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Electric cars in Japan

Electric cars in Japan
Electric cars are now starting to enter a new era in Japan. Teijin Group of State Sakura makes a super-light electric vehicles which they named PU-PA EV. The use of lightweight materials in the structure of the “body” to make weight and a half times lighter than conventional products.

PU-PA EV built using various materials, among others, carbon fiber, polycarbonate resin, and Bio-polyesters. The result, the car weighs just 437 kilograms, as reported by Autoevolution, Sunday (04/25/2010).

Pupa name taken from the cocoon, the metamorphosis from caterpillar into butterfly. This vision is reflected from Teijin which predicts that the vehicle will be like a pupa within five to ten years into the future.

Pupa speeds reach 60 km per hour with a mileage of 100 km. This car also uses a variety of environmentally friendly raw materials to support the creation of cars that are more “green.”

In the interior, almost the entire surface using a bio-polyester material, call it upholstery, carpets, and a variety of existing communications equipment on the dashboard. Meanwhile, the top of the shock absorbers using polycarbonate resin material.

Currently, the concept car in the middle dipamerakan Teijin Mirai Studio, Tokyo, Japan. Teijin Group is a company that touched on various industries, namely automotive, aviation, information, elekrtonik, health, environment, and technology.


Superleggera Gallardo LP 570-4

Superleggera Gallardo LP 570-4

Lamborghini appearance as a super sports car continues to attract many people. Showing latest model currently on display at the Geneva Motor Show to 80, the Superleggera Gallardo LP 570-4.

This model is shown with a green plus black combination. Picture, the car more aggressive but more friendly to the environment!

As for weight, lighter thanks to the use of special carbon fiber. As a result, this Superleggera weighs only 1340 when empty, 70 pounds lighter than its predecessor. With the same conditions, Lambo fanfare, the ratio between the weight: 2.35 kg/1PS. Great!

2.4 Seconds
Supersport is claimed capable of doing 0-100 sprint in 2.4 seconds kpj. Want higher, 0-200 kpj, only 10.2 seconds. If you have the guts to test the maximum speed, 325 kpj.

Compared to the previous version of Lambo, emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), fell to 20.5 percent. All that, because of changes in weight machines and a more lightweight.

V10 engine, 5204 cc 570 PS produce 9419 kW) @ 8000 rpm with a torque of 540 rpm Nm@6.500. This is obtained thanks to the technology “Iniezione diretta Stratificata” or direct injection. Gasoline is sprayed directly into the engine with 100 bar pressure and compression 12.5: 1.

Not forgetting to explain that the machine installed lengthwise or longitudinal posteriopre (extra long LP) fuel consumption more efficient, 7.4 kpl.

Fiber Carbonate
Lambo Superleggera also claim to be top models from around SupersPort made.
More aerodynamic exterior redesign thanks to the bumper, the shape of the trapezoid body, the sharp nose and a V-shaped and LED lights for daytime.

There are also improvements in the pit and as the home difuser four tip exhaust. Superleggera uses a small rear spoiler. However, options are also offered with a larger size.

Superleggera body using carbon fiber developed specifically by “Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) at the University of Washington, Seattle, United States. This material is also used for aeronautical and astronotik up to Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Car dimensions: length 4.39 m, 1.9 m wide and 1:17 m high, with glass side and rear of the polycarbonate. To show art techno Lambo, shown in closed machines using polikarobnat transparent.

E-gear transmission
Using the 6 speed manual transmission is called Lambo “automated e-gear”. Yes … teeth can be moved automatically or manually. For the manual, soft enough to pull a lever or paddle shifts mounted behind the wheel.

Provided two automatic modes. Model “Thrust” which allows direct bekerja@5.000 engine rpm without slipping on the wheels with motion system All-Wheel Drive (AWD).

Titanium bolts
All-black interior Superleggera, including joknya Alcantara leather. No less interesting is the 19-inch aluminum wheels are very light – down 13 pounds – was tied with titanium bolts.

For tires, used Pirelli P Zero Corsa Series is specially developed for the Gallardo, 235/35ZR19 front and 295/30ZR17 rear.

Superleggera is equipped with Electronically Stability Program (ESP). KALIPER front brakes with 8-piston and 4-piston rear with a diameter for 365 mm and 356 mm.

Also offered special options, the ceramic disc brakes with carbon fiber in front of the piston 7 with a diameter of 380 mm.

