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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.

Ready to Drive the Hybrid Lamborghini Sián?

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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

2018 Ferrari Portofino: The California T Replacement

2018 Ferrari Portofino: The California T Replacement

Ferrari recently revealed the newest addition to its models, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino. The 2018 Ferrari Portofino is the planned replacement for the current Ferrari California T. The Portofino will be powered by a front-mounted 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing an estimated 591 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. This power will allow the Portofino to complete a 0-62 mph run in as little as 3.5 seconds. Ferrari also claims that the Portofino will be able to go over 199 mph, but not by how much. That means it “may” be a 200 mph class vehicle.

The first appearance of the 2018 Ferrari Portofino is expected to occur at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Some may call the Portofino the bottom-of-the-line Ferrari. Regardless of its placement within the brand, the Portofino is a true Ferrari vehicle. At an expected MSRP of over $200,000, the Portofino will exceed the California T in a few ways.

Firstly, there will be an additional 39 horsepower and 4 lb.-ft. of torque over the California T. Secondly, the Portofino will sport a brand new chassis that is lighter and sturdier than the California T. On top of this, the E-Diff3, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, will be included in the video. Lastly, Ferrari engineers improved the magnetorheological adaptive-damping system as well as the electrically assisted power-steering system.

The 2018 Ferrari Portofino Will Be Stunning

Overall, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino is a great vehicle from what can be seen from the reveal. The expected, powerful Ferrari V8 will be completed by a brand new design taking Ferrari to the next generation. Many may think this is the low end of Ferrari, but it is a true Italian sports car. The Portofino offers slightly more power than the California T with an overhaul in the technology department. The unveil in Frankfurt should be exciting with prospective clients ready to see this vehicle.

1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB: A Genuine Classic

1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB: A Genuine Classic

A Production Reign from 1975 to 1985

From 1975 to 1985, the Ferrari 308 GTB was assembled in Maranello, Italy. This beautiful car’s initial design is by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina. The name “GTB” basically stands for “Gran Touring Berlinetta”. On the other hand, the 308 GTS is a Targa top, but that will be left for another future article. The Ferrari 308 GTB is a transverse mid-engine RWD sports car. The predecessor of the 308 GTB is the Dino 246 GT/GTS. Furthermore, the successor is the 328 GTB/GTS.

Initially, the 308 GTB made its intro at the Paris Motor Show in 1975. As per the GTS, this debut occurs 2 years later at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show. The major difference of these two models is the top design. The GTB has a hard-top whereas the GTS has the Targa top. Performance wise, both cars perform very similar. The only performance difference is mostly due to weight.

2.9-Liter Tipo F106 AB V8 Engine

Ferrari 308 GTB - Driver's Side Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 308 GTB – Driver’s Side Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB sports a 2.9-liter Tipo F106 AB V8 engine. First off, the European version contains 252 horsepower due to a dry sump setup. Unfortunately, the U.S. version tapers back to 237 horsepower. This is due to a wet sump because of emission control requirements. Furthermore, the motor is a 90 degrees V8 with a belt-driven twin overhead camshaft per cylinder bank. Even furthermore, the car has four twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carbs with a single coil ignition. On top of this, the engine works in combo with a fully synchromesh 5-speed “dog-leg” manual transmission. Lastly, this system receives support from a limited slip differential.

Racing Components of the 308 GTB

The 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB is a classic racing car at heart. Firstly, the car starts with the beastly 2.9-liter V8. Secondly, the car is built from a tube frame and glass-enforced separate plastic body. But, in June 1977, the body changed to steel. Before the steel, the car weight was 2315 lbs. Afterwards, the steel added an increase of around 331 lbs. Thirdly, the driver takes full control with unassisted rack and pinion steering.

Fourthly, the 308 GTB has an all independent suspension. This system contains double wishbones, coaxial coil springs, hydraulic dampers, and anti-roll bars. Fifthly, and finally, is the 4-wheel vented disc brakes. From the engine to suspension, this car could compete with the crème of the crop at the time. Unfortunately, nowadays, parts for this car are rare, and sometimes even manufactured new due to lack of replacement parts.

Who Doesn’t Want to Drive a 308 GTB?

This Ferrari 308 GTB Traces The Streets Of Bangkok Daily – Petrolicious – YouTube

Overall, the 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB is an amazing machine. From the beautiful styling to the V8, this car was sure to please the auto enthusiast at the time. Furthermore, this car still pleases many fans today. Today, the 1975-1985 308 GTB ranges in price from as low at $50,000 up to over $200,000. This may not equate to the value of some other Ferraris, which cost millions, but this car is well worth this price. Down the road, this car may increase in value as it is truly a stunning machine. In conclusion, although the 308 GTB didn’t reach one million USD in value, this car offers the pleasure as if it did so.

