Sunday, January 31, 2010

2010 Acura MDX wallpaper | car pictures


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Friday, January 29, 2010

New Car 2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo

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Alfa Romeo Myth Hundred, specially produced for Maserati service network will be circulated in the streets all over Europe. For Maserati, Alfa Romeo Mito is a perfect "Courtesy Car" for customers who clearly appreciate Italian style and products unique.

Specific myths are marked by their Maserati Ocean Blue body color, and will be equipped with the most powerful engine in the whole range Mito - a very lively, 170 HP, 1.4 Turbo petrol engine MultiAir.

In addition to their special body color, Myth will feature two exclusive details: a 'Limited Edition' plates in the air conditioning system and a special aluminum kick plates that read "Alfa Romeo to Maserati.

All one hundred cars will be equipped with generous features: Frau leather upholstery, automatic dual zone air conditioning, leather steering wheel with radio and telephone controls, map-based Radionavigation map units include all of Europe, Blue & Me hands-free system with a USB port, and bi-xenon headlights .

Mito for Maserati will also be notable for outstanding sports performance. It is fitted as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, a sporty rear bumper and aluminum pedal unit. They also will be installed as standard with Dynamic Suspension, advanced electronic control system which varies an active suspension setup and continuously in accordance with road conditions and driver input, ensuring lightning-fast cornering and extraordinary sensitivity.

Thanks to this special initiative with Alfa Romeo, Maserati European service network will be able to offer our customers a very special car, fully in line with the philosophy of Maserati, according to which even the smallest detail is carefully selected and attentively. 

sumber: Alfa Romeo Press

New Car 2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo


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Alfa Romeo Myth Hundred, specially produced for Maserati service network will be circulated in the streets all over Europe. For Maserati, Alfa Romeo Mito is a perfect "Courtesy Car" for customers who clearly appreciate Italian style and products unique.

Specific myths are marked by their Maserati Ocean Blue body color, and will be equipped with the most powerful engine in the whole range Mito - a very lively, 170 HP, 1.4 Turbo petrol engine MultiAir.

In addition to their special body color, Myth will feature two exclusive details: a 'Limited Edition' plates in the air conditioning system and a special aluminum kick plates that read "Alfa Romeo to Maserati.

All one hundred cars will be equipped with generous features: Frau leather upholstery, automatic dual zone air conditioning, leather steering wheel with radio and telephone controls, map-based Radionavigation map units include all of Europe, Blue & Me hands-free system with a USB port, and bi-xenon headlights .

Mito for Maserati will also be notable for outstanding sports performance. It is fitted as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, a sporty rear bumper and aluminum pedal unit. They also will be installed as standard with Dynamic Suspension, advanced electronic control system which varies an active suspension setup and continuously in accordance with road conditions and driver input, ensuring lightning-fast cornering and extraordinary sensitivity.

Thanks to this special initiative with Alfa Romeo, Maserati European service network will be able to offer our customers a very special car, fully in line with the philosophy of Maserati, according to which even the smallest detail is carefully selected and attentively. 

sumber: Alfa Romeo Press

New Car 2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo

Post by: Auto Wallpapers Car Wallpapers
Alfa Romeo Myth Hundred, specially produced for Maserati service network will be circulated in the streets all over Europe. For Maserati, Alfa Romeo Mito is a perfect "Courtesy Car" for customers who clearly appreciate Italian style and products unique.

Specific myths are marked by their Maserati Ocean Blue body color, and will be equipped with the most powerful engine in the whole range Mito - a very lively, 170 HP, 1.4 Turbo petrol engine MultiAir.

In addition to their special body color, Myth will feature two exclusive details: a 'Limited Edition' plates in the air conditioning system and a special aluminum kick plates that read "Alfa Romeo to Maserati.

All one hundred cars will be equipped with generous features: Frau leather upholstery, automatic dual zone air conditioning, leather steering wheel with radio and telephone controls, map-based Radionavigation map units include all of Europe, Blue & Me hands-free system with a USB port, and bi-xenon headlights .

Mito for Maserati will also be notable for outstanding sports performance. It is fitted as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, a sporty rear bumper and aluminum pedal unit. They also will be installed as standard with Dynamic Suspension, advanced electronic control system which varies an active suspension setup and continuously in accordance with road conditions and driver input, ensuring lightning-fast cornering and extraordinary sensitivity.

Thanks to this special initiative with Alfa Romeo, Maserati European service network will be able to offer our customers a very special car, fully in line with the philosophy of Maserati, according to which even the smallest detail is carefully selected and attentively. 

sumber: Alfa Romeo Press 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2010 Jaguar XKR Car Gallery

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cadillac XTS Platinum


Post by: Auto Wallpapers Car Wallpapers
- A new study re-imagine the luxury sedan, showing the development of philosophy Cadillac Art and Science
- Designed from the inside out, revealing a new concept for the interface between driver and car electronics
- Plug-in hybrid system fits with the 3.6L V-6 and all-wheel drive for dynamic and efficient performance

DETROIT - Cadillac XTS Platinum concept launched at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, proposing a new paradigm for luxury sedans in the future. Displaying the concept emerged Cadillac's top-of-the-line Platinum series models, emphasizing the new expression of luxury and technology features, including plug-in hybrid propulsion systems.

Platinum XTS concept designed from the inside out, re-imagined as a luxury sedan personal headquarters, built for efficiency, luxury and connectivity. The concept introduces a new approach to car repair electronic form and function of the car entertainment, navigation and information systems.

"The concept of the XTS Platinum is the next expression of Cadillac's Art and Science of execution philosophy, reflects our desire to provide the latest innovations in the most cunning way," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. "We see this concept as a personal base of automotive, using sophisticated technology to enable a new level of connectivity and luxury."

Draft platinum XTS uses Cadillac's 3.6L V-6 Gas Direct Injection engine, paired with a plug-in hybrid system. Plug-in technology allows the battery to fully charge from a standard electrical outlet, allowing a pure electric propulsion in most driving situations, especially where the commutes of urban fuel efficiency may be doubled from conventional hybrids.

Traditional luxury sedan is defined by elegant interiors and Cadillac's XTS Platinum concept encourages that formula into the future. This provides a new approach that combines luxury design expertise with customer-driven innovation. Like the Platinum Edition of this product, such as the Escalade Platinum and Platinum STS and DTS sedans, the interior is based on the cut-and hand-sewn materials. The concept of the XTS Platinum inject more contemporary forms and themes in interior design, including the use of Organic Light-emitting diode (O-LED) in the gauge display, and a traditional screen.

