The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW is the new Safety Car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series. As such, it connects the brand’s electrified future with the rich racing history of John Cooper Works. The car was created out of the new MINI Cooper SE as part of an unprecedented collaboration between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and the Formula E.
The Audi e-tron S Sportback - electric torque vectoring
" As long as the Audi e-tron S and the e-tron S Sportback are driving in normal driving style, only the rear electric motors work for reasons of efficiency. The front one is activated at lightning speed when the driver demands more power - or predictively before the traction decreases. In addition to the electric all-wheel drive, there is now electric torque vectoring: each of the rear electric motors sends the drive torque directly to the respective wheel via an input gearbox, a mechanical differential no longer exists. The needs-based regulation only takes milliseconds and it can manage very high drive torques. Especially when the driver challenges the electrically powered S models on a winding route, they experience their excellent agility and traction. Its character is more rear-focused and even sportier than its technical starting point. If the ESC stabilization control is set to “Sport” and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is set to maximum performance in “dynamic” mode, the drive layout allows high lateral dynamics and, if required, controlled drifts. Near the physical limit, the relieved front wheel on the inside of the curve is slightly decelerated via the wheel brake, which prevents slippage and further refines the handling. The sharp dynamics, the high precision and the uncompromising safety are based on the close networking of all control units that manage the drive and chassis systems. "
The revised Nissan NV300 station wagon starts at prices from 39,080 euros (gross). The large family van is now available as standard with nine seats and a new 2.0-liter diesel engine, which is available in three output levels from 81 kW / 110 PS to 110 kW / 150 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS. The power is transmitted via a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT); in the most powerful engine version, the DCT is part of the standard scope. Customers can choose their desired model from three equipment lines and two body lengths (5,080 or 5,480 millimeters), and five exterior colors are also available (Glacier White, Urban Gray, Midnight Black, Highlands Gray, Comete Gray).
When the Alpine A480 is on the track contesting a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, it is out of the engineers’ sight, especially at Le Mans where the circuit exceeds 13 kilometres in length. Yet nothing of the car’s performance escapes them thanks to the 2,000 or so items of telemetry data that are transmitted to the pits in real time! Thomas Tribotté, Alpine Elf Matmut Endurance Team Race Engineer, explains how managing this data can lead to a successful race and even victory.