Ferrari 308 GTB - Front Corner in Museum - Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Torino, Italy - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 308 GTB – Front Corner in Museum – Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino, Italy – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

The C1 Audi 100 Coupé S

From 1969 to 1976, Audi produced the 100 Coupé S which is part of the C1 generation. The designer for the 100 Coupé S is Ruprecht Neuner. Basically, the Audi 100 Coupé S is a sports fastback grand tourer. It was initially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969. During production, units were limited to only 30,687 vehicles.

1.9-Liter In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) sports a 1.9-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine with 115 horsepower. This motor functions with two carburetors and a 4-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission. In 1972, the motor dropped one carburetor and lost 3 horsepower. So, the 1972-1976 version has only 112 horsepower. As with older generations, this car has a FWD system. Nowadays, Audi mostly uses AWD on their vehicles.

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3/V4: 928 V8

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Front Corner in Blue - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Front Corner in Blue – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3 and V4 are models developed by Audi and Porsche, together. Firstly, the Audi 100 Coupé V3 has a Porsche 928 V8 with 350 horsepower. Furthermore, the V3 sports flared fenders and RWD. As for the V4, the body of the car was expanded to 4.3” wider. This is for accommodating the 928’s running gear and wider track. The V8 and RWD were a perfect match for this car, basically making it comparable to a muscle car. Overall, it would’ve been amazing if the V4 were for sale.

A Test for Audi in the 2-Door Coupe Market

Audi 100 Coupé S: 70er-Jahre-Sportler mit Kopfnick-Automatik – focusonline – YouTube

In conclusion, the 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) was a test for Audi in the 2-door market. The 100 Coupé S is basically Audi’s version of a muscle car. The base C1 falls short of a muscle car due to it’s 4-cylinder engine. Although, the V3/V4 versions are basically muscle cars with the V8 and RWD. The Audi 100 Coupé S is a great project car if you’re an Audi enthusiast. Especially, if you squeeze in the 928 V8. Now, that’d be one fun venture.

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

 

Bugatti Chiron: 8.0-Liter Quad-Turbocharged W16

Bugatti Chiron: 8.0-Liter Quad-Turbocharged W16

The Beastly Bugatti Chiron Hypercar

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. broke the record for 0 to 249 to 0 mph in only 41.96 seconds with it’s newest vehicle, the Chiron. The Bugatti Chiron has been in production since 2016 with a limit of 500 total models. Bugatti’s assembly line for the Chiron is in Mosheim, Alsace, France. This new mid-engine, all-wheel drive hypercar is a beautiful masterpiece of engineering. Not to surprise, the first 200 Chiron’s sold before they were even built.

8.0-Liter Quad-Turbocharged W16 Engine

Bugatti Chiron - W16 Engine - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron – W16 Engine – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Chiron sports an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine. This motor produces a whopping 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque… phew! In combination with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the Chiron hits 60 mph in only 2.4 seconds. The Chiron can hit 124 mph in only 6.1 seconds and 186 mph in 13.1 seconds. Furthermore, the Chiron can hit 250 mph in only 32.6 seconds and stop to standstill from that speed in 9.4 seconds. At the 2017 IAA show in Frankfurt, Bugatti announced that the Chiron could hit 249 mph and return to 0 mph in only 41.96 seconds. This broke all records at the time which would be later defeated by the Koenigsegg Agera S.

A Masterpiece of Automotive Engineering

Bugatti Chiron - Rear Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron – Rear Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Chiron has a carbon fiber body structure and independent suspension. On top of this, the Chiron contains a Haldex AWD system. These work in combination to create a masterpiece. Lastly, the Chiron wears custom made tires built to handle the stress at speeds of around 250 mph. The Chiron’s top speed is governed to 261 mph due to the tires. Although, it is expected to reach a top speed of around 288 mph. This will only happen if tires are enhanced enough to handle the environment at speeds of 275+ mph.

The Bugatti Chiron MSRP is $2,700,000


The Bugatti Chiron is a beautiful hypercar that takes the manufacturer to the top of the list. To purchase a Chiron, a down payment of $226,000 is necessary due to it’s $2,700,000 price tag. For anyone lucky enough to purchase this vehicle, finding proper coverage for this beast may be quite expensive. With a current top speed of 261 mph, this car can be quite the thrill as well as quite the risk. Overall, the Bugatti Chiron is an amazing hypercar that will hold its place in history due to its exceeding specifications.

Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept Car: A Perspective for the Future

Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept Car: A Perspective for the Future

Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept Car

In 2017, Smart displayed their newest invention at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of a musical. Smart is a small vehicle company owned by Daimler AG, the same parent company as Mercedes-Benz. The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is a self-driving intelligent vehicle that will be the future of “urban luxury”. Powered by a 30 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, the ForTwo will be fully autonomous. The vehicle will not be personally owned but rather an alternative means of transportation.

The ForTwo Will Analyze Passenger Compatability

The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car will pick up passengers on demand. Similar to Uber Pool and Lyft Line, the ForTwo will allow passengers to “split” expenses. The ForTwo will use advanced technology to analyze passengers Facebook pages for compatibility information. Examples of this include music preferences, Facebook likes, and profile information. The first rider can decline the matching option unlike the second rider. If privacy is a concern, the bench seat turns into a two-part barrier.

“…Cars Should Make Use of Themselves…”

The goal of the ForTwo is to have an autonomous, connected, electric, and shareable vehicle. The purpose of this is to reduce emissions, noise pollution, and traffic in the city. “The basic idea is that cars should make use of themselves in the city” said Dieter Zelsche, chairman of Daimler AG’s Board of Management. At level 5 of 5 on the self-driving scale, the ForTwo will pursue the highest automation specs possible. This car fits in the Mercedes-Benz concept to deliver 10 electric vehicles to market by 2020. Although, this vehicle will most likely never make it to the road.

The ForTwo Stores Passenger Preferences

To help passengers identify the vehicle, the headlights can be customized to a specific color for distinguishability. Once the passenger enters the ForTwo, the car will greet the passenger with their profile picture. The ForTwo will also store preferences such as in-car entertainment, places, and routes. When the ForTwo runs low on juice, it will automatically recharge at the closest recharging station. Another unexpected perk is that the ForTwo can connect and feed the grid as a “swarm battery”. Lastly, the side panels of the vehicle can display news, sports scores, time, and weather information while not in motion.

The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is the Future


Overall, the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car is a vision of the future. From its fully autonomous function to its customizability per passenger, it is a leap forward in the automotive realm. The ForTwo Concept is the type of the vehicle that will inevitably replace the jobs of many drivers worldwide. At this level of technology, the vehicle can provide the feeling that it is your own. In the end, the movement of autonomous vehicles will clearly alter the world from what it is today.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: The $2.8 Million Collector’s Car

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: The $2.8 Million Collector’s Car

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

At the 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed the Project One Hypercar. At $2.8 million MSRP, the Project One is a formula-1 inspired hypercar. After long speculation of a Mercedes hypercar, Mercedes-AMG did not disappoint. With production beginning in 2019, the vehicle will be limited to 275 units which are already sold out. Surprisingly, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar may not sport the motor system you were expecting.

1.6-Liter Turbocharged V6 & Electric Motor Combination

Unlike the Bugatti Chiron that has 1500 horsepower via a 8.0-liter W16 motor, the Mercedes-AMG Project One will sport a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and electric motors. With the 8.0-liter W16, the Chiron can shed a 26 gallon tank of gasoline in 8 minutes flat… phew! Although the Project One has a much smaller motor, it can hit 0-60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph. The V6 motor itself producing around 700 horsepower with a 11,000 rpm limit. The three electric motors produce 500 horsepower themselves, leading to ~1,200 horsepower total.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Electric Motors

The electric motors act in a multitude of ways on the Project One. First, there is one electric motor located at each of the front wheels. The third electric motor is within the engine bay. A fourth electric motor spins the turbocharger so there is never lag when acceleration is necessary. Another benefit to this overall electrical setup is that the plugin hybrid system allows for torque vectoring. On the hybrid drive system alone, the Project One can complete 20 miles silently for those late night cruises.

The Project One was engineered with a lightweight carbon fiber body. Furthermore, Carbon wheels and carbon ceramic brakes complement the body. The front and rear spoilers are active which help with cornering. Although expected with other Mercedes models, automation is not an option on this vehicle. Another difference is that the doors open forward then up rather than directly outwards.

The Project One’s body has adequate intakes and vents to keep the motor cool and breathing well. On the interior, it looks like a F1 car with a passenger seat. The steering wheel has multicolored buttons and dials. On the dash, there are dual 10 inch hi-resolution LCD screens. The rear view mirror system is camera based rather than simply a mirror.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: Car Collector’s Dream


Overall, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar is a brand new addition to the highly collectible cars realm. With a combination of electric and fuel, this car can compete with the best of the best. The top speed may not be as high as some competitors but for a V6 and electricity, it speaks for itself. The carbon fiber body, wheels, and brakes make for an authentic racing appearance. In the end, if you were able to pay $2.8 million for one of 275 units, you are one lucky car collector.

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