Preview the new integration of philosophical concepts to guide development of models of the future in connection with the in-car electronics. The aim is to advance the Cadillac's intuitive in car electronic systems, characterized by a deployable touch screen navigation system that has been highly recognized brand in the CTS and SRX product line. Concept XTS Platinum previews this strategy through the minimization of the traditional buttons and switches. Designers mixed display screen into a flowing instrument panel. They call it a "dead front" design, because it appears the black panel to the car is turned on and illuminate the screen. Instrument panel itself reflects another focus XTS Platinum - without compromising luxury and attention to detail on the interior.

"The Platinum difference in means fully Cadillac luxury and technology and we have tried to reach further with this concept," said Clay Dean, Cadillac design director. "Just as technology pushing the boundaries of what the Cadillac to offer, so do the details that make the experience concept XTS Platinum uncompromising."

The interior took inspiration from nature, especially the complicated layers of petals that combine to form the orchids. Cadillac designers translated into many layers and interior details. Light cream is the main color of the cabin and in contrast to the darker elements, such as the steering wheel and an overhead console that runs the length of the motive interior roof. The console is made of wood so rich and house lighting features.

Premium leather upholstery, including a new style of automotive suede, with laser-etched patterns. Patterned material to decorate the center of the seat and door trim accents. Thinking detailed stitching is used throughout the interior, including seats, instrument panels and door panels. Passengers in the rear compartment of the broad concept XTS Platinum also has access to a car connectivity features, along with various infotainment options.

"We never lose the fact that a large luxury sedan to spacious and accommodating," said Dean. "Passengers will find a generous headroom, legroom and knee room, along with technological elements that make the drive more productive."

The proportion of new

Concept XTS Platinum has a unique proportion that goes beyond the traditional aesthetics and bringing the brand luxury sedan designs of Arts and Sciences in a more progressive way. The proportion of unique support "inside out" design priorities, and creates a sleek profile that complements the car and advanced technology elements necessary aerodynamics.

"The XTS Platinum artfully convey the design concept of the focus on functionality through technology," said Dean. 'This is the opposite of the conventional three-box sedan, showing the evolution of the current Cadillac design language. "

A short sweep peaked profile, high deck lid that meet the concept Platinum XTS's aerodynamic needs - including the rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid, incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp. High, sloping beltline forward movement of vehicles, suggest movement, while the outer fender flares wrapped tightly around 20-inch wheels and tires. Wheel-to-body proportions carefully designed to visually communicate the car all-wheel-drive chassis.

Like the interior, exterior elements precisely designed and elegantly detailed. Sweep billet aluminum trim is used selectively and 20-inch, 11-spoke wheel features a brushed aluminum face with bright accents in the insert fingers. Wheels wrapped with Bridgestone tires specifically tailored for XTS Platinum Concepts.

Signature important element to Cadillac's Art and Science design language including headlamp and vertical taillamps with integrated light pipes and lighting components rich in detail. Headlamps feature bright light emitting diode lighting technology that requires less energy, as well as Cadillac's Adaptive Forward Lighting technology, which turns the headlights with the front wheels a greater visibility in turns.

Directed and efficient

The concept of the XTS Platinum's plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system (PHEV) is based on the experience has been obtained with the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Escalade Hybrid and Platinum flagship model. Plug-in electric cars to improve driving skills only, offers additional battery energy capacity and enables to recharge from an external electrical standards. The main benefits of external plug-in recharging is that in many situations - such as overnight parking - the battery can fully recharge in about five hours, while the car is not used. Plug-in system operating at maximum efficiency when operating on battery power drawn from the electric grid. In some conditions, such as urban commutes, drivers can experience double the efficiency of conventional hybrid.

At higher speeds or when conditions demand it, such as rapid acceleration, a combination of engine and engine power or electric power only, pushing the vehicle. The combination of Direct Injection V-6 engine and PHEV system displays fully variable drive electric driving experience that excited. The system provides approximately 350 horsepower (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. torque (400 Nm).

Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Draft XTS allows Platinum to provide superior road-holding performance luxury cars while maintaining composure in the "normal" driving conditions. Shocks controlled by using magneto-rheological advanced technology, rather than mechanical valves, to further accelerate the response time and precision.

MRC uses electronic sensors on all four wheels literally "read the road" every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create almost instantaneous and extremely precise control of body movements.

Forward, especially calibrated all-wheel-drive system ensures optimal traction in wet and slippery conditions, and helps provide maximum traction when cornering. Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-channel ABS, and StabiliTrak stability control with traction control function drivetrain complete details.

"The XTS Platinum concept is designed to provide an interesting driving experience without sacrificing the functional features, space and comfort customers seek in a luxury car," said Nesbitt. "This is a new vision of luxury that uses advanced technology to provide functionality in an efficient and rewardingly."

About Cadillac

Cadillac has become the leading luxury car brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has designed a historic revival led by artistic techniques and global expansion.

source: Cadillac Press

Cadillac XTS Platinum


Post by: Auto Wallpapers Car Wallpapers
- A new study re-imagine the luxury sedan, showing the development of philosophy Cadillac Art and Science
- Designed from the inside out, revealing a new concept for the interface between driver and car electronics
- Plug-in hybrid system fits with the 3.6L V-6 and all-wheel drive for dynamic and efficient performance

DETROIT - Cadillac XTS Platinum concept launched at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, proposing a new paradigm for luxury sedans in the future. Displaying the concept emerged Cadillac's top-of-the-line Platinum series models, emphasizing the new expression of luxury and technology features, including plug-in hybrid propulsion systems.

Platinum XTS concept designed from the inside out, re-imagined as a luxury sedan personal headquarters, built for efficiency, luxury and connectivity. The concept introduces a new approach to car repair electronic form and function of the car entertainment, navigation and information systems.

"The concept of the XTS Platinum is the next expression of Cadillac's Art and Science of execution philosophy, reflects our desire to provide the latest innovations in the most cunning way," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. "We see this concept as a personal base of automotive, using sophisticated technology to enable a new level of connectivity and luxury."

Draft platinum XTS uses Cadillac's 3.6L V-6 Gas Direct Injection engine, paired with a plug-in hybrid system. Plug-in technology allows the battery to fully charge from a standard electrical outlet, allowing a pure electric propulsion in most driving situations, especially where the commutes of urban fuel efficiency may be doubled from conventional hybrids.

