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2019 Ferrari 488 Pista: Most Powerful Maranello V8 in History

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista: Most Powerful Maranello V8 in History

The Newest 488 Model

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

In 2018, Ferrari revealed a new version of the 488, the Pista. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista has the most powerful V8 in Maranello history. Ferrari quotes that the 488 Pista is the “ultimate driving experience”. As the other 488 models, the Pista is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive model. Furthermore, the 488 Pista is built with more racing technology than the other models. For anyone that doesn’t speak Italian, “pista” stands for “track”. Hence, this vehicle is quite the experience for the money. Starting at $350,050, the Pista can only go up in price from there… starting with carbon fiber wheels.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Front - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Front – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

The Most Powerful Maranello V8

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Cockpit - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Cockpit – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista sports the most powerful V8 in Maranello history. This engine is a dry-sump twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 with 710 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Not surprisingly, 50% of the Pista engine parts are new. The powerful Pista engine works in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 2.8 seconds. Furthermore, from 0 to 100 mph, it’s a quick 5.4 seconds. The Pista can complete a quarter mile in 10.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed for this model is 211 mph. Note, these numbers are from Car & Driver.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

Differences from the GTB and Spider

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Side - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Side – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista differs from the GTB and Spider in multiple ways. Firstly, as mentioned above, the engine contains 50% new parts. Secondly, there is a lighter crankshaft and flywheel. Thirdly, the titanium connecting rods allow for 17% reduction in inertia. Fourthly, the compression ratio is now 9.6:1. Finally, there are 8-10% stiffer springs that can still manage to be sports car comfy.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

An Impressive Piece of Fine Art

Ferrari 488 Pista – Official Video – Ferrari – YouTube

On planet earth, the Italians are known for their fine design of clothing and vehicles. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista is just another display of this elegant appreciation of art. From front to rear, this car is stunning with the power of the horse on the logo. With the modifications on the Pista, GTB and Spider drivers will probably be jealous. Regardless, the GTB and Spider are also amazing Ferrari vehicles. In conclusion, the 488 Pista is another stunning jewel from the land of Italy.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica: Convertible Hardtop Variant

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica: Convertible Hardtop Variant

“The World’s Fastest Convertible”

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In 2005, Ferrari introduced the 575 Superamerica. The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica is a retractable hardtop variant of the 575M Maranello coupe. Not surprisingly, this model was limited to a production of 559 units from 2005 to 2006. Surprisingly, only 43 of these models contain a manual gearbox. Furthermore, to better understand, Enzo Ferrari had a philosophy that production should always be one model short of demand. Hence, the number of 559 rather than an even 560. Lastly, at the time, Ferrari was marketing the Superamerica as “the world’s fastest convertible”.

5.7-Liter V12 with 533 Horsepower

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Engine - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Engine – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica sports a 5.7-liter V12 engine. This motor produces 533 horsepower. Noteworthy, this is a 25 horsepower increase from the 575M Maranello. With the V12, the Superamerica can reach a top speed of 199 mph. From 0 to 60 mph, this model takes only 4.2 seconds, which matches the 575M Maranello. This may be due to the additional weight from the convertible dissipating any additional horsepower.

The Superamerica Roof Design

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica, the auto maker altered the roof design. This car has an electrochromic glass panel roof that rotates 180 degrees. Furthermore, it is a patented Revocromico roof with a carbon fiber structure. The roof hinges on a single axis to the luggage compartment. This allows access to the boot, even if the roof is down. The initial roof design was used on a 2001 Vola by Leonardo Fioravanti. In addition, while the roof is down, the rear window acts as a wind deflector.

A Rare Addition to the 575 Fleet

Ferrari 575 Superamerica Start Up Rev and Accelerate – hompsan89 – YouTube

The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica is quite a spectacular vehicle. With a roaring V12 and a convertible top, this car is great for the summer. “The world’s fastest convertible” may not be the fastest anymore, but it can still stun spectators. The hardtop convertible is a perfect fit for Ferrari, which can be seen in modern models such as the California. Lastly, Ferrari did offer a GTC handling package for this car, but it was optional. In conclusion, the 575 Superamerica is one of the best convertibles of its time.