Axon Automotive

Axon Automotive, a new company from the UK, introducing hybrid cars plug-in compact-sized hatchback. Unfortunately, this car dimensions are not specified. Only, explained that he could be boarded by two adults with room to taste the goods.

Characteristic of this hybrid car is a body made from recycled carbon fiber and lightweight, and the seat of the jeans that can be recycled.

With the combination of the aerodynamic body and light weight, fuel consumption in the mixed conditions (electrical and conventional engine) targeted 35 km / liter. The carbon dioxide emissions of 50 g / km.

Special small-capacity petrol engine, this car is also designed to use bioethanol. Capacity must not be explained. For the electric drive, a pair of motors will be used. “With the light weight and good aerodynamics, emissions will fall drastically,” said Dr Steve Cousins, Managing Director of Axon.

Hopefully, this car could be sold in 2011 and reproduced in full in 2012. The plan, cars assembled in a small company in the UK and mainland Europe, such as Spanish, French, Irish, Danish, and Dutch.

“As a hybrid plug-in, no mileage restrictions on cars. However, we will maximize the use of electrical energy. Way, using a small battery at lower prices, “said Steve Cousins.

Nissan 350Z and Titanium

From the designs, reflecting a Nissan 350Z sports sedan. No one indeed, the engine just above the standard 200 dk. However, after the modified spend around Rp 130 million, engine power terdongkrak a 310 dk. and the owner (his name is called reluctant) has reached a top speed of 260 km / hour.

Modifications made include, from the body, exhaust system and Intake pipe. All ordered from Japan and have to wait long. It is not all ready and some of the stock component is a special order.

If viewed from the display, changes in the body is not significant. Only on the front and rear bumper, side Skirt, and CF Lips front of all the fish pocket Rp45 million. Owners deliberately choose not wide body, but materialnya single class. That has not been installed in 2005 car production, namely, the bonnet of the carbon fiber wing and GT.

To push up energy, ordered a camshaft product specifications that Tomei Valve to be able to open up to 264 degrees. Replacement camshaft followed by Valve spring retainer and a piston, which recommended using forged material.

Well with the change? Yet! Exhaust system (consisting of the header, the test pipe, Y-pipe, and the extra exhaust) on cardboard Power House Amuse, made of titanium. So, three-cylinder in the left and 3-cylinder on the right are incorporated into the test pipe and the Y-pipe is connected to 2 drum exhaust muffler has a double edge.

To protect the test and Y-pipe from titanium, the bottom closed with 3 mm thick aluminum designed to dent. It is important to get the aerodynamics.

The use of titanium material, according to the owner can reduce very significantly. the engine is up about 80 dk dk 310 to be on the wheel. Torque, which was achieved in the 4000-4500 rpm, now more quickly become 2,500 rpm.

Foot-feet also get a touch. Owners to choose the products Tein coilover equipped with features Electronic proximity Force Controller (EDFC). This component can be electronically set the level of violence of Receiver through suspension placed under the wheel.

Others, use Velg Volk Racing TE37 series also imported from Japan. Touch the more condensed sport seats with the second model replaced the semi-backet seat of the Bride.


Ford Focus RS 2009

Even more storm difficulties at the funds, launching the Ford Focus RS 2009. Interestingly, Ford produced a few months after the concept was first displayed at the British Motor Show.

From the point of view, hatchback car has some differences with the previous generation Focus. Looks more sporty exterior gril colour with black and underneath the big air cavity.

On the back, wing adopted from the rally car, only smaller size. Sure, there are at the bottom of the diffuser the left and right ends of mind muffler. A view supported by the more gallant fourth wheel rim using 19 inches.

Meanwhile, interior, the effect of sport sedan is very thick front seats with the second semi-backet from Recaro, plus the panel in the dashboard of carbon fiber and aluminum rod drive.

How do the engine ? Ford Focus RS this motorized 5-cylinder 2500 cc terbocharged equipped and have maximum energy 296 dk. From the results of the tests, the maximum speed can reach 257 km / hour. And for acceleration from 0 to 100 km / hour applied only 5.9 seconds.

Shows a sports car, the Focus is also slid limited-differential, sport suspension and given the braking devices are qualified, considering the energy of the car.

For the UK, 2009 Focus RS has received orders of around 1,500 units and a unit price of around Rp 400 million (25,000 pound with the exchange rate of Rp 16,000).

picture from AUTOEXPRESS.CO.UK

Mercedes-Benz McLaren cars

McLaren cars

A silver SLR McLaren on display at the 2006 European Motor Show in Brussels.