Traditional luxury sedan is defined by elegant interiors and Cadillac's XTS Platinum concept encourages that formula into the future. This provides a new approach that combines luxury design expertise with customer-driven innovation. Like the Platinum Edition of this product, such as the Escalade Platinum and Platinum STS and DTS sedans, the interior is based on the cut-and hand-sewn materials. The concept of the XTS Platinum inject more contemporary forms and themes in interior design, including the use of Organic Light-emitting diode (O-LED) in the gauge display, and a traditional screen.

Preview the new integration of philosophical concepts to guide development of models of the future in connection with the in-car electronics. The aim is to advance the Cadillac's intuitive in car electronic systems, characterized by a deployable touch screen navigation system that has been highly recognized brand in the CTS and SRX product line. Concept XTS Platinum previews this strategy through the minimization of the traditional buttons and switches. Designers mixed display screen into a flowing instrument panel. They call it a "dead front" design, because it appears the black panel to the car is turned on and illuminate the screen. Instrument panel itself reflects another focus XTS Platinum - without compromising luxury and attention to detail on the interior.

"The Platinum difference in means fully Cadillac luxury and technology and we have tried to reach further with this concept," said Clay Dean, Cadillac design director. "Just as technology pushing the boundaries of what the Cadillac to offer, so do the details that make the experience concept XTS Platinum uncompromising."

The interior took inspiration from nature, especially the complicated layers of petals that combine to form the orchids. Cadillac designers translated into many layers and interior details. Light cream is the main color of the cabin and in contrast to the darker elements, such as the steering wheel and an overhead console that runs the length of the motive interior roof. The console is made of wood so rich and house lighting features.

Premium leather upholstery, including a new style of automotive suede, with laser-etched patterns. Patterned material to decorate the center of the seat and door trim accents. Thinking detailed stitching is used throughout the interior, including seats, instrument panels and door panels. Passengers in the rear compartment of the broad concept XTS Platinum also has access to a car connectivity features, along with various infotainment options.

"We never lose the fact that a large luxury sedan to spacious and accommodating," said Dean. "Passengers will find a generous headroom, legroom and knee room, along with technological elements that make the drive more productive."

The proportion of new

Concept XTS Platinum has a unique proportion that goes beyond the traditional aesthetics and bringing the brand luxury sedan designs of Arts and Sciences in a more progressive way. The proportion of unique support "inside out" design priorities, and creates a sleek profile that complements the car and advanced technology elements necessary aerodynamics.

"The XTS Platinum artfully convey the design concept of the focus on functionality through technology," said Dean. 'This is the opposite of the conventional three-box sedan, showing the evolution of the current Cadillac design language. "

A short sweep peaked profile, high deck lid that meet the concept Platinum XTS's aerodynamic needs - including the rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid, incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp. High, sloping beltline forward movement of vehicles, suggest movement, while the outer fender flares wrapped tightly around 20-inch wheels and tires. Wheel-to-body proportions carefully designed to visually communicate the car all-wheel-drive chassis.

Like the interior, exterior elements precisely designed and elegantly detailed. Sweep billet aluminum trim is used selectively and 20-inch, 11-spoke wheel features a brushed aluminum face with bright accents in the insert fingers. Wheels wrapped with Bridgestone tires specifically tailored for XTS Platinum Concepts.

Signature important element to Cadillac's Art and Science design language including headlamp and vertical taillamps with integrated light pipes and lighting components rich in detail. Headlamps feature bright light emitting diode lighting technology that requires less energy, as well as Cadillac's Adaptive Forward Lighting technology, which turns the headlights with the front wheels a greater visibility in turns.

Directed and efficient

The concept of the XTS Platinum's plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system (PHEV) is based on the experience has been obtained with the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Escalade Hybrid and Platinum flagship model. Plug-in electric cars to improve driving skills only, offers additional battery energy capacity and enables to recharge from an external electrical standards. The main benefits of external plug-in recharging is that in many situations - such as overnight parking - the battery can fully recharge in about five hours, while the car is not used. Plug-in system operating at maximum efficiency when operating on battery power drawn from the electric grid. In some conditions, such as urban commutes, drivers can experience double the efficiency of conventional hybrid.

At higher speeds or when conditions demand it, such as rapid acceleration, a combination of engine and engine power or electric power only, pushing the vehicle. The combination of Direct Injection V-6 engine and PHEV system displays fully variable drive electric driving experience that excited. The system provides approximately 350 horsepower (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. torque (400 Nm).

Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Draft XTS allows Platinum to provide superior road-holding performance luxury cars while maintaining composure in the "normal" driving conditions. Shocks controlled by using magneto-rheological advanced technology, rather than mechanical valves, to further accelerate the response time and precision.

MRC uses electronic sensors on all four wheels literally "read the road" every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create almost instantaneous and extremely precise control of body movements.

Forward, especially calibrated all-wheel-drive system ensures optimal traction in wet and slippery conditions, and helps provide maximum traction when cornering. Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-channel ABS, and StabiliTrak stability control with traction control function drivetrain complete details.

"The XTS Platinum concept is designed to provide an interesting driving experience without sacrificing the functional features, space and comfort customers seek in a luxury car," said Nesbitt. "This is a new vision of luxury that uses advanced technology to provide functionality in an efficient and rewardingly."

About Cadillac

Cadillac has become the leading luxury car brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has designed a historic revival led by artistic techniques and global expansion.

source: Cadillac Press

Cadillac XTS Platinum


Post by: Auto Wallpapers Car Wallpapers
- A new study re-imagine the luxury sedan, showing the development of philosophy Cadillac Art and Science
- Designed from the inside out, revealing a new concept for the interface between driver and car electronics
- Plug-in hybrid system fits with the 3.6L V-6 and all-wheel drive for dynamic and efficient performance

DETROIT - Cadillac XTS Platinum concept launched at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, proposing a new paradigm for luxury sedans in the future. Displaying the concept emerged Cadillac's top-of-the-line Platinum series models, emphasizing the new expression of luxury and technology features, including plug-in hybrid propulsion systems.

Platinum XTS concept designed from the inside out, re-imagined as a luxury sedan personal headquarters, built for efficiency, luxury and connectivity. The concept introduces a new approach to car repair electronic form and function of the car entertainment, navigation and information systems.

"The concept of the XTS Platinum is the next expression of Cadillac's Art and Science of execution philosophy, reflects our desire to provide the latest innovations in the most cunning way," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. "We see this concept as a personal base of automotive, using sophisticated technology to enable a new level of connectivity and luxury."

Draft platinum XTS uses Cadillac's 3.6L V-6 Gas Direct Injection engine, paired with a plug-in hybrid system. Plug-in technology allows the battery to fully charge from a standard electrical outlet, allowing a pure electric propulsion in most driving situations, especially where the commutes of urban fuel efficiency may be doubled from conventional hybrids.

