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Lamborghini’s Hybrid Sports Car Venture
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
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!
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
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.
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?
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!
The Aston Martin Rapide E is Fully Electric!
For Aston’s 1st all-electric model, the company chose the Rapide. Hence, the birth of the Aston Martin Rapide E came to be. This fully electric vehicle is a beast, regardless of not including the typical V12. The company engineered the Rapide E with an 800-volt battery system. So, it definitely does not lack in capabilities. And, to make it even more stunning, the company enhanced the exterior with optimal styling and newly designed aluminum wheels. Furthermore, this Aston includes all three driving modes: Agile, Controlled, and Beautiful Balanced Drive. So, even though the V12 spirit may be missing, it still drives the same! (At least, theoretically!)
800-Volt Battery System & Electric Motors
The AM Rapide E sports an 800-volt battery setup with two electric motors at the rear. Firstly, the 800-volt battery system boasts carbon fiber and Kevlar casing. Furthermore, it has a 65-kWh capacity. And, where there used to be a V12, there’s now over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells in a bespoke battery pack. Now, as per the electric motors, there are two rear units. Combined, these offer a beastly 604 horsepower and 701 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Rapide E to reach 155 mph top speed.
The Electric Future is Coming!
With Aston Martin joining the fully electric realm, the auto industry moves even closer to an EV future. Beforehand, many companies already have vehicles planned for the next decade, changing the car world forever. These companies include Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and more. But, the AM Rapide E is an absolutely amazing EV. Although the roar of the V12 may be missed, the car will have the same sports car spirit. And, the electric motors produce a ton of torque, way more than the V12 was going to provide. Overall, the Rapide E is Aston’s entry into the electric car realm.
Twenty Years Since the Pagani Zonda C12 Debut
At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Pagani celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Zonda. It was first at the 1999 Geneva Auto Show that Pagani revealed the first Zonda, the C12. Ever since, the Zonda has been a legendary sports car known for its prowess, price tag, and racing abilities. After the C12, there was the Zonda S, Zonda F, Zonda Cinque, and more. Now, the successor is on the market – the Pagani Huayra. But, that doesn’t mean the Zonda is dead. It is no less an amazing vehicle today than in 1999.
Specs of the Original Pagani Zonda C12
The Pagani Zonda C12 sports a 6.0-liter Mercedes-Benz M120 V12 engine. This motor produces 444 horsepower and 572 lb.-ft. of torque. This works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. Not surprisingly, this car could reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and 100 mph in 9.2 seconds. In total, only 5 Zonda models were built with the 6.0-liter engine. From there, the Zonda upgraded to a 7.0-liter V12 in the S model. And, obviously, each model further receives more power as well as more capabilities.
The Pagani Zonda is a Legendary Car
Ever since its debut in 1999, the Pagani Zonda has become a legendary car. Whether viewed in real life at an auto show, in the streets, or via a video game, this car has obtained the respect of car lovers worldwide. Owning a Zonda is a rare opportunity that many people would love to enjoy. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a Zonda. But everyone can appreciate the engineering feat that this car is in the auto market. Overall, the Zonda is an amazing sports car – congrats to Pagani Automobili!
Note: The featured image is by Alexander Migl of Wikimedia.
The Stunning Superveloce Jota
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
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.
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.
A Track Driver’s Dream
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.
Aperta at RM Sotheby’s Auction
On January 17, 2019, a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta will auction in Arizona at a RM Sotheby’s event. This open-top hypercar is one of only 210 total units. Firstly, there is a Nero Daytona paintjob with red accents on the exterior. Secondly, as per the interior, it reigns in high quality Italian materials. This car has maintenance records from Ferrari of Beverly Hills. On top of this, this Aperta has only 1,500 miles. Obviously, this is a major bonus as dealers maintain well-kept records. This is especially important for cars such as the LaFerrari Aperta. Furthermore, at auction, this car is expected to reach 6.5 to 8.5 million USD.
Brief History & Specs Breakdown
The 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta was first unveiled at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. The debut was at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Prior to this, all 210 units were pre-sold to pre-selected owners. Yes, Ferrari had to select you to get one of these cars, not the other way around. Under the hood, the Aperta has a 6.2-liter V12. This engine works in combo with a 120-kW electric motor to produce 950 horsepower. Finally, this allows the Aperta to compete with the crème of the crop of hypercars.
Who’s Willing to Spend $8.5 Million?
So, at the 2019 RM Sotheby’s auction in Arizona, who’s willing to spend $8.5 million USD? Because, that person is likely to drive the 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta home. And, this person will not have to be pre-selected by Ferrari. So, this will be the first person outside of that loop. The Aperta is an absolutely stunning car that draws attention. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be surprising to pass $8.5 million USD. Overall, the LaFerrari Aperta is a collector’s dream with limited owners.
A Road Approved Track Car
Straight out of Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy from the Squadra Corse Motorsport Division arrives the SC18 Alston! The Lamborghini SC18 Alston is the first “one-off” by Squadra Corse. This stunning car takes style from the Lamborghini Huracán, while enabling itself further. Inside out, this car breathes a racing lifestyle. The car begins with a carbon fiber body in Grigio Daytona. From there, extreme aerodynamics create a beastly driving machine. Obviously, a bit more details will be found below!
6.5-Liter V12 Engine with 770 HP
The Lamborghini SC18 Alston sports a 6.5-liter V12 engine. This motor boasts 770 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine works in combo with an independent shifting rod optimized 7-speed transmission. The large amount of power complements the lighter weight, creating more agility. At only 4.3” high off the ground, this car is ready to zoom! But, if taken on the road, be sure to watch for potholes!
