returned to same levels they were before the diesel scandal. Some US auto dealers reported that they had days during the past two years when they didn’t see a single customer in their showrooms.

Yet, finally, this past quarter, VW sales have started to climb.

According to Autodata, it looks as if VW has gained 12% over previous year’s sales. This could mean that the public is willing to forgive and forget now that those who engineered the VW Emissions Scandal have had to pay the piper.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410: The Fastest Lotus Model of the Millennium

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410: The Fastest Lotus Model of the Millennium

The Fastest Lotus of the Millennium

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - Front Corner - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Front Corner – Lotus – EuroDrift

The 2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 is titled the fastest Lotus road car model of the current millennium. The Evora Sport 410 is an enhanced version of the 400 models, which is also an option. Currently, Lotus offers the Evora 400, Evora Sport 410, and 3-Eleven 430. This car has an overall styling and technologically minimalistic interior like the Alfa Romeo 4C. The major difference is that this car packs a larger engine with more power. Lastly, the Evora Sport 410 is handmade in Hethel in the United Kingdom.

3.5-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine with 400 Horsepower

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - Engine - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Engine – Lotus – EuroDrift

The 2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 sports a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine. This motor produces 400 horsepower and 301 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine couples with a 6-speed manual transmission to reach a top speed of 190 mph. Furthermore, the Evora Sport 410 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the Evora 400. At only 2,910 lbs., this car is a lightweight mean machine that breathes track ready. In addition, this vehicle has a 309 lb. power-to-weight ratio and a downforce of 141 lbs. at 150 mph.

Supercar Suspension System with ‘Zero-Lift’

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - Front - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Front – Lotus – EuroDrift

The 2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 has ‘zero-lift’ which is due to a multitude of features. First, the Evora Sport 410 has a fully independent suspension. This vehicle arrives with a forged aluminum double wishbone suspension. Other suspension enhancements include an anti-roll bar, Eibach springs, and Bilstein dampers. Secondly, the steering setup is a rack and pinion system as seen in other well-known sports cars.

Brakes, Limited Slip Differential, & Wheels

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - Side - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Side – Lotus – EuroDrift

The 2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 sports servo assisted 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs with AP Racing four piston calibers. These brakes allow the vehicle to perform like a high-end sports car. On the front, the Evora Sport 410 sports 19” wheels while the rear withholds 20” wheels. Yes, the Evora Sport 410 has different size wheels on the front and rear. Lastly, the vehicle contains a Quaife limited split differential (LSD).

Simplistic Racing Style Interior

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - Interior - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Interior – Lotus – EuroDrift

The 2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 has a simple interior like the Alfa Romeo 4C. Firstly, the car arrives with leather seats. Secondly, Alcantara trim accompanies the leather suits in black or red color. Thirdly, on the dash, there is a basic navigation system design. The simple design suits a sports car of this style.

The Lotus Evora Sport 410 is a Unique Sports Car

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - Rear Corner - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Rear Corner – Lotus – EuroDrift

The 2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 is a truly unique sports car. The MSRP of the Evora Sport 410 is around $104,210. This is slightly more than the Evora 400 model. With 400 horsepower and a racing suspension, this car is one great track car. This vehicle may not be a daily driver, but it always suits the job of weekend car. In conclusion, the Evora Sport 410 is a straight-forward sports car that arrives ready to go.

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - Rear - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Rear – Lotus – EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 - World Champions - Lotus - EuroDrift

2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410 – World Champions – Lotus – EuroDrift

Lotus Evora Sport 410 – Something for the weekend – grouplotus – YouTube

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven: A Sports Car Meant for the Track

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven: A Sports Car Meant for the Track

The True Definition of a Track Car

The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven sports car is a vehicle that is truly built for the track. In 2016, the 3-Eleven was for sale by Lotus at two separate price points. The reason for the separate pricing is that there are two variations of the 3-Eleven. First off, there is the tamer version titled the “Road” model. Secondly, there is a track version called the “Race” model. Each version offers a different take on this sports car which alters the overall purpose of it.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Front - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Front – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

3.5-Liter Supercharged Toyota V6 Engine

The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven sports a 3.5-liter supercharged Toyota V6 engine. This is the same engine that appears in the Evora and Exige. On a special note, the 3-Eleven is 10 seconds faster around the track in comparison to the Evora 400. First, the 3-Eleven Road has 410 horsepower and 302 lb.-ft. of torque. This version can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Second, the 3-Eleven Race has 460 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque. This model reaches 60 mph in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. Basically, one version is slightly peppier than the other.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Engine - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Engine – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

Deeper Comparison of Road and Street Versions

Other than the power difference, each model is for sale with a different transmission. The Road version has a conventional manual transmission. In the Race model, there is a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The next major difference is the MSRP prices. The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven Road starts at a MSRP of $129,000. If the Race model attracts you, that will arrive with a hefty MSRP of $181,000. Regardless of the model, both of these cars are unique track capable cars.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Rear Corner - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Rear Corner – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

The Spirit of Lotus is within the 3-Eleven


Overall, the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven is the definition of a track car with the spirit of Lotus. The 24 valve, water-cooled, and all-aluminum engine complements the styling exterior of this car. The power numbers for the size are phenomenal and allow for a pull-back experience. Lastly, the price difference may be a deterrent but either model would be great for a track day. In conclusion, the 3-Eleven is truly a car that is meant for the track.

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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?

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E to be Sold in 2019

In 2019, Porsche will begin selling the all-new Mission E sedan. The Porsche Mission E is a fully electric 4-seater sport sedan. The purpose of this vehicle is to compete in the electric vehicle industry which is the future of transportation. As expected, the Mission E has its eyes set on Tesla. On release, the Porsche Mission E will have a MSRP of about $85,000.

“Our core area of expertise lies in complex, efficient, and high-performance power trains – just look at the 918 Spyder or 919 Hybrid”, stated Stefan Weckbach, the Mission E project head.

Two Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PSMs)

The Porsche Mission E sedan will sport two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs). These were used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans. This system allows for energy recovery while braking that can be used to continue propulsion. One of these motors powers the front axle while the other powers the rear. With these motors, the Mission E can hit 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. Surprisingly, the Mission E can hit 124 mph in less than 12 seconds – phew. These motors produce a combined 600+ horsepower.

“Fifteen minutes is an acceptable amount of charging time. And with 800 volts, it’s also feasible.” – Stefan Weckbach

800 Volt Charging System

In the Porsche Mission E, the voltage is double the standard charging value at 800 volts. This allows for shorter charging times and decreases the overall weight of the vehicle. With a lithium-ion battery, the Mission E can drive more than 300 miles on a single charge. To get another 250 miles, simply recharge for 15 minutes – enough time to grab coffee, or a quick meal. With an 800 volt charging system, the Mission E can still be recharged at a typical 400 volt recharging station.

Electric Vehicles are the Future


Overall, the Porsche Mission E is expected to stir up the electric vehicle market. As Tesla currently holds reign in this sub-industry, Porsche and other brands will be making their appearances in the next few years. From Audi to Mercedes-Benz to Porsche, each brand understands the need for a motion towards a fully electric future. Without an exhaust, the cars may not sound the same but they sure are just as fact – if not faster. In the end, auto enthusiasts will probably be happy to take the Mission E for a ride, or two.

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