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

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow: Lamborghini Urus Copycat

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow: Lamborghini Urus Copycat

The Fake Huansu Urus

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Through the years, Chinese auto makers have shown a copycat cycle in vehicle design. Previously, these businesses focused on companies such as Land Rover and Porsche. But, now, this contains Lamborghini as well. The Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow is a straight-out Lamborghini Urus copycat. The exterior is strikingly similar, with just enough alterations to have legal protection in China. Unfortunately, China has protective and byzantine copyright laws. This makes it extremely difficult for foreign companies to sue them. An example is when Porsche was attempting to sue Zotye for a Macan copycat. Unfortunately, this didn’t go to plan and the copycat is still on the market in China.

Basic Overview of the Copycat Hyosow

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

From front to rear, the Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow is a Lamborghini Urus copycat. On the cheap end, this midsize crossover is only 10% of the price. This means a MSRP of between $15,000 and $23,000. Furthermore, on the front, there is a slightly different lower front fascia. As per the roof, the Hyosow has an upright roofline. Notably, there are fewer body creases as if the car underwent plastic surgery. Another difference is the 7” smaller wheelbase. Unfortunately, these differences allow Huansu to avoid copyright concerns in China, whereas in other countries, this would be a crime.

Lamborghini Urus - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Differences Between Hyosow & Urus

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

As shown above, the Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow is very similar in style to the Lamborghini Urus. Now, diving a bit deeper, the engine and other features will be in review. Instead of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 650 horsepower, the Hyosow offers two 4-cylinder engine variants. There is a 1.5-liter motor with 150 horsepower and a 2.0-liter engine with 200 horsepower. This is embarrassing in comparison to the Urus engine. But, this is exactly the goal of Huansu… to offer a knock-off “high-end” vehicle.

For the drivetrain, the Huansu will most likely sport FWD. This is also degrading in comparison to the advanced AWD system in the Urus. The Urus even includes multi-terrain settings for off-road capabilities. Furthermore, the Hyosow will offer five and seven passenger configs. Overall, there is no denying the constant auto market plagiarism in China.

Lamborghini Urus - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Background on Huansu

Huansu, the producer of the Hyosow, is owned by the BAIC Group. Surprisingly, this company is a Chinese state-owned enterprise and holding company for multiple subsidiaries. Simultaneously, this company works with Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz to build cars for the Chinese domestic market. Undoubtedly, this company does not play fair in the design realm. Recently, at the Beijing Auto Show 2018, a copycat of a G63 AMG 6×6 was on display by a Chinese manufacturer. To the dissatisfaction of Euro auto makers, this company continues to thrive in China. Maybe, one day, this company will branch into designing its own vehicles… well, probably not…

“Huansu, No Copying!”

Urus: The world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle – Lamborghini – YouTube

As Dora the Explorer would say, “Huansu, no copying! Huansu, no copying! Huansu, no copying!”. At least, Swiper hopes she would say that. Either way, Huansu needs to “man up” and begin to develop its own vehicles from scratch. Copying other auto makers is degrading and doesn’t make for a good business. Overall, the Lamborghini Urus is still the shining star of the SUV universe and the Huansu can stick it!

Note: Unfortunately, there are no quality videos of the Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow on YouTube.

Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante Sold at Auction

Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante Sold at Auction

The Prince of Wales

Prince Charles - Prince of Wales - Attending Church at Sandringham - Christmas Day 2017 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Prince Charles – Prince of Wales – Attending Church at Sandringham – Christmas Day 2017 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Prince Charles, also known as the Prince of Wales, is a member of the British royal family. He is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II, making him heir to the throne. Prince Charles started his dukedom as Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay in 1952. Born November 14, 1948, the Prince of Wales is currently only 69 years old. Regardless, he is the oldest and longest serving heir known in British history.

