In its creation, the team of Abarth engineers and designers drew inspiration from the 1964 model, the “Cinquino” tuned up as a 695 Esseesse with its displacement raised to 690 cc and 38 hp so it could achieve 140 km/h, designed for everyday use and as a sporty city car, but aimed at those who were seeking the best performance on everyday roads, and produced in only 1,000 units. In addition, the “mean little Scorpion” stood out for its distinctive badges with the monogram "SS" in capital letters on the bonnet and "esseesse", all in lower case on the dashboard. And it was immediately a success for fans of Italian sportiness. In the design of the new Abarth 695 Esseesse, the goal was to improve performance further in terms of acceleration and handling. The research therefore drove at a reduction in weight, a different balance and attention to the aerodynamics. As well as marking out the new 695 Esseesse from an aesthetic point of view, the new doubly hunched aluminum bonnet reduces the weight by 25% compared to a normal bonnet, and combined with the adoption of the Akrapovič exhaust and other targeted interventions, has reduced the car’s overall weight by 10 kg compared to an Abarth 595 Competizione. This distinctive feature is joined in the rear by the “Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile”. As well as marking out its style, all these elements have improved performance, for example: on the quarter-mile (400 m), the 695 Esseesse manages to reach the finish line 1/10th of a second faster than the Competizione version.
SEAT MÓ will reinforce its urban mobility strategy in 2021 to design the cities of the future
SEAT consolidated its commitment to urban mobility and its contribution to designing the most sustainable cities of the future with the creation of SEAT MÓ in 2020. With this new business unit, the brand aims to respond to the new mobility needs of cities, with 100% electric, noise-free, accessible and affordable products and services. It also offers mobility solutions for young people, with new proposals designed exclusively for them. SEAT MÓ started the year with a new flexible subscription model for the new electric motorbike, the SEAT MÓ eScooter 125, for 70 euros a week or 150 euros a month. The subscription includes full comprehensive insurance from the age of 18, roadside assistance, 24-hour customer service and the possibility of using the vehicle for the whole family for the same weekly or monthly fee.
How close the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series actually is to motorsport has now been impressively demonstrated by GT3 racer Maro Engel on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. With an officially measured and notarized certified time of 6:43,616 min for the 20.6 kilometre-long track (measured without the straight at track section T13) and 6:48,047 min for the 20.832 kilometre-long total track (measured with the straight at track section T13), the new V8 meteor is placed in the top group of the street-legal “sports cars” category and number one among the fully standard, unmodified models.
With fuel prices skyrocketing all over the world, efficient driving is now more important than ever, the key to economising fuel. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this measure can help reduce fuel consumption by between 6% and 12%. That’s why an expert from SEAT S.A. has come up with 7 efficient driving tips to save on fuel and spare your wallet. 1. Drive smoothly. Sudden speed changes, like quick acceleration or hard braking, increase fuel consumption. 2. Switch off the engine when stopping for long periods. If you keep the engine running when your car isn’t moving, the engine overheats and fuel consumption increases. 3. Maintain a constant speed. Changes in speed affect fuel consumption, so it’s preferable to maintain the same speed as long as the flow of traffic and the road allow. 4. Use the engine brake. “Whenever possible, try to stop gently by taking your foot off the accelerator, to take advantage of the opposite pressure that the transmission on the engine, before pressing the brake pedal” Ángel advises. 5. Air conditioning or lower the windows? Air conditioning is one of the non-driving factors that consumes the most fuel, between 4% and 10% according to the IEA, while lowering the windows at medium and high speeds creates a drag effect: air enters the car and generates aerodynamic drag that slows it down and makes the engine work harder to keep up. 6. Keep an eye on your tyre pressure. This is a key safety aspect, but it also affects efficient driving. 7. Plan your route. A planned itinerary is vital for saving money. Unforeseen events, having to stop for traffic jams or getting lost on unfamiliar roads can make your trip unnecessarily long, and consequently, increase fuel consumption.