CUPRA has begun the series production of its first 100% electric car, the CUPRA Born, at the Zwickau plant in Germany. CEO Wayne Griffiths and the company's Board Members visited Europe's largest electric vehicle plant to mark the start of production of the new model. They were welcomed by Stefan Loth, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Saxony and former head of the Martorell plant. The production of the CUPRA Born marks the start of a new era for the brand, which at the 2021 Munich International Motor Show (IAA) announced an electric offensive with the ambition to becoming a fully electric brand by 2030.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class - The aerodynamics
"With a cw value of 0.22 and above, the S-Class is one of the most aerodynamically efficient vehicles of all, especially in the luxury saloon segment. Aerodynamic measures on the body, underbody and add-on parts enable the S-Class to perform well in the wind tunnel and in real traffic. Extensive flow simulations on high-performance computer clusters were carried out at an early stage of development. Much fine-tuning was also carried out on the aeroacoustics. The previous generation of the S-Class already offered a very high level of noise comfort in the interior. The new model is even quieter. Although the frontal area (A) of the new S-Class has risen slightly to 2.5 m², it has been possible to reduce air resistance once again compared to the predecessor. The product of cw and A is 0.56 m², which is 200 cm² less than the predecessor after the model upgrade. One focus of the aerodynamic work was on the airflow in and around the front bumper. The space between the front wheel arch and the bumper is used as an air collector. In the bulges in the outer area of the bumper are slots in the side walls. These lead ram air into this space and prevent the airflow in front of the front wheels from becoming detached. At the same time a part of the hot exhaust air from the engine compartment is led into the air collector. This is supported by a better sealing of the engine compartment to the wheel arches. The starting bodies in front of the front wheels each have a large exhaust air opening with a 3D suction spoiler in front of it."
Since the start of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 31 years ago, the sports car manufacturer has produced and delivered more than 4,400 units of the Cup vehicles from Weissach. 30 brand cups are held around the world based on these high-performance and reliable racing cars. The latest version of the 911 GT3 Cup was only launched on the market for this year's motorsport season in 2021. It is based on the model generation 992. The Porsche Mission R gives an outlook on what the future of brand cups with purely electrically powered vehicles could look like. The four-wheel drive with almost 1,100 hp in qualifying mode accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in less than 2.5 seconds. Top speed: over 300 km / h. On the racetrack, the electric car achieves the same lap time performance as the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Thanks to newly designed electric motors and battery cells - all equipped with innovative direct oil cooling - the concept study Porsche Mission R provides a constant output of 500 kW (680 PS) in racing mode. The so-called “derating”, i.e. the decrease in battery performance due to thermal conditions, is no longer necessary.
The new Maserati Grecale SUV is “The Everyday Exceptional”. Grecale strikes the right balance between versatility, elegance, performance and innovation, guaranteeing performance, comfort and safety, all at the same time. These features are combined with off-road capabilities and uncompromising driving pleasure. Developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, the new SUV is produced at the Cassino plant. Grecale is a range within the range, the Trident brand’s fullest ever. An extremely wide range of engines is available: conventional internal combustion, hybrid and, in a year’s time, Grecale will also be the first full-electric SUV in Maserati history. Three versions will be rolled out at launch: GT, powered by a four-cylinder mild hybrid engine capable of delivering 300 hp; Modena, with a four-cylinder 330-hp mild hybrid engine; and the powerful Trofeo, equipped with a high-performance 3.0L 530-hp petrol V6 based on the Nettuno engine fitted to the MC20.