The New Range Rover Sport has made its global premiere with a dramatic world-first climb up a flooded dam spillway in Iceland. The epic ascent saw New Range Rover Sport resist the surging torrent of water flowing down the ramp of the Karahnjukar Dam – the biggest of its kind in the world – at a rate of 750 tonnes per minute. A loss of traction risked plunging down the perilous 90m drop at the base of the spillway to the valley floor below. The successful spillway ascent was screened for the first time at an exclusive launch event at Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Product Creation Centre at Gaydon, UK. Official James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins was behind the wheel as the New Range Rover Sport demonstrated its grip, traction, performance and composure, completing the latest in a series of challenges for Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV. Previous feats include a record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, a first recorded crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ desert in the Arabian Peninsula and a first ascent of the 999 steps to Heaven’s Gate in China, in 2018.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD at a glance
Compact premium SUV with battery-electric drive Based on the compact modular architecture (CMA) Independent design features refer to an electric drive High-quality interior with natural materials Materials with a high proportion of recycled material underline a sustainable character Well-thought-out interior concept with numerous storage spaces Additional storage compartment under the front hood Inductive charging option for compatible smartphones New infotainment system based on Android with intuitive and easy operation Online-based services such as Google Maps and Google Assistant Large-format touchscreen with optimized layout as a stylish control center Improved digital instrument display with three display modes First Volvo model with new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform
New Ford Fiesta features distinctive exterior styling that takes its expressive design to a new level, alongside next generation driving and convenience technologies. New Fiesta offers more road presence and greater differentiation between the comprehensive line-up of variants. Trend, Titanium, ST-Line, and Active models each benefit from unique styling elements to deliver a range of practical and refined three- and five-door variants that offer every customer a Fiesta with the character to suit their lifestyle. The new Fiesta range is also expanded with new Vignale packs that amplify the Titanium, ST-Line and Active personalities with luxury specifications.
The technological progress in the area of aerodynamics is particularly apparent. It is the first time that a suspended rear wing has been fitted on a Porsche series production car. Its swan-neck mounting is used in a similar form in the GT racing car 911 RSR and the one-make cup racing car 911 GT3 Cup. Since two aluminium brackets now hold the wing element from above, the airflow can pass undisturbed across the underside, which is aerodynamically more sensitive. This new design led to a reduction in the flow losses and not only increased the downforce, but also resulted in well-balanced negative lift conditions together with many other detailed measures. “We developed the aerodynamics of the new 911 GT3 in around 700 simulations. We spent more than 160 hours fine-tuning the car in the wind tunnel,” explains aerodynamics engineer Mathias Roll.