Traditional luxury sedan is defined by elegant interiors and Cadillac's XTS Platinum concept encourages that formula into the future. This provides a new approach that combines luxury design expertise with customer-driven innovation. Like the Platinum Edition of this product, such as the Escalade Platinum and Platinum STS and DTS sedans, the interior is based on the cut-and hand-sewn materials. The concept of the XTS Platinum inject more contemporary forms and themes in interior design, including the use of Organic Light-emitting diode (O-LED) in the gauge display, and a traditional screen.

Preview the new integration of philosophical concepts to guide development of models of the future in connection with the in-car electronics. The aim is to advance the Cadillac's intuitive in car electronic systems, characterized by a deployable touch screen navigation system that has been highly recognized brand in the CTS and SRX product line. Concept XTS Platinum previews this strategy through the minimization of the traditional buttons and switches. Designers mixed display screen into a flowing instrument panel. They call it a "dead front" design, because it appears the black panel to the car is turned on and illuminate the screen. Instrument panel itself reflects another focus XTS Platinum - without compromising luxury and attention to detail on the interior.

"The Platinum difference in means fully Cadillac luxury and technology and we have tried to reach further with this concept," said Clay Dean, Cadillac design director. "Just as technology pushing the boundaries of what the Cadillac to offer, so do the details that make the experience concept XTS Platinum uncompromising."

The interior took inspiration from nature, especially the complicated layers of petals that combine to form the orchids. Cadillac designers translated into many layers and interior details. Light cream is the main color of the cabin and in contrast to the darker elements, such as the steering wheel and an overhead console that runs the length of the motive interior roof. The console is made of wood so rich and house lighting features.

Premium leather upholstery, including a new style of automotive suede, with laser-etched patterns. Patterned material to decorate the center of the seat and door trim accents. Thinking detailed stitching is used throughout the interior, including seats, instrument panels and door panels. Passengers in the rear compartment of the broad concept XTS Platinum also has access to a car connectivity features, along with various infotainment options.

"We never lose the fact that a large luxury sedan to spacious and accommodating," said Dean. "Passengers will find a generous headroom, legroom and knee room, along with technological elements that make the drive more productive."

The proportion of new

Concept XTS Platinum has a unique proportion that goes beyond the traditional aesthetics and bringing the brand luxury sedan designs of Arts and Sciences in a more progressive way. The proportion of unique support "inside out" design priorities, and creates a sleek profile that complements the car and advanced technology elements necessary aerodynamics.

"The XTS Platinum artfully convey the design concept of the focus on functionality through technology," said Dean. 'This is the opposite of the conventional three-box sedan, showing the evolution of the current Cadillac design language. "

A short sweep peaked profile, high deck lid that meet the concept Platinum XTS's aerodynamic needs - including the rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid, incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp. High, sloping beltline forward movement of vehicles, suggest movement, while the outer fender flares wrapped tightly around 20-inch wheels and tires. Wheel-to-body proportions carefully designed to visually communicate the car all-wheel-drive chassis.

Like the interior, exterior elements precisely designed and elegantly detailed. Sweep billet aluminum trim is used selectively and 20-inch, 11-spoke wheel features a brushed aluminum face with bright accents in the insert fingers. Wheels wrapped with Bridgestone tires specifically tailored for XTS Platinum Concepts.

Signature important element to Cadillac's Art and Science design language including headlamp and vertical taillamps with integrated light pipes and lighting components rich in detail. Headlamps feature bright light emitting diode lighting technology that requires less energy, as well as Cadillac's Adaptive Forward Lighting technology, which turns the headlights with the front wheels a greater visibility in turns.

Directed and efficient

The concept of the XTS Platinum's plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system (PHEV) is based on the experience has been obtained with the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Escalade Hybrid and Platinum flagship model. Plug-in electric cars to improve driving skills only, offers additional battery energy capacity and enables to recharge from an external electrical standards. The main benefits of external plug-in recharging is that in many situations - such as overnight parking - the battery can fully recharge in about five hours, while the car is not used. Plug-in system operating at maximum efficiency when operating on battery power drawn from the electric grid. In some conditions, such as urban commutes, drivers can experience double the efficiency of conventional hybrid.

At higher speeds or when conditions demand it, such as rapid acceleration, a combination of engine and engine power or electric power only, pushing the vehicle. The combination of Direct Injection V-6 engine and PHEV system displays fully variable drive electric driving experience that excited. The system provides approximately 350 horsepower (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. torque (400 Nm).

Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) Draft XTS allows Platinum to provide superior road-holding performance luxury cars while maintaining composure in the "normal" driving conditions. Shocks controlled by using magneto-rheological advanced technology, rather than mechanical valves, to further accelerate the response time and precision.

MRC uses electronic sensors on all four wheels literally "read the road" every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create almost instantaneous and extremely precise control of body movements.

Forward, especially calibrated all-wheel-drive system ensures optimal traction in wet and slippery conditions, and helps provide maximum traction when cornering. Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-channel ABS, and StabiliTrak stability control with traction control function drivetrain complete details.

"The XTS Platinum concept is designed to provide an interesting driving experience without sacrificing the functional features, space and comfort customers seek in a luxury car," said Nesbitt. "This is a new vision of luxury that uses advanced technology to provide functionality in an efficient and rewardingly."

About Cadillac

Cadillac has become the leading luxury car brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has designed a historic revival led by artistic techniques and global expansion.

source: Cadillac Press

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ferrari Enzo Gemballa MIG U1


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In the last 27 years, Uwe Gemballa has achieved the best world-wide reputation for refining Porsche cars. Now, the company manager from Leonberg near Stuttgart takes on a new challenge. The automobile manufacturer turns the most potent super sports car from Maranello, the Ferrari Enzo, into the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 – an individually produced edition, limited to only 25 cars.

The core part of the overall makeover is the entirely re-engineered aerodynamics concept by GEMBALLA. Without any exception, the manufacturer produces all components in real carbon in order to combine lowest weight with highest material strength.


Active aerodynamics for the maximum driving experience

Owing to the active aerodynamics conception, the front spoiler lip generates an additional downthrust of up to 35 kilograms at the front axle, according to the individual position. Analogically, the flap on the newly designed rear spoiler generates even up to 85 kilograms more downthrust on the rear wheels. For optimal handling results, the flap lowers, as soon as the car reaches a speed of 120 km/h. In this way, the GEMBALLA-aerodynamics concept adjusts to the outer conditions and always ensures perfect road holding characteristics. All components of the aerodynamics kit attribute to this: starting from the new front skirt with spoiler lip, over the door extensions to the diffuser and rear spoiler.

