Faster and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. With its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, the R8 embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD - The start of a new era
With the introduction of the first all-electric model, Volvo is taking a big step closer to its goal of sustainable mobility. The Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD conveys the modern, urban character of the Volvo compact SUV in a new way, combining sustainability with a driving experience full of comfort and dynamics. At the same time, the model also sets new standards in connectivity: the electric Volvo XC40 is the first model from the Swedish premium automaker to feature the new Android-based infotainment system. The Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD is the first all-electric Volvo. Like the conventionally powered variant, which was the first model from the premium brand to be voted "Europe's Car of the Year," the electric vehicle is based on the compact modular architecture (CMA). The flexible platform allowed easy integration of the high-voltage battery and the other electric drive components without compromising the generous, versatile interior space. The elimination of the combustion engine even creates additional storage space under the front hood.
You need powerful thermal management for high and reproducible output. In the e-tron GT, there are two coolant circuits for the technical components operating on different temperature levels. The cooler one controls the temperature of the high-voltage battery and the warmer one serves the electric motors and power electronics. Plus, there’s a cold circuit and a heating circuit for the interior, which I suppose your race car doesn’t have. Prediction is important in our case, too, albeit on a different level. We use a special functional feature to ensure that the driver can charge the battery with utmost capacity during a trip. When the car travels a longer distance with active navigation, the e-tron route planner issues suggestions of where to charge the battery. About half an hour before the car arrives at the selected charging station, the thermal management system starts adjusting the temperature of the battery to precisely match its state of charge and the charging station’s capacity.
The compact smart #1 SUV represents a new generation of all-electric smart models, featuring a dynamic blend of all-new design, impressive cabin space and state-of-the-art technology. The Launch Edition closely mirrors the concept smart #1 showcar that was revealed in Munich last year, with only 1,000 being available across Europe as a whole. On the outside, its exclusive combination of white body and gold roof, the smart #1 Launch Edition offers customers unique signature design cues as the range’s halo model. A bespoke Launch Edition Halo Roof brings an exclusive aesthetic to the vehicle, featuring an intricate chequered pattern for a striking, futuristic appearance. Its 19” Prism alloys mirror the same design, while exclusive interior trim colours and a two-tone leather interior highlights its upmarket character even further. The highest level of features available on the smart #1 are included on the Launch Edition, including matrix LED headlamps, 13-speaker Beats audio system, adaptive cruise control, fully automated parking system and wireless smartphone charging.