Just one week on from the race in Azerbaijan, the Formula 1 World Championship is back on track for the Canadian Grand Prix, which returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019. As usual, the race is run on a track made up of the perimeter roads on the manmade island of Notre-Dame, in the Saint Lawrence river estuary. It is a semi-permanent facility named in honour of the great Gilles Villeneuve and the track is both attractive and strange in many ways. It features long straights interrupted by a series of chicanes and slow corners. The right set-up therefore involves finding a good compromise that delivers stability under braking and excellent traction, without ignoring what is an important detail at this track, namely the need to able to ride the kerbs.
The Audi A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e - Four driving modes for high efficiency
In "Auto Hybrid" mode, the main operating mode, the combustion engine and electric motor share the work intelligently. Depending on the situation and the driver's wishes, the car can sail, recuperate - in both overrun and braking - or boost together with the e-machine and TFSI. If the driver selects the "Battery hold" or "Battery charge" modes, the hybrid management system keeps the battery's state of charge constant or increases it in a targeted manner. The EV button prioritizes the electric drive. The driver controls other functions via the central MMI display, the six-speed S tronic transmission or the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. Special displays keep him informed about the activity of the drive: The digital instrument cluster, for example, shows the power currently being called up, the drive mode, the battery's state of charge and the ranges. The MMI display also visualizes the energy flows.
A car designed to arouse emotions and show the way forward for the brand, the new Vauxhall Mokka is the first to wear the new brand face, the Vauxhall Vizor. The same goes for the redesigned Opel Blitz lightning bolt emblem and the centrally aligned model name at the rear. The new Mokka is also the first Vauxhall with the Pure Panel and a fully digitised cockpit. In addition, it is the first Vauxhall available at the start of the sales with electric drive as well as highly efficient combustion engines. The new Vauxhall Mokka can be ordered now at an attractive entry-level price of €19,990 (all prices RRP including VAT in Germany).
Mercedes-Benz has been building special-protection vehicles since 1928 and thus for over 90 years. Customers of the new S 680 GUARD 4MATIC benefit from these many years of experience. The integrated protection system (iSS) reaches a new level: whereas the necessary protective materials were previously integrated into the standard body shell structure for the GUARD saloons, a GUARD-specific body shell of protective elements has now been developed. This self-supporting protective cell represents the core of the iSS. Ultimately, the (aluminium) outer skin serves as a design cover and ensures an inconspicuous appearance. In addition to the armouring, the iSS includes the adaptation of the suspension, engine and transmission to ensure handling that is virtually on a par with that of the production vehicle. Due to a parallel development process alongside the large-scale production models, the longevity of the GUARD vehicles also reaches series production level. In addition to the unseen armouring elements, the transparent area of the windows is an integral and essential part of the protection concept. The material and thickness of the multi-layer glass 'sandwich' meet the high requirements of the VR10 safety classification. The inner surfaces of the glass are coated with polycarbonate for splinter protection. Despite their comprehensive protective effect, they offer excellent visibility. And they have been integrated in such a way that they are not noticeable at first glance - another significant advantage of the integrated protection system.