The air duct system of the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 does not only help bringing the power of the twelve-cylinder car onto the road. At the same time, the engineers from Leonberg (Baden-Württemberg) develop an extensive ventilation- and cooling concept. Here, both the front and the back wheel-houses are supplied with cooling air and this guarantees an optimal use of the high performance braking system. The outlets behind the wheels ensure that the heated air does not pile up. Moreover, the air inlets behind the doors and on the roof supply fresh air into engine compartment behind the passenger cabin. The newly designed air exhaust ducts end in and on top of the rear skirt. Their dimensions also allow the supply of an additional radiator.

The GEMBALLA car body components therefore guarantee the functionality of the new super sports car and provide the car with a unique look at the same time. Following the design of Formula-1 racing cars, the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 has an extended front and an edged rear spoiler. Formerly rounded edges were replaced in order to provide the car with an aggressive look with greedy air inlets and outlets.

Even the rear lights do not remain openly on the back, but are cased and equipped with air ducts. The MIG-U1 grows broader by 80 millimetres at the front- and 100 millimetres at the back axle.

For everyday use, the optional electro-hydraulic height-adjustment (HLS) is extremely innovative and enormously helpful. By pushing a button in the passenger compartment, it is possible to lift the body by 45 millimetres at the front- and rear axle and therefore allows driving over obstacles such as underground car park entrances and traffic ramps. Also by pushing a button or by reaching 80 km/h, the MIG-U1 lowers itself to its original level. Additionally, the multiple adjustable sports suspension which is equipped with ball bearing bushes significantly improves the handling and driving comfort of the MIG-U1.

The forged wheels GEMBALLA GTR RACING forged by our development partner “Advanced Structural Alloys” contribute both to the appearance and the performance of the car. The wheels which are made from a massive light alloy block combined highest stability with an extremely light weight. The elaborate forging process reduces the unsprung masses of one wheel set by 16 kilograms. Therefore, the wheels respond in an even more agile way and precisely follow every steering command even under highest strains. At the front, the 10x19 inch rims hold high-performance wheels in the dimension 265/35, while the back axle transfers the power of the engine through 13x20 inch rims with 335/30 wheels.

The twelve cylinder engine of the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 works with an optimised motor management and an especially adjusted exhaust system. This combination allows a performance output of 700 hp (515 kW). The four-pipe system with pneumatic flap control is added to the sports catalyser. The end-pipes are equipped with the typical GEMBALLA heat shield and share the exit into the rear skirt with the exhaust ducts of the rear wheel houses.

High-End for the interior

In the interior, GEMBALLA devises a control centre which perfectly combines functionality and comfort. The especially for the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 designed seats, the custom-made centre console and the sports steering wheel with its leather-ultra suede combination guarantee full control over the car. At the same time, the interior of this super sports car reflects pure luxury. All interior components are lined with leather and ultra suede. The integrated high-end multimedia system offers a seven-inch touch screen, navigation, DVD changer and an iPod connection. The 950-Watt amplifier operates the high frequency ranges in the cockpit front, the 165 millimetre large membrane on the door linings and the subwoofer between the seats. GEMBALLA-logos on the seats, the floor mats and the safety belts perfect the refinement.

With the GEMBALLA MIG-U1, the automobile manufacturer once again proves that its know-how is not only limited to Porsche cars. On the basis of the already exhilarating Ferrari Enzo, the engineers developed a unique car. But even the limited edition with only 25 cars is not exclusive enough for GEMBALLA. Therefore, every single GEMBALLA MIG-U1 is individually adjusted. This ensures that there will not be any identical cars. Therefore, the specialist with its reputation for unique high-end refinement once again meets the requirements for highest individuality.

source : Gemballa Press

Ferrari Enzo Gemballa MIG U1


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In the last 27 years, Uwe Gemballa has achieved the best world-wide reputation for refining Porsche cars. Now, the company manager from Leonberg near Stuttgart takes on a new challenge. The automobile manufacturer turns the most potent super sports car from Maranello, the Ferrari Enzo, into the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 – an individually produced edition, limited to only 25 cars.

The core part of the overall makeover is the entirely re-engineered aerodynamics concept by GEMBALLA. Without any exception, the manufacturer produces all components in real carbon in order to combine lowest weight with highest material strength.


Active aerodynamics for the maximum driving experience

Owing to the active aerodynamics conception, the front spoiler lip generates an additional downthrust of up to 35 kilograms at the front axle, according to the individual position. Analogically, the flap on the newly designed rear spoiler generates even up to 85 kilograms more downthrust on the rear wheels. For optimal handling results, the flap lowers, as soon as the car reaches a speed of 120 km/h. In this way, the GEMBALLA-aerodynamics concept adjusts to the outer conditions and always ensures perfect road holding characteristics. All components of the aerodynamics kit attribute to this: starting from the new front skirt with spoiler lip, over the door extensions to the diffuser and rear spoiler.

The air duct system of the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 does not only help bringing the power of the twelve-cylinder car onto the road. At the same time, the engineers from Leonberg (Baden-Württemberg) develop an extensive ventilation- and cooling concept. Here, both the front and the back wheel-houses are supplied with cooling air and this guarantees an optimal use of the high performance braking system. The outlets behind the wheels ensure that the heated air does not pile up. Moreover, the air inlets behind the doors and on the roof supply fresh air into engine compartment behind the passenger cabin. The newly designed air exhaust ducts end in and on top of the rear skirt. Their dimensions also allow the supply of an additional radiator.

The GEMBALLA car body components therefore guarantee the functionality of the new super sports car and provide the car with a unique look at the same time. Following the design of Formula-1 racing cars, the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 has an extended front and an edged rear spoiler. Formerly rounded edges were replaced in order to provide the car with an aggressive look with greedy air inlets and outlets.

Even the rear lights do not remain openly on the back, but are cased and equipped with air ducts. The MIG-U1 grows broader by 80 millimetres at the front- and 100 millimetres at the back axle.

For everyday use, the optional electro-hydraulic height-adjustment (HLS) is extremely innovative and enormously helpful. By pushing a button in the passenger compartment, it is possible to lift the body by 45 millimetres at the front- and rear axle and therefore allows driving over obstacles such as underground car park entrances and traffic ramps. Also by pushing a button or by reaching 80 km/h, the MIG-U1 lowers itself to its original level. Additionally, the multiple adjustable sports suspension which is equipped with ball bearing bushes significantly improves the handling and driving comfort of the MIG-U1.