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII - Front During Royal Wedding of Prince William - Duke of Cambridge - Royal Wedding Photography - EuroDrift

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII – Front During Royal Wedding of Prince William – Duke of Cambridge – Royal Wedding Photography – EuroDrift

Not for sale, but worth discussing, is Prince Charles’ 1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII. The Queen gave Prince Charles the DB6 MkII for his 21st birthday. Not surprisingly, Prince Charles will not depart with his treasured DB6. In 2008, the vehicle was modified to run on biofuel distilled from excess wine produced near Highgrove Estate. The Prince has also installed this technology on an Audi, multiple Jaguars, and a Range Rover. Regardless, this car is stunning, so it is obvious why this vehicle is not for sale. Lastly, this DB6 MkII can be seen above at the royal wedding of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante - Front - Bonhams Auction - EuroDrift

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante – Front – Bonhams Auction – EuroDrift

In 2012, Prince Charles put his 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante up for auction at the Bonhams auction. On the exterior, this Virage has a hunter green paintjob. Furthermore, under the hood, the vehicle sports a 6.3-lite V8. This engine produces 456 bhp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 5.5 seconds. In addition, this car has an electric hood with a glass screen. Finally, at only 34,000 miles in immaculate condition means this is quite the collector car.

A Successful Auction for the Prince

Aston Martin V8 Volante ‘Prince of Wales’ – Nicholas Mee & Co Ltd – YouTube

At auction, Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante sold for £119,100 (GDP), or $155,332.96 (USD). This amount is much more than the initial estimation value of £60,000-£70,000. The Virage Volante made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1991 and was lent to the prince until 2007. So, technically, this car was never truly owned by the Prince of Wales. After the Virage was given back, it was shown at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England. Either way, this car isn’t as nice as the 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at Prince Harry’s wedding.

Red Bull Formula One: Aston Martin Caravan Race

Red Bull Formula One: Aston Martin Caravan Race

An Aston Towing a Caravan? Yes.

In a Top Gear style stunt, Red Bull Formula One drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen pull the ultimate race. Each driving an Aston Martin Vanquish variant, the two F1 drivers pull caravans around the ring. This Aston Martin caravan race takes place at the F1 Austrian Grand Prix track. At 1,760 lbs., the caravans didn’t stop the Aston Martins from a track day. Fortunately, the cars and drivers survived… unfortunately, the caravans did not.

Aston Martin & Red Bull Racing

Aston Martin Caravan Race - Towing Caravans - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – Towing Caravans – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin caravan race may make one ponder, what is the connection between Aston and Red Bull? Well, first off, Aston Martin is a Red Bull sponsor. This leads to a tendency of working together. Secondly, Red Bull’s involvement in the F1 racing scene has led to an interest in hypercars. Not surprisingly, Aston Martin is working with Red Bull on the stunning Valkyrie. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a beastly machine that will shake up the hypercar realm. Unfortunately, for Aston, Red Bull vehicles are built with Renault engines.

Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Caravan Race - Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

The drivers for the Aston Martin caravan race were Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Ricciardo made his F1 debut in 2011 with Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s entry driver team. With 4 victories and 3rd place last year, this driver can race. During the caravan race, Ricciardo drives an Aston Martin Vanquish Volante with 576 horsepower. Now, everyone knows the Vanquish Volante is ready for the caravan road trip.

On the other hand, Max Verstappen made his start in F1 racing in 2015. Surprisingly, Verstappen was only 17 years old! This makes him the youngest F1 driver in history. This stunt wasn’t completely new as Verstappen. He once took the Red Bull F1 car up an Austrian Alps ski slope… yes, really. Lastly, Verstappen drove an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante with 603 horsepower in the race.

Ready to See the Race? Hell Yes!

A Caravan Race with an F1 twist! Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen take to the Red Bull Ring – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing – YouTube

The Red Bull Racing Aston Martin caravan race is quite the spectacle. Who would’ve thought Aston Martin’s can tug a caravan along the track? Well, if you don’t know, now you know. If you did know, then… good for you. Unfortunately, in recent years, Red Bull is struggling with the hybrid powertrain rules from 2014. Regardless, Red Bull can still put on quite the show, on and off the F1 track. In conclusion, the Aston Martin Vanquish is a powerhouse waiting to show the world what it is capable of… or not?

Aston Martin Caravan Race - View of Caravans, Drivers, & Vehicles - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – View of Caravans, Drivers, & Vehicles – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Ferrari SP38 at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

A Uniquely Elegant Ferrari

Ferrari SP38 - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

At the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Ferrari displayed the new SP38. The Ferrari SP38 is a specially commissioned model funded by one of Ferrari’s most dedicated clients. At a whopping price of $4 million, the SP38 is quite a spectacle. At the Concorso, the titling for the model was “SP38 Deborah”. The event occurred on May 26, 2018 in Italy.

