The World Endurance Championship is back for the first of six events in Season 9, which will see 35 cars compete in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday 1 May. Seven 488 GTEs, two in the LMGTE Pro class and five in the LMGTE Am class will appear on the beautiful Spa-Francorchamps track. LMGTE Pro. In the hunt for the title won in 2017, the two cars fielded by AF Corse offer the tried and tested duo of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado in no. 51 and the new pair of Daniel Serra and Miguel Molina in no. 52.
The Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro - Intelligent and efficient - the hybrid management system and the predictive operating strategy
The hybrid management system of the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro automatically selects the optimum operating strategy for each journey. The SUV coupé starts in all-electric "EV" mode. At low speeds, a loudspeaker in the right front wheel arch emits the legally prescribed warning sound (AVAS, Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System). The gasoline engine only becomes active when the driver depresses the right pedal - known as the active accelerator pedal - beyond a certain resistance. If he wants to drive electrically as much as possible, he can select the "EV" mode in the central MMI display. The "Hybrid" mode, the main operating strategy of the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro, comprises three operating modes: "Auto," "Hold" and "Charge." In "Auto" mode, the hybrid system automatically selects the optimum drive mode - pure electric at low speeds, the TFSI engine at higher speeds and often both together. The close-range information from the MMI is taken into account even when the navigation is deactivated.
GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport. Ever since the creation of the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS in 1963, these three letters have held special significance for Porsche fans. Now, there is a derivative with this legendary letter combination in every Porsche model series. At the LA Auto Show (19 – 28 November 2021), the sports car manufacturer will present a new version of its electric sports car under the acronym GTS. With a range of up to 504 km (based on WLTP figures), the new sports model is the first Taycan to break the 500 km mark. The Taycan GTS is the dynamic all-rounder of the model range. With up to 440 kW (598 PS) of overboost when using Launch Control, its power is impressive. The chassis and optional rear-axle steering have also been specifically adapted to the GTS, while the exterior and interior have a distinctive look. The third body style of the first all-electric Porsche model series will also make its debut at the LA Auto Show: the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo. The newcomer shares its sporty silhouette and rearward-sloping roof line with the Taycan Cross Turismo. Another feature they have in common is the functional design of the luggage compartment, which offers more than 1,200 litres of load capacity under the tailgate. The Taycan GTS and Taycan GTS Sport Turismo start from 131,834 and 132,786 euros (prices for Germany, including 19 per cent VAT and country-specific equipment). Both model variants will roll out to dealers in the spring of 2022. Further engine options for the Sport Turismo will follow.
IONIQ 5 is available with a range of drive motors to fit the needs of every customer. Customers can mate the 77.4 kWh battery pack to two electric motor layouts, either with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors. The top-of-the-line dual motor setup is an all-wheel drive (AWD) option producing a combined power output of 320 horsepower (74 kW front + 165 kW rear) and 446 ft.-lbs. of torque. An IONIQ 5 with this configuration can go from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 5 seconds. The single-motor layout with a rear motor offers 225 horsepower (168 kW) and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque and two-wheel drive (2WD). When equipped with a single motor (2WD), IONIQ 5’s targeted maximum driving range on a single charge is 300 miles. The targeted range of the dual motor all-wheel drive SE & SEL models is 269. The top-of-the-line Limited AWD model has a targeted range of 244 miles. All configurations have a top speed of 115 MPH and can tow a trailer with a capacity of up to 1,500 pounds.