The forged wheels GEMBALLA GTR RACING forged by our development partner “Advanced Structural Alloys” contribute both to the appearance and the performance of the car. The wheels which are made from a massive light alloy block combined highest stability with an extremely light weight. The elaborate forging process reduces the unsprung masses of one wheel set by 16 kilograms. Therefore, the wheels respond in an even more agile way and precisely follow every steering command even under highest strains. At the front, the 10x19 inch rims hold high-performance wheels in the dimension 265/35, while the back axle transfers the power of the engine through 13x20 inch rims with 335/30 wheels.

The twelve cylinder engine of the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 works with an optimised motor management and an especially adjusted exhaust system. This combination allows a performance output of 700 hp (515 kW). The four-pipe system with pneumatic flap control is added to the sports catalyser. The end-pipes are equipped with the typical GEMBALLA heat shield and share the exit into the rear skirt with the exhaust ducts of the rear wheel houses.

High-End for the interior

In the interior, GEMBALLA devises a control centre which perfectly combines functionality and comfort. The especially for the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 designed seats, the custom-made centre console and the sports steering wheel with its leather-ultra suede combination guarantee full control over the car. At the same time, the interior of this super sports car reflects pure luxury. All interior components are lined with leather and ultra suede. The integrated high-end multimedia system offers a seven-inch touch screen, navigation, DVD changer and an iPod connection. The 950-Watt amplifier operates the high frequency ranges in the cockpit front, the 165 millimetre large membrane on the door linings and the subwoofer between the seats. GEMBALLA-logos on the seats, the floor mats and the safety belts perfect the refinement.

With the GEMBALLA MIG-U1, the automobile manufacturer once again proves that its know-how is not only limited to Porsche cars. On the basis of the already exhilarating Ferrari Enzo, the engineers developed a unique car. But even the limited edition with only 25 cars is not exclusive enough for GEMBALLA. Therefore, every single GEMBALLA MIG-U1 is individually adjusted. This ensures that there will not be any identical cars. Therefore, the specialist with its reputation for unique high-end refinement once again meets the requirements for highest individuality.

source : Gemballa Press

Ferrari Enzo Gemballa MIG U1


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In the last 27 years, Uwe Gemballa has achieved the best world-wide reputation for refining Porsche cars. Now, the company manager from Leonberg near Stuttgart takes on a new challenge. The automobile manufacturer turns the most potent super sports car from Maranello, the Ferrari Enzo, into the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 – an individually produced edition, limited to only 25 cars.

The core part of the overall makeover is the entirely re-engineered aerodynamics concept by GEMBALLA. Without any exception, the manufacturer produces all components in real carbon in order to combine lowest weight with highest material strength.

Active aerodynamics for the maximum driving experience

Owing to the active aerodynamics conception, the front spoiler lip generates an additional downthrust of up to 35 kilograms at the front axle, according to the individual position. Analogically, the flap on the newly designed rear spoiler generates even up to 85 kilograms more downthrust on the rear wheels. For optimal handling results, the flap lowers, as soon as the car reaches a speed of 120 km/h. In this way, the GEMBALLA-aerodynamics concept adjusts to the outer conditions and always ensures perfect road holding characteristics. All components of the aerodynamics kit attribute to this: starting from the new front skirt with spoiler lip, over the door extensions to the diffuser and rear spoiler.

The air duct system of the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 does not only help bringing the power of the twelve-cylinder car onto the road. At the same time, the engineers from Leonberg (Baden-Württemberg) develop an extensive ventilation- and cooling concept. Here, both the front and the back wheel-houses are supplied with cooling air and this guarantees an optimal use of the high performance braking system. The outlets behind the wheels ensure that the heated air does not pile up. Moreover, the air inlets behind the doors and on the roof supply fresh air into engine compartment behind the passenger cabin. The newly designed air exhaust ducts end in and on top of the rear skirt. Their dimensions also allow the supply of an additional radiator.

The GEMBALLA car body components therefore guarantee the functionality of the new super sports car and provide the car with a unique look at the same time. Following the design of Formula-1 racing cars, the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 has an extended front and an edged rear spoiler. Formerly rounded edges were replaced in order to provide the car with an aggressive look with greedy air inlets and outlets.

Even the rear lights do not remain openly on the back, but are cased and equipped with air ducts. The MIG-U1 grows broader by 80 millimetres at the front- and 100 millimetres at the back axle.

For everyday use, the optional electro-hydraulic height-adjustment (HLS) is extremely innovative and enormously helpful. By pushing a button in the passenger compartment, it is possible to lift the body by 45 millimetres at the front- and rear axle and therefore allows driving over obstacles such as underground car park entrances and traffic ramps. Also by pushing a button or by reaching 80 km/h, the MIG-U1 lowers itself to its original level. Additionally, the multiple adjustable sports suspension which is equipped with ball bearing bushes significantly improves the handling and driving comfort of the MIG-U1.

The forged wheels GEMBALLA GTR RACING forged by our development partner “Advanced Structural Alloys” contribute both to the appearance and the performance of the car. The wheels which are made from a massive light alloy block combined highest stability with an extremely light weight. The elaborate forging process reduces the unsprung masses of one wheel set by 16 kilograms. Therefore, the wheels respond in an even more agile way and precisely follow every steering command even under highest strains. At the front, the 10x19 inch rims hold high-performance wheels in the dimension 265/35, while the back axle transfers the power of the engine through 13x20 inch rims with 335/30 wheels.

The twelve cylinder engine of the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 works with an optimised motor management and an especially adjusted exhaust system. This combination allows a performance output of 700 hp (515 kW). The four-pipe system with pneumatic flap control is added to the sports catalyser. The end-pipes are equipped with the typical GEMBALLA heat shield and share the exit into the rear skirt with the exhaust ducts of the rear wheel houses.

High-End for the interior

In the interior, GEMBALLA devises a control centre which perfectly combines functionality and comfort. The especially for the GEMBALLA MIG-U1 designed seats, the custom-made centre console and the sports steering wheel with its leather-ultra suede combination guarantee full control over the car. At the same time, the interior of this super sports car reflects pure luxury. All interior components are lined with leather and ultra suede. The integrated high-end multimedia system offers a seven-inch touch screen, navigation, DVD changer and an iPod connection. The 950-Watt amplifier operates the high frequency ranges in the cockpit front, the 165 millimetre large membrane on the door linings and the subwoofer between the seats. GEMBALLA-logos on the seats, the floor mats and the safety belts perfect the refinement.