3.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V8

Ferrari SP38 - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Ferrari SP38 is by no means a calm or quiet beast. Under the hood, there is a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This Ferrari motor produces around 662 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. Not surprisingly, this will allow the SP38 to reach over 200 mph. Additionally, 0 to 60 mph should take slightly over 3 seconds. Though, please note, actual performance numbers are not verified at this point.

Design Hues from Past Ferrari Models

Ferrari SP38 - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

From front to rear, the Ferrari SP38 takes some design hues from past Ferrari models. Firstly, the chassis and running gear are directly from the Ferrari 488 GTB. Secondly, on the front, the slimline bumper reminds of the Ferrari 308 GTB. Thirdly, the rear wing and engine cover tip a hat to the stunning Ferrari F40. The rear engine cover sports three transverse slates for heat dissipation. Furthermore, the SP38 has quad taillights and a high-mounted twin-exit exhaust system.

A Beautiful Addition to the Ferrari Family

FERRARI’S TOP FEMALE Client Buys $4 MILLION Car (SP38 Deborah) – effspot – YouTube

The Ferrari SP38 Deborah made a beautiful appearance at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. With its stunning style and powerful V8, this car is quite a machine. Thanks to one of Ferrari’s biggest clients, people can enjoy another trademark model by the Italian manufacturer. Although it may not hit production, this car is one of Ferrari’s top designs. Furthermore, even though performance numbers are not confirmed, Ferrari did test the SP38 at the Fiorano test track. In conclusion, the Ferrari SP38 is just another stunning Italian vehicle.

Ferrari SP38 - Side from Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Side from Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

 

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford vs. European Manufacturers

In 2018, Ford decided to stop manufacturing sedans such as the Focus and Fusion. Some may believe this is for a grander plan. Others may think it is a publicity stunt. The truth is, Ford’s passenger vehicle sales have dropped for the most part in 2018. A major reason for this is lack of competition with the European saloon market. With competition from Europe and Asia, Ford was unable to increase sales, declining instead. For now, the U.S. manufacturer will focus on selling the F150 and Mustang.

European Manufacturer Sales in June 2018

BMW M5 F10 - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

BMW M5 F10 – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In June alone, European auto makers have sold over 100,000 vehicles. BMW is at the top of the list while Smart barely gains any traction. Surprisingly, Audi falls drastically behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz sales. As per Alfa Romeo and Mini, their sales figures are in the expected realm. For June 2018, these are the sale figures by manufacturer:

  1. BMW: 29,404
  2. Mercedes-Benz: 28,999
  3. VW Division: 28,941
  4. Audi: 19,471
  5. Porsche: 4,892
  6. Mini: 4,146
  7. Alfa Romeo: 2,249
  8. Fiat: 1,426
  9. Smart USA: 126

As can be seen, the sales start to dwindle after VW and hit a rock bottom at Smart. Alfa Romeo and Fiat, both subsidiaries of Chrysler, need more sales. Sadly, Alfa Romeo is no longer producing the 4C for the U.S. market.

Will Ford Ever Compete with Europe Again?

RIP Cars: Ford Kills These Five Cars – Is This The End of Ford Cars in America? – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube

Whether a possibility, or lost forever, will Ford ever manufacturer sedans again? The truth is, nobody knows for sure, except maybe the administration of the company. With falling U.S. sales, the manufacturer made a tough decision to exit its own country’s saloon sales market. This couldn’t have been an easy step for the decision makers of the company. But, in the end, the European manufacturers are still there with their modern, top notch automobiles. Unless, President Trump decides to start a tariff war with European auto manufacturers. Then, it won’t only damage Europe’s sales, but also strike back at U.S. manufacturers.

Reference for Statistics: https://www.statista.com/statistics/243596/vehlce-sales-of-european-car-brands-in-the-united-states/

Porsche Taycan: Production Name for Mission E

Porsche Taycan: Production Name for Mission E

The Official Name for the Mission E

Recently, the Porsche Mission E concept received an official production name. The Mission E will be for sale as the Porsche Taycan. To resolve confusion, Taycan loosely translates to “lively young horse” in the Eurasian language. This statement references to “the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952.” (Reference: Porsche News Release – See Below) On top of this, the Taycan was recently seen testing in the U.S. This is not surprisingly as sales begin in 2019.