Inside Out Breakdown
On the exterior, the Lamborghini SC18 Alston has quite the fancy body. Firstly, there are air intakes on the front hood in the style of the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. Secondly, the side and rear fenders plus the fins and air scoop are from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO. Thirdly, a large carbon fiber wing with 3 mechanical adjustments complements the rear. Fourthly, there are 12 air intakes on the rear hood! No, you didn’t hear that wrong! Holy cow! Finally, the car finishes off with single nut 20” wheels on the front and 21” wheels on the back. On these wheels, specially engineered Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires scream performance.
Inside the car, the interior begins with Nero Ade Alcantara upholstery. This upholstery is furthermore exemplified by Rosso Alala cross-stitching. To top it off, carbon fiber bucket seats offer optimal racing comfort. From there, the Lamborghini dashboard provides a modern style and feel. Obviously, the gadgets are continually improving through the years, and this is no exception. Who wouldn’t want to hop into this spaceship and take off for Mars?
It’s Time to Hit the Track!
The Lamborghini SC18 Alston is the Maddest Lambo Ever! – Shmee150 – YouTube
Now, it’s literally time to hit the track! Get out the Lamborghini SC18 Alston and go to track day! Well, if it’s within price range. Unfortunately, no visible price is available yet on the Lamborghini website. But, this will most likely be a bank breaker. With the powerful 6.5-liter V12 and the stunning aesthetics, this car is quite a living room display piece. Overall, this design by Squadra Corse is a great expansion of the Lamborghini auto library.
Note: All pictures are the property of the Lamborghini manufacturer.
A Victory for Porsche in the Ring!
On October 25, 2018, a modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR defeated the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time. With tweaking by Manthey-Racing, the car finished the lap in only 6 minutes and 40.33 seconds. This defeats the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ time of 6:44.97. This makes this car the fastest street car lap at the 12.9-mile Nordschleife.
”In this test drive, we simply wanted to assess the potential of the vehicle once more. The result is quite impressive. It really is a fabulous time. This shows again very clearly the exciting possibilities of this sports car.” – Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport
The possibilities of the 911 GT2 RS MR almost seem endless. This car is a beastly machine, and with mods, is even better. Now, let’s take a deeper look into the car!
Modifications by Manthey-Racing
Under the hood, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is untouched by Manthey-Racing. But, on the exterior, changes are made to improve handling. Starting with a new aero package, this car has a larger wing and dive planes. Next, there is new suspension hardware and magnesium wheels. Furthermore, there are better brake pads, fluids, and stainless-steel lines. But, the engine’s 700 horsepower is plenty to accomplish this feat.
Manthey-Racing’s modifications allowed this car to set the record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This racing team currently runs Porsche’s 911 RSR World Endurance Championship program. On top of this, they offer mods for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport and 911 GT. This company is largely owned by Porsche, making a greater connection. In combination with the expert track driver, Lars Kern, this GT2 RS MR project set the record. This is an amazing feat that will sure be challenged by future models.
The 911 GT2 RS is King of the Ring
New record: 911 GT2 RS MR laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:40.3 minutes. – Porsche – YouTube
In the end, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now king of the ring. With such a low time, 6:40.33, this car beat out the Aventador SVJ’s time of 6:44.97. Even crazier, this car did better than the McLaren P1 LM, which had a time of 6:43.2. Furthermore, the P1 GTR is also behind on this number. Now, the new race will aim for a time below 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This should be an interesting battle of the supercar.
Aston Martin Uses Instagram to Tease Valkyrie
Recently, Aston Martin shared a post on Instagram displaying the Valkyrie nearing production status. This post is basically a teaser to what is to come in the near future. While it is nearing production, the expectation is late 2019 or early 2020. Currently, Aston plans to build 175 road legal Valkyries, plus 25 track-only versions. Back in July of 2017, Miles Nurnberger made a statement about the Valkyrie:
“… 95% of the way there.” – Miles Nurnberger
It has been quite some time since this statement, but it may be a sign that the Aston Martin Valkyrie is finally ready to consider motion forward. Though, do note, quite a few things are changing for the production version.
Changes to the Valkyrie During Concept Stage
The Aston Martin Valkyrie Instagram post shows a bit of changes since the previous concept. First, there are alloy wheels shown on the car, whereas the previous concept has carbon fiber. But, the car is being offered with that exact optional aerodynamic carbon fiber wheel cover set. Secondly, the exterior has revised side skirts as well as a lighting elements in the vent behind the front wheels. Thirdly, the blue to black paint job is beautiful, but it is most likely in use to cover some of the design. This means there may be more changes to the car that can be seen easily from the photos. Finally, the interior flaunts a few extra buttons and more seat padding. Carbon fiber still governs the interior though.
Who Wouldn’t Want to Own a Valkyrie?
Jump Inside the Aston Martin Valkyrie! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150 – YouTube
Truthfully, who wouldn’t want to own an Aston Martin Valkyrie? Well… someone. But, most of us car lovers would love to own it. With it’s hybrid drivetrain, this car sports 1,126 estimated horsepower. This is a combo of electric and gasoline elements producing power. The motor itself is a Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 engine. That in itself could make this a hypercar, but electrical motors can take it even further. The Valkyrie will set Aston Martin history as the first hypercar by the company. In conclusion, Aston Martin is really stepping up in the sports car and hypercar realms of the auto industry.