With the BMW i Vision Circular, the BMW Group is demonstrating the consistent design of a car according to the principles of a circular economy. The overall design goal of this visionary vehicle was to create a vehicle that is optimized for closed material cycles and achieves a rate of 100% recycled materials or 100% recyclability. In addition to bio-based and certified raw materials, materials that have already passed through a product life cycle – so-called secondary materials – are used for this purpose. This also applies to the energy storage system: The solid-state battery of the BMW i Vision Circular is 100% recyclable and almost completely made from recycled materials. At the same time, it will achieve a considerably higher energy density with significantly fewer of the most valuable resources. “We have included circularity in our concept right from the start when designing the BMW i Vision Circular. That's why this visionary vehicle is full of innovative ideas that combine sustainability with new and inspiring aesthetics – we call this approach Circular Design,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. Circular Design is based on the four principles RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.
The new Audi RS Q3 and the new Audi RS Q3 Sportback Overview
Clear the stage for the new RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback: In both models, a drive concept that is unique in the segment meets emotional design and a high level of everyday usability. The heart of the two high-performance SUVs is the legendary and award-winning 2.5-liter TFSI engine. Paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, it ensures sheer driving pleasure. The standard RS sports suspension lowers the two compact sports cars by ten millimeters than the basic models and thus underlines the aggressive character of the RS Q3
Parallel to the development of the eight-cylinder performance hybrids, the next technological stage is taking place: AMG Performance Hybrid in combination with the AMG four-cylinder turbo engine. The 2.0-litre engine with the internal designation M 139 has so far been used in the compact performance models installed transversely. As an E PERFORMANCE variant, it will also provide a fitting drive in other future Mercedes-AMG model series. However, it will be installed longitudinally, thoroughly reworked and its performance significantly increased once again. The engineers are aiming for the further developed M 139 to once again surpass the world's highest litre output of all four-cylinder series engines. The biggest innovation is the electric exhaust-gas turbocharger, which is being realised for the first time in a production vehicle. This technology comes directly from Formula 1 and is called MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit Heat). The identical system already powers the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar.
The Parisian fashion label “L'Art De L'Automobile” embodies the connection between vehicles and fashion. Its founder, Arthur Kar, has now fulfilled a lifelong dream in collaboration with Porsche: a specially redesigned Porsche 968. The art car bears the name “968 L'ART“ and epitomises Kar's ambition to transfer the perception of art to the automotive world.