Since the Fiorano track first began activities as the Prancing Horse testing circuit in 1972, all Ferraris have taken their first steps around its near three-kilometre distance. A facility encompassing curves and sections of track like those hosting even the most demanding Formula 1 world championship races, able to provide highly useful data regarding the quality of a project. “Every single section of circuit,” stated Enzo Ferrari, “should be able to put the dynamic behaviour of the car to the test in such a way as to make it easy to identify each car’s problems.” From this standpoint, the two days of testing that saw the Ferrari 296 GT3 on the home track have allowed the Competizioni GT team to verify the validity of the project and gather useful data and indications for its development path.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 - Das Motor
"With its improved dynamics and the more distinctive engine sound, the Flying Spur V8 offers an experience that focuses more clearly on the driver. In addition, with an increased range between refueling stops and a The centerpiece of the vehicle is Bentley's 4.0-liter V8 engine with twin turbocharging, which has a peak output of 550 hp (404 kW) and, thanks to the twin-scroll turbocharger, runs at just under 2,000 rpm Its maximum torque of 770 Nm is reached. To maximize fuel economy, the V8 can deactivate four of its eight cylinders when a torque of less than 235 Nm is required under light load and the engine speed is below 3,000 rpm. The occupants do not take this action true - with a switching time of around 20 milliseconds (one tenth of the blink of an eye). The Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than the W12 version, which makes the vehicle feel more dynamic and spirited and has its very own character. The latest generation of the drive train and chassis have been installed in the new model: Adaptive air suspension, torque vectoring by brake, vehicle dynamics control and electronic steering are available as part of the standard equipment. In addition, Bentley's innovative active 48-volt roll stabilization (Bentley Dynamic Ride) and electronic all-wheel steering can be ordered, which further increase the vehicle's agility. "
The Nissan Qashqai has changed the European automotive market forever and has many imitators on the scene. Now the third generation of the crossover pioneer is getting ready to continue a unique success story. Prototypes of the new model are currently running test kilometers on the roads of Europe to ensure that the next Qashqai will exceed customer expectations from next year. The first Qashqai came on the market in 2007 and established the middle crossover segment in Europe. The second generation was introduced in 2014 and has sold more than a million times to date. The third edition of the successful model will be launched in the coming year - based on the innovative new alliance platform CMF-C. The new edition follows the guidelines that already shaped the concept, design and development of the first two model generations: These include an appealing design, intelligent packaging and efficient drives, combined with superior quality and a driving experience that is otherwise known from higher vehicle classes. The new Qashqai will raise the bar in the crossover segment again.
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.