With the GEMBALLA MIG-U1, the automobile manufacturer once again proves that its know-how is not only limited to Porsche cars. On the basis of the already exhilarating Ferrari Enzo, the engineers developed a unique car. But even the limited edition with only 25 cars is not exclusive enough for GEMBALLA. Therefore, every single GEMBALLA MIG-U1 is individually adjusted. This ensures that there will not be any identical cars. Therefore, the specialist with its reputation for unique high-end refinement once again meets the requirements for highest individuality.

source : Gemballa Press

Friday, January 15, 2010

Audi e-tron


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DETROIT, Mi., Jan 11, 2010 - Audi is showing an uncompromising purist compact sports car with all-electric drive at the first major auto show of 2010. The Detroit showcar Audi e-tron is the name of this 3.93 meter (154.72 in) long and 1.78 meter (70.08 in) wide but just 1.22 meter (48.03 in) tall two-seater; just a few months after the debut of the Audi e-tron at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, this is now the second electric concept vehicle from the brand with the four rings.

Coupled with the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron’s low gross weight of around only 1,350 kilograms (2976.24 lb), high-torque power units driving the rear wheels guarantee commensurate road performance. Two electric motors
with a combined output of 150 kW (204 hp) and 2,650 Nm (1954.54 lb-ft) accelerate the coupe with ASF-design aluminum body from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 5.9 seconds. The Audi e-tron accomplishes the sprint from 60 to 120 km/h (37.28 - 74.56 mph) in a mere 5.1 seconds.



The Detroit showcar Audi e-tron is able to distribute its electric motors’ high torque between the wheels entirely as required. Its “torque vectoring” is the key to a thrilling level of active precision and excellent traction. Thanks also to its low weight, short wheelbase and perfect weight distribution for dynamic handling, the Audi e-tron has all the drivability of a go-kart – agile, good on bends and neutral right up to the very high handling limit.

Lithium-ion batteries, located for an optimal center of gravity behind the passenger compartment and ahead of the rear axle, make an effective energy content of 45 kilowatt-hours available. This makes an operating range of up to 250 kilometers (155.34 miles) realistically possible.

As previously with the first e-tron concept car shown in Frankfurt, Audi again bases all components in this electric vehicle on an integral concept with many revolutionary details: a heat pump as an efficient means of heating up and maintaining the interior temperature. The drive system, power electronics and battery have innovative thermal management – crucial for maintaining a high operating range coupled with outstanding interior comfort.

Design and package

Audi is presenting a further variant of an electric vehicle in the form of the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron. The vehicle body has a powerful, wide and muscular stance on the road, and looks extremely compact and puristic not least thanks to the typically short sports car wheelbase of just 2.43 meters (95.67 in) – a whole 22 centimeters (8.66 in) shorter than the R8.

The sweeping line of the front end and the flat curved roof immediately identify the two-seater as an Audi. The sides reveal familiar contours: The way the dynamic line is tailored above the sill and the prominent wheel arches, as is typical for an Audi R, combine the front, side and rear into a monolithic entity and strongly emphasize the typical Audi feature of round wheel arches enclosing the large 19-inch wheels. The highly tapered front end gives the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron distinctly wedge-shaped basic proportions.

1.78 meters (70.08 in) wide, just 3.93 meters (154.72 in) long and 1.22 meters (48.03 in) tall – those are the classic proportions of a sports car. That leaves space ahead of the rear wheels for the 399 kilogram (879.64 lb) battery unit, with converter and power electronics.

The two electric motors, which have their own cooling system, are mounted on the rear axle. This special package, featuring a 40:60 weight distribution, ensures perfect balance, which contributes to the driving dynamics of the Audi e-tron.

The trapeze of the single-frame grille dominates the distinctly wedge-shaped front end and is flanked by two large air intakes. The top of the grille merges into the flat strips of the adaptive matrix beam headlight modules with their clear glass covers. All light units use ultra-efficient LED technology.

The headlights are the core of a fully automatic light assistance system that reacts flexibly to any situation. The new technology recognizes weather conditions and adapts the illumination to rain or fog. The technology at the heart of the light assistance system is a camera that works together with a fast computer to detect oncoming traffic, recognize lanes and measure visibilities, such as in the event of fog.

If there is oncoming traffic, the high beams are turned off in the corresponding section of the illumination field. The cornering light system analyzes data from the navigation system and illuminates corners before the driver steers into them. The Detroit showcar Audi e-tron does not have conventional fog lamps that consume additional power. It intelligently varies the low beams instead; in fog, for example, it produces a wider, more horizontal illumination field, thus significantly reducing the glare from the car’s own lights.

The variability of the headlights is also reflected in their design. The LED elements change appearance and thus the character of the front end of the vehicle depending on the speed driven and the ambient conditions. The innovative lighting technology now offers the Audi designers almost as much design freedom as the shape of the body does.

One design element that is specific to electric vehicles developed by Audi – such as the Audi e-tron – are the air intakes in the single-frame grille and behind the side windows on the C-post. They are closed flush under normal circumstances and opened by retracting slats when additional cooling air is required. The slats above the drive unit then also open to provide a better through-flow of air. These measures, too, maximize efficiency – the concept car is outstanding for an already low drag coefficient that is further improved when the flaps are closed.

The ASF body

Systematic lightweight construction is an even more important prerequisite for efficiency and range with electric vehicles than for conventionally powered automobiles. Lightweight construction is moreover the key to thrilling handling characteristics. Audi developers focused on a core competence of the company when creating the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron: The body structure is based on Audi Space Frame technology (ASF), with a hybrid design approach adopted. All add-on parts – doors, lids, sidewalls and roof – are made of a fiber-reinforced plastic.

The combination of aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced composite material guarantees supreme rigidity coupled with low weight. Audi will soon use this technology in a similar form for future production vehicles. Despite the complex drive system layout with two electric motors and a high-capacity battery system, the total weight of the Audi e-tron showcar on display in Detroit is only around 1,350 kilograms (2,976.24 lb).

Interior and operating concept

Visual and functional references to the new drive concept characterize the purist interior design. They establish a connection between proven Audi genes and new formal hallmarks. Typical for the Audi design idiom is the reduction of the architecture, controls and information output to the essentials in favor of visible lightweight construction and a tidy overall impression.

The slim dash has a curve that extends laterally into the door panels. With no need to allow for a transmission, shifter and cardan tunnel, the designers took advantage of the opportunity to create a particularly slim and lightweight center tunnel and convex, arching center console. The flush gear selector, with which the driver chooses between the modes forward, reverse and neutral, emerges from the tunnel when the vehicle is started.