Porsche Taycan Specifications

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, previously the Mission E, is a fully electric 4-seater sport sedan. Being fully electric, this car sports two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs). These motors work in combo to produce over 600 horsepower. Furthermore, the Taycan uses a 800 V charging system for optimal battery management. From 0 to 60 mph, the Taycan will take around 3.5 seconds. This is very quick for a sedan and is sure to fulfill the needs of many auto enthusiasts. The only downfall to the Taycan is the lack of a roaring V8 engine… but that doesn’t mean scheisse.

The Porsche Taycan Aims at Tesla

Soul, electrified. – The Porsche Taycan is coming. – Porsche – YouTube

Not surprisingly, the Porsche Taycan will take aim at the Tesla auto market. Being a fully electric sedan, this car will challenge the Model S. But, nobody knows how this car will truly impact the electric auto market just yet. Many Porsche fans will be stuck in a debate of enjoying the Porsche V6 of V8 engine versus the new electric system. Although the car definitely doesn’t lack in performance, it does lack in sound. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan will signal the openness of the worldwide market to fully electric European cars.

Porsche PDF News Release: https://press.porsche.com/download/prod/presse_pag/PressBasicData.nsf/Download?OpenAgent&attachmentid=1347866

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

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

Porsche 918 Spyder Hits 218 MPH on German Autobahn

Porsche 918 Spyder Hits 218 MPH on German Autobahn

The Beastly Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a stunning feat of electrical engineering. Although it is now over 3 years after production, this car still reverberates with fans worldwide. From October 2013 to May 2015, the 918 Spyder was produced at Stuttgart, Zuffenhausen, Germany. There is only 918 units of the 918 Spyder… surprising, right? No… probably not. Either way, that number is no longer exact due to the 918s that were considered a total loss in accidents. Furthermore, the designer for the 918 Coupe and Spyder is Michael Mauer. Thanks to him, Porsche fans can melt in awe as the 918 accelerates to 218 MPH.

4.6-Liter V8 with 2 Electric Motors

Porsche 918 Spyder - Engine Bay - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Porsche 918 Spyder – Engine Bay – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche 918 Spyder sports a 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine. Furthermore, there are two electric motors on the front and rear axles. The V8 itself produces 608 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. Next, the electric motors add 279 horsepower and 555 lb.-ft. of torque. So, overall, this vehicle produces a whopping 887 horsepower and 944 lb.-ft. of torque… phew! Not surprisingly, this allows the 918 Spyder to reach high speeds quickly:

  • 0 to 60 MPH: 2.5 Seconds
  • 0 to 124 MPH: 7.2 Seconds
  • 0 to 186 MPH: 19.9 Seconds

Finally, Porsche states the 918 Spyder’s top speed is 217 MPH, but the video below shatters this by 1 MPH (218 MPH).

Reaching 218 MPH with Technology

Porsche 918 Spyder - Rear Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Porsche 918 Spyder – Rear Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

As shown above, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a beast of a machine. This engine setup works in combo with a 7-speed PDF dual-clutch transmission. Furthermore, there is a 6.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with a 420-mile range built-in. All this tech allows the driver in the video to hit amazing speed. The German Autobahn has sections in which there is no speed limit, allowing cars like this to reach their full potential. Caution is still advised, but as seen, many people in Germany respect the rules of the left lane. In the video below, enjoy as this vehicle surpasses expectations and reaches high speed.

Does the Porsche 918 Spyder Have More Potential?

[50fps] Top speed Porsche 918 Spyder German Autobahn 218 mph / 350 km/h – GTBoard.com – YouTube

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a dream worthy car for many auto enthusiasts. From it’s overly powerful engine setup to its visual appearance, this car is of the new age. Electric cars are starting to take over the market, slowly, but steadily. In the future, it shouldn’t be a surprise when Ferrari decides to delve into the electric power realm. The Porsche 918 Spyder shows the world that electric cars can be the crème of the crop. In conclusion, the 918 Spyder can reach 218 mph… do you think it can go any higher?

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