Mercedes-Benz has also produced a supercar with McLaren Cars, an extension of the collaboration by which Mercedes engines are used by the Team McLaren-Mercedes Formula One racing team, which is part owned by Mercedes. The 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren has a carbon fiber/fibre body with a 5.5l V8 supercharged engine. This is the same block as featured in SL55 AMG and the CLS55 AMG, though modified to give 460?kW (630?PS/620?hp) and 780?N?m (575?ft?lb) of torque. The SLR has a maximum speed of 334?kilometres per hour (208?mph) and costs approximately US$500,000. Due to european pedestrian-protection regulations, Mclaren has decided to cease production of the SLR in 2009.

The most recent new joint-venture model, expected to reach production, is the mid-engine P8 supercar. Based around a unique carbon fiber/fibre monocoque, manufactured by McLaren, the P8 was originally predicted to receive the new naturally aspirated 6.3L V8 from Mercedes-AMG, but insiders now say that the engine will be modified for the car and will probably be twin- turbocharged to produce in excess of 600?bhp (450?kW). The car is still in development, but likely to reach production to go on sale in early 2008, and have a price tag less than that of the SLR.


Lamborghini Reventon Interior

The instrument panel in the Revent?n comprises three TFT liquid crystal displays (LCDs) with two different display modes. The instruments are housed in a structure milled from a solid aluminum block, protected by a carbon fiber casing. The G-Force-Meter is completely new and it is one of the talking points of the Revent?n. It displays the dynamic drive forces, longitudinal acceleration during acceleration and braking, as well as transversal acceleration around bends. These forces are represented by the movement of an indicator on a graduated 3D grid depending on the direction and intensity of the acceleration. Formula One teams also use a similar device to analyze dynamic forces.

By simply pressing a button, the driver can switch to the second, quasi-analogical display, where there are the usual circular instruments; speedometer and tachometer. The G-Force-Meter still remains at the center of this display mode.


Lamborghini Murcielago 40th Anniversary Edition

In late 2003, Lamborghini announced a special 40th Anniversary Edition of the Murcielago, following in the footsteps of their Countach and Diablo Anniversary Editions. The limited production run of 50 vehicles featured enhancements including a limited-edition body color, carbon-fiber exterior detailing, upgraded wheels , a new revamped exhaust system, and a 40th Anniversary numbered plaque displayed along the side. The interior featured a new leather trim and additional electronic features.


0-60 mph
0-100 mph
0-150 mph
Quarter Mile
Top Speed

6.2 L V12
426?kW (571?hp)
649?N?m (479?ft?lbf)
3.8 sec
9.5 sec
21.4 sec
12.6 sec @ 116 mph
official: 330?km/h (205?mph)

Murcielago LP640
6.5 L V12
471?kW (632?hp)
660?N?m (487?ft?lbf)
3.5 sec
8.1 sec
16.1 sec
11.8 sec @ 126 mph
official: 340?km/h (211?mph)
confirmed: 353?km/h (219?mph)

Source: Car and Driver

Air Car

The air engine is an emission-free piston engine that uses compressed air as a source of energy. The first compressed air car was invented by a French engineer named Guy N?gre, 58.

The expansion of compressed air may be used to drive the pistons in a modified piston engine. Efficiency of operation is gained through the use of environmental heat at normal temperature to warm the otherwise cold expanded air from the storage tank. This non-adiabatic expansion has the potential to greatly increase the efficiency of the machine. The only exhaust is cold air (?15 ?C), which could also be used to air condition the car. The source for air is a pressurized carbon-fiber tank holding air at 3,000 lbf/in? (20 MPa). Air is delivered to the engine via a rather conventional injection system. Unique crank design within the engine increases the time during which the air charge is warmed from ambient sources and a two stage process allows improved heat transfer rates.

This engine was used to power an urban car with room for five passengers and a projected range of about 100 to 200 miles (160 to 320 km), depending on traffic conditions. The main advantages are: no roadside emissions, low cost technology, engine uses food oil for lubrication (just about 1 liter, changes only every 30,000 miles (50,000 km) and integrated air conditioning. Range could be quickly tripled, since there are already carbon fiber tanks which have passed safety standards holding gas at 10,000 lbf/in? (70 MPa).

The tanks may be refilled in about three minutes at a service station, or in a few hours at home plugging the car into the electric grid via an on-board compressor. The cost of refilling is projected to be about US$3.