The Audi e-tron’s cockpit, which represents a further development in an electric vehicle, is also oriented toward the driver – a further characteristic Audi trait. Instead of the classic instrument cluster, the concept car is the first Audi to be equipped with a large built-in central display with integrated MMI functions. It is flanked by two round dials.

The MMI is controlled via a scroll pad with a touch-sensitive surface on the steering wheel (“MMI touch”) – an element inspired by modern smartphones. The steering wheel itself is clearly flattened off at both the top and bottom, in a clear reference to motor sport.

A smartphone that can be integrated into the front section of the center console interfaces between the vehicle, the driver and external information sources. The driver can use a suitably equipped conventional smartphone as a car phone, address database, navigation system and video player. At the same time they can also use it as an operating unit for many specific on-board systems in the Audi e-tron. Many phones that are suitable for these functions are already available from various manufacturers.

The driver can then enter their route plan or adjust the sound system to their individual preferences, all from the comfort of their own home, for example. The Smartphone and vehicle communicate via the mobile communications network, even over considerable distances.

The system also provides a security function for the owner; within the range of the WLAN it can constantly monitor the current status of the vehicle, for instance whether all windows and doors are closed. If the Audi e-tron showcar on display in Detroit is parked at a charging station, for example, it also sends details of the current charge status to the driver’s smartphone.

While an analog speedometer on the driver’s right provides speed information, the instrument dial on their left tells them how much power is being drawn. The central display shows the range in the status bar and presents all key information from the infotainment and navigation systems. It also provides the driver with relevant data from the vehicle’s communication with its surroundings. The instruments combine the analog and the digital worlds into a single unit.

Characteristic for the concept of the Audi e-tron – and therefore also characteristic for a further development in an electric vehicle – is the near total elimination of switches and small components such as the ignition. The climate control unit is located to the right above the steering wheel. The display provides temperature and ventilation information. Again drawing inspiration from a smartphone, the system is controlled by means of a touch-sensitive sliding control.

The equally racing-inspired lightweight bucket seats combine excellent lateral support with comfort. Two contrasting colors delineate the various zones of the interior. The colors and the high-quality materials combine elegance and sportiness.

Drive system and energy supply

Two asynchronous electric motors with a total output of 150 kilowatts (204 hp) give the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron the performance of a genuine sports car. The concept car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 – 62.14 mph) in
5.9 seconds if necessary, and goes from 60 to 120 km/h (37.28 – 74.56 mph) in 5.1 seconds. The torque is distributed selectively to the wheels based on the driving situation and the condition of the road surface, resulting in outstanding traction and handling.

The top speed is limited to 200 km/h (124.27 mph), as the amount of energy required by the electric motors increases disproportionately to speed. The range in the NECD combined cycle is approximately 250 kilometers (155.34 miles).

The energy storage unit is charged with household current (230 volts, 16 amperes) via a cable and a plug. The socket is behind a cover at the back of the car. The charging time when the battery is empty is around 11 hours, but heavy current (400 volts, 32 amperes) cuts this to around just two hours.

The battery is charged not only when the car is stationary, but also when it is in motion. The keyword here is recuperation. This form of energy recovery and recharging of the battery is already available on many Audi production models. During braking, the alternator converts the kinetic energy into electrical energy, which it then feeds into the on-board electrical system.

The Detroit showcar Audi e-tron in its further developed version goes one decisive step further into the future; an electro-mechanical brake system means the potential of electric motors for energy recovery can now be exploited. A hydraulic fixed-caliper brake is mounted on the front axle, with two novel, electrically actuated floating-caliper brakes mounted on the rear axle. These floating calipers are actuated not by any mechanical or hydraulic transfer elements, but rather by wire (“brake by wire”). In addition, this eliminates frictional losses due to residual slip when the brakes are not being applied.

By virtue of being isolated from the brake pedal, the Audi e-tron’s electric motors can convert the entire deceleration energy into electric current and recover it. The electromechanical brake system is only activated if greater deceleration is required. These control actions are unnoticeable to the driver, who feels only a predictable and constant pedal feel as with a hydraulic brake system.

An automotive first: the heat pump

The heat pump, too – which made its first appearance in an automobile on the Audi e-tron concept car shown in Frankfurt – helps to boost efficiency and range. Unlike a combustion engine, the electric drive system generally does not produce enough waste heat to effectively heat the interior. Other electric vehicles are equipped with electric supplemental heaters, which consume a relatively large amount of energy. The heat pump used by Audi – and commonly used in buildings – is a highly efficient machine that uses mechanical work to provide heat with a minimum input of energy.

A high-efficiency climate control system is used to cool the interior. It works together with the thermal management system to also control the temperature of the high-voltage battery. This is because the battery, power electronics and electric motors must be kept at their respective ideal operating temperatures to achieve optimal performance and range.

As soon as the vehicle is connected to a charging station the vehicle is preconditioned as appropriate by the thermal management and other associated systems. In cold conditions the drive system is preheated, and in hot conditions it is cooled. This preconditioning can also be extended to the interior, if necessary, so that the passengers can step into a cabin that has been heated or cooled as appropriate for their comfort.

Driving dynamics

The drive system’s power is transferred to the road by the rear wheels, reflecting the Audi e-tron’s weight distribution of 40:60.

Both the individual motors, which are installed behind the wheels close to the vehicle’s center line as wheel drives, also enable the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron's lateral dynamics to be intelligently controlled. This also boosts traction. Similar to what the sport differential does in conventional Audi vehicles, torque vectoring – the targeted acceleration of individual wheels – makes the newly developed electric drive of the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron even more dynamic while simultaneously enhancing driving safety.

Understeer and oversteer can be corrected by not only targeted activation of the brakes, but also by precise increases in power lasting just a few milliseconds. The concept car remains extremely neutral even under great lateral acceleration and hustles through corners as if on the proverbial rails.

The chassis has triangular double wishbones made of forged aluminum components at the front and rear axles – a geometry that has proven in motor sports to be the optimal prerequisite for high agility, uncompromising precision and precisely defined self-steering behavior. A taut setup was chosen for the springs and shock absorbers, but it is still very comfortable.

The direct rack-and-pinion steering gives finely differentiated feedback. Its electromechanical steering boost varies with speed, so that the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron only has to provide energy while steering, but not while driving straight ahead.

As befits its status, the Audi concept car rolls on 19-inch wheels of 35-spoke design. 235/35 tires up front and 255/35 tires at the rear provide excellent grip. Another special feature of the tires: Audi designers created the profile specifically for the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron.

source : Audi Press